Chelation Therapy: Unproven Claims and Unsound Theories according to the Quackwatch naysayer.
Alternative Heart Treatment Moving Into the Mainstream according to a Newsmax Health report published October 14, 2015.
Apparently the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
agrees, since they just awarded an $800,000 grant to Mount Sinai Medical
Center of Florida and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, for a second
study on chelation therapy. This follow-up study is to be a follow-up
to the original study called the T.A.C.T. Trial, published in the American
Heart Journal. The original study demonstrated that chelation therapy
cut the risk of death for some heart patients by half, especially those
who are also diabetic.
Since the last 1950, when the statin drugs first came available commercially,
the mantra of heart disease prevention has been "take your statin
drugs, eat a low fat diet, and do some exercise." How well is that
working out for us? We have an epidemic of diabetes in the 21st century. Almost 10% of the population is diagnosed with diabetes, and
it is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that almost 30%
of the population has diabetes but just hasn't been diagnosed yet,
because they haven't checked.
Recent findings suggest that in fact statins may
cause diabetes - but that's the subject of a different article.
The following article appeared in MedScape on 10-16-15: "The Statin Diabetes Conundrum: Short-term Gain, Long-term Risk or Inconvenient Truth?"
 The author opines: "I believe the full effect of statins in diabetes
and the risk of statin-induced diabetes has been obfuscated by focusing
upon short-term observations, combined clinical end points, and meta-analyses
while quietly overlooking the lack of mortality benefit demonstrated in
multiple well-conducted RCTs." In conclusion, the author states:
"Reports that conclude that the benefits of statins outweigh the
risks have probably underestimated the long-term risks of statin exposure
and the deleterious consequences of long-term diabetes."
Suffice it to say that statins may not be the 100% pure gold for the treatment
of heart disease that they have been purported to be. Diabetes is widely
recognized as a significant risk factor for the development of both heart
disease and cancer, once the patient has had diabetes for at least 8 years.
One study reported a 363% increased risk of developing diabetes after
taking statins for 15 years. Statins are generally prescribed for life,
and most patients continue to take them - possibly because their insurance
continues to pay for statin drugs.
Be that as it may, there are other forms of therapy for heart disease that
may be more effective and less damaging. And the National Institutes of
Health has finally made it possible to do the studies that would confirm
or disprove this hypothesis.
Chelation therapy with EDTA (Ethylene Diamine Tetraacetic Acid) has been
in use by "alternative" physicians since the 1950s. One of my
colleagues had a strong family history of heart disease and experienced
disabling heart disease by his late 20s. He began chelation therapy, and
is still going strong at the age of 80, with no evidence of heart disease
Is chelation therapy entirely without risk? There have been scattered reports
of adverse effects - especially when the disodium form of EDTA was used
incorrectly. Overall the therapy is very safe when done correctly with
the appropriate medical monitoring of blood levels. In fact, chelation
therapy can improve kidney failure - as reported in a 2003 article published
in the New England Journal of Medicine.
So... if you have heart disease, have trouble walking without chest pain,
or leg pain, I urge you to consider chelation therapy. Your insurance
will pay for the statin drugs, but not the chelation therapy. That may
change in the distant future, but at the moment, the sad truth is that
chelation therapy is not mainstream, no matter what the newspapers may say.
Mediterranean diet - or even low glycemic diet - get off the statin drugs,
repair your nutritional status, give your mitochondria something to work
with, and get the lead out with EDTA chelation therapy, and you may have
a longer productive life.
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