Chelation therapy was first used in the early 20th century to treat metal poisoning. The treatment involves administering a drug called a chelator, which can bind or “grab” a metal that is later excreted in the urine. Alternative medicine practitioners have been using a chelator named disodium EDTA, to treat heart disease, claiming to see benefits since the 1950’s.
Recent research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that this old treatment that was once considered “quackery, expensive and unsafe”, may particularly benefit patients with diabetes mellitus and prior heart attacks.
How can chelation therapy help?
Some complications of diabetes may be caused by chemical reactions that happen to the excess sugar in the blood. These reactions are catalyzed, or facilitated, by metals and may lead to heart disease. EDTA chelates or removes these metals, in particular, lead and cadmium. Therefore, chelation to remove metals may treat or prevent heart disease.
How am I exposed to heavy metals?
The environment is polluted with metals that are toxic to our health. These metals may be found in contaminated food and water and common household items such as:
* Lead – in gasoline, plumbing, paint, some cosmetics.
* Arsenic – water, rice, apple juice, tobacco.
* Mercury – many fish, dental fillings (silver amalgams).
* Cadmium- in the manufacture of pigments, plastic and rechargeable batteries.
Have there been previous chelation studies?
Yes, in 2002, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute funded a $30 million clinical trial of chelation therapy in patients 50 years of age or older with a prior heart attack to finally understand whether EDTA chelation for coronary disease was safe and effective. So, the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT) was born.
Did chelation work?
It turns out it did. And it was safe! TACT enrolled 1,708 patients who were at least 50 years old and had a prior heart attack. Overall, patients received 55,222 intravenous infusions in 134 centers across the USA and Canada. The study lasted 10 years.
Results of TACT
- Overall, there was an 18% reduction in heart events (death, another heart attack, stroke, stents or bypass, and hospitalizations for angina) by EDTA infusions alone.
- A 26% reduction in the group that received EDTA infusions plus oral vitamins compared with placebo.
But the effect was even more striking in patients with diabetes.
- They had a 41% reduction in clinical events including a 43% reduction in death over 5 years with EDTA alone.
- Those who received EDTA infusions and oral multivitamins had a 51% reduction in cardiovascular events (stated above).
Learn more about the multiple benefits of chelation therapy and how your symptoms may be related to heavy metals. Make a consultation today to assess the state of your health and metal toxicity. Let your journey toward a healthy and vital life start today!