I know I will never convince you either way if you've already decided - all the guff I've heard about 100%s. It was not big enough to conclude anything, either way, about the probability. For a cohort that size, it could be as true as the sunrise, or it could be a coincidence.
I know nothing about those collars but I'm sure you could find a conspiracy of some kind if you wanted it badly enough.
As for your third question I think Dr. Zamboni's detractors, who never call him a doctor in public, are far more malleable and easily affected by these things than the average Joe. How hot they get under the collar, when it looks like somebody is managing to make a living by helping people with CCSVI! They can't stop talking about him, even for a second! It's sad, actually. If they didn't do this, maybe someone else would get mentioned once in a while. They act as if he did it all himself between golf games.
I consider myself to be on the fence, but leaning toward hope. I WANT CCSVI treatment to be something that will help my wife, but wanting does not make it so. You are right in that I should have called him "Dr." Zamboni. AFAIK, this is the first time a theory that has gained attention is one advanced by someone with an actual degree in medicine. This is what distinguishes it from bee venom et al.. It may or may not be right, but it is at least plausible. Also, wrong or right, anyone who has earned a degree in medicine deserves the respect of being called by that title. My bad.
But you actually proved my point about the collars. Anyone else remember them except me and maybe Cece? Maybe I was the only one who got excited about them....I thought, here we go, finally, almost irrefutable objective evidence one way or another....and then nothing. Vanished into cyberspace like they never existed. Again I ask, what is up with that?