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What the Health?!? The Doctor's Chat

Oct 5, 2022


In the past two decades it has been increasingly successfully applied to patients with chronic traumatic brain injury of all severities, first by myself 1-9 and then by others.10-16 The early human experience was duplicated in an animal model that constitutes the only improvement of chronic brain injury in animals in the history of science.17 The study was performed using the human protocol. In severe traumatic brain injury there are two controlled trials11,12 and in mild traumatic brain injury post-concussion syndrome there are two randomized controlled trials.14,16 All studies in chronic TBI done in this dosing range have shown positive results. This body of literature not only supports hyperbaric oxygen therapy for chronic neurocognitive residual of traumatic brain injury as a medical necessity, but also constitutes evidence-based medicine according to the definition of Sackett.18 In addition, there is no comparatively effective therapy.

Stated by Paul G. Harch, M.D.



Autoimmune disorders:


Autoimmune disorders are a group of diseases that occur because of a malfunction in the immune system of the body. These include well-known diseases like Type 1 Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lupus, and others. These diseases generally have no cure and are often only treatable through transplants, surgeries, medicines, or anti-immune therapies. Some autoimmune diseases are genetic or occur later in life. Whatever the case may be, autoimmune disorders are complicated and have multi-organ system involvement. 


These diseases are all characterized by a dysregulated immune system in which the immune system attacks its own tissues. This can be a one-time event, a series of events, or an ongoing process. There are over 80 different autoimmune disorders with a myriad of symptoms. The immune system is extremely complicated, second in complexity only to the nervous system, and essential to the body. This system is made up of many organs, tissues, proteins, and cells that all work together throughout the body. The immune system attacks and destroys germs, bacteria, and infections. Immune response in the body is key to your body working properly. A strong immune system can help you avoid getting sick, keep your body functioning properly, and limit infection from causing other issues. If there is an autoimmune disorder in the body, it means that the immune system is either not working properly through not keeping the body safe, or it has “confused” healthy parts of the body for unhealthy, dangerous cells. 


Dr. Harch generally recommends an initial series of 40 HBOT treatments for autoimmune disease that has been active for at least six months. Once the chronic wounding has been addressed there is evidence that regular low-dose HBOT sessions can suppress the immune system on a long-term basis. Coupled with counseling and dietary therapy HBOT can change the trajectory of autoimmune disease and improve a patient’s quality of life. 


The evidence for HBOT treatment of autoimmune disorders is fairly strong in animal models where the beneficial effects of HBOT on various components of the immune system have been demonstrated. In humans there is less experience with much of the early application accumulated by Russian physicians. Lately, there have been more case reports and studies in humans. Beneficial effects of HBOT are due to HBOT’s broad-based suppressive effects on a dysregulated immune system, very likely through HBOT’s effects on anti-inflammatory gene expression and immune cells. 


There is accumulating evidence for HBOT’s impact on a variety of autoimmune diseases. One of the first diseases targeted for HBOT treatment was multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) or multiple “scars” is a wounding condition where wounds accumulate in the small veins to the white matter (connecting tracts) in the brain and spinal cord. Many doctors believe this is an autoimmune disorder. The most rigorous trial ever performed on HBOT in MS demonstrated symptom improvement in MS patients. One of the most dramatic testimonials is Dr. Harch’s wife Juliette who was diagnosed with Chronic Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) many years ago. Over the past 21 years with a few hyperbaric treatments/month her disease has shown no progression, similar to a report out of England on over 700 patients treated for 14 years. Juliette works full-time, participates in sports, and leads an active life with minimal symptoms. 


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is another category of autoimmune disease in which hyperbaric oxygen therapy is showing great promise. IBD consists of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease, two diseases which cause inflammation of the intestines leading to abdominal pain, cramping, gas, bloody diarrhea, draining wounds around the anus, and even cancer. In multiple studies totaling nearly 300 patients with Crohn’s Disease and over 300 patients with Ulcerative Colitis HBOT has shown an overall response rate of 86% in healing Crohn’s Disease anal wounds and in improving symptoms and clinical outcomes in ulcerative colitis patients.  


For patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Anklyosing Spondylitis there are encouraging reports. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that can affect many organ systems, but primarily affects the small joints of the hands. Russian doctors reported improvement in symptoms and inflammation in multiple studies in the 1980s. A recent study in California showed significant improvements in symptoms and quality of life in patients with RA. Similarly, in anklyosing spondylitis, an autoimmune disease that affects the spine, 94% of 142 patients treated by Russian physicians in the 1980s achieved improvement of symptoms and a variety of other measures after a course of HBOT.



HBOT treatment of dementia began in the 1960s. Multiple studies have been published with conflicting results, however, much of this conflict is likely due to different doses of HBOT employed. The benefits of HBOT in treatment of dementia and MCI can be experienced at any time in a course of hyperbaric treatment. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment of dementia and MCI can improve symptoms and even stabilize a patient’s decline, especially with intermittent treatment over longer periods of time. Brain blood flow scans have shown improvement in blood flow in patients with MCI and dementia treated with HBOT. Exactly how and why this occurs is not yet understood, but it is known that HBOT helps a patient’s body to heal itself through increased oxygen. Brain shrinkage and reduced blood flow to the brain’s tissues are partial causes of this kind of impairment, which hyperbaric oxygen treatment can improve or even reverse. With increased oxygen and blood flow to the brain, tissues that would not otherwise heal can become functional again.


A stroke occurs when a person’s brain is not getting enough blood, which in turn means it is not getting enough oxygen. Strokes are caused by blood clots in blood vessels (ischemic stroke), bleeding of blood vessels into tissue (hemorrhagic stroke), and ruptured blood vessels (subarachnoid hemorrhage or ruptured aneurysm). During a stroke, brain damage can happen very quickly, as the cells begin to die without oxygen.


The common belief is that a stroke is only treatable if therapy can be delivered within four to five hours of the stroke. This is simply not true. Stroke patients can respond to HBOT at all phases of the injury: acute, subacute (weeks to months), and chronic (greater than 6 months). The key is resupplying oxygen to the stroked tissue and HBOT does this like no other therapy.


Patients who use HBOT for stroke recovery can experience significant improvement in strength, endurance, balance, memory, and motor skills, depending on the location and size of the stroke. Some patients also feel less pain, begin to speak more clearly, and improve their activities of daily living (ADLs).  Even small gains can have a significant impact on quality of life. When coupled with other therapies, HBOT can often have even greater benefits.


Hyperbaric oxygen treatment increases oxygen levels in the blood and in the tissues, improves circulation, and helps heal damaged tissues quickly. The area of dead and dying brain tissue can vary in size and location. When the tissue in the brain has died, this is called an infarct.  HBOT has no known effect on dead brain tissue. It is the area surrounding the dead brain tissue, consisting of living damaged tissue, that HBOT treats.



OZONE:  what is it,  how it works:  immune system balancing:  decreases inflammation, modulates down regulates in autoimmune conditions, and if immune system low:  it bolsters it.


UV light adds energy to the red blood cells causing a healing cascade to occur. Harvard Medical School. • Ozone in blood makes an oxidative stress causing the body to respond and heal V Bocci PhD -U of Sienna


70-80% with chronic disorders say they were significantly helped (with 5 or more treatments).


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