CCSVI for MS

There has been much talk in the media about the controversial procedure “Liberation Treatment” undergoing intense study and testing all over the globe for CHRONIC CEREBROSPINAL VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY.

Dr. Paolo Zamboni from Italy has brought this procedure to the forefront.  His wife has Multiple Sclerosis.  He has been studying patients with MS and found a commonality in his research.  He was finding that all or most of his MS patients had narrowing jugular veins in their necks and also in the azygos vein.  Dr. Zamboni believes this narrowing of the veins is preventing blood flow drainage of the Central Nervous System (CNS).  This causes iron to deposit in the brain triggering autoimmunity and degeneration of the Myelin Sheath.  “Liberation Treatment” involves angioplasty in the narrowed veins to improve blood flow. 

While this treatment undergoes studies in Canada and the United States many MS patients can’t wait for results and have been frantically seeking hospitals and doctors who will do the procedure in other countries.     There have been 2 Canadians die after this procedure abroad.  Some patients who have had the procedure report miraculous improvement in their symptoms,  others have reported very little benefit if any at all.  The jury is still out….so to speak.

The Canadian and U.S. Multiple Sclerosis Societies have several studies ongoing to see if there is a relationship between CCSVI and MS.

I was going  to sit back and wait to see what comes out of all of the studies but it is very encouraging to watch the following 5 minute clip from an episode of Dr. Oz where he interviews Montel Williams, a fellow MS sufferer, who has researched the literature pertaining to this procedure extensively and publicly underwent the procedure last summer.  Please watch….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cqZJ7o1-VM&feature=player_detailpage

After seeing Montel’s symptom relief, I may have to reconsider my position on this procedure.  I also suffer from “heat” exhaustion.  Five minutes in hot weather and I become as limp as a cooked noodle.  The heat issue is a nasty part of my MS symptoms considering I winter in the sunny south.  It is suggested that Multiple Sclerosis patients should get their Vitamin D3 from natural sunlight.  It is hard to get out in the sun when you can’t handle the heat. 

More to come on this topic.

Check out this link for more information on CCSVI.  www.cafepress.ca/ccsvi_4

 

 

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