There has been a great deal of excitment, and rightly so, over the work of Dr. Zamboni and others using venous stents and balloons to open drainage routes of the brain and improve the symptoms of many multiple sclerosis patients. He attributes the cause of MS to chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency. The role of venous drainage issues in neurodegenerative diseases, however, is not new. I first started writing about it in 1987. What’s more, MS is just the tip of the iceberg. Aging baby boomers, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases are the iceberg.
While I agree in part with Dr. Zamboni’s theory on the role of venous drainage issues in neurodegenerative diseases, I have some points of contention I would like to discuss. I will discuss the first issue in my next post. It has to do with the unusual demographics associated with MS, which Zamboni’s theory fails to explain. I have several other issues with his theory that I will be discussing in future posts as well. On the other hand, Dr. Zamboni’s procedure may have far greater implications for its use than just MS. Furthermore, it lends credence to chiropractic claims of similar results in treating certain cases of neurodegenerative diseases using far less invasive and costly procedures, but based on a similar theory of venous drainage.