CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 11, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Controversy over chelation medical treatment, allegedly for removing built-up calcium and increase blood flow, to prevent or improve hardening of the arteries, examined. [PATIENTS - disagree on treatment's effect on them.] [Osteopath Edward McDONAGH - praises chelation.] [Dr. John RENNER - considers chelation based on pseudo-science and based on senseless theories.] Cholesterol' s role in hardening of the arteries, rather than calcium, explained, illustrated. Health risks posed by chelation outlined. [RENNER - explains harm to chelation patients.] Cost to chelation patients and various diseases they are lead to believe process will cure noted. [Diabetic Sidney LONDOW - recalls chelation therapist's assurances.] Londow mentioned later experiencing heart and kidney failure. [Attorney Sharon LUTZ - cites vulnerability of elderly to chelation quacks.] FDA's stance on chelation explained.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker
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