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The term "Roto-Rooter" is one of the most graphic and popular on television. Who has not heard or seen one of their ads -- offering to ROOT through your plumbing system, removing unwanted clogs!
As the Roto-Rooters say:
More people depend on Roto-Rooter than
on any other company for plumbing and
drain cleaning services. Homeowners
trust Roto-Rooter, America's
I've used this familiar commercial logo because, in fact, the term "Roto-Rooter" is used very often to describe the Intravenous Chelation process or even the oral chelation process (but, of course, not by me). On this page I want to illustrate that usage, and also explain why that is a very unfortunate use for the term -- how it harms the very doctors who use that term to describe Intravenous Chelation Therapy. When an oral chelation promoter uses this term I know he is misleading the public and probably has a low level of ethical standards.
So, the process was simple. I searched for "Rooter Rooter" and "chelation" to see what I would find. (Note that "Roto-Rooter" is spelled differently than the usual use of the same-sounding term by chelation services.
EDTA chelation is a therapy by which repeated administrations of a weak synthetic amino acid (EDTA, ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid) gradually reduce atherosclerotic plaque and other mineral deposits throughout the cardiovascular system by literally dissolving them away.
EDTA, ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid, chelation has frequently been compared to a "Roto-Rooter®; in the cardiovascular system, because it removes plaque and returns the arterial system to a smooth, healthy, pre-atherosclerotic state. A better metaphor might be "Liquid-Plumr®," because, where Roto-Rooter violently scrapes deposits off the interior surfaces of your plumbing with a rapidly rotating blade, Liquid-Plumr simply dissolves them away. source
Dr. Garry Gordon's Garlic-EDTA ChelatorTM
Karl Note: Notice that this is a web page promoting an oral chelation formula and suggesting that Dr. Garry F. Gordon is recommending the product. I know Dr. Gordon quite well. I know that he does NOT believe the nonsense above, that the oral chelation formula "dissolves the plaque." That is utter nonsense, but it is the usual nonsense I find on many pages talking about chelation therapy -- whether oral or IV. The company putting out these lies is "Life Enhancement" and it appears that the famous Duke Pearson and Sandy Shaw are the promoters behind these scenes. They, too, are far too well educated to believe that chelation can "dissolve plaque."]
Here is an actual intravenous chelation doctor. At least he does not claim that chelation therapy "dissolves" plaque, but he makes many false and misleading claims about his own medical understanding of heart disease and chelation therapy.
He say, for instance:
As the years pass, calcium deposits build up, and in association with cholesterol, calcified plaques and atherosclerotic plaques form, lining the arterial vessels. When calcium predominates, this process is called "hardening of the arteries" or arteriosclerosis, and when cholesterol predominates it is called "atherosclerosis." The exact content of the plaques is determined by the individual's diet, antioxidant intake and duration of the process. Regardless of where on the arterio-/athero- sclerotic continuum any particular individual falls, the result is the same: less and less fresh oxygen delivered to the tissues of the body. (source)
The truth is that the plaque does not "line the arterial vessels." Dr. Kennedy then goes on to give some terrible advice on diet:
The cholesterol content of these plaques can be handled by shifting to a no-fat, high-fiber diet. Plaques actually decrease in size, and the cholesterol content can eventually disappear. Lipid peroxidation itself can be halted by the liberal intake of antioxidants such as Beta-carotene (the precursor of vitamin A), mixed tocopherols (vitamin E) and vitamin C, so no further damage is caused to the arterial tree. (source)
Dr. Kennedy gets himself into further trouble when he makes the following deceptive claim:
An ounce of prevention certainly is worth a pound of cure. The oral chelating agents serve admirably to prevent or halt the progression of arteriosclerosis, but do little to reverse the disease once it is present. You probably already are taking one of the oral chelating agents, vitamin C. This is an excellent oral chelating agent and also easily available. Also, fresh vegetables are loaded with other natural and effective chelating agents. (source)
Dr. Kennedy, like many desperate doctors, thinks he can warn you away from "oral chelation" by defining it with a false explanation. Vitamin C is an anti-free radical fighter. Compared to EDTA, or Cysteine, or N Acetyl Cysteine, Vitamin C is a trivial chelating substance. He even then suggests that "exercise" can serve as a chelation process! Foolish!
Here he makes a totally false claim -- reverting to the original claim which has been long de-bunked. In his next paragraph (second paragraph below) Dr. Kennedy alludes to the false original theory, but he does NOT disassociate himself from it entirely.
The solution is infused slowly, one drop per second, and one treatment requires about three hours. The prisoner (calcium) is moved out of the body using the sheriff's handcuffs (EDTA). The half life of EDTA in the body is one hour; i.e., one-half is removed (filtered into the urine) after one hour, another half of what is left is removed after one more hour, etc. Within 24 hours 99% of the EDTA is gone from the body, and you are left with only the therapeutic benefit.
In addition, to the transitory transport of calcium, many other metal ions are transported and rearranged, which brings up the subject of how EDTA works. In the early days of EDTA therapy, physicians had no idea how it worked. As physicians do, they reached for the nearest reasonable explanation. They said it decalcified the walls of arteries clogged with arterio-/athero-sclerotic plaque, a kind of chemical ROTO-ROOTER ®. This is now known not to be the only benefit of EDTA, even though decalcification of plaques does occur. The action of EDTA is more complex than the simple-minded comparison with a ROTO-ROOTER can reflect. (source)
At least, above, he says chelation is not a "Roto-Rooter" action, but his actual description of chelation therapy is terribly flawed -- see below.
Dr. Kennedy finally gets down to the main subject for this page -- the false claim that plaque is some sort of build-up on the inner lining of the arterial wall. It is hard to see how he can keep a straight face -- he presents so many confusing claims that you can't really tell what he believes:
Here is what he claims that his EDTA Intravenous Chelation Therapy does:
EDTA lowers blood calcium and thus stimulates the production of parathormone from the parathyroid glands. This mild pulse of parathormone is responsible for the removal of calcium from abnormal locations (such as arteries) and the deposition of calcium in locations (such as bones) where it should be. This accounts for the mild recalcification of osteoporotic bones seen with EDTA. (source)
Dr. Kennedy just skips over the facts. Without explaining the mechanism he says that EDTA, working through increased Parathormone, removes calcium from "abnormal locations." He has decided that he doesn't want to get into the real role of EDTA -- to remove heavy metals -- not calcium. He decides NOT to explain the primary danger of having toxic metals in the body -- an increase in the number and activity of free radicals in the body. He decides to mention free radicals, but omit the real danger they pose -- the damage to the individual cells in the arteries.
Here is the official statement that came, originally from the web site of the medical organization to which almost 1,000 intravenous chelation doctors belong. These are the GOOD GUYS, who are delivery the good service of IV chelation. There is no doubt that this process "works." It is just very unfortunate that here, in April 2002, they are STILL making the very false comparison between IV chelation and the "Roto-Rooter" concept.
The picture on the left is the owner of the "Prostate Health Resources." He is not a medical doctor, but offers information on prostate health and recommends IV chelation.
The official ACAM description has been widely copied by many intravenous chelation doctors -- so the lie continues and is spread widely.
The actual ACAM web site no longer has ANY description of IV chelation therapy. When I first saw the official ACAM statement I knew that ACAM had to be a dieing organization, and wrote my article in April 2000, click here.
One of my heroes in this chelation business has been Dr. Elmer Cranton. It was his Book, Bypassing Bypass that got me started in the oral chelation business. The first edition of this Book explained how IV chelation worked, but removing the calcium from the plaque, etc.
He then wrote the second edition of his Book, and that changed me and my position on "plaque" about 180 degrees! That Book is now out of print.
Here is where he denies that IV chelation dissolves plaque from his web site in April 2002:
No! Before recent medical breakthroughs in the area of free radical pathology, it was hypothesized that EDTA chelation therapy had its major beneficial effect on calcium metabolism—that it stripped away the excess calcium from the plaque, restoring arteries to their pliable precalcified state. This frequently offered explanation—the so-called "roto-rooter" concept—is not the real reason, as previously postulated, that chelation therapy produces its major health benefits. The fact that EDTA does remove some circulating calcium is now felt to be one of the less prominent aspects of its benefits. Calcium deposits are a late-stage phenomenon and have little to do with the formation of arterial plaque. (source)
So far so good!
A very thorough search of Dr. Cranton's web site produces dozens of places where the word "plaque" appears, but in all but one of these places there is no specific definition of what the plaque is or where it is. You would have to conclude that Dr. Cranton is another of those who believes that "plaque" is a layer of calcium (and other substances) on the inner lining of the artery.
There is one page where he publishes a Chapter from a very technical book he wrote on chelation therapy:
Elmer M. Cranton, M.D.
James P. Frackelton, M.D.
This chapter is adapted from A Textbook on EDTA Chelation Therapy, Second Edition, 2001 edited by Elmer M. Cranton, M.D., Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Senescent endothelial cells divide at a progressively slower rate and are progressively less effective at closing breaches in arterial walls. The resulting exposure of denuded subendothelial tissues triggers a cascade of events that encompasses all other theories of causation: monocytes and platelets are attracted and adhere to damaged areas; monocytes transform into macrophages; a variety of trophic factors and mitogenic factors, including cytokines and platelet-derived growth factor, are released locally; smooth muscle cells proliferate; oxidized lipids accumulate in macrophages; and, eventually this enlarging plaque calcifies or ulcerates.
An underlying cause of this chain of events is now postulated to be the progressive telomere shortening in endothelial cells at points where they are most often called upon to divide. This occurs at arterial sites most subject to damage and therefore to plaque formation. (source)
Those paragraphs are a bit technical for me. Perhaps you will understand them? It is possible that Dr. Cranton has a better understanding of "plaque" than I do. Here is another quote from Dr. Cranton that may well explain "plaque" just as I have claimed it is caused, but he describes it with much more technical language:
Free radicals also cause tissue calcification by damaging the integrity of cell membranes, causing leaks in cell walls, and by damaging enzymatic cell-wall transport pumps. If the calcium pump is weakened, or if cell wall integrity is damaged, the calcium pump becomes unable to remove calcium as it leaks in. Intracellular calcium accumulates, causing malfunction and eventually cell death. X-rays of older people commonly show dense calcium deposits in soft tissues that do not normally have that bony appearance. A similar weakening of the sodium pump in cell walls allows an increase of intracellular sodium, leading to swelling of the cell, edema, and eventual cell lysis.
Free radical damage to the calcium-magnesium pump allows excessive calcium to diffuse into the cell. Calcium is 10,000 times more concentrated outside the cell than inside. The calcium pump must constantly work against this gradient. The reverse is true of magnesium. If the pump cannot prevent calcium from leaking into cells, and keep magnesium from leaking out, the cell becomes poisoned and soon dies.
A Standard Intravenous Chelation Clinic -- Making The Ordinary FALSE Claims About Plaque
Most of the doctors doing intravenous chelation therapy have NOT studied the theory of plaque formation, or even of chelation therapy itself -- they know enough when they know that "it works." When you ask them technical questions they generally refer back to their "god" -- ACAM -- the American College of Advancement In Medicine. ACAM has not been well-guided in these matters.
Chelating agents like EDTA (Ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid.) administered intravenously has been shown to increase blood flow and remove arterial plaque (cholesterol deposits within arteries). Plaque reduction is accomplished in part by the removal of calcium ions from artery walls. A growing number of physicians recognize that Chelation Therapy can reverse the progression of atherosclerosis. (source)
Vital Health Center -- Intravenous Chelation Therapy
Here is another standard medical facility, offering intravenous chelation therapy, and repeating the well-worn, but false, description of HOW their process works.
How does chelation therapy affect health?
Chelation therapy promotes health by correcting the major underlying cause of arterial blockage. Damaging oxygen free radicals are increased by presence of metallic elements and act as a chronic irritant to blood vessel walls and cell membranes. EDTA removes these metallic irritants, allowing leaky and damaged cell walls to heal. Plaques become more smooth and reduce in size, allowing more blood to pass. Arterial walls become softer and more pliable allowing easier expansion. Scientific studies have proven that blood flow increases after chelation therapy. A complete program of chelation therapy involves a broad based healthcare program of regular exercise, proper nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplementation and avoidance of tobacco and other damaging habits (Source)
There are about 1000 intravenous doctors practicing in the United States. Many of them have web pages. If you search, as I have, you'll find that the one below is typical, again, in making the false claim that EDTA removes the plaque from the inside of the arteries. This is so foolish of these doctors. I am convinced that it is because they have lacked leadership. Dr. Garry F. Gordon, one of the founders of ACAM, quit that organization in disgust when the leadership would not allow him to present evidence of the effectiveness of oral EDTA. Most of these doctors still cling to the old explanation, now long-disproven, that EDTA removes the plaque. It does not!
EDTA chelation therapy is an intravenous drug therapy that had been proven to be effective in the treatment of toxicity conditions from various heavy metals such as lead and mercury, as well as constrictions to blood flow due to cholesterol plaques. Chelation Therapy is a form of medical therapy designed to restore cellular homeostasis by the use of metal binding and/or inorganic agents. The proper application of this modality also requires knowledge of nutrition and exercise, as well as expertise in helping to implement other lifestyle changes. In the case of heart disease and angina, EDTA removes calcium from the interior of damaged cells lining the blood vessels. These cells fill up with cholesterol when they are damaged by the influx of calcium. EDTA has the effect of removing and redirecting calcium back to the bone. This results in the improvement of each cells metabolism, thus allowing it to remove the cholesterol deposits. This has the effect of dilating the blood vessel allowing more blood and oxygen to flow into areas previously starved of oxygen. The result is a reduction of chest pain, leg pain, or symptoms of oxygen deprivation. (Source)
Here is the photo of the man behind the web site http://www.quackwatch.com/index.html. He often attacks various health products and practices by making false claims about them, as if those claims came FROM them, and then knocks down these straw men of his own device.
One of the most evil people on the web is a former psychiatrist who lashes out against just about every possible alternative health product or practice. It is, in fact, a hall of fame. If you are mentioned in his pages you can assume you are doing a good job!
He attacks chelation therapy, of course, but he selects a "straw man" to attack. In other words, the early explanation of how chelation therapy works is well proven to be false, even though many people are still repeating those lies. But, the more thoughtful intravenous doctors have discarded this early theory and gone on to the second theory, mentioned on another page (Click Here).
After EDTA was found effective in chelating and removing toxic metals from the blood, some scientists postulated that hardened arteries could be softened if the calcium in their walls was removed. The first indication that EDTA treatment might benefit patients with atherosclerosis came from Clarke, Clarke, and Mosher, who, in 1956, reported that patients with occlusive peripheral vascular disease said they felt better after treatment with EDTA [American Journal of Medical Science 230:654-666, 1956]. (Source)
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