Suzy Cohen author and rebel pharmacist tells us about Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency which is very hot topic. Seven months ago Suzy said, “There’s not a lot of discussion here in America about the CCSVI.
“Medicine,” she said, “here (in the United States) is a business.” I couldn’t agree with Suzy more but that’s a subject for another post.
Today I’d like to talk about the CCSVI treatment that is basically turning the MS world upside down. Now, in December, 2010 there are lots of people talking!
Dr. Paolo Zamboni, a vascular surgeon out of Italy reported his findings of abnormality in blood drainage from the brain and spinal cord. He explained the reason for this was often a narrowing or twisting of a neck vein which dams up the flow of blood from the brain and upper spinal cord.
This constriction of the blood vessels prevents the blood from flowing quickly enough and causes inflammation that results in damage to the brain and myelin.
Reflux of the blood stream may be responsible for the formation of iron deposits that cause inflammation and look like white spots on the brain.
Studies have been done just as Cohen said, the University of Buffalo found 56% of people with MS have CCSVI compared to 20% of controls.
The National MS Society shares in the public urgency to confirm Dr. Zamboni’s hypothesis. Some of the studies that have been done showed results that conflict with the original findings, so the Society is continuing their research.
Dr Zamboni created a treatment he calls The Liberation Treatment. This surgery widens the narrowed veins increasing the blood flow through them, thus relieving the back-pressure and eliminating the inflammation that is causing the damage to the brain and protective myelin.
Pacific Interventional has made a movie showing the treatment. You can watch the actual surgery right here.
To qualify for CCSVI surgery, you’d need a Doppler ultrasound, which is a noninvasive imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to view blood vessels and measure how fast blood is flowing through them.
Seven months ago when Suzy made this movie, the only places to have the surgery were in Europe.
Now we can get the Doppler ultrasound and CCSVI surgery in the United States, at Pacific Interventional Inc.
To find out where else the treatment is available check out the Liberation Treatment here.
Many people who had the surgery posted their success on YouTube. You can see their results.
As I post my MS experiences here on this blog, you’ll see that I’ve tried many treatments that work for others that are not working for me. Hearing the stories and watching the movies is exciting, maybe the CCSVI is what I need! I am going to call my neurologist tomorrow and get the ball rolling!