Probably the most seriously
ill person whom we have treated, is how Chelation Centre's James
Kavanagh described the lady whose case history we next look at.
'Smoker's legs' is the slang
description for her condition. We'll refer to her as Eileen (not
her real name). She was 64 years old when she arrived for treatment,
barely able to walk even with a stick.
About 13 years before she
had needed a heart operation to fix up her aorta, the huge artery
growing out of the heart from which a complete system of arteries
develops. It had become blocked, and the operation was described
as 'aortoiliac reconstruction in which the 'bifurcation
was cleared out completely and was widened with a heartshaped
Unfortunately for Eileen,
her condition had continued to deteriorate despite this excellent
and literal unblocking and patchingup job.
She needed another operation, but the surgeon refused to operate
because of the state of her arteries. She would probably not survive
Her blood pressure was a phenomenal
200/155. Asked about this, Eileen commented it had 'always been rather high'! She had been taking drugs to control it for years.
Her husband tells the story:
It was a lucky day for Eileen
when she saw the article in Here's Health magazine about chelation therapy.
She had already had an operation
for a blockage at the lower end of her aorta some 11 years ago
and when a similar problem presented itself last year a senior
consultant thought a second operation was far too dangerous.
I don't doubt that he was
right, but it created a very traumatic situation which seemed
insurmountable until we saw the article. Fortunately tests
showed she was suitable for treatment. Twelve months ago she could
only walk, very slowly, for a few paces with the aid of a stick.
She was unable to climb any stairs. Today she walks well, climbs
steps and has even been dancing. An additional bonus is that she
has been able to give up her blood pressure tablets she
has taken them for years and her general feeling of wellbeing
is a pleasure to see.
Staff at the Chelation Centre
did not think that Eileen was going to get better, as several
times she arrived for an infusion still hobbling with her stick.
It turned out that, encouraged by her husband, between sessions
she had been overdoing her newly returned ability to walk and was
actually suffering because her muscles were redeveloping.
At the end of her programme,
the Centre's summary recorded her as looking, in her face, 15
years younger, able to walk more than a mile unaided 'and very
gracefully' with her blood pressure stabilized at 135/80 and all
'Thanks to chelation therapy',
says her husband, 'Eileen has been given a new lease of life for
which she and I are profoundly grateful'
Another person with walking
problems, whom we'll call Gerry, had a classic case of what is
known as claudication, and it was so bad that he could only cover
25 yards before the pain stopped him.
Claudication literally means
limping, or lameness. It usually turns up in people with circulatory
problems as intermittent claudication. It is usually caused by
the arteries being severely diseased. The pain starts up soon
after walking, becomes so bad that the person has to stop, and
then disappears completely when the legs are rested.
In January I could walk no
farther than 25 yards and was in acute pain at the end of it.
I would have to return to my car walking flat footed on my left
foot because it was too painful to take weight on the ball of
my foot. There was a gradual improvement in that by July I could
walk 200 yards but slowly and with a lot of pain.
I started chelation in July
and noticed no improvement until the sixth infusion, when I realized
one day that I had walked from Oxford Circus station to Wimpole
Street with only marginal discomfort in the leg.
After the seventh infusion
I found a considerable improvement again, and after the eighth
I was able to walk briskly, and I recall telling Dr P and
several of the patients that I had turned a corner. The improvement
continued and I have now had 11 infusions.
Two days ago I walked one
and a half miles (2.4km) at normal walking pace with no discomfort
in the leg. I sat for a few minutes and did the return walk, at
the end of which I had only marginal discomfort in the leg. Yesterday
I set out on a brisk walk (service marching pace of four
miles [6.4km] to the hour) without any problem.
My legs were marginally uncomfortable
at the end of it, but what one has to remember is that years ago,
before claudication became apparent, my legs, like those of other
fit people, would have some mild degree of discomfort after a
brisk oneandahalfmile walk.
As a means of testing chelation,
Gerry purposely did not lose weight or stop smoking during the
11 infusions! 'The benefits I have seen could only have come from
chelation', he says. 'Now that I have conducted my own clinical
trial, weight loss and cessation of smoking will be effected.'
Gerry also reported 'sideeffects'
early improvements in fact: 'Better hearing, eyesight,
mental alertness and erections.'
Another man who continued
to smoke through his treatment worried James Kavanagh: 'He did
not make as much progress as he might have done, and I was sure
that his next step would be surgery.'
Michael (not his real name)
had severe claudication when he first came for chelation. He had
been unable to sleep properly for months, since as soon as he
put his legs anywhere near the horizontal the pains in his calf
became unbearable, since gravity was no longer able to help the
flow of blood. He could walk only 100 yards (91m) before seizing
up and had been forced to stop work. He looked very old.
The cause of his condition
seemed to be his heavy smoking plus slightly high blood cholesterol
readings. The tests showed severe circulatory disease in his legs,
but no one could judge the exact extent of it since Michael was
not about to let anyone cut into him. A professor at a leading
London hospital had recommended an invasive check of his lumbar
area and he had refused. In fact he wasn't all that happy about
chelation, and had seemed to agree to a course twice a
week for three months only because he was more afraid that
if things got worse he would have to agree to invasive
He was, in the consultants
terms, 'a real problem.' The Chelation Centre really thought he
would need surgery, but Michael was set against it. The Doppler,
soundwave test used at the Centre revealed massive obstructions
in his arteries. And he would not stop smoking.
Yet, against the expectations
and against the odds, chelation was able to make a real impression
in the three months. A revealing measure of the improvement was
a walking treadmill test three months after completion of the
initial course, which shows whether the improvement is lasting
and is maintained. Michael initially stopped in pain at one minute
30 seconds at 2 mph (3.2kph) on the flat; his followup showed
he could go for three minutes 50 seconds.
This added to the other effects:
the nighttime resting pain was relieved, and the Doppler
test showed minor improvements in the flow of blood where previously
there had been all the signs of an irreversible continuation of
the blocking; these combined to relieve Michael of a great deal
James Kavanagh hoped that
Michael's GP would be able to find the funds to enable him to
take another course of treatment and would help him stop smoking,
but could only be pleased at the results: 'He is able to walk
and produce his own lactic acid (a byproduct of exercise)
to help himself and he now works fulltime again. And he is much
more happy and confident as a result.'
Another huge improvement in
claudication was seen in a 54yearold man we'll call
Peter, who could manage a maximum of 150 yards (137m) on a slight
incline before being stopped by the pain in his right calf. This
is no way for a 54yearold to face life.
This man, a flight engineer,
had faced and passed regular flying medicals. They
had not picked up, or looked for, the cause of his problem
a generalized arteriosclerosis of the right leg with blockages
which the Chelation Centre tests found out to be due to
very high levels of cholesterol.
Peter had given up smoking
years before, so it was clear that the dramatic improvement in
his condition was again due only to chelation. Dramatic? Well,
he had only ten infusions starting in November. When he booked
in for his seventh infusion in March, he had already taken part
in a tenmile
walk without any claudication pain.
After ten treatments, he was
reporting that his walks on the Downs were back to the distances
he was covering five years previously, walking a regular 45
miles (6.58km) with no pain.
Some people show their circulatory
problems by not being able to walk too far; others are more dramatic
they pass out.
These are the 'cranial' cases.
People with disease of the arteries that take blood and oxygen
to the brain. On the way, the blood passes through the neck, and
at the carotid arteries, the main highways from heart to head,
Doppler sound testing can reveal where and how bad the obstructions
Luckily for the 'cranials'
chelation can be as dramatic as their habit of falling over several
times a day.
Catherine (not her real name)
was 66 and was blacking out three or more times a day. This was
not only embarrassing, but dangerous. If she felt herself 'going'
at home she could usually avoid the corners of tables or 'arrange'
to drop saucepans where they would do least damage, but she was
rightly worried that she might collapse while out shopping and
be hit by a car.
But it was an embarrassing
moment that highlighted her condition at the Chelation Centre.
The first thing staff knew about it was when she turned up for
her first infusion and passed out in the toilet. Since then the
locks have been changed so that they can be opened from the outside
The problem with cranial insufficiency
is that you feel bad all over even when you're not falling over.
The brain needs massive amounts of oxygen. When it doesn't get
it you can feel washed out all the time, and generally ill every
day for no good reason.