Letter writer: Chelation therapy and lifestyle changes helped my health

Graphic by Lori Deaton

Writing this as an informed medical consumer and also as a practicing pharmacist in North Carolina, I can attest to the effectiveness of EDTA IV chelation.

Having been discharged from a Tennessee hospital in February 2004 and refusing heart bypass from a physician who had never even seen my discharge papers from the hospital, I embarked on a program to lessen the coronary calcium at age 61. On Aug. 4, 2004, I went to the Northcross Diagnostic Imaging Center in Huntersville, N.C., where I had a calcium score of 846, which was quite high. This calcium score is a CT scan on the heart only. One year later, on Aug. 5, 2005, the calcium score was 622, which is a 224 difference, done at Fort Sanders West Diagnostic Center in Knoxville, Tenn. This was after about six months of IV chelation therapy and also a vegan diet. My arteries had begun to clear out.

I had not wanted the possible complications of bypass surgery, where the heart-lung blood circulation system and the surgery itself release a variety of debris, including bits of blood cells, tubing and plaques. For example, when surgeons clamp and connect the aorta to tubing, resulting emboli block blood flow and cause ministrokes. Other heart surgery factors related to mental damage may be events of hypoxia, high or low body temperature, abnormal blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms and fever after surgery.

Not wanting any of this is why I researched other procedures. Knowing that bypass operations can clog after five to eight years, on the average, if the patient does not change lifestyles and nutrition, I elected to change as much as I could. I also decided not to take statin drugs, as the side effects are quite dangerous, and physicians often do not recognize these side effects.

Following is the National Institutes of Health TACT Program results released in 2013, quite more recent than the 2000 JAMA article cited in previous letters [to the editor]: … “Overall, TACT showed that infusions of EDTA chelation therapy produced a modest but statistically significant reduction in cardiovascular events in EDTA-treated participants. However, further examination of the data showed that patients with diabetes were significantly impacted by chelation therapy while patients without diabetes were not.” (https://nccih.nih.gov/health/chelation)

Also, there are other methods of assisting revascularization of the heart, which use can be determined by cardiologists. … Each individual must make his or her own decision for their own health. I made my decision based on medical facts. Thank you.

— Kern Stafford, RPh


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4 thoughts on “Letter writer: Chelation therapy and lifestyle changes helped my health

  1. CB Brady

    This is one more example of how the multi-trillion dollar medical industry ignores in expensive and safer alternatives in favor of the expensive and highly profitable conventional treatments such as stenting and bypass that often do more harm than good. During 5-year follow-up, stenting showed similar rates of mortality and of the composite of death, Q-wave MI, or stroke but higher rates of TVR as compared with CABG for patients with unprotected LMCA disease.

    This goes to a greater problem in the within the American medical industrial complex and that is the need for cure. Most people reading this have never seen a cure for or eradication of any disease from the medical industry. Most of the conventional treatments for patients with heart disease are a scam. Use of statin drugs is an example of that. Statin aka cholesterol lowering drugs are one of the biggest frauds perpetrated on medical consumers by the medical industry. The key terms here are medical industry which has replaced medical profession and medical consumer that has replaced patient.

  2. John Corkrey

    In the 70’s my father lost a leg due to atherosclerosis. He died during surgery for the other leg. I inherited the sky high cholesterol with record breaking LDL. A heart scan in 1998 showed 850 calcium score. After 30 EDTA treatments my calcium score dropped to 650. I don’t take statin drugs and still have high chol. I do take a large amount of krill oil . It’s now 16 years since the EDTA treatments . I’m 76 and feel great. I have a science degree and a DDS. I feel chelation saved me from my father’s fate.

  3. Walt S.

    How can you correctly attribute the “improvement” (a score of 622 is still terrible) to IV chelation and not the vegan diet?

    • Kern

      It was a combination of the 2.
      Chelation talk tonight 6/26/2018 at 6 PM at Asheville Compounding Pharmacy on Merrimon Avenue. See you there and you will learn more!

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