garyak wrote:This Edmonton Journal opinion article claims MS is placebo - lots of this popping up everywhere.
Thu May 20 2010
Byline: Chris Sullivan
Source: Edmonton Journal
I have MS and was at the protest in Ottawa, asking to bring the "liberation treatment" to Canada.
The article states, "MS patients have also had to live with the hype and hope of other cures. In the 1980s, hyperbaric oxygen therapy was touted as a means of increasing blood flow to the brain and curing MS."
Now, with more modern methods of measuring oxygen it the brain, we can see this therapy would never have worked. The MS brain suffers from a kind of hypoxia that these treatments could never have touched.
It's not easy to believe in a new treatment for MS. They have been seen before, from doctors, scientists, and kooks, in the media, and in scientific literature.
Dr. Paolo Zamboni's procedure has been proven and tested. I know, some people might argue about the definition of "proven." The ones who have pioneered this treatment are well known to MS patients around the world. They are still at it.
The article also states, "The idea that wheelchair-bound MS patients will suddenly be walking and forever cured is unlikely."
Our best neurologists have been unable to achieve this for 150 years. Isn't it time they let somebody else give it a try?
It will not take years to determine if this "liberation treatment" is media hype or a medical cure. It is a known fact now and many countries are offering the treatment. Kuwait is offering it to all of its citizens who have MS.
Insurance companies and governments will save money if this procedure results in people stopping their existing medications, which are very expensive.
The only thing standing in the way of all these people getting treated is a few vocal MS "experts."
Chris Sullivan, Kanata, Ont.
Story Type: Letter
Length: 289 words
Actually, with more modern methods of measuring oxygen in the brain we should know a heck of a lot more. It should actually prove there is slowed perfusion or hypoxia in a case of CCSVI. I'd bet there are lots of papers in progress on this very topic.