Former talk show host Montel Williams is to have CCSVI treatment with stents towards the end of 2011. Williams was diagnosed with MS in 1999 and also set up the Montel Williams MS Foundation in 2000 to raise funds for the latest research on the condition. However some of his activities, such as opening a medicinal marijuana dispensary, appearing on infomercials for blenders and advertising cash pay-day advance loans, have led members of the MS community to doubt his sincerity and view the proposed CCSVI treatment as an ill-informed publicity stunt.
The marijuana dispensary in Sacramento is called the Abatin Wellness Cooperative and was previously run by Aundre Speciale, who is still on board. On June 13 it reopened but many vendors and contractors who had worked with Speciale and provided goods and services when the company had been called Capitol Wellness Collective were angry and frustrated. Some claimed that Speciale owed them money.
Mickey Martin owns the medical-cannabis consulting firm T-Comp in the Bay Area. He said Capitol Wellness owes him $20,000 and that Abatin is in violation of Sacramento’s ordinance, stating that any dispensary that shuts down for more than 30 days should have its permit revoked.
News review reported that Williams is to have CCSVI surgery in late 2011: ‘He explains that doctors will install stents in the veins along the neck that drain the central nervous system. He is optimistic, but conveys that recovery might be scary.’
The story was also posted on the CCSVI Locator website and people commented things such as ‘I think I smell a rat – there is nothing on his web sites regarding CCSVI just his products and Pot business.’ MSers questioned his knowledge of CCSVI, how he could already know he needs stenting and speculated he may be announcing his treatment to bring attention to his business ventures.
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