Potential Heart Breakthrough Met with Shock and Denial
A lot of the lifesavers we take for granted today weren’t always universally accepted. Most people would probably agree that seatbelts have saved many lives… but it took years to convince many people to wear them. And smoke detectors weren’t immediately popular, though they’ve saved thousands of people.
But there’s something good you have to say about the medical establishment. They embraced both of these lifesavers “ahead of the curve.”
That’s why it’s so surprising there’s been so much pushback coming from doctors when another lifesaver was proven in a very well designed study.
Chelation therapy is a proven method for removing heavy metals from the body. During the First World War, British doctors used chelation to save many soldiers exposed to arsenic gas. After World War II, the U.S. Navy successfully used chelation to fight lead poisoning.
In fact, the government approved EDTA – the most common chelating agent – for lead poisoning and other toxic metals many years ago.
But it hasn’t approved EDTA – or any other chelating agent – for use with heart problems. And that’s where this new study comes in.
For quite a few years, clinics around the country have used chelation for heart trouble. And they generally report excellent results. However, most studies haven’t found any benefit over a placebo. So mainstream medicine doesn’t accept chelation therapy for heart problems.
However, a team based in Miami decided to take a second look. They noticed that clinics that reported high success rates also gave patients high doses of antioxidant vitamins and minerals with their chelation program. So – for the first time – they tested this combination out.
The team split volunteer heart patients into four groups. One group received chelation with antioxidants… another chelation only… the third got only the nutritional supplements… and the fourth received two placebos.
After four years, the chelation-only and antioxidants-only groups had no less risk of further heart trouble than the two-placebos group. But the chelation-plus-antioxidants group had an 18% lower risk of dying from heart trouble.1
The response from mainstream medicine? Comments such as “the significance level was not high” and “I would advise against it.”
That’s right. No excitement at the prospect of saving almost 20% more of a high-risk group. Instead, denial and pushback. “We should study this more,” was about as enthusiastic as most of mainstream medicine could manage.
I agree we should study this more. Especially since this approach is largely natural.
But dismiss the results? I don’t think so.
Chelation has a long history of safety. And it’s very effective in removing heavy metals. A recent University of Michigan review points out it’s known to cut levels of lead, cadmium, nickel and aluminum.2
It’s not a big stretch to think that removing dangerous toxins from your body – and adding potent antioxidants – might improve heart health. I’ll keep you updated on this exciting development. More studies are bound to follow.
Meanwhile, if testing shows you have high levels of heavy metals, getting plenty of antioxidants is always a good idea.
Fruits and vegetables are your best sources. But taking nutritional supplements – especially with hard-to-find antioxidants such as resveratrol and CoQ10 – can also help.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Styles, S., “TACT: Surprising, puzzling benefit from chelation therapy after MI,” The Heart,
Nov 4, 2012.
2 Born, T., et al, “EDTA chelation reappraisal following new clinical trials and regular use in millions of patients: review of preliminary findings and risk/benefit assessment,” Toxicol Mech Methods. Jan 2013; 23(1): 11-17.