On arteriosclerosis and cholesterol
Arteriosclerosis is the main cause of cardiovascular diseases, and this is often linked to an unhealthy cholesterol level. However, there is growing evidence that there is no link between the cholesterol levels and arteriosclerosis. Numerous studies have conclusively proven that people with low cholesterol levels have as much or as little arteriosclerosis as people with high cholesterol levels, and that as many persons with low cholesterol die of a heart attack compared to people with high cholesterol.
Your cholesterol level is healthy when the relation between your total cholesterol and your HDL-cholesterol is maximum 4 ½. This is referred to as the ‘risk factor’. A person with a total cholesterol of 240, an LDL of 120 and an HDL of 80 has risk factor 3. If there are no other risk factors for arteriosclerosis, there’s no reason to worry.
Thousands of studies have shown that not a too high cholesterol, but rather the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol is one of the main causes of arteriosclerosis. It is thus necessary to keep an eye on both your cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol. It is essential to especially prevent the oxidation of LDL. Primarily, this can be done by taking anti-oxidants. A shortage of co-enzyme Q10 is the cause of oxidation of LDL-cholesterol with most people. Next to this, smoking, a high blood pressure and a diet containing too much sugars can lead to the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol.
However, it is established that, next to cholesterol, other various risk factors play an important role in arteriosclerosis:
- Too much estrogen
- Shortage of omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA
- Surplus of reactive protein (CRP)
- Oxidized LDL
- Surplus of insulin
- Shortage of HDL
- Surplus of glucose
- Shortage of vitamin D
- Surplus of triglycerides
- Shortage of testosterone
- Surplus of fibrinogen
- Surplus of homocysteine
- High blood pressure
- Shortage of vitamin K
- Surplus of Lp-PLA2
EDTA-chelation therapy is a very safe, detoxifying therapy whereby a synthetic amino acid (EDTA or ethylene diamine-tetra-acetate) is being administered intravenously. This amino acid has the property of eagerly bonding to metals and minerals. This bond is called chelate. Especially heavy metals (lead, cadmium and mercury) have a strong affinity with EDTA and form strong bonds with it.
In the forties and fifties of the previous century, physicians – who were treating patients suffering from a lead poisoning – discovered that their patients were having less heart complaints.
Personally, I have been using chelation in my practice for more than twenty years. The therapy has no side effects. I have administered over one thousand infusions and have experienced that the therapy works extremely well for clogged blood vessels in the legs and the heart area.
Over the past twenty years, chelation therapy has been the focus point of many scientific research, hereby inventorying its function and beneficial effects. In 1993, a study was published that demonstrated that patients, who have suffered from a hearth attack and have afterwards undergone chelation therapy, were much less at risk of having another heart attack. Seventy percent were completely free of symptoms after three years and their quality of life had considerably improved: they found it easier to climb stairs, were less quickly out of breath, had a better blood circulation to the lower limbs, had less pain in the legs etc.
Research from 2014 (double-blind, placebo controlled) has shown that EDTA chelation therapy is indeed functioning well.
Especially diabetics benefit from it. These patients are very often subjected to cardiovascular disorders resulting from their disease. Among diabetic patients, one has observed a decrease of 43 percent in mortality, relapse after operation and readmission at the hospital for heart problems. The recurrence of cardiovascular diseases had dropped with 18 percent in other patients.
Chelation therapy can also be used to prevent arteriosclerosis. It can be administered after a bypass operation to prevent recurrent heart attacks. In many cases, chelation therapy is a safe alternative for a heart operation and the therapy mostly succeeds in preventing operations of clogged blood vessels in the legs. Often, an amputation or heart operation can be prevented due to chelation therapy.
In my opinion, chelation therapy is a very valuable supplementary therapy, as part of a comprehensive treatment in which healthy nutrition, physical exercise, food supplements and reducing stress are also of great importance. The therapy is also proving its value in supplementing classical medicine.
Chelation therapy influences two processes and thus works in two ways:
- EDTA neutralizes free radicals. If free radicals, influenced by certain circumstances (smoking, stress, unhealthy diet, air pollution, excessive alcohol consumption, certain medication), develop freely, they start damaging cells, which leads to an accelerated ageing process, cancer and arteriosclerosis. Heavy metals in the blood circulation can contribute to the production and activity of these free radicals. Chelation therapy ensures that heavy metals are eliminated.
- EDTA does not only bond with heavy metals, but also with calcium. This has a positive effect on the ratio between calcium and magnesium. It is also favorable for the process of arteriosclerosis.
In practice, the active substance EDTA is administered intravenously together with a cocktail of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. The treatment occurs once or twice a week and should be repeated twenty to fifty times, depending on the indication.