Detoxification Ask Me Archives


Question:
With the findings from the National Institute of Health’s lasted double blind study showing Chelation Therapy had no greater effect than placebo, do you still stand by your claim that Chelation therapy is an appropriate treatment for heart disease?

Answer:
Chelation therapy is a great way to bind the toxic metals out of the endothelium and vascular wall. This will lead to an increase in nitrous oxide (N0) production. NO is the body’s most potent vasodilator, and optimizing its secretion is a key factor in maintaining good blood pressure and healthy blood flow. Too much is being focused on the use of chelation as a rooter-router which on careful examination is but one of the many benefits that is very hard to demonstrate due to the many many variables associated with it. The key in our understanding of chelation therapy should be focused on endothelial health and the damaging oxidative properties of heavy metal on it. Aside from cardiovascular effect, a long term study of those who had long term chelation has shown almost 90% reductions in cancer. The benefits of chelation far exceed those of cardiovascular health, and most people don’t know that. If we live in a virgin environment, chelation is not needed, but with polluted environment and toxic food consumed, chelation to me is a cheap insurance, especially oral form for those in good health. No amount of science can convince a skeptical mind, and I feel that the downside is almost nonexistence compare to the benefit. This type of risk reward ratio is well worth the risk which again, is almost zero. As a clinician, I can tell you that chelation is a wonderful modality for anti-aging.


Question:
I have been in chronic/permanent Afib for the past 11 years. I have had CAD, Angioplasty x4 massive/straight line heart attack with stent inplant, mild TIA and cardioversion x2. That I am still here is a miracle. I am 67 years old, still working, have all my original parts incl. teeth, but can not get rid of Afib. My cardiologist tried everything known to man kind to convert me back into NSR nothing worked. Taking medications, atenolol, verapamil, coumadin, lasix, Q10 in gelform, multivitamins etc. Also, practicing TM on regular basis. Is there anything you might suggest that we have not tried?

Answer:
Try IV and oral chelation to rid you of toxic metal and relax the endothelium to enhance blood flow. That will also help with your cardiovascular system problem (read more here: Chelation). Also get immunoglobulin studies for subclinical infections such as H. pyloris. That is a start. Given the severe damage you already have and the high dose of medication, it is unlikely that anything will drastically reverse your condition, although having a good lifestyle will slow the downhill progression.


Question:
I am 52 yrs old, how long should I take the Oral EDTA Chelation, and how long will the benefit of it last?

Answer:
There is no time frame set. The normal dose is 1800 mg (300 mg of magnesium-EDTA x 6 for 6 months, then you can tapper off to 300 mg two times a day long term. The magnesium bound form is the best form for oral as we don’t want more calcium in the body and magnesium also helps with heart function and relaxes the muscle. You also have to make sure that oral chelation will need to be accompanied by supplementation with minerals because the good minerals will also be chelated out, especially chromium at least 200 mcg is needed)


Question:
I am 43 years of age. My bloodgroup is A+. I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. I use the following medicine for months and still suffer from acute attacks in my hands knees and feet. I had a light stroke 2 months ago and am on Coversylplus and Warfarin too. List of medicine: Celebrex 200mg, Salazopyrin-en 2x, Methotrexate 10tabs p/week, folic acid, puricos, nivaquine 1x, panafcort 2x. Does a cure exist for this disease and could you advise me about food chains suitable for it?

Answer:
I would recommend for you to eat as much vegetables and fruits as possible. Stay away from meats and fish. I am enclosing the link for you to follow a Blood Type A diet.
Also avoid the following for your arthritis: The nightshades family: eggplant, tomato, potatoes, green and red peppers, chili peppers, paprika and all tobacco products.
Note that you have quite a severe case of auto-immune disease and that the diet plan may not be able to reverse but the goal is to try to deter the natural progression of deterioration. Also note that blood type diet does not necessary work for everyone. You have to learn to listen to your body.
You may also want to go through some detoxification, especially chelation therapy.


Question:
I have recently found out my cholestrol is 319 and am wondering how many mg of cholestrol is a safe amount to have daily. I am 59 years old and in good health otherwise.

Answer:
There is no set amount of mg of cholesterol that a person needs, or a so-call Recommended Daily allowance. Generally speaking, 30% of your calorie should come from fat. Cholesterol is part of the fat that you take, but not all. This is a commonly confused matter. In fact, only 15% of your blood cholesterol level is correlated directly to your diet. The other 85% of your blood cholesterol is made by your liver in response to a host of issue which you can read more here: Cholesterol.
Your body makes cholesterol in response to a need to make it. Cholesterol is necessary for life and well-being. It is a major macronutrient you cannot live without. Too much cholesterol is a sign of underlying problem that signals the brain to ask the liver to make more cholesterol and not only a reflection of high dietary cholesterol intake.
In your case, check out your triglyceride, Lp(a), homocysteine, and CRP for a more accurate assessment of your cardiolvascular risk.
Follow my Food choice Table on choosing the right food, and follow my Food Choice pyramid on the quantity and frequency to take. If you need to shed some weight, follow this as well: Detox.
If you wish to have nutritional supplements to normalize your cholesterol level, read this: Cholesterol Protocol
I have given you a lot of homework here. All are required reading. The more you learn, the more you understand what it takes to normalize your cholesterol.


Question:
I would like to rebuild the disc in my back. My Chiropractor said they are made of collagen. I have gained 30lbs in the last year, I have had Thyroid meds for years and a doctor changed the amt. My body has been yo-yoing. I would like to detox and get healthy. I’m 57 and have been a cosmetologist for 34 yrs…Can you suggest a plan for me?

Answer:
Disc is made of soft tissues including collagen, water, and other mucous material. To rer-built is not an easy process. Consider drinking a lot of water, and cartilage building nutrients such as chrondoitin sulfate and glucosamine. Collagen building requires high dose of pitman C, proline, lysine, and fat soluble ascorbate such as ascobyl palmitate. The process is very slow, and you should not expect immediate results. You can also reduce burden on the disc by assume a good posture, application of brace for support, and maintain normal weight if you are over-weight.


Question:
I recently have my routine treadmill test. It was found that there was 1.0mm horizontal ST depression at stage 4 without chest pain. Two subsequent tests were carried out.
Myocardial perfusion imaging – this is found to be normal. Quote “Stress tomographic imaging with Tc-99mm tetrofosmini revealed normal perfusion of the left ventricle. Polar map quantization was within normal limits. Gated SPECT showed normal LV size and function (LVEF 77%) Conclusion: Normal stress perfusion study at stage 4 Bruce protocol
Coronary calcium score – the reading is 347.9 which is not very good.
My cardiac surgeon suggests having an angiogram to ascertain the degree of blockage. I am more inclined to seek other none invasive means to reduce this high calcium content.
Please advise: is there any other means. How about Chelation?

Answer:
Feel free to write if you have further questions, but do make sure you enclose this email so I can have a reference point.
First let me give you some comments based on what you have written. ST depression on EKG, especially during stress test, is a warning sign of poor perfusion to cardiac cells. Therefore, further workup is needed such as the myocardial test, which turns out to be normal and in fact, excellent. In your case, you have a higher calcium score than normal and that is another “yellow” flag. When doctors are confounded by this “paradoxical” evidence, the only “gold standard” is to move to the next step – an invasive procedure – and recommend an angiogram. What is recommended to you is therefore so far within the “standard procedure”.
I had personally experience exactly what you have gone thru some 6 years ago, when I had ST depression, perfect calcium score. There are always some complications with each case, and in your case is calcium score being high, and mine is mitral valve prolapse with chest pain. I did not know better then and per standard protocol, ended up with an angiogram in the USA after a battery of test just like you. My angio turns out perfect. After 6 doctors (all cardiologist and my friends and professor) and a full workup, the conclusion is that the machine that did the EKG uses a reading method that amplifies the depressons, so botherline ST Depressons which are normal are interpreted as pathological. That happens all the time and countless people are put through expensive tests only to turn out normal angio. Of course, the doctors cannot be faulted for they are just doing their job.
In your case, I would suggest you repeat the stress test with a cardiogoist who is more in tune with your body and not only the data. It is important also to consider various cardiac markers from laboratory testing such as Lp(a), homocysteine, etc. These are important too.
Your calcium score is of some concern. I had mine done in 1988 when the machine was first introduced and brought to UCLA, although the machine is only now available in Singapore recently. Its use and intepretation has to be carefully done. There are ways to reduce the calcium score, including oral and IV chelation and other non invasive modalities. It can be done, but will take 6 months to 1 year.
On the other hand, some patients simply cannot sleep until they go through the invasive procedure. If you are one of these, then angio is the only way to find out. The good news is that the risk is small, but you have to be prepared that if they find any blockage, to put in a stint or ballon, or to get out and do it another day. You see, once you procede along that track, it is hard to decide what to do as things may not turn out as your think it would. I don’t want to confuse you, but you need to know so that there are no surprises.


Question:
I have a slight case of endometriosis and was wondering if it actually stops the chance for a person to have kids?

Answer:
The causes of endometriosis are not yet fully known. There are quite a few theories, from genetics to toxic environment. Surgical intervention focuses on removal of endometiral tissues, while drug therapy focuses on balancing the hormonal picture with birth control pills which has a set of problems on its own. I favor the use of non toxic natural therapies to balance hormones and that usually helps with reducing the symptoms of endometriosis. In particular, you would want to immediate reduce your estrogen load as much as possible. Excessive estrogen is linked strongly to endometriosis.

The list of things you have to do is long, but I think it is worth your effort.

This protocol is to reduce the body’s estrogen loan and prevent onset of cancer. If you already have been diagnosed with cancer, more aggressive action will be needed that will include all these steps. So regardless of whether you have cancer or not, following this:

  1. Natural Progesterone
    Natural progesterone should be considered. It helps to reduce the risk of ovarian, endometrial and breast cancers, while unopposed estradiol causes that is frequently associated with firbrocystic breast disease, endometriosis, PMS, fibroids, and breast cancer. Specific dosage varies depending on the condition. For endometriois, more than the usual 20 mg a day on day 12-25 is needed. The objective is to achieve the same high level of progesterone in your body as that when you are 6 weeks pregnant. Getting a baseline salivary progesterone and estrogen level is needed, and it’s best you consult a naturally oriented physician before you get started.
  2. Dietary Adjustments
    Overeating and under-exercising are the norm in developed countries. Populations from such countries, especially in the Western hemisphere, derive a large part of their dietary calorie from fat. They also show a much higher incidence of menopausal symptoms. Studies have shown that the estrogen level fell in women who switched from a typical high-fat, refined-carbohydrate diet to a low-fat, high-fiber, plant-based diet even though they did not adjust their total calorie intake. Plants contain over 5,000 known sterols that have progestogenic effects. Cultures whose eating habits are more wholesome and who exercise more have a far lower incidence of menopausal symptoms because their pre- and postmenopausal levels of estrogen do not drop as significantly.Fortunately, scientists have identified cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, and Brussels sprouts to contain a high level of phytoestrogen. These important vegetables work by competitively occupying the estrogen receptor sites on the cell membrane to prevent estrogen from exerting its effects on the cell. About 3-5 servings a week are needed.A plant-based unprocessed whole-food diet is recommended. At least 15 grams of fiber should be consumed a day. Avoid high-glycemic foods such as refined sugar. Avoid alcohol or drugs that can damage the liver which will lead to an increase in estrogen due to the lack of estrogen breakdown.
  3. Liquid
    Coffee and Estrogen
    Studies have shown that drinking more than two cups of coffee a day may increase estrogen levels in women. It could also lead to problems such as endometriosis and breast pain.Having high levels of estrogen for women in such cases can be detrimental as it can lead to breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Those who have a family history of cancer also have a higher risk.In a clinical trial conducted, about 500 women between the ages of 36 to 45 were studied. These women were not pregnant, not breast-feeding or having hormonal treatment. They were interviewed regarding their diets, smoking habits, height and weight. Their hormone levels during the first five days of their menstrual cycle were also measured.The results showed that women who consumed more than one cup of coffee a day had significantly higher levels of estrogen during the early follicular phase of their menstrual cycle. Those who consumed at least 500 mg of caffeine daily, the equivalent of four or five cups of coffee had nearly 70% more estrogen than women who consumed less than 100 mg of caffeine daily.Caffeine intake from all sources was associated with higher estrogen levels regardless of the women’s age, body mass index (BMI), caloric intake, smoking habits, and alcohol and cholesterol intake. Coffee consumption increases estradiol levels. There are three different forms of estrogen in the body – estrone, estradiol, and estriol. Estradiol is the form that is pro-cancerous. Women should limit their intake of coffee to not more than one to two cups daily to decrease their risk of having more serious health problems.

    Chronic high caffeine intake can also lead to adrenal gland exhaustion and the reduction in production of progesterone. The proper progesterone to estrogen ratio is therefore not maintained, resulting in further estrogen dominance.

    Coffee (especially when accompanied with sugar) also creates an acidic internal environment. The body will try to neutralize the acid by withdrawing valuable minerals such as magnesium and calcium from the bone. This leads to mineral depletion if chronic and ultimately osteoporosis. In summary, coffee consumption can lead to increased estrogen, adrenal gland exhaustion, and osteoporosis.

    In addition to the above, coffee is a stimulant that leads the body to generate epinephrine as it tries to fend off insults with a flight or fight response. In response to the epinephrine, the adrenal glands (sitting on top of the kidneys) secrete cortisol, an anti-imflammatory hormone and one that is pro-aging to reduce the effects of epinephrine. Chronic excess intake of coffee can lead to adrenal exhaustion over time. The adrenal glands are also responsible for manufacturing pregnenolone, a precursor to progesterone. Deficiency in progesterone in turn upsets the intricate estrogen/progesterone balance, leading to estrogen dominance and a host of symptoms including fatique, bloating, and depression commonly associated with menopausal and pre-menstrual symptoms.

  4. Detoxification
    Estrogen is metabolized in the liver. Herbs that fortify the liver will speed up estrogen clearance from the body. Estrogen that is not metabolized by the liver will continue to circulate and exert its effect on the body.The most impressive research has been done on a special extract of milk thistle (Silybum marianum) known as silymarin, a group of flavonoids compounds. These compounds protect the liver from damage and enhance the detoxification process.Silymarin prevents damage to the liver by acting as an antioxidant. It is much more effective than vitamin E and vitamin C. Numerous research studies have demonstrated its protective effect on the liver. Extremely toxic chemicals such as carbon tetrachloride, amanita toxin, galactosamine and praseodymium nitrate produce experimental liver damage in animals. Silymarin has been shown to protect the liver against these toxins.Silymarin also works by preventing the depletion of glutathione. The higher the glutathione content, the greater the liver’s capacity to detoxify harmful chemicals. Moreover, silymarin has been shown to increase the level of glutathione by up to 35 %. In human studies, silymarin has been shown to exhibit positive effects in treating liver diseases of various kinds including cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, fatty infiltration of the liver, and inflammation of the bile duct. The common dosage for silymarin is 70 to 200 mg one to three times a day.In addition, avoid caffeine, alcohol, and medications that interfere with the liver’s detoxification mechanism.
  5. Maintaining ideal body weight
    Half of the adults in Europe and 61 per cent of American adults are overweight. If you are overweight, lose it as fat cells increase estrogen production. Cancer is more common in overweight people. The evidence on weight is strongest for post-menopausal breast cancer and cancer of the endometrium (lining of the womb), gall bladder and kidney.Over-consumption of calories leads to increased metabolic activity in the body. This in turn leads to excessive free radical formation. Free radicals damage cells and causes genetic mutation, which ultimately can lead to cancer.Obesity is normally defined by the body mass index or BMI, which is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters squared. An index of between 18.5 and 25 is considered healthy, while those with a score between 25 and 29 are classified as overweight and those whose BMI is higher than that are considered obese.The target weight should be 5 to 10 per cent below the ideal body weight. Your ideal body weight can be calculated easily. For women, the formula is 100 pounds plus 5 pounds for every inch above 5 feet. Therefore, for a woman standing 5 feet 6 inches tall, her ideal weight is 100 + (5 pounds/inch x 6 inches) = 130 pounds. Give or take 5 pounds for large or small frame size respectively.
  6. Exercise
    Properly performed exercises have been shown to modulate hormonal imbalance. Those who exercise regularly are also happier; less depressed, and have an optimistic outlook on life. This results in increased life expectancy. Statistically, life expectancy increases by two hours for every hour spent doing the proper exercises.Precision anti-aging exercises must incorporate flexibility, cardiovascular and strength training exercises. All it takes is 5 minutes of flexibility training every day, 20-30 minutes cardiovascular training 3 times a week, and 15-20 minutes of strength training 2 times a week. A properly structured program takes an average of 30 minutes a day, which is less than 2% of the entire day.
  7. Nutritional Supplementation
    The body of a hormonal imbalanced person needs to be fortified. Here is a summary of the daily nutritional consideration for those 45 and over:

    • Vitamin A (Antioxidant) – 15,000 IU (300% RDA) with no more than 5,000 IU in Vitamin A palmitate and the rest in natural mixed beta carotene. You will not get overdosed or feel toxic effects. More than 100 studies have shown that people with high levels of beta carotene in their diet have half the chance of developing cancer and heart attack.
    • Vitamin C (Antioxidant) – 1,000 mg (2,000% RDA) in the form of ascorbic acid (no need to spend more money on other forms unless you have a sensitive stomach or taking more than 2,000-3,000 mg per day). A study of Americans shows that intake of 300 mg of vitamin C per day adds 6 years to a man’s life and 2 years to a woman’s life. Cardiovascular disease decreased by 40%. Take this in split doses as it is excreted within a few hours. No toxicity has been reported on long-term intake of up to 20,000 mg a day. It is important to incorporate ascorbyl palmitate (the fat soluble form of vitamin C) , L-proline, and L-lysine. The three work synergistically to rebuild damaged blood vessels and prevent atherosclerosis.
    • Vitamin E (Antioxidant) – 400 IU (1,333% RDA) in the form of water dispersible d-alpha tocopherol (the natural form). This amount has been shown in repeated researches to be the optimum dose for anti-aging and cancer prevention. The risk of not taking Vitamin E is statistically equivalent to the risk of smoking. A large scale Harvard study of 87,000 nurses showed that those taking more than 250 IU a day for 2 years have 41 % lower incidence of major heart disease. To take the equivalent of 400 IU in food would require 2 quarts of corn oil or 28 cups of peanuts a day. Many in th e fore front of anti-aging research are now recommending up to 800 IU aday , especially for women in their peri- or postmenopausal period.
    • Magnesium (Antioxidant) – 500-1,000 mg (125-250 % RDA). Less than 25 % of Americans meet even the low RDA standard. A 2,000 kcal diet is needed if no supplement is taken. Critical for proper heart function, normalize arrhythmias, and helps to reduce blood pressure. Requirement is higher if you take intake of sugar and fat is high in diet. The calcium to magnesium ratio should be between 1:1 to 1:2.
    • Vitamin B9 (folic acid) – 800 mcg ( 200 % RDA) – a non-toxic nutrient that protects our chromosome from DNA damage and cancer. A Harvard study of 16,000 women and 9,500 men showed that those getting the post folic acid has the lowest incidence of getting pre-cancerous polyps in the colon. Folic Acid also helps with depression . No noticeable side effects at up to 10,000 mcg.
    • Vitamin B12 – 100 mcg- 1,000 mcg(1,666 % – 16,666 % RDA) – over 24 % of people over 60 years old and over 40 % of people over 80 years old are deficient due to decreased absorption with age. Deficiency also causes Alzheimer’s Disease like symptoms. A must take for those over 50 years old as cheap and added insurance. Non toxic at 1,000 mcg daily for many years or up to 100,000 mcg in a single dose.
    • Chromium – 200 mcg (166 % RDA) in chelated form for better absorption – Very little is contained in food and as a result , 90 % of all Americans are deficient in the RDA of this trace element which is critical to normalize blood sugar. A Israel research shows that daily intake of 200 mcg of chromium improves insulin resistance in Type II Diabetes by up to 50 % in weeks.
    • Zinc – 30 mg (200 % RDA) in chelated form for better absorption – 33 % of healthy Americans over age 50 have zinc deficiency and don’t know it. The percentage increases to 90 % for those older. You need a daily calorie intake of 2,400 kcal to get just the RDA. Zinc is critical for proper thymus gland and immune system function. Research has shown that daily intake of 30 mg of zinc reactive the immune system with dramatic improvements after 6 months in those with zinc deficiency.
    • Calcium – 500 mg (50 % RDA) in the form of calcium carbonate. In addition to keeping our bones healthy, calcium also fights cancer. Calcium carbonate contains 40 % calcium, compared to others such as calcium gluconate which contain 9 % elemental calcium. Don’t take more than 500 mg at a time for best absorption. Calcium citrate is better absorbed, but only contains 11 % calcium. Calcium should be balanced with magnesium at 1:1 or 1:2 ratio.
    • Citrus Bioflavonoids 100 mg – potent antioxidants derived from plants that have metal binding (chelating) properties. Commonly found in grape seed.
    • Omega-3 Fatty Acid – Eating 8 oz of fish a week is all you need to do. Otherwise, take 1,000 mg from fish oil to contain 360 mg EPA and 240 mg DHA. Most people taking fish oil have a tendency to develop a fishy “burp”. Over 60 research studies have shown that a variety of ailments from arthritis to heart disease can benefit from fish oil (not cod liver oil which contains a high dose of Vitamin A and D which are toxic in high doses). 400 IU of Vitamin E should be taken simultaneously to potentiate the effect of fish oil.
    • Garlic – 500 mg in concentrated form – equivalent to 1,250 mg garlic bulk or half a clove of fresh garlic. Garlic has been used by healers for over 5,000 years. Numerous studies have shown that garlic decrease triglyceride levels by decreasing fat absorption. It also supports healthy blood pressure. Two of garlic’s major compounds – allicin and ajoene – have been found to possess powerful properties that help the body boost its immune system. A natural herb that is non-toxic.
    • Evening Primrose Oil – 500 mg -1,000 mg (standardized to 9 % GLA) – an essential fatty acid. Strong anti-inflammatory properties and useful for arthritis, PMS, and skin conditions. Most researches use 3,000-6,000 mg a day. EPO is especially good to balance the hormonal system. Digestive Enzyme containing lipase, cellulase, and amylase.

    Avoid Iron unless you are anemic.

  8. Reduced Xenoestrogen (external estrogen) Load
    • Throw away all pesticides, herbicides, and fungicids
    • Throw away cosmetics that have toxic ingredients such and switch to organic and “clean” cosmetics
    • Throw away nail polish and nail polish remover
    • Use organic soap and tootpaste
    • Don’t use fabric softeners as it puts petrochemical right on your skin
    • Use only naturally based pefume. Most perfumes are petrochemially based.
    • Have a good water filter for your source of water
    • Do not use plastic goods since all plastic leach into the environment
    • Eat only organic based whole food.
    • Avoid surfactants found in many condoms and diaphragm gels.
    • New carpet can give off noxious fumes. Beware
    • Be aware of noxious gas such as that from copies and printers, carpets, fiberlboards, computer monitors that emit high level of electromagnetic force ( EMF)
    • Avoid X rays
    • Do not microwave food in plastic container, and especially avoid the use of plastic wrap to cover food for microwaving
    • Wash your food well to rid the pesticides. Bath the washed food in ozonated water for 20 minutes before cooking.

I have given you a mouthfull Katie. Plan on doing it over the next 12 months and incorporate it into your lifestyle.


Question:
For oral chelation treatment, what procedure is most effective: Taking EDTA treatments with meals or taking it in the evening just prior to bedtime without a meal?

Answer:
As long as the O-chealte has a near 100% degradation/ absorption, there is no problem. It can also be taken with other supplements and during meals.


Question:
Do you have a recommendation for an effective oral chelating formula (possible brand name) that is specifically targeted toward treating or preventing coronary artery disease? My father died (at 58) from coronary artery disease when I was 17 years of age in 1972. As an MD himself, there was much he was trying to do before his last fatal heart attack. I wish he had looked into alternative medicine at the time but (of course), they didn’t know as much as we do now.

Answer:
If your cardiac risk factors are low, you may not need chelation, oral or iv, in the first place. The best way to know is to check out your cardiac risk factors ahead. Two advance markers are homocysteine and lipoprotein(a). They are available today but not widely use due to high cost. These both are far ahead in terms of sensitivity than simple total cholesterol, Hdl, and ratios commonly available in blood panels.
Your doctor may not be familiar with them so you can print the above out and educate them if needed.
The one that I use for my patient is called O-Chelate and available from eAntiaging at 877-912-9918 . You can ask for Eugene, the nutritionist there. I think you can get it elsewhere, but it is important to make sure that The EDTA is not calcium bound but magnesium bound. That is the key. The absorption from oral form is only 5%, so you need to take 300 mg pills, three of them at 2 times a day. You also have to make sure that you have adequate minerals on board, as the EDTA will bind out all minerals, good and bad. Chromium is especially important to have on board. If you father die so young, you may want to ask your doctor to check you out for advance cardiac risk markers to make sure you don’t have the genetic predisposition.
Since your father is an MD, I will share some medical history with you. At that time in 1972, anyone who talked about Vitamins as treatment was considered a quack. I recall when Dr Linus Pauling wanted to give a lecture at our medical school in the late 1970s and was rejected because of political reasons and the fact that he is not an MD and “only a PhD”. In effect, many of the greatest discoveries this century on medicine are the works of PhDs and other health professionals. When politics and pride blind us from medical advancement, people suffer unnecessarily. I have been in preventive medicine for 20 years, and only in recent years are people beginning to see the wisdom of prevention and doing something about it. The fortunate thing is that we have the technology now to objectively measure, at the cellular level, what we know of for years. Dosages of vitamins etc have been carefully worked out in the past 3 decades, so we are no longer shooting in the dark.
If you follow the conventional track and pay attention to news, you will no doubt be convinced that bad news is coming out almost daily on drugs and their side effects. Last week, the hormone replacement therapy protocol using synthetic estrogen for women are finally is rebutted with 2 large scale studies showing its direct correlation to breast cancer, which now afflicts one in 10 American women and a runaway epidemic. This is after 40 years of continuous mistake and millions of women dying of breast cancer unnecessarily. Those of us in natural medicine know it for years already. The said part is that there are alternative solutions that works out there, but simply ignored as “unscientific” but that carries no risk, yet we are prepared and willing to expose millions to “scientific” evidence only to turn out be carcinogenic after all.
The next bomb is going to be the cholesterol lowering statin drugs currently promoted to save life across the board, but it will be another 10-15 years at least before the bomb explode. The worse is yet to come on the drug dependent track promoted by conventional medicine blinded to natural therapies as the first line of defense. There are simply too many side effects. I treat many physicians who want to get off drugs themselves, whether it is high cholesterol or diabetes. There is obviously a reason they don’t want to be on them. I hope you are not on too many meds.


Question:
I am an epileptic free from seizures but would like to know if it would be safe for me to take Vitamin E, spirulina, beta-carotene, kelp, milk thistle (silymarin) and chlorella? I take 2 types of medication – Phenobarbitone and Lamyctal. However I would like to do a detox plan that recommends all the above supplements.

Answer:
The supplements you mentioned are overall good for general wellbeing and well tolerated. With regards to their specific suitablity for seizures, I do not have the data to support any unsafe issues. Having said that, you should always check with your personal physicain to get clearance first. Most interactions we know of today deal with blood thinning effects, and there are not enough studies that have been undertaken as far as I know addressing seizures. You have to be careful because you don’t want unnecessary things to trigger any more seizures. You can consider taking one at a time and slowly scale them in if it is ok by your physician.


Question:
I’ve heard so much about chelation therapy for cardiovascular health. Which is more effective: IV chelation or the pill form? What are the risks for the IV form? What is your recommendation for a brand in the pill form?

Answer:
IV and oral form complement each other, as they work on two separate pathways. The IV form works on the vascular system, while the oral form, due to its poor absorption, works to reprevent reabsorption from the gut. In my view, both are complementary. It is also important to make sure you have all good minerals on board because during the process, good and bad minerals get chelated out.
Many oral chelation agents use sodium/calcium as the binding mineral. Magnesium/potassium is much better form.


Question:
I have heard about chelation therapy. I will be fifty years old and started last year on a vegetable and fruit diet. Presenty I am taking colon cleansers, coq30, garlic, ginko and multi-vitamin. Also, I take colonic therapy. At one time I suffered with acid reflux, and always thought I was having heart attack. Before going on this program, I was having problems with liver and pancreas being abnormal. I was also being treated for high pulse rate with high blood pills. I am also considered to be border line diabetic, but was never treated with medication. I am now only on vitamis listed above. Do you think I would benefit from the chelation vitamins and if so what else would I need to go with it? Thank you.

Answer:
It appears you are on the right track as far as diet and supplements are concerned for general well being. Make sure you are getting optimum dosage of what you need since you are in menopausal age. Here is an article on the amount you may wish to consider.
Chelation therapy is approved for detoxification of heavy metals such as lead. The use of IV chelation is of considerable controversy. The Journal of American Medical Association had an article in Feb 2002 saying that it is useless for athrosclerosis, which is where the controversy is. Many naturally oriented physicians critize that report and are firm believers of chelation for the simple reason that it works.
If you are in good health and have no signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease, going on IV chelation, as some people have done, for preventive health is an option. Those who have diabetes will find it particularly attractive. You may also choose to do oral chelation. The oral dose is less and equivalent to IV once a month, since oral dosage is 1800 mg a day and absorption is only 5% into the blood stream. Oral chelation does stop the resabsorption of heavy metals form the gastro intestinal track and in that respect works on a different pathway as IV chelation. The most important thing is to find a doctor you are comfortable with near you and who can take care of you as a series of IV therapy is required. Oral program are much more convenient. Do remember that during chelation, all minerals are chelated out, so you have to make sure you have extra good minerals such as Mg and Cr on board. For more info on oral chelation, read this: Chelation


Question:
I just had a triple by-pass surgery where there were 3 blockages, 80%, 90% and 99%.
Other blockages consisted on 50%, 50%, 40%, 30%, 20% and 20%. No by-passes or stints were necessary in these.
A friend of mine informed me after the by-pass that IV Chelation saved him from having his leg amputated 4 years ago after three surgeries and guaranteed amputation by several cardoilogist. He is now on oral chelation and doing fine. He suggested chelation therapy for me.
I am afraid to just start taking oral chelation EDTA without some type of professional recommendation from a specialist dealing with this. I do not have time in my job to start IV Chelation and I want my system cleaned from any dangerous heavy metals and I want my arteries cleaned from plaque eact that blocks them. Can oral chelation do this?
What test do I need before taking this drug, what dosage should I take and for how long, and what test do I need to take to measure its effectiveness after I take it? I live in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and what doctor would you recommend in this are there any in Louisiana to start treatment or determine if oral chelation is right for me? I live about 60 miles from Baton Rouge, 60 miles from New Orleans and 75 miles from Lafayette, Louisiana.
My Internal Medicine Specialist told me when I asked him about this and he has heard of it, but did not know enough about it to make a decision without messing with enzymes, he was not comfortable with getting involved with it. He did suggest that I take Co-Q10 with Flax Seed Oil. He is a friend and believes in herbal medicine but told me that he did not say that for the record. He is also a personal friend.

Answer:
Your sure have your hands full with rampant atherosclerosis. Check out the following article for oral chelation.
Due to the non approved nature of chelation (oral or IV) for cardiovascular disease in the USA by the FDA, I am unable to advice you on specifics. I can tell you that on a personal basis, I am on oral chelation EDTA myself. The normal dose is 300 mg a tablet and 6 a day. It is very important to be on the right kind of oral chelation. Many suppliers pass their product as oral chelation but they are nothing more than multivitamins unfortunately. Also you need to make sure you are on chromium and other mineral supplementation during the process as they can get chelated out of the body as well.
Please read this landmark article which sums up your problems: Cardiovascular Disease


Question:
I read your opinion/recommendation and want to start using regular bottled water after 10 years of drinking mostly distilled water. I am low in Magnesium, iron, Manganese, selenium and very high in Mercury and sometimes Aluminum.

Answer:
Very good question. Continue your magnesium and other minerals to build it back up. Take at least 500 mg to 1000 mg magnesium if you have healthy kidney, 200 mcg of selenium, 200 mcg of chromium, and calcium 500 mg. Avoid iron and copper. Also try to avoid other acid forming foods like coffee, alcohol, and meat that can cause depletion of minerals from your body. Eat plenty of mineral rich green leafy vegetables. That is the key. Follow my food choice pyramid and in 3-6 months, you should be back to normal.
You are on the right track. By the way, you should note that true mineral levels can only be obtained from doing intracellular red pack cell studes and not from plain blood serum. On the matter of your tinnitus, you may want to consider high level of vitamin B complex which helps the neurological function.
If your mercury is very high, you will need to be on chelation agents either by IV or by oral route to bring it down over time.


Question:
I am doing well on the LAF protocol. I am taking more than three weeks with each new step, and appreciate the freedom to progress at my own pace.
Thank you very much for the anti-aging newsletter. It is a gem! Today I read about DetoxNTrim Tea. Do you think a person with a mild case of afib (10 episodes of 2-6 hours duration in 2002) such as me would do well with this tea? I value your advice.

Answer:
Congratulations. I am glad you are doing well. Those who have the perseverance to follow will benefit the most at the end.
The detoxNTrim tea is herbal in origin and excellent for detoxification. I personally take it myself. Since it is herb and not a “tea” in the traditional sense, it does not contain caffeine. That is the reason I take it myself as I am very sensitive to caffeine (which is a known trigger for AF). It helps to cleanse the colon. If you are not used to taking such cleansing tea, you should follow instructions and start slow, steeping it for 2 minutes first and then slowly move up as indicated to more time (say 5 min) after a few weeks. For some people, steeping for 1 minute or less already has a laxative effect. Titrate it slowly. You can also reuse the bags over a couple of days (and not waste it) so that one box of 30 can last a long time if you want. Slight cramping or loose stool is good, but you should not have excessive diarrhea or abdominal cramping.
If anytime you feel worse in your AF, you can always stop. If you body is detoxified, your chances of AF is actually less.
That is my personal experience. Your experience may vary, but I have no hesitation recommending it for the above reason.


Question:
I would like to lose some weight. I would like to know what kind of medication I should take. I am concerned about certain medications? I would like to know what would happen after I lose the weight and stop taking the medications. I would also like to know if any of this type of medications can cause heart diseases or any type of diseases. I want to be really careful about any medications that I can take. It would be really helpful if you can send me some information.

Answer:
Losing weight is not easy. Medications are available but that has to be conducted under the supervision of a physican due to side effects. Over the counter type diet pills and supplements comes in many different kinds. The ones you should be careful of are those containing Ma-huang and epredrine. Both are stimulants have been linked to cardiac problems, especially for those who are weak or have a sensitive heart. The best way to lose weight is by reducing food intake gradually and exercise. Here is my detoxificaiton weight loss program that works provided that you do it slowly. Do not attempt to loose more than 1/2 to 1 lb a week. The key is to be consistent.