Years ago, a patient of mine named Al asked me about a “new treatment” he’d read about in the National Enquirer, of all places. He said it could “dissolve away” the rust and crud in your arteries, so you could avoid coronary bypass surgery.
I patiently explained to Al that tabloid articles aren’t worth the yellow paper they are printed on. But he didn’t let me off the hook. Al said to me, “Listen, Doc, just because it wasn’t in some medical journal doesn’t mean it’s not true. Do you know enough about it to say it’s bull?” He had a point.
So I did what most doctors would never do——I looked into it. What I found has profoundly changed the way I view the treatment of heart disease——and, to some extent, medicine in general. This “tabloid cure” is called chelation therapy, and it just may be the thing that keeps you from having your chest cracked open on some operating table.
What the National Enquirer taught me about heart disease
That National Enquirer article was 40 years ago. Hardly anyone had heard of chelation therapy back then, and there was no Internet to do a quick Google search. Al had sent me on a bit of a goose chase.
After a number of false starts, I found an organization of doctors who advocated chelation therapy. I studied their research information, listened to their case histories, went to their meetings, and have been an enthusiastic supporter and practitioner of chelation therapy ever since. I have treated hundreds of patients over the years, starting with Al, and have seen some truly remarkable results.
Even though chelation therapy is much more widely accepted nowadays, questions and doubts still surround this miracle cure. But it’s not because of a lack of research and clinical evidence. The problem is that it’s so beneficial that it’s bound to put a dent in the bottom line of the heart disease industry. Can you imagine…
A therapy that eliminates the need for bypass surgery and angioplasty?!
Those procedures are complicated and life-threatening, and there’s no evidence to suggest that they extend your life or reduce your chance of a heart attack. The only thing bypasses and angioplasties have been shown to do without fail is make doctors rich.
Chelation is designed to keep you from ever seeing the inside of an operating room. It injects special chemicals into your bloodstream, where they bind with calcium, iron, and other metals, and remove them from your body. When most people think of chelation, they think of it as a way to treat lead toxicity (in fact, this is the only FDA-approved use for chelation). But it can also be extremely beneficial for treating cardiovascular disease.
Last month, I told you about how the lack of vitamin K in your diet can lead to the buildup of calcium in your arteries. Chelation literally claws the calcium out of a constricted vessel and eliminates it from your body. Then the plaque slowly dissolves away. Sounds simple——and it is.
How one scientist accidentally discovered one of the century’s greatest medical miracles
The primary chelating agent used in clinical practice is called EDTA (ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid). In the 1950s, a cardiologist named Dr. Norman E. Clarke was using EDTA to treat his patients for lead toxicity when the unexpected happened: The patients with angina symptoms said that they had less chest pain. When Clarke began to look into it further, he found that patients had all sorts of improved symptoms.
According to Elmer Cranton, M.D., author of Bypassing Bypass, after intravenous EDTA chelation treatments, patients saw their chest pain and exercise-induced leg pain diminish…sometimes it vanished altogether! Cranton also saw improvements in patients suffering from memory loss, senility, and chronic skin ulcers.
Imagine treating a patient with such severely blocked arteries that his toes had become gangrenous. The only solution was to amputate. But after a series of treatments with chelation therapy, the problem was solved!
There’s also compelling evidence that chelation can prevent cancer. According to an article published in the Journal of Advancement in Medicine back in 1989, Walter Blumer, M.D., and Elmer Cranton studied the use of chelation in the treatment of lead poisoning…but when they did follow-up examinations on the research subjects, they found…
A 90 percent decrease in the incidence of cancer!
The chelation procedure is relatively simple. The doctor will check you out for kidney malfunction, heart failure, and any other condition that would indicate the need for a modified, more cautious approach. There are few patients who cannot tolerate the treatment. You will sit in a reclining chair for two to three hours taking an intravenous drip. The most common side effect is boredom, so bring an interesting book.
You should commit yourself to 30 treatments. Don’t expect miracles with the first infusion——after all, you didn’t get in this terrible shape overnight!
For more information on how and where to get treatments, contact the American College for the Advancement of Medicine by calling (800) 532-3688 or going online to www.acam.org.