Like most of my MS compatriots, I have been known to surf the net looking for some recently unearthed “cure” or ancient answer to the mystery that is Multiple Sclerosis. It’s usually late at night when I can’t sleep and am in too much pain to be alone with my thoughts – or when I’m researching something for the FUMSnow site and stumble across one thing that leads to another, and to another, etc., stumbling down the rabbit’s hole I go.
Early on I came across the CCSVI controversy. This “cure” sounded so good. A quick little surgery to open up blocked veins to allow for blood flow to your brain. Doctors on both sides of the argument agreed that there was something to the fact that more MS’ers had this blockage than the average population. The anecdotal evidence was incredible – all over YouTube and the internet, people were sharing their fantastic results with this new treatment – going from wheelchairs to walking, from blind to sighted, from loss of balance to walking a tight-rope (okay, I may have made that last one up, but it’s not far off of what they were claiming).
It was very exciting – but not very well studied. And the controversy? WOW!! It was like a political campaign here in the U.S. It was contentious and ugly at times. I really needed some scientific evidence to make me more comfortable with looking into this procedure for consideration for my MS. But the prospect of it was very exciting. So – I did the research – well, I read and watched what was available and I waited for the science and the study to catch up with the “hype.” It apparently has. Here’s a link to what I feel is a definitive indicator – for me – for this treatment: University of Buffalo
So – how do you explain the really great results some people have had with this treatment? It certainly rings true with me that if blood flow is compromised and then it is released, a person would experience benefit. And let’s not forget the “placebo effect.” That is not to say that there is no physiological benefit and this is all a figment of people’s imagination. Not at all. I’ve always said, “if you believe it is, it is.” There is documentation of actual physiological improvement upon a shift in attitude and upon a shift in your body. Anthony Robbins, self-help author and motivational speaker, talks a lot about this concept. He suggests at your most angry or desperate moments to stop and smile. Weird right? And HARD. But – nonetheless – it works. When I’m able to do it – and that doesn’t always happen – it has worked like a charm. There are physiological changes that occur – hormones are released when muscles that control a smile are fired upon – that release the “feel good hormones” like seratonin, endorphins, and dopamine. For more on that concept, I suggest you check out Tony Robbins book “Unleash the Power Within”. Click on the image below to learn more.
Have you had any experience with CCSVI? Are you considering it? How about the placebo effect – ever have an experience with that concept? In helping others, we help ourselves. Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section below. Thanks.
It helps the stress – just to say F-U-M-S
Special thanks to www.FreeDigitalPhotos.net for the use of the really cool surgery picture!