I have been interested in the power of oxygen to help people return to naturally sustained good health, for some time. I hope to learn considerably more about this fascinating subject in the year ahead. Regular readers will remember that I have been following the inspiring story of Frank Duyshart’s determination to help his son, Jonathan, to make the fullest possible recovery, following a serious road accident.
I will continue to keep you informed as I learn, but I would also like to thank Frank for the following post, which he wrote for my Facebook Page.
Hyperbaric oxygenation therapy (HBOT) is a treatment which improves the body’s natural healing process by the inhalation of 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The chamber is pressurized with ambient air from 1.75 ATA to 2 ATA (1.75 to 2 times normal atmospheric pressure) The patient breathes 100% oxygen through a special clear breathing hood or mask. Due to the pressurization the oxygen level in the patient’s blood stream is increased many times above normal, this helps control infections and promotes healing for many different kinds of illness or injuries. Under normal circumstances at sea level (1 ATA) we breathe 21% oxygen, which is transported throughout the body by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved, due to the increased pressure, into all of the body’s fluids, and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can much better support its own healing process.
Most Asian and European countries consider the following conditions as appropriate indications for HBOT:
- Cerebral Edema
- Lyme Disease,
- Migraine & Cluster headaches
- Near Drowning
- Brain Injury (cerebral edema/coma)
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Chronic Fatigue
- Cerebral Palsy
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Immune System Building
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Sports Injuries,
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Elective Plastic Surgery – recovery
- Hyperbaric Oxygenation is also an excellent therapy when used in combination with other Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine programs
Our Own HBOT Experience
My son, Jonathan, sustained Traumatic Brain Injuries In a car crash. The hospital physicians saved his life, but after 5 weeks in critical condition their prognosis was that he would be “persistently vegetative”. In a coma for the rest of his life..
I decided to take him home but first made a 400 mile trip to a Hyperbaric Clinic operated by a friend. My son started HBOT the day we arrived. On the 9th or 10th day, while in the chamber with me, he opened his eyes and focused on my face.
Jonathan has had 250 hours in the chamber over the past seven years, currently “diving” to the equivalent of 43 feet deep in water. In PSI that’s about 28 pounds, or about the pressure in an automobile tire. I absolutely credit this treatment with bringing him out of the coma and the prognosis of being “permanently and persistently vegetative. Please Note: Hyperbaric Chambers configured like “tanning beds” typically cannot provide the adequate pressurization for maximum benefit. Please see website below for more information.
I can not recommend this enough, and will tell you that I have seen with my own eyes:
- Gangrene due to advanced diabetes, cured, amputation prevented
- Elderly ladies incapacitated by strokes, walking without a cane, regaining the functions of their arms after one month’s treatments.
- A boy with Cerebral Palsy, unable to even sit, walking with the assistance of a therapist after two months treatments.