Ozark - I agree. He was very supportive of SWI and the iron deposits that seem to be an important factor, and I even noticed Dr. Haacke's name on a couple of the slides as the lead researcher into this, but I guess he is mainly not convinced of CCSVI as a contributing factor, based on the things that he said about it. Like I said, it seemed to me like he was comparing this to bee venom therapy, which I found very insulting. The chief vascular surgeon of a very reputable research hospital is not the witch doctor that some seem to want us to believe!
Also, I didn't like how he made Zamboni's team sound like fools and I got the impression that he must not have really read the details of their work.
Dr. Khan is a well known and liked neurologist for many MS patients in our area. I had heard of him, but others there seemed to know him more personally. This, of course, affected how his speech was received, and I didn't feel that there was much skepticism. He had some very good information about new therapies such as the finglomod study (which he said we may be able to join at WS soon) and many others. The one everyone seemed most impressed with of course was the embryonic stem cell research that he noted would most likely be offered to progressive MS patients when it comes about.
I think that perhaps just as he feels we shouldn't be rushing out to get stent surgery, that he should not be rushing out to give misinformation about CCSVI. There was a survey to fill out at the end, to which I did not hold back on my comments and feelings about the misrepresentation. I was not rude, but I did state that I felt the discussion about CCSVI was not factual and that perhaps he would eliminate the discussion about bee venom therapy as an opening to the topic. Hopefully, he will take my advice. Like I said, I wasn't expecting him to even talk about it at all unless someone asked him about it!