Friends and colleagues please post a comment in support of DR HARCH’S pilot trial. Also please thank Congressman Jones for his support. Write whatever is appropriate for you individually. We would like Congressman Walter Jones to know there is a lot of energy surrounding and supporting this.

Here is the video below:

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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. groups.yahoo. com/group/ AAHAsupporters/

Thank you and please support the AAHA
Robert Hartsoe

Hperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) appears to be a safe and effective treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Depression.  Thanks to the work of the American Association for Health Freedom,  and their petition to Congress,  it looks as though our veterans will soon be receiving this much-needed treatment.

For each of you who took time to write your representatives regarding this issue – Thank you.  The legislation which was passed and signed into law is a start, but this program needs to be funded and sustained.  Please see the link at the bottom of this piece to ask Congress for its continued support of HBOT for veterans.
* From the E-Newsletter, [American Association for Health Freedom]

AAHF Scores a Victory with HBOT for Wounded Veterans

Hope For Traumatic Brain Injury, Diabetic Failure-to-Heal Wounds and More?

On September 30,  President Bush signed into law the FY2009 Continuing Resolution that contains the Defense Appropriations bill.  In doing so, crucial funding became available to complete a scientific study important to all Americans.

Seventeen years ago, Paul G. Harch, M.D., discovered that hyperbaric oxygen therapy at 1.5 atmospheres of pressure  (HBOT 1.5)  could repair a chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Dr. Harch, director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship at Louisiana State University’s School of Medicine and an AAHF member, has used the therapy on over 700 patients and has taught the technique to hundreds of doctors.

In 2008, Dr. Harch applied HBOT 1.5 to five combat veterans of the current war who have traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from concussive blasts.  So far, all of the veterans treated have significan recovery.  Eighty percent no longer have PTSD and all are improved.

During this same year,  Dr. Harch testified in fron to the Surgeon General of the Navy and the Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps.  He told the stories of the five combat veterans he treated with HBOT 1.5; three of those veterans were in the same room.

One of them, a judge who served as a general in the Army Reserves, endured a year of treatment failures at Walter Reed.  He is now back on the bench, fully recovered in 120 days, after 80 HBOT 1.5 treatments.  The Health Freedom Foundation, sponsored a Marine machine gunner who expreienced seven concussive events from roadside bombs during two tours in Iraq.  Now, after HBOT treatments, his migraine headaches have disappeared, his sleep is restored , his PTSD is gone.  He is now actively employed.  He has his life back, as do other veterans who have undergone HBOT treatment.

At Louisianna State University in New Orleans, under an approved study protocol, Dr. Harch is now treating another thirty veterans of the war who have TBI and PTSD.  AAHF sought funding from Congress for this important study for the past two years. This year, after nearly 200 visitis to members of Congress, funding was finally provided.

In April 2008, the RAND Corporation, a non-profit “think tank” highly respected by the government and NGOs, found that of the 1.6 million veterans of the war, 300,000 have PTSD, 320,000 suffer TBI, and 80,000 have depression.  Current treatment costs for each of these conditions, when treated separately, is more than the cost associated with HBOT 1.5.

HBOT 1.5  one-time cost is US $16,000 (80 treatments at $200 per session) and apprears to treat all three symptoms simultaneously;  the earlier a person is treated, the more effective the recovery, and the fewer the treatments needed.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy at 2.4 atmospheres of pressure is already used 10,000 times a day at over 900 locations for everything from non-healing diabetic wounds and radiation injuries from cancer treatment, to fourteen other Medicare-reimbursable and FDA-approved indications.  HBOT 1.5 is a dose of HBOT tat clinical experience shows is safe and effective for TBI.

According to Dr. Ted Fogarty, Chairman of Radiology at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, “Functional neuroimaging shows HBOT revitalizes brain tissues and restores normal brain metabolism in vastly different areas of the brain in ways that other existing treatments cannot.  To leave these injured neurons in our brave veterans to wither on the vine seems criminal when HBOT 1.5 is available and works.”

Today a multi-state coordinated effort is under way to treat vets at 78 locations.  We expect this AAHF-coordinated effort will result in the necessary scientific proof to establish HBOT 1.5 as the standard of care for acute and chronic neurological injuries, and we hope it will secure reimbursement by the VA, Tri-Care, Medicare and civilian insurance.

The body of scientific evidence indicates that modern medicine has overlooked hyperbaric oxygen as a key tool in the treatment of strokes, diabetic failure-to-heal wounds, and conditions like reflex sympathetic dystrophy.  Timely HBOT therapy could reduce the incidence of stroke (the leading cause of disability in the U.S., with over 500,000 reported cases each year) and amputations due to diabetic failure-to-heal wounds.  HBOT has sound science, many years of clinical practice and a convincing reason for all of us to seek access when it can be of help.

Veterans who wish treatment can can contact Teri Rich at 801-964-2008.

ARTICLE SOURCE:
HyperMED NeuroRecovery Australia
http://www.hypermed.com.au

I had the opportunity to visit with Teri Rich, the founder of Advanced Wound Care Systems, Inc. located in Taylorsville, Utah located inside the Salt Lake City metropolitan area.

Teri Rich and Dr. Sherman Johnson informed me that Advanced Wound Care Systems has been selected as one of approximately 90 installations around the U.S. for providing a Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy program for veterans.   

For more detailed information, you will need to contact Teri Rich directly at 801-964-2008.  Be sure to mention that you found her through the Hyperbaric Discovery blog.

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 Here is the beginning of the overview for this program.  It will be completed in subsequent entries:

Department of Defense Brain Injury Rescue and Rehabilitation Project (DoD-BIRR) Rescue for Blunt Trauma, Crush & Acute Traumatic Brain Injury
Summary of Scientific Backgrounds & Overview
 
 Oxygen delivered under pressure, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is one of the most powerful drugs known to man.  Simultaneously, HBOT delivers the substrate of life, oxygen, for which there is no substitute.  HBOT has profound beneficial effects on injury pathophysiologic processes that are common in military casualties.  Moreover, it has been shown to positively impact traumatic brain injury, compartment syndrome, burns, hemorrhage, and reperfusion injury.  These injuries and injury processes comprise the bulk of battlefield caualties.  With timely intervention of HBOT the morbidity and mortality of injured soldiers should substantially improve as they have in their civilian counterparts.  Past foreign military experience strongly suggests this benefit in extremity wounds and it is our conviction that United States soldiers deserve nothing less.  This is the goal of the Brain Injury Rescue and Rehabilitation Project (Dod-BIRR).

HBOT has both acute and chronic drug effects.  HBOT exerts these effects by obeying the Universal Gas Laws, the most important of which is Henry’s Law (2).  Henry’s Law states that the concentration of a gas in solution is proportional to the pressure of that gas interfacing with the solution.

At the point of three atmospheres absolute of pure oxygen (3 ATA), just slightly more than the amount the U.S. Navy has used for 50 years in the treatment of divers with decompression sickness, we can dissolve enough oxygen in the plasma to render red blood cells useless.  Under these conditions as blood passes through the tiniest blood vessels tissue cells will extract all of the dissolved oxygen in the blood without touching the oxygen bound to hemoglobin.  This amount of dissolved oxygen alone can exceed the amount necessary for the tissue to sustain life.  In other words, you don’t need red blood cells for life at 3 ATA of 100% oxygen.  This ability to maintain life without blood has obvious potential to battlefield casualties awaiting transfusion.

As a result of Henry’s Law HBOT is able to exert a variety of drug effects on acute pathyophysiologic processes.  These have been well documented over the past 50 years and include reduction of hypoxia (lack of oxygen), inhibition of reperfusion injury (immune response to injury), reduction of edema (swelling), blunting of systemic inflammatory responses, and a multitude of others.  In addition, repetitive HBOT in wound models acts as a DNA stimulating drug to effect tissue growth.    HBOT has been shown to interact with the DNA of cells in damaged areas to begin the production of repair hormones, proteins, and cell surface receptors that are stimulated by the repair hormones.  The resultant repair processes include replication of the cells responsible for tissure strength (fibroblasts), new blood vessel growth, bone healing and strengthening, and new skin growth.

In the past 12 years scientific research has unequivocally shown that the only drug to completely or nearly completely reverse the reperfusion injury process is hyperbaric oxygen.  This  physiological reaction of the body to trauma is  is a major  source of injury that battlefield casualties experience.  In multiple experiments with different models, different organ systems, different types of blood flow reduction or absence (e.g., heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest, carbon monoxide, tourniqueting of an extremity, etc.) timely HBOT within hours of reperfusion injury has been shown to completely or nearly completely reverse reperfusion injury.

Simultaneously, due to HBOT’s ability to dissolve large amounts of oxygen in the liquid portion of the blood, oxygen-enriched plasma is able to reach damaged areas of tissue not accessible by normal blood flow and restore oxdative function to those areas.  The net result is a dramatic reduction in the secondary injury process, improved viability of tissue that would otherwise die.

In addition, twenty percent of the wounded in Iraqi experience traumatic brain injury (TBI) a diffuse cerebral insult characterized by primary mechanical disruption of tissue and secondary injury from ischemia, hypoxia, edema, vasospasm, neurochemicals and reperfusion injury.  A review of the medical literature shows that there is substantial data proving a beneficial effect of HBOT on the secondary injury processes of acute TBI.  HBOT has been shown indirectly to improve ischemia and hypoxia in acute TBI by its effect on aerobic metabolism and EEG.  The neurosurgeon authors of the Rockswold study conclude that  “HBOT should be initiated as soon as possible after acute severe traumatic brain injury.”

— TO BE CONTINUED in PART 2

Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) is a mode of therapy that systematically delivers 100 percent oxygen at pressures two to three times greater than normal atmospheric pressure.  There is no significant oxygen absorption through the skin or wounds, so dressings stay intact during treatments.

For more information on this therapy, contact Advanced Wound Care Systems, Inc. at 801-964-2008

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.

Stroke.

Cerebral edema.

Lyme Disease.

Coma.

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.