MS Clinic Using ‘Liberation Therapy’ Being Investigated for Alleged False Claims

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Allegations that false claims regarding treatment were made to potential patients, as well as one of its proponents having at least one fake degree, are being leveled against a stem cell clinic that was operating in India two years ago.

The clinic was not offering HSCT, but rather a form of combination therapy involving the use of stem cells and “liberation therapy” associated with CCSVI. This is the controversial condition that was unknown until an Italian doctor, Paolo Zamboni, coined the term ‘chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency’ when he reported in 2009 that virtually all MS patients have this vein narrowing disorder.

As early as 2013, a study led by the University of British Columbia, in Canada, came to the conclusion that MS patients are no more liable to have CCSVI than anyone else. Zamboni still maintains that MS patients can benefit from having their neck veins dilated through an angioplasty procedure called liberation therapy. This is meant to improve blood flow between the brain and the heart, and clear out iron deposits.

However, even using Dr. Zamboni’s own methods, equipment, and his direct instruction to technologists who went to Italy to learn from him, Canadian researchers were unable to replicate the Italian doctor’s stunning results.

MS not caused by neck veins, study shows

Instead, the researchers found that MS patients and healthy controls shared the same prevalence of vein constriction, suggesting it has nothing to do with MS.

Lead researcher Dr. Anthony Traboulsee (pictured, right) said that the study proves the cause of MS cannot be Dr Anthony Traboulsee. Photo UBCattributed to the shape of cervical (neck) veins, but added that, in medicine, even wrong theories have led to important discoveries.

So, the question remains as to why a company, incidentally also Canadian, was behind the Indian clinic promoting just such a treatment, allegedly making false claims about it, to people with MS —even as long as a year after Dr. Traboulsee’s peer-reviewed study found that MS patients were unlikely to benefit.

I am aware that an investigation is underway in Canada, and there is no way that this writer is going to prejudice its outcome and so will not include the name of the company or those of its then senior operatives at this time. What I can say is that there is evidence that one or more representatives of this company were selling a questionable stem cell therapy protocol in India to people with MS and ALS all over the world, including in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. (Details are easily found online, however. Those curious about them, or wanting to confirm statements in this blog, can follow this link to an article in the Winnipeg Free Press and this link to an article by CBC News.)

One MS patient, whose identity I have been asked to withhold, has told me: “I signed up for the stem cell therapy (called Combination Therapy Protocol or CTP) and was treated in India in May 2014.  We were told it was a one-time treatment that halted the disease and that all former patients had symptom improvement.  It has since been discovered that most patients had short-term improvement, followed by decline, and in some cases are in worse condition now.  These patients feel they have been conned.”

The woman told me she experienced no sustained benefit from the treatment.

In his social media profile, a Canadian man involved with the Indian clinic claimed to be a PhD, with degrees from the University of Manitoba. However, the Winnipeg Free Press confirmed with the university that this particular man did not graduate from there with even a bachelor’s degree. The man later told the Free Press that he actually received his doctorate from “Brightland University” in 2012, a claim the paper was unable to verify.

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Ian Franks is Managing Editor of the Columns division of BioNews Services. He has enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor, in the print media; during which he gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. He was diagnosed with MS in 2002 but continued working until mobility problems forced him to retire early in late 2006. He now lives in the south of Spain and uses his skills to write his own flourishing specialist MS, Health & Disability blog at Besides MS, Ian is also able to write about both epilepsy and cardiovascular matters from a patient’s perspective and is a keen advocate on mobility and accessibility issues.
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  1. JA says:

    And the National MS Society, spent about 6 million dollars chasing shadows in the name of CCSVI, a fake theory at best and it may be recalled that some patient(s) died after having the procedure done, according to reports, at Stanford.

    Today two men announced lawsuit filings (docket #112CV218823) against Dr. Michael Dake and Stanford University (Stanford) for performing experimental surgeries on them for purported CCSVI, a controversial theory hypothetically linked to multiple sclerosis (MS), outside of an approved clinical trial.

    Regardless of the # of deaths (one death is one too many), it is easy to see why MS patients grasp at straws for ‘cures’. The disease is devastating enough that they are willing to try anything.

    • Patricia says:

      What about the people who die from MS therapies such as Tysabri? That donrmt matter? Or the countless people who now have horrific brain damage from the infection it caused! How many have died from chemotherapy? So tired of peoples ignorance on CCSVI. No treatment works 100% of the time on 100% of the people.

      • Ian Franks says:

        You are quite right that all treatments have risks; just like surgical operations. However, this story was about one clinic being investigated for making what patients are alleging were false claims. At some time, no doubt we will learn the outcome of the investigation.

  2. This is one of the most terribly researched and written articles I have ever read and am sorry that your blog has seen fit to publish it. Check out the real facts for yourself at and get the published results of recent clinical studies and peer reviewed articles as well. You can also check out my story at

    • Ian Franks says:

      Hello Wendy, I am sorry you feel that way. The story is correct The investigation into alleged false claims is under way and the research was quoted accurately.

      • Shirley Renshaw says:

        I believe WENDY was mainly referring to the false CCSVI claims. Right Wendy? CCSVI had been condemned by nay Sayers it is such a crime. If you go to this web site you can see for yourself there is true fact based research papers and abstracts. I would like to see ONE paper that shows proof of MS being an “autoimmune ” disease. Just one. These MS researchers have based this BS theory for over six decades. How the heck can these researchers base their ineffective and further debilitating poisons on a BS theory and have the audacity to give to unsuspecting patients? It is criminal. There are over 480 papers regarding CCSVI, blood flow, lymphatics, heart and brain health. Show me just ONE paper on the proof of “autoimmune causes in MS”.

  3. Ann Guy says:

    There was a fraudulent clinic in India run by Doug Broeska. This story was well covered by the Winnipeg Free Press, CBC, various blogs and 60 minutes Australia –

    (Dr. Fraud). This a poor reporting on the story. It is a story about a fraudster. It is NOT about stem cell nor CCSVI.

  4. Patricia says:

    Are you frigging kidding me???? Wow! Whatever it takes to convince people CCSVI is a scam! My daugher is now stable 3 years after treatment of CCSVI. Her lesions are gone! She was treated 5 months after Dx. She is almost symptom free. Probably be in a wheel chair without CCSVI.My husband also benefited from CCSVI.
    This article is a disgrace. Very poor journalism! 😠

    • Ian Franks says:

      Hello Patricia, thanks for commenting I am delighted that your family have twice exerienced some improvement through this treatment. The problem, however, is that far more people have far different outcomes. The article did not report anything that was not factual.

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