Of course, open heart surgery is not the only treatment for atherosclerosis.
Chelation claims to treat many ailments.
Healthy net claims:" If arteries could be kept supple, prevented from hardening and narrowing, the free flow of blood would be assured and both the risk of a rapid degree of ageing as well as many diseases associated with age - such as forms of cardiovascular degeneration, athero- and arteriosclerosis, peripheral circulatory dysfunction, some types of kidney disease, hypertension, cerebrovascular accidents and premature senility as well as, in many instances, cirrhosis and kidney disease .."
Dr Cole claims: Improved circulation
Reduction of liver produced cholesterol
Lowered insulin requirements in diabetics
Reduced high blood pressure
Normalization of cardiac arrhythmias
Relief from leg muscle cramps
Reduction in allergic symptoms
Improved psychological and emotional status
Enhanced sensory performance
Fewer excessive heart contractions
Lessened varicose vein pigmentation
Lightened age spots
Fewer aches and pains - arthritic and otherwise
Less reliance on pain medication
Hair loss stopped and reversed
Reversal of impotence
Alzheimer symptoms reversed
Reduced need for diuretics
Cold extremities warmed
Chronic fatigue syndrome overcome
Memory and concentration improved
Post-cataract vision loss restored
Skin, hair, nail improvement
Those are some mighty big claims, and that's just the first two that popped up!.
I could go on, but I'll spare you. I'm saying extraordinary claims require (even ordinary) proof. There is not proof that chelation therapy helps in any way. There is lots of proof that chelation can be harmful, even fatal. Of course, one would have to be 'open minded' to look into it.
Interestingly, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Center for Health is doing a 5 year study on chelation therapy (link:http://nccam.nih.gov/
). I'm afraid it will be bad news.
It's odd that it takes 'established medicine' to find the time and interest to prove or disprove the claims of chelation. Why haven't the Alp proponeents done this? Because they can't.