Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Miracle MS cure?

One is wise to explore the issues. The Zamboni treatment for MS, for example, is unproven.
Yet, many continue to sign up for expensive treatments in other countries.
The risks are huge. If there are complications in one's own country, how does a patient seek medical help? Do they return, at great expense, to the originating country?

In addition, non-medical practitioners are hosting information meetings at which MS patients are given stories of miracle cures. As with any treatment, the side effects and the long-term effects most concern me. It should be studied.
There is no balance at such meetings. People are selling, or remortgaging their homes to pay for a cure.
In fact, such treatment must be based on clinical trials, research, and peer-reviewed studies that are paid for by an objective source.


Experimental MS treatment suffers setback - The Globe and Mail

3 Aug 2010 ... New studies cast doubt on theory that multiple sclerosis is a vascular disorder.

Pioneered by Italian physician Paolo Zamboni, the theory suggests that MS is a vascular disorder caused by vein blockages that lead to a buildup of iron in the brain, rather than an autoimmune disease, and can be treated by a simple surgical procedure – angioplasty. While the procedure has yet to undergo clinical trials in Canada, MS patients here have shelled out thousands of dollars for the unproven and experimental treatment in countries such as India and Poland. Last week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced his province would finance clinical trials, despite caution expressed by other premiers, the MS Society of Canada and others in the medical community.

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