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Chelation after Bypass
Posted by: Tim Morris
Date: January 6, 2000 2:46 PM

l am age 39. I went to see my doctor with a pain in my upper back. I did not think too much of this pain because of my type of work (a logger for 20 years). Soon after I had emergency four-way coronary bypass operation. I don't have any way of knowing if this was the only answer. It all happened so fast, I was told the only reason I was still alive was because of the physical condition that I was in. Since my surgery I have read nothing good about coronary bypass surgery. I have been reading a lot of good about Chelation. My doctors do not approve of chelation. I am looking for another answer. I have two children I would really like to see grow up.

Chelation after Bypass
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: January 7, 2000 1:34 PM

This is a story I have heard many times: pain in chest, evaluation, suddenly heart surgeon standing there in a $4,000 suit saying "I can't promise you will be alive by the weekend if you do not have this bypass right now." The statistics simply do not back up this kind of statement. The famous Coronary Artery Surgery Study (CASS) of 1984 ( proved 18 years ago that people who are treated medically have the same mortality statistics as those treated surgically. By way of answering your concern about chelation therapy, let me tell you a statistic I find astounding. In nine years of doing chelation therapy and treating several hundred people for vascular disease by this method, many of whom were threatened with what their doctors described as a necessity to have bypass or die, and some of whom had already had angioplasty, stints, bypasses, etc. which were failing, not one person who elected chelation therapy and stuck with the program and the followup maintenance treatments has died of vascular disease. One person died of a heart attack who did a minimal number of treatments and then did not come back for monthly maintenance. He died six months after his last treatment. The average age of this populations is about 74. Draw your own conclusions.

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