MS Wars: Hope, Science and the Internet

Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease, and there is no cure. Then, a radical new theory appears to offer hope to patients. The medical community is lukewarm to the concept, yet the Internet is buzzing with positive stories and outcomes. What happens when the medical system and hope collide?

The effects of MS are cruel – fatigue, loss of muscle control and increasing debility. In 2009, there was suddenly a ray of hope, a treatment that showed signs of helping MS patients.

Dr Paolo ZamboniIn northern Italy, research scientist Dr. Paolo Zamboni reported a correlation between blocked neck veins and MS. He pioneered a new treatment, called Liberation Therapy, unblocking the jugular veins to help with a condition he calls chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency or CCSVI. The idea and treatment were a radical departure from accepted practice.

The small research paper was published online before it was published in print. Immediately, this research was circulating internationally via social media circles, creating a sudden explosion of attention. With an increasing number of patients electing to get the treatment in private clinics, video testimonies soon began to appear on the Internet showing miraculous improvements.

A few Canadian clinics began to look into the treatment, but the Canadian medical establishment was reluctant to proceed with an unproven treatment that had not followed the proper research protocol. While some patients were torn between the lure of a cure and caution, others took matters into their own hands.

Many began travelling out of the country for the procedure paying for their own treatment – often without telling their physicians.

The medical community has developed protocols, processes and systems concerning research and patient care. These have survived politics, wars and the test of time. But, this time, the medical research system was challenged by two factors: hope, and the Internet.

MS Wars is a one hour documentary that delves into the science, controversy and human drama around Liberation Therapy. It is a tale that explores how the Internet has spurred a social network movement that is changing the doctor/patient relationship and the repercussions for physician and institutions.

View the 45-minute segment titled “MS Wars: Hope, Science and the Internet” with David Suzuki.

Some people seem to be having technical difficulties right now but give it a try! You can see little teaser below~


TRISH ROBICHAUD is an award-winning Life & Business Coach who lives with MS. She teaches women living with chronic illness or disability how to honour and accommodate their health as a foundation for life. Book a free OPTIMAL HEALTH or HEALTHY BUSINESS Strategy Session at or


  1. Very good job! I agree that many began traveling out of the country for the procedure paying for their own treatment – often without telling their physicians.
    Do you have you another information?
    Thank you

  2. Giving some of information for those people who are suffering from this condition is a very helpful idea that we can share to them.

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  4. Informative post! Nowadays, we encounter this kind of sickness. Medicine sure amazed me with so many treatment we learn to survive.

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