Originally produced for CBC science and natural history strand ‘The Nature of Things,’ this documentary special examines the story of Italian research scientist Paolo Zamboni’s controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis, dubbed Liberation Therapy. Zamboni’s treatment calls for the unblocking of jugular veins in order to combat a condition he calls chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency or CCSVI. When the research paper behind the treatment surfaced online before being published in print, it ignited a firestorm of attention from those with MS and the media alike. MS Wars highlights the divide between accepted procedure and the wisdom of the Web, and tells the story of some who are caught in between.
Partners: Zoot Pictures for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, distributed by TVF International (London)
Length: 1 x 52 minutes
Aired: CBC’s ‘Nature of Things,’ February 2012
Rights available: All rights worldwide, excluding Canada