- Posted May 8, 2010 by
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Ask Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Ask Dr. Gupta Latest News On CCSVI - MS
The United States media continues to pass on opportunities to report on the news coming out of Canada about the connection of CCSVI and MS. CCSVI is the venous hypothesis Chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency which is advocated advocated by researcher Paolo Zamboni of Italy for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.
Many Canadians have been flocking overseas to get get treatment normally involving an angioplasty or a stent to unblock veins in their neck . This blockage Zamboni contends contributes to and is the source of many symptoms that MS patients endure. Though many people have been reporting improvements in their disease from the unblocking of their veins, both the Canadian and American medical establishments have not been quick to embrace this theory.
A summary of this weeks some of this weeks CCSVI news out of Canada follows below. I am sorry to say that I have not seen any stories break in the American Media about this promising development in the treatment of MS.
MPs want federal funds for new MS research
Avis Favaro, CTV Medical Specialist
Date: Thursday May. 6, 2010 7:48 PM ET
Two Liberal MPs are calling on Ottawa to provide $10 million in funding for research on a potential cause of multiple sclerosis called CCSVI, or: chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency.
Local Couple Lobbies for Access to New MS Treatment
Brad and Jenny Calder (names have been changed to protect the privacy of the individuals) of Sault Ste. Marie know the true meaning of “In Sickness and in Health”. Shortly before Brad proposed in March of 2006, he and Jenny had sat together, hand in hand in their doctor's office to hear the devastating diagnosis--Brad had what was believed to be Multiple Sclerosis-a progressive and debilitating disease that attacks the central nervous system and takes down people in the very prime of life. MS currently has no known cure. Two months later, Brad proposed and Jenny said yes.
MS Society endorses new theory
WINNIPEG -- A big announcement from the national MS Society could mean the tide is turning for supporters of a hot-button new theory on multiple sclerosis.
On Wednesday, the MS Society of Canada announced it will lobby the Canadian government to channel $10 million into researching a link between blocked veins in the head and neck -- a condition dubbed chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency, or CCSVI -- and MS.
"The MS community has spoken. They want access to diagnostics and treatment for CCSVI in Canada," said Linda Lumsden, chair of the national board of directors for the MS Society.
MS patients rally across Canada
Manitobans with Multiple Sclerosis joined thousands of Canadians rallying across the country today, to demand access to a controversial new procedure.
MS sufferers spoke about their experience with the disease and how a new procedure, treating a condition called CCSVI, might help.
The operation removes blockages in the neck veins, alleviating symptoms associated with MS.
The procedure is not available in Canada.
I found more than twenty other stories this week in the Canadian press and several stories aired on Canadian TV.
Dr. Gupta my question to you is; Where are the advocates for MS patients in the
American Media and why are they silent.