sbr487 wrote:I don't know what to make out of someone bringing these arguments into the discussion
I definitely think it's worth looking at GBS and CIDP in connection with CCSVI, iron and viruses - because it could tell us much about MS
Yes GBS patients do often recover (after being given similar drugs often identical to those they use for MS) Nerves in the peripheral nervous system have differences, for example they can repair easily, but many with GBS go on to get the chronic form known as CIDP. Any neurogist will tell you how tricky it can be to distinguish MS from CIDP, especially before MRIs were available.
If you were looking at a biopsy of a demyelinated nerve of the spine and then one of a nerve root (a few centimetres the other side of the BBB) - the damage looks very similar. It would astound me if such damage had two completely different causes - i.e. if the MS damage was caused by a circulation defect and the CIDP damage caused by a virus - especially as some peole seem to have both disorders.
Of course most neurologists would simply say "it's all autoimmune"