|POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF EDTA
Reduces blood cholesterol levels
Lowers high blood pressure
Avoids by-pass surgery
Reserves digitalis toxicity
Removes calcium from atherosclerotic plaques
Dissolves intra-arterial blood clots
Normalizes cardiac arrythmias
Has an anti-aging effect
Reduces excessive heart contractions
Increases intracellular potassium
Reduces heart irritability
Improves heart function
Removes mineral and drug deposits
Dissolves kidney stones
Reduces serum iron levels
Reduces heart valve calcification
Reduces varicose veins
Heals calcified necrotic ulcers
Reduces intermittent claudication
Improves vision in diabetic retinopathy
Decreases macular degeneration
Dissolves small cataracts
Eliminates heavy metal toxicity
Makes arterial walls more flexible
Reduces rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
Lowers diabetics' insulin needs
Reduces Alzheimer-like symptoms
Reduce stroke/heart attack after-effects
Reverses diabetic gangrene
Restores impaired vision
Detoxifies snake and spider venoms
Adapted from Walker M.,
Gordon G., Douglass W.C. The Chelation
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The story of EDTA chelation therapy is as much political as it
is medical. Consider these facts:
- EDTA chelation may be one of the most effective, least
expensive, and safest treatments for heart disease ever developed, yet it is practiced by perhaps only 2,000
physicians in the United States.
- EDTA chelation is not typically covered by medical
insurance, even though insurance companies would save billions of dollars each year if they
- Although they save far more lives than conventional
treatments for heart disease and other chronic degenerative diseases at a fraction of the cost, physicians who
practice and promote EDTA chelation for these uses have been harassed, vilified, smeared, and, in some cases,
driven from their profession by powerful medical societies and government agencies that practice and promote
conventional medical treatments.
What Is EDTA Chelation?
EDTA chelation is a therapy by which repeated administrations of a weak synthetic
amino acid (EDTA, ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid) gradually reduce atherosclerotic plaque and other mineral
deposits throughout the cardiovascular system by literally dissolving them away.
EDTA chelation has frequently been compared to a "Roto-Rooter"
in the cardiovascular system, because it removes plaque and returns the arterial system to a smooth, healthy,
pre-atherosclerotic state. A better metaphor might be "Liquid-Plumr," because, where Roto-Rooter violently scrapes
deposits off the interior surfaces of your plumbing with a rapidly rotating blade, Liquid-Plumr simply dissolves
Roto-Rooter is a far better metaphor for conventional medical
treatments for heart disease, all of which are closely tied to the concept of the cardiovascular system as
plumbing. When a pipe/artery gets clogged, simply ream it out or flatten the deposits (angioplasty). If that
doesn't work, just cut away the bad section(s) and replace it (them) with a new piece of pipe (coronary artery
bypass graft, or CABG). It's the same basic strategy older cities use for replacing their century-old water mains.
And we know how successful that is!
|"Because EDTA is so effective at removing unwanted
minerals and metals from the blood, it has been the standard 'FDA-approved' treatment for
lead, mercury, aluminum and cadmium poisoning for more than 50 years."
CABG, known affectionately in the medical profession as
"cabbage," is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States. At up to $50,000 per procedure, that
indeed amounts to a lot of "cabbage," not only for cardiac surgeons but also for hospitals. As we shall see, these
figures provide a powerful incentive for physicians to reject an effective, but inexpensive and unpatentable
treatment like EDTA chelation.
It is commonplace for physicians who regularly prescribe EDTA
chelation to encounter heart disease patients who have failed all the standard treatments but who make remarkable -
even unbelievable - recoveries once given EDTA. Other patients, on waiting lists for CABG surgery, found they did
not need the surgery following a series of EDTA chelation treatments.
EDTA exerts its beneficial effects on the body because this
molecule is extremely proficient at chemically bonding with mineral and metal ions. This bonding process, known as
chelation, is a natural and essential physiologic process that goes on constantly in the body. EDTA's chelating
abilities make it ideal for many tasks:
- Because EDTA is so effective at removing unwanted minerals
and metals from the blood, it has been the standard "FDA-approved" treatment for lead, mercury, aluminum and
cadmium poisoning for more than 50 years. EDTA normalizes the distribution of most metallic elements in the
- Because it is so safe and effective, EDTA is also used
widely as a stabilizer for packaged food. Minute amounts of EDTA (33-800 PPM) added to food help to preserve
flavor and color and to retard spoilage and rancidity. (Read your food labels.)
- Because EDTA inhibits blood clotting so well, it is
routinely added to blood samples that are drawn for testing purposes.*
- EDTA improves calcium and cholesterol metabolism by
eliminating metallic catalysts that can damage cell membranes by producing oxygen free
Thanks to these and probably other effects of EDTA, it has been
reported to have a wide variety of benefits.
*If you followed the O.J. Simpson trial, you probably know that
EDTA was featured prominently. The defense contended that EDTA, supposedly found in certain of "The Juice's"
blood drops at the murder scene, indicated that that blood had spent some time in a collection tube before
being "planted" by the LAPD. If there was EDTA in Simpson's blood, though, it may well have come from the
meal he ate on the plane ride from Chicago to LA.
EDTA Chelation vs. Conventional Therapy for
Researchers first started to notice EDTA in the days during and after World War II
when men who worked in battery factories or painted ships with lead-based paint began coming down with lead
poisoning from their high exposure in these jobs. EDTA was found to be extremely effective for removing the lead
from the men's bodies, but what really made people sit up and take notice was an apparent reduction in symptoms of
heart disease in many of these men.
The first systematic study of EDTA in people with
atherosclerosis was published in 1956.1 When the researchers gave 20 patients with confirmed heart disease a series of 30 I.V. EDTA
treatments, 19 of the patients experienced improvement, as measured by an increase in physical activity. Another
study 4 years later in a similar population found that 3 months of EDTA infusions resulted in decreases in the
severity and frequency of anginal episodes, reduced use of nitroglycerin (a common anti-angina drug), increased
work capacity and improved ECG (electrocardiogram) findings.2
It soon became clear from these and later studies that EDTA
treatments result in progressive and widespread improvement and stabilization of cardiovascular function. This is
in contrast to standard treatments, such as angioplasty or CABG, which instantaneously restore normal function in
the few treated arteries, but leave the rest of the body completely untreated (there's every reason to believe that
if arteries are clogged in the heart, they're also clogged in other vital organs, like the kidneys and brain).
High-tech treatments for heart disease, such as angioplasty and CABG, long hailed as medical breakthroughs, are in
fact, oversold, overpriced, and ineffective, especially when compared with EDTA chelation. The truth of this
assertion has been demonstrated on numerous occasions over the last 2 decades:
- The average mortality for CABG surgery is 4% to
10%.3,4 In fact, CABG
has no overall effect on improving survival. According to one study published in the New England Journal of
Medicine, "As compared with medical therapy, coronary artery bypass surgery appears neither to prolong life nor
to prevent myocardial infarction in patients who have mild angina or who are asymptomatic after infarction in
the five-year period after coronary angiography."5 By contrast, mortality rates for EDTA
chelation, when carried out according to accepted protocols, approaches 0%.6
- Grafted coronary arteries are more than 10 times as likely
to close up again within 3 years compared with coronary arteries that are not replaced with a
blood flow following EDTA chelation therapy is permanent as long as regular EDTA therapy (either oral or I.V.)
- Significant cerebral dysfunction, especially in older
patients, is commonly seen following CABG.8 Because EDTA chelation restores blood
flow to the brain, it often results in improved cognition and memory.9
- Atherosclerosis is typically a body-wide disease. If your
coronary arteries are occluded, it's a safe bet that arteries in your brain, kidneys, lungs, and other vital
organs are also occluded. Angioplasty or CABG can clean out only a few arteries supplying the heart. Another
surgical procedure, endarterectomy, is commonly used to clear out the carotid arteries that supply the brain.
When patients who have undergone carotid endarterectomy are treated with EDTA afterwards, the degree of
subsequent restenosis (re-occlusion) drops by 10%.10
- Despite the danger and costs associated with these
procedures, they are often only temporary fixes. Restenosis of treated coronary arteries occurs within 6 months
in as many as one in three cases.11 By contrast, EDTA chelation permanently removes blood vessel obstructions throughout
the body without dangerous and expensive surgery. How well does EDTA chelation work? Virtually every study that
has looked at the efficacy of EDTA chelation in vascular disease has demonstrated significant improvements.
Here is a brief sampling of a few of the major results:
- A 1993 meta-analysis of 19 studies of 22,765 patients
receiving EDTA chelation therapy for vascular disease found measurable improvement in
- In a study of 2,870 patients with various degrees of
degenerative diseases, especially vascular disease, almost 90% of the patients showed excellent improvement, as
measured by walking distance, ECG, and Doppler changes.13
- A small, blinded, crossover study of patients with
peripheral vascular disease found significant improvements in walking distance and ankle/brachial blood
- In 30 patients with carotid artery stenosis, there was a
30% improvement in blood flow after EDTA treatment.15
- Using retinal photographs in patients with macular
degeneration, one researcher demonstrated significant improvement following EDTA
- EDTA chelation treatment was evaluated in patients with
carotid and coronary disease using technetium 99 isotope techniques. Significant improvement in arterial blood
flow and ejection fraction (a measure of heart pumping ability) was reported.17,18
- When 65 patients on the waiting list for CABG surgery for
a mean of 6 months were treated with EDTA chelation therapy, the symptoms in 89% (58) improved so much they
were able to cancel their surgery. In the same study, of 27 patients recommended for limb amputation due to
poor peripheral circulation, EDTA chelation resulted in saving 24 limbs.19
Of course there have been a few studies that did not (at first) seem to support the
efficacy of EDTA chelation therapy. The most prominent apparently well-controlled studies have been two Danish
trials 20,21 and a New
Zealand trial,22 all of
which reported no apparent benefits. A close analysis of these studies, however, revealed problems with both the
controls and the interpretation of the data.
|"Because EDTA chelation restores blood flow to the
brain, it often results in improved cognition and memory."
As noted by Chappell and Janson,6 the standard EDTA chelation treatment protocol
was not followed in these trials. They all included primarily smokers (notoriously poor responders) with severe
vascular disease who received only 20 I.V. treatments. With such patients, 30 to 40 treatments are normally
required before a significant effect is typically seen. Although the New Zealand trial was supposedly
placebo-controlled, the "placebo" used actually had chelating properties of its own. Thus, the fact that the
differences from "placebo" were small is meaningless.
When the raw data from the New Zealand study were examined, it
was found that 26% of the EDTA-treated patients compared with only 12% of the "placebo" controls achieved an
improvement of greater than 100% in walking distance; among nonsmokers or smokers who had quit, 66% of the
EDTA-treated group increased their walking distance an average of 86% compared with 45% of the controls, who
improved by just 56%. Reduced blood flow, as measured by the ankle/brachial index, was found in 6% of the
EDTA-treated patients and 35% of the controls. Although the authors of these studies reached negative conclusions,
in fact, their data actually supported the use of EDTA chelation.
How Safe Is EDTA Chelation?
EDTA, is a safe, nontoxic substance. The LD50 (so called when the dose will kill 50%
of experimental animals) for EDTA is 2000 mg/kg body weight, which makes it about 3.5 times less toxic than
aspirin. Although the FDA refuses to approve it for treating vascular disease, EDTA chelation has been the approved
treatment for lead or other heavy metal poisoning for 50 years. When administered according to the treatment
protocol developed by the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), I.V. chelation is more than 300
times safer than CABG surgery. Most side effects of treatment involve minor discomfort (eg, nausea, dizziness,
headache) that resolves quickly.
The greatest risks occur when an infusion is given too rapidly
or in too large a dose. These risks virtually vanish when EDTA is administered by a properly trained physician who
follows the ACAM protocol. To the extent that oral EDTA is a completely noninvasive therapy, it is even safer than
I.V. or Oral EDTA?
Most chelation therapy carried out today involves I.V. administration of EDTA,
however, oral EDTA, which has a history at least as long as its I.V. cousin, is an option that is only now starting
to be appreciated. Clinical experience suggests that oral chelation provides some, but not all, of the benefits of
I.V. therapy. Overall, the difference in benefits is more one of degree and speed than of
I.V. therapy has a direct and powerful effect on the body
almost instantaneously. An I.V. session usually lasts about 3 to 4 hours, during which about 1500 mg to 3000 mg of
EDTA (plus vitamin C and other nutrients) are administered. The number of treatments necessary (generally about
20-50 sessions) depends on the individual's condition. Candidates for I.V. chelation are people that have been
diagnosed with serious atherosclerosis, heavy metal poisoning, or symptoms of vascular occlusion or significant
calcification of tissues. Only about 3% to 8% of an oral dose of EDTA is absorbed, compared with 100% of an I.V.
dose. Therefore, the time and dosage required to achieve the same benefits with the oral form are quite different.
What can be achieved in only a few hours with I.V. EDTA chelation may take several weeks or months with oral EDTA
chelation. However, oral EDTA may be appropriate for people whose condition does not demand rapid action. For
example, oral chelation can be used to:
- avoid complications and diseases that result from heavy
metals and calcification
- prevent the formation of blood clots, thus reducing your
chance of a heart attack or stroke
- lower the level of blood cholesterol
- help thin the blood
- aid in reducing lipid peroxidation, a major cause of
- protect the body against certain carcinogens, pathogens
and other toxins that can reduce the quality of health
Oral EDTA is not meant to replace I.V. therapy for those people
who have serious vascular disease. It is very useful, though, for people who have completed an I.V. course and want
to stay on a maintenance program, for people who "for whatever reason" are unable or unwilling to undergo I.V.
chelation, and for those whose I.V. treatments may have been interrupted.
The Politics of EDTA Chelation
Organizations like the American Heart Association and the American Medical
Association, which condemn EDTA chelation as ineffective for treating vascular disease, often quote the Danish and
New Zealand studies, mentioned earlier, to support their position.20-22 What they fail to mention is that the
Danish studies were criticized by the Danish Committee for Investigation into Scientific Dishonesty because of
improper randomization and double-blinding, as well as premature breaking of the blinding code, which amounted to a
deliberate bias. When the results of the New Zealand study were examined by two independent statisticians, it was
concluded that the trial actually supported the efficacy of EDTA.23
|"Virtually every study that has looked at the
efficacy of EDTA chelation in vascular disease has demonstrated significant
It is unlikely that any other issue in modern medicine has been
more highly politicized than that of EDTA chelation therapy, and it is clear that most of the opposition to EDTA is
due to the threat this therapy represents, not to patients' health but to the bank balances of orthodox physicians,
pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals. Treating cardiovascular diseases is big business in the United States (and
the rest of the Western world), bringing in tens of billions of dollars each year.
As Garry Gordon, MD, DO, the "Father of Chelation Therapy" has
pointed out, "Every time a surgeon does a heart bypass, he takes home a luxury sports car." Each CABG procedure
costs between $25,000 and $50,000; each angioplasty costs about $15,000; drugs for reducing cholesterol, lowering
high blood pressure, and normalizing heart rhythm bring the pharmaceutical industry hundreds of millions of dollars
each year. And these are just the most common examples. What happens when you add EDTA chelation therapy to this
A course of I.V. EDTA chelation therapy costs between $2000 and
$4000; oral EDTA is even less costly. To the degree that these therapies
reduce the need for the more expensive conventional therapies - a large degree, indeed - they threaten to diminish
the income of a significant portion of the medical establishment. Consider this one example: As noted earlier, in a
study of 65 patients who were treated with I.V. EDTA while they were waiting for CABG surgery, 58 (89%) no longer
required the procedure.19 At $50,000 per procedure not done, that means that surgeons and hospitals gave up nearly
$3 million just for these few patients. Now remember, that CABG is the most
common surgical procedure performed in the US (368,000 in
Given these figures, it's not hard to understand why the
medical profession is so in love with CABG and related procedures. As one physician noted, "It pays the bills." So
enamored are they of these procedures that they perform them even when they are not necessary. In an article
published in no less prestigious a publication than the Journal of the
American Medical Association, the authors concluded that only 56% of
the surgeries performed were for appropriate reasons, 30% for equivocal reasons, and 14% for inappropriate reasons.
The percentage of appropriate surgeries varied from 37% in some hospitals to 78% in
others.25 When you
consider that even when it is "appropriate," CABG surgery is no better than conventional medical treatments
for improving survival,5 you have to wonder whether the real "miracle" of heart surgery does not entail
bringing people back from death's door, as much as turning a common chronic degenerative disease into a
source of outrageous fortune. If you needed one example of why the cost of health care has gone into earth
orbit, you need look no further than the conventional treatment of heart disease.
|"If you needed one example of why the cost of
health care has gone into earth orbit, you need look no further than the conventional
treatment of heart disease."
Given these figures, it's also not very hard to understand why
the medical profession has reacted so violently against physicians who practice chelation therapy, often
attempting, in the words of that great seeker of medical truth (that's a joke folks), Dr. Victor Herbert, "to put
them out of business." Because EDTA has long been approved for treating heavy metal poisoning, and because
physicians are free to use any "approved" medication for any use they see fit, as long it does not endanger the
patient, EDTA chelation therapy is perfectly legal. This has not stopped medical boards in a number of states from
bringing charges against physicians who prescribe EDTA chelation for vascular disease, smearing them as "quacks,"
and attempting to restrict the use of this therapy. Fortunately, most of these attempts have
You can be certain that if EDTA had a large pharmaceutical
company advocating its use, these problems wou quickly evaporate. But since the patent for EDTA ran out nearly 30
years ago, there are no huge profits to be made from marketing it. With no pot of gold at the end of the EDTA
rainbow, no one is going to put up the hundreds of millions of dollars required to do the randomized, double-blind,
placebo-controlled clinical trials required to get the FDA to approve EDTA for vascular disease. And with few
large, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials to refer to, the conventional medical
establishment feels justified in condemning EDTA therapy as "unproven." It's a familiar "Catch 22" that faces all
natural or unpatentable therapies.
While most American physicians choose to remain blind to the benefits of EDTA, those
who prescribe it are free to witness its life-enhancing benefits on a daily basis. One of those physicians is Dr.
Garry Gordon, whose own life was saved by EDTA and who has been a leader in chelation therapy since the early
1960s. "I have taken on patients who were inoperable, who had already had every known form of bypass surgery, who
had no more veins in their legs to strip out and put into their heart, and who were sent home to die, and I could
get those people back to full functioning," says Dr. Gordon.
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