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Posted by Mary on November 10, 2002 at 05:27:36:

I went to a doctor who performs Chelation Therapy recently.

I was interested in doing it as a preventative measure because both my parents had heart disease, my father died suddenly at age 47 from myocardio infarction.

He asked me if I had any symtpoms to which I replied, "No".
He suggested that I have a virtual heart scan performed first. His rationale being that I may not need the CT. I sure don't want to spend $400 on the heart scan only to find out that I need the CT. I'm 57, overweight and have mildly elevated cholesterol scores. I don't drink or smoke. I am very active and try to get to the gym a couple of times a week.

I'd be interested in hearing from people who have had CT performed what their experience was, if there are any risks associated with it and what, if any, supplements one has to take prior to and during the course of CT.

Because of financial considerations, I am thinking about having one treatment a month.

Thanks.



Re: Chelation Therapy questions

Posted by Helping You on November 10, 2002 at 13:37:08:

In Reply to: Chelation Therapy questions posted by Mary on November 10, 2002 at 05:27:36:

A CT Scan is not exactly a low-invasive procedure. Many people have allergic reactions to the iodine-based contrast that is used. This is a risk.

Chelation therapy is quite safe and has other benefical effects besides removing plaque: Circulation is improved, kidney function improved, arthritis is improved, and when circulation is improved, all body functions are improved. I would do the Chelation treatment and skip the CT scan. The only possible benefit of the CT scan in this case, is if it spots some abnormality that you didn't know you were at risk for. This does happen. That's my opinion

-HY



Re: Chelation Therapy questions

Posted by Mary on November 11, 2002 at 00:00:30:

In Reply to: Re: Chelation Therapy questions posted by Helping You on November 10, 2002 at 13:37:08:

Hi HY,

It's not a Computerized Axial Tomography scan. It's the new virtual scan and is non-invasive, no radioactive dye is injected.

Thanks for your input, especially about it helping with circulation. I overlooked the fact that it would help with entire body circulation. Duh :)

Mary



Re: Chelation Therapy questions

Posted by leon cavallo on November 11, 2002 at 01:17:53:

In Reply to: Chelation Therapy questions posted by Mary on November 10, 2002 at 05:27:36:

hi

when i visited chelating docotrs, i ran into a few who would not do it unless i took the tests they felt i should take first. maybe this doctor is like this ?

if you have the money, its hard to go wrong with chelation, as Dr Stoll will tell you.

if you dont have the money, you might do well to make other simpler but more daily changes...some dietary specifics along the pritkin/ornish route for one example. ofcourse around here, we are big on the complete program of diet, regular aerobic exercise and skileld relaxation. in many cases, this combination executed faithfully and effectively is the equal in many ways of chelation.

on the other hand, chelation is so easy, isnt it ? i like it that way too...kinda of "holistic" for the less well motivated.

but i return to the idea that the benefits of a once a month chelation program would probably be easily exceeded IN THE SHORT TERM by other holisitc self health programs though, especially if you are not going to make the changes that are bigger variables in the heart disease equation.

you might be intersted to note that certain foods are effective chelators, some even more effective than certain IV agents. miso and certain pectins are examples.

if you are going to chelate-- especially so infrequently-- make sure you do not settle for the watered-down 1.5 dose over an hour and a half. GET THE FULL BOTTLE-- about three, over at least two hours and forty five minutes. see www.drcranton.com also, if the chelating doctor isnt prepared to tell you about what she or he feels you will need to supplement with during treatment, this is probably not the best chelating doctor around !

good luck
will you decide soon i wonder.

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Re: Chelation Therapy questions (Preventing heart disease.) Archive

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 11, 2002 at 08:55:47:

In Reply to: Chelation Therapy questions posted by Mary on November 10, 2002 at 05:27:36:

Hi, Mary.

Although chelation would help someone with your risk factors I have doubts that once a month will do much.

You would be MUCH better served to start a 10% fat diet (See the Pritikin Program at your library.) Start a walking program (See the exercise archives.) Practice SR twice a day (See the SR archives and the article on the home page.)

This is a lot more work but is a LOT more effective and is MUCH less expensive.

Listen to Leon and HY.

Let us know what you decide and how you do.

Walt



Re: Chelation Therapy questions (Preventing heart disease.) Archive

Posted by
Mary on November 11, 2002 at 13:17:58:

In Reply to: Re: Chelation Therapy questions (Preventing heart disease.) Archive posted by Walt Stoll on November 11, 2002 at 08:55:47:

Hi Walt,

I read that it's important to have a certain amount of fat in the diet in order for the body to make hormones. Would I be getting enough fat on the Pritikin Diet or is this something to be stay on for a period of time and then increase fat consumption?

I'm really glad I posed the question. I don't have $3,000-$4,000 to spend on this BUT I could afford once a month treatment. I assumed that having a treatment once a month would be beneficial but apparently not. Thank you for your advice.

And thanks to Leo and HY as well!

Thanks,

Mary



Re: Chelation Therapy questions fat supply response

Posted by leon cavallo on November 11, 2002 at 16:34:45:

In Reply to: Re: Chelation Therapy questions (Preventing heart disease.) Archive posted by Mary on November 11, 2002 at 13:17:58:

hi

the prikin plan provides plenty of fat-- good fat. quality not quantity ! all the fatthat most people eat does little of benefit for them, because the those fats lack the right properties.


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Re: Chelation Therapy questions

Posted by lyn on November 11, 2002 at 18:50:55:

In Reply to: Re: Chelation Therapy questions posted by Mary on November 11, 2002 at 00:00:30:

I've heard that contrasts are used with the virtual
tests, "depending on the radiologist." Some docs
demand the contrast so they can see it all as clearly
as possible. One can always say no...:D

lyn

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Re: Chelation Therapy questions (Preventing heart disease.) Archive

Posted by Walt Stoll on November 12, 2002 at 08:19:47:

In Reply to: Re: Chelation Therapy questions (Preventing heart disease.) Archive posted by Mary on November 11, 2002 at 13:17:58:

Thanks, Mary.

Listen to Leon.

The dividing line is 10% of the total calories as fat and that is what the Pritikin Plan does. After a year or so that can be increased to 15% for maintenance. However, the % MUST be just below 10% for the arteries to get cleaned out.

Walt

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