Health and FItness

Chelation Therapy: Quackery or Just Another Attempt by Insurance Companies to Keep You Down

Those of you who are suffering from the medical disorder that results in the arteries carrying blood through your circulatory system becoming hardened are the ones to whom the treatment of chelation will make the most impact. Keep in mind, however, that just because your arteries are not currently hardening is no guarantee that they will not in the future.

Holistic medicine is the name of the game here, people. Holistic medicinal practices tracing back at least to that wonderfully innocent time when you could lose your job if you were merely suspect of having once known someone who accidentally dropped in on a meeting of Communist Party members. It was the 1950s, in other words, that chelation came to be known. Speaking of deceptively innocent times, you might be interested to know that chelation was developed to treat heavy metal poisoning. This therapy was found to be rather effective for not inconsiderable process that involved first binding the metal and then removing the excess amounts of lead from the body. Effective, yes, but only if chelation was applied before the heavy metal poisoning had gone too far and taken too great a toll.

Ready for science? Chelation is the process that involves the introduction of a synthesized amino acid. This amino acid is best known as EDTA but if you are particularly anal about learning, then commit this to memory: Ethylen-diamine-tetra-acetic acid. For the rest of us, it is enough merely to know that EDTA is utilized for its abilities to eliminate toxins from the body, especially poisonous metals. Over time, the use of this amino acid eventually, if all goes well, clears out the arteries as part of the process. According to proponents chelation can result in the regression of atherosclerosis disease. Of course, if you ask your insurance company, you will likely get a completely different answer, but keep in mind that the insurance industry in American is incestuously involved with the Big Business of mainstream healthcare and mainstream healthcare that accords with a ridiculously strict actuarial benefit at that. In other words, just because your insurance company won’t pay for chelation does not necessarily mean that chelation is quackery. Many insurance companies won’t paid for the use of psychostimulants to treat depression despite widespread evidence of its efficacy.

Whether chelation will ever prove to be as effective in treating renal disease, coronary disease and cerebrovascular disease as it is in treating atherosclerosis remains open for inquiry. Chelation is a holistic process that some of those suffering from those health problems turn to, especially when the American medical system or the insurance system fails them. One day the evidence may be as strongly supportive of efficacy as it is currently seems to be regarding atherosclerosis.

Keep in mind if you are considering chelation that the time frame for each treatment is currently running about three hours. And that refers to weekly chelation treatments for the first month after which return visitations may eventually be cut down as much to once every other month.

Linda Alvarado loves writing about technology and science updates. She also loves to keep her mind and body fresh by doing intense workouts and meditation sessions.