Nova Scotia should host MS treatment trials
The newest buzz in the multiple sclerosis world is CCSVI, chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency. It is a hypothetical disruption of blood flow when the venous system is not able to efficiently remove blood from the central nervous system, with the result that increased pressure in the veins of the brain and spinal cord causes damage to these areas.
It has been studied by Dr. Paolo Zamboni, a professor of medicine at the University of Ferrara in Italy. His idea is so believable that the Italian government has given $4.5 million to run clinical trials to prove the theory.
Here is the thing: here in Nova Scotia we have high rates of MS but no equipment or funds to allow this type of treatment. We have Dr. Verandar Bahn, an MS specialist in Halifax, who is more than willing to do a study on this if funding is provided.
I am asking my MLA and MP for their interest and support in lobbying the ministers of health to approve, as a matter of some urgency, scans and the follow-up surgical treatment in a clinical trial setting for all MS patients in Canada. The procedure appears to be inexpensive, drug-free and relatively simple.
We can’t do this alone. We need all the help we can get to help all those affected by MS. Many are in their 20s to 40s with families and careers, and they have been forced to go on long-term disability as a means of living.
That, in my opinion, is neither right nor fair, given that we have knowledge of something that can significantly help people with MS. Carol Prince Georges River