Montel Williams Multiple Sclerosis

March 15, 2012 by staff 

Montel Williams Multiple Sclerosis, Having spent much of his adult life coping with multiple sclerosis and trying various medical options, former talk show host Montel Williams decided an experimental — and controversial — treatment was worth the risk: liberation therapy.

“The only way I can figure out whether or not this works is if I do it myself,” he said of the June 30 medical procedure, which involved a balloon angioplasty to open three narrowed veins in his neck and chest.

When his veins were unblocked, the effect was immediate, he told CTV News.

“That’s when I immediately noticed the first difference,” Williams said, in his first public comments about his personal experience with the procedure. “I got off the table and bent over to put on my shoes and I realized I wasn’t holding on to anything.”

While Williams says that the treatment isn’t a panacea for all of his symptoms, he is adamant that the therapy has benefits for sufferers. Williams spoke to CTV News while in Winnipeg for a recent speaking engagement.

But the traditional medical community has so far refused to endorse liberation therapy, which tries to improve blood flow from the brain to counter the chronic fatigue felt by MS patients.

In fact, a study published early in the Canadian Medical Association Journal early this month concluded that evidence of a link between blocked veins and MS is too conflicting and inconsistent to draw any concrete conclusions.

Still, for the last two years, Italian doctor Paolo Zamboni has popularized a theory that blocked or malformed neck veins cause or somehow contribute to MS, and that angioplasty can treat symptoms.

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One Response to “Montel Williams Multiple Sclerosis”

  1. Marilee Roberts on March 17th, 2012 3:28 am

    I recently was diagnosed with MS a few months ago, but I have experienced problems for years attributed to fibromyalgia. When I started having leg numbness on the left and a burning sensation on the right I was referred to a neurologist. I had neck, low back and brain MRIs, ECG of the brain, spinal tap and lab work. I am not sure why, but they tried IV steroids for four days and I had extremely high blood sugars (I have type 2 diabetes), ended up in the ER to be started on a regular sliding scale insulin during the treatment. I also ended up in congestive heart failure. I don’t understand why my cardiologist gave the okay for this type of treatment. I am being treated with gabapentin for nerve pain and my leg symptoms have gotten better, but I take a low-dose Valium for dizziness. My next visit to neurologist and cardiologist they both told me I was depressed. I am not depressed, just overwhelmed with the diagnoses and medical bills from doctor visits, tests, outpatient hospital visit for IV steroids, and ER visit. I refused to go to the hospital for CHF after waiting 7 hours because of high blood sugars. I treated myself with more diuretics. I have been diagnosed with Lyme disease and possibly lupus and have been referred to specialists for these.

    What is the best alternative treatment for MS? I saw you on the Dr. Oz show and that you take B12 shots daily ~ what kind? My memory and confusion are getting worse. I started taking Super Primrose Oil 1300 mg for my brain; just started last weekend. Any other suggestions? Should I get a second opinion from another neurologist?

    I appreciate any help that you can send my way.

    Thank you!

    Marilee Roberts