I have been working with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for more than 30 years, and understand that it is one area of medicine that is still not appreciated for its value to the medical profession. That’s why I often refer to HBOT as the “best kept secret” in modern American medicine.
For instance, in the United States there are only 14 conditions approved for HBOT, including decompression sickness, embolism, crush injuries, burns, bone infections, wound healing, severe anemia, and several others.
But in Russia, there are 73 indications for HBOT, and many other countries also use the treatment much more routinely.
On the bright side, the centers I work with have been very active in providing HBOT to veterans, many of whom attempted suicide prior to using the treatment. The majority of the vets that we have treated were told that their symptoms were psychological based on the fact that CT and standard MRI scans were interpreted as normal. But when we performed SPECT brain scans, they documented the abnormality of the vets’ brain function.
With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, brain function returns to normal, as is objectively demonstrated by follow-up SPECT scans performed on the vets.
The wounds of war are not invisible — you just have to know how to look for them.
One young man who had no physical injuries but had experienced 40 blast exposures was so psychologically distraught that he was taking six different psychiatric drugs. Yet despite that level of drug “therapy,” he attempted suicide.
With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, he has shown marked improvement, he is off his medications, and he has graduated as an honor student from college. His grateful mother told us, “Thank you for giving me back my son.”
My new book, “The Oxygen Cure,” a guide to the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, is written to be understandable for the general public, describing cases that have benefited from HBOT — not only in my practice, but also those of other physicians utilizing this valuable therapy.
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