The FDA has ordered eight companies to stop marketing over-the-counter chelation products primarily intended to remove heavy metals such as lead and mercury from our bodies. The heavy metal chelation products included a range of substances, in particular calcium disodium EDTA, which the FDA still allows in prescription form. The Agency cited the companies for making inappropriate health claims. In some cases, this seems to have been happening. In at least one case, the only “inappropriate” health claim seems to have been factual statements about what heavy metals do to our bodies and links to peer-reviewed scientific articles. The Agency was not just concerned with inappropriate health claims. It also took the position that all non-prescription chelating products are unsafe. Charles Lee, the medical officer at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), noted that no adverse events have yet been reported for the products pulled. He then claimed they can cause side effects including dehydration, kidney failure, liver damage, and death. In a remarkable bit of double-speak, Lee said, “Just because we don’t have evidence of lots of adverse events doesn’t mean there’s no risk from these products.” Let’s look closely at what Lee said. “No risk”? Is that a reasonable standard? Taking almost anything in excess or in the wrong way can be dangerous. And we are not talking about there not being “lots of adverse events.” We are talking about there not even being one. The risks of allowing calcium disodium EDTA outside a doctor’s office can be debated. It is important to remember, however, that few doctors are interested in either heavy metal testing or chelation, much less knowledgeable and skilled at it. At least we are left with other ways to chelate heavy metals—foods like garlic and cilantro, and supplements like alpha-lipoic acid, vitamin C, selenium, and the amino acid N-acetylcysteine (NAC). We can use the latter supplements so long as the manufacturers keep completely silent about their chelating benefits. And there is no doubt that in today’s world we need heavy metal removal. Let’s not forget: the same government which is now protecting us from non-prescription heavy metal chelating agents also puts mercury in our flu shots—even flu shots for infants—as a preservative, even though this preservative is banned in Europe. For an important action alert on doctor-supervised prescription chelation for heart disease, please see our next story.
Dec 10, 2010 6
Urgent Action Alert! – Food Safety Bill Language Has Been Resurrected— Please Contact Your Senators Immediately!
On December 8, the House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) H.R.3082. A CR is supposed to provide temporary, stopgap funding for the government while budget bills are worked out. But this CR included the language of the Senate food safety bill—language that will still affect s...
May 12, 2015 5
This legislation reveals once again that government will always be decades behind cutting-edge healthcare, and beholden to special interests as well. Action Alert! After a year of discussions and negotiation, Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Fred Upton (R-MI), together with three other co-sponsors, fi...
Aug 19, 2008 3
Newspapers in 1992 proclaimed it The Great B Vitamin Raid. Armed agents stormed into the office of Jonathan Wright, MD taking hostage the clinic’s supply of Vitamin B-12 and B-complex along with the clinic’s computers, books, files, mailing list, and office equipment. (more…)...
May 26, 2015 66
But natural medicine transformed her into a happy, energetic mother. This is a story about one couple who were given one of the greatest gifts of all: the child they wanted but were told they could not have. (Note: names have been changed to protect the privacy of the family involved.) This month, T...
Mar 8, 2018 1
Dr. Ron Hoffman: Is your Coumadin killing you? (The remarkable potential of vitamin K to stop arterial calcification)
I recently had the pleasure of attending a phenomenal lecture at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium (IHS) co-presented by Drs. Jeffrey Bland and Leon Schurgers. Dr. Bland is widely acknowledged as the “Godfather of Functional Medicine”; Dr. Schurgers is a Dutch researcher who specialize...
Feb 14, 2017 4
Tell your legislators that we need legislation that will increase consumer access to natural products. Action Alert! In the last Congress, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) introduced a bill that would allow Health Savings Account (HSA) funds to go toward dietary supplements wi...
Jun 21, 2018 2
Common chemicals are causing sperm deformity and decreased sperm counts. Action Alert! A new study suggests that when a mother is exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemicals during pregnancy, her son and the son’s future generations may suffer from decreased fertility. This is the latest among a ...
Jun 14, 2011 37
Hint: It’s not about organic food. (more…)...
Jul 26, 2016 0
A federal bill seeks to curb the IRS’s recent abuses of free political speech. It needs our support. Action Alert! In 2013, we told you about then newly proposed IRS rules that would say what we, as a 501(c)4 nonprofit, are allowed to tell you and what we are not allowed to tell you. To give just ...
Apr 5, 2011 23
We have news about intravenous vitamin C, the much-contested IOM vitamin D report, new lawsuits against Monsanto, and the outcry against KV Pharmaceutical. (more…)...