Codes and Frequencies
For sample children under 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), CHETSICKL indicates whether the child had used chelation to treat sickle cell anemia.
Sickle cell anemia was one of 28 possible specific conditions that sample children (but not sample adults) could report treating with chelation.
The other such conditions are:
- abdominal pain (CHETABDOM, 2007 only)
- acne (CHETACNE, 2007 only)
- anemia -- children (CHETANEMC, 2007 only)
- back or neck pain (CHETBNPAIN, 2007 only)
- colitis (CHETCOLIT, 2007 only)
- congenital heart disease (CHETCONGHD, 2007 only)
- Down syndrome (CHETDOWN, 2007 only)
- ear infections (CHETEARINF, 2007 only)
- eczema or skin allergy (CHETECZEM, 2007 only)
- fatigue (CHETFATIG, 2007 only)
- fever (CHETFEVER, 2007 only)
- cystic fibrosis (CHETFIBROS, 2007 only)
- incontinence (CHETINCON, 2007 only)
- muscular dystrophy (CHETMUSCD, 2007 only)
- neurological problems (CHETNEUROL, 2007 only)
- other allergies -- children (CHETOALLC, 2007 only)
- other heart conditions -- children (CHETOHARTC, 2007 only)
- other chronic pain (CHETOTHPAIN, 2007 only)
- cerebral palsy (CHETPALSY, 2007 only)
- chicken pox (CHETPOX, 2007 only)
- respiratory allergy (CHETRALL, 2007 only)
- other skin problems--children (CHETSKINC, 2007 only)
- non-strep sore throat (CHETSORET, 2007 only)
- stammering or stuttering (CHETSTAM, 2007 only)
- strep throat or tonsillitis (CHETSTREP, 2007 only)
- nausea or vomiting (CHETVOMIT, 2007 only)
- warts (CHETWART, 2007 only)
There are 31 other conditions that both sample children and sample adults 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. Persons could report that sample children treated sickle cell anemia 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, when just sample adults were asked about their use of alternative and complementary medicine. See PRASELFEV for more information.) Analysts interested in the treatment of sickle cell anemia 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 sickle cell anemia was not identified as a specific condition for treatment by alternative medicine in that year. The survey classified sickle cell anemia as a specific health condition for children only, and sample children were not included in the 2002 Alternative Health Supplement.
- 2007: Sample children under 18 who have seen a practitioner for chelation therapy during the past 12 months and have used chelation therapy for a specific health problem or condition.
- 2007 : SAMPWEIGHT