Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease similar in many ways to Diabetes type 1. They both influence the daily life of those who have it in many ways. Both require special care and medications.
On the one hand, MS restricts physical movement because of muscular atrophy. It prevents normal walking, self-care tasks, swallowing, thinking, and sometimes staying alive, in various degrees. On the other hand, Diabetes type 1 causes insulin to be absent from the body. Normal tasks can be performed, but not one event in a diabetic’s life can go unaccounted for in that it may effect the amount of insulin or sugar in the body. Eating, sleeping, exercise, relaxation and even sadness or happiness can have an effect on the level of insulin or sugar in one’s bloodstream.
Both are thought to be an over-reaction of the autoimmune function of the body. Both have an effect on people’s employability. Both need many, many medications to reduce symptoms or to stay alive.
Also, both have cures that the authorities have tried to suppress.
Before I get to a timeline of events of the Liberation Procedure, let me first bring to your attention to the fact there are approximately 108 drugs on the market right now used to treat symptoms of MS. Reference _http://www.mult-sclerosis.org/mstreatments.html Diabetes has only insulin as a control, but as these people age, more medications are needed for complications of high blood pressure, cholesterol, depression and so on.
Also, each one of these drugs has had millions of dollars in research invested in them. If a cure were found, not only would the sale of drugs be halted, but countless research projects as well.
The Fight for CCSVI
In 2008 Dr. Paulo Zamboni in Italy discovered a procedure which relieved the symptoms of MS dramatically. The Liberation Procedure as it came to be known consisted of putting stints into veins in the neck to facilitate blood flow. It didn’t require expensive medications and could be done by any surgeon anywhere.
Since doctors in North America were not allowed to treat MS with this procedure, thousands of MS patients went to other countries like Poland, India, Mexico, South America, to have the procedure done. Most came back with obvious symptom relief. They could now walk, dress themselves and do tasks they hadn’t been able to in years. Still, doctors were not allowed to do the procedure in the US and Canada. One blogger was aware that doctors were being threatened they would lose their insurance or hospital privileges if they performed the procedure. Oddly enough, anyone could get a stint for a narrowed vein no matter what the cause. But if this person had MS, they could not. Reference:
What many MS patients want to know is a simple question: why they’re subject to a double standard when it comes to the right to blood flow. When a non-MS patient is diagnosed with a blocked vein, it’s cleared. If someone requires surgery for a varicose veins in her legs, there isn’t a problem. So it’s perplexing that clinical trials destined to take years are required before MS patients receive similar treatment.
Behind the scenes, people with MS were communicating with each other on Facebook. A group called CCVSI Calgary, led by Ginger MacQueen recognized that their pleas to the MS society and government agencies about the Liberation Procedure were falling on deaf ears. They organized a protest campaign which involved emailing of various agencies, and rallies in front of government offices.
On Sept. 01, 2010, Health Minister Leona Agluklkaq announced, on advice from several panelists from the CIHR (Canadian Institute of Health Research) that the Federal Government would not fund clinical trials based on current evidence. It has been noted by one blogger that several of these CIHR panelists receive research grants and honorariums from pharmaceutical companies, which is a common practice in research. Reference: http://www.leaderpost.com/health/Undisclosed+funding+sources+raise+issue+bias+medical+studies+Report/4405614/story.html
In the following months there was a huge firestorm of words criticizing the Federal Government. The governments of Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and lastly Alberta declared they would financially support clinical trials. A class action lawsuit was threatened against the government on the basis that the withholding of the Liberation Procedure when a person has MS, when any other person with closed veins could have the procedure done, was discriminatory.
The MS Society up to this point had been completely silent about the matter. But after the controversy, said they would commit funds from donations to study the procedure and called on the government to do the same. (The MS Society, as does the CDA, AMA, and JDRF uses donations to fund expensive research). This however happened only after many of their contributors said that unless the MS Society funds trials for the Liberation Procedure, they would put their money elsewhere. Reference: http://www.thisisms.com/ftopict-10992-.html
Finally, as of last month, venous clinics all over the United States have now been offering the procedure to people with MS. Unlike the doctors in Canada, they now are treating people for venous insufficiency instead of MS. This shows that doctors will help people in need when they can.
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Why The Medical Establishment doesn't like CCSVI
It must be asked why the medical establishment is not allowing this life-saving procedure. The answer sounds noble: any medication or procedure must be scientifically studied in order to prove its safety, which takes a minimum of 4 years. But why would the authorities not even agree to study it in the face of such dramatic results? People in the end stages of MS were in fact, being condemned to death; they didn’t have 4 years to wait!
The answer is built into the system itself. The more illness you have, the more money you make. So if the drug companies receive huge amounts of money both for the research and sale of medications, perhaps this would be a motive to stop a discovery of a cure for a chronic disease. We might even infer that the profit motive may be higher on their list than to cure diseases and alleviate suffering.
That’s why the MS people had to fight for their right to have open veins. As for diabetes, have you ever heard of these studies?
In 2006, Drs. Salter and Dosch discovered that capsaicin (found naturally in peppers) injected directly into the pancreas of mice caused the islet cells to start producing insulin. “The researchers said they were stunned to discover that the injected mice's islet cells began producing insulin normally almost immediately.”
Reference: http://www.naturalnews.com/021345.html . And also ”Dosch and Salter expect to complete human trials of the treatment in the next year.” Why have we never heard any further news regarding this project?
In 2002, Dr. Rafael Valdes successfully cured Diabetes type 1 in some patients by transplanting Sertoli cells from pigs into humans. Reference:
Since then there has been no trace of further work on his project.
In the 1980’s, Dr. John Wahren in Sweden started looking at C-Peptides. By the 1990’s, his group showed “that C-peptide administration improved muscle vasculature  and renal function  in rats, and that C-peptide replacement had measurable effects on nervous function  and blood flow for diabetics .” Wahren then sold the rights of his idea to his then employer Schwarz Pharma AG. Although the project had successfully completed Phase 1, Schwarz decided to drop the project and sell the rights back to him. He then found another funding source in HealthCap which took it to the 2A trials, and then dropped the project in the mid 2000’s when funding ran out. He then gathered more funding from other venture capital firms and started his own company, Cebix, for further research. It’s reported that there needs to be several more years of study before it’s brought to market. Reference: http://asweetlife.org/a-sweet-life-staff/featured/is-insulin-enough-developing-c-peptide-therapy/11104/
How can it be possible to study something for nearly 4 decades without bringing it to market, and benefiting people who are suffering? I’d say it’s a pretty good business – to be paid a huge amount of money for something that doesn’t exist.
The Cure for Diabetes: A Bad Profit Maker for Big Pharma
Dr. Faustman has had many years of successfully curing Diabetes type 1 in mice. (Reference: See Homepage, http://hdiabetes.com). Who has ever heard of this study, or the others mentioned? Were you or I ever allowed to say “My God, this looks like this really works. This research should be given priority.” Not likely. That’s because no one but the medical establishment knows about these studies. And they are funded by the pharmaceuticals, so why would they let you know about something that would eliminate billions of dollars of future profits?
Think back to the times you went to an outpatient diabetic clinic, or to your doctor. Were you told you could contribute directly to a research project? You were only told to donate to the CDA or ADA or to the JDRF. If you phoned them and told them you want to make a donation to go specifically to the Faustman Lab, they wouldn’t know what you were talking about.
The system as it stands now, allows profits to be made from chronic conditions. The longer a chronic condition exists, the more profit. A cure for the chronic condition would end these profits. If you were the owner of a drug company, what would you do?
On the other hand we have so many millions of people worldwide who are suffering health problems from Diabetes type 1. You read the horror stories on diabetes blogs of how hard it is to keep level blood sugars. A little too much exercise or emotional stress can potentially change our blood sugar drastically. If you were diabetic, what would you do? You would allow the cure to be known because you suffer from it firsthand. However, don’t think that just because you would, the drug companies would.
But there are good people out there who can help. So, even though the entrenched medical establishment is a block, we have the example of the MS people pursuing their cure to inspire us. Do we do nothing, like we have been doing and hope everyone is as compassionate as we are? Or do we take steps to make our wishes known?
Please don’t think there’s nothing we can do. The MS people have proven it. As a group they kept the Liberation Procedure in the public eye until they got the attention of politicians and doctors who were able to do something. We need to let people know what’s happening. Together we can be a stronger voice, and you can help! Join our group newsletter at hdiabetes.com.
Summary of Advantages
A) Reverses type 1 diabetes even at an advanced stage.
B) Does so at an inexpensive cost; important in order to be affordable to all
(BCG is a generic drug)
C) Uses the safest approach (BCG has long history of safe use).
These three elements together make the research unique.
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