If only we could find that MS smoking gun.
I've seen studies that show abused kids (ergo "stress"), are at higher risk of MS, then we get other studies that show: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 190341.htm
"After considering factors such as age, ethnicity, latitude of birth, body mass at age 18 and smoking, the study found that severe stress at home did not increase the risk of developing MS. There was also no significant increased risk in developing MS among those who reported severe physical or sexual abuse during childhood or adolescence.
"This rules out stress as a major risk factor for MS. Future research can now focus on repeated and more fine-tuned measures of stress," said Riise, who conducted the research as a visiting scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health.
The study was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke."
And I'm sure we can find conflicting studies across the board for just about anything. CCSVI included.
This reminds me of the coffee is good/bad/good/bad studies, now they say "good" for the antioxidant properties, yet early studies found it was bad for the heart, but we're talking 1950's stuff.
I just dont think that any one study can possibly take into account the myriad environmental factors, and the myriad genetic factors, across decades of time, and now we're tossing endless other factors like lifestyle choices into the mix, and I have little doubt that all of the above play some role in a majority of cases, but to what degree and at what particular time will probably never be resolved, as the possibilities are endless.
That is why I try to keep an open mind and not dismiss A because I'm convinced B is where we should be looking. At first, we thought this was mostly about; find stenosis, correct stenosis, and see where that takes us. Well at least for me, that did seem to "do the trick", but that obviously now would be a pretty narrow, myopic view of the state of things.
Maybe neck massage is right for you, and wrong for me. Maybe diet is right for all of us, exercise and even talking on the phone, for me, works wonders where it did not before. I always feel better, not worse afterwards. Vigorous respiration gets that thoracic pump going, but if the blood is having a hard time getting through in the first place due to whatever reason, well perhaps thats not the best route for an untreated individual.
And thats just one tiny piece of the puzzle and we are getting more of it every day.
Yet doing what the neuros did to us, dismissing even newer and more controversial modalities because they dont fit the current thinking of the week, is getting a bit too complacent and comfortable.
We need a constant influx of fresh minds and new perspectives even if they dont fit to a tee, thats how we got here in the first place.
Otherwise we are left with a stagnant cult of personalities and endless talk, while people continue to suffer and die for lack of knowledge.