In 2009 Dr. Paolo Zamboni of Italy went public with his theory that Multiple Sclerosis was not an autoimmune disease but in fact a vascular disease that causes obstructed blood flow in the veins that drain the central nervous system. He developed this theory after his wife was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the early 90’s, a problem he set out to solve.
Since his theory went public there have been two opposing sides to this idea, those who believe it to be true and those who do not. Well, the CCSVI (Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency) theory is being challenged by a study being done by the McMaster University in Canada to test whether or not the “Liberation treatment” (surgery to restore blood flow in these narrowed veins) actually helps MS patients or not.
Though the study will not be complete for about another year, they are already finding much evidence that does not support Dr. Zamboni’s theory. For starters, the McMaster University examined 100 MS patients and 100 patients with no neurological disease at all and only found ONE patient with narrowed veins… 86 patients are participating in a double blind study where some will receive the actual procedure and some will receive a “placebo”.
“Our study provides compelling evidence against the idea that this CCSVI
hypothesis is actually associated with MS,” said Dr. Ian Rodger who led
the first study.
OK, I already know, I am going to catch a lot of flack for this, a lot of supporters of CCSVI are well known to believe in this religiously, but I honestly don’t believe in this CCSVI theory myself… I hear of so many people who have had the procedure done and a little while later any effects they see disappear if they saw any at all. Montel Williams had the Liberation treatment done and he said that the only difference he ever really saw was that his heat intolerance improved. “What’s been touted on the internet is that this is some kind of ‘liberation therapy’ for MS, and I’m going to say, right now, unequivocally, it is not.” Montel said in an interview with Dr. Oz after his procedure. He goes on to explain that it does not cure MS or the symptoms but it simply can help those symptoms of MS.
So maybe the Liberation treatment is nothing more than a placebo effect or maybe it really does relieve some symptoms of MS temporarily, I don’t know? Right now all we have to go off of is hearsay. But what I can say is this, MAYBE the narrowed veins do not CAUSE MS but MS causes the narrowed veins which (for those who have them) make MS symptoms worse? Either way, the evidence is clearly not matching with what Dr. Zamboni claimed so far… I forget (and can’t find) the numbers, but I remember reading about it a while back and he said that a lot (if not most) people with MS showed to have narrowed veins in the neck but the McMaster study has so far shown that almost no one had narrowed veins… I will be interested to see the results of this study when it is finished because I think it is too soon to come too any accurate conclusion on the matter.
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