Hopeful10 wrote:Wow, what a terrible hatchet job by the reporter. She references the U.S. study (at BNAC) that found over half of MSers have CCSVI, but neglects to state two additional important pieces of information from the same BNAC study: about a quarter of non-MSers were found to have CCSVI , and yet the association between CCSVI and MS was still found to be significant.
So when the reporter lets readers know that she was diagnosed with CCSVI, without providing appropriate context, she intentionally tries to create the impression that CCSVI is BS. I don't have the time to delve into the other problems with the article, but this lack of context is a problem throughout the article.
Cece, thanks for the excerpt and the discussion of permissive lesions. For those who didn't see Cece's thread on permissive lesions, Dr. Cummings noted that he expected that a lot of non-MSers would have CCSVI, since there's a similar phenomenon with vericose veins -- a lot of people have significant veriscocity, but only a subset get vericose veins.Cece wrote:BBC Inside Out's Sam Smith outside the Essential Health Clinic Nonetheless, vein widening - without stents - is now being offered in the UK by a Glasgow-based company called the Essential Health Clinic.
BBC Inside Out presenter Sam Smith went undercover to be scanned by Essential Health - the first stage in the treatment process which in total costs just under £8,000.
She was diagnosed with CCSVI.
London-based vascular surgeon Ian Franklin said of Sam's diagnosis: "This reinforces the concern a lot of people have that some of these anomalies might be present in the normal population and raises the question that it might not be specifically linked with MS."
That is worth discussing, why would a presumably healthy person be diagnosed with CCSVI? Is the ultrasound dopppler accurate? What would be found on her catheter venogram, would it agree with the doppler? What about the idea of permissive lesions, which exist benignly in some but when coupled with a secondary factor can cause a disease process in others?
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