Thank you for this great site - I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting and posting, and reading your comments. And I have learned a lot.
I hope you understand that I can't continue with this level of involvement - my wife (and mother) are starting to frown at me sitting for hours at the computer! I will try to occasionally check back in the future.
Just a few more thoughts for investigation:
Does the "venous MS model" have a good explanantion for the peculiar "heat sensitivity" of MS-fatigue? How about the predilection for the so-called optic "nerves" as initial sites of MS-attacks? And how would the "venous model" explain the curious migration studies about MS-incidence: if you move before age 15 from a "high-incidence" area to a "low incidence" area, you have the risk of the "low-incidence" area, but if you move after age 15, you keep the high-risk....
There is much to figure out.
Karl F. Gross, MD
We keep giving you more and more research to read! Here is a study by a top anthropologist re: her studies on brains and blood flow - http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m ... i_9039378/
. In a nutshell she is basically saying that the brain is a big 'radiator', that has grown in size through evolution and the blood veins are responsible for the cooling. I'm not sure about you, but many MS patients report that they do not sweat, with the exception of their heads, but after surgery they actually need deodorent again! LOL. Haver you had a chance to read the sticky thread on the top about our 'pioneers' self reported before/after progress?
I myself have questioned the 'latitude' based higher incidence level of MS. One of the answers given to me was this might be where the vitamin D connection to vein health comes in. One I wonder more about is the epstein barr virus connection. There are papers out connecting this disease to damaged veins http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/jour ... 1&SRETRY=0
. I have read that the EBV does tend to have more active outbreaks in children in colder climes.
Though I understand you can make facts fit any scenario, this venous model of MS seems to relate so well to all of the other theories of MS. There is research out that says the bodys immune system tends to attack damaged areas hence the success of cooling and steroids immediately after traumatic spine injuries. To me, this explains how researchers believe that MS is autoimmune, and that some autoimmune drugs help some forms of MS, they are seeing the bodys reaction to the damage of lesions. Some people think MS is viral, hence the EBV idea I discussed. The 'low sunshine' people are answered in that vitamin d is essential for good vein health.
Also, it as been reported that insurance companies have paid for Dr. Dakes surgeries when veins are obstructed more than 50% as medically needed, nothing to do with 'fixing' MS.
Thanks, and I know what you mean about the computer. My wife and I argue over my time reading about this vs. her time doing 'farmville' on facebook!