What Is Chelation Therapy and EDTA Used For Part 3?Written by admin on December 4th, 2009
What kind of scientific experiment or study is needed to validate (or invalidate) chelation therapy?
The best way to study chelation therapy would be to conduct a two-part study.
• Step one would be a study that proves EDTA can remove calcium from arterial plaque (and that the plaque. dissolves). The study should also show that this occurs without dangerous side effects.
• Step two would be properly controlled clinical trials in a large population. This would only be done if EDTA had been proven successful in reducing arterial plaque without dangerous side effects.
What’s a properly controlled clinical trial?
A properly controlled clinical trial meets these criteria:
• The patients or subjects receiving the treatment formally agree to participate, based upon reliable information given to them by the scientists conducting the trial. The patients would be told of the known risks involved and the possible (but unproven) benefits. Participants would have to give their “”informed consent”" to participate.
• The treatments are free to the patients or subjects.
• The trial is closely monitored and reviewed by 1) knowledgeable scientists who aren’t involved in the trial, 2) representatives of the lay community, 3) representatives of the religious community, 4) statisticians and 5) other interested persons.
• The trial is “”double blind.”" This means that neither the patient nor the physician giving the treatment knows whether the patient is getting EDTA or a neutral control substance (placebo). Other precautions to ensure objectivity are 1) that the physician giving the treatment can’t be the person who records the results and 2) the person observing the results can’t know which substance a person under observation received.
Any study that doesn’t follow this methodology will produce results open to question because the process lacks scientific safeguards. Accordingly, the results wouldn’t be scientifically valid. To the knowledge of the American Heart Association, no study of chelation therapy that rigorously follows accepted scientific methodology has ever been completed.
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