What is Chelation Therapy?

Chelation Therapy is a non—invasive, outpatient procedure in which a weak synthetic amino acid called EDTA, ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid, is dripped into a patient’s bloodstream through an IV during a 1-1/2 hour period. EDTA is a "biochemical sponge" that binds with various substances in the body, allowing the body to excrete these substances. Some of these substances are toxic, like arsenic, mercury, cadmium, lead, aluminum, sometimes iron and sometimes copper. Some of the substances that are removed are beneficial, but we replace these substances using nutritional supplements, according to each patient’s needs. It is only FDA approved for lead removal.

What is the theory behind Chelation Therapy?

Toxic heavy metals act like a "straight jacket" on the immune system, the "physician within," so that it cannot function effectively to orchestrate all three trillion biochemical functions in each living cell of the body. This then also improves the function of the 200 hormone systems in the body. The chelating process releases this "straight jacket" from the immune system, which can then send out leucotryines or "street cleaners" to correct the co-factors affecting the body’s health.

What is the history of Chelation Therapy?

Years ago, people in the German dye industry recognized the value of EDTA in removing calcium from the dye vats as a means of stabilizing the color in cloth. Thus, they became recognized for their excellence in quality of colored garments.

After the introduction of EDTA Chelation Therapy in 1954 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, people began noticing its health benefits in addition to cleansing people from heavy metal toxicity. From 1954 to 1966, researchers published study after study showing the benefits of Chelation Therapy on heart disease and other diseases. With the development of the new and more profitable bypass surgery in 1967, the attention of the medical world shifted. Medicare stopped paying for Chelation Therapy stating that it was "unproven." Keep in mind Medicare had paid for Chelation Therapy from 1967 until 1996. There are 3200 affirmative databases on the effectiveness of EDTA. There are no negative databases.

Is Chelation Therapy effective?

Chelation Therapy is widely recognized as a treatment for lead and other heavy metal poisoning. Many studies and 38 years’ experience in my office, in which we have chelated around 6,000 patients, demonstrate that this therapy along with certain lifestyle changes is effective in treating heart disease, problems of the circulatory system, and miscellaneous age-related and degenerative diseases, including certain types of arthritis.  It has helped many of our patients who suffer from the symptoms of chronic diseases.

Chelated patients often experience a decreased need for insulin if they are diabetic, healing of gangrenous extremities, and better quality and quantity of life. Chelation Therapy is also excellent as a preventive measure for cancer and other degenerative diseases. Almost all who are chelated notice a sense of well being along with clarity, elasticity and creativity of thought. Chelation Therapy is widely used in Florida, which is a state where many older people move after retiring. It is legal in 49 other states, including Indiana, California, and Washington State. ”

Why do some doctors call Chelation Therapy quackery?

Many doctors denounce Chelation Therapy as quackery since it has not been validated by large-scale, double blind, placebo controlled studies. It is interesting to note that only 10% - 20% ofthe procedures used in the medical world have been validated by such trials. Neither bypass surgery nor angioplasty has been validated by such studies, either!

Chelation Therapy administered to the last 100,000 patients around the world has resulted in no deaths secondary to Chelation Therapy. In other words, the treatment has killed no one. On the other hand, six out of every 100 people treated with bypass surgery for coronary artery disease die on the operating table, and another six die from complications of the surgery such as strokes and kidney failure during the week following that surgery.

One professor of cardiology noted that half of the bypass surgeries performed in America is unnecessary. Many who go through with surgery have the procedure repeated later. In fact, people with coronary artery disease who are treated without surgery survive at the same rate as those who receive surgery.

At The Evergreen Centre, we have chelated about 8,000 patients.  Of the subset of these patients who had been advised to have heart surgery or had agina over 75% symptomatically improved. Diabetics and do particularly well. Results are improved if a better diet and other health concerns are also addressed.

For more information on the research data on Chelation Therapy, see the sheet entitled, "What Does the Research Say About Chelation Therapy?" and Dr. Elmer Cranton’s website at www.drcranton.com.

Is Chelation Therapy safe?

Our doctors are  certified in Chelation Therapy by the American College for the Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). At our office, we follow strict guidelines for quality and safety in the administration of Chelation Therapy. The vast majority of patients experience little or no discomfort. Tests performed before and at various times during the Chelation Therapy process allow us to check kidney function, determine the best time interval between treatments, and adjust the dosages of other medications.

Allergic reactions are extremely rare. Most problems are psychological in nature related to getting any IV.

What is a typical Chelation Therapy treatment?

Typically we give Chelation Therapy in our office using a 1-1/2 hour IV, but in some cases patients receive a 3-hour I.V. which is the lenght used in many of the trials. These IV’s are given as a cluster of six Chelation IV’s preceded by a Basic I.V mineral buildup to replace the good minerals and the good substances that were also chelated out. At the end of each cluster the doctor does an assessment to evaluate the progress and adjust the protocol for inter-current problems.

We recommend 21-30 Chelation treatments given one - two times per week until the patient is 85% better in the way he or she thinks and feels. Ideally, after that we recommend one Chelation per week for six treatments, then one every two weeks for six treatments, then one every month, and then one every 1-3 months for a maintenance program. If the 85% improvement is not maintained, the treatment frequency is increased. We realize that it is not always possible to be Chelated this frequently, but our experience has shown that this is the treatment schedule that produces the best results in health improvement.

For some health problems we include additional additives to our Chelation Therapy IV treatments. For example, for people with Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease we frequently add glutathione for about 15 minutes to help the central nervous system function better. Glutathione is helpful in converting sulfites to sulfates that helps the brain function better.

Contact our office to find out the specific cost of Chelation Therapy.

What are some good resources to learn more about Chelation Therapy?

Dr. Elmer Cranton’s book, Bypassing the Bypass. ‘

Harold and Arlene Brecher’s book, Forty Something Forever.

Dr. Elmer Cranton’s website — vvwvv.drcranton.com