Roehm, of Pompano
Beach, Florida, Chief of the Department of Medicine
at Broward General Hospital, certified as a
diplomate of the American Board of Internal
Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of
Physicians, is a prime example of how a good doctor
reacts once his interest is high enough to do his
own first hand chelation research rather than just
accept blindly the medical party line.
Dr. Roehm was a
main-stream cardiologist until his wife began
exhibiting symptoms characteristic of subclinical
mini-strokes, any one of which might one day
escalate into a full-blown fatal attack or
"I had nothing to offer;
there was nothing I could do to ward off what I saw
on the horizon." Roehm realized, and so began his
urgent search for some way to forestall the looming
calamity. Once he discovered EDTA, he tried it.
When it restored his wife's health, Dr. Roehm added
chelation and other alternative treatments to his
practice - and says it's "more satisfying than
doing the drug-and-surgery oriented medicine I was
Born of Grand
Rapids, Michigan, became involved with chelation to
save himself. He was just forty-three, with no
previous history of heart disease, when he went
into cardiac arrest while attending a football
"My heart just stopped,"
he recalls. "They revived me, got me to the Mayo
Clinic, where the doctors agreed I needed bypass
surgery - perhaps a heart transplant. While I was
wrestling with this news, a guy walks into my room
with a book about chelation therapy and asks, 'Do
you know anything about this?' It was like somebody
"What I read convinced
me. I went for treatments. After chelation saved my
life, I really got interested."
Dr. Born speaks from
experience when he admits there are social as well
as professional pressures NOT to practice
"My first wife was
dead-set against my getting mixed up with a
controversial therapy. Even though EDTA helped me
survive, she argued against it when I wanted to do
it. She worried her reputation with the country
club set would be wrecked if word got our that I
was practicing 'quack-style' medicine."
Dr. Born resolved his
problem. He changed specialties and wives.
The new Mrs. Born (Dr.
Tammy) has no hangups about chelation - she works
at his side.
Dr. Jack R.
Dallas, Texas was a 'young' forty-two years of age,
when he was told he only had two or three years to
live, perhaps five on the outside.
"I had a serious heart
condition - arrhythmia, angina, posterior
infarction and had gone into congestive failure.
Conventional medicine didn't have much to offer,
except the common symptom-relieving drugs.
"I couldn't work. It was
bad. There I was, with a wife and two teenagers,
forced to retire to a quiet backwater community in
the Arizona desert and prepare for the end. While i
was waiting for the coroner to call, I did a lot of
reading, and an article headlined 'Doctors in
California using Chelation Therapy for Heart
Disease' caught my attention.
"I was on the next plane
to find out what it was all about - and one week
later, back in Arizona with enough EDTA to treat
myself, began therapy. Two months, and thirty
treatments after that, I was well enough to discard
all my drugs, get back on my feet, and return to
That was in 1970. Dr.
Vinson is still in practice, still chelating
himself, and all others for whom he deems it to be
a suitable treatment.
M.D., an El Paso,
Texas chelationist, was also his own first EDTA
patient. A rock hobbyist, he discovered he was
suffering near-fatal levels of lead toxicity thanks
to his hobby of casting unusual specimens.
"I had all the usual
symptoms - irritability, anxiety, and temper,
sleeplessness, forgetfulness, mental
disorientation, blurred vision and poor hearing but
thought they were age-related problems, though I
was only in my mid-50's.
"Fortunately for me,
Harper, a pioneer
doctor in this field, convinced me it was lead
poisoning - not mid-life crisis - and told me to
read up on the treatment of choice, chelation. As a
pathologist, I was extremely wary of the potential
dangers, and went about it very cautiously.
"I began slowly, but
eventually gave myself over 200 treatments before I
got my lead levels down to normal. By that time, i
was symptom-free, and a chelation expert."
Dr. John Parks
Humble, Texas, learned about chelation therapy from
is 70-year old father who'd read about it in a
health magazine. The elder Trowbridge wanted his
son to look into EDTA because he'd suffered an
aortic aneurysm and had other serious circulatory
Young John, just emerging
from a surgical residency in urology, responded
predictably. "Forget it. it's quackery. if it was
any good, wouldn't I have heard of it? Wouldn't the
medical journals publish reports on a marvelous way
to reverse atherosclerosis? Wouldn't doctors be
It wasn't until several
years later that Dr. Trowbridge, a bit older - a
lot wiser - was embarrassed to remember those
hasty, cocky words. His parents had grown older,
too - and sicker when a chance meeting with
physician/nutritionist/chelationist Robert Haskell,
M.D. encouraged him to take a second look. What Dr.
Haskell showed Dr. Trowbridge amazed him - medical
records of recovered patients whose test readings
and clinical exams proved beyond doubt how much
they'd benefited from chelation treatments.
Still only partially
convinced, Dr. Trowbridge flew from one chelation
clinic to another to check things out - to Alabama,
Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, California. He made dozens
of stops in as many cities, as he criss-crossed the
country in search of more data.
"Every chelation doctor I
visited was so enthusiastic about what he was
doing, and so eager to open his patient files, I
could no longer question effectiveness. Cabinets
full of case histories clearly showed chelation
therapy was a revolutionary method for overcoming
degenerative disease. It blew my mind!"
No question as to Dr.
Trowbridge's motives when he changed from critic to
advocate. The first patients he chelated were
Claire and Jack Trowbridge, his mom and dad.
Hinton, Virginia, is another doctor whose first
chelation patient was good old dad.
"It was 1982, and my
father, 70 years old at the time, was a diabetic,
suffering from diabetic retinopathy, and had
already lost one foot because of gangrene and was
facing the loss of the other. A physician himself,
he knew the prognosis was not good. I called a
nurse in Indiana who knew a lot about alternative
medicine, and asked her what we could do. She
recommended chelation and I say 'what's
"She filled me in on the
fine details. I learned how to do it, and while I
wasn't convinced it was any good, knew it was dad's
only hope of avoiding a second amputation.
"Talk about reluctant - I
don't remember which one of us had more qualms, him
or me. But we sure went into it with our fingers
crossed - and were more surprised than anyone when
the treatments worked. it saved his remaining leg -
even restored his eyesight - and he continued
practicing medicine for five more years."
Hoffman of New
York City, an outspoken advocate of holistic
medicine, looked into chelation after having dinner
with a talkative nurse.
"Throughout the meal,
this lady regaled me with tales of miracle cures:
patients who'd been brought back from the brink of
death and were now symptom-free and one
hard-to-believe story after another about people
whose legs had been saved from amputation. I
couldn't get her to talk about anything
"I thought, either this
dame's a nut - or chelation is worth a closer look.
I decided to investigate and discovered everything
this lady said was the absolute truth. That was
nine years ago, and I've been practicing chelation
Skeptical from the
outset, Dr. Terry
Blufton, Ohio, latched onto chelation after
listening carefully to what people told him.
"I was nagged into it
(chelation) by a patient," he admits, telling about
"an important local honcho. This executive of a
very large corporation had been traveling for more
than 11 hours each way to get chelation treatments
from the nearest doctor he could find. Since he
didn't want to spend all that time on the road, he
kept after me, pestering me every other day to
insist I check it out.
"I wasn't terribly
interested, but I wasn't hopelessly doctrinaire,
either. I was mildly curious about nutrition,
meditation, hypnosis - things like that. This guy
was so persistent, I gave in, and visited several
chelation doctors. Once I checked things out, I had
no choice. Chelation works and here I am."
M.D. of North
Hollywood, California is yet another non-believer
who was dragged into chelation, protesting all the
way that he could NOT get involved with
"A dozen years ago, I'd
have sworn this chelation was a bunch of garbage. I
was well up on the conventional medical literature,
and believed what I read: 'no proven value',
'fraudulent claims', 'anecdotal evidence from
unreliable source'. Who needed it!
"As it turned out, many
of my patients thought THEY needed it - a lot. One
after another, they began bugging me to look into
it. I turned thumbs down.
"Then, as luck would have
it, an old medical school chum visited me. I knew
this guy was a solid scholar, totally reliable with
a sterling intellect and unquestionably ethical.
We'd interned together, and I'd trust this doc with
my life. When he started praising chelation,
spinning astonishing tales of miracle cures, I just
had to listen. Since then, I've learned a lot -
about chelation, and what it means to be labeled a
When we asked
Fox of Abilene,
Texas how he came to choose chelation as a
treatment, he said, "It was an accident. A patient
who had a bypass that failed, was in pretty bad
shape, and begged me to chelate him.
"I hedged a lot. I don't
know anything about this, I told him. But I'll
check it out, and if that's what you want, I'll do
it, provided you sign an agreement that if your
wife, kids or their relatives sue, I can use your
estate to defend myself.
"I was being pretty
cautious, but once I got started, I couldn't stop.
This first guy got well; the next chelated patient
did also. It's incredible. I really didn't want to
get interested in anything so controversial - I'm
no hero. The real heroes are the patients who
insist on being chelated despite all the bad things
their doctors say about it.
Festus, Missouri was a conservative main-stream
physician until he lost several young patients only
a short time after undergoing bypass
"It was frustrating," he
recalls, "to send thirty- and forty year-olds off
for bypasses only to have them die in a couple of
Then Mrs. Schwent's best
friend, an attorney, began having angina attacks
and instead of bypass surgery, opted for chelation
treatments and the results were fantastic. He got
"I got a book about
chelation and sat us all night reading it. One of
my classmates, a Chuck Curtis, was mentioned in the
book, so I called him. 'Are you practicing this
voodoo medicine?' He laughed and said, 'For eight
years now' and when I asked him, 'Killed anyone
yet?' he got serious and replied, 'No, but if
you've got two weeks to spare, I can use ever
minute telling you great stories about the lives
"I wound up spending an
entire year visiting chelation clinics all over the
United States. Then I took the ACAM course and
still didn't give the first treatment. I was very
reluctant to get into it. I knew that introducing
chelation into my practice would jeopardize my
professional standing, and perhaps lead to my being
ostracized. In spite of it all, I had to go ahead.
I wouldn't be honest to know how to cure people and
refuse to do it."
Dr. James Swann
is a "show me, I'm from Missouri" sort of
"I first heard about
chelation in 1973 at a Jackson County Medical
Society meeting when a Dr. Paul Williams, the
author of two medical textbooks, tried to educate
us on its usefulness for atherosclerosis. Nobody in
the room knew anything about it - we couldn't event
"The lecture over, I hung
around to chat with Paul, and it surprised me to
learn that the American Journal of Cardiology had
published favorable reports on this treatment. It
bothered me that almost no one was following up,
investigating, or using it." Dr. Swann's movement
of decision came when a close friend whose triple
bypass had failed (all three grafts had closed)
only four months after surgery, came to visit.
She'd been sent home to die, but had heard of
chelation and there she and her husband sat, in Dr.
Swann's living room, begging for the treatment.
"'Lill,' I said 'I sure
would like a better cause than you to practice on.
You're going to die on me, and we'll all look
"She was a spunky rascal.
When she said, 'I'd rather die trying, than die
doing nothing,' she got to me. I said 'OK. If
you're willing, I am.'
"We started her out on
three chelation treatments a week. That was twenty
years ago, and she's alive today and still going
strong. That's the case that brought me
It would be hard to find
a more conservative physician than Dr. Conrad ("Connie")
Maulfair, Jr. of
Mertztown, Pennsylvania. A farm boy and
Pennsylvania Dutchman, reared in the lad of the
Amish, you can imagine his reaction when a patient
brought him an article about chelation in a
holistic-type magazine published - where else? - in
California. He snorted. He sneered. He said, "What
can you expect from those west coast loonies?" He
dismissed the idea without a second thought. But
then came a second, third, fourth patient - all
asking questions about chelation, all bringing
books and articles, or as Connie put it, "telling
True to his heritage, Dr.
M refused to be "pushed." For six years, he
shrugged the subject off, before coming around to
investigate for himself. That was ten years ago,
and now he not only treats patients, he trains
other doctors how to administer EDTA infusions
Dr. Milton Fried
Georgia, insists that he never set out to be a
"I'm very thin-skinned
and hate doing anything than exposes me to
criticism - BUT - on the other hand, I'd feel worse
not doing what I know to be best for
"I was a resident in a
New York hospital when a patient with a blue leg
and gangrene of the toes and foot, was scheduled
for amputation. When he told us he was going to get
chelated instead, we warned him that it was bunk,
and advised against it. He got chelated anyhow, and
weeks later came back with the leg healed, and just
lorded it over us.
"The other docs ignored
the whole thing, but I thought 'Hey, wait a minute.
There's something to this.' I started studying
chelation. That was the easy part. Working up the
chutzpah to do it was tough. I knew it meant
parting company with the 'respectable' docs, taking
a lot of flack, jeopardizing my reputation and
income. It was a hard decision - but I had to do
"I've never been sorry. I
got a lot of 'nachis' - that's Yiddish for 'pride
and satisfaction." I'll tell you what makes me mad
- all the doctors who come to me for chelation when
they get sick - or send their wives, friends,
relatives - and never let it be known. They tell
me, "I wish I had your nerve." I tell them they're
Amarillo, Texas, says Dr. Fried is the perfect
example of chelation doctors who should be proud to
be called 'quacks'.
"There's a fine breed of
'Quacks' - they're the rare medical birds who are
not satisfied with what they're taught in medical
school and are willing to explore new approaches.
These 'quacks' become frustrated when they can't
help a patient recover, and they look for a better
Excerpted from FORTY SOMETHING
FOREVER, A CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO CHELATION THERAPY
AND OTHER HEART-SAVERS by Harold and Arline
Brecher, Co-authors of BYPASSING BYPASS.