One from the MS Society, with a link to their CCSVI page.
One from AMEDS, advertising treatment at their clinic in Poland.
One from Synergy, advertising treatment at their clinic.
I am uneasy with the marketing of CCSVI.
After those three top-of-the-page ads, which must cost more than the side ads, there are the google results:
First is the wikipedia entry on CCSVI.
Second is the CCSVI Alliance page, an excellent resource for anyone looking for CCSVI information.
Third is the MS Society, again with a link to their CCSVI page.
Joan's efforts are represented again with the fourth showing, which is the link to the CCSVI in MS facebook page.
Fifth is csvi-ms.net/en
Sixth is a blog entry from Lew from 2009, but again we have Joan's efforts, because Lew's blog is a posting of one of her original write-ups on CCSVI.
Seventh is http://www.multiplesclerosissurgery.com ... ccsvi.html with an outdated list of where the procedure can be found. (Dr. Dake and Dr. Mehta are the only two listed for the US.)
Eighth is privatescan which appears to be an imaging company that then sends patients to Dr. Jan de Letter of Belgium.
Ninth is CCSVI surgery in Mexico, at the Angeles hospital. Its home page has pictures or video clips of Dr. Haacke, Dr. Sclafani, and the CCSVI Alliance, with promotional text for their clinic interspersed with the educational text.
Tenth is our forum here at thisisms.com, the birthplace of CCSVI in social media, and again Joan's efforts are represented with all she has done here at thisisms.
Next comes the ads on the side:
CCSVI Treatment in Mexico
CCSVI Liberation Treatment Mexico
No Waiting List. Leading Hospitals!
Are CCSVI and MS Related?
Expert Analysis & Study Results for
Multiple Sclerosis Study. Read Now!
CCSVI Diagnostic Ultrasound Testing
Nancy Davis Foundation
We fund cutting edge Multiple
Enable CCSVI DIagnosis
MR Protocols & Information Sharing
Dr Haacke PayPal Contribution Page
CCSVI Studies @ Las Vegas
Centenial Medical Imaging uses 3T
MRI with the Haacke Protocol
CCSVI Treatment in the UK
Doppler Scanning using equipment
designed by Professor Zamboni
Anyone looking into CCSVI will get hit with many ads. Even here at this page, at thisisms, there is an ad from CCSVI.mx at the top of the screen while I type this. I think it is perfectly ok for thisisms to need financial support, and to use google ads, and this is what what we get from google ads.
This did not come up in the CCSVI google search, but in a search on medical ethics:
Ethics in the marketing of medical services.
This paper deals with the ethics of marketing medical services by physicians, medical groups, hospitals and other mainstream medical caregivers in the United States. It does not deal with pharmaceutical marketing, since that raises a number of special issues, some of them legal and some having to do with the unique culture of pharmaceutical marketing, which really ought to be dealt with separately. Nor does it touch on the little-explored field of marketing alternative and complementary medicine. It begins with a general description of what is included in "the marketing process." It then briefly tours some of the difficulties faced by those who would market medical services ethically, and ends with some comments on the relevance of professionalism to ethical marketing.
Health Mark Q. 1993;11(1-2):9-17.
Healthcare professionals and the ethics of healthcare marketing.
Hammond KL, Jurkus AF.
University of Tennessee at Martin.
The article explores marketing ethics considerations in the application of marketing to healthcare. While we realize that acceptance of healthcare marketing by all stakeholders is important for successful marketing, we emphasize its level of acceptance by healthcare professionals. The high levels of resistance to advertising and other forms of healthcare marketing by healthcare professionals has been largely based on the grounds that the practices are unethical. The nature of the resistance thus invites this exploration of healthcare marketing (and the marketing concept), marketing ethics, and the acceptance (rejection) by healthcare professionals of healthcare marketing.
Those abstracts aren't all that helpful, but it opens what could be a discussion of medical ethics and the marketing of the CCSVI procedure. Is there an ethical difference between offering the CCSVI procedure and actively marketing the CCSVI procedure, when the research is not yet in?