Saving a Million Hearts

In 2013 a group of ICIM members gathered to discuss an integrative, preventative approach to the Saving a Million Hearts initiative, including chelation therapy. Here are video clips of their conversations. The event was organized by Terry Chappell MD, and Jeannette Soriano MD is the facilitator.

Jeannette Soriano

Saving a Million Hearts Outline

Saving a Million Hearts Introduction from an Integrative Medicine Perspective

Dr. Terry Chappell, Dr. Lambert Parker, and Dr. James Carter discuss the “Saving a Million Hearts” initiative of the CDC and other medical groups. These three integrative doctors talk about the importance of going beyond pharmaceuticals.

Saving a Million Hearts: Stress and Lifestyle

Dr. John Wilson, Dr. James Carter, Dr. Ellie Campbell discuss diet, stress, and lifestyle as they relate to cardiovascular disease. Includes reference to an Alpha-Stim study by ICIM member William Eidleman MD.

Saving a Million Hearts: Informed Consent

Dr. Terry Chappell and Dr. Russ Jaffe discuss the importance of having informed consents as part of the patient education process for integrative medicine and chelation therapy for cardiovascular disease.

Saving a Million Hearts: Testing for Risk Factors

Dr. Conrad Maulfair, Dr. Ellie Campbell, Dr. Robban Sica, and Dr. Joe Hickey discuss what cardiovascular risk factors should be explored for effective prevention of heart attack and stroke.

Saving a Million Hearts: Metabolic Syndrome

Dr. Joe Hickey, Dr. Robban Sica, Dr. Ellie Campbell, Dr. Conrad Maulfair talk about the testing they do to screen for Metabolic Syndrome in their integrative practices, and discuss what treatments they recommend to their patients.

Saving a Million Hearts: Testing and Treating Cholesterol

Dr Rick Mason, Dr. Joe Hickey and Dr. Garry Gordon discuss cholesterol’s role in heart disease- to test or not to test! What is the dietary impact? What kind of cholesterol should we focus on? HDL, LDL, lipids, proteins, triglycerides… what wisdom will the future of medicine hold? Is there a cholesterol propaganda scheme? What are treatment strategies?

Saving a Million Hearts: Blood Pressure

Dr. Joe Hickey, Dr. Lambert Paker, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf discuss blood pressure tips for check ups, monitoring and treatment.

Saving a Million Hearts: Toxic Metals Q&A

Dr. Robin Bernhoft, Dr. Jim Smith, Dr. John Wilson answer questions from some of the most experienced chelation doctors in the country about diagnosing and treating heavy metal toxicity, with a focus on EDTA chelation.

Saving a Million Hearts: Chelation Protocols I

Dr. Robban Sica, Dr. Terry Chappell, and Dr. Garry Gordon discuss the IV chelation protocols that they have used.

Saving a Million Hearts: Chelation Protocols II

Dr. Robban Sica, Dr. Terry Chappell, and Dr. Garry Gordon discuss the IV chelation protocols that they have used.

Saving a Million Hearts: Micronutrients 

Dr. Chuck Mary and Dr. Rick Mason, CoQ10, Magnesium, Copper and other micronutrients’ role in the body and for prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Saving a Million Hearts: Women’s Health and Allergy Testing in Cardiovascular Disease

Dr. Robban Sica, Dr. Russell Jaffe, Dr. Ellie Campbell, and Dr. John Wilson discuss the role allergies can play in cardiovascular disease, laboratory testing, and special considerations for women’s health.

Dr. Chappell’s article “Saving a Million Hearts can be found here



EDTA Chelation Therapy: Efficacy in Arteriosclerotic Coronary Heart Disease

H. Richard Casdorph, MD, PhD

Dr. Casdorph is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California Medical School, Irvine California

ABSTRACT: EightCasdorph_hearteen patients with documented arteriosclerotic heart disease were studied utilizing the radioactive isotope technetium 99m to measure left ventricular ejection fraction before and after the administration of EDTA chelation therapy. A statistically significant improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction occurred in this group of patients. The patients were tested at rest, but conditions under which tests were performed were controlled to be identical before and after chelation.


Chelation Therapy for Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease

blood-1237550-639x450E. Ernst, MD, PhD, FRCP (Edin)


Chelation therapy is viewed, promoted, and practiced as a form of complementary/alternative medicine (see References 1 and 21 2 ). It uses repeated intravenous administration of EDTA, usually in combination with vitamins, trace elements, and iron supplements as a treatment for a variety of diseases.3 4 5 Oral chelation therapy also has been advocated (see Reference 66 ) but will be excluded from this review. Among others, chelation therapy is claimed to be effective in reversing the arteriosclerotic disease process,7 8 in particular peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD). Proponents claim that it can be an alternative for amputation in severe cases.8 This goes back to an observation made in the 1950s, when it was noted that patients undergoing EDTA therapy for lead poisoning felt a relief of angina pectoris after this therapy.9 While various authors9 10 11 12 13 1415 have subsequently reported promising results in uncontrolled studies, others have been unable to confirm these in similarly designed trials.16 17 The debate of whether or not it is a useful form of therapy for PAOD therefore continues.18 19 2021 22 23 24 25

Meanwhile, numerous clinics have been set up in Europe, the United States, and elsewhere using and promoting chelation therapy for PAOD. In the light of recent trial data, it is therefore timely to systematically review the evidence from randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trials and ask whether chelation therapy for PAOD is safe and effective.