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EDTA Chelation Therapy: Key To Heart Health

EDTA Chelation could be the key to heart healthThe use of EDTA chelation therapy to improve cardiovascular health has been championed — and challenged — for many years. Does it really reverse atherosclerosis, improve blood flow to small vessels and allow them to be more elastic? I’d like to share some valuable history and studies on EDTA chelation, and what chelation can and cannot do for you.

Chelation Therapy And Mainstream Medicine

You may have asked the question, “If EDTA chelation therapy really works, why isn’t it more widely accepted?” Most physicians and patients do not know that medical politics and economic sanctions covertly control the medical system in the United States. Chelation with EDTA was used with impressive results for many decades, but it financially threatened the cardiology standard of care.

History reveals that a much more favorable response occurred when bypass surgery and other high-cost cardiology interventions, such as stenting and balloon angioplasty, were introduced. There was an almost immediate acceptance because these interventions brought wealth and notoriety to surgeons, cardiologists, device manufacturers and hospitals.

According to the Office of Technology Assessment and an advisory board of eminent university faculty, “…only 10 to 20 percent of all procedures currently used in medical practice have been shown to be efficacious by controlled trial.”[1] This means that 80 percent to 90 percent of medical procedures are unproven, yet they continue to be performed under the guise of medicine’s “standard of care.” According to a 1988 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 44 percent of all coronary artery bypass surgery was being done for inappropriate reasons.[2] So if you hear that EDTA chelation therapy is not universally used because it is not proven, you already know there is double-standard bias against it.

The Studies

There is one study that is repeatedly quoted by cardiologists to show chelation does not work, and this study was done with the express intention to disprove it… a case of “garbage in-garbage out.”

However, studies showing the benefits of EDTA chelation began in 1956 when Dr. Norman Clarke Sr. and his associates in Detroit found 19 of 20 patients treated with EDTA had “remarkable” improvement from chest pain symptoms.[3] A 1988 retrospective study of 2,870 patients showed overall that 89 percent got good or marked improvement in cardiovascular disease symptoms, including ischemic heart disease, intermittent claudication, cerebrovascular disease and even scleroderma.[4]

In 1993, two well-respected Danish doctors, Claus Hancke and Knut Flytlie, found 90 percent improvement in several different criteria among 265 patients with documented coronary artery disease who were followed for six years after receiving chelation therapy.[5]

In 1994, researchers L. Terry Chappell, M.D., and John P. Stahl, Ph.D., performed a meta-analysis of currently available studies using EDTA chelation therapy for cardiovascular disease. In their search, they identified 40 articles on the subject. Of the 19 studies that met their criteria for a valid study, there were 22,765 patients included. Their analysis revealed that on average there was an 88 percent positive relationship between EDTA therapy and improved cardiovascular function as demonstrated by clinical improvement and also by objective before-and-after testing. Additionally, they collected unpublished “file drawer” data from 32 clinicians who use intravenous EDTA and found improvement in 1086 of the 1241 patients (88 percent).[6]

The bulk of the reported clinical outcomes and studies are excluded from the online peer-reviewed scientific data of mainstream medicine (found at www.pubmed.com) simply because of its potential economic threat to the current standard of care. Only 10 percent of the world’s total biomedical literature can be found in those databases.[7] It is reported that EDTA chelation therapy has been given to more than 1 million Americans and 3 million patients in Canada, Europe, Australia and South America.

The Results You Can Get From EDTA Oral Chelation Therapy

In theory, EDTA has a gradual effect of chelating (grabbing and pulling out) calcium deposits of atherosclerotic plaque to open up blood vessels. Oral EDTA chelation is estimated to represent 5 percent to 18 percent of the potency of IV chelation. This slower effect still results in improving blood flow in small arteries and arterioles so that organ function is improved. It potentially affects any organ that needs improved blood flow to function better. The patient testimonials I have read regarding an oral chelation product include these results:

  • High cholesterol, homocysteine levels and blood pressure reduced to normal.
  • Irregular heartbeat and palpitations reduced or eliminated.
  • Chest pains are eased and chronic shortness of breath reversed.
  • Heart and brain vessel blockages dramatically reduced.
  • Cold, numb and painful extremities warmed.
  • Swelling of the lower legs and ankles alleviated.
  • Painful and stiff joints alleviated.
  • Blood sugar imbalances improved.
  • Chronic infections occurred less frequently.
  • Enlarged prostate symptoms reduced.
  • Insomnia replaced by deep, restful sleep.
  • Floaters in the eye diminished.
  • Male erectile problems reversed.
  • Age-related cognitive decline and memory loss halted or even improved.
  • Skin problems vanished and the face regained youthful elasticity.

What Not To Expect From Oral Chelation

The health improvements listed above are not well-studied and should not necessarily be expected. Sometimes, I am contacted by patients who are given a poor prognosis of impending heart attack or heart failure by their cardiologist and who want to forego a surgical intervention they are told they should have performed on them. Unfortunately, under those circumstances, that is not the time to expect oral chelation to save the day.

Nevertheless, chelation along with a strict adherence to nutrient-rich foods of predominately fresh produce, juicing, stress reduction and heart-healthy natural supplements (i.e. nattokinase, omega 3 oils, CoQ10, alpha lipoic acid, D-ribose, L-carnitine, L-arginine high dose and green tea) has been reported to save a person from surgery. This type of regimen can rapidly reduce inflammation, and oral chelation helps further the healing. But I suggest relying on surgical interventions if an unexpected sudden crisis does occur, such as stable angina that progresses to symptoms of a heart attack.

To your long-term health and to feeling good,

Michael Cutler, M.D.
Easy Health Options


[1]Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Medical Technologies. Washington, DC, Congress of the United States, Office of Technology Assessment, Publication No. 052003-00593-0. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 20402, 1978.

[2] Winslow CM, Kosecoff JB, Chassin M, et al: The appropriateness of performing coronary artery bypass surgery. JAMA 1988;260:505-509.

[3] Clarke NE, Clarke CN, Mosher RE. Treatment of angina pectoris with disodium ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid. Am J Med Sci. 1956;232:654-666.

[4] Journal of Advancement in Medicine, Volume 2, Numbers 1/2, Spring/Summer 1989

[5] Hancke C, Flytlie K. Benefits of EDTA chelation therapy on atherosclerosis: A retrospective study of 470 patients. Journal of Advancement in Medicine. 1993;6(3):161-171.

[6] Journal of Advancement in Medicine Volume 7, Number 3, Fall 1994

[7] Cranton EM: Limitations of the Index Medicus and Medline computer program. J Holistic Med 1982;4(2):103-104.

Filed Under: Alternative MedicineEasy Health Digest™Heart and CardiovascularHeart Concerns

About the Author: Dr. Michael Cutler is a graduate of Brigham Young University, Tulane Medical School and Natividad Medical Center Family Practice Residency in Salinas, Calif. Dr. Cutler is a board-certified family physician with more than 19 years experience. He serves as a medical liaison to alternative and traditional practicing physicians. His practice focuses on an integrative solution to health problems. Dr. Cutler is a sought-after speaker and lecturer on experiencing optimum health through natural medicines and founder and editor of Easy Health Options™ newsletter — a leading health advisory service on natural healing therapies and nutrients.

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  • k.v.rao

    It is true,my self taken kilation therofy,good result.

  • k.v.rao

    Good result

  • kevin schrock

    I have been on IV Chelation therapy for a year now and it has dramatically brought down my heavy metals that were in my system. I am also on the chelation for a heart attack I experienced a year ago and I am sure of it’s benefit for alleviating calcium buildup in my system.

    • michael

      Hi Kevin I just started chelation with DMSA 65mg 2 /2 a-day for 3 days then 12 days off then repeat,i was wondering what dose you are on and if you feel good about it ? also i had a Quad bypass 18mo. ago and have been thing about the benefits of chelation for cardiovascular clean -out cholesterol , calcium ect. and was wondering what you are using (EDTA ) for your cardiovascular chelation ? I’am having all my chelation work done by a Naturopathic Dr. I don’t know if any other kinds of md’s do chelation, i think not ?? By for now Kevin ! Oh yeah I’am Michael 62yr’s young Lol !! Blessings !!!!

  • Dennis Kessler

    I took 1259 milligrams of edta per day for four months and it didn’t make an improvement.

    • kevin schrock

      Dennis
      I am not aware of the effects of the oral chelation, my treatment was done IV and my results ahve been very good.

  • kmc

    Where do I purchase the appropriate EDTA formulation and what is the cost?

    • kevin schrock

      I go to my local natural health doctor and get IV EDTA Chelation treatment, it runs $ 85.00 per session.

  • http://www.new-jivan.com paresh joshi

    The fact shown in this article & a clearl message to people about don’t worry about Any problem as there is chelation therapy

  • I.M. Mossburg

    HHS has done a study on chelation therapy. The results were supposed to be published
    this past July. I wrote them last month and they replied it was not yet available. I intend
    to keep at them. I had two years of EDTA therapy ( after my second heart attack) in 1997-98 – with excellent results. I even recovered my singing voice. I would recommend it to anyone
    with heart problems. Even with my extensive number of treatments, it was much cheaper than by-pass surgery (and without the long, long recovery.) I had this done in 1990 and it lasted
    only 6-1/2 years! imosstoo@yahoo.com

    • michael

      Hi I.M. ! Hey i was just wondering what kind of excellent results you had test or what ? and also what dosage of EDTA were you on? I’a,
      m doing chelation at this time using DMSA for heavy metal mercury and i also hand a quad bypass 18mo ago so i’am trying to find out as much about all the kinds of chelation there are. So Thanks in Advance I.M. for any Info. that you can send my way !! Michael 62yr young Ps you said it lasted only 6.5 yr’s was that after you stopped chelation did your numbers go up ? and what kind of a diet were you on?

  • LG King

    How doe oral Chelation with EDTA compare the oral ingestion of Serrapeptase…any experts or real-life experience?

  • TexasLady

    I did chelation to incease blood flow. I used Angeoprim. It’s available over the internet and you use it for a set number of days according to our amount of blockage. Mine was 65% so I used it for 40 days and have a 4 month supply left as it is only used onced monthly after the initial treatment. Don’t be fooled by the knockoff of Angioprim – it doesn’t work as well. Angioprim is an enzyme so it is safe.

    My cardologist didn’t object when I told him what I was taking. He didn’t tell me not to take it – he just acknologed the fact by nodding his head in agreement so I know it is safe.

  • http://none Kit Holloway

    Today, I tried to order EDTA from Wonder Labs as I have for many years. They told me that FDA had put an end to it and no longer available. Again when something works for you the FDA and Big Pharma step in and remove it. One place I found that 4 people had died from EDTA however over 1500 people had died from Tylenol but in no way will they take it off the market. At 81 NO sign of carotid arteries being blocked. I believe that oral EDTA is responsible, Please respond if anyone knows where to buy oral EDTA. Thanks Kit

    • http://caramccarthy.wordpress.com caramccarthy

      You can buy oral chelation at truehealth.com

  • midnight.blue

    I wish when the authors published these reports they’d insert grams / mgs and such where appropriate for those of us interested in these protocols. To just say oral EDTA chelation worked doesn’t inform those of us reading of what specific amounts were involved.