TMrox wrote:One of the recently awarded trials in the USA to test CCSVI is going to explore its connections with Alzheimer's:
•Dr. Robert Fox Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland: studying people with MS or who are at risk for MS (CIS) and comparison groups including healthy volunteers and people with brain atrophy (shrinkage) from Alzheimer’s disease. This team is using the ultrasound techniques originally used by Dr. Zamboni, as well as magnetic resonance studies of the veins (MR venography), MRI scans of the brain, and clinical measures to determine MS activity and atrophy. They are also examining neck and spinal cord tissue from MS patients at autopsy to provide a tissue-based evaluation of CCSVI and its possible relationship to MS.
My guess is that they aren't studying Alzheimer's with an open mind to see if there is vascular involvement. If they found CCSVI in both, this would be used to assert the conclusion that the brain atrophy causes malformation or damage to the veins? But I do not think they are likely to find CCSVI in Alzheimer's, because Zamboni looked and didn't find it in other neurological diseases IIRC. Although who knows what they'll find. I don't hold out much hope that they'll have training in Zamboni's methods before they set off to discredit him.
I cannot wait to support Dr. Haacke's Society of Neurovascular Diseases. If CCSVI gets proven, then MSers are the lucky ones, they found the vascular connection for our disease...but if there are vascular connections to these other diseases, then there is hope there as well.
"However, the truth in science ultimately emerges, although sometimes it takes a very long time," Arthur Silverstein, Autoimmunity: A History of the Early Struggle for Recognition