MS patients fight for access to new ‘Zamboni’ treatment

Unwilling to stop there, hundreds of MS patients are packing their bags and flying to Poland, Bulgaria, India and Kuwait, among other places, willing to spend anywhere from $8,000 to $20,000 to get the vein-clearing treatment.

One medical ethicist describes it as an unprecedented patient revolt; another calls it a mass movement.
“I have never seen anything move so quickly, gather so much momentum,” says Kerry Bowman, a bioethicist at the University of Toronto. Social networking and other websites have popped up and “changed the face of medicine. (Patients) are watching the procedure on YouTube, they are reading testimonials. This is a huge new realm.”

The passionate pleas of MS patients are in stark contrast to the clinical — some would say cold and unreceptive — responses neurologists give as they patiently explain that Zamboni’s theory is just that, a theory, and that more study is needed.”


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