Canadian Television has produced a five-minute news piece on the "vascular theory" of MS, otherwise known as CCSVI (chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency). This theory hypothesizes that rather than autoimmunity, the narrowing and blockages of veins that drain the central nervous system may be the actual cause of MS. If proven correct, this could fundamentally change our understanding of the disease. Better still, surgical intervention could be performed that might stop the disease in its tracks.
This theory was first proposed by a doctor in Italy, Dr. Paolo Zamboni, and his research is being followed up in several locations around the globe, including a large study now underway at the University of Buffalo.
All of this is far from proven, but the research does look intriguing. At the very least, it's prompting people to look beyond the autoimmune theory of MS, which in itself is a good thing. CTV will be airing a one-hour documentary on CCSVI this weekend, and I'll provide a link to that show when it becomes available.
Click the link below to view the video.