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Artherosclerosis and Gangrene
Posted by: George
Date: April 14, 2001 3:37 AM

My wife has Rheumatoid Arthritis. She has taken steroids off and on for 30 years. There were other intermittant therapies such as Gold Shots; Penacillamine; Methotrexate; Enbrel and finally Remicade. About four years ago she developed hypertension and high cholesterol. There was also an increasing numbness in her legs and feet. This was diagnosed as Peripheral Neuropathy due to Prednisone. No suggestion was ever made of Peripheral Vascular Disease and subsequently the pains in her right foot increased and nothing was done except pain medication. Last November her toes turned blue and susequently gangrenous. She lost her right leg above the knee. I am worried about her left leg as the presurgical angiogram showed a large section of her lower legs and feet as very occluded. Do you think EDTA would help restore some additional circulation. She has also developed Type 2 diabetes as measured by glucose levels. We are treating this with diet and mesasuring glucose levels daily.

RE: Artherosclerosis and Gangrene
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 14, 2001 1:32 PM

I suggest you see a chelation therapist as soon as possible. Saving limbs from vascular disease is one of the things at which EDTA CT is best. It also has an excellent effect on insulin sensitivity, thus improving diabetes - sometimes to the point that it can no longer be detected. Regarding the diabetes, naturally dietary management is also very important: no simple or refined carbohydrates. None. Read the lables on any processed foods. You will find that sugars are everywhere (look for "corn syrup"). That means, with rare exception, no processed foods.

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