blood reflux or CCSVI – but not the sole solution. Detoxification and
nutritional therapy coupled with circulation therapies and/or skeletal
adjustments may suffice to cure or control MS without taking the risk of angioplasty.
I've concluded there are 5 basic MS types, all of which leading
to a reflux of venous blood into the Central Nervous System. 1) CONGENITAL
vein malformations. 2) DEVELOPMENTAL vein malformations. 3) AGING vein
malformations 4) SKELETAL – Cerebrospinal fluid pressure. 5) TOXIC MS.
As for the current categories of Relapse/Remit and the various Progressive MS's, I
don't believe these properly describe the problem and certainly don't point to a
solution. The various immunosuppressive drugs developed since 1990 are used only
for the Relapse/Remit phase, so once you've hit the Progressive stage, you might
as well listen to alternative ideas.
CONGENITAL: This idea is favoured by Phlebologists and Dr. Sclafani. However, it doesn’t account for the
epidemiological variations in geography, culture or gender. It certainly can’t
explain the dramatic increase in Japanese MS cases over the past 30 years.
However, obviously it can be one factor.
DEVELOPMENTAL: My beginning hypothesis was that stress (of many potential origins) damages the veins in the
child's developing body so that once adult the veins can no longer accommodate
the blood flow. Defects in the circulatory system impede if not outright block
blood flow leading from the brain and spinal cord leading to MS "attacks" and
subsequent paralysis. It is for this reason that MS first generally manifests
during or after adolescence. Dr. Zamboni himself observed deformities in the
veins in the back and neck of MS patients. These areas correspond to Acupuncture
meridians which control blood/fluid circulation.
AGING MS: The third type develops with age. There is no reason why veins shouldn't harden and malfunction
as a part of the aging process. When the valves in veins draining the central
nervous system malfunction, blood backs up to injure the myelin sheath.
THE ANGIOPLASTY CURE has been suggested for these types of MS
(Congenital, Developmental, Aging) characterized by varied vein malformations -
stenosed (narrowed), twisted, exhibiting stuck or deformed valves, or just plain
missing. The Italian phlebologist Dr. Zamboni launched the theory he named
CCSVI. The treatment consists of threading a catheter through the affected vein
and opening it with a “balloon” . Initially the Internal Jugular Veins, the
Vertebral Veins and the Chest Azygos vein were treated. Other veins leading from
the spinal cord are now treated as well. Development of the Intravenous
Ultrasound has allowed Interventional Radiologists to see what is going on
inside the vein, determine the appropriate size of the balloon to open the
stenosed vein without scarring, and avoid various complications. Stents have
been inserted into veins which collapsed after being opened. (Dr. Sclafani
believes the early 50% failure rate in the Jugular vein angioplasty occurred
because the balloons were too small to open the veins sufficiently.) However,
if the balloon is too large it risks scarring the vein lining tissue
(endothelium) which might lead to thrombosis – the vein being closed off
entirely. There have been cases where, after the initial “liberation”, the vein
closes off again and each subsequent intervention leads to more scarring and
tissue damage. Some have experienced little if any improvement. (Not all the
veins leading from the spinal cord are treated.) Some have found themselves in a
worse condition after the angioplasty than before. (One woman reported that her
veins shriveled up into useless dried out structures through which no blood
could flow.) Risks include brain hemorrhage, blood clots, and stent migration
into the heart. Presumably with experience and the development of new techniques
and material the few early tragedies which have occurred can be avoided.
(Already use of the IntravenousUltrasound has decreased the risk factor
dramatically.) Some have reported dramatic recoveries, often with stents
inserted, at least 2 years after Angioplasty. They have been CURED. (I don’t
know the longest post operative success story. Treatments began sometime in
2009.) The lives of some have been so transformed that they now wonder if they
should declare themselves free of MS and therefore ineligible for disability benefits.
Nonetheless, while some have been apparently cured, the risks
of angioplasty are real. Before rushing into the operating theater, consider
first treatment of Types 4) SKELETAL and 5) TOXIC MS.
SKELETAL MS: A misaligned skeletal, bone or dental structure can actually restrict the free
flow of cerebrospinal fluid which in turn can compress or impede venous blood
circulation. Structural problems can be either congenital or developmental in
origin (e.g. accidents.) Recent scientific studies have focused on the
interdependent dynamic of brain "fluids", the blood and the cerebrospinal fluid
(CBF) which bathes the Central Nervous System. Excess cerebrospinal fluid can
actually "compress" or limit blood circulation, hence the interest of
Chiropractors in adjusting the Atlas bone to assure proper CBF circulation. If
the problem is SKELETAL, angioplasty would not be appropriate. In this case it
is not a problem INSIDE the vein but OUTSIDE. Chiropractic, Osteopathic or
Dental adjustment may suffice to release the brain fluids flow leading to CURE
FINALLY THERE IS TOXIC MS. I include in this category
not only known toxins such as mercury in dental amalgams, aspartame, glutens and
various food intolerances, but myriad microbes/viruses such as mononucleosis,
epstein barr, chlamydia, lyme as well as various metabolic disorders such as
toxic "gut" and diabetes. OK that's a big category. One might say I am being
simplistic. BUT MAYBE IT IS JUST THAT SIMPLE. Whatever stresses the body in
those individuals with a compromised vascular system may trigger the blood
reflux into the CNS. INFECTIONS in childhood (Mononucleosis, Chlamydia Pneumoniae, Epstein-Barr, Lyme disease?) may damage the vascular system, stress
including toxic stress may trigger the reflux. Toxicity itself may damage the
veins. (Between Puberty and Menopause the incidence of MS in women is 2 to 4 times that of men. Obviously something in the female metabolism, coupled with disorders specific to females, exacerbates the stress leading to blood reflux.) All these factors may stress the vascular system leading to a venous
blood reflux. Detoxification, intestinal cleansing, and appropriate nutrition
will reduce pressure on the vascular system, perhaps heal "infected" veins, as well as nurture the brain and
heal nerve damage.
CURE: Some MS patients recover through diet cleansing
and nutritional therapy alone. Some may have a "temporary" stress reaction to a
toxic substance such as aspartame (or mercury in dental almagam fillings.) The
reaction is "temporary" in the sense that once the toxin is removed, the MS
symptoms disappear. I have even heard that removing glutens from the diet is
sufficient to heal.
CONTROL: Dr. Terry Wahls (see You Tube Minding Your
Mitochondria) presents another excellent example. She began her treatment by
de-toxifying from the MS drugs which were poisoning her and then optimized her
nutrition. Her recovery implies that her veins were not actually blocked, but
tensed up enough to cause a reflux. Also, she stimulated her blood circulation
by electrical stimulation of the bands of muscles on her back, in other words,
the bladder meridian. Optimal Diet/Supplements serve three purposes. 1) to prevent
stress on the vascular system which might lead to blood reflux, 2) heal
damaged vascular tissue and 3) heal damaged Central Nervous System tissue.
In addition to nutritional therapy, most MS patients
probably will require treatment to enhance blood circulation to prevent blood
refluxes – massage, ayervedic massage, acupuncture, self acupressure,
osteopathy, chiropractic, swimming.
Again, to make a long story short, Dr. Zamboni has discovered the problem – venous blood reflux or CCSVI –
but not the sole solution. Detoxification and nutritional therapy coupled with
circulation therapies and/or skeletal adjustments may suffice without taking the risk of angioplasty.