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Zamboni Revisited

Not That Zamboni

A few months back, I wrote a little post about some of the inspirational and hopeful events from 2009. Ok, so maybe “Cello Scrotum” (see Baroness Elaine Murphy ) had nothing to do with inspiration or hope. What did fall into the hopeful category was Dr. Paolo Zamboni’s treatment for MS sufferers. Since he’s in the news again, I felt it was worthwhile revisiting.

If you haven’t heard about Dr. Zamboni, he’s been shaking up the medical community with a procedure that claims to alleviate the debilitating symptoms that plague people with Multiple Sclerosis. Long story short, MS was mostly thought to be an auto-immune disease. Zamboni’s findings claim that it’s a vascular disease, which means that the symptoms are a result of blocked arteries. Unblocking those arteries through a procedure similar to an angioplasty alleviates the symptoms. He calls this the “liberation procedure”.

I’m bringing this up now because the procedure and buzz around it is picking up speed. On April 14th, there’s a live Web Forum happening. Dr. Zamboni is on the panel, and if you’re interested in listening to it, you can register here. If you miss it, you can still watch it there afterwards.

My point here is, is that word of Dr. Zamboni’s work is spreading and more people are taking note. In North America, MS Societies are urging caution, and to continue with MS drug regimens. I’ve said it before, but my cynical side doesn’t trust the pharmaceuticals in the least. They make a lot of money off of major diseases and for a lot of people with MS, the drugs don’t help and the pain gets worse. The procedure isn’t offered in Canada because more research is needed (I think it’s offered in the U.S.), even though the success rates appear to be high. At least institutions are taking notice, and people with MS are getting ultrasounds to see if their arteries are in the same narrowed state as in patients that Zamboni has treated.

Many people want the procedure now and let research catch up to them later. You can check out the story here about two brothers traveling to Poland and shelling out $10,000 each for the procedure. That’s just how badly they want to be relieved of the symptoms. At the risk of sounding cynical once again, there will be opportunists preying on desperate MS patients. Still, my hopeful side tries very hard to believe that doctors really do want to help.

Long story short, Zamboni sounds like he’s on to something, but he has many opponents. Yet, successful treatments have left patients in remission for as long as three years. It’s not a permanent fix, but it sounds like solid treatment. I say if the procedure can help MS sufferers, even for 1 pain free day, I’m all for it.

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  • This is really amazing. I have a neighbor with MS and a sister. It’s played hell with their lives. If this guy is right, there could be a real breakthrough before long! Let us pray!

  • I am SO with you on the drug companies! And I believe in trying new things… hate that the American government is so against trials, etc. One big bur in my butt is Lyme disease… I have close family members with it who were at first not even diagnosed! One almost had to die from it – and she had to beg them to not just test her blood (always negative) but to test the swollen liquid in her knees. They laughed at her but did it to shut her up – sure enough, lyme. And then they say, Oh you only need a few weeks of antibiotics. BULL. So yes, I am all for the MS treatment, and anything else that the government probably does NOT want LOL!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..For The Love Of All Things Sacred =-.

  • I am SO with you on the drug companies! And I believe in trying new things… hate that the American government is so against trials, etc. One big bur in my butt is Lyme disease… I have close family members with it who were at first not even diagnosed! One almost had to die from it – and she had to beg them to not just test her blood (always negative) but to test the swollen liquid in her knees. They laughed at her but did it to shut her up – sure enough, lyme. And then they say, Oh you only need a few weeks of antibiotics. BULL. So yes, I am all for the MS treatment, and anything else that the government probably does NOT want LOL!
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..For The Love Of All Things Sacred =-.

  • Mike, and I call you Mike because I’m assuming you’re not Nicky pretending to be Mike, I have this to say about the pharmaceuticals: Just because you’re cynical, doesn’t mean they’re not out to suck your bank accounts dry.

    I don’t know a thing about Dr. Zamboni, be he may be on the level, and he certainly deserves a chance to be heard. Nobody else knows much about MS, and sometimes these wacky-sounding alternatives turn out be the cure. It happened for ulcers, it could happen for MS.

    My sister has MS, by the way. I’m going to let her know about this, if she doesn’t already.
    .-= MikeWJ at TooManyMornings´s last blog ..My Back Hurts =-.

  • Mike, and I call you Mike because I’m assuming you’re not Nicky pretending to be Mike, I have this to say about the pharmaceuticals: Just because you’re cynical, doesn’t mean they’re not out to suck your bank accounts dry.

    I don’t know a thing about Dr. Zamboni, be he may be on the level, and he certainly deserves a chance to be heard. Nobody else knows much about MS, and sometimes these wacky-sounding alternatives turn out be the cure. It happened for ulcers, it could happen for MS.

    My sister has MS, by the way. I’m going to let her know about this, if she doesn’t already.
    .-= MikeWJ at TooManyMornings´s last blog ..My Back Hurts =-.

  • I pray this is the beginning of a TRUE break-through.
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Just A Little Filler =-.

  • I pray this is the beginning of a TRUE break-through.
    .-= meleah rebeccah´s last blog ..Just A Little Filler =-.

  • Jen

    Um, not to change the subject or anything but when did he have time polish the ice if he is so busy doing research on MS? This is great news but there was a bit of a bait and switch going on. I came here to read about Zambonies. Which by the way are the reason that my dumb ass state has passed yet another dumb ass law. Seems the carbon monoxide levels were too high when the Zamboni made it’s rounds on the ice. Now every ice rink has to, by law, install detectors. Not that it’s a bad idea but can’t they just suggest to everyone to do it? Now there is a new law on the books.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Kate Gosselin Has Another Book =-.

  • mike

    Linda – At the very least, he’s getting people to rethink the way people are getting treated.

    Katherine – There have been so many horror stories about people getting the wrong drugs, and worse, big pharma “re-marketing” drugs for sale. How can we not get cynical and start questioning?

    Mike – I don’t think we’ve formally met, but yes, I’m one of the “penises” that Nicky referred to in one of her last comments.

    I don’t know much about MS myself and I put this post out there to spread the word about a Dr. who’s getting people to talk and maybe get the ball rolling in the direction of real treatment and maybe a cure someday. There are a lot of different opinions about this right now. From the articles I read, they often have a very different slant. Even Dr. Zamboni urged people to be very cautious about his findings. It’s still definitely worth investigating..

    Meleah – We all hope so too! Funny, I saw your comment and suddenly realized that Dr. Zamboni is also “Doing Things Differently”;)

    Jen – That’s funny. I didn’t even realize that I was pulling the ole Bait ‘n Switch. Some people will put a pic of some hot body to get people to click on their blog. I put that sexy Zamboni. Look how it shines up the ice. Shines it up real good. Yeah. Just like that. That’s some shiny ice there…

  • Hi Mike, or “penis” as Nicky apparently likes to call you. This was not what I expected, post wise, but very interesting none the less. I completely agree about the pharmaceuticals, it definitely doesn’t hurt to view them with a critical eye, even in a country like Finland, where I live. That said, I hope this really will be the start of a breakthrough.
    .-= Ziva´s last blog ..Silence Please =-.

  • I’ve read about this research elsewhere and it seems very promising. I have a friend with MS. She’s only in her 20s and has had it for about 6 years. Right now she’s on some hugely expensive once-a-month IV treatment that seems to be controlling the symptoms, but it this new theory works, it would be such a blessing.
    .-= injaynesworld´s last blog ..injaynesworld we wonder "What’s That Sucking Sound…?" =-.

  • mike

    Ziva – Sometimes we do like to put up posts with a different angle, even if it’s not about cheese. We still think it should always be about cheese, however. And yes, the importance of challenging anything that is sold to us for ingestion should never be left unquestioned. We’re hoping big things come out of this research.

    Jayne – You may have read about it here back in January, since WWFC is just that cutting edge 😉 For everyone that I know or hear about living with MS, a breakthrough would be life-altering for so many. Here’s to hope.

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