You have to admit the general response from the neurological community has been pretty bizarre. When I brought up CCSVI with my neuro last summer I was surprised to be treated with such hostility. (Seriously, one of the nurses was yelling at me in the infusion suite.)
That sounds pretty bad, and if I had nurse yell at me, that'd be the last time I went to that clinic.
But, I don't think it's fair to paint with such a broad stroke, and I don't think the general response from the "neurological community" has been bizarre. Disappointing, maybe, but I think it's in keeping with nature of scientists and human nature in general. When I discussed Zamboni's research with the head neuro at a major research hospital, he was polite, but he just didn't put much stock in it. And he wasn't ready to drop all of the other research going on in the MS clinic in favor of CCSVI.
And I don't see how people can make claims about neurologists in general, and in this particular case, Dr. Lizak. Has anyone actually spoken to him, to judge his "cognitive dissonance," or his unwavering and misguided belief in the autoimmune theory? Granted, in the webcast, he came off as sounding combative. Maybe, that's his normal manner - I don't know. Or maybe there are reasons for him to be upset. Maybe, he's read Prineas and Barnett's paper, and has counter-arguments to their conclusions - like they saw this pattern of lesions in only 14 brain samples.
It'd be interesting to hear his take on these things. But in the meantime, I don't think anyone here has the training in neuroimmunology to say how he's to blinded by his beliefs.
By the way, while we're seeing an increasing number of radiologists show an interest in CCSVI/MS, many are not buying into this. So, it's not just neurologists.