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The FDA has just banned a number of over-the-counter products,
most of which contained calcium disodium EDTA, a substance used in heavy metal chelation
(the process of removing toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury from the
body). It is still available, and FDA-approved, for use in doctors’ offices,
though few doctors are
interested in either heavy metal testing or chelation, much less knowledgeable
and skilled at it.
years ago, the FDA set its sights on a different but closely related chelation
salt called disodium EDTA (no
“calcium”), which is specifically used for heart health—it removes calcium from
the blood vessels, where calcium is very destructive. After a doctor confused
the two forms of EDTA and a young patient died, the FDA announced that the
Agency was considering a complete ban on the use of disodium EDTA even by
doctors—simply because they were afraid the two formulations were similar
enough in name that other doctors would be confused! If this were a real
concern, they could of course suggest a name change.
Agency has not moved forward with the ban on doctor-supervised prescription
disodium EDTA for heart health—yet. Please write the FDA today and tell
them that the decision whether to chelate for heart health should be left to
the doctor, not banned for completely specious reasons.
Note: We recommend physicians do not participate in this alert. In
this case, we do not want to bring physicians' names to FDA
Hands Off Doctor-Supervised Prescription Chelation for Heart Health
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]