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Bypass Surgery and Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy is controversial but, you may be surprised to know, so is bypass surgery.

The N.I.H. is currently studying chelation. NIH Launches Large Clinical Trial on EDTA Chelation Therapy for Coronary Artery Disease



"Surgery can be a lifesaver to someone who has a severe heart problem that can't be managed through drugs.  On the other hand, if the problem can be managed with medication alone, that buys time for a reversal program.  But the medical establishment mounts enormous pressure on patients to go through with these procedures.  It usually starts with an angiogram test, the first step on the conveyor belt to more procedures.  Heart patients feel threatened and vulnerable, and they tend to agree to the surgery that the cardiologist recommends, even though it may not ultimately improve their long-term prognosis."
from Intelligent Medicine by Ronald Hoffman, M.D.




"Many cardiologists may tell angina patients: 'If you do not have heart surgery, you are going to die.  There are no alternatives.' In most cases, this is simply not true.  For most patients, there is a safer, more effective, less expensive alternative.  This is EDTA chelation therapy."
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"There are, however, a couple of conditions when bypass is helpful: when the left main artery is blocked; when the patient has severe anginal pain that is unresponsive to all forms of therapy; and when there is evidence of three blockages of the main coronary arteries and the ejection fraction is less than 40 percent.  In these cases, surgical patients tend to do better than nonsurgically treated patients."
From Dr. Whitaker's Guide to Natural Healing by Julian Whitaker, M.D.

ARTICLES

Bypass Surgery: A Patient Guide
from HeartInfo.org
Good description.

Bypass Surgery: New Pathways for Blocked Arteries
from MayoClinic.com
Any of these circumstances may necessitate bypass surgery:
* You have debilitating angina, or chest pain, because several of the arteries that supply your heart muscle are narrowed, leaving the muscle short of blood.  Sometimes balloon dilatation (angioplasty) will bring relief in this situation, but bypass is often the best option.
* Multiple coronary arteries are diseased and the heart's main pump the left ventricle is functioning poorly.
* The left main coronary artery, which serves the left ventricle, is severely narrowed or blocked.
* You have a blockage that's not appropriate for angioplasty or that has reappeared after angioplasty.

Newer Bypass Surgery Stacks Up Against Older Method
from HeartCenterOnline.com
"A type of bypass surgery that eliminates the need to stop a patient's heart from beating is comparable to traditional surgery for those with relatively mild heart disease, researchers reported Wednesday.  What's more, the technique appears to be slightly cheaper."

Facts About Angina
Intelihealth from Johns Hopkins

Chronic Coronary Artery Disease: Drugs, Angioplasty, Or Surgery?
Editorial in British Medical Journal
"Perhaps the relevant clinical question is not which mode of treatment is best, but which combinations of treatment, in what sequence, are appropriate for a specific patient at a specific point in their clinical course."

Marketing An Operation: Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery
Editorial by Thomas A. Preston, M.D.
"Fully half of the bypass operations performed in the United States are unnecessary. A decade of scientific study has shown that except in certain well-defined situations, bypass surgery does not save lives, or even prevent heart attacks: among patients who suffer from coronary artery disease, those who are treated without surgery enjoy the same survival rates as those who undergo open-heart surgery."

Bill Clinton's Bypass Operation: A Mass Advertisement for a Questionable Procedure
by Peter Barry Chowka
"It does seem that in the area of heart disease and its conventional management today we have the clearest example of the failure of orthodox medicine but at the same time the ability of conventional medicine to perpetuate a flawed if not failed therapy and to foist it on a largely gullible public that is easily scared. The example of Clinton is the most recent example."

Heart Bypass
by Dr. Julian Whitaker, M.D.
"Although bypass is always dangerous and often ineffective, there are some patients who should have it. If your heart disease is serious enough, bypass may be an option- a drastic option, but one that should not be dismissed before weighing all the facts. There are a few good reasons to have bypass surgery and many bad ones. The following guidelines can help you decide what to do."

Heart Surgery Does More Harm Than Good
by Dr. Julian Whitaker, M.D.
It is standard for cardiologists and heart surgeons to "frighten" patients into heart surgery, and it leaves psychological scars that last forever.  When you say, "No, thank you," to a recommendation of angiogram or surgery, expect a plethora of fear-inspiring scenarios.  Surgeons use phrases like "You're a walking time bomb," "You could go at any minute," "You might not make it to Christmas," "The next heart beat may be your last," and "You are living on borrowed time."

Is Heart Surgery Worth It?
from Business Week, July 18, 2005
"Except in a minority of patients with severe disease, bypass operations don't prolong life or prevent future heart attacks.  Nor does angioplasty, in which narrowed vessels are expanded and then, typically, propped open with metal tubes called stents."

Study Finds Stroke After Heart Bypass Surgery More Common/Serious
Doctor's Guide Review of Article in NEJM
"Instances of stroke, the nation's third leading cause of death, and related physical or intellectual deterioration are significantly more common and serious after coronary bypass surgery than previously believed."

Integrative Cardiac Revitalization: Bypass Surgery, Angioplasty, and Chelation. Benefits, Risks, and Limitations
by Parris M. Kidd, Ph.D.

Alternatives to Bypass Surgery and Angioplasty
by Howard H. Wayne, M.D.
"The efficacy of surgery and angioplasty is not only greatly overrated, but the results of both are unpredictable. Mortality and frequency of complications are much greater than what the patient is led to believe, and many patients are worse off after surgery."

Comparison of Invasive Versus Noninvasive Therapies
by Howard H. Wayne, M.D.
"In spite of these selection biases heavily favoring surgical intervention, almost every single study described in the following pages clearly and unequivocally demonstrates that invasive treatment, be it bypass surgery or angioplasty, fail to reduce heart attacks and mortality when compared to patients who have been conservatively treated with medication."

Chelation Therapy
by Elmer Cranton, M.D.
Site includes review and comment on journal articles relating to "conventional" treatment of heart disease and reviews of articles on chelation therapy.

Chelation Critics Publish Deceptive Data
by Elmer M. Cranton, M.D.

Chelation
by Walt Stoll, M.D.
"The results were so dramatic that I no longer could be honest with my patients when I told them that surgery was the only answer to their vascular insufficiency problem (coronary, brain, legs, etc.).  Not only did her TIA's clear up but she seemed to grow 10 years younger.  Her health improved in EVERY way!"

Chelation Therapy: the Controversial Medical Marvel
by Gary Null, Ph.D. and Luanne Pennesi, RN

Position Paper on EDTA Chelation Therapy
by American College for Advancement in Medicine

Bypassing the Evidence: A Critical Ananlysis of Several Questionable Medical Treatments for Atherosclerosis
by James J. Kenney, Ph.D.
Article questions angioplasty, bypass surgery and chelation therapy.

OTHER RESOURCES

American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)
23121 Verdugo Drive, Suite 204
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(714) 583-7666
(800) 532-3688

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Please click on the picture of the book or the title to order.

Bob Elmer Cranton, M.D., Bypassing Bypass: The New Technique of Chelation Therapy, a Non-Surgical Treatment for Improving Circulation and Slowing the Aging Process

Dean Ornish, M.D., Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease: The Only System Scientifically Proven to Reverse Heart Disease Without Drugs or Surgery
Morton Walker, The Chelation Way: The Complete Book of Chelation Therapy

Julian Whitaker, M.D., Dr. Whitaker's Guide to Natural Healing

 

Harold Brecher and Arline Brecher, Forty Something Forever: A Consumer's Guide to Chelation Therapy and Other Heart Savers

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