Camp Lejeune, US Marine Corps, with the cooperation of the US Navy

From our friends at www.treatnow.org

Camp Lejeune, US Marine Corps, with the cooperation of the US Navy, has agreed to allow active duty Marines to voluntarily participate in an LSU study in New Orleans (http://hbottbistudy.org/). Dr. Paul Harch is investigating the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) at 1.5 ATA in the treatment of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or persistent post-concussion syndrome (PPCS) resulting from either blunt or blast injury in both military and civilians. This action builds on the efforts of Rep Walter Jones (R-NC) and over a dozen other lawmakers demanding access to this safe and effective treatment. Hundreds of thousands of brain-wounded active duty and veteran service members are suffering without alternative treatments that can heal the wound to the brain, rather than merely treating symptoms with ineffective drugs and devices, dangerous opioid, and unproven and potentially dangerous drugs like LSD, ecstasy and other exotics.

In a companion breakthrough, Indiana PL-217, signed 4/27/2017, establishes a funded Pilot Program for the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This legislation follows a long effort by veterans in Indiana to treat brain-wounded Indiana veterans with oxygen-under-pressure, a safe and effective standard of care for brain injuries in numerous countries — but not yet in the US. In addition to the soldier suicide epidemic affecting veterans, Indiana, like numerous other states, is enduring a drug overdose epidemic. HBOT has been shown to dramatically reduce the number of drugs that brain-wounded veterans need to recuperate and return to a more normal quality of life denied them with episodic and ineffective DOD/VA attempts.

And in another multi-year effort, Texas HB-271, the Veterans Recovery Pilot Program, provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment to eligible Texas veterans with TBI or PTSD. Approved in the TX House and Senate by near-unanimous vote, the Bill was sent for the Governor’s signature on May 19, 2017.

The Texas and Indiana legislative efforts follow the Oklahoma passage of the Oklahoma Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment and Recovery Act of 2014 on May 6, 2014. All three states have waited in vain for years for the DOD and the Veterans Administration to address the suicide and drug overdose epidemics. None were willing to accept any more waiting amidst the futility of not treating the wounds to the brain of over 600,000 service members with “invisible wounds.”

Two recent studies out of the state of Washington throw more light on a problem directly related to brain injury: drug addiction. Tens of thousands of brain-wounded veterans have drug dependencies. Researchers at Washington State (tinyurl.com/mesc5gu) in an animal study have shown that HBOT can cut in half both the pain of withdrawal and the amount of time required to be rid of drug dependency. The potential impact for the opioid epidemic is profound. University of Washington School of Medicine researchers (tinyurl.com/k6gy4gx), writing in JAMA Neurology, found that after a concussion, symptoms got worse from one to five years following the injury. Patients likely don’t stabilize within one year after injury; psychiatric problems intensify out to five years. The lead authors says that medicine “should not only be working hard to develop therapies that can be administered acutely after injury but also. . . . focus on developing therapies and treatment strategies targeted to the chronic phase of injury.” The Marines, Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana are now on the cutting edge of integrative medicine, allowing use of a safe and effective therapy that has a proven track record with over 2,300 lucky enough to find their way to private HBOT clinics across the US.

These videos give more insight into the potential represented by Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

MSGT Scott Roessler [Ranger] http://tinyurl.com/hf3czmw

Joe Namath http://tinyurl.com/kflu9up

MAJ Ben Richards http://tinyurl.com/hd9ahcd

CAPT Smotherman / Rep John Bennett http://tinyurl.com/lvcf22r

The Honorable Patt Maney (BG, USA) http://tinyurl.com/m97x4jp

GnySgt Rotenberry http://tinyurl.com/gpzpxgy

RMHI with Margaux and SGT Ramirez http://vimeo.com/77100044

 

TBI/PTSD

Man in despair with raised hands and bowed headd, in a low light room looking in front of mirror

Brain Injuries can happen by events such as car accidents, skiing accidents, tackles, “headers” in soccer, falls, military blasts and even PTSD. There is no such thing as a typical brain injury.

The brain oversees everything we do:
• How we move our body (physical)
• How we perceive, recall, and process information (cognitive)
• How we communicate with others (communication)
• How we feel (emotional)
• How we behave (behavioral)
• How we interact with others (social)

It’s easy to see how a serious blow to the brain can have a devastating impact on the survivor and those around {him or} her.

As different parts of the brain control different functions, the impairments acquired by a survivor depend on the precise location and gravity of {his or}her injury. Since every injury is unique in the damage it causes, every survivor acquires a unique mix of complaints.

It’s impossible for a doctor to review your patient’s CT scans and MRIs and predict the deficits s/he will acquire. Certain functions, however, such as memory, language, and information processing, are lodged in multiple areas of the brain and are almost always affected by any serious injury.

(http://www.brainline.org/content/2010/02/life-with-a-brain-injury-preparing-yourself-and-your-family_pageall.html)

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments have proven effective for many conditions including decompression sickness (the “bends”), carbon monoxide poisoning, burns and non-healing wounds. In the US, there are 14 indications that the FDA has approved Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – any treatment not expressly approved by the FDA is considered “off label treatment” – treatment is permitted with a doctor’s order.  Worldwide there are over 150 indications that Hyperbaric Oxygen is used to treat.

And new research out of Tel Aviv University suggests that hyperbaric oxygen might also promote neuroplasticity—and dramatic improvements in outcomes—after brain damage.

How does HBOT work?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is an FDA approved, medical treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber.

Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body’s fluids including plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process.

“The tissue around a chronic wound may be getting very little oxygen because there’s very little blood flow to the center of the wound,” says Col. Brian McCrary, an Air Force physician and expert in hyperbaric medicine. “So by increasing the oxygen to the tissues, you help drive healing. Hyperbaric treatment also helps stimulate new blood vessel growth, which drives new capillaries into an area to help get more blood and oxygen into the affected area. And it’s also been shown to reduce inflammation, too.”

The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas. It is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment.

It has long been known that healing many areas of the body cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the tissue. Most illnesses and injuries occur, and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level. In many cases, such as: circulatory problems; non-healing wounds; and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body’s natural healing ability is unable to function properly. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects. (http://www.hbot.com/about-hbot)

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves the quality of life of the patient in many areas when standard medicine is not working.

George Mychaskiw, chair of the department of anesthesiology at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Florida calls HBOT “a supernatural treatment,” “Not that it’s magic. But we don’t normally live at two or three atmospheres of pressure. Except for a few bottom-dwelling organisms in the sea, the behavior of oxygen at these difference pressures is outside the normal realm of biology, certainly outside the normal realm of human biology.”

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