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Dr. Ward Dean
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Chelation (Definition)

Chelation is the name for administering a substance to remove heavy metals from the body. It can be an important treatment for lead poisoning or iron overload. It is also touted by some for the treatment of autism spectrum disorders, based on the idea that these children may have toxicity from mercury or other heavy metals. However, there is little evidence to support this hypothesis. Chelation agents bind metals nonspecifically and may result in dangerously low levels of calcium, iron, and magnesium, in addition to toxic heavy metals. Thus, ...Read more


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Iron chelation drugs a sham?

Iron chelation drugs a sham?

Iron chelation: Iron chelation is not a sham if the patient has a hematologic disorder such as myelodysplasia or thalassemia which requires frequent blood transfusions. When one receives blood, one also receives all the iron inside the blood cells. This iron stays inside the body and can cause organ damage. Chelation therapy is then very important. It is also used for patients who accidentally take too much iron. ...Read more

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Which natural remedies work to reverse baldness?

Which natural remedies work to reverse baldness?

ALOPECIA TX: Alopecia or hair loss may be multifaceted . You need full Exam &lab work up especially Vit d/Thyroid studies /TESTOSTERONE/ b12 and folate. If they are normal start high dose Biotin zinc B12 and folic acid.. Rogaine (minoxidil) and Propecia may be helpful. If there is no improvement consult dermatology for biopsy to rule out auto-immune ALOPECIA AERATA.. With supplements start low and go slow. ...Read more

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Which natural remedies work best for pernicious anemia?

Which natural remedies work best for pernicious anemia?

"B12" is: Poorly absorbed in pernicious anemia, and is perfectly "natural" as it is a vitamin. The problem is it may not be taken up by the body, so other interventions are needed. ...Read more

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Does scientific evidence support the use of natural remedies?

Does scientific evidence support the use of natural remedies?

Generally not: Most "natural" remedies that have been subjected to standard clinical trials have failed to show effectiveness. For instance echinacea, ginko and st. John's wort do not show any effect on multiple trials that have been done. Let the buyer beware and note that most natural products are not required to meet fda standards of purity, concentration or efficacy. ...Read more

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Are natural supplements effective?

Are natural supplements effective?

Not necessarily: Supplements do not offer benefits if you don't have a deficiency or a symptom. Taking them in general is discouraged without first consulting with doctor. See september 2012 issue of consumer reports for dangers of taking supplements including those called "natural.". ...Read more

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Which daily natural vitamin supplements help strengthen the immune system?

Which daily natural vitamin supplements help strengthen the immune system?

Don't waste money: None! it's not possible! eat a balanced diet, get adequate rest and exercise. Your immune system will take care of itself. Don't waste your money. ...Read more

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How effective are "detoxamine edta suppositories" as chelation therapy for removing heavy metals and plaque from the blood?

How effective are "detoxamine edta suppositories" as chelation therapy for removing heavy metals and plaque from the blood?

Effective for metals: More research is needed but there is evidence that detoxamin suppositories can help remove heavy metals; whether they remove plaque is still to be determined but removing lead should lead to plaque reduction. Oral edta is only about 5% absorbed. Research has shown detoxamin is about 35% absorbed but stays in the body a much longer time than IV edta. Please see my comment for more information. ...Read more

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Any natural approaches to menopause?

Yes: Most women can manage their hot flashes with measures such as dressing in layers, sipping ice water, avoiding trigger foods such as alcohol & spicy food. Paced breathing has been shown in research studies to reduce intensity and duration of hot flashes: http://www.Cascadewomenshealth.Org/download/pdfs/healtheducation/menopausal%20management/paced-breathing.Pdf. ...Read more

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What some natural aphrodisiacs?

What some natural aphrodisiacs?

Despite...: ...their popular portrayal, foods such as chocolate, oysters, & yams do not have measurable effect on people's sex drives, according to new findings published in the journal "Sexual Medicine Reviews." See my following answer for natural substances that however show promise. ...Read more

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Are natural breast reduction supplements effective?

Not to my knowledge: I am not aware of any kind of oral medication that will selectively decrease the size of the breasts. ...Read more

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Natural remedies for gallstones?

Natural remedies for gallstones?

None I recommend : The only tried and true remedy for gallstones is removal of the gallbladder. Ursodiol is a non-surgical consideration, but not very effective and not considered the standard of care. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Vanadium nicotinate gylcinate chelate versus Vanadium amino acid chelate?

What is the difference between Vanadium nicotinate gylcinate chelate versus Vanadium amino acid chelate?

Not really any: Many drugs come as different salts, but the active ingredient is the same. The salt rarely causes any differences in the activity of the primary ingredient, but may sometimes alter the potency (the dose you need), or the absorption. Often the differences are only for the purpose of patenting a "different" chemical to be marketed. ...Read more

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Is edta chelation therapy a scientifically and medically sound theory?

Is edta chelation therapy a scientifically and medically sound theory?

Depends: Edta is the drug of choice for lead encephalopathy. For use to "treat" cancer, hypertension, asthma, arthritis or just about any other disease- no it has no scientific basis and is simply an attempt to steal money from you. ...Read more

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Is chelation therapy truly effective in removing heart-arterial blocks?

Is chelation therapy truly effective in removing heart-arterial blocks?

Not for 100% blocks: Although chelation therapy is very effective for improving blood flow, it will not "unclog" a completely blocked artery. However, atherosclerosis does not effect single arteries. It is a systemic problem. Therefore, for those with complete or near-complete blockages, i recommend stents or bypass, followed by chelation to improve blood-flow throughout the body and prevent progression. ...Read more

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Natural cures for jaundice?

Natural cures for jaundice?

What's natural ? : Jaundice is not a disease it is more of a symptom/sign . You must find the underlying cause before you can treat it. See an MD to evaluate. Remember, arsenic, botulinum toxin and Ebola are all natural.... but I wouldn't recommend you take any of them. ...Read more

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Are there natural ways to boost testosterone ?

Are there natural ways to boost testosterone ?

BOOST TESTOSTERONE?: Testosterone is a steroid hormone secreted by the testis in men and ovaries in women. A small amount is also secreted by the adrenal glands. Testosterone levels decline with age in humans and unfortunately there are no natural ways to boost the hormone. The only way to boost testosterone levels in the blood is from externally administered testosterone. ...Read more

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Can natural / homeopathic remedies cure vitiligo?

Can natural / homeopathic remedies cure vitiligo?

Yes -- have seen it: Yes, dr. Rajan sankaran, an internationally known homeopathic physician and teacher from mumbai, has shown cases where vitiligo improved through homeopathic treatment. It requires careful case-taking by an experienced homeopath -- it's not a "take this for that" situation. Since your note says you're from la, robert gramlich md (family physician & homeopath) may be able to help you. ...Read more

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What are some natural testosterone supplements?

What are some natural testosterone supplements?

No such thing: Sorry, i hate to be the bearer of bad news but there's no such thing as a natural testosterone supplement, at least not something you can buy otc w/o prescription. Don't believe miraculous claims by manufacturer. No supplement has any peer-reviewed published data to prove safety & effectiveness, not even dhea. Otoh, recent study showed exercise could decrease risk of hypogonadism. ...Read more

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