Jimmylegs, I never knew of your role in the genesis of the Facebook page!
CCSVI is a pathological condition first described in the literature two years ago. A Google Scholar search reveals that CCSVI has been cited more than 2,000 times in published scientific papers. Evidently, CCSVI is a hot topic—it is interesting precisely because it is controversial.
I think he is talking about it as a hot topic and controversial among scientists, thus resulting in the 2000 citations.
Without patients picking up on his research, Dr. Zamboni would have continued with what he was doing, which was steadfastly rounding out his theory and the use of endovascular intervention. We would not have had Dr. Dake or Dr. Sclafani or Dr. Siskin or Dr. McDonald getting into the fray when they did, without the push from patients. Without them, ISNVD would not have gotten going. Was Dr. Zivadinov's interest in this before it got picked up by patients? If so, we would still have had him confirming the discovery by Dr. Zamboni that there is a greater incidence of CCSVI in MS.
We would still be along the path of discovery but maybe we'd be going at it at a slow pace instead of accelerated.
Dr. Zamboni never intended to start a wildfire. But it would have been possible for the light he lit with his discovery to go out unnoticed. That is no longer possible.