Oxygen Chamber Therapy
The Amazing Oxygen Surprise
What We Can Learn From The “Father of the Hydrogen Bomb”…
Author: Dr. Leonard Coldwell
Hungarian-born physicist, Edward Teller became known as the “Father of the Hydrogen Bomb” for his critical role in developing the H-bomb in 1951.
However, when he was 74, he suffered a stroke – and recovered with the help of a pure, pressurized oxygen treatment. Many stroke victims are able to walk or talk normally again thanks to this amazing treatment. The same treatment benefits a whole range of other diseases including cancer.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is the treatment that enabled Edward Teller and many other stroke victims to resume a normal life. Teller purchased his own HBOT chamber for home use and is said to have spent an hour a day in it, until his death at the age of 95!
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
HBOT delivers 100% pure oxygen to you through increased atmospheric pressure in an enclosed chamber. When oxygen is delivered at higher than normal pressure, your body is able to absorb more O2 into your blood cells, blood plasma, cerebral-spinal fluid, and other bodily fluids.
Once in the chamber, your body responds by reducing inflammation. And with reduced inflammation, blood flow increases to oxygen-deprived areas.
Besides reducing inflammation, HBOT also:
Saturates your body with oxygen (including the plasma and white cells), increasing your oxygen level by 20-30%
Increases your ability to fight infection
Creates new capillaries and increases blood flow
Clears and deactivates toxins and metabolic waste
Stimulates your body to create new blood cells
Increases your stem cell production 800% (after 40 treatments)
Accelerates your rate of healing
What does HBOT do for cancer?
Hyperbaric oxygen tackles two major characteristics of cancer that make it dangerous and likely to spread.
- Cancer thrives in a low O2 environment, and hates higher oxygenation. It is well documented that a body low in O2 prevents optimal uptake desired from other treatments, both chemotherapy and natural supplements.
- Cancer thrives in an acidic environment, so the more alkaline your system, the more resistance you provide to your cancer cells.
One of the major benefits of hyperbaric oxygen is to reverse the common condition of hypoxia (sometimes called hypoxemia) or, inadequate oxygenation of the blood that’s so common among cancer patients.
Here’s how it performed in some recent studies:
A 2010 study from Ohio State University published in the Journal of Cancer Biology and Therapy showed that hyperbaric oxygen could shrink ovarian tumours. 90 minute sessions for 21 days corrected the hypoxic tumour.
The really significant thing is that HBOT alone caused a significant reduction in tumour size — even without conventional therapies.
The technicians at a hyperbaric centre said two things about the cancer patients who visit them:
- They wait way too long to start HBOT. It’s usually a last-ditch effort.
- Those who continue chemo along with HBOT have a MUCH poorer prognosis… which is in line with the concept that chemo is a toxic cocktail.
A new study just published in the Feb 2011 Journal of Cancer makes a strong argument for applying HBOT for patients who’ve had either surgery or radiation therapy for brain tumours. The study followed patients who’d been treated with HBOT, and found a marked improvement in their cognitive function.2
Hyperbaric oxygen also showed benefit for aggressive brain cancer in pre-clinical studies, as well as in two recent Japanese clinical trials.
A 2007 animal study found that hyperbaric oxygen helped prevent or reduce breast cancer metastasis to the lung.3
Soft Tissue Necrosis (tissue death) during radiotherapy for Penile Cancer
All patients undergoing hyperbaric oxygen treatment experienced excellent response with healing of the necrosis and resolution of symptoms.4
And in general…
HBOT saturates your blood plasma with oxygen, reaching the areas of damage/injury more efficiently than red blood cells. It provides all your cells and tissues with oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen increases the number and actual size of blood vessels in your damaged tissues and wounds, allowing you to heal faster.
HBOT has often been used to help cancer patients after a round of radiation therapy. Radiation damages both cancerous cells and healthy ones, and the burst of oxygen helps heal the damaged cells.
A growing number of conventional doctors acknowledge that HBOT is a beneficial adjunct to chemotherapy, as they believe the pressure pushes the drugs deeper into your system… although there are still doctors who insist you shouldn’t do chemo and HBOT at the same time. Personally, I’d be strongly inclined to do the hyperbaric oxygen and NOT the chemo.
Hyperbaric is approved by the FDA for 14 conditions but cancer is considered an “off-label” use (as is HBOT for stroke, heart disease, and many other popular uses).
HBOT is found in so many alternative cancer clinics. These clinics didn’t have the benefit of the studies on HBOT and cancer but they used their heads – oxygen kills cancer cells, HBOT increases oxygen levels. Two plus two equals four.
When treating cancer I believe it should be used as alternative clinics use it: combined with appropriate herbs and supplements, a healthy eating plan, exercise, detoxing, and reducing emotion
HBOT is good for MANY diseases and health conditions
FDA-appral stress. It’s just one therapy in a multi-pronged approach to defeating cancer.
oved uses include carbon monoxide poisoning, crush injuries (car crashes and other traumatic accidents), decompression sickness, problem wounds, necrotizing soft tissue infections, and more.
But frankly you’re far more likely to benefit from the non-FDA-approved applications including anti-aging, arthritis, atherosclerosis, brain injury, burns, coma, dementia, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, chronic fatigue, neuropathy, sports injuries, and even Lyme disease and spider bites.
Some of the most revered and prestigious medical centres have now installed hyperbaric units — among them, Harvard Children’s Hospital, New York Sinai Hospital, Duke University, and Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.
It is also emerging as a promising treatment for the growing problems of autism and ADHD.
There’s far more information on many of these applications in our Special Report on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, The Oxygen Miracle, written by Dr. Morton Walker with some writing and research support from me. It comes with a valuable Free Bonus called The Sign You’re About to Have a Stroke and Why Many Doctors Miss It.
Anti-Aging and HBOT…
Although aging is a natural process, the biggest concern today is accelerated aging, or degeneration or accelerated degeneration.
The real point of HBOT for anti-aging is regeneration. Regeneration of tissues and blood vessels, increase of collagen, and enhanced immunity which can help fight infections and heal injuries.
Many professional athletic teams now use HBOT to help their athletes heal faster from injuries and get back on the field or court faster.
What to expect from Your HBOT Experience…
There are two types of chambers you might use for your hyperbaric oxygen treatment.
As you can see from this photo, one type of chamber is a clear hard “tube” with a hospital type bed inside.
You’ll either be reclined or semi-reclined. When they close the bank-vault style door (on the right) and set the controls, you’ll be in a pure oxygen environment, at two times the pressure of the air you’re breathing right now if you’re at sea level.
You’ll go inside with hospital clothes on and jewellery removed (no metals go in).
You can choose to watch a DVD or sleep. I’ve done it a couple of times, it’s very relaxing.
Some may worry about feeling claustrophobic but once they try it, they say they didn’t have any problem at all. It’s not like a whole body MRI. With the clear chamber, it’s no big deal.
You’ll be inside breathing 100% oxygen for 30, 60 or even 90 minutes. The recommended number of treatments depends on the health condition.
I’ve also seen one-person HBOT chambers that are like small inflatable tents, made of canvas. You lie down in them. These are more confining but have a small window. They are the less expensive units that are feasible to buy for your home.
Another type of chamber is large enough for a number of people to use at the same time, comfortably seated. This is what you’ll usually find in facilities that specialize in HBOT.
All HBOT chambers do the same thing – they deliver high pressure, pure oxygen that you breathe while you’re in the chamber. They’re completely safe when used as directed.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is NOT new!
The concept of HBOT has been around since the 1800s. 1937 marked the advent of its use for decompression sickness (the bends), but in 1956 interest in it skyrocketed. That year in Amsterdam, Dr. Isadore Boerema reported that hyberbaric oxygen helped his cardiopulmonary patients recover from surgery.
Shortly after that, his colleague W.H. Brummelkamp published his own discovery — anaerobic infections were inhibited by hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Anaerobic infections need an oxygen-free environment, and HBOT denies them that.
Then in 1962 came news that HBOT was enormously helpful for treating carbon monoxide poisoning, kindling international interest in it and launching this treatment into the modern era.
About the cost…
HBOT is substantially cheaper than most conventional treatments. Conventional health insurance probably won’t pay for HBOT unless it’s one of the 14 FDA approved conditions. Chances are you’ll have to pay for it yourself.
You’ll likely find that hyperbaric oxygen treatment will cost around $150 per treatment, or roughly $6,000 for the 40 treatments a cancer or stroke patient may require. I don’t know about you, but if I had a stroke and lost the ability to walk or to speak properly, I’d find a way to pay for HBOT. Only you can determine its value to you.
I hope you’ll try to get past the “insurance” mindset. For example, one of the conditions hyperbaric is known for is saving the limbs of diabetics who might be facing amputation. If you need a driver for the rest of your life, it’ll cost FAR more than the $6,000 for 40 treatments. So, everything in perspective…