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Foreword E. Mark Haacke 1
Preface-How to Use This Book 3
1 The Politics of Change 9
2 Multiple Sclerosis: History and Epidemiology 31
3 The Immune System and Autoimmunity in MS 57
4 CCSVI Theory: MS as a Vascular Disease 82
5 Evidence of Venous Changes in Multiple Sclerosis 106
6 Endovascular Treatment: The "Liberation" Procedure 134
7 Patient Stories 167
8 Resources 188
Appendix: Understanding the Haacke Imaging Protocol Report 203
Posted May 25, 2011
Do you have Multiple Sclerosis or have a family member or friend with MS? You need to get this book! It is quickly becoming the BIBLE of Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI), a new treatable condition being found in many patients, also suffering with MS. Marie Rhodes, a registered nurse and the second patient treated in the U.S. for her CCSVI, (at Stanford University in 2009) has written a compelling book, like no other MS book on the market today. The CCSVI connection to MS was discovered by Dr. Paulo Zamboni, a vascular surgeon in Ferrara Italy, whose wife was suffering with MS. For many years in it's early beginnings, MS was thought to be a vascular disease. Marie, through Dr. Zamboni's research, concisely helps us understand why MS is NOT an auto-immune disease, but rather a vascular condition, attributed to poor blood drainage from the brain. Scientifically based, it is still easy to understand for layman and even cognitively impaired MS patients. Marie takes you through the history of MS, up to the present day and ongoing controversy between researchers, doctors and patients, all trying to figure out how CCSVI fits into the MS equation. Wonderful stories by pioneering MS patients and their caregivers, including the author. Their passion and determination drove CCSVI out hands of researchers and into the mainstream through the faced paced world of the internet and social media. With this simple angioplasty surgery being performed in many countries around the world, sometimes with dramatic results, CCSVI is quickly changing the face of what we have known MS to be. But there is still much to learn about the connection between CCSVI and MS. This book will help you on your way to understanding the connection between the two. The price is higher than I wanted, but I bought it without hesitation, and it was well worth every penny. I plan on passing it around to all my friends and am recommending it to everyone with MS. CCSVI is dramatically changing quality of life for many MS patients and I am one of them! CCSVI has given me my life back and has empowered me to make my own decisions about my healthcare. I want to help other MS'ers learn about this so they can get their life back too! I really can't recommend it highly enough A++++++ Thanks Marie! Nicki Sarasota, FL.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2011
This well written book helps doctors and patients understand the important connection of venous insufficiency and Multiple Sclerosis. An indispensable resource for anyone living with MS.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.