We do not offer this form of treatment at Wellness Warehouse. Chelation therapy is administering a man-made amino acid called EDTA into the veins. EDTA “chelates” (naturally seeks out and binds) calcium, one of the components of atherosclerotic plaque. In the early 1960s, this led to speculation that EDTA could remove calcium deposits from buildups in arteries. The idea was that once the calcium was removed by regular treatments of EDTA, the remaining elements in the plaque would break up and the plaque would clear away. Based upon this thinking, chelation therapy has been proposed to treat existing atherosclerosis and to prevent it from forming.
However, EDTA/Chelation treatment has not been endorsed by the American Heart Association as there is no scientific evidence that it is of benefit to patients. The use of the drug can also be dangerous. This is the American Heart Association’s view: “There is a danger of kidney failure. (renal tubular necrosis). EDTA can also cause bone marrow depression, shock, low blood pressure (hypotension), convulsions, disturbances of regular heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmias), allergic-type reactions and respiratory arrest.
A number of deaths in the United States have been linked with chelation therapy. Also, some people are on dialysis because of kidney failure caused, at least in part, by chelation therapy.
The American Heart Association is concerned that some people who rely on this therapy may delay undergoing proven therapies like drugs or surgery until it’s too late. This is the added danger of relying on an unproven “miracle cure.”
For further information on the what the therapy entials and reasons why the AHA do not endorse it visit http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3000843
Should you be having symptoms of ischaemic heart disease I would recommend you visit you cardiologist immediately for an assessment. There are a number of medications and procedures that are scientifically proven that can assist you. Following your bypass, you would have been put on medication to reduce the chance of atherosclerosis (plaque build up in your arteries). You would have also been given lifestyle advice relating to smoking, diet and exercise. It is important that you continue eating healthily, exercising and taking medication to keep the blood supply to your heart healthy. For further advice on lifestyle changes and natural remedies please visit our healthnotes section online: http://www.wellnesswarehouse.com/healthnotes.php?org=wellware&ContentID=1013005 Please also visit our Natural Medicine Dispensaries for further advice. Regards Dr Sean Gomes MD