Friday, October 15, 2010

Joan Beal's Assessment of research papers at ECTRIMS Conference

CCSVI was the subject of several papers at the conference of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) in Göteborg, Sweden this week.

Joan Beal (a champion for CCSVI research and treatment) has evaluated the various (and seemingly conflicting) research results reported there concerning CCSVI in her Facebook page.  It seems that the research papers arguing against CCSVI being a possible cause of MS were done by people who didn’t follow protocols and even used things like the valsalva maneuver to do their tests even though previous CCSVI research had shown that such results were meaningless.

It’s interesting that now the naysayers are no longer claiming CCSVI doesn’t exist and most seem to have grudgingly accepted that it is highly correlated with MS, but now they are trying to say that MS causes CCSVI… which is highly unbelievable given that CCSVI has been founds to usually be congenital.

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