Hi all, was going to post a new topic, but since y'all alluded to it here, might as well segway on this thread. I saw the post above alluded to Deferiprone, for the chelation of iron.
Interesting in that the NIH itself, is researching into chelators, (Deferiprone) in the treatment of NBIA, a neurodegenerative disorder involving iron deposition an resultant disability. This disease was recently featured on NBC nightly news. (and keep in mind, it is considered an inherited, genetic disease that requires the same defective gene from BOTH parents in order to manifest!)
VIDEO From Jan 1, 2010
These were 3 healthy children, who's systems began depositing iron in the brain. (wonder if they checked them for CCSVI?).
Granted, that some people being treated for NBIA, have HAD the chelation treatment, with limited success, and with the predictable side effect of lowered blood iron levels (anemia). They are definitely on the hunt for methods, pharmaceuticals, or otherwise, to get that overload of iron out of the brain (it's mostly in the basal ganglia for NBIA people), but chelation, bloodletting, leeches, however and whatever method people/doctors use to attenuate the blood iron levels, is going to be stopgap at best.
This is something that comes up continuously on the FB page, and here too, it is a very natural (first blush reaction) to counter the "too much iron in the brain part" with "well get it out of the blood then" and all the various methods of doing that.
I think it's good from time to time to reiterate for the new-to-CCSVI people, that this is just talk here, and in no way should anyone, at any time, take it upon themselves to alter their blood chemistry, blood volume, etc without proper medical evaluation, consultation, and help.
After all, we are just talking ideas here, amongst fellow MSers and the like.
That being said, I hope everyone "gets" how overarching this iron principle is, in it's application towards a whole HOST of diseases, and how research in one area, like this one, can lead to possible palliative treatments for quite a few other diseases. I dunno, like CCSVI for one! Parkinsons, Alzheimers, list goes on.
Dr. Haacke is definitely WAY ahead of the game on this, and the application of the SWI technology, towards not just CCSVI but a lot of other diseases. My sense is that CCSVI has an aura of "correctibility" around it, sure there are kinks to be ironed out, problems and concerns to be addressed, "more studies needed" etc. Hey, they are happening!
Not on a mass scale, but something is moving and keying in iron deposition to MS is going to be a very very important part of what puts CCSVI in the "inbox" of every medical professional in the world.