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Dr. Clyde Markowitz talks CCSVI and the Liberation Treatment

Posted by pae on August 13th, 2010

Dr. Clyde Markowitz, MD, Director of the MS Center at Penn, talks about CCSVI, the "Liberation Treatment" and why he cautions people with MS to wait for more studies to be completed before pursuing the treatment.

When you're done listening, click here to learn more about CCSVI and the clinical trials funded by the National MS Society.  

The opinions expressed are those of the interview subjects and do not represent the National MS Society.


  • Janet Grieco

    I would like to reply to Dr. Markowitz’s interview. I was a patient of Dr. Markowitz and saw him back in March, to talk about CCSVI. His response to me that day was “let me know how you make out with that”. I subsequently had the procedure done on April 2nd and have felt better than I have in the past 9 years. I was on one of the MS medications and continued to have relapses about every couple of weeks. Since I had the angioplasty on 3 veins, I have not had any relapses, nor have I lost my ability to walk. The occurrence of walking difficulty was at least once a month, keeping me from enjoying the simple things in life. Now onto what the Dr. said in his interview. First, there was one death connected to the Stanford study, and it was not connected to the procedure. There have not been Death(s)plural. As far as serious complications, Dr. Simka from Poland published a paper in June giving the numbers and percentages, of any complications. Out of the 346 patients that they have treated, The highest number was 5 and that was minor problems with the removal of angioplastic balloon or delivery system. Second, on the topic of placebo affect of this procedure, and the placebo affect in drug studies. I was in a drug study with Dr. Markowitz and was pulled out of the study because I was becoming progressively worse. No one has reported that they are worse off after the procedure than they were before. Quite the contrary, some people have not seen much improvement, where others have had a totally change in their life, with no damage to their internal organs, due to the drugs that are supposed to help so much. The Neurological community is not supporting CCSVI because of the danger that it might cause, BUT they are still pushing Tysabri which at last count has killed ten’s of people due to the PML infection, and the infected numbers are growing by the day.

    In closing I don’t think that the Neurologists are as worried about the health of their patients as they are about the health of their bank accounts………….

    Aug 31, 2010 at 3:27 pm
  • jessica forester

    The CCSVI Liberation Treatment could be the cure but fact remains that the rate of re-occlusion is stuck at 50% and MS patients being treated in the European and Asian countries end up suffering as they did, 3 months ago. While Big Pharmaceutical Corporations and governments in the US and Canada are coming up with new ideas to stop any advancements to the CCSVI theory (Like the superbugs, etc.), millions continue to travel to countries like India and Poland to get this simple procedure and no valuable data is recorded to support the CCSVI theory. Unless we get our position strong enough to support the CCSVI Theory, we will never be able to beat the Pharma Corporations or start the treatment here and many will keep suffering and dying even after having the procedure done. I lost my elder brother last month because of a blood clot in his stent. He got liberated 5 months ago in Poland. We need to prove to the government that this works. Non-profit organizations like the CCSVI Clinic are tirelessly working to develop safer protocols with teams of world renowned surgeons even though they are feeling the negative pressure from you know who. This Atlanta based Organization has started Clinical Trials for CCSVI and we need to support these groups because they are our only hope to fight for the truth. Without the valuable data that they are collecting offshore, the procedures will not be allowed here, in our own countries.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 3:35 pm
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