Heart attack! Fearful words we don’t like to hear, and as usual, I never thought I would be a victim of this potential killer. And what a killer it is! It is the greatest cause of death, regardless of age, in both Canada and the United States.
This number one killer showed its signs to me at the age of 63 on a nice June day in 1984, while I was walking around our home. Recurring chest pains became more frequent—I eventually landed in the intensive care unit of our local hospital.
It was many months later, after several visits to my doctor and to hospitals, and many tests, before a correct diagnosis was made following an angiogram that was taken on November 27,1986. It had taken over two years to find out the severity of my heart’s condition.
I was told by my cardiologist that I had had a genuine heart attack and that the arteries around my heart were occluded from 25 to 100 percent.
"In summary, this patient had an anteroseptal infarction approximately eighteen months ago," my cardiologist reported. I was prescribed atenolol, diltiazem and nitroglycerin. Life became increasingly more difficult with constant angina pains, and I was unable to be active and useful. In addition, the constant fear of death was now a reality to me, both day and night.
Being a devout Christian man for over 40 years, I naturally called upon my Lord to direct my path as to what I should do if I was to continue living. I eventually learned, after much research, about EDTA chelation therapy, and was admitted as a patient to the Vancouver Island Chelation Therapy Research Society (VICTRS) clinic in the Colwood area of Victoria, B.C., for EDTA infusions under its director, Alan Matthews, M.D. The clinic that is carrying out this research project treats hundreds of patients with circulatory problems from head to toe to determine the effectiveness of chelation therapy—not just for cardiovascular problems only.
After five infusions, I noticed a difference in my stamina and reduction in angina pains and was encouraged to continue treatment. I discontinued taking atenolol and diltiazem completely and my dependence on nitroglycerin tablets became less.
I am an 80 percent vegetarian; I take nutritional supplements and go for daily walks. I really didn’t have to change my lifestyle too much because I was moderate in my eating habits and an active person anyway. I love organic vegetable gardening and work around my home.
My time now was given over to chelation therapy once a week, which I paid for myself, as it is not an accepted "orthodox" practice in British Columbia.
I have now had 25 infusions and my condition of angina pectoris has greatly improved to a point that I am active again. I expect to continue on with these treatments for some time. Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic Acid (EDTA), plus other chelating agents and vitamins, are slowly dripped into the blood stream by intravenous injection over a period of two to four hours. Blood tests are taken to determine the condition of your health (particularly the liver and kidneys) on a regular basis.
I also read up on this subject of chelation therapy as various books are available; i.e., Bypassing Bypass, by Elmer Cranton, M.D. I was anxious to learn all I could about my condition and its cause and the various alternative therapies that are available.
Chelation therapy not only removes plaque from the arteries around the heart, but from the whole circulatory system and, thus, improves our health in all areas. This is not a new therapy; it has been used to treat many ailments for over 40 years in a number of European countries, as well as in the United States.
My health has improved to the extent that I have founded the EDTA Chelation Lobby Association of B.C. Its purpose is to inform our citizens of this effective alternative to open-heart surgery. I have also learned by hearing from others who have had open-heart-by-pass surgery that in time their arteries plug up again and many have turned to chelation therapy, not wanting to go through another traumatic experience of open-heart surgery.
If you would like more information on EDTA chelation therapy, please write to the EDTA Chelation Lobby Association of B.C., P.O. Box 67514, Station ‘0’ Vancouver, B.C., V5W 3T9.
Reprinted from the Port Townsend Health Letter—Summer 1991