Chelation therapy is backed by a large number of testimonials and
experiments that shows the effectivity of this therapy. Many of these were not
scientifically conducted (such as a double blind study). Chelation therapists rightfully
point out that it is hard to give a placebo when administering the compound (especially
from the therapist as is required for the double blind study).
Therapists point out that about 500,000
chelation therapies are being done in the USA alone every year and the patients are very
happy, placebo effect or not. Rosenfeld, author of "Guide to Alternative
Medicine" talked about two of his patients whose condition has improved substantially
after the chelation therapy, although he could not clinically identify what was different
about them. Chelation therapy saves considerable amount of money. A typical chelation
therapy cost about $3000 compared to a bypass surgery at about $30,000. There is not much
risk in chelation therapy as compared to the surgery.
A review of treatment results from 2,870
patients in Brazil found significant improvement in patients with heart disease or
peripheral vascular disease who were treated with chelation therapy. 76.9 percent of the
heart patients treated reported "marked improvement" and another 16.6 percent
reported "good improvement". The results were even better for the patients who
were treated for peripheral vascular disease. 91 percent showed "marked"
improvement and 7.6 percent showed "good" improvement. So, 96-98 percent of the
patients treated reported improvement after chelation therapy.