Saturday, September 30, 2006

NCCAM study site tour---Part VI

The Wellness and Longevity Center of Louisiana is one of the NCCAM chelation study sites. According to the web page the Center’s vision is “…to prevent and treat chronic disabilitating diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure, Parkinson and Alzheimer’s disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, heart attack and stroke by integrative medicine which combines standard medical practice with alternative and complementary medicine…” (That’s right, it really says disabilitating).

The chelation therapy information page states “Every single study of the use of Chelation Therapy for Atherosclerosis that has ever been published, without exception, has demonstrated an improvement in blood flow and symptoms.” What journals have these folks been reading? And this: “Adverse editorial comment to the contrary lacks evidence and stems primarily from physicians with a vested interest in catheterization and surgery.” Yeah. I’m reminded of a guy I saw one time on TV promoting his perpetual motion machine, claiming that the fuel industry was suppressing the science behind his invention. Then there’s this claim: “Scientific studies have proven that blood flow increases after Chelation Therapy.” Too bad they left out the citation. I’d like to look that one up.

Aren’t researchers supposed to be unbiased?

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