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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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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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Is it true that oral chelation therapy works to unclog arteries?

Is it true that oral chelation therapy works to unclog arteries?

Not true: 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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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 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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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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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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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

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Could you tell me about the positive and negative of chelation therapy for arteriosclerosis?

Could you tell me about the positive and negative of chelation therapy for arteriosclerosis?

Gray area: Many studies have shown no benefit over the years but the most recent study, published in the last year did show some benefit. It's a gray area right now, certainly far from proved, and not mainstream. I'd stay away from it. In the 1970s there were many shadowy clinics offering it and the only ones who definitely benefitted were the ones who got paid for it. ...Read more