It does seem to be a common thread in some of the threads I've read here. (that ccsvi is the be-all-end-all of MS and everything we've learned up to this point is absolutely wrong.)
Does anyone here know Freedman personally? Because people are quick to judge his character, it would seem like there's some inside information I'm unaware of.
I really wish that new posters would go back and read some of the original information and the threads which began this discussion. No one who has been here since the beginning has ever claimed that the immune system is not involved in MS. That would be absurd. Dr. Zamboni maintains that patients should remain on their DMDs and I have said that time and again- on here and Facebook. We do not know how long the immune system will remain active in this venous model of MS. The studies just aren't there.
The science behind CCSVI is explained in Dr. Zamboni's original thesis.
"The Big Idea: Iron-dependent inflammation in venous disease and proposed parallels in multiple sclerosis"
Here are all of his publications:
http://www.fondazionehilarescere.org/en ... zioni.html
As CVI in the legs is begun by venous congestion and iron deposition into tissue which begins an immune system cascade--Dr. Zamboni found a similar situation in the CNS venous system.
The comments on Dr. Freedman's position are largely based on statements he has made to the press and in public forums. He has stated on record that he believes this is a hoax. Does that bias his research? I have no idea. I do not know the man personally.
Please....go to page 54 of the this thread and check out some of the original discussions. http://www.thisisms.com/forum-40-days0-2650.html
Read the original CCSVI thread. Read the research papers.
I'm not around here much anymore, because many of the threads tend to devolve into personal attacks, trolling with emoticons, and general rudeness. It's really a shame, actually. Because this is where the discusson started.
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CCSVI in MS