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What is chelation therepy?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: See below

Chelation is a bona fide way to treat poisoning with lead, mercury and iron overload.
However, a number of people are promoting calcium chelation with edta for heart disease and there is no evidence that it works. There are other diseases for which chelation may be offered as an "alternative medicine" treatment. See this site for more info: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/chelation-therapy/my0e.

In brief: See below

Chelation is a bona fide way to treat poisoning with lead, mercury and iron overload.
However, a number of people are promoting calcium chelation with edta for heart disease and there is no evidence that it works. There are other diseases for which chelation may be offered as an "alternative medicine" treatment. See this site for more info: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/chelation-therapy/my0e.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Tarek Naguib
Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Dr. Gurney Pearsall
Anti-Aging Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Removes Heavy Metals

The tact nih study on IV chelation is one of the few large clinical trials that showed some benefit.
See links below: 1) http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/news/press-releases/supplement/questions-and-answers-the-nih-trial-of-edta-chelation-therapy-for-coronary-heart-disease.Html 2) http://www.Forbes.Com/sites/larryhusten/2012/11/04/nih-trial-gives-surprising-boost-to-chelation-therapy/.

In brief: Removes Heavy Metals

The tact nih study on IV chelation is one of the few large clinical trials that showed some benefit.
See links below: 1) http://www.Nhlbi.Nih.Gov/news/press-releases/supplement/questions-and-answers-the-nih-trial-of-edta-chelation-therapy-for-coronary-heart-disease.Html 2) http://www.Forbes.Com/sites/larryhusten/2012/11/04/nih-trial-gives-surprising-boost-to-chelation-therapy/.
Dr. Gurney Pearsall
Dr. Gurney Pearsall
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Metal binder

I'll assume you're asking about the non-emergent treatment of atherosclerosis.
Evidence-based medicine will offer you overpriced pills from big pharma that do what they claim. A chelation therapist will offer you pricey infusions of edta that do nothing but make your fingers tingle. Both should agree that lifestyle especially fitness are much more important in keeping atherosclerosis at bay.

In brief: Metal binder

I'll assume you're asking about the non-emergent treatment of atherosclerosis.
Evidence-based medicine will offer you overpriced pills from big pharma that do what they claim. A chelation therapist will offer you pricey infusions of edta that do nothing but make your fingers tingle. Both should agree that lifestyle especially fitness are much more important in keeping atherosclerosis at bay.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
And good to see you back here. I'm VERY glad you have an inquiring mind; you and I share a concern about the underlying causes of ill-health, and (I suspect) also a commitment to healthy eating and physical fitness. Chances are a healthy and happy life will be yours.