Therapy is Not a Placebo
Establishment physicians generally allege that patients who report feeling
better and apparently act as though improved, are experiencing a placebo
effect. There are several facts that invalidate this alleged explanation:
1. Typically, the chelation patient comes to the chelating physician as a
last resort. He has received little or no relief previously. If the reported
behavioral improvement is a placebo effect, how come it did not occur while
under the care of previous physicians? Since the placebo effect is hypothesized
to be linked to the confidence the patient has in his physician, and since
in general, a patient will visit that physician first in whom he has the
greatest confidence, then we would logically expect the placebo effect to
be most likely to occur while under the care of the first physician, and
least likely to occur when under the care of the last physician. By the way,
let us note that rarely does the establishment physician attribute beneficial
results to the placebo effect rather than the modalities he employs.
2. True placebo effects generally occur after the first application of a
treatment. But very seldom do chelation patients report feeling better and
improved physical performance after the first treatment. Very often a patient
will have 10, 15 or 20 treatments before reporting a beneficial result. Such
cases can only rarely, if at all, be attributed to a placebo effect.
3. The extremely dramatic results, such as a patient not being able to cross
a room without puffing, and improving to being able to chop wood all day
(I know cases of that sort) cannot plausibly be explained as a placebo effect.
4. Many patients have stopped treatment after 20 or so chelations without
experiencing improvement, only to feel better sometime after ceasing chelation.
It stretches credulity too far to believe that such cases could be placebo
5. In some instances (my own is one example), the patient experiences benefit
after a course of treatments only to have symptoms return several months
after, but with a further series, the symptoms again clear. Hardly a placebo
6. My reading of the literature discloses that rarely is the placebo effect
reported as occurring beyond the 30%-35% range. But it is not unusual for
chelating physicians to obtain benefits varying from slight to dramatic above
70%. To attribute to placebo effect such a high rate of success again stretches
Reprinted from the Port Townsend Health Letter—Spring 1989
Collin, MD specializes in preventative medicine, with emphasis on
nutrition and wellness. Certain patients with circulation disorders or
toxic metal poisoning are considered for EDTA Chelation Therapy.