Could Chelation Save Your Life?

With Denise Foley and Eileen Nechas    

Special Supplement to Health & Longevity  

Cardiovascular disease kills almost 1 million Americans a year. As a former bypass surgeon, I’ve experienced firsthand the pain and frustration that too many bypass patients go through, but the success stories of my own chelation patients-and thousands of others – give me hope that there is a better way.

Chelation (Pronounced “Key-lay-shun”) therapy is controversial, no doubt. Alternative therapies usually are. But success stories of real people prove that chelation helps in preventing – and can even completely reverse – symptoms of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, metal poisoning, and a host of other serious health problems.

The public has been kept in the dark about chelation for too long. The remarkable turnarounds that these patients have experienced, along with years of intensive study on the subject, make me aware of how useful chelation can be. And that’s why I decided to sit down and cover all the facts…outline all the pros and cons…report all evidence, conflicting opinions, and case histories…and explain exactly what chelation therapy is in this comprehensive report. It’s written in language anyone can understand-not just doctors-and is meant to help you make the best decision possible.

 The straight story about chelation therapy

The more you’ve heard and read about chelation therapy, the more confused you must be. This treatment for vascular diseases is so controversial that it has become confrontational, creating what amounts to a war between allopathic physicians and those of us who practice alternative medicine.

We say:                                                                        They say:

* Chelation therapy works.                                           * It doesn’t work.

* We have scientific proof                                             * There is no scientific proof

* It’s perfectly safe                                                       * There are dangerous side effects

* It’s reasonably priced.                                               * It’s outrageously expensive

* It’s a godsend.                                                           * It’s pure quackery.

Indeed, one of my oldest friends, a doctor, was so irrational on the subject that he threatened to end our close relationship if what he heard about me was true-that I perform chelation therapy at my clinic.

How can this be? How can two well-trained, intelligent, and caring groups of medical people have such completely and totally opposite points of view? Chelation either works or it doesn’t. It’s safe or it isn’t. We either have scientific proof of its effectiveness or we don’t. The pros and the cons can’t both be right, Right?

Well, you may be confused, But I’m not. I don’t much care what the scientific community has to say- I Know that chelation works. And I know that it’s safe. The only real question is whether or not it’s right for you, and it’s my job to give you all the information you need in order to make that decision. That’s why I decided to write this special report.

 What, exactly, is chelation therapy?

Chelation therapy has long been approved of and used by most physicians as a treatment for heavy metal poisoning, especially lead and mercury poisoning. A man-made amino acid called EDTA is administered into the veins. (EDTA is the abbreviation commonly used for the longwinded full name of this substance-ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid.) The EDTA chelates, or seeks out and binds to, the heavy metal ) chelate means clawlike), creating a new compound that can be flushed out of the body through the kidneys and urine.

Unlike bypass surgery, which is limited to aiding only heart functioning, chelation therapy has the potential of enhancing the entire circulatory system by cleansing all of the vessels and organs in your body.

There’s no controversy here. It’s only when chelation is used as at treatment for atherosclerosis that the bareknuckled attacks begin.

 A modern discovery in the tradition of the best old-time folk cures

The idea that chelation might do more than cure lead poisoning surfaced back in the 1950’s. Additional benefits of EDTA were discovered the same way the remarkable healing powers of certain herbs and plants were discovered by folk healers throughtout history-by observation.

According to Elmer Cranton, M.D., a longtime chelation advocated and author of Bypassing Bypass: The New Technique of Chelatoin Therapy, patients chelated for lead poisoning noticed that they felt better after their treatments. Those who also had atherosclerosis reported that they were now able to walk longer distances and had less chest and leg pain. Even those with angina said they could exert themselves more without discomfort.

A handful of researchers took notice. They theorized that because EDTA also binds to calcium-a component of atherosclerotic plaque-it might be able to break down and shrink the buildup inside arteries. This would improve circulation and reduce heart-disease symptoms and leg pain.

This makes perfect sense when you consider that the body’s own cleansing system is often already weakened before the heart shows symptoms, due to artherosclerotic plaque in the kidney vessels. According to Serafina Corsello, a chelation practitioner in Huntington, New York, “by regulating the amount of EDTA and adding vitamin C to repair tissues, we can clean out the little vessels of the kidneys. Then we can increase the amount of EDTA and ultimately clean the whole vascular system: the heart, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and brain.” While bypass surgery treats the symptoms of the disease, chelation therapy goes straight to the heart of the matter.

Members of the medical community were not impressed. Without sound, objective, scientific proof-and lots of it-they want nothing to do with alternative therapies. Anecdotal reports, no matter how compelling, are useless to them. And they claim they have yet to see any reports on chelation that would convince them to use it.

But, Frankly, I don’t care if they’re impressed! Chelation works. Period. That’s good enough for me right now. Sure, I’d like to see unconditional scientific proof of its effectiveness. But that can (and will) come later.

A skeptic’s introduction to this new idea

I must admit that I wasn’t always so positive about chelation therapy. My first experience with it was back in 1975 when was still practicing coronary bypass surgery and thought that was the be-all and end-all. I hadn’t even gotten to the point where I understood how important lifestyle changes are to prevent and treat heart disease. As far as  was concerned, surgery was the only option for my patients.

One of my patients absolutely refused to have surgery, even though I told him that in my professional opinion he had to have a bypass for his coronary artery disease. His arteries were so full of plaque that I feared he could suffer a heart attack at any moment. But he was adamantly opposed to “going under the knife,” as he referred to it. Instead, he ignored my recommendation and went to a chelation clinic located somewhere in Missouri. To say I was skeptical is an understatement. I figured he had about as good a chance there as he would with a voodoo doctor.

But, much to my surprise the next time I saw him, he was a different man. His symptoms were gone, and he said he felt great. “It must be the placebo effect,” I told myself. “This guy thinks it worked, so it worked.” I followed his progress over the next few years, thinking that, sooner or later, he’d have to undergo surgery. His disease eventually progressed, but he never did have bypass surgery. Instead, he went for regular chelation treatments, perhaps a couple of times a year, and continued to tell me he felt quite well.

 The more I saw, the less I doubted

Over the next few years, chelation started to get some press, and occasionally I would have a patient ask me about it. Usually these were people who, for one reason or another, refused to have bypass surgery-or were too sick to undergo the procedure. And at that time, there really was no other treatment that I could offer. So, if they were determined to try chelation, I recommended the clinic in Missouri where my patient had gone in 1975.

It didn’t take long for me to start accepting the idea of chelation therapy as an alternative treatment for some of my patient s with coronary artery disease. Patient after patient told me how much better he felt as result of chelation. They had much more energy and much less angina (chest pain due to narrowing of the coronary arteries). Most important, I witnessed how much more productive and satisfying their lives became as their symptoms subsided.