PART ONE: WAS IT AN ACCIDENT?
Hugo Macia who writes a site in Spanish (with English translations – see www.secretosdelaesclerosismultiple.blogspot.com.es.) brought the following article to my attention.
“Preliminary results after upper cervical chiropractic care in patients with chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency and multiple sclerosis. Mandolesi S, et al. Ann Ital Chir. 2015 May-Jun…
Mandolesi S, Marceca G, Moser J, Niglio T, d'Alessandro A, Ciccone MM, Zito A, Mandolesi D, d'Alessandro A, Fedele F.
Ann Ital Chir. 2015 May-Jun;86(3):192-200.
PURPOSE: The aim of the study is to evaluate the clinical and X-ray results of the Upper Cervical Chiropractic care through the specific adjustments (corrections) of C1-C2 on patients with chronic venous cerebral-spinal insufficiency (CCSVI) and multiple sclerosis (MS)…
CONCLUSIONS: The preliminary X-ray and clinical improvements of the Upper Cervical Chiropractic corrections on C1- C2 on these patients with CCSVI and MS encourage us to continue with our studies. We believe that the Upper Cervical correction on C1-C2 could be the main non-invasive treatment of the CCSVI mechanical type in patients with MS. Further studies are required to evaluate the correlation between the Upper Cervical Chiropractic correction on C1-C2 on the cerebral venous drainage and the cerebro-spinal fluid.
KEY WORDS: CCSVI, Multiple sclerosis, Upper Cervical Chiropractic care.”
If Medical Doctors are seriously studying the possible impact of Cervical pathology on CCSVI and MS, we are finally getting somewhere. It makes sense that an Italian team would take an interest in the subject because one of their own, Professor Zamboni, proposed the CCSVI theory which the Neurology community has tried to debunk and discredit. Vascular specialists needed to go back to the drawing board and in particular understand how what they now call “extrinsic” factors, pressure ON the veins rather than obstructions IN the veins, can cause problems with blood circulation. The Chiropractor Dr Michael Flanagan has been insisting on this issue for over 30 years. See his book The Downside of Upright Posture: The Anatomical Causes of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis (Two Harbours Press). Failures in the CCSVI research has forced a rethinkin g and maybe a bit more respect for the Chiropractic profession. I like to think that my little site has had something to do with this evolution in thinking.
A possible example:
I regularly read Marc Stecker’s excellent blog Wheelchair Kamikaze. In his recent reminiscences about life before MS, what immediately struck me was his statement “I jumped out of an airplane”. I believe his case is considered atypical and he has massive lesions on the brainstem which are unusual. He underwent Venoplasty by Dr. Sclafani without marked improvement. On his site he wrote
“Oct 28 2010 Roundup CCSVI
My own case is a perfect example. A catheter venogram revealed that I have a significant blockage in my right internal jugular vein. Further testing indicated that this blockage is quite unusual, as it is not caused by an abnormality internal in the vein, as is the usual case, but rather by an external muscle pinching the vein significantly closed. The Interventional Radiologist who did my procedure reviewed my case with Dr. Zamboni, who is of the opinion that although my vein is clearly blocked, this blockage has not resulted in a turbulent backflow of blood, and therefore should not be treated. Not really what I wanted to hear, but facts is facts. I do plan on getting further testing to confirm Dr. Zamboni's opinion.”
I don’t believe Dr. Sclafani’s treatments stopped Marc’s MS Progression.
Did Marc seriously injure himself by jumping out of the airplane, are the brain stem lesions the consequence of a one time whiplash type injury to the brain stem? Why should a muscle suddenly begin to obstruct blood flow through a vein? Did the parachute jump actually throw his entire body structure out of whack so that the muscle could begin to obstruct blood flow whereas before the shock there was no such problem?
He has undergone Chiropractic therapy and an upright MRI scan and doubtless would find my comments presumptuous
Only Marc knows the sequence of events and I don’t want to butt into his comments section with this thought. He seems to have considered everything. But if his MS symptoms developed shortly after the airplane jump, I would assume he unknowingly injured himself which has manifested as MS. Ideally he would have needed a body worker to put all his body structure back into place (if that was possible) and then maybe stem cell therapy (not yet available) to heal the damaged myelin.
See Marc’s “A First-Hand Report – The Importance of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Flow in MS, and a Possible Chiropractic Approach to The Treatment of Neurodegenerative April 23, 2012
Many of you are probably asking yourselves where CCSVI fits into my treatment picture. I had my first venoplasty about 13 months ago, which did reveal a blockage caused by a muscle pressing on my right internal jugular vein, but no other readily apparent venous abnormalities. Unfortunately, the muscle bundle is currently impossible to treat using the available treatment modalities, as ballooning would have no effect on the pressure being put on the vein by the muscle, and a stent would likely be bent out of shape, and possibly fracture, due to that same pressure. It is also uncertain as to whether the muscle bundle is causing significant disruption to the perfusion of blood through my central nervous system (Dr. Zamboni himself had a look at my images, and cast doubt as to the significance of the blockage). I had been planning to undergo another CCSVI treatment procedure sometime soon, because of the advances that have been made in the treatment protocol in the 13 months since my first attempt, but I've decided to put this off for at least a few months in order to properly ascertain whether or not the IVIG is having the desired effect. Doing a CCSVI treatment now would only muddy the waters, and the blood thinning regimen given after the procedure could interact with and/or interfere with the action of the IVIG.”
His friend George the Greek from Detroit (?) tragically committed suicide rather than go on living with the misery of a rapidly progressing MS. He had been a very physically active man with a business as a builder. One day he walked out to his mailbox only to be unable to return, his legs failed him. To my mind this implies that he had injured his spinal cord, that the mere act of walking had put pressure on the cord so that he could no later move. For me this doesn’t describe an auto-immune reaction, it implies a body structure mechanical pathology brought on by the physical stress of his line of work.
Some “mechanical”problems may have been treatable if recognized early on. ThisisMS.com’s Donnchadh developed MS after an accident. He found a Neurosurgeon who shaved down the bone spurs which were obstructing the vein. Unfortunately, the vein had been obstructed for too long, tissue had built up in the “kink” and couldn’t be removed. Maybe if this had been treated immediately after Donnchadh’s accident, he wouldn’t have been disabled by “MS”. Dania suffered horse riding accidents as an adolescent and is convinced she injured her back at that time. The ill effects manifested later as MS. The stent which was inserted during Venoplasty merely bent again to obstruct the blood flow. The vein didn’t bend it, a bone did. By the time she began to discuss this with Dr Flanagan, it was late. She regrets not having gottena study of her body structure before undergoing the unnecessary Venoplasty which actually injured her by causing her jugular veins to shrivel up useless.
Sometimes an accident is just an accident, it changes life forever. Christopher Reeves had a dream life when he was thrown from a horse in competition and broke his neck. He finished as a quadriplegic. It was impossible for him to believe that the break couldn’t be fixed. He did a great deal to promote research/treatments for spinal cord injuries before his death from heart failure.
But MS accidents may be treatable by Chiropractors, especially if recognized early on OR a neurosurgeon may be able to free the fluid circulation flow with the assistance/oversight of an Interventional Radiologist . Fortunately Vascular specialists are beginning to consider this possibility.
2) PART TWO: THE BIOMAGNETIC PAIR
Hugo Macia, who writes a site in Spanish ( see www.secretosdelaesclerosismultiple.blogspot.com.es.) has brought to my attention the Mexican Doctor Dr. Isaac Goiz’ “BioMagnetic Pair” treatment. It is an “energy” therapy which uses magnets in positive/negative pairs to eliminate agents thought to cause MS by balancing the body’s acidity and alkaline levels.
Even though I have recommended “energy” therapies such as Acupuncture and Kinesiology, I had never heard of either Dr. Goiz or the Bio-Magnetic Pair which are apparently well known in the Spanish speaking world, and am only now reading up on the subject. Since the body generates an electromagnetic field, it makes sense to me that one can potentially treat imbalances with magnets. I will now do my best to find a trained therapist in France, and if that isn’t possible, can travel to Spain.
I know that I am personally very sensitive to changes in the earth’s electromagnetic field since I can feel the coming of earthquakes. Oct 17, 1989 I literally fled across the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge with heart pounding at about 2 pm for fear of the earthquake which struck about 5 pm. I assume a competent treatment of my own electromagnetic field can be beneficial. We shall see.
The following is a direct quote from
“Biomagnetic Pair Therapy or Biomagnetism is a therapeutic system developed by Dr Isaac Goiz Duran, MD based on his discovery of the first Biomagnetic Pair (BMP) on 1988. It's the use of magnets, of a minimun of 1000 gauss placed by pairs in specific areas of the body to fight virus, bacteria, parasites and fungus, which are the main cause of most illnesses. Dr Isaac Goiz Duran MD, has also discover BMP's for glandular dysfunctions, and other imbalances not caused directly by pathogens. Up to date, there are over 350 BMP's that cover most of the glandular dysfunctions, diseases, emotional issues, syndromes and illnesses …
Biomagnetism studies, detects, classifies, measures and corrects the fundamental alterations of the pH of living organisms. When the pH is balanced, it immediately regulates and corrects the infectious pathologies. This new therapeutic criteria is able to identify the origin of viral and bacterial diseases, as well as glandular dysfunctions caused by pathogenic microorganisms in or near the glands.
A Biomagnetic Pair BMP is created when there are 2 specific areas in the body that are energetically connected and resonate with each other, one is positive-acidic the other negative-alkaline…
One can ask, how did Dr. Goiz develop this therapy??
My reading is very superficial so correct me if I’m mistaken.
Dr. Richard Broeringmeyer, Chief Medical Officer in the 1980’s for NASA, the American Space Agency, observed that upon their return to earth all austronauts displayed one leg longer than the other which eventually corrected itself. Dr. Broeringmeyer believed this was due to exposure to the earth’s biomagnetic field on return to earth. Out of this observation/theory the Mexican Doctor Isaac Goiz Duran developed the Bio-Magnetic Pair therapy. For me it is akin to Kinesiology muscle testing in which one “asks the body”, in Kinesiology the muscle response provides the answer, in Dr. Goiz’s system the response of the leg (shortens or lengthens – actually a “smart muscle response”) provides the answer.
In my next post I will elaborate on this. I realize when writing about “ask the body” through muscle response treatments, alarm bells go off. When I was first treated by the Kinesiologist Dr. Jimmy Scott I was outraged, convinced I had been robbed by a quack. Quakery it may be, but I was healed.
Enough for now. When Hugo Macia posted an article about Biomagnetic Pair on the ThisisMs.com website, a wise guy made a stupid remark which Hugo found insulting (which it was). I followed with the above statement about my earthquake experience as an illustration of the electromagnetic field’s impact on my own body. Anyway, I’m glad he introduced me to the Biomagnetic Pair therapy and am perfectly willing to try it. This will give my husband and I a good reason to travel to Spain this fall for a treatment. More later.
Tags: Multiple Sclerosis, CCSVI, Chiropractic, Dr Michael Flanagan, Wheelchair Kamikaze, Biomagnetic Pair, Dr. Isaac Goiz Duran, Dr Richard Broeringmeyer