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Used chelation for: Excessive alcohol or tobacco

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For sample adults age 18+ in 2007 who had seen a practitioner for chelation in the past 12 months (CHEYR) and had used chelation to treat a specific health problem or condition (CHETREAT), CHETALCTOB indicates whether the person had used chelation to treat excessive alcohol or tobacco.

Related Variables

Excessive alcohol or tobacco was one of 72 possible specific conditions that sample adults (but not sample children) could report treating with chelation.


The other such conditions are:

  • arthritis, lupus, or fibromyalgia (CHETARTHLF, 2002 only)
  • anemia and blood disorders--adults (CHETBLOOD, 2007 only)
  • bowel problems and constipation (CHETBOWL, 2002 only)
  • congestive heart failure (CHETCONGHF, 2002 only)
  • other nerve damage, including carpal tunnel syndrome (CHETCTS)
  • dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease (CHETDEMENT, 2007 only)
  • inflammatory bowel disease (CHETINFB, 2007 only)
  • irregular heartbeat (CHETIRRH, 2002 only)
  • joint pain or stiffness/other joint condition (CHETJNTPAIN)
  • mCHElar degeneration (CHETMACD, 2002 only)
  • allergy to medication (CHETMALL, 2002 only)
  • memory loss or loss of other cognitive function (CHETMEMLOS, 2007 only)
  • missing limbs (fingers, toes or digits), amputee (CHETMLIMB)
  • circulation problems (other than in the legs) (CHETNLCIRC)
  • other allergies--adults (CHETOALLA, 2007 only)
  • other heart condition or disease (CHETOHART)
  • other infectious diseases (CHETOINF, 2007 only)
  • knee problems (not arthritis, not joint injury) (CHETOKNEE)
  • Parkinson's disease (CHETPARK, 2002 only)
  • polio (myelitis), paralysis, para/quadriplegia (CHETPOLIO)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (CHETRHEUM, 2007 only)
  • substance abuse, other than alcohol or tobacco (CHETSUBST, 2007 only)
  • varicose veins, hemorrhoids (CHETVEIN)

Additionally, there are 31 other conditions that both sample adults and sample children could report treating with chelation. For the full list of conditions, see CHETREAT.

Chelation is one of 16 modalities of alternative medicine that were included in the 2002 and 2007 Alternative Health Supplements. Respondents could report treating excessive alcohol or tobacco by 15 of those methods. (The omitted alternative treatment is prayer, which was included as a treatment for specific health problems in the 2002 survey only. See PRASELFEV for more information.) Analysts interested in the treatment of excessive alcohol or tobacco by other alternative therapies should see CHEYR for the full list of alternative medicine treatments and a summary of other chelation-related questions, as well as definitions.


This variable is only available for 2007. Treatment of many other specific conditions by chelation was covered in the 2002 Alternative Health Supplement, but excessive alcohol or tobacco was not identified as a specific condition for treatment by alternative medicine in that year.


  • 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have seen a practitioner for chelation therapy during the past 12 months and have used chelation therapy for a specific therapy for a specific health problem or condition.


  • 2007