The AAHA, American Association for Hyperbaric Awareness, has been working quietly in the background for the last couple of years, representing your interests, namely, having hbot available to you when it is needed.

The AAHA does not represent any manufacturer or company trying to sell HBOT products.
The AAHA is not being used to sell chambers
The AAHA is not being used to promote any doctor or hbot center or to recruit business.
The AAHA has not made any promises or guarantees to you.
The AAHA has never asked you to pay any fees, dues, or contributions.
The AAHA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization dedicated to making America aware of the value of HBOT and the need to have insurance and Medicaid pay for hbot for brain injury or neurological conditions.
The AAHA is the only organization following a solid plan to bring HBOT to the forefront for anyone you know who may benefit.

The TV taping of a PBS program telling about the benefits of HBOT for neurological injury taking place in Feb. is the direct result of the AAHA’s efforts. This program will be aired in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area on PBS the end of Feb. It will be followed by PBS airing all over the USA in the weeks to follow.

Can you imagine the effect this can have on your chances of getting affordable HBOT in the future. With this type exposure, the chances of getting it approved for insurance coverage will be much stronger. Insurance companies will be viewing it and it can be used to convince them to cover your hbot.

Isn’t it about time we supported the AAHA? All you have to do to support them is join AAHASupporters@ yahoogroups. com. The strength is in numbers. If the AAHA can get this time of program across the USA and public officials and politicians begin to recognise HBOT, then we want the AAHA to continue to have the backing they need to get things done. If they know thousands of people are behind this effort they will listen. It is time for you to begin spreading the word to all your friends on all your email forums on how important it is to join the AAHA.

Remember, our strength lies in numbers. On the 2 main hbot groups, HBOTherapyforAutism and NeuroHBOT, we have almost 2400 families represented. If all of you would simple join the AAHA supporters group, when the time comes to write a letter, send an email, or take whatever action is needed in support of the AAHA, we can help them have the strength they need to be heard.

The AAHA has been in the background, now it is time to bring them to the forefront.

To join the AAHA, you can simply send a blank email to AAHAsupporters- subscribe@ yahoogroups. com or go the web page at http://health. com/group/ AAHAsupporters/

Thank you and please support the AAHA
Robert Hartsoe


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HBOT also has beneficial effects on vasospasm and cellular reperfusion injury.  Multiple studies have shown that HBOT reduces cerebral edema and decreases intracranial pressure (ICP).   A summary of the HBOT/cerebral edema studies in animals is that HBOT has two differenct effects: one reducing brain edema (injured brain), and another producing brain edema (normal brain).  This toxic effect on normal brain causes a breakdown in the protective vasoconstriction of arterioles, resulting in a rapid rise in brain blood flow and deterioration in EEG.

Rockswold in 1992 reported the most exhaustive, rigorous, and important study to date in acute TBI (traumatic brain injury) in an attempt to refute or affirm all of the above animal and human data.  Conducted from 1983 to 1989 the study enrolled 168 patients with GCS or 9 or less in a RPCT design and stratified the patients by age and GCS.  Patients were treated at 1.5 ATA/60 every 8 hours for a maximum of two weeks immediately post TBI or until awake or deceased during these two weeks.  The average patient entered treatment 26 hours post TBI and received 21 treatments.  Overall mortality was significantly reduced 50% in the HBOT group and as high as 56% and 60% in the elevated ICP and GCS 4-6 subgroups.

This reduction in mortality has never been equaled by any therapy in the medical armamentarium except possibly the ambulance, or in the case of the military, the helicopter.  Adding HBOT to helicopter evacuation of casualties should further decrease morbidity and mortality of injured soldiers.  This is the foundation of the DoD-BIRR Project.


Harch, Paul, M.D., “FEB Scientific Background and Overview,” 2005 (81 scientific references)

Harch, Paul, M.D., “Evidence for Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Acute Traumatic Brain Injury,” 2001

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a high-dose oxygen inhalation therapy that is achieved by having the patient breathe 100% oxygen inside a pressurized hyperbaric chamber. The delivery of oxygen to the tissues occurs through respiration because the patient absorbs insufficient oxygen through the skin.

Oxygen is transported by the blood from the lungs into the tissue by two methods: it is bound to hemoglobin in red blood cells, and it is physically dissolved in the plasma. As the chamber is pressurized, the elevated alveolar oxygen tension in the lungs drives oxygen into the plasma, which is then transported throughout the body. Oxygen transport by plasma is the key to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, for even tissue with a poor blood supply can receive oxygen as the hyperoxygenated plasma seeps across it.

While increasing tissue-oxygen levels is a primary therapeutic effect of HBOT, other benefits include reducing edema, modifying growth factors and cytokine effects, stimulating more rapid development of capillary budding and granulation tissue formation within the wound bed, promoting cellular proliferation, accelerating collagen deposition, and increasing microbial oxidative killing.

Damaged tissue can have decreased oxygen levels that reduce the activity of several antibiotics, including aminoglycosides, sulfonamides, and fluoroquinolones. By raising the oxygen in ischemic tissue to normal levels, HBOT may normalize the activity of these antimicrobials. Additionally, HBOT may potentiate the activity of certain antimicrobials by inhibiting biosynthetic reactions in bacteria. HBOT can modulate the immune system response and also enhance oxygen-radical scavengers, thereby decreasing ischemia-reperfusion injury.

Although any therapeutic application of hyperbaric oxygenation is intrinsically associated with the potential for producing mild-to-severe side effects, the appropriate use of hyperoxia is one of the safest therapeutics available to the practitioner.

It is unknown if hyperbaric oxygen therapy will cause congenital defects in horses. In human studies it has not been shown to have adverse effects. In our hyperbaric center, we do not hesitate to treat a mare with HBOT, especially when the benefits outweigh the risks. It is not unusual in our clinic, if treating a foal, to allow the mare in the chamber during treatments to aid in the relaxation of the foal.

Contact: Dr. Nathan Slovis, 859/253-0002; Hagyard Equine Medical Institute; Lexington, Ky.

Hyperbaric Oxygen TherapyHyperbaric oxygen therapy, or “HBO”, is a medical treatment in which a patient breathes 100% oxygen while increased atmospheric pressure (generally 2 atm) in a hyperbaric chamber. The purpose of breathing 100% oxygen under pressure is to dissolve more oxygen into the bloodstream which accelerates the body’s natural healing process.

  • What Conditions benefits from HBO?
    • Diabetic wounds or ulcers
    • Soft tissue radiation damage
    • Compromised surgical grafts or flaps
    • Brown recluse spider bites
    • Certain infections of bone or skin
    • Crush injuries where intense oxygenation may save a limb
    • Air embolisms
    • Acute Necrotizing Fascitis
    • Gangrene infection

There are many other possible conditions.  Please contact Advanced Wound Care Systems, Inc and Hyperbaric Healing Center in Salt Lake City Utah at 801-964-2008 for a consultation.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Miracles  By Dennis Gersten, M.D.

Nutritional Medicine and Psychiatry, Encinitas, CA

 In June 2002, I underwent a corneal transplant, after struggling for two years with a transplant that rejected and failed. I was blind and in a lot of pain. Three weeks after the June transplant, the new graft began to reject, which means that the body’s immune system identifies the cornea as “foreign” and begins attacking it. I underwent a very familiar treatment to me – high doses of Prednisone to suppress rejection, steroid eye drops and injections of long-acting steroids under the eye.

 The standard treatment failed and several weeks into the rejection, I knew that my time was running out. Within another week or two the cornea was likely to severely deteriorate. I needed an alternative.

After a great deal of research, I began hyberbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) at the Whitaker Wellness Institute in Newport Beach, California, founded by the well-known pioneer in holistic medicine and author of Health and Healing, Julian Whitaker, M.D.

My response was miraculous, and I kept running into other miracles at the Whitaker Wellness Institute.

After a great deal of research, I began hyberbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) at the Whitaker Wellness Institute in Newport Beach, California, founded by the well-known pioneer in holistic medicine and author of Health and Healing, Julian Whitaker, M.D. I had treatments two days in a row, and then saw my ophthalmologist the next day, who told me that the cornea was 50 percent improved. That was great news and was all the information I needed to commit to twice weekly HBO treatments. After a few months of treatment, my cornea is now 85 to 90 percent recovered.

My response was miraculous, and I kept running into other miracles at the Whitaker Wellness Institute. I asked one fellow what he was being treated for, “I used to be quad… I can’t run very well, but I walk pretty great, don’t you think?” It was hard for this conventionally trained medical doctor (me) to understand how a quadriplegic (like Christopher Reeves) could ever possibly have been cured. And then he explained, “Hyberbaric oxygen dramatically decreased edema (swelling) of the central nervous system and spinal cord after injury. It is the swelling that actually leads to the paralysis in most cases.”

I replied “So, what would Christopher Reeves be like today had he begun with hyberbaric oxygen?”

“He would be the same Christopher Reeves he was before his injury,” came the response.

I was sick for ten years. After hyberbaric oxygen therapy, I completely came out of the fog, reconnected to family and friends regained all of my mental faculties. All that is left is some fatigue.”

On another occasion, I asked a 30 year-old man what he was being treated for, “I developed Reyes Syndrome when I was 19 years old and was in a coma for four days. When I finally was able to leave the hospital and return home with my parents, it was as if I were living in a dream. I knew who my family and friends were but I felt no connection with anyone or anything in the world. I was sick for ten years. After hyberbaric oxygen therapy, I completely came out of the fog, reconnected to family and friends regained all of my mental faculties. All that is left is some fatigue.”

And on and on it went with stories like this. I wondered how I could have been so utterly uninformed about this and other oxygen therapies. I became interested in applications of HBO for my patients and for society at large.

Before going into further scientific explanations, let’s take a “dive” into the hyberbaric chamber. There are a variety of chambers, but a common one is a “three-seater.” It is a twelve-foot long steel chamber with round windows. First, a technician will place an oxygen mask on you. The mask used was the same as those used by Air Force fighter pilots. Next, the chamber door is closed and the oxygen is turned on, and you begin breathing 100 percent oxygen. Then the entire chamber is pressurized to levels between 1.5 and 3 atmospheres, the initial feeling is not unlike begin in an airplane that is either taking off or landing. Most people talk about going for a dive, since the chambers are widely used for decompression illnesses in scuba divers. I personally feel as if I am on a plane going on a vacation.

“Dennis Gersten, M.D., like myself is a conventionally trained physician. However, as a patient at the Whitaker Wellness Institute he received unconventional medical therapy. Like many of our patients, he experienced unexpected and substantial benefits. He was surprised that therapies of such benefit could be completely ignored by conventional doctors. That has disturbed me for over 25 years.”

Julian M. Whitaker, M.D.
President and Founder,
Whitaker Wellness Institute

The duration of the “flight” varies but includes about 10 minutes of pressurization, 60 minutes of treatment, and 10 minutes of depressurization. Now, there is an image to help explain what is happening during HBO. We’ll use an unopened bottle of soda pop to illustrate the process. Before you open the bottle, you can see no bubbles of carbon dioxide (CO2). As soon as you take the lid off, the bottle fizzes, bubbles form everywhere and are clearly visible. They are invisible before opening the bottle because the beverage is sealed under high pressure, causing virtually all of the CO2 to dissolve into the water. As soon as the cap comes off, the pressure leaves, and the CO2 comes out of the solution.

The same principle applies to HBO. You are breathing 100 percent oxygen under high pressure. The high pressure causes the oxygen to dissolve into the blood. As a result, extremely high levels of oxygen saturate your blood and are delivered to your body tissues. As a result of HBO, there is a 10 to 15 fold increases in the concentration of oxygen in the blood, resulting in a dramatic increase in oxygen delivery to your cells. It’s that simple, although one wants to get an HBO treatment center where the staff is well-trained since there is a lot of complexity that the doctors and technicians need to be aware of.

Immediately after the treatment, people often experience more energy, a sense of vitality, and clear-headedness. But that is not the therapeutic effect that is lasting. The true healing impact of HBO comes about after several to many treatments and is explained by several mechanisms.

HYPEROXYGENATION. Supports poorly perfused tissue which helps in wound healing and stroke.

NEOVASCULARIZATION. This means that HBO causes the growth of new blood vessels at a capillary level. If you’ve had a heart attack or are about to, developing increased blood flow, actually growing new blood vessels, via neovascularization could be quite helpful.

ANTI-MICROBIAL ACTIVITY. This is an exciting aspect of HBO, namely its ability to kill bacteria, viruses and mycoplasma. HBO is often used along with antibiotics in treating some bacterial infections and mycoplasma. HBO is often used along with antibiotics in treating some bacterial infections and mycoplasma (a common cause of chronic fatigue syndrome). Viruses cannot live in the presence of oxygen, so it is great news that there are therapies developing that can kill viruses because the anti-viral medications are not a solution to the huge problem that viruses are.

DIRECT PRESSURE. HBO is mainly used in America to treat decompression illnesses in divers, HBO reduces the volume of gases in the bloodstream.

VASOCONSTRICTION. (Constriction of the blood vessels). This occurs without loss of oxygen delivery to the tissues because HBO is delivering highly concentrated oxygen to every cell in the body. This particular mechanism is useful in helping to heal burn wounds.

All five mechanisms are at work during any of the 13 FDA approved indications for HBO therapy.

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning complicated by cyanide poisoning

Decompression illness, including air o gas embolism

Gas gangrene (diabetics may develop this)

Chronic osteomyelitis (bone infection)

Radiation tissues injury

Crush injuries and traumatic ischemia

Anemia, including acute blood loss anemia

Intracranial abscess caused by actinomycosis

Necrotizing soft tissue infections

Refractory osteomyelitis (bone infection)

Skin grafts and flaps

Thermal (heat) burns

HBO is being used worldwide for a variety of illnesses and there is tremendous research already supporting these uses. In fact there are more than 30,000 scientific studies. Over the next few years, the documentation will reach the level where the double-blind studies are likely to validate many more treatments.

Here are some of the more intriguing and essential uses of HBO being used both here and abroad:

Near drowning.


Cerebral edema.

Lyme Disease.


Cranial nerve disease.

Peripheral neuropathy, often seen in diabetes.

Delayed wound healing.

Diabetic retinopathy.

Tendon and ligament injury.

Accelerated healing from surgery, including plastic surgery.

Ulcerative colitis.

Multiple sclerosis.

The daughter of a woman working at the Whitaker Wellness Institute has multiple sclerosis and has had a lifesaving and life-changing response to HBO.

In Japan no one is more than 30 minutes from a hyberbaric oxygen chamber. In Europe, HBO is the very first treatment for stroke. Hence, HBO chambers are in most European hospitals. And in Moscow, there is a hyberbaric hospital. In the hospital there are large hyberbaric rooms that can hold 30 to 50 people at a time there are even HBO chambers for cats and dogs.

If HBO is the number one treatment for stroke in Europe, one realizes the tragedy going on in America. I have met people who flew in from Indiana for their HBO therapy because there are apparently very few, or no, chambers in the Midwest.

The more I have researched HBO, have experienced my own clinical response, and have spoken with many others helped or cured of dread illnesses, the more I wonder how many people could benefit from this wonderful modality-oxygen. This is a treatment based on one of our body’s greatest needs for survival, along with food and water. I wonder about all the people with brain disorders who might feel better, might lead healthier lives, if they knew about HBO.

I don’t wonder why there are so few HBO treatment centers in America, because we tend to lag 50 years behind scientific breakthroughs. As a specialist in amino acids therapy, I am well aware that we are now 40 years into this modality but years away from any incorporation into mainstream medicine. So I don’t wonder, but I do regret the lag time and I fell for the people who could experience some relief from their suffering if they had access to ( and knew about) hyberbaric oxygen.

To quote Dr. Julian Whitaker, “Most physicians are only aware of HBO’ best-known use, to treat decompression illness (the bends) in divers. This I a shame. This remarkable therapy should be available to millions of patients who would fare much better with it than the drugs and surgical procedures they’re currently getting. Ask your doctor about hyberbaric oxygen therapy, and suggest that he or she look at the medical literature. Patient demand will likely be the deciding factor in making this therapy universally accessible.”

A final word – Prior to World War II there was a gigantic hyberbaric treatment facility in Chicago. However, it was dismantled so that the metal could be used to help fight the war. No such facility has replaced that one. Nonetheless, one at the time we can climb into these healing chambers, perfuse our tissue with oxygen and recover from a variety of symptoms and illnesses.

The story that leads me to Teri Rich and her Hyperbaric Healing Systems, Inc. and Advanced Wound Care Systems, Inc. which is located in Salt Lake City, Utah actually began several years ago in Newport Beach, California.

I first began to understand what hyperbaric oxygen therapy is by an introduction from Dr. Donald Jolly-Gabriel. Dr. “Jolly” as he likes to be called is the Director of Education and Hyperbarics for the Whitaker Institute and Clinic, located in Newport Beach, California.

I have found Dr. Jolly to be an unbelievable humanitarian and a very caring soul. I was originally called by Dr. Jolly after he found my Alternative Medicine Referral Network. We were both located in Newport Beach at the time, and he suggested we collaborate on how we can help each other and we arranged a meeting.

Our initial meeting was during the holiday season, as Thanksgiving was approaching. I saw a man in a lab coat frantically carrying boxes and directing a few people as I parked in the driveway of the Whitaker clinic. It was my appointment – Dr. Jolly and he was taking some time during his break to make sure food and items got delivered for the homeless at a shelter in Orange county. “Are you going to come with us to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving?” He asked.

Dr. Donald Jolly Gabriel PhD and Denise Hetrick of Clear Mind Center standing in front of a Hyperbaric Oxygen device.
Denise Hetrick of Clear Mind Center and Dr. Donald Jolly Gabriel PhD of Whitaker Wellness Institute, standing in front of a Hyperbaric Oxygen device.