Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Minister Aglukkaq invited to a meeting about CCSVI

My friend Shelley has asked me to pass on this request:
A friend of mine, Amy Preston, is posting her letter to Minister Aglukkaq on Facebook hoping that others will follow suit and be so inspired to send the Health Minister an email or phone her office to request that she attend the CCSVI meeting that Kirsty Duncan has invited her to attend on February 8th, 2011.
I think it would be a great idea if we can support Amy’s efforts and flood Minister Aglukkaq’s office with either email or telephone requests that she attend this very important meeting. Since she has admitted publicly that she knows not a single Canadian with MS, this would be a fantastic opportunity for her to gain some insight and education about the illness and the angioplasty treatment that is gaining more and more recognition.

The contact info for Minister Aglukkaq is Info@hc-sc.gc.ca or 613-957-2991.
Please pass this on to anyone who you think might be interested in supporting this effort. Thanks!

Amy’s letter:

Hello Minister Aglukkaq,

By now, you’ve received an email invitation from MP Kirsty Duncan, to a CCSVI meeting @Parliament Hill on Feb. 8, 2011. I hope that you plan to attend, as your absence will be very noticeable. Thes...e three doctors can help to explain to you what MS patients with CCSVI are so upset about. They are all experts in this field. You really owe it to us to attend, as lives hang in the balance.

Amy Preston

Dr. McDonald operates one of three Ontario sites doing the proper Zamboni Doppler Ultrasounds. Here’s Dr. McDonald on Canada A.M.: http://watch.ctv.ca/news/latest/no-funding/#clip343029 He also performed 6 successful CCSVI angioplasty procedures before he was shut down (http://www.barrievascularimaging.com/)

Dr. Hubbard is from San Diego, and has started an IRB approved multi-center Registry that was set up to look at CCSVI. The goal of the Hubbard Foundation is to open up multiple centers to test for and treat CCSVI (http://hubbardfoundation.org/). Here’s Dr. Hubbard’s interview on Komo News.: http://www.komonews.com/home/video/106175483.html?tab=video

Dr Haacke is Canadian-born and is currently linked to Michigan State University and McMaster University. He’s one of the world’s most knowledgeable MRI specialists. He is now using his MRI/MRV expertise to design new testing for CCSVI. Here Dr. Haacke reports on the first 50 Hubbard IRB patients tested: http://www.ms-mri.com/presentations/wash-dc-oct-18-10-final-web.pdf
Shelley later added:
I think we should also consider emailing the Minister of Tourism, the Minister of Finance, House Leader and the Prime Minister so that it can be pointed out how much money is leaving Canada for Medical Tourism.  For those who took the drugs before being treated for CCSVI, it should also be pointed out how much money is being saved by the government by MSers now not using them since so many have stopped the drugs not just because of the angioplasty procedure, but also because of the growing amount of data that has been proving them to be ineffective and in some cases, downright lethal. 

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