Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


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What Is It?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves placing patients in an airtight chamber and raising the atmospheric pressure and oxygen level so that oxygen is dissolved in the blood and delivered to tissues at higher levels than possible in normal atmospheric conditions. It is the treatment of choice for decompression sickness (The Bends) associated with SCUBA diving, but it is also recommended for numerous other medical indications. The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society list 14 indications for which they consider the evidence sufficient to recommend HBOT.

Being a SCUBA diver, I am familiar with the use of a hyperbaric chamber for decompression sickenss. What is The Bends? In a nutshell, The Bends is a condition arising from dissolved gases coming out of solution into bubbles inside the body when you ascend from the depths too quickly.  I've been a diver for 30 years, and thankfully, I have never suffered from The Bends, but at least there is a treatment for it!

And while HBOT can be used for a lot of conditions, it is NOT RECOMMENDED as treatment for Autism. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a advisory statement warning the public against the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for Autism 22 August 2013. The action, which also notes concern about other unproven uses of HBOT, apparently was predicated on the FDA’s receipt of multiple complaints from consumers, and it is consistent with long-standing concerns about this therapy. Having an autistic child, I do my best to keep up on treatment recommendations.

 

Have you ever used HBOT?? For what condition?

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