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Disputed Zamboni MS theory ignites debate between CBC readers

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Dr. Paolo Zamboni, pictured, suggests that clearing blocked or narrow veins in the head and neck could relieve MS symptoms. A new Canadian study has knocked this idea. (CP photo)

Some readers are split when it comes to whether or not the Zamboni technique to treat MS - recently knocked by a Canadian study - has any merit based on their experiences.

The treatment proposed by Italy's Paolo Zamboni suggests that clearing blocked or narrow veins in the head and neck could relieve MS symptoms.

The Canadian study found no evidence of abnormalities in head or neck veins in all but one of the MS patients who participated. This was proof enough for some people. "Yet one more study proving that Dr. Zamboni's flawed study was just that - flawed," wrote Lynn Nugent in the comments to Wednesday's article.

"I have had MS for the past 14 years, and it infuriates me to see the government wasting so much money on what is, at best, a placebo."

Another commenter, Ranma, shared the story of a friend who had had the Zamboni technique done.

"There was a night and day difference. He no longer wobbles when he walks, no longer needs his chill vest on super hot days, and can actually walk for longer than five minutes without being exhausted. His hand-eye coordination has significantly improved as well," he wrote.

"These are not things that can just be fixed by a placebo effect."

Other readers were equally split in their opinions on which to believe: the Zamboni technique or the McMaster University study.

"It sounds like some people will never accept that the Zamboni method is anything short of a miracle cure," wrote DanDan.

"The far more important point is, the procedure offers relief to many suffers," countered saskatchewinner. "We need to allow this procedure in Canada, and cover the cost for the relief available to suffers! To deny this would be to deny acetaminophen for pain relief."

Many readers also felt the results of the Canadian study only raised more questions that need to be addressed.

How healthy are the people who have already had the Zamboni technique done? Should they be studied? Are big pharmacy companies influencing research into this practice?

"Lots and lots of money to be made in disputing this procedure," wrote C_Scrutinizer. "Big Pharma is not in the business of curing anyone and if they do happen to do that, it will cost you your house and worldly possessions."

But completing studies is an "absolute necessity," wrote saskatchewinner. "Without them, we'd have nothing for health care."

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