Doc's on CBC!!- his story is featured w/Brad Wall

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Hello All.

Quick posting - the link below is a video of a CBC news broadcast - they interviewed Doc in the Street Culture Studio a couple of days before we left Canada.

There's movement afoot!

Kim & for Doc

http://www.cbc.ca/video/player.html?category=News&zone=canada&site=cbc.news.ca&clipid=1553333838
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Cheryl Morrison on

Put MS surgery on clinical trial: Sask. premier
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 | 12:37 AM ET Comments49Recommend55The Canadian Press
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province is ready to help pay for clinical trials of the so-called liberation treatment for multiple sclerosis sufferers. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)
Saskatchewan is ready to help pay for clinical trials of the so-called liberation treatment for multiple sclerosis sufferers, despite a lack of scientific evidence that it might work, says Premier Brad Wall.

"There isn't unanimity on the issue, I understand that," Wall said Tuesday. "But we also know anecdotally and otherwise, frankly, of reasons for some optimism and some hope about the liberation treatment, so maybe it is time for clinical trials and ... the Province of Saskatchewan is willing to play a funding role."

The treatment is based on an unproven theory - put forward by Italian doctor Paolo Zamboni - that blocked veins in the neck or spinal cord are to blame for MS. Clinics in Poland, Bulgaria and India are opening blockages for patients who have flocked from Canada and other countries in the last few months.

Some patients have posted testimonials on websites, in chat rooms and in YouTube videos, saying the procedure has reduced their symptoms. That has created political pressure to have the treatment provided in Canada.

Saskatchewan has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis among provinces, with an estimated 3,500 residents affected by it.

"There isn't anybody who doesn't have a family member or friend who is battling it," Wall said.

Many medical experts are urging caution. Dr. Paul Hébert, a critical-care physician and editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, has said that manipulating veins can be dangerous and there is no established link between venous blockages and MS.

"To date, the published evidence is limited to a case series of 65 patients," Hébert wrote in a recent edition of the journal.

He and others believe important questions must be answered before clinical trials on humans can begin:

Do people with MS really have higher rates of venous blockages?
Are those blockages a cause of or a result of the disease?
Can veins be dilated or opened safely?
For Wall, clinical trials are the way to go. His government is inviting proposals from the scientific community and expects to get them shortly.

"We want to be a leader in at least exploring every possible source of hope

CBC National this morning.......

http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/07/27/multiple-sclerosis-wall-ccsvi-liberation.html#ixzz0uz3ltfCg

Louise on

yes it certainly seemed timely, like Mark and Kim had performed some miracle (they did!!! lol!!) that the Premier wanted to be part of....all over CBC this morning...no actual dates or who would do the research but it sounds like they are aiming for early 2011......

karen on

Keep rockin...Kim and Doc...on CBC...you go guys... Hey Doc, here's hop'in healing is swift and speedy...so you guys can enjoy some of Sophia....It is so great to be connected and folow the updates....Take care and have an AWESOME day....

karen on

Heys guys: Just had the opportunity to see Doc on video with Brad Wall...WOW!!! ....good for you!!! Thanks for all the updates!!!

Jordi Morgan on

Congrats Doc,

It's heartening to see that the government in Saskatchewan is responsive to what you are doing. Perhaps the government in Nova Scotia could take a page out of brad Wall's book and begin looking at clinical studies. We have a tremendous research capacity here in NS and a very high rate of MS as you know/. Glad to hear your doing well after the surgery...

stuart on

Hey Doc! we'll stay plugged into this blog and look forward to seeing you soon! It's difficult to tell on the video but it looks like you actually washed your only shirt for the CBC peice....sawweeettt!

Rachel Wolbaum on

Hi there, This is so so encouraging.

My husband Brad and I just had a baby on Thursday the 22nd, this is the only thing I have done besides post one picture on facebook be with the baby in almost one week!

Please let Mark know that the baby was a girl 6lbs 9 oz, slightly off from his guess but great news!

I am so glad to be living in a great community like Regina where everyone rallies as we do and to have such people like Mark who think outside the box!

Sending nothing but positive vibes for open-ness.

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