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Oral Chelation Therapy
Posted by: mel ragucci
Date: August 21, 2000 1:15 AM

I have been told by my Doctor that I have Aortic Valve Stenosis, specifically, calcium in the aortic valve. They want to proceed with catheterization and other invasive procedures and I am very reluctant to proceed. I have heard of Chelation Therapy IV and Oral Chelation Therapy. What is your estimation of IV and/or Oral Chelation Therapy in this condition?

RE: Oral Chelation Therapy
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: August 21, 2000 1:21 AM

It is too late for oral chelation, in my opinion, by the time there are symptoms of AVS. Oral chelation should be thought of as a preventative, not as a treatment. However, IV chelation is a possibility. You would want to know the degree of stenosis and whether or not you are in a safe zone for the time being. If you are, IV chelation can usually keep you there. Given the risks of surgery, it is an option which should be taken seriously.

Here is a comment from a patient: "Folks: I say AMEN to Dr Ron's opinion, IV Chelation has made my post-op by-pass more enjoyable for 12 years, no sign of recurrence, and a healthy total vascular system. What Doctors don't tell you is they are patching just one small problem when you probably have plaque through your whole body. I'm on 'maintenance', having had around 90 chelation infusions. I go monthly for the full treatment, and plan to continue. One more thing - your brain is as vital an organ as your heart, don't risk that getting plugged up too, they can't do by-passes on that."



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