Sep 122010

It is making the news that imaging contrast can be dangerous. As to the recent complaint making the news this is nothing new. I picked one of the agents, OmniScan, and a similar warning came as early as on the December 2007 label: “Acute renal failure has occurred in patients with preexisting renal insufficiency. Use the lowest necessary dose of OMNISCAN and evaluate renal function in these patients .” Must have been a slow news day.

Also, and what is not in the article, is that gadolinium is extremely toxic in its pure form. The drug companies bind gadolinium to another compound to make it safer and so it will leave your body quickly. Obviously contrast is not something you want to be taking. Looking just at OmniScan long term health effects (i.e. cancer) were not studied so it is hard to tell if it has long term health effects. Regardless, gadolinium based contrast is probably not a great drug for anyone to take. As Eriksgirl noted when I was talking to her no one is getting an MRI for fun, it is for something serious. In the end it becomes one of those necessary evils.

  8 Responses to “Contrast”

  1. I read something on this site that seemed to point you in the direction of being against CCSVI. I was wondering if I am correct on saying that, and if so, why?

    I mean if smoking seems to be a factor (no matter how small) in MS, if many people feel better with something as simple as Inclined Bed Therapy, not to mention that things that generally get blood pumping (heat, exercise) can have an adverse effect on MS, as well as other ‘vein/circulatory issues’ that exist, then I strongly feel blocked veins (as well as other issues) could indeed have a part to play in all this. It’s not hard to find loads of successful CCSVI before and after stories online (even IF it doesn’t work for all) and really the only ones saying CCSVI doesn’t have merit seem to be the ones who’s best interests (or pocketbooks) will be effected. In any case, I am curious if you really do think negatively on it and why? And yes, I am aware that many let downs have come in the past and really understand that. But is that really all? Hopefully you will give it a chance, this time it really has some weight.

  2. JK,
    As I posted before I am not against this treatment. I was very happy that there are those thinking outside of the box. I have not been following the developments with CCSVI, but how does this explain the sex divide in MS? Especially when women tend to suffer from low iron levels? I have no doubt this explains some cases of MS just like Lyme accounts for some cases of MS, but it is not an all encompassing solution. I am eager to see how it progresses.

  3. I think this really demonstrates the importance of doing your own research when it comes to research and medications!

  4. When I heard about the new cure CCSVI, I was so excited. The problem is that it costs $2500 just to see if it will or will not work. So I went back to my research because $2500 is just too much for someone like me who has no insurance. What I found and have been having success with for two weeks now only mind you is Cell Synergy. It is a vitamin based supplement that is having great results for MS patients and cancer patients.

    It is not nearly as expensive as that CCSVI procedure, but it is expensive for supplements…..but it has been working for me.

    I agree with Holly. It is very important for us to do our own research. In fact it is because of my own research that I refuse medications.

  5. Erik,
    thanks for the info about the MRI contrast danger.
    I was unaware of this. Your blog is helpful.

    How long have you had MS? Any disability beside vision problems?

  6. Hey guys, for anyone willing to experiment and try something to potentially improve their condition, try a paleolithic diet for 30 days.

    Remove grains, legumes, and dairy, and perhaps eggs, nuts and seeds and nightshades. Also remove any foods that you are allergic to.

    This diet removes substances known to aggravate the immune system.

    A French doctor, Jean Seignalet, wrote a book, “L’alimentation Ou La Troisième Médecine” in which he details the results of his practice of prescribing a paleo-like diet.

    In his patients with Multiple Sclerosis, he had a 98%* success rate(*success defined as 50% or more reduction in symptoms).

    I would love for any reports on how it went, improvements or otherwise. If it helps you, I encourage you to share your story.

    You can reach me at for further questions, comments, etc.

  7. Wow! I agree with Holly, you’ve got to do your own research! This is scary stuff! Thought you’d be pleased to know we are celebrating MS Awareness week all month 🙂 We have added MS resources to our site and I am blogging and learning about the topic of Multiple Sclerosis.

  8. Erik,
    I was wondering if you had any updates? I am sure the newborn is a handful. I saw that you are suffering from lesions
    Have you ever been diagnosed with focal axonal degeneration?

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