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Question:

From Indiana, USA:

My son is 3 1/2 years old and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes [a month ago]. One person has recommended chelation treatments. I would like to know more about exactly what chelation treatment is, what is the treatment's goals, and why most medical professionals believe it to be quackery.

Answer:

"Chelation therapy" has been proposed as a method of "flushing" out the arteries, using a highly toxic prescription drug called EDTA that is FDA-approved for other reasons. I am unaware of any information that EDTA does any good either for cleansing the arteries or for diabetes.

For other information, see the American Diabetes Association's comments on Unproven Therapies.

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Original posting 25 Jan 97
Updated January 16, 2006

  
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