MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - An alternative therapy to treat heart disease may soon be going mainstream. The results of a ten year nationwide study, initiated by a Florida cardiologist are shaking conventional wisdom. Here are the potential benefits to patients with heart disease and diabetes.
Cardiolist Gervasio Lamas calls himself a disbeliever. Fifteen years ago a patient asked him about the benefits of Chelatin Therapy and he said it was hocus pocus.
"Something bothered me and I decided to look into it," says Lamas.
That led Lamas to spear head a massive clinical trial into Chelation Therapy, an intravenous process to remove heavy, toxic metals from the body. Lamas came to realize something epidemiologists have known for years.
"This is a real issue, these metals hurt the arteries and they need to be taken out," says Lamas.
But he had no idea how dramatic the results would be and neither did study participant Eduardo Angeles, who was diagnosed with chronic angina 10 years ago
"I went to the hospital and I was there 22 days and they diagnosed me with massive heart attack triple coronary artery disease," says Angeles.
Eduardo, a diabetic with heart disease, totally altered his disease state with Chelation Therapy and mega doses of antioxidant vitamins
"We could reduce the risk of dying by 43 percent over five years, nothing like this in diabetes; zero; nothing even approaches it," says Eduardo.
Eduardo's markers for a second heart attack have dropped dramatically.
"I feel better because it's progress and I'm doing just good," says Eduardo.
The 10-year trial involved over 1,700 people at 134 sites across the country. Lamas is now working on establishing Chelation Therapy at Mt. Sinai in Miami Beach.
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