If you are a doctor practicing medicine in the USA, you probably have heard of Chelation Therapy and EDTA (Ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetate), but didn’t learn much about it in medical school. Maybe you have read about it and are interested in learning more but don’t want to cause a problem with your medical board. Or maybe you have studied Chelation Therapy and the positive health results people experience from EDTA and would like to integrate it in your practice, but don’t know where to start. This article is for doctors who want to make a positive difference in people’s lives and participate in changing the current medical paradigm to one that is more effective and efficient.
Chelation Therapy and EDTA have been proven to be effective in removing plaque from the arteries and removing heavy toxic metals from the body (1). The studies are there yet the current medical establishment refuses to acknowledge this amazing therapy, let alone embrace it. If you are a doctor you probably have a good idea as to why. The current medical system here in the USA is primarily based on “pain management” and a “band-aid” approach rather than eliminating the main problem. This means that for acute and chronic conditions, medication and or surgery are the main options for treating people.
This approach is not only wrong, it’s not working. Here in America we spend the most money on healthcare and yet we have the worst health of all rich countries (2).
There are two main reasons for this:
1. Insurance companies dictate treatment
2. Medical Doctors are limited with their current scope of practice
If you’re a medical doctor, you most likely know the problems with the insurance model. (3) You know which drugs and which procedures are covered by insurance companies. You also know what the “Medical Standard of Care” is for your licensure, largely prescribing pharmaceuticals and surgery. Recommending diet, supplements and detoxification therapies such at Chelation Therapy & EDTA are non-billable treatments and frowned upon in most cases, unless you are a Naturopathic Doctor (ND).
Today because of the internet and social media, the general public have access to more information and personal stories. There has been a movement gaining momentum over the past 5-10 years where people are demanding, trying, wanting more complementary and integrative medicine options. We see the demands of the people and even new research starting to impact what insurance companies are willing to cover. Take for example the VA, they have included acupuncture therapy to help Veterans manage their pain (4).
This trend is growing. People are willing and paying out of pocket for treatments they want (5). With heart disease being the leading cause of death and cancer right behind it, people want solutions. Many Doctors are also ready for a change and are pushing for new guidelines. Nitin Damle, M.D., a former president of the American College of Physicians said in an article that he’s “hopeful that the new guidelines will move the needle forward, so there is a shift from pharmacologic to nonpharmacologic treatment.” (6)
So how can you as a doctor, be part of a shift to change the current medical paradigm to one that works for you and your patients? Education, educate yourselves and your patients on the benefits of nutrition, detox and exercise. (7) There is enough evidence-based research that backs these benefits, including Chelation Therapy. The benefits from Chelation Therapy are massive from preventing heart disease and other life-threatening conditions such as cancer and strokes. (8) Get trained and certified in Chelation Therapy so you become an expert and minimizes your risks.
American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) offers a certificate program ideal for MD, DO, ND, DDS, PA, NP, and DC’s. This ensures proper training, which means more protection (https://www.acam.org/page/CCTCertification). To help promote its members, ACAM features them on the website so that people in your area interested in Chelation Therapy can find you ACAM.org/MemberMap.
Arizona offers another medical licensed to MD’s and DO’s who practice homeopathic and integrative therapies. The Arizona Board of Homeopathic and Integrated Medicine Examiners regulates physicians practicing homeopathic/integrated medicine in the state of AZ. The license provided by the board is independent of licensure provided from allopathic or osteopathic boards. Many MD’s and DO’s practicing integrative medicine in the USA, obtain the second licensure as a back-up. (https://homeopath.az.gov/about)
Arizona Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association (AHIMA) supports this board and provides many resources for MD’s and DO’s its members and others who are interested in becoming licensed. For more information on this please listen to this interview with Lisa Platt, the Executive Director of AHIMA. (9) (https://arizonahomeopathic.org)