robbie wrote:could also be that this theroy has nothing to do with ms.
NOTHING? Come on, unless you think Zamboni and Dake are both lying or wrong about these blockages, it's quite clear that there is some relationship.
Here I go with the healthy skepticism again, but it's wrong to say that it's "quite clear" that there is some direct relationship going on here. What we have is strong anecdotal evidence from a relative handful of patients, and the reports of three doctors.
While that may seem "quite clear" to those of us who fervently want this theory to be true, as far as scientific validity goes, it is anything but. Anecdotal evidence isn't worth much from a scientific viewpoint, for an entire host of reasons, not least of which is the placebo effect. That's not to say that anybody is being dishonest in the improvement/benefits they're reporting, as the placebo effect is a very real phenomenon that has been demonstrated in multitudes of double blinded studies. My favorite of these gave subjects one of two different "painkillers". One group of subjects was told the painkiller cost $.50, the other group told that it cost $5. Although both groups reported improvements, the group getting the $5 painkillers reported vastly better results than the group getting the $.50 painkillers. Of course, both groups received nothing but sugar pills...
In addition, you don't have to think that the two doctors in question are lying, or even necessarily "wrong", to have doubts about the theory. Their findings simply have not yet been replicated by any independent groups or doctors. Furthermore, I'm not sure that any of the patients they have seen have had any confirmation of their findings via "second opinions" from other doctors that have viewed their scans.
I'm currently in the process of trying to get such second opinion confirmation. Doctor Dake has found occlusions in my upper internal jugulars that the radiologist who originally read my scans did not see. My PCP is currently trying to get that radiologists to look again at the scans to try to confirm Doctor Dake's findings. I'm also heading down to the NIH next week, and I'm bringing my scans there for the government research radiologists to take a look at. Occlusions as serious as the ones that Doctor Dake is describing should be easily identified by competent radiologist who know what they're looking for. It will be very interesting to see what the NIH radiologists come up with.
Along with everybody else here, I hope that CCSVI does turn out to be the key to unraveling the multiple sclerosis puzzle. If a simple surgical procedure can put a stop to my never-ending disease progression, I would be eternally thankful to those that made the discovery. As of yet, though, nothing about this theory can be stated with absolute confidence...