Father's Coronary Arteries Are 99% Blocked. Will Garlic and EDTA Help?
Q Dear Dr V,
My 80-year-old father was sent home from the hospital after a heart
attack and cardiac catheterization and is on several drugs: Imdur®,
and Norvasc®. His
coronary arteries are 99% blocked and his condition is inoperable due to
his history of three strokes. This is all the cardiologist can offer him.
I see a DO (osteopathic doctor) for herbal therapy and acupuncture.
This doctor also does IV chelation and suggested it for my father. I am
getting opposition from my family because it is not a standard, well-known
treatment and is not covered by insurance. I hate to stand by and watch
my father get worse. Would the oral chelation help, or is this mainly preventive,
which is what I understand from your Web site? I am an R.N. who is open-minded
to alternatives in medicine. I see every day what Western medicine does
and does not do.
Thank you for any suggestion you may offer.
A Dear NH,
My condolences to your father. His situation is similar to that of huge
numbers of other Americans who are unaware of adjunctive or alternative
therapies for the prevention or treatment of cardiovascular disease. The
resistance to many alternative therapies by many physicians, by large medical
institutions, and by pharmaceutical companies is essentially politically
and economically motivated. Sadly, I guess this is now the American way.
This motivation is unfortunate, because if it were not so, many more
people would be informed about effective, safe, and less costly alternative
therapies, not only for cardiovascular disorders but also for a vast array
of other medical problems. The average person relies on his or her doctor
to provide the best and latest information and options for any given medical
problem. But if your doctor is not knowledgeable about a particular alternative
therapy, then you, the average person, will not know about it unless you
research the matter yourself or find a doctor who does know.
Most physicians don't know much about the alternatives because they
haven't been taught or haven't had any compelling reason (thus far) to
learn about them on their own. However, I believe the need to learn about
viable alternatives is coming soon for the majority of health care givers
in this country, not only for ethical reasons but for economic reasons
EDTA chelation therapy has been in use for decades. There are literally
thousands of studies available supporting its ability to restore cardiovascular
function. EDTA has been shown through a process called chelation
(binding and removing various toxic metals and minerals) to improve blood
flow safely and to relieve symptoms associated with atherosclerotic disease.
Although the biochemical mechanisms involved in chelation are complex,
it can be understood simply as the removal of undesirable calcium and other
minerals that promote plaque formation, blood clotting, and atherosclerosis,
which can end up blocking arteries. Considering your father's history of
strokes, it is worth mentioning that EDTA has blood-thinning properties
that are without the risks of such drugs as Coumadin.
One particular study (keep in mind, of thousands of studies available)
found that when 65 patients who had been on the waiting list for coronary
artery bypass graft (bypass surgery) for an average of six months were
treated with EDTA chelation therapy, the symptoms in 89% of them improved
so much that they canceled their surgery. In the same study, of 27 patients
recommended for limb amputation due to poor peripheral circulation, EDTA
chelation therapy resulted in the saving of 24 limbs.
One of my favorite quotes from Garry Gordon, MD, DO -- the father of
modern EDTA chelation therapy -- is, "I have taken on patients who were
inoperable, who had already had every known form of bypass surgery, until
there weren't any more veins in their legs to strip out to put in their
hearts. They were sent home to die, and I could get those people back to
full functioning. I've had doctor friends who wouldn’t take the IV [EDTA]
at first, but who are now on oral EDTA and are able to pass a treadmill
stress test that they couldn't pass for five years. I've seen lots of good
things happen with oral EDTA-based supplement programs."
Even though oral EDTA and IV EDTA do many of the same things, based
on the information you have given me about the severity of your father's
condition, IV EDTA chelation therapy would be more appropriate. I strongly
recommend that you and your father consult with a physician experienced
in administering IV EDTA. Based on all the scientific evidence, I believe
it is very likely that your father could be dramatically helped by this
Oral EDTA would be advantageous as an adjunctive therapy. It can be
used not only as a preventive, but also in cases where more severe symptoms
have developed. It should be used on a regular basis between IV EDTA sessions
in order to provide ongoing maintenance benefits. Regular use of oral EDTA
may also lessen the number of IV sessions required.
If for some reason your father opts against IV EDTA altogether, oral
EDTA could still be of some advantage. About one month's use of oral EDTA
is equivalent in benefits to one IV EDTA chelation session, although they
are not entirely equivalent. The cost for several sessions of IV therapy
is minimal in comparison to the cost of other conventional therapies, such
as cardiac catheterization, bypass surgery, or pharmaceuticals. I would
consider the cost negligible when the value of quality of life is considered.
Oral EDTA's cost is also negligible in comparison, approximately
$30 to $50 per month in your father's case if used every day.
There is additional scientific evidence that garlic can reduce arterial
plaque. As you already know, Life Enhancement Products carries a formulation
designed by Dr. Garry Gordon with both oral EDTA and garlic, called Oral EDTA Chelator OriginalTM.
The following organizations, both founded by Dr. Gordon, are excellent
resources for comprehensive information on EDTA chelation therapy and for
locating a physician experienced in this field:
American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)
23121 Verdugo Drive, Ste 204
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
International College of Advanced Longevity Medicine (ICALM)
P.O. Box 2609
Payson, AZ 85547
(520) 474-1297 fax
Good luck. Let me know how things turn out for you and your father.
* For individuals with medical
problems neither IV or oral EDTA should be a substitute for ongoing monitoring
by a physician.