MS treatment put to test in Albany
By CATHLEEN F. CROWLEY Staff Writer
Published: 12:12 a.m., Monday, October 25, 2010
ALBANY -- Nearly 300 patients with multiple sclerosis sought out an experimental procedure at Albany Medical Center this year. Denise Manley was among them.
Manley, 48, of Pittsfield, Mass., said her MS was so bad that, in her desperation, she was considering assisted suicide. Instead, she underwent a new treatment that involved widening the veins in her neck and chest.
25 Oct 2010
Scotland’s community of 10,000 multiple sclerosis sufferers will be focused intently on a hotel in Clydebank this weekend, where the potential of a controversial new treatment will be debated by clinical experts.
Specialists from Poland, Canada, Bulgaria, Jordan and the UK will come together to discuss the theories of Dr Paulo Zamboni, an Italian vascular surgeon, who claims that the symptoms of MS can be treated by clearing the blocked veins which cause toxic build-ups in the brain.
colros 11:27 PM on October 29, 2010
Alberta Health is quite correct. Zamboni's "CCSVI" and its "treatment" with "liberation" is junk science. See my blog for details.
http://medicalmyths.wordpress.com/2009/ ... i-surreal/
tzootsi wrote:Great new newscast - thank you CTV!!!
A respected MS neurologist, researcher and educator has slammed the controversial CCSVI hypothesis, also known as the “Zamboni Liberation Therapy”. Dr. Randall Schapiro, Board member of the National MS Society in the US spoke to an MS Society sponsored conference of members and healthcare professionals on Monday in Winnipeg: “I’m sorry that any of you have ever had to hear of CCSVI”. He went on to say: “I put this treatment in the same category as ‘bee-sting’ or ‘pregnant cow’s milk’ therapy and it (CCSVI) is something that we will have totally forgotten about three years from now”. Dr. Schapiro went on to say that he was strongly opposed to funding upcoming clinical trials of CCSVI by either the government or the MS Society and that “the money invested in these trials could certainly be put to better use where MS research is concerned.”
Over the years, many therapies have been used for relief of MS symptoms, some offering outright cures. Bee Venom Therapy (BVT) or Apitherapy, is one such homeopathic therapy that was widely supported as an MS cure several years ago. Major studies by the American Academy of Neurology, with findings published in 2005 concluded that there was no improvement of disability and fatigue in patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis and did not improve quality of life. Adding that CCSVI treatment is in the same exotic category and that it would be impossible for vein structure to be involved as a causal factor in MS, Shapiro went on to say that “the Zamboni theory only works when it’s used for cleaning hockey rinks.”
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