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IV chelation
Posted by: Don Stromberg
Date: September 6, 2000 7:52 PM

I've read Dr Kennedy's article on IV chelation and have a few questions on the subject.
1 - My wife is a registered nurse and would like to know if she can purchase the IV chelation through a local doctor or do you have any suggestions?
2 - I've been diagnosed as having advanced coronary heart disease with a 80-90 % blockage in some of the smaller areteries in my heart giving me angina during exercise so I cannot get up to my target heart rate... Can IV chelation clear these arteries?

RE: IV chelation
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: September 7, 2000 5:26 AM

IV chelation should be done only under the supervision of a qualified doctor, experienced in the technique. Do not try to do it at home. IV Chelation has an excellent reputation for stopping angina. In seven years of giving chelation to hundreds of people with similar histories, not one person in my practice has had a vascular event (heart attack or stroke) of any kind, much less died from vascular disease. Find a non-chelating cardiologist who can make that claim.

RE: IV chelation
Posted by: Don Stromberg
Date: September 9, 2000 6:59 PM

Thank you Dr Kennedy for your information. I will definitely search an qualified IV Chelation doctor in my area. The one question that I cannot find an answer to is whether IV Chelation can ""remove" the plaque that has already formed an 80 to 90% blockage to some of the smaller arteries further down the line from the major coronary arteries? Is this a question that cannot be answered or does it depend on each individual, or are there different types of plaque that may or may not be removed?

RE: IV chelation
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: September 10, 2000 4:07 AM

That is an excellent and thoughtful question. EDTA chelates and carries away the calcium it can reach, however plaque is not simply calcium. It consists of calcium, lipids, cellular debris, and scar tissue. Some thinning of plaque does occur and there are other effects of chelation which also account for its protective effect. They are listed in my article on chelation. I encourage you to read up:

RE: IV chelation
Posted by: Don Stromberg
Date: September 10, 2000 11:49 PM

Thank you very much for your reply, you have been most helpful. I will download your article on Chelation.

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