CCSVI Treatment For Multiple Sclerosis

You will have to excuse me while I depart from the usual nonsense and cottage stuff I normally produce to mention something I feel is important.

Why in the name of God is this country not providing CCSVI treatment to people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

CCSVI is an ancronym for Chronic Cerebro Spinal Venous Insufficiency. In it’s simpliest terms it is a procedure that opens blocked or narrowed veins in a person’s neck. It has been shown to help relieve the symptoms of people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.

For those of you who don’t know, MS is a very debilitating disease that often strikes young people between 20 and 40, in the prime of their lives. At this time there is no cure, although as I mentioned, the CCSVI treatment is showing a lot of promise and has helped some sufferers.

The government to date is not providing funding for patients to have the treatment leaving many to spend large sums of money to travel to places like Mexico to have the procedure. Mexico?????? Yup…..

Instead of getting this procedure going here in Canada, it appears that our governments and the MS Society are hedging on this treatment, choosing to debate and discuss rather than get into it and support their citizens.

To be fair, governments cannot jump onto every bandwagon that comes through town, touting one miracle cure or another, nor can the government pass out huge sums of money to every doctor who says he can cure whatever ails ya. But, this treatment, discovered in the past few years has been used to treat and help thousands of people so far, 13,000 to date, with few complications. It is not exactly untested, and no it may not help everyone, but it has helped many, most of whom have paid for the treatment themselves, including travel out of Canada to receive the procedure.

I don’t know about you, but if I was suffering from MS, with no hope other than some meds to try to control the symptoms, that often don’t work, I would crawl over broken glass and hot coals while covered in butter to try something that might help, even if the operative phrase is “might help” Let’s face it, if your life is a struggle because of something as debilitating as Multiple Sclerosis you would too, you wouldn’t have much to lose…..

The treatment for CCSVI is a vascular balloon angioplasty, which is a slightly invasive procedure. The procedure is performed as an outpatient treatment and the patient is awake during the procedure. This procedure has been successfully performed on both ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients. It’s not even that complicated a process, Doctors are doing angioplasty on heart patients every day, usually with good results. This treatment is not much different.

Visit the CCSVI Foundation of Canada Homepage to learn more about this procedure and what you and I, as Canadians can do to help.

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