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Researcher's labour of love leads to MS breakthrough

Elena Ravalli was a seemingly healthy 37-year-old when she began to experience strange attacks of vertigo, numbness, temporary vision loss and crushing fatigue. They were classic signs of multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating neurological disease.

It was 1995 and her husband, Paolo Zamboni, a professor of medicine at the University of Ferrara in Italy, set out to help. He was determined to solve the mystery of MS – an illness that strikes people in the prime of their lives but whose causes are unknown and whose effective treatments are few.

What he learned in his medical detective work, scouring dusty old books and using ultra-modern imaging techniques, could well turn what we know about MS on its head: Dr. Zamboni's research suggests that MS is not, as widely believed, an autoimmune condition, but a vascular disease.

More radical still, the experimental surgery he performed on his wife offers hope that MS, which afflicts 2.5 million people worldwide, can be cured and even largely prevented.

“I am confident that this could be a revolution for the research and diagnosis of multiple sclerosis,” Dr. Zamboni said in an interview.

Not everyone is so bullish: Skeptics warn the evidence is too scant and speculative to start rewriting medical textbooks. Even those intrigued by the theory caution that MS sufferers should not rush off to get the surgery – nicknamed the “liberation procedure” – until more research is done.

U.S. and Canadian researchers are trying to test Dr. Zamboni's premise.

For the Italian professor, however, the quest was both personal and professional and the results were stunning.

Fighting for his wife's health, Dr. Zamboni looked for answers in the medical literature. He found repeated references, dating back a century, to excess iron as a possible cause of MS. The heavy metal can cause inflammation and cell death, hallmarks of the disease. The vascular surgeon was intrigued – coincidentally, he had been researching how iron buildup damages blood vessels in the legs, and wondered if there could be a similar problem in the blood vessels of the brain.

Using ultrasound to examine the vessels leading in and out of the brain, Dr. Zamboni made a startling find: In more than 90 per cent of people with multiple sclerosis, including his spouse, the veins draining blood from the brain were malformed or blocked. In people without MS, they were not.

He hypothesized that iron was damaging the blood vessels and allowing the heavy metal, along with other unwelcome cells, to cross the crucial brain-blood barrier. (The barrier keeps blood and cerebrospinal fluid separate. In MS, immune cells cross the blood-brain barrier, where they destroy myelin, a crucial sheathing on nerves.)

More striking still was that, when Dr. Zamboni performed a simple operation to unclog veins and get blood flowing normally again, many of the symptoms of MS disappeared. The procedure is similar to angioplasty, in which a catheter is threaded into the groin and up into the arteries, where a balloon is inflated to clear the blockages. His wife, who had the surgery three years ago, has not had an attack since.

The researcher's theory is simple: that the underlying cause of MS is a condition he has dubbed “chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency.” If you tackle CCSVI by repairing the drainage problems from the brain, you can successfully treat, or better still prevent, the disease.

“If this is proven correct, it will be a very, very big discovery because we'll completely change the way we think about MS, and how we'll treat it,” said Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, an associate professor of neurology at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

The initial studies done in Italy were small but the outcomes were dramatic. In a group of 65 patients with relapsing-remitting MS (the most common form) who underwent surgery, the number of active lesions in the brain fell sharply, to 12 per cent from 50 per cent; in the two years after surgery, 73 per cent of patients had no symptoms.

“ I am confident that this could be a revolution for the research and diagnosis of multiple sclerosis ”— Dr. Paolo Zamboni

Augusto Zeppi, a 40-year-old resident of the northern Italian city of Ferrara, was one of those patients. Diagnosed with MS nine years ago, he suffered severe attacks every four months that lasted weeks at a time – leaving him unable to use his arms and legs and with debilitating fatigue. “Everything I was dreaming for my future adult life, it was game over,” he said.

Scans showed that his two jugular veins were blocked, 60 and 80 per cent respectively. In 2007, he was one of the first to undergo the experimental surgery to unblock the veins. He had a second operation a year later, when one of his jugular veins was blocked anew.

After the procedures, Mr. Zeppi said he was reborn. “I don't remember what it's like to have MS,” he said. “It gave me a second life.”

Buffalo researchers are now recruiting 1,700 adults and children from the United States and Canada. They plan to test MS sufferers and non-sufferers alike and, using ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging, do detailed analyses of blood flow in and out of the brain and examine iron deposits.

Another researcher, Mark Haacke, an adjunct professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, is urging patients to send him MRI scans of their heads and necks so he can probe the Zamboni theory further. Dr. Haacke is a world-renowned expert in imaging who has developed a method of measuring iron buildup in the brain.

“Patients need to speak up and say they want something like this investigated … to see if there's credence to the theory,” he said.

MS societies in Canada and the United States, however, have reacted far more cautiously to Dr. Zamboni's conclusion. “Many questions remain about how and when this phenomenon might play a role in nervous system damage seen in MS, and at the present time there is insufficient evidence to suggest that this phenomenon is the cause of MS,” said the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

The U.S. society goes further, discouraging patients from getting tested or seeking surgical treatment. Rather, it continues to promote drug treatments used to alleviate symptoms, which include corticosteroids, chemotherapy agents and pain medication.

Many people with multiple sclerosis, though, are impatient for results. Chatter about CCSVI is frequent in online MS support groups, and patients are scrambling to be part of the research, particularly when they hear the testimonials.

Kevin Lipp, a 49-year-old resident of Buffalo, was diagnosed with MS a decade ago and has suffered increasingly severe attacks, especially in the heat. (Heat sensitivity is a common symptom of MS.) His symptoms were so bad that he was unable to work and closed his ice-cream shop.

Mr. Lipp was tested and doctors discovered blockages in both his jugular and azygos veins. In January of this year, he travelled to Italy for surgery, which cleared five blockages, and he began to feel better almost immediately.

“I felt good. I felt totally normal. I felt like I did years ago,” he said. He has not had an attack since.

As part of the research project, Mr. Lipp's siblings have also been tested. His two sisters, both of whom have MS, have significant blockages and iron deposits, while his brother, who does not have MS, has neither iron buildup nor blocked arteries.

While it has long been known that there is a genetic component to multiple sclerosis, the new theory is that it is CCSVI that is hereditary – that people are born with malformed valves and strictures in the large veins of the neck and brain. These problems lead to poor blood drainage and even reversal of blood flow direction that can cause inflammation, iron buildup and the brain lesions characteristic of multiple sclerosis.

It is well-established that the symptoms of MS are caused by a breakdown of myelin, a fatty substance that coats nerve cells and plays a crucial role in transmitting messages to the central nervous system. When those messages are blurred, nerves malfunction, causing all manner of woes, including blurred eyesight, loss of sensation in the limbs and even paralysis.

However, it is unclear what triggers the breakdown of myelin. There are various theories, including exposure to a virus in childhood, vitamin D deficiency, hormones – and now, buildup of iron in the brain because of poor blood flow.

While he is convinced of the significance of his discovery, Dr. Zamboni recognizes that medicine is slow to accept new theories and even slower to act on them. Regardless, he can take satisfaction in knowing that the woman who inspired the quest, and perhaps a dramatic breakthrough, has benefited tremendously.

Dr. Zamboni's wife, Elena, has undergone a battery of scans and neurological tests and her multiple sclerosis is, for all intents and purposes, gone.

“This is probably the best prize of the research,” he said.

André Picard is the public health reporter at The Globe and Mail. Avis Favaro is the medical correspondent at CTV News.

With reports from Elizabeth St. Philip, CTV News
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this should be pinned ffs!...people shouldnt have to suffer with MS
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It is well-established that the symptoms of MS are caused by a breakdown of myelin, a fatty substance that coats nerve cells and plays a crucial role in transmitting messages to the central nervous system.
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kitty Well let's hope that he is onto something. hf
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MS societies in Canada and the United States, however, have reacted far more cautiously to Dr. Zamboni's conclusion. “Many questions remain about how and when this phenomenon might play a role in nervous system damage seen in MS, and at the present time there is insufficient evidence to suggest that this phenomenon is the cause of MS,” said the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

The U.S. society goes further, discouraging patients from getting tested or seeking surgical treatment. Rather, it continues to promote drug treatments used to alleviate symptoms, which include corticosteroids, chemotherapy agents and pain medication.
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Oh, of course. Any society named after a disease in America or Canada, you can bet, will do ANYTHING to make sure that the disease is never cured.
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MS societies in Canada and the United States, however, have reacted far more cautiously to Dr. Zamboni's conclusion. “Many questions remain about how and when ...

And please pay your next five years dues as soon as possible!"
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For some people all they have to do is stop drinking Diet Coke and they are cured.
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Oh, of course. Any society named after a disease in America or Canada, you can bet, will do ANYTHING to make sure that the disease is never cured.
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So this joker has a cure for MS! WTF do we do now? God don't tell me I got to get a real job and do something! How about he gets in a car wreck? Too drastic? Well lets see how about he loses his vision? And voice; and ability to write.
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additional causes of MS small injuries to legaments tendons that interupt the ability of that region to function properly .. sublaxations along the spine ..or spinal ma alignments helped by a chroprator gives reliedf .. slipped disc and spinal ma alignments causes weaknes and pain. Then add copd or asthma like contions to further reduce stength and indurance . Also accidents and injuries have a acumulative effect on mobilty . these are the addition conditions that cause MS to be more severe ...MS is a vey serious and ALL avenues must be explored to find all possible reasons of MS so as to correct them all..for restoration of good mobilty ...a good diet is important too..
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GOOD HEALTH NEWS FOR PEOPLE SEEMS TO BE COMING OUT!
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Oh, of course. Any society named after a disease in America or Canada, you can bet, will do ANYTHING to make sure that the disease is never cured.
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Likes all groups, individuals in power will see anything that could see their flock disbanded as a threat and attempt to destroy it.
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MS societies in Canada and the United States, however, have reacted far more cautiously to Dr. Zamboni's conclusion. “Many questions remain about how and when this phenomenon might play a role in nervous system damage seen in MS, and at the present time there is insufficient evidence to suggest that this phenomenon is the cause of MS,” said the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

The U.S. society goes further, discouraging patients from getting tested or seeking surgical treatment. Rather, it continues to promote drug treatments used to alleviate symptoms, which include corticosteroids, chemotherapy agents and pain medication.



Typical Big Pharma...don't get cured keep buying pills!
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More info about MS and the procedures to enable people to get off the meds here:

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Oh, of course. Any society named after a disease in America or Canada, you can bet, will do ANYTHING to make sure that the disease is never cured.


So this joker has a cure for MS! WTF do we do now? God don't tell me I got to get a real job and do something! How about he gets in a car wreck? Too drastic? Well lets see how about he loses his vision? And voice; and ability to write.
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Don't be too critical of this guy until his claims have been thoroughly tested. Of course, he could be a quack, but did you ever see the movie Lorenzo's Oil? A child had a devastating neurological disease, and his father went against the medical establishment and found a cure. He was considered to be a complete crackpot until it ws proven that his treatment actually worked.

He saved his son's life, but unfortunately it was too late to prevent irreversible damage and his son was permanently disabled.
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What a predictable response from the medical trade associations masquerading as charities.
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Oh, of course. Any society named after a disease in America or Canada, you can bet, will do ANYTHING to make sure that the disease is never cured.


So this joker has a cure for MS! WTF do we do now? God don't tell me I got to get a real job and do something! How about he gets in a car wreck? Too drastic? Well lets see how about he loses his vision? And voice; and ability to write.
Don't be too critical of this guy until his claims have been thoroughly tested. Of course, he could be a quack, but did you ever see the movie Lorenzo's Oil? A child had a devastating neurological disease, and his father went against the medical establishment and found a cure. He was considered to be a complete crackpot until it ws proven that his treatment actually worked.

He saved his son's life, but unfortunately it was too late to prevent irreversible damage and his son was permanently disabled.
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This guy's claims HAVE been thoroughly tested and there's no side effects for his cancer and MS cures:

[link to gerson.org]

There was a pinned thread on this the other day and ever since then and watching the videos, I'm astounded. No gimmick to it, just juicing good, wholesome organic fruits and vegetables. His method has been curing MS, cancer and other "incurable" diseases for decades. There's a clinic in Mexico (because of course, everything here in the USA is Big Pharma bought) and in Czechoslovakia and Japan.
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"The U.S. society goes further, discouraging patients from getting tested or seeking surgical treatment. Rather, it continues to promote drug treatments used to alleviate symptoms, which include corticosteroids, chemotherapy agents and pain medication."

Why am I not surprised about this. Our country is a nation of cattle. Mooooooooo.
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MS societies in Canada and the United States, however, have reacted far more cautiously to Dr. Zamboni's conclusion. “Many questions remain about how and when this phenomenon might play a role in nervous system damage seen in MS, and at the present time there is insufficient evidence to suggest that this phenomenon is the cause of MS,” said the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

The U.S. society goes further, discouraging patients from getting tested or seeking surgical treatment. Rather, it continues to promote drug treatments used to alleviate symptoms, which include corticosteroids, chemotherapy agents and pain medication.


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it's all about the benjamins baby.
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anything with a walk, run or bike and a large staff is goin to try to prevent the goose from being freed.
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Oh, of course. Any society named after a disease in America or Canada, you can bet, will do ANYTHING to make sure that the disease is never cured.


So this joker has a cure for MS! WTF do we do now? God don't tell me I got to get a real job and do something! How about he gets in a car wreck? Too drastic? Well lets see how about he loses his vision? And voice; and ability to write.
Don't be too critical of this guy until his claims have been thoroughly tested. Of course, he could be a quack, but did you ever see the movie Lorenzo's Oil? A child had a devastating neurological disease, and his father went against the medical establishment and found a cure. He was considered to be a complete crackpot until it ws proven that his treatment actually worked.

He saved his son's life, but unfortunately it was too late to prevent irreversible damage and his son was permanently disabled.


This guy's claims HAVE been thoroughly tested and there's no side effects for his cancer and MS cures:

[link to gerson.org]

There was a pinned thread on this the other day and ever since then and watching the videos, I'm astounded. No gimmick to it, just juicing good, wholesome organic fruits and vegetables. His method has been curing MS, cancer and other "incurable" diseases for decades. There's a clinic in Mexico (because of course, everything here in the USA is Big Pharma bought) and in Czechoslovakia and Japan.
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Fail.

Zero evidence that it is effective at all.
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MS societies in Canada and the United States, however, have reacted far more cautiously to Dr. Zamboni's conclusion. “Many questions remain about how and when this phenomenon might play a role in nervous system damage seen in MS, and at the present time there is insufficient evidence to suggest that this phenomenon is the cause of MS,” said the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

The U.S. society goes further, discouraging patients from getting tested or seeking surgical treatment. Rather, it continues to promote drug treatments used to alleviate symptoms, which include corticosteroids, chemotherapy agents and pain medication.



Typical Big Pharma...don't get cured keep buying pills!

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Indeed. Fuckers all.

However, the masses fall lock-step without an ounce of critical thought or questioning and that keeps big pharma going.

Dumbasses.

Fuckers and dumbasses...

Dumbasses and fuckers perpetuate the scam.

They deserve each other.


Oh, yeah, and a BUMP for knowledge.
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So does he get a Nobel Prize or a bullet?popcorn
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Ok smart guy, what causes Singular Sclerosis?
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Ads by GoogleAn Italian doctor has been getting dramatic results with a new type of treatment for Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, which affects up to 2.5 million people worldwide. In an initial study, Dr. Paolo Zamboni took 65 patients with relapsing-remitting MS, performed a simple operation to unblock restricted bloodflow out of the brain - and two years after the surgery, 73% of the patients had no symptoms. Dr. Zamboni's thinking could turn the current understanding of MS on its head, and offer many sufferers a complete cure.

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, has long been regarded as a life sentence of debilitating nerve degeneration. More common in females, the disease affects an estimated 2.5 million people around the world, causing physical and mental disabilities that can gradually destroy a patient's quality of life.

It's generally accepted that there's no cure for MS, only treatments that mitigate the symptoms - but a new way of looking at the disease has opened the door to a simple treatment that is causing radical improvements in a small sample of sufferers.

Italian Dr. Paolo Zamboni has put forward the idea that many types of MS are actually caused by a blockage of the pathways that remove excess iron from the brain - and by simply clearing out a couple of major veins to reopen the blood flow, the root cause of the disease can be eliminated.

Dr. Zamboni's revelations came as part of a very personal mission - to cure his wife as she began a downward spiral after diagnosis. Reading everything he could on the subject, Dr. Zamboni found a number of century-old sources citing excess iron as a possible cause of MS. It happened to dovetail with some research he had been doing previously on how a buildup of iron can damage blood vessels in the legs - could it be that a buildup of iron was somehow damaging blood vessels in the brain?

He immediately took to the ultrasound machine to see if the idea had any merit - and made a staggering discovery. More than 90% of people with MS have some sort of malformation or blockage in the veins that drain blood from the brain. Including, as it turned out, his wife.

He formed a hypothesis on how this could lead to MS: iron builds up in the brain, blocking and damaging these crucial blood vessels. As the vessels rupture, they allow both the iron itself, and immune cells from the bloodstream, to cross the blood-brain barrier into the cerebro-spinal fluid. Once the immune cells have direct access to the immune system, they begin to attack the myelin sheathing of the cerebral nerves - Multiple Sclerosis develops.

He named the problem Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency, or CCSVI.

Zamboni immediately scheduled his wife for a simple operation to unblock the veins - a catheter was threaded up through blood vessels in the groin area, all the way up to the effected area, and then a small balloon was inflated to clear out the blockage. It's a standard and relatively risk-free operation - and the results were immediate. In the three years since the surgery, Dr. Zamboni's wife has not had an attack.

Widening out his study, Dr. Zamboni then tried the same operation on a group of 65 MS-sufferers, identifying blood drainage blockages in the brain and unblocking them - and more than 73% of the patients are completely free of the symptoms of MS, two years after the operation.

In some cases, a balloon is not enough to fully open the vein channel, which collapses either as soon as the balloon is removed, or sometime later. In these cases, a metal stent can easily be used, which remains in place holding the vein open permanently.

Dr. Zamboni's lucky find is yet to be accepted by the medical community, which is traditionally slow to accept revolutionary ideas. Still, most agree that while further study needs to be undertaken before this is looked upon as a cure for MS, the results thus far have been very positive.

Naturally, support groups for MS sufferers are buzzing with the news that a simple operation could free patients from what they have always been told would be a lifelong affliction, and further studies are being undertaken by researchers around the world hoping to confirm the link between CCSVI and MS, and open the door for the treatment to become available for sufferers worldwide.

It's certainly a very exciting find for MS sufferers, as it represents a possible complete cure, as opposed to an ongoing treatment of symptoms. We wish Dr. Zamboni and the various teams looking further into this issue the best of luck.
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MS societies in Canada and the United States, however, have reacted far more cautiously to Dr. Zamboni's conclusion. “Many questions remain about how and when this phenomenon might play a role in nervous system damage seen in MS, and at the present time there is insufficient evidence to suggest that this phenomenon is the cause of MS,” said the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

The U.S. society goes further, discouraging patients from getting tested or seeking surgical treatment. Rather, it continues to promote drug treatments used to alleviate symptoms, which include corticosteroids, chemotherapy agents and pain medication.


Oh, of course. Any society named after a disease in America or Canada, you can bet, will do ANYTHING to make sure that the disease is never cured.
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Because if the disease was ever cured, it would mean the end of all cash flow for the snake oil peddlers.
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For some people all they have to do is stop drinking Diet Coke and they are cured.
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I am a 56 years old male, have never drank a diet drink and still have multiple sclerosis .
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This is only evidence of relief from the condition.
Only time can tell if it is a cure.
I doubt that it is.
The cause is still unknown.
What causes the iron to build up?
Until that is known, the condition is likely to return.

Vitamin B6 helps the myelin sheath.
Aspartame, Glutamate and other poisons in our food all contribute to degenerative diseases.





GLP