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Used chelation therapy, past 12 months

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For sample adults and children in 2012 who had ever used chelation therapy (CHEEV) but had either not seen a practitioner for chelation therapy in the past 12 months or had never seen a practitioner for chelation therapy, CHEUSEYR reports whether they used chelation therapy in the past 12 months.

Chelation therapy was one of many alternative health treatment modalities included in the Alternative Health Supplements.


The 2012 Field Representative's Manual defines chelation therapy as:

Chelation therapy is a chemical process in which a substance is used to bind molecules, such as metals or minerals, and hold them tightly so that they can be removed from a system, such as the body. In medicine, chelation has been scientifically proven to rid the body of excess or toxic metals. For example, a person who has lead poisoning may be given chelation therapy in order to bind and remove excess lead from the body before it can cause damage.

Field representatives were advised to "feel free to offer [this definition] even if the respondent has not requested [it]."

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Additional information about the use of chelation therapy was collected for respondents who reported using chelation therapy in the past 12 months, including variables on frequency and cost of use. Please use the IPUMS NHIS drop-down menus and search function to explore these variables.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children of ages 4-17 who have ever used chelation therapy but have never seen a practitioner or have not seen one in the past 12 months.


  • 2012