There is a little known but big battle going on in Italy in a gross mismatch between a popular heavy weight champion vascular surgeon and a relatively unknown welter weight chiropractic contender. The battle is to see who is right and who is better when it comes to the cause and treatment of MS.

In one corner you have the hometown favorite, heavy weight vascular surgeon Dr. Paulo Zamboni of the University of Ferrara, Italy. In his corner, Zamboni is backed millions of research dollars and many colleagues in western medicine throughout the world. On top of that, his family name is famous among millions of dedicated loyal hockey fans throughout the US, and especially Canada, who will stick with him through thick and thin as they say in ice country. As as an aside, however, research may soon show that hockey is part of the problem, which could work somewhat against the famous Zamboni name. Dr. Zamboni’s is using venous angioplasty (others doctors are also using stents) to improve venous drainage and successfully treat MS patients. His results so far have been spectacularly stunning to say the least. He has already racked up a lot of points and he has the international spotlight shining down upon him. Suddenly, overnight, he has become a super star. It’s looks as though the contest is over before it has even begun.

In the other corner, sitting in the shadows is a little guy, Dr. Stephen Conicello, an unknown welter weight American of Italian descent, who graduated from a not so well known chiropractic college in the US. Nonetheless, don’t be fooled and never underestimate your opponent. Size and celebrity can be decieving. Sometimes it’s the little guy who moves like a butterfly and stings like a bee that catches you offguard and unaware.

Dr. Conicello has trained hard and will be representing Rome using his special brand of upper cervical chiropractic technique, which Zamboni is most likely unfamiliar with. Conicello clearly has a small contingent of dedicated fans and supporters and a little financial backing, but certainly no major research money behind him. On a good note, in his corner, are two heavy weight champions themselves: Drs. Marceca and Mandolis, MD also representing Rome’s research. Unlike most medical doctors, especially American medical doctors, who started the original smear campaign against chiropractic over a hundred years ago and stifled its progress, rather than contiune to fight these two doctors decided to throw in the towel and join forces to work with chiropractors in treating MS patients. Someone break open a bottle of Brunella. This is a moment for some serious centennial celebration.

No one has all the answers to the mystery of MS, but chiropractors certainly have some pretty good ideas, and although comparatively much smaller, some really rock solid sound science, as well as highly valuable research behind them, despite having been severely stifled for over one hundred years. Although the numbers can’t compare or begin to compete with Zamboni’s widely supported research, so far upper cervical chiropractic results have been likewise remarkable.

Who will win this contest is anybody’s guess. Certainly, the odds are heavily in favor of Zamboni a hometown hero with home court advantage in his famous town of Ferrara, Italy. Odds are that Zamboni’s will knock Conicello right out of the research ring without much of a fight. Rome is on the ropes, but rumor has it Conicello has some pretty slick moves up his sleeve that most medical doctors are unaware of. Now if some MS patients would just step up to the plate, stick their necks out and take a chance on upper cervical corrective care, Conicello just might get a fighting chance to slip in some of his quick little painless jabs and catch his opponent’s research completely by surprise.

While the odds are clearly stacked against Rome, Rome is an old pro when it comes to competition, well seasoned with lots of experience and has a long history of spectacular triumphs, achievements and successes on its side. I’m not betting kind, but if I did, I would be willing to bet that whatever the outcome, MS patients are going to come out winners in this contest. As a retired chiropractor, I’m rooting for the long shot little guy representing Rome and upper cervical care.