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June 05, 20234 min read

My Journey with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

I am a magnet to new approaches and treatments that empower better brains and bodies. I am often solving problems with a strategy that gets to root cause and healing.

So, what am I recommending to many of my clients? Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, HBOT for short.

You can’t get more practical than oxygen!

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. This increased atmospheric pressure allows your lungs to gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.

HBOT has several mechanisms by which it supports the body, particularly in terms of anti-inflammatory effects, antioxidant benefits, DNA repair, and stem cell enhancement:

HBOT for Anti-inflammatory Effects: HBOT can significantly reduce inflammation throughout the body. It does this by decreasing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and increasing the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines. This shift helps in reducing swelling, pain, and chronic inflammation, which are characteristic of various medical conditions such as arthritis, traumatic injuries, and certain chronic diseases.

HBOT for Antioxidant Production: The treatment has been shown to enhance the body’s antioxidant defenses by increasing the levels of antioxidant enzymes. These enzymes help in neutralizing harmful free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage cells and contribute to aging and disease. By boosting antioxidant levels, HBOT helps protect against oxidative stress and promotes cellular health.

HBOT for DNA Repair: HBOT can aid in the repair of DNA that has been damaged by oxidative stress or other factors. The increased oxygen levels enhance cellular metabolism, which includes the activation of pathways that repair damaged DNA. This is particularly important in preventing mutations, promoting longevity, and maintaining healthy cell function.

HBOT for Stem Cell Mobilization: Research has indicated that HBOT can stimulate the release of stem cells from the bone marrow into the bloodstream. These stem cells can then travel to areas of injury or damage to contribute to regeneration and healing. The elevated stem cell levels after HBOT sessions can significantly improve recovery in patients with various conditions, enhancing tissue repair and regeneration.

These benefits make HBOT a valuable adjunctive treatment for a wide range of conditions, including recovery from injuries, certain chronic diseases, and conditions where reduced inflammation, enhanced detoxification, improved tissue repair, and overall cellular function are beneficial.

Where could HBOT have the greatest impact? 

HBOT for Dementia: The rates of brain degenerating diseases like dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are ever increasing. The increasing prevalence poses a significant and growing challenge to all individuals and society with the projection of 1 in 3 seniors being diagnosed in the future.

A study found hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) increased blood flow to the brains of participants experiencing early signs of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 23% and showed a 16.5% improvement in cognitive performance and memory. The study also includes more information about the study and early indicators of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

HBOT for Concussions: The impact of concussions, particularly among kids and athletes is becoming increasingly hard to ignore. With more people engaging in high-impact sports and activities, the incidence of concussions is rising, posing a serious challenge to health and well-being. Current research suggests that nearly one in five college athletes will experience a concussion during their career.

Recent studies are shedding light on how Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) could play a pivotal role in concussion recovery. HBOT has been shown to enhance blood flow to the brain by up to 20% in patients recovering from concussions. This increased circulation helps in delivering oxygen and nutrients to brain cells, aiding in faster and more efficient healing. Furthermore, patients undergoing HBOT reported a significant improvement in cognitive functions, such as attention and memory, which are often affected by concussions.

These breakthrough comes at a crucial time, offering hope to those suffering and looking for effective treatment options that go beyond traditional rest and medication. HBOT’s potential to expedite recovery and improve brain function post-concussion not only supports individual recovery but also addresses the broader challenge of managing concussion effects in society.

For those experiencing lingering symptoms post-concussion, or simply for anyone interested in the role of innovative therapies in brain health, HBOT presents an intriguing and proven option.

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Oxygen is essential for the brain to function properly and has been shown to support the healing from injuries. It also has shown to improve conditions including PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, anxiety, autoimmune diseases, migraines, Alzheimer’s, autism, arthritis, depression, ADD/ADHD, and sleep issues to just name a few.  

In Summary

Today, HBOT has great benefits for both our brains and bodies. My hope it HBOT will be used more widely in the future (and covered by insurance) to treat the entire spectrum of brain-based symptoms including concussions, strokes, concussions, and other forms of dementia. The more we know and advocate in bringing brain-based therapies like HBOT to the forefront, the closer we get to health.

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