Chelation Therapy is a subject of much misinformation and bias within the medical profession. Patients interested in chelation therapy are highly encouraged to take their time in reading the information below, as well as this website's many resources, to learn all you can about chelation. Readers need to learn the facts about chelation, as determined by more than 40 years of medical research. They may not wish to accept an opinion about chelation therapy from a health professional who has never read a (singular) medical study on chelation, has never administered chelation, has never tracked the progress of a patient who has received chelation or who is ill-informed as to the way chelation works.
The text below gives only a superficial description of chelation therapy. Readers are advised to click on the following to reviewed detailed discussions of chelation.
1. Dr. Jones's chelation lecture - click here for a copy of this lecture. It gives a thorough overview of the facts behind chelation with its history, medical study results, possible uses and more.
2. Chelation Therapy Website
3. College for Advancement in Medicine
Suggested books on the topic of chelation therapy.
1. 'Bypassing Bypass Surgery' by Dr. Elmer M. Cranton (under $20 on Amazon.com)
2. Forty Something Forever: A Consumer's Guide To Chelation Therapy and Other Heart Savers - Harold and Arline Brecher (under $10 on Amazon.com)
1. Ontario Chelated Patients Organization: (705) 444-1458
2. Consumers Health Organization of Canada: (416) 490-0986
Chelation is a therapy (administered either orally or intravenously) in which vitamins and minerals are combined with various 'chelating agents' (such as 'E.D.T.A.', 'D.M.P.S.' or 'D.M.S.A.') to bind onto and remove from the body various toxic metals. Metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum (and more) are removed from the body through this chelation process.
'Chelation therapy' (as an umbrella term encompassing the many types of chelation therapy) is used to treat a wide variety of conditions. Alzheimer's, autism, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorders, various neurological disorders and some cancers have all been linked to toxic accumulations of 'heavy metals' within the human body. As chelation therapy is the only recognized means to bind onto and remove these types of toxic elements from the human body, chelation therapy is seeing growing use in the treatment of these types of neurological and / or cognitive disorders. Many health professionals see similar value for conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and some types of arthritis.
Chelation therapy using EDTA is also widely used to treat patients with heart disease, blocked arteries, angina and impaired circulation (especially in the legs - such as with diabetics). While all medical text books and authorities agree that chelation therapy will remove toxic metals from the body (such as lead), chelation's value in the treatment of heart disease is 'hotly' debated in North America (despite the medical studies and evidence demonstrating its decades of success - see the resources and links above).
Despite this 'debate', chelation does have more than 40 years of medial research and extensive clinical evidence demonstrating its ability to treat cardiovascular disease. The therapy improves circulation through the body by 'unclogging' debris along arterial walls and by making the vessels more flexible. Almost 1 million North Americans have been safely treated with EDTA chelation since the 1950's, with no mortalities when used correctly (compare this record with the mortality rates of bypass surgery, 'stent' implants etc). The patient rests comfortably during the treatment, which is painless and lasts between 1 ½ to 2 hours if given intravenously. The number of treatments required varies and depends on the individual's initial condition and response to the therapy.
Now, despite the medial research described in the above links, conventional medicine has relegated the use of EDTA chelation in North America to the emergency treatment of lead poisoning. It is not endorsed by cardiologists (heart doctors) for use in the treatment of heart disease(s), despite the extensive medical studied reported upon in the resources listed above. Chelation continues to come under attack and receives biased and factually incorrect media coverage. Accordingly, readers simply must learn the facts and the results of studies on chelation to have an honest understanding of the subject (by reviewing the resources above). In doing so, readers are encouraged to pay attention to the statistics (regarding the actual success and mortality) inherent to bypass surgery and/or 'stent' implants.
Now, the specific action of EDTA with respect to its use in heart disease is complex and hard to summarize. As a gross simplification, the chelating agent EDTA binds onto and removes the calcium deposits (ie/ 'shell') that form on top of the 'atherosclerotic' plaque and debris (ie. the fatty deposits we hear so much about) along the walls of arteries and veins. The fatty deposits, hardened by these calcium shells, are the reason that patients suffer decreased blood flow through their arteries and veins, as well as increased blood pressure. Over time, these plaques thicken (and remain hard) until little to no blood is able to flow through the artery or vein. This process is the cause behind strokes and heart attacks.
EDTA chelation 'works' by removing the hard shell that covers the fatty deposits. By removing this shell, the blood vessels are once again able to expand and contract as we move. By becoming more flexible, more blood is better able to flow through the vessel and the fatty deposits are 'exposed' allowing them to be removed.
This 'draino' description of how chelation works, however, is not really the correct manner in which chelation therapy reverses heart disease symptoms. The main way (as discussed in the references above) is by reversing 'free radical' damage to the cells of the blood vessels. This process is more complex, so readers are encourage to read the sites above or buy Dr. Cranton's book "Bypassing Bypass Surgery'. It is, however, the reason that chelation is seen to hold such therapeutic promise. 'Free radical' damage to cells, tissues and organs are linked to the aging process, to cancers and to a litany of disease states. A therapy that can reverse such 'free radical' damage holds the capability to positively impact upon numerous health considerations. This is certainly the basis behind the book listed above entitled "Forty Something Forever".
Who Can Benefit From Chelation?
Chelation has been used in the treatment of the following;
- Atherosclerosis (blocked blood vessels)
- Cardiovascular disease
- Coronary artery disease (blocked arteries in the heart)
- Senile dementia and Alzheimer's
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Early gangrene
- Essential hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Peripheral vascular occlusive disease (decrease blood circulation in the extremities - especially the legs, as with diabetic patients)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Some cases of Parkinson's disease
As this form of medicine has received and will continue to receive conflicting and overtly biased accounts in the mainstream media, we seek only to provide information so that you may make an educated choice for your health care. As such, please see our "Links" page for the internet sites of the American College for Advancement of Medicine and a general site of chelation questions/answers.
A good summary of a patient's experience with chelation is discussed in the Townsend Letter For Doctors and Patients - click on the following to read this article:
Should you feel this form of treatment is agreeable to your circumstances, please contact our naturopathic doctors for more information as to where you could receive chelation treatments: if you do not reside within a reasonable distance from The Millennium Health Centre, a provider close to you could be recommended and a discussion of oral versus IV treatments could be entertained.