Rosegirl wrote:What if radiologists (and other appropriate physicians) chose to fund CCSVI trials?
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The proposal above is obviously over-simplied, but it provides a service that potentially improves the life of the MS patient, rewards the physician with the satisfaction of healing and makes a very profitable business model.
There are quite a few clinics and CCSVI treatment centers popping up in the U.S. Folks are currently being tested, diagnosed and treated through self-funding or insurance coverage. Trials ARE being funded by patients.
As long as the docs share information and continue to improve testing and treatment, the CCSVI parade will march on.
Double-blinded studies don't make a lot of sense. Since pwms are very aggressive in seeking out alternative treatments, they are a lousy test group. One "test subject" may be on tysabri. Another may have tried bee stings, LDN or stem cell therapy. Others could be on a CRAB drug and use inclined bed therapy. Any "clean" studies would have to eliminate all these variables to get accurate results.
CCSVI is running under the radar in the U.S.. Canada has had great media coverage and folks are more aware, north of the border.
The genie is out of the bottle. CCSVI will be proven or debunked through nontraditional means.