Nova Sco­tia should host MS treat­ment tri­als

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT -

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

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