Oct 09, 2013

By Jane Brown

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Canadian researchers have come out strongly against a controversial theory that multiple sclerosis is the result of narrowing of veins from the brain to the heart.  The long-awaited Canadian study found no difference in the narrowing of veins between those who have MS, their unaffected siblings and unrelated people without the disease.  The conclusion debunks Italian vascular surgeon Paolo Zamboni’s theory that blocked blood vessels may cause the debilitating neurological disease.

The study, conducted at the University of British Columbia and University of Saskatchewan, is published in the medical journal The Lancet.  A commentary accompanying the research, says the “solid and well-balanced” findings serve as a “death knell” to the theory and that research into it is a waste of time and money. The study was led by neurologist Dr. Anthony Traboulsee at the University of British Columbia.

The news does not come as a surprise to Shannen Simard of North Bay, Ontario.  She lives with MS and underwent “liberation therapy” in the U.S. last year, only to soon realize the symptoms were still there.  “It’s too bad because it all seemed so promising, but all it gave me was false hope,” she told the Toronto Star.


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