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Chelation Therapy: "ByPass in a Bottle"

By John M. Burgstiner

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Heart Disease is the Number One Killer

 

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the number one killer in America. Some 7 million Americans suffer from CHD, a narrowing of the blood vessels that feed the heart. Each year, more than 500,000 men and women die from heart attacks caused by CHD (twice that many including strokes and other cardiovascular problems).

 

Big Business

 

America leads the world in heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, cancer, cholesterol lowering drug prescriptions, and expensive heart bypass surgeries - and the medical establishment is laughing all the way to the bank! Fifty billion dollars per year is being spent on heart bypass surgery alone, and many times that much on statins and other harmful prescription drugs.


Billions are being spent each year pumping out ludicrous propaganda about cholesterol being the cause of heart disease. Bewildered patients are being whisked off to emergency bypass surgery to save their life, only to find a year or two later that the $50,000 procedure has to be repeated. This most popular surgery in America has a 15% mortality rate for patients over age 65 and a whopping 85% reocclusion rate within sixteen months of the procedure! What is wrong with this picture?

 

Fortunately, there is a safe and cost effective way to halt and reverse cardiovascular disease by attacking its root cause. This remarkable alternative to drugs and surgical treatment has profound detoxifying effects on the body that have proven useful for treating not only heart disease, but heavy metal and other toxicities, strokes, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and cancer.

 

Chelation Therapy Goes to the Heart of the Problem!

 

Chelation therapy involves introducing specialized substances into the body that bind to heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, iron, copper or aluminum and make them water soluble so they can be eliminated by the kidneys through the urine. Chelation comes from the Greek word chele, which means to claw or to bind . By eliminating toxic or excess metals, chelation removes the multiplying force of free radicals in the body, the unstable atoms or molecules that destroy cell membranes and are thought to be at the very core of aging and the disease process.  

 

Free radical damage to epithelial cells that line arterial walls is said to contribute to the formation of atherosclerotic plaque and eventually to calcification of the arteries, which compromises both their flexibility and permeability. Impaired circulation and increased blood pressure are the logical result. By removing free radicals and their causes, chelation therapy allows the body's natural healing powers the opportunity to rejuvenate damaged cells, vessels and organs.


Chelation is a shining example of the power of dealing with the biochemical causes of disease rather than merely masking symptoms.

 

Types of Chelation Therapy

 

Intravenous (IV) Chelation therapy, in which a medical practitioner injects synthetic chelating agents directly into the blood stream, is not new. The British used it during World War II to treat victims of poison gas exposure. Today, IV Chelation therapy remains the undisputed treatment-of-choice for acute lead poisoning, even in children.


A number of synthetic chelating agents are used depending on the toxic exposure being treated, but by far the most popular is a synthetic amino acid called EDTA (ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid), which is typically administered by IV drip (1800-3000 mg) in an outpatient setting over a three to four hour period. Often the drip also contains vitamins and minerals. The number of treatments varies by individual need, but the typical course is one to three times per week for twenty to thirty treatments (at $100 each) with periodic maintenance drips.


Side Effects - Zinc, chromium or copper depletion (if not supplemented)

 

Oral Chelation therapy is also quite effective, but takes longer to achieve its desired effects, presumably because EDTA is only 5% absorbed into the bloodstream. Nonetheless (much to the dismay of the doctors who have cornered the market on IV chelation), there is sound clinical and scientific evidence that the oral approach increases both urinary and fecal excretion of heavy metals. Oral EDTA may be used as an adjunctive therapy with IV therapy or in combination with other natural chelating agents such as cysteine, N-acetyl cysteine, garlic or MSM. The recommended dose of oral EDTA is 1,000-2,000 mg per day in divided doses to be taken indefinitely, but for a minimum of three months.


Contraindications - Persons with end stage renal disease


Side Effects - Stomach upset (rare); zinc, chromium or copper depletion

 

The Bottom Line

 

Chelation therapy works!  It has been vigorously opposed by all forms of organized medicine precisely because it works so well to rid the body of harmful metals, toxins and free radicals, which can have profound influences on our health and quality of life.


It is proven to be a safe, effective, and inexpensive way to transform health and give heart or vascular patients a viable, noninvasive alternative to bypass surgery or amputation.  But don't wait until you are faced with a health crisis to find out for yourself the incredible benefits chelation has to offer. Although the profit driven powers that be will never allow chelation to be covered by insurance, it is well worth the personal investment.