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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

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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Can iron chelation drugs cause a rash?

Can iron chelation drugs cause a rash?

Iron chelation: Yes, especially if you are taking Desferal subcutaneously. But oral medications can cause a rash as well. Please discuss this with your doctor to see if a change in medication is appropriate or if you could be helped by allergy medications. ...Read more

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Iron chelation drugs causing a rash. Are there alternative drugs?

Iron chelation drugs causing a rash. Are there alternative drugs?

Iron chelation: The only medications for iron chelation are Desferal (given intravenously and subcutaneously) or Exjade and Deferiprone (both given orally). Try discussing a switch with your doctor, or see whether taking allergy medications can help. ...Read more

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Hi, is wheatgrass effective in iron chelation? In what dosage? Thank you

Hi, is wheatgrass effective in iron chelation? In what dosage? Thank you

YES!!! 1 ounce/day: In an impressive study of 20 transfusion-dependent patients with mds ferritin levels decreased from an average of 2, 250 to 950 after 30 ml of wheatgrass juice/day for 6 months- see
http://www. Mdsbeacon. Com/news/2009/06/02/study-shows-iron-chelating-properties-of-wheat-grass-juice-asco-2009/
i don't see any harm in trying even higher amounts- there would be no danger to drinking 1 oz 2x/day. ...Read more

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Iron chelation drugs I'm taking are causing a rash, is this an allergic reaction?

Iron chelation drugs I'm taking are causing a rash, is this an allergic reaction?

It Could Be: Without knowing the drug, what the rash looks like, or why you need the drug it is hard to safely answer this question. It might be an allergy, but most drug allergies get worse with repeated exposure to the drug. You should discuss this with your doctor and see an allergy specialist if needed. ...Read more

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23 yr old male, Diamond Blackfan Anemia, refractory to steroids, regular blood transfusions every 2 wks, oral iron chelation therapy. Life expectancy?

23 yr old male, Diamond Blackfan Anemia, refractory to steroids, regular blood transfusions every 2 wks, oral iron chelation therapy. Life expectancy?

Expect a full life: Thos illness is manageable. Be grateful. Plan for a life of normal length, seeking meaning and love like everyone else. No one has guarantees but you owe it to yourself to become fully informed about your illness and I think you will discover that the odds are very much in your favor. ...Read more

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What are the best sources of natural iron?

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What are the best sources of natural iron?

Food: Open this site- www. Ironrichfood. Com for different sources of iron. ...Read more

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If you take supplemental iron for an extended period can your body cease to absorb natural iron?

If you take supplemental iron for an extended period can your body cease to absorb natural iron?

No: A person absorbs iron from foods and oral iron supplements because human bodies require iron. If he is low in iron, his body will improve its absorption of iron. If he has plenty of iron, his body won't absorb as much iron. But, he will not stop absorbing iron. That means he can get iron overload by taking too high a dose of iron supplements. Iron overload damages the liver. ...Read more

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Does durum semolina pasta naturally contain iron? I'm worried because my new pasta doesn't say enriched, and no nutrients are listed.

Does durum semolina pasta naturally contain iron? I'm worried because my new pasta doesn't say enriched, and no nutrients are listed.

Minimal; however...: Wheat does have a bit of iron, but it is not well-absorbed. However, many foods are rich in iron including animal foods, beans and greens. No one should rely on pasta as their main source of iron. It is rare for men to be deficient in iron; too much iron is more likely to be a problem for men, increasing risk of see http://www. Whfoods. Com/genpage. Php? Tname=nutrient&dbid=70 for more info. ...Read more

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Iron level keep falling without iron injections. How do I keep them up naturally?

Iron level keep falling without iron injections. How do I keep them up naturally?

Why?: Why is your iron level falling? Continued bleeding? I would try to fix the root cause. Iron by mouth or by IV can help replenish, but will be continuous until the cause of iron deficiency is fixed (if possible). ...Read more

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Is there a way (ideally a natural one) to minimize heavy bleeding (periods) and reduce iron losses?

Is there a way (ideally a natural one) to minimize heavy bleeding (periods) and reduce iron losses?

Heavy periods: There are many causes for heavy periods. You should first get checked and eliminate any remediable causes. There are no "natural" products that are effective in SIGNIFICANTLY decreasing your bleeding. Ibuprofen helps some people. It is difficult in either a regular diet or vegan/vegetarian diet o make up for the iron you are losing. Use an iron supplement and take this with orange juice. ...Read more

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I am currently training at the gym and eating clean is there any natural vitamins I can take to give me energy and iron?

I am currently training at the gym and eating clean is there any natural vitamins I can take to give me energy and iron?

No, supplements: If you are in good health and doing regular exercises and eating regular meals then there is no need for vitamin or iron supplements. There is enough vitamin and minerals in foods, leafy vegetables, meat, nuts, fruits etc. These are the natural vitamins and minerals, there is no need for these artificial products if you are in good health. ...Read more

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Hi I'm just wondering if there is a more natural way instead of taking liquid or iron pills for severe anemia due to low iron? Thx a lot!

Hi I'm just wondering if there is a more natural way instead of taking liquid or iron pills for severe anemia due to low iron? Thx a lot!

Dark greens: Worked for popeye. Spinach and other dark greens are good natural sources of iron. Red meat obviously, but harder to eat in quantity. Nothing unreasonable about using supplements & vitamins when you are coming from behind. ...Read more

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I am low in iron and have cherry angiomas, will my iron supplements helps cherry angiomas? If not what natural cure will?

I am low in iron and have cherry angiomas, will my iron supplements helps cherry angiomas? If not what natural cure will?

No "natural" cure: Cherry angiomas are common in middle aged and older people. There is no "natural" cure. They can be removed with electrocautery or pulsed laser treatment. They will keep coming as you get older and are not related to iron deficiency. If they don't bother you from a cosmetic point of view, you don't have to treat them at all. ...Read more

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What happens if too much copper is removed through chelation?  

What happens if too much copper is removed through chelation?  

Several effects: Copper deficiency can cause a number of problems such as neurologic (nerve) problems, anemia (low red blood cell count), confusion, fragile hair, weakness, osteoporosis (thin bones that fracture easily). These effects can be prevented by taking a copper supplement and restoring normal copper balance. ...Read more

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How effective is chelation therapy?

How effective is chelation therapy?

Very effective: The answer obviously depends on who you ask. I have performed chelation therapy with gratifying benefits for many of my patients for nearly 30 years. Contact the american college for advancement in medicine (www. Acam. Org) for information, clinical studies, and the names of physicians in your area who provide this life-saving treatment. With chelation, many patients can avoid bypasses or stents. ...Read more

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What is chelation therepy?

What is chelation therepy?

Removal of minerals: Used for removing poisons like lead from body, usually. But the chelation you are probably hearing about is using that medicine to remove calcium from blood vessel wall to treat hardening of blood vessels (atherosclerosis) in heart and brain. The problem is that it has not been proven in traditional medical literature to be of benefit & has many side effects besides cost. Alternative med use only. ...Read more

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What is chelation therapy?

What is chelation therapy?

Chelation therapy: Chelation therapy is a chemical process in which a synthetic solution—EDTA is injected into the veins to remove heavy metals and/or minerals from the body.
such as lead, mercury, copper, iron, arsenic, aluminum, and calcium and removes them from the body.

FDA has approved treatment for Lead poisoning.

There is not enough scientific evidence about its effectiveness in other metal poisoning.. ...Read more

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Can anyone describe to oral chelation therapy?

Can anyone describe to oral chelation therapy?

Chelation: Artery disease is best treated with risk factor modification, medcal therapy for hypertension, nicotine addiction, diabetes, and elevated cholestrol. Chelation is expensive, heavily advertised and not scientific in regards to any benefit. Its not likely to hurt you, but why are you using it? ...Read more

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Does anyone have any thoughts about chelation therapy?

Does anyone have any thoughts about chelation therapy?

Many thoughts: Chelation therapy usually refers to IV edta to treat cardiovascular disease, though can also refer to any treatment that removes heavy metals from the body. Mainstream medicine considers the former unsafe & unproven. Actually, there are many research studies showing it to be safe & effective, but there is a lack of double-blind placebo controlled studies. A large nih study is in progress. See comment:. ...Read more

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Can I get chelation therapy in pill form from health food stores?

Can I get chelation therapy in pill form from health food stores?

Yes and Questionable: Succimer {chemet} is an oral lead chelating agent that is not available from the health food stores. It must be prescribed.

Health food stores sell supplements. Supplements are sold a food product and must be safe for consumption. This means they do not have to prove or provide any medical benefits. Supplements with edta {a chelating agent} will have ultra-low levels, so no harm = no med bene. ...Read more

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How effective is chelation for removing artery plaque?

How effective is chelation for removing artery plaque?

Very: A recent nih trial showed significant reduction in cardiovascular events including death especially in diabetic patients. Review article below:
subsequent cardiac and stroke events in
patients with known vascular disease
treated with edta chelation therapy: a
retrospective study
authors: chappell, l. Terry1; shukla, rakesh2;. ... And ventresco, j. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have chelation therapy on a regular basis?

Is it safe to have chelation therapy on a regular basis?

Yes: Most of us who provide IV chelation therapy recommend 1-2 treatments per week, for a series of 10-30 treatments, or until the desired benefit is obtained (usually 20-30 treatments), followed by monthly "maintenance" treatments thereafter. Adverse effects are rare, if kidney function is normal--and kidney function generally improves with proper dosage of edta. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about it's like to try chelation therapy for their autistic child?

Can you tell me about it's like to try chelation therapy for their autistic child?

Not recommended: (NIMH) supports doing a study on the effects of oral chelation therapy in autism. The proposal is highly controversial, is drawing criticism from many scientists, but has popular support among parents who believe this type of therapy might help their children with autism.
e National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) supports doing a study on the effects of oral chelation therapy in autism. The proposal is highly controversial, is drawing criticism from many scientists, but has popular support among parents who believe this type of therapy might help their children with autism. The proposal raises many questions about the ethics of biomedical research.

Chelation and Autism

Chelation therapy is a legitimate FDA approved treatment for heavy metal poisoning. The drugs used for chelation, such as disodium EDTA, bind to heavy metals so that they can be removed from the body. Chelation drugs can be given either orally or intravenously. The treatment is somewhat risky because it can also remove needed electrolytes, like calcium, from the body or causes shifts in the electrolytes that can cause arhythmias and changes in brain function. There are reported cases of cardiac arrest and death due to chelation.

Chelation therapy has a long history of quackery – not for its intended use but for other uses for which there is no evidence. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Iron 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 ...Read more


Iron (Definition)

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