Zamboni MS theory advocate still optimistic despite naysay study
A new Canadian study appears to skewer a controversial theory that multiple sclerosis is related to blockages in neck veins.
But advocates say they're not disappointed or deterred.
"I think it's complementary to the research going on and I think it's kind of midline," said Nova Scotia resident and Montreal ex-pat Christopher Alkenbrack, who went through the so-called Zamboni procedure in Poland three years ago, based on Dr. Paolo Zamboni's CCSVI theory - chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency - that says blocked veins cause MS.
The latest study led by Anthony Traboulsee at the University of British Columbia suggests venous narrowing is common and not uniquely associated with MS, and that the rates of vein blockages in people with MS and those without are not very different.
"Dr. Traboulsee does not say CCSVI does not exist, in fact, he says this study shows that venous anormalities do exist in patients with MS," Alkenbrack told CJAD 800 News.
Alkenbrack, who is also president of the National CCSVI Society, said while some of his symptoms have returned, he still feels and moves better than he did before the surgery and that the theory shouldn't be dismissed because of this study.
"It's not a cure and it's part of the very large puzzle of MS research."