Chelation Therapy: An Amazing Medical Mistake

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In the 1940s, chelation therapy was a relatively new procedure. It was performed by introducing amino acid salts into the bloodstream to bind to toxic metals that had invaded the body and caused lead poisoning, for people working in certain industrial settings or who had been exposed to lead-based paints. EDTA was the name given to these amino acid salts ( the chemical name is actually calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacidic acid), and they bound to any toxic metals in the bloodstream so they were flushed out of the system to cleanse the blood. The procedure was revolutionary and experimental, and side effects of this new procedure were carefully documented.

The new procedure produced some surprising side effects. As the toxic metals (notably lead) were removed from patients' bodies, many of them began experiencing noticeable changes in other areas. They began reporting improvements in vision, hearing and other areas of difficulty. Mobility was improved, circulation also improved and some reported a decrease in claudication (crippling of hands and feet). These results and others have led to deeper study and use of EDTA chelation therapy, and many other studies have been undertaken to discover other areas of health that chelation therapy could have a positive effect on. In 2007, over 111,000 people underwent chelation therapy for treatment of various health issues.

Today the NIH is still conducting clinical research of this intravenous cleansing method, and new studies are indicating more uses for chelation therapy. Coronary artery disease is a major cause of death by heart attack or interrupted blood flow to the heart. It is caused by a buildup of cholesterol fats and calcium deposits (called plaque) in the main arteries that lead to the heart. Chelation therapy appears to leach the calcium deposits from the fatty plaque lining the arteries, causing the buildup to break apart and be carried out of the body.

Please note: I have done some additional research on exactly how that process works because this is fascinating to me. What I've found is that it isn't quite that simple; in fact, it's a bit more complicated. The EDTA chelation actually binds to the heavy metals in your bloodstream, triggering your body's normal elimination system in removal of the resulting metal/EDTA particles. As toxic metals are removed, normal cellular cleansing activities are restored and rejuvenated cells rid themselves of the calcium buildup. Your cells are capable of cleansing and repairing themselves when they are not full of toxins.

The end result is healthy veins and arteries, which translates to reversal of "hardening of the arteries" and...well, healthy veins and arteries. Heart health is restored, and the threat of heart attack is removed as the plaque dissolves.

This therapy has caused much controversy over the years. The pharmaceutical companies do not want competition and they did everything in their power to stop physicians from using chelation therapy. Heart disease and related circulatory health issues represent billions of dollars in profitable "heart drug" sales, and chelation therapy is cheaper, safer and extremely effective. EDTA chelation therapy removes not only lead, but also other toxic metals (like mercury or iron), and calcium buildup in veins, arteries and cells.

A Textbook on EDTA Chelation Therapy, Second Edition was written by Elmer M. Cranton, MD which features 38 chapters of information, protocols, research study results and supporting information for the effective use and results of chelation therapy. Every EDTA chelation research study conducted on this cleansing therapy has shown positive results. The safety and effectiveness of this procedure are well documented, and the book is recommended reading for anyone looking for effective, non-invasive solutions for common circulatory diseases. If you purchase Dr. Cranton's book through the link below, I will earn a small commission-but you can also simply Google the book title and purchase this informative issue any way you like.

Chelation therapy is also an effective treatment for other health issues such as certain drug toxicity, plaque removals and improvement of a growing number of circulatory disorders. There are doctors who practice chelation therapy as an alternative course of treatment for people who don't like the thought of drugs or surgery. It is a growing protocol and one with an excellent and growing reputation for the many health benefits it provides.

In addition to EDTA chelation, there are several foods that perform very effectively as heavy metal chelators in the body: lemons, limes, chlorella, cilantro, parsley broccoli, kale, and garlic all bind to metals in the body so they can be eliminated. We live in a toxic world, full of pesticides and chemicals. Every one of us has traces of these chemical residues in our bodies. They are simply unavoidable in our society, and in order to cleanse our bodies of harmful metals and chemical traces, we need to know what foods will help.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

I recently heard of this. It is very popular in Asian countries. It is primarily used to cure neurological degenerative diseases.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

This is a very interesting hub Lacy, thank you for the information. I too understood it to be more popular in Asian Countries and had not heard of it here in the USA recently.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Thanks Laceylinks, this hub gae important info. What negative sideeffects should one expect from this treatment?


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healthwriterbob 4 years ago from United States

Hi Laceylinks,

Very interesting hub. The "side effects" of the treatment seem to be the good and desirable kind. EDTA is a very inexpensive and readily available chemical so chelation therapy has the potential to lower healthcare costs for the treatment of coronary heart disease. Voted up and interesting. Sharing with my followers.


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Laceylinks 4 years ago from Alabama Author

Hi jpcmc~ I looked for negative effects and found that as toxins leave the body they can cause headaches, nausea and even vomiting. To me this seems mild if you compare these side effects with, say, chemotherapy or other drug side effects. It has been suggested that chelation therapy could result in kidney and heart failure, and chelation therapy is contraindicated for children and pregnant or lactating women. There are strict protocols that must be followed for chelation therapy, and you should go to a board certified chelation doctor for any treatment. There are chelation therapy centers that do nothing but.


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pjpitts 4 years ago from United States

I have never heard of chelation therapy, how interesting, it sounds very useful and noninvasive. Thanks for sharing this information!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Interesting to learn more about chelation therapy. I had heard of it before, but now you've piqued my interest!


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ChristinS 4 years ago from Midwest

Very interesting and informative hub on the benefits of Chelation therapy. Sometimes the best things come about accidentally. I'm glad that studies are being done on it to give it more validity in the eyes of modern medicine. I believe that most "alternative" remedies are a far better choice than drugs. I am curious to learn more about this therapy now. voted up and interesting.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Thanks again Laceylinks. The next question now is how and where to find reputable clinics for the treatment. Perhaps you can make a hub on this?


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Laceylinks 4 years ago from Alabama Author

Hi again~ Here is a link to a locator site I found that offers information on locating a chelation practitioner. If you're interested in this therapy I hope you find one near you!

http://www.worldwidehealthcenter.net/directory-10....


S daud mohtar 4 years ago

Am suffered of angina pain and can't even walk ten steps away, but after having 30sessions of chelation therapy now i can play golf, cycling for an everage of 10km everyday....


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Laceylinks 4 years ago from Alabama Author

That's AMAZING! I am very glad your life has improved through this procedure. This was such an interesting discovery, wasn't it?


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Dreamjar 4 years ago from Florida

This is a very informative article. It is easy to understand and clearly promotes your positive view of the therapy tempered with the understanding that really understanding a treatment is important. Voted up


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Laceylinks 4 years ago from Alabama Author

Hi Dreamjar,

Thank you for reading and commenting, I appreciate it. I was very interested in trying some version of this therapy just to see the results on myself, but I couldn't find a chelation doctor in my vicinity. I ended up purchasing an oral chelation supplement (although they are not quite as effective as the intravenous kind) and used it for a month. I noticed my legs looking nicer than they have in years (I did have spider veins and occasional ankle swelling), and improved concentration. Not the effects I expected, but I don't have any real health problems and I'm very happy with my results.


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conradofontanilla 4 years ago from Philippines

I have a copy of "Bypassing Bypass" by Elmer Cranton, MD and A. Brecher (1984) and a book of the same title by Dr. Cranton, updated second edition (1995). I got a copy of the updated edition first that convinced me to undergo infusion chelation therapy for my myocardial ischemia. I have already completed 35 of a 45-session program that started in 2009. My chelationist, Dr. Arturo V. Estuita who has a clinic at Pasay City, Philippines assessed me as: angina treated, hypertension controlled, possibility of heart attack eliminated. I have regained strength as can be seen in over a hundred Hubs I have posted in conradofontanilla.hubpages.com including discussions of and anecdotes on chelation therapy.


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Laceylinks 4 years ago from Alabama Author

Hi Conrad~ I will be reading your Hubs right after I post this reply. I am very interested in reading how this therapy changed your prognosis and your life. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!


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2besure 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

What an interesting hub on chelation therapy. I had heard it might also be helpful with children with autism.


conradofontanilla 4 years ago

I have not read up on autism. However, if it is caused or confounded by free radicals or reactive oxygen species, chelation therapy can help remedy it. Autism is probably caused by deterioration of brain cells or neurons, caused in turn by free radicals and reactive oxygen species. I have a friend who has two autistic sons. I cannot imagine the stress a parent of an autistic sibling is going through.

I have discussed in one of my Hubs that the fetus is not protected by fat-based antioxidants like vitamin E because vitamin E cannot pass through the placenta, according to Erwin de Cyan, Ph. D. in his book "Vitamin E and Aging." That is why a newborn is immediately administered with vitamin E.


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Laceylinks 4 years ago from Alabama Author

I waited on a customer last week shopping for shoes for her autistic nineteen year old son. He did not respond verbally but his eye contact was good, he seemed engaged in the process, and interested, and he responded to both of our requests (ok, now stand up and walk, now try on these, etc) as he tried on shoes. He even indicated his preference. I thought autistic people were totally withdrawn, but he was not. He seemed to be just distracted. If he were not autistic, I believe he would have been a very gregarious and friendly guy- that was my overall impression. Maybe there are levels of autism?


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conradofontanilla 2 years ago from Philippines

Lacylinks,

I have finally posted a Hub where I discuss the results of a double blind randomized with control study on chelation therapy called "Trials to assess chelation therapy." It was sponsored by National Institutes of Health at the cost of $30 million. I have two Hubs in "Related Hubs" one is "USA (National Institutes of Health) Has Announced Chelation Therapy as Safe and Effective." the other is "The Last Heart Attack..." where I discuss this topic. Of course, videos are available in Youtube.

I read from the website Dr. Mercola that MMR vaccines cause autism. One British author exposes this hazard.


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Laceylinks 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Thank you for your comment, Mr. ConradofOntanilla! To read the ongoing results of studies is good news inded! I found it fascinating to read that chelation therapy was also shown to cure diabetes. I look forward to reading more of your work. I did a little fact-finding about the cost of this procedure. You said you took 45 infusions. If what I found was true, you spent close to $6000 for the treatments. Not a small amount, but in comparison to some other types of therapies it appears to be well worth the cost~


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conradofontanilla 2 years ago from Philippines

Lacylinks,

My whole chelation program is 45 sessions. So far I have only taken 42. I intend to complete my program. Another plus for chelation therapy is that you can take it in installments of at least once in three months. As I gained strength since the 15th session I could earn to pay for the next sessions. There are other beneficial side effects like treatment of cancer, lupus, hepatitis B, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, arthritis. In fact, the range of diseases caused by free radicals and reactive oxygen species. Am I glad that my decision to go for chelation therapy is vindicated. Foremost by my health condition now, and by the double blind randomized with control study on chelation therapy.

In the Philippines, the cost of angiogram, a preparation for angioplasty and bypass surgery is about Php 50,000 to Php 100, ooo depending on the hospital. Those with the reputation of having new machines, not necessarily good surgeons, charge more. The cost of bypass surgery is about half a million pesos to a million pesos, 45 pesos to the dollar. And you have to pay that in one shot.


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Laceylinks 2 years ago from Alabama Author

As prohibitive as the cost of conventional treatments is, chelation therapy seems to me to be the better method in every way. Looking at the cost as well as the non-invasiveness it is the method I would choose! I am glad your health is improving and you need not suffer the dangers of surgery in order to live disease-free. God Bless.

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