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CCSVI and Parkinson’s Disease

Hi, I’m Italian. My husband has suffered from Parkinsons Disease since 2009. He’s 56. He began his drug therapy 1 year and a half ago. We visited the best neurologists in Italy but we know that drugs address symptoms but do not take definitely address the underlying reason for the illness .

I’m writing to your forum to know if there is someone with idiopathic  PD who has also got a dignosis of CCSVI ( Zambony protocol) as in my country is only studied the connection between CCSVI and MS (Multiple Sclerosis).

If there is anyone who can give me information, perhaps in the USA or in Canada this kind of research or studies have already done or experimented (with angioplastic surgery….)

Thanks for the answer



Researchers have identified a connection between the restriction of blood flow to the brain (as evidenced by the condition known in medical science as CCSVI) and the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Clearly, any rejuvenation of brain cells requires an adequate supply of oxygenated blood. If this supply is restricted, the body will obviously struggle to form new neural networks.

Gord Summer, one of the 11 contributors to the 2012 release of Pioneers of Recovery, suspected that a restricted flow of blood to his brain might be contributing to his own symptoms. Doctors confirmed his suspicion. Once the blockage was cleared with surgery, many of his symptoms reversed.

Gord will be offering a workshop at the Parkinsons Recovery Summit in Cincinnati this summer. You will find contact information on the Summit website:

I am quite certain he would be pleased to share his own experience with you.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Pioneers of Recovery

CCSVI and Parkinsons

What are your experiences with treatment for CCSVI? If this has already been addressed my apologies – please direct me to the discussion.

My mother has PD and has terribly swollen feet. I was wondering if this could all be related.  




I am a researcher, not a medical doctor, so the questions you asked are best addressed by a medical doctor. Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI) is reportedly an abnormality in blood drainage from the brain and spinal cord. I know this because I looked it up on the internet!

From a research perspective, I do know that rejuvenation of brain cells is related to adequate supply of oxygenated blood supply. Gord Summer has addressed insufficient blood supply as a factor that contributed to his own symptoms. He discussed this revelation during my radio show with him last year and is briefly covered in his chapter found in
2012 Pioneers of Recovery.

From a research perspective I can also report that swollen feet are typically not listed as a symptom of Parkinson’s. This symptom can be related to various heart conditions. You might consider getting a consultation from a cardiologist.

If you are looking for resources that can help you and your Mom sort through what is happening with her, I suggest you come to the Parkinsons Recovery Summit. There will be incredible resources there in Cincinnati June 22 and 23 who will be available for consultations and who will be offering incredible workshops. I suspect there may be a number of issues that need to be addressed, as is always the case with neurological symptoms. The challenge now is to pinpoint the most important imbalances that need to be addressed first.

Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Pioneers of Recovery