No one. You know I find no greater enjoyment than reading some of your responses
Think you need to find a far more ineresting hobby
Harry! You've been buying into cheer's interpretation of "proper science" for too long. The situation you describe is the very epitome of the need for blinded, placebo trials.
Again, you assume wrong, Bob. I spent very little if any time reading about CCSVI until I saw that long interview with Zamboni on Canadian television. I then checked with a friend who has been involved with MS research for a number of years and was told that his work certainly deserved a lot of merit and more research. And I'm not sure just how one would do a placebo controlled trial with CCSVI surgery!! Cut them open at the neck and then not tell them if the procedure was actually done or not?
The drug companies do non blinded trials...when they compare their drug to the competitors to try and show theirs is better.
Zamboni is running the trial and wants good results and the patients want good results and if we all write down good results the world is good right?
Bob, oh Bob.....Zamboni wasn't running a trial in terms of what a trial is. More of a study by identifying MS patients who have blocked jugulars, operating on them to clear the blockage and looking at the results. This is surgery, not the use of drugs. He admitted during his interview that his discoveries were immensely interesting and was surprised at what he discovered. Now comes the real work at duplicating what he did.
Problem is that its far too easy to create the results you desire in that situation and that's also why the "science" of CCSVI has been scoffed at so far.
"Create the results"??!! Good grief! He experimented with a procedure after he discovered the situation with MS patients' jugular veins. And who has scoffed at his science....those MS docs who have their heads buried in the sand and can't look outside their auto-immune protective boxes. There are already 3 or 4 centers in North America who have shown an interest at doing more research with CCSVI. The Canadian MS Society has invited those who want to do this work to apply for research grants. Are these people "scoffing" at Zamboni's initial finds. Hardly!
In most situations "independent replication" is usually considered to mean being replicated by someone other than people that the founder has been extensively collaborating with.
Then you must have not read anything about any of the other researchers who have shown an interest in this work.
In order for the theory of CCSVI to move forward, an admitted and fair hurtle for Zamboni to overcome is a foolproof method of CCSVI diagnosis that he can share without having to train people one on one and therefore be considered "independent".
I agree and that is the next step that these other researches want to start. It is going to take a lot of time and effort. But with surgery vs drugs, the results of whether this really works in the majority will come a lot faster. At least we won't have a Biogen or Elan involved They are probably already planning more strategy on how to discredit Zamboni's work!