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 Chelation Therapy: The History of EDTA  
 

Other unexpected benefits which chelation therapy has produced in many patients include a reduction in the amount of insulin which diabetics require to maintain a stable condition, as well as marked improvements in many patients with kidney dysfunction (see also Chapter 6 on the potential danger to kidney function under certain conditions of wrong use of EDTA). More surprisingly, perhaps, a great deal of functional improvement in patients with Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease is sometimes seen. Just how chelation could help in these states is not clear, apart from the unpredictable benefits of circulatory enhancement, and it may be that patients who appear to find relief from the symptoms of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases might have had a faulty diagnosis, despite displaying all the classical signs associated with them.

New York studies on hyperactive children, using EDTA, have shown remarkable benefits, thought to relate to the removal of lead which may have accumulated in greater quantities in some of these children, due to their relative deficiency of major protective nutrients such as zinc and vitamin C, not uncommonly observed in such children.

As described in Chapter 5, there is also well­documented Swiss evidence of chelation therapy offering marked protection against the development of cancer as well as a suggestion that it could be useful in treating some forms of this disease.

Safety

The safety aspect of the use of EDTA in therapy has been phenomenal, with hardly any serious reactions being recorded amongst the host of seriously ill people to whom chelation therapy has been correctly applied. The commonest short­term side­effects, as well as precautions associated with EDTA usage, are discussed at length in Chapter 6.

By 1980 it was estimated by Bruce Halstead, MD, (Halstead 1979) that there had been over 2 million applications of EDTA therapy involving some 100 million infusions, with not a single fatality, in the USA alone. The most effective use of chelation therapy has, over the 30 years of its successful application, been consistently found to be related to those diseases in which heavy metal or calcium deposits are major factors.

Have there been double blind trials, the yardstick by which so much in medicine is judged? Hardly any, because, as Halstead states: 'It is impossible to administer EDTA blindly (i.e., so that neither the doctor nor the patient knows whether real EDTA or a substitute is being used), because it can be readily differentiated from an innocuous placebo by even one unacquainted with the compound'.

This is a major obstacle to its acceptance by mainstream medicine, but should not prevent those interested in its claims from examining the objective evidence. It should not require double­blind control studies to impress the observer with the possibility that people are actually getting better when severely ill people, with advanced circulatory problems, sometimes involving gangrene, show steady improvement in their functions, better muscular co­ordination, the disappearance of angina pain, increased ability to walk and work, restoration or improvement of brain function, better skin tone and more powerful arterial pulsations, along with the restoration of normal temperature in the extremities. This is particularly true in many patients who are slated to undergo bypass surgery, and this brings us close to one reason for orthodox medicine's rejection (in the main) of chelation's claims.

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Leon Chaitow ND, DO, MROA practicing naturopath, osteopath, and acupuncturist in the United Kingdom, with over forty years clinical experience, Chaitow is Editor-in-Chief, of the ...more
 
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