Plenty of “alternative" MDs these days have started treating their patients with chelation therapy. It has its place in medicine, especially in cases of severe heavy metal poisoning. But it's an extreme practice that's being turned into a weekly routine.
If you're not familiar with chelation therapy. . . it's a treatment dating back to the beginning of the last century. Chelation comes from the Greek for “claw" because of it's ability to claw away at the inside of people's arteries. It involves an intravenous of chemicals like nicotinic acid, phosphate or ethanol that “scrub" away at the walls of the vessels as the blood carries it through.
Nationwide, tens of thousands of elderly people are being herded into these clinics for a three hour IV - EVERY 7 DAYS. At 200 bucks per session, that sure adds up. If those frequent visits always did the trick, then the money would be worth it. But, instead, they end up with joint problems, horrible body odor and other side-effects.
I just had a case with one gentleman whose knees were swelling up.
"You have toxicity problems, " I explained. “Gravity is taking those chelating chemicals into your joints. It's pulled it down into your knee cap. In ONE WEEK it'll make its way to your ankles. You'll know because they'll be totally swollen. “
And in one week his ankles were almost twice their normal width. That's when his wife and he came back.
"You Said This Would Happen!"
"You told us this would happen, " they said. “Now it's happened. Can you fix it?"
I recommended some specific remedies to help clean out the congestion in his legs.
Two weeks later he came back with no more pain in the knees. All the swelling in his ankles had vanished. Think of it. . . he'd been on those chelation IVs for a good eight months. 32 sessions! I'm not necessarily saying it was a total waste of money, but 32 sessions may have been too intense.
I had another case of this 74 year old man who was on chelation every week. He did that for a whole year. Then he had a heart attack. They found that 90% of his arteries were blocked.
People are Hypnotized
Too much of any extreme treatment makes them so sick they can't think right. . .
The road to health should make you feel good. We are losing track of that simple truth with so many “advanced" allopathic and alternative treatments. Treatments that can stress out and damage the body.
People would rather go and get high doses of Mr. Clean pumped directly into their cardiovascular system or take pharmaceuticals. . . They'd rather do that than spend a quarter of that time with simple and natural purification techniques.
Honest to God, I'm passionate about this. The only reason people are buying pharmaceuticals, doing weekly chelation and other extreme alternative practices is because it throws them out of whack. When you're sick you don't think right. You lose touch with what is good for you.
People are in this hypnotic amnesia. They've lost their connection with good health.
I have people come to my clinic and say, “I realize I've been going every week for chelation. At first it seemed to help. So I kept on slapping down 200 bucks. But after a while it wasn't helping me. . . "
"It's okay, " I say. “I understand. "
"But why did I do that?"
"Because, " I reply, “you forgot what it feels like to feel good. "
Please Note: Chelation has helped save thousands of lives and may be suitable treatment for specific and serious cases. Dr. Helen is only advising that chelation therapy and other intense treatments not be arbitrarily prescribed and used on an ongoing basis without thorough evaluation and guidance from a qualified health care professional. If you are currently receiving chelation therapy and are questioning it's validity for your particular condition, you are advised to seek the second or third opinion of other qualified medical practitioners than the one you are currently receiving treatment from. Explore your options.
Chelation Bypasses Your Body's Gatekeeper: The Entire Digestive Tract
Chelation and other IV treatments should be used in moderation for very serious cases. One of their major drawbacks is that they bypass the natural openings in the body: the mouth, the skin and the nose. These are the three mediums by which we are meant to receive physical nutrients into the body.
Receiving herbs and oils through the mouth or skin allows your body to purify them. It allows your body to digest them. Your skin and your digestive tract are the gatekeepers of your body. It's only in traumatic situations, where these natural systems are impaired or too slow, that an IV is needed.
What About Oral Chelation?
Oral chelation is not as bad. People seem to be having less side-effects with a capsule version. This makes sense Ayurvedically. You need to metabolize any form of medicine - natural or allopathic. When you take something via your gut your body is in control. It gets to break it down. If you take something straight up from an IV there is no control. There is no fighting against it. It's in your bloodstream - for better or for worse. It's bypassed all the natural filters.
It's for that reason that I recommend purifying your body and digestive tract with herbs and oils you absorb through your mouth, nose and skin.
You Especially Need to Keep Your Digestive Tract Clear
Your gut is the main elimination channel. If this is functioning properly, then toxins will leave your body. They won't build up and create illness.
As I describe in my free guide to Ayurveda ginger is extremely effective at cleaning out the gut. You should drink one of the three ginger-based spiced tea recipes I list in the guide. Whichever one is most suitable for your dosha (body-type). Also try the 10-Day Ginger Treatment at least once a season, if not once a month.
These treatments work with your body. They don't attack your body. They work slow, giving your body time to adjust. As I said in Thursday's Ayurvedic News Alert. . . dramatic changes, even positive ones, can put your body into flight or fight mode. This weakens your immune system. No wonder so many people are susceptible to the MRSA superbug.
If you haven't tried the ginger treatment or at least are drinking the spiced herbal teas, I recommend you go back to my guide and try it out. Give it a week. See how different your gut feels. How decongested your body feels.
And besides, those teas taste delicious. The Ginger Treatment makes a great morning snack. And it doesn't take three hours like a session of chelation. And it certainly doesn't cost $200. Only a few dollars in herbs and spices. It won't produce major overnight results, but make it a part of your life and it'll make good health a part of yours.
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Dr. Helen Thomas, Ayurvedic Practitioner: Since 1987 Dr. Helen Thomas, D. C. , has treated thousands of patients, both in America and India, on a daily basis, with the 3,000 year old science of Ayurvedic medicine.
Dr. Helen has pored over the ancient texts and worked side-by-side with Ayurveda practitioners. Over a decade ago, Dr. Helen started paying Ayurvedic doctors from India to come and work with her in her clinic.
Her knowledge comes from hands on experience, not theory given to her in school.
Many of her patients have been moved to tears after receiving an Ayurvedic assessment from Dr. Helen. Ayurveda helped them understand themselves, their needs and their stresses, more profoundly than ever before.