Your post is also thoughtful and I do not get the sense that this is a battle of ideas. The way in which the issue was handled could have been done differently. I, personally was not thinking of that issue.
One of the things with THISMS is the variety of opinions and the willingness to try things. When I started looking into CCSVI I was looking for the surgical procedure and I found that information here. The good and the bad, as the bad had started to get more notice. When I think of UCC I am not thinking of a surgical procedure but a non-surgical and non-drug procedure. To me that's the difference.
Most of the other threads are opinions or things that people are trying personally to help cope or deal with unexpected issues. Dr. Scalfani and Dr. Cumming deal directly with the surgical procedure.
It is saddening to see that this issue has caused stress for anyone, we cannot afford the stress. Those are my thoughts and whichever way the thread flows
is what will happen.