- What is Arteriosclerosis and How is it Treated?
What is Chelation Therapy?
History of Development of E.D.T.A. and its Medical Usage
What is Chelation Therapy Used For?
Can Chelation Be Used as a Preventive Measure?
How Does Chelation Work?
Have Scientific Studies Shown That Chelation Therapy is Effective?
How is Chelation Therapy Given?
Are There Any Side Effects?
"Good" Side Effects
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
Will Chelation Therapy Work By Itself?
Diet & Lifestyle
What Can I Expect
What Tests Will I Need To Start Chelation?
What Do I Do On The Day Of Treatment?
Do's & Don't's
Will Insurance Companies Pay for Chelation Therapy?
Locations of common sites of arterial obstructive disease.
A small increase in the diameter of an obstructed artery
results in a large increase in blood flow throught that artery.
A study of 470 patients in Denmark was published in 1993 by Drs. C. Hancke and K. Flytlie. In this study 80 to 91% improvement was documented depending on the measurement used. Of special interest: 92 of these patients had been initially referred for surgery (27 for leg amputations and 65 for coronary bypass) but after undergoing Chelation Therapy only 10 of this group had to undergo surgery. (Only 3 had amputations and 7 went to bypass surgery.) This saved 24 legs, 58 open-chest surgeries and $3,000,000 of insurance money in Denmark.36 In 1994, Drs. Rudolph, Samuels, and McDonagh reported a dramatic improvement in a 59-year-old woman's visual fields after 30 Chelation treatments. This patient had been diagnosed with Map-Dot-Fingerprint dystrophy, a form of macular degeneration. Concomitantly her visual acuity was restored to normal after the treatments and 1-year follow-up revealed no relapse.37 Even studies that purport to prove that Chelation Therapy isn't effective, when carefully analyzed, reveal the efficacy of E.D.T.A. The study of Van Rij showed that 60% of patients with very severe peripheral vascular disease in fact improved after 20 infusions of E.D.T.A. And, in this study, the E.D.T.A. group was compared to a "placebo" group that in fact received thiamine, vitamin C and magnesium. This was not in fact a placebo and only serves to prove that the vitamins and minerals we routinely add to the Chelation solution in fact are also efficacious in improving circulation!38 Dr. H.J. Holliday, a vascular surgeon, published a case study in 1996 of a patient with recurrent carotid stenosis after an endarterectomy operation that he then chelated with E.D.T.A. This patient presented with an 80-85% stenosis of the right internal carotid artery and underwent an operation to remove the plaque. However, 2 years later the obstruction recurred to 65-70% and in 6 more months it had progressed to 70-75% again. The patient elected to undergo chelation therapy instead of another operation and after 20 chelation treatments the stenosis was reduced to 60-65% with a concomitant decrease in peak velocities with Doppler indicating an improvement in the hemodynamics at the site of obstruction. Dr. Holliday concluded that "E.D.T.A. chelation provides an exciting approach ... that reduces the degree of blockage".39 Dr. Majid Ali and his associates published a study in which 26 consecutive patients with ischemic heart disease who had failed to respond to various combinations of by-pass surgery, angioplasty and multiple drug therapies were treated with 20 or more infusions of E.D.T.A. Some of these patients were assessed with Thallium Myocardial Perfusion Scans before and after their treatments. Of the 6 patients who underwent these scans 5 showed definite improvement in myocardial perfusion (more blood flowing to the heart muscle in areas previously lacking such flow). Overall clinical improvement as judged by relief of symptoms was as follows: 61% excellent, 17% good, 13% moderate and 9% poor. This is obviously far better results than can be expected from a placebo effect and there was no mortality (death) during the course of the study.40 The question is always raised by patients and doctors alike: will Chelation Therapy unblock obstructed arteries? While there is no definitive proof at this time that is acceptable to the FDA, there are studies, which are highly suggestive that Chelation can do this. Drs. Rudolph and McDonagh treated a man with severe hypertension with a blockage to his left renal (kidney) artery. The patient underwent Chelation Therapy as an alternative to surgery. After 70 treatments there was a dramatic reduction of obstruction in the artery from 60-70% down to about 20% and his blood pressure normalized.45 The American College for Advancement in Medicine is working with doctors and hospitals worldwide to sponsor studies to document E.D.T.A. Chelation therapy as a viable treatment for arteriosclerosis and other diseases of aging. In time we believe E.D.T.A. Chelation Therapy will become an accepted, "standard" procedure in the practice of medicine. NOTE: Individuals wishing to obtain a compendium of scientific articles on E.D.T.A. Chelation therapy may obtain the following volume from the publisher. A Textbook on E.D.T.A. Chelation edited by E.M. Cranton. Forward by Linus Pauling, Ph.D. Journal of Advancement in Medicine, Volume 2: l/2, Spring/Summer 1989. Published by Human Sciences Press, Inc., 233 Spring Street, New York, New York, 10013–1578. 1-212-620-8473. One can also access more information about and literature related to E.D.T.A. Chelation Therapy via the website of ACAM at http://www.acam.org
- Stop smoking.
- Change your dietary habits.
- Reduce stress
- Take your nutritional supplements as required.
by Jann M. Gentry-Glander
In conjunction with Odyssey Clinical Studies
and David H. Saxon, MD
Blood Mineral Panel Levels of the essential elements such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, and manganese are measured in the whole blood to determine deficiency or excess of these elements and thereby guide in the prescription of nutritional supplements. Whole blood may give a better reflection of essential metal content in the human body than the hair analysis does. There is some evidence that other metals included in this panel such as selenium and copper, may also contribute to whether you will be advised to supplement these metals or avoid them in your nutritional supplements. After all of your lab data are gathered, Dr. Waters will explain the findings to you and a nutritional supplement program will be prescribed. Follow-up lab tests will be done to assess your progress and assure safety of the procedure. Besides the chemistry tests that we do, we ask that you send any cardiovascular tests done by doctors or hospitals to us. These would include Doppler Ultrasound exams of the blood vessels in the neck and lower limbs, EKG's, Treadmill/stress tests, Echocardiograms and reports of hospitalizations, angiograms and operations. Ask the receptionist for record releases to obtain these records for your file.
- — DOs — DO drink plenty of water every day, especially the days of Chelation. We provide the best water you can drink to cleanse your system of poisons — distilled water! DO wear loose fitting clothing. No restrictive sleeves. DO eat a big meal before Chelation therapy. DO bring healthy snacks such as meat, vegetables, or fruit to eat during Chelation therapy. DO practice deep breathing exercises daily. Close your eyes, sit quietly and inhale slowly until your lungs are filled. Stop for a moment and then exhale completely. This will bring much needed oxygen to your cells to revitalize them.
— DON'Ts — DON'T drink any caffeinated beverages the day of treatment. Caffeine dehydrates your body, constricts your veins and makes it more difficult to start your I.V. DON'T drink milk before or after your treatments. DON'T take supplements containing minerals before your treatments. DON'T cross your legs during treatment because it cuts off the circulation to your feet and toes. DON'T bring junk food to the clinic to eat during Chelation. These include soda pop, cookies, candy, chips, white bread, crackers, etc. If you don't know if something is junk, ask! DON'T wear perfumes, cologne, or other strongly scented cosmetics the day of treatment. Many people are allergic to strong odors and will feel sick if they are exposed to them.
- For printed copies of this booklet contact: Waters Preventive Medical Center, Ltd.
320 Race St., P.O. Box 357
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965