Opening Up Clogged Arteries with Oral EDTA Chelation

When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, they can become paralyzed with fear. But most types of cancer pale in comparison to America’s biggest killer—heart disease. Yet many people live their lives blissfully unaware that dangerous, and potentially deadly, plaque is building up inside their arteries, creating a condition called atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis is the leading cause of cardiovascular disease and death in the U.S., affecting 4.6 million Americans. In fact, arteries that are clogged with plaque are responsible for one death ever hour. But here’s the shocking truth that doctors won’t tell you: Everyone has some plaque inside their arteries – and it can begin when you are still a teenager! Whether you develop atherosclerosis depends on a number of factors. Some, like age or family history, are beyond your control. Some, like your diet or whether or not you smoke, are risk factors you can change.

Narrowed arteries don’t just set you up for heart attack or stroke. They can impact the way you feel every day. I’ve seen patients with atherosclerosis who suffer from fatigue, memory problems, insomnia, tingling in their hands and feet and a lackluster sex life (erectile dysfunction can be one of the first symptoms). And it is all because of reduced blood flow from atherosclerosis.

Conventional medicine treats atherosclerosis with potentially harmful drugs and procedures which may or may not be beneficial. Statin drugs are typically prescribed to lower total and LDL cholesterol levels that contribute to atherosclerosis. Beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and calcium channel blockers keep blood pressure in check. And anticoagulant drugs lower the risk of blood clots by discouraging platelets from sticking together inside narrowed arteries.

When your arteries are severely clogged most doctors turn to surgery to remedy the problem. But like drugs, surgery only addresses the symptoms of atherosclerosis. Worse yet, surgery—including coronary bypass, balloon angioplasty and stent implantation—can be risky and often unnecessary. But here is the other thing your doctor probably won’t tell you: Unless you are at severe risk for a heart attack or stroke, you can not only halt atherosclerosis, you can actually reverse it!

Oral EDTA chelation is a natural non-invasive process of cleaning out the arteries and veins. The natural compounds in EDTA dissolve excess calcium from the arterial walls, making them more responsive and better able to dilate. This action alone can improve blood flow and general circulation. But EDTA chelation therapy also has blood-thinning effects and discourages the formation of blood clots. And it’s a powerful antioxidant that limits free radical damage.

The key to oral EDTA chelation’s efficacy is a combination of several nutrients that work synergistically to discourage plaque formation and keep blood vessels strong and pliable. This unique combination also supports optimal health throughout the entire body. Here are three of the most important nutrients found in oral EDTA chelation:

Aspartic acid:

Also known as L-aspartate, aspartic acid helps to promote a robust metabolism and is sometimes used to treat fatigue and depression. Aspartic acid gets its reputation as a treatment for chronic fatigue because of the crucial role it plays in generating cellular energy. Since moving blood and nutrients throughout the entire body requires huge amounts of cellular energy, this nutrient is critical to the heart and circulatory system.


Ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid or EDTA is an amino acid approved by the FDA to remove heavy metals from the body. It’s interesting to note, however, that prior to 1970 (and the advent of costly drugs and high-tech heart surgery), the FDA also approved intravenous EDTA treatment for arrhythmias, calcium buildup in the tissues and some vascular disorders. Chelation therapy with EDTA also improves diabetes and osteoarthritis, and it helps people with memory loss and cataracts because of the way it clears heavy metal toxins from the bloodstream.

Vitamin C:

Although EDTA is the cornerstone of chelation therapy, adding high doses of vitamin C makes a significant contribution to its heart healthy benefits. Not only does this antioxidant help prevent blood platelets from sticking together, it also plays a role in protecting LDL cholesterol from oxidation. Vitamin C is also crucial for the production of collagen, an important protein that helps to maintain the integrity of blood vessels.

If that weren’t enough, vitamin C decreases the level of proteins that contribute to blood clots. Other activities of this important antioxidant include elevating HDL cholesterol, promoting normal blood pressure and regenerating vitamin E. But perhaps vitamin C’s most important roll in promoting healthy arteries is its ability to boost the integrity of arterial walls and prevent inflammation that contributes to early atherosclerosis.

If you’ve been diagnosed with mild to moderate atherosclerosis—or even if you are simply worried about plaque build-up—I encourage you to consider oral EDTA chelation. It’s an easy, once daily way to keep your arteries healthy and your circulation strong.



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Dr. David Blyweiss

Dr. David J. Blyweiss began his medical career as a clinical pharmacist in South Florida prior to earning his medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in 1982.

His dual background allowed him to appreciate the relevance of conventional pharmaceutical/surgical based treatments in acute medical conditions, and recognize where these approaches fell short in treating the majority of patients who suffered from the chronic degenerative diseases of "western civilization origin." 

Over the last twenty years, with the nutritional medical knowledge base expanding in the fields of nutrigenomics, protemics, and other related "orthomolecular" disciplines directed towards patients' biochemical individuality, Dr. Blyweiss became an early adherent and experienced practitioner of what would become known as "functional medicine." This knowledge allows him to effectively manage and alleviate the symptoms related to the most "difficult-to-treat" conditions by addressing the underlying causes, allowing the body to heal itself.

Dr. Blyweiss was one of the initial researchers doing the early work on chlorhexidine (Phisohex) while earning his first post graduate degree at Temple University School of Pharmacy. During medical school he worked with the WHO (World Health Organization) in vaccinating children in the islands of the Carribbean. He has traveled much of the world, most recently to Belize, Central America, Gabon, Africa, and Zagreb, Croatia working closely with teams of specialists to identify new plant life and natural products for possible human benefit as well as researchers and their stem cell transplantation teams. He has consulted for and created state-of-the-art nutritional supplements for multiple nutritional companies since 1999. He is currently in private practice in South Florida where he resides with his family.

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  1. Anonymous says

    As a retired chemist, I would be a bit careful about using oral EDTA on a continuous basis. It strongly chelates a lot of metal ions and may make some essential trace metals unavailable to the body.

  2. Anonymous says

    Alan to some people even though you see the evidence and the results on your own you are still leery, as most Drs are because the bible they follow in a blind mode is what Big-Pharma dictates even if they see evidence to the contrary. JAM

  3. Anonymous says

    Hm…Alan there are references right there at the bottom of the article. What do you mean there is no evidence for claims?

  4. alan says

    Where is the proof that oral chelation is effective and safe? Where are the scientific studies? You don’t offer any evidence for your claims. That makes me very sceptical.

    Are you selling, or receiving payment for, an oral chelation product and if so where is the proof of its effectiveness?

    I don’t think you should be allowed to make the claims you are making without proof. I think what you are doing is outrageous and I am a supporter of alternaive medicine.

  5. Anonymous says

    To Alan. I have been using EDTA for 12 months. Before starting its use I could not stand on one leg, had to sit down to put my pants on. I could barely get up stairs or down without tripping. Suffered from vertigo. I can now stand on one leg while putting my pants on. Climb stairs two at a time and do not any longer suffer from vertigo. I am not outrageous, I am 66 yrs. old. I read several studies before I started use, but you will not find them published by the ACA or AHA, it would seriously curtail their money machine.

  6. jlw1969 says

    I learned all this good stuff after triple bypass. Now I’m spittin’ mad that my doctor didn’t know more than he did. He turned out to be a big time drug pusher. I am not on my third doctor that I have not seen in over 3 years. Thanks, Healthier Talk for educating me right.

  7. Anonymous says

    But Anonymous 6 Alan indicated there was no proof provided and yet there are references. And also are studies somehow no longer valid because of their age? If there are studies you can provide that come after these and that add to or disprove them please share them with us if you would. I personally would love to learn more on the subject. Then I can make an informed decision about what is best for me. And after all isn’t that the purpose of communities like this one?

    I will continue to be puzzled by the constant undercurrent of negativity I find online anymore. It seems everyone is looking for the dark side. Trying to prove that everyone is “on the take” and trying to prove their own superiority. Not everyone is a bad person. Seems to me we should assume the best about people from the start until they prove us wrong.

    What ever happened to civil non-accusatory conversation? What can’t people discuss things in a polite and useful manner anymore? Instead of accuse ask. Respectfully question. If you don’t agree with something just say so and give some reasons and evidence to the contrary. That’s how we learn and grow. But why the anger and combativeness? Why always assume the worst in people?

    It’s so disheartening…sigh

  8. Sam Dodd says

    At the start of WW-2 (1941) America needed Batteries and Ships and we did not have much of either. Many Battery Factories were built and many ships built to meet this need. Workers at battery factories & ship building became poisoned with lead and were acting crazy and dying. A safe Amino Acid EDTA was found to remove Lead from the body and saved these mens lives & they went back to work. It was administered by the IV Drip method in a vein for at least 2 hours. Later it was discovered it removed all heavy metals, plaque, excess calcium build-up or anything blocking the blood flow and keeps the blood vessels clean. These heavy metals are stored in our bones & flesh so treatments are spaced apart 1 or 2 x a week.

    I was poisoned with 8 or more heavy metals & Mercury and Cadmium was the greatest. I am now 78 years old but in my mid 20’s my right hip went out of place. Later both hips were out and then by age 36 the 4th & 5th lombars of my spine were. By age age 38 neither of these joints would stay in place, extremely painfull. At age 40 and with 6 months to live, on crutches and a wheel chair, I fired my doctor and neuro surgeon and went on my own.

    I soon learned I was loosing minerals because I was shrinking 1/2 in. every 6 months and my right leg was withering to almost 1/2 the size of my left leg with a 2 in. sole added to my right shoe. All fillings in my teeth fell out including 4-gold fillings and I lost almost all of my hair except agound my ears, I looked like I would expect by age 100.

    I started reading food labels and studying any health literature available as I still do today. I changed my diet to all raw grains, vegetables, fruits for 1-year & started supplementing minerals very heavy with vitamins. I used the common sense-sientific knowledge God gave me. This caused my body to chelate poisons out through my skin like boil size pimples for the next 8 years. At age 50 (10 years later) my body grew back 2 1/4 in of the 2 1/2 in. in height I lost and my right leg was now the same size & length as my left leg. At age 66 I found a place 150 miles away that gave the IV drip EDTA once a month until age 74. Today I take 625 mg. EDTA orally about 3 x a week.

    Now, they guess my age at 45 and I look the part. At age 75 Wendy’s Restaruant refused to give me the Senior Discount, I ask them to guess my age and all 7 of them agreed it to be 45. I acted so disapointed to them until they examined my license. MY next venture is at the County & State fairs where they guess your age — I’ll win some money.

    Want more scientific knowledge:

  9. Alice WessendorfAlice Wessendorf says

    Hi Sam,

    Thanks so much for sharing your incredibly inspiring story with us! What a great reminder of how important it is to take an active role in our own health.

  10. Alan says

    The Dr.’s article is on the benefits of ORAL chelation, not intravenous, big difference. Which of the above studies prove that ORAL chelation opens up clogged arteries? I am a big proponent of alternative medicine, yet I can ask, is this proven or is this quackery?

    I think that NYU started a large clinical trial on intravenous chelation therapy in 2003-2004. Does anyone know the result of the study?

    Why are the criticisms of my post all by anonymous posters?
    Is Dr. Blyweiss using anonymity to criticize the skeptics like me? Why do posters need to hide behind anonymity? I wonder if the Dr. wrote post 7??? It sure sounds like it.

    I repeat, which studies support Oral chelation?

  11. Alan says

    A good point made by #12. What about the risks of chelation?
    I have read in the past about the dangers of chelation. Are we supposed to believe that we can just pop a pill and presto our arteries are cleaned out? And it’s perfectly safe too? More than strains crediblity.

  12. Anonymous says

    As in anything, too much is no good, as a maintenance factor oral EDTA would be beneficial, we are bombarded with so much process foods which is a risky factor on its own, yet some people will question this procedure at the same time they are drinking two soda pops per day, not realizing they are exposing their health to many negatives effects. JAM

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