Whether Marie Rhodes was right or not, about Doppler being an Achilles' heel, do you not agree that there is a suspicion that CCSVI is a medical condition suffered by many, who usually have other, demonstrable, diagnosable vascular problems, who also have family histories rife with vascular problems? I think its possible relationship to "MS" has been used as a whipping boy, an excuse, a scape-goat, to justify medical obstructionism with the most obvious and base motivations.
This problem is going to recur, with Alzheimers, ALS, who knows what other medical territory will be claimed as the property of some group of doctors, insurance companies, drug companies, fund-raisers or other economic juggernauts? Health is Big Business. Too big for governments.
My grandfather only lived to be 9 years younger than I am now. All my grandparents and both my parents had strokes. Heart failure (after several attacks) was their official cause of death. My mother had vasculitis for many years; she lived to 75. She thought that was plenty, since neither of her parents had gotten to 70. I have seen other nearly identical histories to mine, on this site alone.
I think CCSVI is probably quite common, and I would not be at all surprised to learn that CCSVI is much more prevalent than "MS". The biggest mistake might have been ever saying anything about "MS" at all. That problem is shared by the rest of the world, whether they like it or not.
Dr. Zamboni is a great doctor whose work has resulted in help to a lot of cases. I for one am very happy he has done this work, inspiring so many to look in corners they might have missed.
The continuum includes: heart, stroke, and venous insufficiencies.
"Try - Just A Little Bit Harder" - Janis Joplin
CCSVI procedure Albany Aug 2010
'MS' is over - if you want it
Patients sans/without patience