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# “Good” Side Effects
Improvements in metabolism and circulation often result in changes, which can appear to be “reactions” or “side effects”. These include improvement in vision, which results in the current optical prescription needing a change, as well as, the need to decrease insulin requirements in diabetics.
# How Many Treatments Are Needed?
This varies from case to case. Some medical doctors who began practicing Chelation medicine 15 years ago have themselves undergone as many as 500 treatments over the years.
We recommend an initial course of 30 treatments at no more than twice weekly. Most of our patients take one treatment per week.
After the initial course of 30 treatments, maintenance therapy is usually recommended. Recent studies in Holland have shown that the positive side effects on blood platelets lasts for about three weeks after an E.D.T.A. infusion. We generally recommend a treatment every three or four weeks after the initial series. In severe cases the initial series may extend far beyond 30 treatments and appropriate maintenance may be one treatment every two weeks.
# Will Chelation Therapy Work By Itself?
You will only get a maximum response to your I.V. Chelation treatments if you do the following five things:
– 1. Stop smoking.
– 2. Change your dietary habits.
– 3. Reduce stress
– 4. Take your nutritional supplements as required.
# Diet and Lifestyle
It is obvious to auto mechanics and farmers alike that the energy that is supplied to an engine, a field of corn or a dairy cow is the most important force in determining the efficiency and performance of any system – mechanical or biological. Should this important concept hold any less true for human beings?
Of course not. Week by week more scientific articles are published supporting the idea that nutritional imbalances are at the heart of diseases such as cancer, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, and other “diseases of aging”.
Our aim is to get people back to eating real foods: vegetables, unprocessed meats, whole grains, raw nuts, seeds and fresh fruits. These have been the human diet for thousands of years. The middlemen food processors are actually a recent invention and claim to make our lives easier. In fact, they rob us of our health with their convenience foods and have helped create an enormously expensive medical industry.
Americans eat far too much sugar. There has been a lot of press about the “French Paradox,” which is the fact that the French are leaner and have less heart disease than we do despite their eating large amounts of cheese, pastries and heavy wine consumption. Indeed, some researchers claim that the reduced cardiovascular mortality is a direct result of their wine consumption. Both the alcohol in the wine and the red pigments occurring in it have been claimed to be at the root of their decreased mortality. But, what very few write about is the French take in only about 15 pounds of sugar per year per capita, while Americans consume 10 times that! Which works out to be 150 pounds of sugar annually! Remember that every sugar molecule you consume that isn’t converted to energy is stored as fat and thereby contributes to the American epidemics of obesity, diabetes and vascular disease.
Another difference between the French, and indeed the “Mediterranean Diet”, and our diet generally is our lower consumption of vegetables. We all need to eat more green, yellow and orange vegetables. They are low in calories, high in vitamins, minerals and fiber and loaded with the health-protecting pigments of nature known as Bioflavonoids.
Diet should not be a highly confusing topic but rather should be based on common sense. We should be eating a diet of whole foods-fresh vegetables, fruits, unprocessed nuts and seeds, eggs, fish and lean meats. Unlike the Eskimo, our generally sedentary life-styles don’t require large does of high-energy fats, so do trim the fat off your meat and try to eat the leanest cuts.
In regard to fat – NOT ALL FATS ARE CREATED EQUAL! Eskimos have virtually a 100% animal-product diet. They eat raw fat almost daily. Why don’t they get clogged arteries and heart attacks? The type of fat they eat is protective against the arteriosclerosis process. These fats are known as Omega-3 oils and are found in nature in fish, game animals and plant material grown in cold, northern climates – walnuts, flax, and oats grown in northern regions.
( Canola Oil[Short for “Canadian Oil”] Warning – Rapeseed oil is poisonous to living things and is an excellent insect repellent. It is used for transmission fluid, engine oil and engine oil additives. “Tommy Talk Radio” Seqment )
The other major group of fatty acids is known as the Omega 6 family. These oily substances are found in vegetable oils from corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean and other seeds.
The last major family includes olive oil components and is called the Omega 9 group. It is the balance between these various fatty acids in our diet that ultimately has much to do with our health.
Every membrane of every cell of our body is made of millions of molecules of fatty acids. The structural integrity and biological functions of our cell membranes are dependent on the exact combinations of these fatty acid components.
Basically we in the western world are eating a far higher percentage of Omega 6 oils vs. Omega 3 oils in comparison to our ancestral diet or even our diet of a century ago. The ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 in the modern diet is about 11:l. The ideal ratio and the ratio seen in “primitive” cultures where degenerative diseases are much more rare is in the realm of 1:l to 4:l .42 We are clearly feeding ourselves a deranged ratio of building blocks and we believe this has led to an increase in skin diseases, mental diseases, allergies, arteriosclerosis, arthritis and cancer.43
From a practical standpoint, people that consume a large amount of olive oil in their diet have a significant reduction in the rate of cancer and heart disease. In fact, the longest living people on the globe are the Greeks. Their diet contains about 37% of its calories as fats – but these are almost all Omega 9 oils from olives and Omega 3 oils from seafood. They also eat a large amount and variety of vegetables and freshly picked greens – many of the latter which we consider weeds! These include lambs quarters, pigweed, dandelion greens and purslane. The Greeks also eat lots of fresh fruit, legumes and large amounts of the cardio-protective vegetables garlic and onions. They eat meat products sparingly.
Despite all the theories of biomedical scientists about what we should eat, I believe we should judge medical theories with “outcome analysis”. If you want to live a long health life, eat like a Greek.
There is one more area concerning fats that must be discussed at this point – hydrogenated vegetable oils and margarine. These chemically processed oils have been introduced into our diet only this century. They were created by the oil processing industry to increase the shelf life of vegetable oils and have been sold to the public as a “heart protective” food. This is one of the greatest fabrications ever perpetuated on the public – and sadly it was done with the support of the medical profession. Of course, the only information claiming health benefits for margarine and other partially hydrogenated oil products was found on the television set and other media. There is no scientific evidence for any health benefits for hydrogenated vegetable oil.
On the other hand, there is a large body of scientific literature dating back to at least 1956 that these products are dangerous to health.44 In fact; at the time of this writing in early 2000 there is a movement by scientists inside and outside the government to require labeling margarine and other processed oils as a causative agent of heart disease and myocardial infarction!
The reason why hydrogenated oils are dangerous to biological systems is they contain, as a side effect of hydrogenation, substances known as “trans-fatty acids”. These fatty acids differ in their properties from the naturally occurring fats found in cold-pressed, unprocessed seed oils. These trans-oils alter the normal structure of our cell membranes and “gum-up” the enzymatic machinery that metabolizes fatty acids. This also leads to alterations in the very important hormones known as prostaglandins. These hormones are made and destroyed almost instantly from the fatty acids in all of our cell membranes. However, they have profound effects on inflammatory reactions, cellular immunity, vascular constriction and dilatation and cholesterol metabolism, among many other functions.
In summary, a health promoting diet is based on fresh vegetables, fruits, and lean animal products including eggs, raw seeds and nuts and whole grain products. One should carefully avoid using the typical vegetable oils found in grocery stores. Instead, look for oils that clearly state that they are “cold-pressed” and specifically indicate they contain “no hydrogenated fats” or “no trans fatty acids”. For cooking, olive oil is probably best, as it has been shown to be “heart healthy”.
Human beings were meant to do some physical activity on a daily basis. Exercise should be considered a nutrient – or at least an essential factor for good health. It has recently been shown that even 3 hours of an activity such as walking every week will give one 75% of the potential health benefits of exercise.
Even if you are very debilitated, any physical movement will result in a dramatic improvement in your well-being. Short walks of l/4 to l/2 mile are a good start. Gradually increase this as you become more fit. Use shopping malls in the winter months or even the barn aisle if you have one. Another option for exercise is small “rebounders”.
These are miniature trampolines and can be purchased in sporting goods or variety stores. If you feel too unsteady bounding on your feet, just sit on the rebounder and bounce up and down on your rear end. You will be surprised at how this gets your heart rate up and gets you breathing more deeply.
All forms of exercise cause more life-giving oxygen to be delivered to your tissues. During exercise natural chelating agents such as lactic acid are produced and many have toxic metal binding effects that lead to discharge of these poisons from the body. Exercise has also been proven to initiate the formation of new blood vessels in the heart and other muscles of the body. This is the process of angioneogenesis and leads to collateral circulation around obstructed vascular sites. In a real sense this represents a self-induced “bypass” procedure. The bottom line is that more blood is delivered downstream to the site beyond the plaques and the tissue thus supplied is revitalized and brought back to health!
The old phrase “use it or lose it” couldn’t be more true from a medical standpoint. Please start some form of exercise today – it is just as important as diet, Supplements and chelation therapy and acts synergistically with them to effect improvements in health.
“Stress” is another area that we all need to deal with. It is now known that all forms of stress may slow the speed of recovery from illness. Stressors may increase the need for vitamins and other nutrients. This results from both increased requirements and increased loss of the elements in the urine. Thus, identifying the sources of stress and reducing the impact can speed wellness!
Most people think of stress as due to the job, family and other psychosocial forces. While these are certainly important components in stress causing factors, other environmental factors include the food we eat, exposure to pollutants in the air and work environment, artificial materials used in rugs, wallpaper, etc., additives to our foods and beverages, electromagnetic waves emanating from TV sets, computers and other electronic devices, financial pressures, lack of rewarding experiences in our work and play, addictive behavior patterns and persistent attitudes and beliefs which do not serve us well and are often acquired during our formative years.
Here again, quiet walks are helpful, meditation, Yoga and simply regular episodes of deep breathing are very effective. Living one day at a time and being thankful for all we have can reduce stress and produce a positive mental outlook. In some cases consultation with a therapist is needed to help us understand ourselves and change our ways of thinking and being.
Sleep and water are both major parts of diet and lifestyle. Few of us get enough of either. Our gland system recharges at night, so if we don’t get enough sleep, we won’t have balanced glad function. This is vitally important because the hormones secreted by our thyroid, adrenals and sex glands regulate our genetic material, which in turn is the program and system for manufacturing our body proteins and all other biochemical components of our tissues.
# ABOUT WATER
We are bombarded with multitudinous recommendations regarding what we should eat. I have tried to address this question from the standpoint of how the question is dealt with in the natural world. What do people drink in “primitive” hunter-gatherer cultures? What do animals in the wild drink?
The answer is simple: Water! Nothing more. There are no soda-pop factories or breweries in the rain forests of New Guinea or South America. Yes, people prepare herbal beverages but mainly for specific medicinal purposes.
The fact is our taste for fluids has been distorted by the use of soda pop, caffeinated beverages and alcohol. This fact was brought home hard on a medical doctor named F. Batmanghelidj when he was thrown into jail by the fundamentalist regime that had taken over Iran in 1979.
While in prison where he was deprived of all fluids except water for his own use, and where, as a prison doctor as well, there was a shortage of pharmaceutical medication necessitating his use of water for conditions such as peptic ulcer attacks, he discovered the healing power of water.46
In his book “YOUR BODY’S MANY CRIES FOR WATER”, Dr. Batmanghelidj claims that chronic dehydration is a principal cause behind indigestion, hiatus hernia, arthritis, headaches, depression and high blood pressure, among other conditions. Many research studies have borne this idea out. A study presented at the European Society of Cardiology in Vienna in 1998 revealed that in a population of more than 30,000 men and women, the ones who drank more than 5 glasses of water per day had a dramatic reduction in the incidence of coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
We have installed a distillation system for the drinking water at our clinic and during your chelation treatments we will serve you water and encourage you to drink all you can while you are in the office and at home.
Remember that the toxic metals we are chelating leave the body through the kidney system so extra water will hasten the flushing of these poisons out of your body. For your good health please drink at least 6 glasses (12 oz.) of water every day. You will notice a difference if you do this consistently for a number of weeks.
Water consumption is probably the most neglected area of health. Water is the basis of life on this planet and approximately 70% of our body weight consists of water. It is literally the medium in which our bio-molecules live and our tissues and organs cannot be healthy without proper water balance.
We recommend you try to drink a large glass of pure water every time you think you need a cigarette, a cup of coffee, a soda pop or other sweet or alcoholic beverage.
When I say “pure” water, I mean to imply that unless you have a good reverse osmosis filter or distilling apparatus connected to your water supply, you probably don’t have pure water. Distilled water is “hungry” water – it will flush out impurities from our body. Clean Artesian or spring water is also fine as long as you can document its purity.
NOTE: The notable exception to this advice occurs in patients who have been given a fluid restriction by their doctor because of severe congestive heart failure. These cases are dealt with individually by Dr. Waters.
[ The scientific method to determine if you are consuming enough water is very simple and involves the use of a Specific Conductance Meter. An inexpensive meter can be obtained and used to test the solids content of your urine. If the meter reads above 12,000 microsiemens – the value of our blood – you need to be drinking more water.]
It is the combination of dietary changes, nutritional supplements, regular exercise, stress reduction, and intravenous E.D.T.A. Chelation Therapy, which leads to improved health. It is important for you to be committed to all aspects of the program to insure maximum probability of success.
# What Can I Expect?
Most doctors who give Chelation Therapy report that at least 75% of the patients experience definite improvements in their symptoms. These improvements include increased exercise tolerance, reduction in chest pain, improved vision, reduced joint pains, and better memory.
The other 25% of the patients usually also report some positive changes but these might not be so dramatic. In addition, there is often a delay in the improvements of 3 to 6 months. Indeed one Chelation therapist has shown that improvement in circulation to the lower extremities could not be proven with Doppler studies after 30 treatments but when these studies were repeated 6 months after the 30th treatment, a marked improvement in blood flow was shown.
We don’t know why there is a delay in results in some cases, but believe that the Chelation Therapy may “set into motion” certain biological effects, which then continue after the Chelation Therapy has stopped. In this regard, experimental evidence from animal studies has shown that bone-forming cells begin to increase their activity leading to a net increase in bone density after a series of E.D.T.A. Chelation treatments.14 This effect continues even after the E.D.T.A. infusions have ceased.
Some patients have noted improvements after as few as two treatments, while others haven’t seen results until 20 or more treatments. Very severe or long-standing conditions often take longer to respond to Chelation. Again, we can’t emphasize too strongly:
THE MORE CLOSELY YOU FOLLOW DIET, EXERCISE, SUPPLEMENT, AND LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS, THE MORE LIKELY AND SOONER YOU WILL OBTAIN POSITIVE RESULTS.
If you can’t stop the cigarette habit, you should not waste your time and money on Chelation Therapy. You will probably be disappointed.
# What Tests Will I Need To Start Chelation?
The pre-chelation evaluation includes the following tests: (an explanation follows each in order that the patients may learn the purpose of the laboratory testing).
C.B.C. The complete blood count and the differential count tells the doctor whether you are anemic or not, or in some cases if you have too many red blood corpuscles. In addition to measuring the amount of blood, it also gives the average size of the red blood corpuscles and other parameters, which indicate the possibility of deficiencies of copper, iron, B-12, and folic acid. A white blood count is also performed in this test and gives us a view of your immune status and the possibility of infections. The various types of white blood corpuscles and their relative numbers are measured and this information helps in the diagnosis of immune deficiency, allergy, and the presence and type of infections.
ChemScreen This group of 25 tests tells us your blood sugar level, the level of important electrical conductors in the blood stream (sodium, potassium, chlorides), kidney function, liver function tests, level of uric acid which may be important in the diagnosis of arthritis, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels as well as the levels of the HDL and LDL fractions of cholesterol. This gives us a determination of the relative risk of cardiovascular diseases. The liver function tests within this profile also may indicate a deficiency problem with respect to vitamin B-6. This profile also gives us a serum iron level and gives us levels of the two common proteins in the blood stream: albumin and globulin. The level of calcium and magnesium in the serum is also determined. The results of this panel tell us whether a patient can safely undergo Chelation Therapy. They also serve to monitor important body functions during the course of treatment.
Thyroid Profile In this test the level of thyroid hormones in the blood stream is evaluated. Low levels can indicate a hypo-metabolic state which can lead to weight gain, shortage of energy, and depression. High levels may cause nervousness and weight loss.
Glycohemoglobin this test determines whether you have a tendency towards diabetes or hypoglycemia. In conjunction with the fasting blood sugar level, these two tests in correlation with your symptoms have been found to eliminate the need in most cases for glucose tolerance tests.
Ferritin Level This laboratory evaluation represents the definitive test for iron status in the human body. Higher than normal levels of ferritin are indicative of iron overload, which has been shown to cause various glandular disorders as well as contributing to arteriosclerosis and possibly cancer.
Low levels of ferritin are the hallmark of iron deficiency. Patients with high levels of ferritin frequently benefit from Chelation Therapy.
Urinalysis: – This test gives us an indication of the presence or absence of infection in the urinary system as well as the levels of important molecules such as sugar, protein, and bile. The test will also reveal damage to the kidneys themselves. The presence of blood in the urine always necessitates follow-up in reference to the possibility of tumors of the urinary tract. The concentration of the urine helps to determine not only kidney function, but also the presence of relative hydration in the individual. The urine analysis represents a broad-spectrum look at a number of body systems and may point the way for more definitive testing.
# OPTIONAL – BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Heavy Metal Screening: – This test uses hair tissue to determine the level of toxic elements in the body such as lead, cadmium, mercury, aluminum and nickel. While hair analysis cannot be used to diagnose medical conditions with certainty, it is a very important screening test for the presence of excess heavy metals in the body. In addition, some of the essential elements measured in the hair may he reflective of total body content of these elements. Copper in particular may reveal an excess body burden, which may be occurring as a result of an ingestion through contaminated water supply. The treatment for heavy metal intoxication is Chelation Therapy.
A Careful Look At Heavy Metal Intoxication , by Jann M. Gentry-Glander
In conjunction with Odyssey Clinical Studies, and David H. Saxon, MD
Blood Mineral Panel Levels of the essential elements such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, and manganese are measured in the whole blood to determine deficiency or excess of these elements and thereby guide in the prescription of nutritional supplements. Whole blood may give a better reflection of essential metal content in the human body than the hair analysis does. There is some evidence that other metals included in this panel such as selenium and copper, may also contribute to whether you will be advised to supplement these metals or avoid them in your nutritional supplements.
After all of your lab data are gathered, Dr. Waters will explain the findings to you and a nutritional supplement program will be prescribed. Follow-up lab tests will be done to assess your progress and assure safety of the procedure.
Besides the chemistry tests that we do, we ask that you send any cardiovascular tests done by doctors or hospitals to us. These would include Doppler Ultrasound exams of the blood vessels in the neck and lower limbs, EKG’s, Treadmill/stress tests, Echocardiograms and reports of hospitalizations, angiograms and operations. Ask the receptionist for record releases to obtain these records for your file.
# What Do I Do On The Day Of Treatment?
Be sure to eat a good meal before coming for treatment. If you are going to have laboratory work on the same day, you must fast for 16 hours. After your blood is drawn you will be sent out for breakfast and then return for treatment. Feel free to bring reading material or audiotapes with you for use during your treatment. We can also provide you with a variety of tapes, books, etc. It is a good policy to bring a friend or relative to your first one or two treatments in case you feel weak or dizzy afterwards. Such side effects generally disappear after a few treatments and you should have no problem driving home or taking public transportation.
You should take all medications as directed on the day of Chelation as you would any other day. Only after we have a chance to assess your progress, do we consider reducing your medication. In most cases, it is appropriate for you to continue seeing your family doctor or cardiologist.
– DOs –
DO drink plenty of water every day, especially the days of Chelation. We provide the best water you can drink to cleanse your system of poisons – distilled water!
DO wear loose fitting clothing. No restrictive sleeves.
DO eat a big meal before Chelation therapy.
DO bring healthy snacks such as meat, vegetables, or fruit to eat during Chelation therapy.
DO practice deep breathing exercises daily. Close your eyes, sit quietly and inhale slowly until your lungs are filled. Stop for a moment and then exhale completely. This will bring much needed oxygen to your cells to revitalize them.
– DON’Ts –
DON’T drink any caffeinated beverages the day of treatment. Caffeine dehydrates your body, constricts your veins and makes it more difficult to start your I.V.
DON’T drink milk before or after your treatments.
DON’T take supplements containing minerals before your treatments.
DON’T cross your legs during treatment because it cuts off the circulation to your feet and toes.
DON’T bring junk food to the clinic to eat during Chelation. These include soda pop, cookies, candy, chips, white bread, crackers, etc. If you don’t know if something is junk, ask!
DON’T wear perfumes, cologne, or other strongly scented cosmetics the day of treatment. Many people are allergic to strong odors and will feel sick if they are exposed to them.
# Will Insurance Companies Pay For Chelation Therapy?
In most cases they won’t. Medicare definitely will not pay. Many companies will, however, pay for your office visits and laboratory work and we are getting increasing reports of insurance companies reimbursing for this treatment.
In Ohio a court ruled that Aetna Insurance must reimburse one of its insured for their Chelation treatment. Hopefully, this decision and others will gradually force carriers to cover Chelation services.
At any rate, we expect to be paid for all services as they are rendered; you will be issued a super-bill to submit to your insurance company. It is important that you undertake your Chelation program with the assumption that insurance probably will not cover it and view the expense as an investment in your good health.
Chelation Therapy with E.D.T.A. is a relatively new treatment for many of the diseases of aging. It has been documented to be safe and effective in numerous studies done around the world over the past 40 years. When used in conjunction with lifestyle modifications, improved diet and increased exercise most patients can expect improvement in medical conditions caused by circulatory impairment.
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