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Chelation Therapy Study Shows Heart Disease Benefits: Learn about the benefits of chelation therapy from Dr. Bruce Shelton

Dec 31, 2012 10:56AM ● By Bruce H. Shelton MD, MD(H)

A seven-year study of chelation therapy, sanctioned by the National Institutes of Health and performed under the auspices of the University of Miami, in Florida, shows positive benefits in treating heart disease. The study was a topic of discussion at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, held in Los Angeles.

The word chele is Latin for the claw of a crab, and a chelating agent is a chemical that when administered intravenously, “crabclaws” heavy metals that are trapped in the body as insoluble and brings them out via patients’ urine and stool.

The most common chelation agent, and the one used in this study, is ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid (EDTA), which is essentially four vinegar molecules bound together chemically by an ethylene diamine binder. It was first used in the textile industry to remove heavy metal impurities in the dyes used to color towels and sheets. It was first tried on soldiers returning from World War II that had suffered lead poisoning and were succumbing to conditions related to heavy metal toxicity. It was noted during treatment that the afflicted soldiers were resolving heart disease issues related to clogged arteries as they were chelated to remove the metal poisons in their bodies.

Chelation became controversial in the 1950s when some doctors used it in excess and put several patients into renal failure, causing it to be listed by the American Medical Association as an unsafe procedure. The American College for Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) did research into proper chelation techniques and in 2003, a study was published showing that properly done chelation actually can protect kidneys from damage. In the meantime, tens of thousands of patients continued to be chelated, resolving their heart issues and avoiding such invasive techniques as bypass surgery.

It was once thought that chelation removed cholesterol plaques from blood vessels, but the procedure only removes aberrant heavy metals from the body, which prevents the formation of the blood clots that can obstruct blood vessels, thus preventing heart attacks and strokes.

In Arizona, medical and osteopathic physicians licensed by the Arizona Board of Homeopathic and Integrated Physicians as licensed homeopathic MD/DO(H) practitioners can legally offer chelation to the public after performing proper workup exams and getting patients to take needed oral supplements as described in the ACAM protocol.

Dr. Bruce H. Shelton MD, MD(H), DiHom, FBIH, offers chelation at his practice, Valley Integrative Physicians, in North Phoenix. For more information, visit

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