Chelation Therapy Study a Bust
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iride6606 posted:
The results of TACT or Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy are called a bust. The trial which covered 10 years at a cost of $31 million dollars do not find any measurable benefit from chelation therapy.

Dr. Steven Nissen is quoted as saying;

"We've spent a lot of time, a lot of energy and we don't have anything to show for it. I don't think we're any closer to having evidence of a benefit than we were before this was done. There is a real risk of harm."

Too bad, it would have been nice to have an alternative treatment.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/26/docs-say-chelation-therapy-still-not-proven-to-work/2021163/
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billh99 responded:
Dr Eric Topol and Dr. Harlan Krumholz have slightly different take on this.

Neither thing that it is ready for primetime.

But that the outcome was unexpectedly positive and needs a second look.

http://www.theheart.org/columns/topolog/chelation-therapy-in-tact-daring-to-challenge-dogma-and-suspend-disbelief.do?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%253A Topolog %2528Topolog%2529

http://www.forbes.com/sites/harlankrumholz/2013/03/27/chelation-therapy-what-to-do-with-inconvenient-evidence/
 
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bobby75703 replied to billh99's response:
Hi Bill, Just started reading your links. Thanks. So far I see a small positive result, still no magic bullet in heart disease.

I couldn't help but notice the statement in the Forbes article "The irony is that had the drug manufacturer gotten these results they would have celebrated."


I never was a fan of chelation for heart disease, and I tend to back away from it until its proven without any doubts. Maybe someday it will prove itself, but in the meantime...I sit back and watch.