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The Promise of Oxygen Therapy

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Wednesday, 29 Jun 2016 03:34 PM Current | Bio | Archive

We now know that the legendary musician Prince died of an overdose of opioid drugs, likely related to continued pain he suffered after his hip replacement surgery. Unfortunately, such deaths are becoming more common. In fact, overdoses are now the number four killer in the United States.

Recently, news also came of the death of boxer Muhammad Ali, who had suffered with Parkinson’s disease for many years, which was reportedly exacerbated an overwhelming infection.

Both Prince and Muhammed Ali could have benefited from hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Yet the value of this treatment is so under-recognized and it is so underutilized that likely neither man was given the opportunity to try it.

As I have noted before, in the U.S. there are 17 approved indications HBOT. In Russia, there are 74.

On television, you will hear endless advertisements for prescription drugs to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crone’s disease, and many other problems. Well, rheumatoid Arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and crone’s disease, all respond very well to HBOT.

In my opinion, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is just one step in the return to a more holistic medicine that doesn’t just treat the symptoms of disease, but also controls the underlying disease processes, thereby eliminating the symptoms as well as their cause.

I am writing a book on hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which I hope will aid in spreading the word about the value of this important treatment for alleviating a great number ailments, as is currently routinely done in Russia, Cuba, and other countries around the world.

We have been trying to get the Veteran’s Administration and the military to use hyperbaric oxygen for treatment of concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

One patient was in a veteran’s hospital for concussion and traumatic brain injury when he attempted suicide. As a result of the suicide attempt, he process lost the lower third of one leg. He eventually developed an infection in the stump of his lost leg.

Such an infection in an amputated stump is a clear clinical indication for hyperbaric oxygen. Yet the VA program did not provide it to him initially, and the infection worsened. Fortunately, he is now receiving treatment for his HBOT for his injuries and the infection in his leg is clearing and the stump is healing well.

It reminds me of another veteran that we worked with several years ago who had lost one leg in Iraq while the other leg was severely injured. He was in and out of military hospitals for almost two years, until he was finally admitted to Bethesda Naval Hospital.

There, surgeons told him that they would have to remove his remaining leg in two days because of an infection of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a particularly virulent type of bacterial infection.

Fortunately, this veteran had friends who had performed equine hyperbaric oxygen therapy. They advised him to check out of Bethesda and go to the University of Maryland in Baltimore where they would pay for his 23 hyperbaric oxygen treatments (which cost $23,000).

Those 23 treatments cleared the MRSA infection, and five years later, he is still walking on that leg.

Now consider this: The cost of amputating his leg would have been $90,000, plus the ongoing costs of the maintenance of the additional leg prosthesis. In all, it was a huge savings — both physically and financially.

In my opinion, the value of hyperbaric oxygen therapy is still one of the best kept secrets in medicine. I hope my upcoming book on this valuable treatment will help resolve the ongoing failure to understand its application.

I will tell you more about how to get the book when it comes out.
 

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