Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Knudtson and colleagues1 reported that chelation therapy was ineffective
in treating patients with ischemic heart disease. However, some of their findings
suggest that chelation may do some good.
First, there is some evidence that magnesium and ascorbic acid, which
are common components of chelation therapy, may have beneficial effects.2,3 Patients in both the treatment
and placebo groups received magnesium and ascorbic acid, and both groups improved.
Bell SA. Chelation Therapy for Patients With Ischemic Heart Disease. JAMA. 2002;287(16):2077-2078. doi:10.1001/jama.287.16.2073