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Small Vessel Disease
Posted by: Carol
Date: December 9, 2006 4:10 PM

My husband has been diagnosed with Small Vessel Disease (blocked arteries in the brain). He is deteriorating rapidly into a severe state of dementia. It has been suggested to me by our physician that nothing can be done for him. I can't accept this. Two alternative therapies have been recommended to me to try - Acupuncture and/or Chelation. I'm willing to try anything but don't want to throw away our limited income chasing after dreams. What do you think? Has anyone had any successful experiences. Is there any hope for mental return from the dementia he has incurred?

RE: Small Vessel Disease
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.,
Date: December 10, 2006 5:32 PM

If a patient presented in my office and if there was dementia and that dementia was caused by arteriosclerosis, that is to say diffuse calcium deposition in the walls of the smallest arterial vessels (the arterioles), then my recommendation, unless there was some contraindication, would be intravenous chelation therapy with EDTA. The method by which this arrests the development of dementia, and may even reverse it, is probably by the removal of toxic heavy metals from the vascular intima (the innermost lining of the vascular system) and this apparently allows the vessels to relax, expand, and thus allow the passage of more red blood cells and therefore more oxygen delivery to the brain. Some doctors believe it directly removes calcium from the vessels. Whatever the mechanism, there is almost always dramatic improvement. Now, if the cause of dementia is something else - Alzheimer's perhaps - then there may still be improvement, but it will not be as dramatic. I am not an acupuncturist, so I can't address that question from experience.

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