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Saskatchewan to fund controversial MS treatment

Province has highest incidence of the disease in the country


Saskatchewan has become the first province to fund clinical trials into a controversial new treatment for multiple sclerosis pioneered by Paolo Zamboni. The Italian doctor found that MS patients had blocked veins in the neck and thorax, a condition Zamboni dubbed Chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency, or CCSVI, and that administering an angioplasty to clear the veins reduced symptoms and in some cases halted progression of the disease. Until now, provincial governments have refused to weigh into the heated debate on CCSVI which has pitted the medical establishment’s call for more scientific research and MS patients’ eagerness to be tested and treated now. Premier Brad Wall’s announcement “serves up an uncomfortable challenge to political leaders elsewhere who have largely ignored the emotionally charged debate,” the Globe and Mail writes. It’s an issue with particular resonance in the province which has the highest rate of MS in the country. “There isn’t anybody who doesn’t have a family member or friend who is battling it,” Premier Wall told the paper.

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Saskatchewan to fund controversial MS treatment

  1. hes a liiar just like he lied about a disabilty program years ago….nice try bradley you wont get elected this time liiar

  2. I don't really need proof – just hope.

    I think that this is the concern; that in the rush to meet the desires of the suffering, that more damage is caused.

    The great thing is that the more publicity this treatment gets, the more likely that further testing will be done.

  3. I'm glad that we're finally talking about moving ahead with these clinical trials in this country. This treatment has provided so much hope for people living with MS and I know that the initial dismissive reaction to this treatment by the Canadian medical establishment was quite frustrating for them.

  4. I think there's a concerted effort in established medical groups to deny scientific evidence that alternate treatments can work. That's not saying all alternative medicine is legitimate, but this "alternative" treatment is using a well known surgical technique that is about as old as the drugs used to treat the symptoms of MS. There is also a lot of pressure from drug companies to stick with the status quo (them) so as to not threaten their profit model. Some others have different opinions, and have disagreed with my perspective on my blog on this subject

  5. I have MS and are suffering despite not living in Sask. I would take any treatment offered. If Sask. would be willing to pay for my treatment, I will go there ASAP. So far Ontario is not offering because of lack of proof. I don't really need proof – just hope.

    • It's not likely that the gov. of Saskatchewan will cover it, but you might be able to get OHIP to cover it. Or it's possible that the researchers might have a budget to pay for the treatments (though I'm guessing that it's more likely that they'll just do it through Sask. Health Insurance). Find out what the deal is and see if you can join the trials and if you can get it covered.

      It really is absurd that other provincial governments aren't pushing these trials – they're basically risk-free, and if there's any significant rate of remission, they'd save a bundle on costs for more expensive but much less effective MS treatments (not to mention feeling good about helping others!).

      Good luck : )

  6. My brother, who has MS, is willing to travel to Saskatchewan for this trial. How can we get more information on accessing information from the province's health system? In frustration, we may not vote for Dalton McGuinty next chance we get.

  7. even if it is a "placebo" effect that gives a young mom back her legs to run and play with her children…a 50 yr old like myself, who does not walk like I am 80 when it is too cold or too humid…to have the gift of granted relief, even if it is not forever…would be a blessing! Please keep researching and find a way to make all of that that deal with MS everyday comfortable and able to get around better.