by Dr Robert E. Willner M.D., Ph.D.
WHAT IS CHELATION?
Chelation therapy is probably the most significant medical discovery of this century. The benefits derived exceed that of any other single modality and extend to almost every disease known to medicine. The word chelate (pronounced key-late) is derived from the Greek "chele" meaning "claw." Crabs and lobsters are chelates. The biochemistry of the chelating agent used in this therapy is a process in which it grasps metals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and deadly metals like mercury and lead, and carries them out of the body without entering the body metabolism. The metabolism chelating agent, ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA), was first synthesized in Germany in the late 1930's for use in industry and was reported in 1952 as a treatment for lead poisoning. It remains the treatment of choice for heavy metal poisoning throughout the world. Chelation is one of the most important natural processes in nature. It makes possible the utilization of inorganic minerals by plants and animals (that includes humans.) Everyone is familiar with at least two chelating agents, chlorophyll and hemoglobin (which transports oxygen), but they were probably never identified as such when you learned about them in school.
HOW DOES CHELATION WORK?
Chelation promotes health by correcting the underlying cause <>f arterial blockage. Oxygen free radicals are increased by the presence of metallic elements in the body. They are damaging 10 tissue because they act as a chronic irritant to blood vessel walls and cell membranes. EDTA removes those metallic irritants, allowing leaking and damaged cell walls to heal. This markedly improves oxygen delivery to the cell and the elimination of the waste products of metabolism from the cell. The plaques lining the walls of the arteries shrink and smooth over, thus allowing more blood to circulate. The blood vessel walls regain their elasticity and respond to changes in pressure more readily. Thousands of studies bear witness to the ability of EDTA to increase blood flow significantly. Thus Chelation is of great benefit in several ways:
1. Improves circulation, which...
2. Delivers oxygen to the cells, which...
3. Removes poisonous compounds, which...
4. Improves cell membrane transfer of nutrients and waste,
5. Allows for better mobilization and implementation of all defensive protective mechanisms and offensive weapons against disease and facilitates the reparative processes necessary for healing to take place.
WHAT IS CHELATION USED FOR?
The most important use of chelation has been in the treatment of atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis. By chelating out the calcium-cholesterol plaques that occlude arterial walls, EDTA, which is administered intravenously, markedly improves circulation to every part of the body, including the heart and the brain. We have all been exposed to metallic poisons most of our lives. Mercury, lead and cadmium are the most deadly. All metals can be toxic if present in excessive amounts or if they have been deposited where they don't belong. Compounds are formed that interfere with normal metabolism and promote the formation of destructive tissue changes. It immediately becomes apparent that chelation has to be beneficial in any disease in which improved circulation and the elimination of toxic substances aid in the body's ability to heal itself. Virtually every disease is in that category, without exception. Chelation has not only improved heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, arthritis, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease, but also, Studies indicate a 50% reduction in the occurrence of cancer in individuals who have received EDTA! Chelation has been reported to improve asthma, emphysema, brain function, muscular coordination, Multiple Sclerosis and impotence. It also slows down the aging process by preventing free radical damage.
HAS CHELATION BEEN FULLY TESTED AND IS IT SAFE?
More than 500,000 patients have received chelation therapy in the United States alone. It has been primarily used in coronary artery disease and peripheral occlusive vascular disease. The ability of chelation to safely improve serious heart and circulatory problems has consistently been reported in the 90% range. The safety record for its use has been exceptional. More than 30 million treatments have been administered without a single serious complication, except in rare instances when the standard rules of procedure were not followed and the patient was not properly evaluated. Not one single death has been directly caused by chelation therapy when administered by a properly trained physician. Compare that with the 5% - 6% death rate from bypass surgery, which does not even extend life expectancy. Today there are over one thousand scientific papers that support the many biochemical actions of EDTA and over two dozen clinical papers, including double-blind studies which support the incredible medical benefits to patients in a wide variety of conditions. There have been only two papers which have criticized the use of EDTA. These papers are based on opinion or apply to techniques which have been obsolete for decades. They come from physicians who have a vested interest in catheterization and surgery, or who have bowed to the pressures of the establishment.
IS CHELATION JUST EDTA?
In addition to EDTA, the intravenous infusions contain from five to twenty other ingredients designed to replace the good minerals which may be removed with the bad. Substantial amounts of vitamin C and other vitamins are included, as well ♦w blood thinners and other substances which safely enhance I'.DTA. Any intelligent therapy involves change in life-style and ilict. Chelation is no exception. EDTA can be used in combination with almost any other therapy. It is always important for the physician to know everything the patient is diking. Chelation often eliminates the need or the reduces dosage of the medicines a patient may be taking.
CAN ANYBODY TAKE CHELATION?
The only major contraindication to chelation therapy is the presence of kidney failure. Even then, it may be possible to use it if administered in reduced dosage, with careful monitoring.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED CHELATION?
If you are from this planet you probably need it! However, chelation is most likely imperative if you are short of breath, have chest pain, leg pain while walking, transient or progressive loss of vision or memory, paralysis, poor circulation, gangrene, diabetes, or any disease, for that matter. For all of these symptoms or conditions, and even if you have had by-pass surgery and would like to avoid one, two, or three more death-defying leaps into the operating room, then SEE A PHYSICIAN THAT DOES CHELATION IMMEDIATELY! It is legal in many states in the U.S. for use in cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Even though chelation therapy is recognized world-wide for mercury and lead poisoning, its use in cancer and other degenerative diseases places the administering physician under great risk of harassment and loss of license. Why? It is a serious threat to the twelve-billion-dollar-a-year, 95% - over-utilized, non-life-extending and deadly cardiovascular surgical industry.
IS CHELATION USEFUL IN TREATING CANCER?
Many clinics in Europe, Mexico and South America use chelation in the treatment of cancer. Simple logic dictates that any therapy which improves the general circulation is likely to be useful in the treatment of any disease, particularly in cancer. This is not to imply that it has a direct effect on cancer cells. Walter Blumer, M.D. and Elmer M. Cranton, M.D., in the Journal of Advancement In Medicine, Volume 2, 1989, presented an 18-year follow-up study on 59 patients that had been treated with calcium-EDTA (chelation). The study evaluated the incidence of mortality from cancer. They reported that only one of the 59 patients died of cancer during this period. This represented only 1.7%. A control group of 172 individuals from the same area was evaluated and the incidence of cancer was 17.6%. (30 out of 172 persons died of cancer). This is a 90% reduction in cancer mortality for the chelation treated group. A careful statistical analysis failed to reveal any other factors which were different between the two groups -CHELATION WAS THE ONLY DIFFERENCE! I think it is safe to say that anything that PREVENTS, is likely to HELP in treatment!
WHAT IS THE COST?
Chelation usually costs $2,000 to $6,000 for 20 to 40 treatments. Every cell and every artery in the body is safely benefitted, while in by-pass surgery less than one inch of an artery is removed at mortal risk. By-pass surgery is usually more than $40,000 dollars, does nothing for the rest of your body and does not extend your life. I think we are all worth the price of a used car!
In the past fifty years literally tens of thousands of pages have been written in the thousands of journals published each year in the United States alone, exposing many factors in our diet which are deadly. Much of this important information has been published in books and government documents. The news media has headlined this information from time to time. But, while we continue to bring poisons to our lips at every meal each day, the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the F.D.A. and the Congress of the United States pay "lip service" and do nothing to protect us. We have armies and police to protect our lives and property. There are laws which protect us from reckless drivers, pollution, murder and mayhem. The FDA is preventing health food companies from placing information on labels of vitamins, minerals and supplements Indicating what research has disclosed with reference to probable benefits. When it comes to processed food, however, they do not require that information about the harmful effects of I he processing be placed on the label. This is typical FDA "fairness"
The protocol outlined is the basic protocol recommended by The American College of Advancement in Medicine (See reference section.)
1. Sterile H2O, Ringer's lactate, saline, or 5% glucose
solution - 1,000 cc
2. EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid) - 3gm (range of 50mg/kg of body wt. - max. 5gm)
3. Magnesium - 3ml of 50% MgSO4
4. Procaine or Lidocaine (2%) - 5 to lOcc (max. 20cc) -procaine is preferable but more allergenic)
5. Heparin - 1,000 to 5,000 units (not to be used if patient is already anticoagulated)
6. Ascorbate - 4gm to 20gm of Vitamin C
7. Potassium - lOmEq to 20mEq of KC1 (5-10cc)
8. Hydrochloric Acid - 20 to 40mg HC1 (2-5cc)
9. Pyridoxine - l00mg to 300mg (l-3cc)
10. Dexpanthenol - 250mg to 750 mg (l-3cc) Supplementary I.V (given as a "piggy-back" drip during the last 20cc of the standard infusion), along with additional:
a. Ascorbate, 5cc
b. Dexpanthenol, l-3ccc.
c. Pyrodoxine, Ice
d. Vitamin B12, Ice
e. Niacinamide, Ice
f. B-complex 2-5cc
g. Trace Minerals, Ice
VARIATIONS OF THE INGREDIENTS OTHER THAN EDTA ARE USED DEPENDING UPON THE CONDITION BEING TREATED AND THE COEXISTING DISEASES OF THE PATIENT. THIS IS WHY SPECIAL TRAINING IS REQUIRED AND A PHYSICIAN WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE FOR ADVANCES IN MEDICINE (OPEN TO PHYSICIANS OF ALL COUNTRIES) IS RECOMMENDED.
Extracted from [Book] The Cancer Solution by Robert Willner M.D.