Alzheimer's - Can Chelation Therapy Help Along With Fitness & Nutrition?

I try to inform my readers not only about fitness and weight loss but about diseases that contribute to the degeneration of our physical as well as mental health. One of those diseases that is near and dear to me is Alzheimer's Disease. 


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As  you know Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. 
Brain cell connections and the cells themselves degenerate and die, eventually destroying memory and other important mental functions.mental functions. 
Memory loss and confusion are the main symptoms.
No cure exists, but medications and management strategies may temporarily improve symptoms.


This is a disease that I am all to familiar with, my grandmother had alzheimer's and my mother and I were her primary  caregivers for the final years of her life. That has been almost 18 years ago and much research has been done since then. Every 65 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer's and it is estimated that nearly 500,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year.


For more than 15 years, H. Richard Casdorph, M.D., of Long Beach, California treated many Alzheimer’s patients with a combination of chelation therapy, diet and nutritional supplementation.  A summary of his work is contained in Toxic metal Syndrome: How Metal poisoning Can Affect Your Brain (Avery Publishing, 1995), co-authored with Morton Walker, D.P.M.

The book covers research showing how toxic metals such as aluminum, mercury, lead, and cadmium accumulate in the body, damage brain cells, and over time may contribute to a variety of disturbing symptoms - from memory loss to Alzheimer’s.  Most importantly, the book offers recommendations on how to avoid or treat these debilitating conditions.

One of the primary tools is chelation therapy, an extremely safe and effective method of cellular detoxification and arterial cleanup that has been performed in physicians’ offices for decades.  In chelation, a synthetic amino acid called ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) is introduced into the body through a series of intravenous infusions.  Metallic pollutants in the bloodstream or brain fluids are “grasped” by this substance and then eliminated by the body.  This process works exceptionally well for circulatory problems by removing the calcium-based “glue” that holds together cholesterol, foreign protein and other artery-clogging gunk.

“At least 50% of elderly people with senility and dementia problems are documented as showing greater mental keenness, memory retention, intelligence quotients (IQ) and other improvements after receiving chelation therapy,” says Casdorph.  “chelation works in multiple ways by improving blood flow, exerting an antioxidant effect, and removing toxic metals that have lodged in the brain.”

Casdorph’s book also cites with work of Donald R. McLaughlan, M.D., director of the Centre of Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Toronto, who, for more than 20 years has published numerous scientific papers on the role of aluminum toxicity in Alzheimer’s.  Aluminum damages the nuclei of cells, preventing them from carrying out their function. McLaughlan reports improvement among Alzheimer’s patients with the use of deferoxamine, another chelating agent.

Because of the Alzheimer’s disease-aluminum connection, chelating physicians recommend avoidance of products containing aluminum.  Common products include toothpaste, underarm deodorants, antacids, buffered aspirin, anti-diarrhea drugs, baking powder and aluminum cookware. 

People should read labels and choose products that contain no aluminum, physicians advise.

Although world medical literature contains almost 2,000 clinical journal articles describing the benefits and safety of chelation, the treatment is overlooked or ignored by the medical establishment - to the detriment of the medical consumer.

Asked to describe the effectiveness of the combined chelation and nutritional approach, Casdorph says, “The earlier in the disease process that we see a patient, the less brain damage there is, and the more effective the treatment.  By the time patients are brought to me, they have usually had the disease for at least three years.  Unfortunately, chelation is often a last resort.
“In Alzheimer’s disease, patients are believed to lose about one point of IQ a month.  Our goal is to prevent further loss.  We are usually able to accomplish that and even achieve improvements of about 10%. 

Patients are able to regain some lost capacity.  Even if the gain is small, it can mean much in the way  a person functions.  There are also cases with dramatic improvements.

A basic chelation treatment series involves 30 infusion sessions.  Alzheimer’s patients are recommended to have more treatments; however, many families are not able to sustain a prolonged schedule of three-or-so sessions a week.  The cost per session is about $100 to $155, depending on where the treatment is conducted.  Medicare will not cover chelation.  Some insurance companies will cover the cost.

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reference:  Alzheimer’s Disease: Hope for an Illness, by Martin Zucker