Doppler Screening for CCSVI, Seattle

We will be in Seattle on Saturday May 21st, 2011 to the Hilton Seattle Airport & Convention Center. If you are interested, please comment here or email us at ccsvi@azdoppler.com. Preliminary results will be given immediately and final results from our surgeons within a week, emailed to you.

A little about us: Eric and Nicole Feigenbutz (both RVT’s) are trained in the Zamboni protocol and studied at Buffalo General. Our surgical team was the first to perform the liberation procedure in the Southwest. Eric and Nicole have attended International conferences on CCSVI and are considered among the leading technologists in North America. Our patients become as much a part of our family as they are part of the global CCSVI community. We are with you throughout your journey.

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It can get ugly

Historically, scientific advances are made before society can conduct meaningful ethical and moral discussions about these advances. However, such discussions are crucial to setting policies that balance individual and public protections with the use of technology in medicine. (Sonia Y. Hunt, Ph.D. (Write Science Right) © 2008 Nature Education).  (more…)

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Our President responds recent comments about the BNAC Study

We thought it would be best to have our President, Eric Feigenbutz respond directly to some of the comments that have been circulating around the web about the recent study out of BNAC, especially from his important perspective and what it means for the patients at Arizona Doppler Specialists.

Having trained at BNAC for the Zamboni Doppler Protocol for CCSVI evaluation I believe it’s appropriate to respond to comments about the recent study published a few days ago out of BNAC and some of the commentary I’ve seen on the Internet.

Proper research is being done at Buffalo by the best in the business. I have met many good people in the medical field and believe me, they want a theory like CCSVI to be identified as a cause of MS and CCSVI treatment to be a cure just as bad as every person diagnosed with MS. The BNAC research doesn’t say that CVSVI has nothing to do with MS, and the paper doesn’t say that CCSVI is the cause of MS either. BNAC researches, like the rest of us, want to get to the answers that everyone wants.

We can’t hang our hat on just one research study. It will take many studies over the next decades to pinpoint the association of CCSVI with MS. What we can do is appreciate the research being done and look ahead.

I plan to stay on top of new techniques and tools to diagnose CVSVI so the patients I see have options, that is all. It is not my decision what patients do with knowledge they gain from me or my reporting but it is my commitment to do the best I can to help them understand more about themselves.

Thanks
Eric

Well said Eric, that’s why you are our leader.

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Responsiveness is Key for Health Practitioners

For many with Multiple Sclerosis, the do exhaustive research about CCSVI, check references, talk to other patients, engage in social media and attend events. Once they make a decision to move forward with diagnosis and treatment for CCSVI they want answers fast. This story highlights the need for health care professionals to react quickly when they receive inquiries from candidates. That is the hallmark of our company. Every person we see becomes a member of our extended family as well as being part of the global CCSVI community. By moving quickly, we have a better chance of helping people on their journey, some of which are remarkable as in this story, about Kathy Andries, getting back on her feet after years of living her life in a wheelchair.

Getting Back on Her Feet, Kathy’s Story

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ABC News Reports on Clogged Vein Theories

Almost six years after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Sharon Richardson heard that blockages in neck veins draining blood from her brain could have triggered the debilitating disease, which is marked by fatigue, weakness and pain. She quickly took to the web to investigate the theory, proposed by Dr. Paolo Zamboni, a vascular surgeon in Italy, in April 2009.

Two months later, Richardson was one of the first MS patients in the U.S. to undergo testing for the blockage, called chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency, or CCSVI. The ABC Story below, like many news stories seems to ask more questions than it answers.

Sharon is now the President of the CCSVI Alliance, a valuable resource for MS patients looking for the answers many news sources seem reluctant to cover. (Thanks to Ken Torbert posting this at CCSVI Locator).

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Randy’s story

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Randy became a part of our extended family when he visited us from Canada a few weeks ago to undergo the CCSVI screening and liberation procedure. We’re beginning our own video documenting of our patients who are anxious to share with the world their stories and their progress. Randy has suffered from MS for more than 20 years. As you can tell from this video, Randy is realistic about what he hopes to achieve (which is good) but you can tell the real joy on his face after his procedure. We hope his story helps you on your own journey.

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Olga’s story

The beautiful Olga Krejci is one of our patients who was diagnosed with MS in January 2010. A full year later she walked into our lives as a CCSVI candidate. Like many, Olga needed to find a way to pay for her procedure and so she turned to www.caringbridge.org to help her not only set up a fund account but to also journal about her story. (more…)

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A stitch in time saves…lives?

This is an inspiring story about Sherry Read, a woman who was diagnosed with MS at the age of 23. Not only does this show the change and happiness that CCSVI can bring to someone’s life, but it also shows how important family and community can be when you are on the road to recovery. A recent study conducted by researchers at Brigham Young showed that people who were socially connected would live on average 3.7 years longer than people who were less socially active. Sherry is part of a quilting community that has not only provided emotional support but financial support as well by hosting a fundraiser in her name. If you know someone who is fighting to regain their strength and dignity after dealing with MS or any other disease don’t underestimate how much of an impact you can make with the simplest of gestures. Also, check out this wonderful article from the CDC with caregiving tips for families.

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An unclear path illumniated

Marie Rhodes, RN, the author of CCSVI as the Cause of Multiple Sclerosis: The Science Behind the Controversial Theory, recently discussed her views on the evolution of future treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.

On the Facebook page CCSVI in Multiple Sclerosis Marie discusses her idea of the evolving nature of MS research and therapy and compares it to her own treatment and progress.

The path to a cure for (or significant and widespread acceptance for the treatment of) Multiple Sclerosis is yet to be determined.  Like all scientific advancement, not only is the way far from crystal clear, but it could be discovered that there (more…)

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