This month Dr. Valentine answers the questions most commonly asked by Life Enhancement customers about EDTA chelation and its cardiovascular benefits, among many other health benefits.

What Is EDTA Chelation Therapy?
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 (chemically 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.

EDTA Chelator Complex is a natural and safe supplement that can assist one toward this end.

How Does EDTA Work?
EDTA chelation is a therapy by which repeated administrations, either intravenously (IV) or orally, of a weak synthetic amino acid, EDTA (ethylenediaminetetra acetic acid), gradually reduces atherosclerotic plaque and other mineral deposits throughout the cardiovascular system. It does this by literally dissolving them and returning the arterial system to a smooth, healthy, preatherosclerotic state. EDTA has often been referred to as the Liquid-Plumr® or Roto-Rooter® of the cardiovascular system.

What Are the Health Benefits?
EDTA improves heart, brain, kidney, lung, and all organ functions by reducing atherosclerotic plaque in the vascular system. If your coronary arteries are filled with plaque, it's a sure bet that the arteries of your brain, lungs, and kidney are in a similar state. As mentioned above, EDTA is extremely efficient at cleaning out the plaque from the walls of the vascular tree, restoring healthy function on a multitude of levels within the body. EDTA is effective for any condition where there is reduction or interruption of blood flow because of plaque. Plaque is not localized in just one area of the vasculature. Therefore, EDTA can "clean house," improving function in all organs of the body. This makes it effective for many degenerative diseases.

Patients Cancel Bypass Surgery After EDTA Treatments
It is commonplace for physicians who regularly prescribe EDTA chelation to encounter heart disease patients who have failed all the standard treatments but who make remarkable - even unbelievable - recoveries once given EDTA. Many patients on waiting lists for bypass surgery have found, after a series of EDTA chelation treatments, that they no longer needed the surgery.

One particular study found that when 65 patients who had been on the waiting list for bypass surgery for an average of six months were given 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.

EDTA removes toxic metals from the blood. Studies have shown that as people age, they continuously accumulate toxic metals - lead, mercury, aluminum, cadmium, and arsenic, among others. The accrual of these toxins invites an increased risk for various diseases, especially heart disease. The less of these metals we have in our bodies, the more likely we are to be physiologically healthy or simply to feel good, and the lower our risk for heart disease. Because EDTA is so effective at removing unwanted metals and other minerals from the blood, it has been the standard, FDA-approved treatment for lead, mercury, aluminum, and cadmium poisoning for more than 50 years. EDTA normalizes the distribution of most metallic elements in the body.

EDTA helps prevent heart attack, stroke, varicose veins, and more by inhibiting blood clotting. Because EDTA inhibits blood clotting so well, by tying up calcium, it is routinely added to blood samples that are drawn for testing purposes. Blood can't clot if the calcium is tied up. Inhibition of blood clotting can help prevent stroke, heart attack, phlebitis (painful inflammation of a vein), pulmonary embolism (potentially fatal clot to the lung), or varicose veins. Generally, these conditions are associated with aging.

EDTA makes stronger bones and reduces cholesterol by improving calcium and cholesterol metabolism. EDTA can help to lower cholesterol, the principal component of atherosclerotic plaque. Dr. Garry Gordon (see sidebar, "Dr. Garry Gordon Helps the 'Hopeless' with EDTA" ) relays one experience: "I had a patient at Stanford University who could never get her cholesterol below 500. Once she started taking six tablespoons a day of the EDTA-based chelation formula, she got down to 200. So this stuff can work wonders."

Dr. Garry Gordon Helps The 'Hopeless' with EDTA
Garry Gordon, M.D., D.O., is considered the father of modern EDTA chelation therapy. He is the founder of the American College for Advancement in Medicine and the International College of Advanced Longevity Medicine. Recently he commented about medicine's different approaches to cardiovascular disease due to atherosclerosis:

"Let's look at a group of my patients with any level of stageable disease and simply see how many of them are alive at the end of five years, compared with those on any other standard therapy. I couldn't believe it when I went to the meetings with the big cardiologists and found that they consider the diagnosis of congestive heart failure to be virtually a death sentence, because over 60% of their patients are dead within the first year. I haven't lost one patient with congestive heart failure in ten years! It shocks me how big a difference there is, depending on which school of medicine you follow."

A long-time advocate of the effectiveness of oral EDTA alone and of its use as an adjunct to intravenous EDTA therapy, Dr. Gordon remarked, "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 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."

Some people may assume that EDTA depletes the body of needed calcium. When EDTA lowers blood calcium, however, it also stimulates the parathyroid gland to produce a hormone called parathormone (parathyroid hormone). This hormone is responsible for removing calcium from places such as the inside of arteries and depositing it in the right places, such as bone. So IV chelation makes you physiologically younger because it moves calcium from your arteries and makes your bones stronger. Dr. Gordon comments, "The more chelation we give people, the less osteoporosis they have and the less calcium accumulation there is in their blood vessels."

EDTA improves skin quality and reduces wrinkles. One further comment by Dr. Gordon: "We can count the crow's feet next to a woman's eyes and show that those crow's feet disappear with IV chelation therapy. So we know that we are reversing cross-linkages." Cross-linking is an aging process caused by the destructive joining of proteins and resulting in loss of function.

What Is EDTA Chelator Complex?
EDTA Chelator Complex is an advanced oral formulation offered as a dietary supplement to enhance your body's normal and natural chelating abilities. It can be used alone or in combination with IV EDTA chelation therapy for helping to reverse and prevent plaque buildup and to help keep arteries clean and healthy. EDTA Chelator Complex is more convenient and less costly than IV EDTA chelation. However, the latter may be more appropriate for individuals with more severe cardiovascular compromise.

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