Although it was given it’s name in the early 1900’s we still don’t know the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Not knowing the cause prevents us from finding a cure, let alone preventing the condition despite decades and billions of dollars in research. But a new direction has opened up for further research into the cause of neurodegenerative diseases. It’s called chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency or CCSVI.
The term CCSVI comes from vascular surgeon Paulo Zamboni of the University of Ferrara in Italy. Dr. Zamboni attributes the cause of multiple sclerosis to CCSVI. He attributes the cause of CCSVI to stenosis of jugular and thoracic veins. What is even more interesting is that he has been having remarkable success treating MS patients with balloon angioplasty to open the veins. Some surgeons prefer to use stents.
The role venous drainage issues play in the brain in causing neurodegenerative diseases is not new, however. I have been writing about it since 1987. If you do a Google search for “stenosis Alzheimer’s” or “NPH Alzheimer’s” you will find an article I published in 1990 calling for epidemiological research into the role of venous drainage issues in the brain in Alzheimer’s disease.
When I first started looking for a possible cause of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) I found an old neurology textbook by Adams and Victor. In the section on NPH it stated that, “A matter of considerable interest is the role of blockage of the dural sinuses (the large main veins of the brain) in tension hydrocephalus. The problem is that blockages are rarely found.”
In my opinion they were never found because researchers were focused on blockages in the first place, and in the second place they limited their search to inside the skull. In this regard back pressure against the vertebral veins, not blockage of the dural sinuses may be the cause of NPH. Furthermore, the back pressure may occur outside the skull in the upper cervical spine. Regardless of the source of blockage or back pressure, venous drainage issues in the brain can affect the CSF pressure gradient, which can lead to NPH as I will explain later.
Interestingly, in this regard, AD is oftentimes associated with NPH. NPH has also been associated, albeit less frequently, with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Even now, however, NPH is still, in my opinion, wrongly considered to be a separate and distinct condition and I believe it is one of the root causes of many neurodegenerative diseases.
In addition to resolving signs and symptoms in multiple sclerosis patients, solving venous drainage problems in the brain, such as CCSVI, may similarly lead to a cure for other neurodegenerative diseases, such as AD and PD. It may also be the answer to prevention of these conditions.
The surgical liberation procedure and upper cervical chiropractic brainstem and venous liberation correction may offer hope for a cure and prevention of AD.