2017 saw unprecedented progress with respect to getting the DOD/VA/Army and general medicine moving forward in recognizing that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is safe, dramatically more effective, and much less expensive than all other interventions when treating and helping heal brain wounds caused by TBI/PTSD/Concussion. Consider:
1. The Center of Compassionate Innovation in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as a treatment option for a small number of Veterans with persistent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms resistant to standard options. Pilot sites are Tulsa Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Oklahoma State Medical Center in Tulsa, OK, and the David Grant Medical Center on Travis Air Force Base, CA. http://bit.ly/2pAOWPV
2. Col. Rachel LeFebrvre (USAF), Brooke Army Medical Center, reports that “miraculous” results are achieved with hyperbaric treatment in San Antonio, TX. http://bit.ly/2C9748v
3. VA and DOD facilities in six states [FL, GA, MD, NJ, TX, OK] began paying for and/or treating TBI and/or PTSD using HBOT “because it is the right thing to do,” according to a neurologist in a Florida VA. In addition to the legislation already passed in OK, TX and IN, legislators in over a dozen states are crafting legislation to make HBOT available for treating brain-wounded veterans using HBOT [FL, AL, LA, AR, AZ, NV, ND, IA, CO, ID, OH, KY, NY, VA].
4. Nineteen US Congressional Legislators from eleven states (NJ, TX, CO, NC, FL, CA, OH, AL, MI, VA and IN) sign letters encouraging DOD and the VA to urgently use HBOT for PTSD/TBI/Concussion.
5. Dr. Daphne Denham, the nation’s premier expert on HBOT treatment of acute concussion, reports that 98% of her patients [51 out of 52] treated within ten days of suffering a concussion, completely resolved their symptoms in five treatments or less [average of 2.4 treatments]. https://tinyurl.c
6. At the August conference of HBOT2017, researchers showed evidence that further validated the safety and efficacy of HBOT for TBI/PTSD/Concussion. http://bi
7. Continuing the accumulation of positive data, Dr. George Wolf, the US Government’s premier HBOT expert, reported recently that “[HBOT] for mild [TBI] and PTSD should be considered a legitimate adjunct therapy.” http://bit.ly/2x8WDi
8. Dr. Lindell Weaver, recently concluded the Brain Injury and Mechanisms of Action of HBO2 for Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (BIMA) Protocol with 71 patients. His conclusions: “By 13 weeks, HBO2 improved post-concussive and PTSD symptoms, cognitive processing speed, sleep quality, and vestibular symptoms, most dramatically in those with PTSD.” http://bit.ly/2x6d2EN
9. Dr. Gary Steinberg of Stanford University and team are “stunned” and “shocked” at the progress made using stem cells on stroke patients. [ http://wbur.fm/2BT1qof ] Israeli research studying HBOT for Stroke shows that HBOT increases the production of stem cells in the bone marrow with transfer to the Central Nervous System, making them available for brain wound healing and growth of new brain cells, neuronic tissue, and repair of white and grey matter. http://bit.ly/2CaGfP6
10. Dr. Paul Harch and team published results showing 30 subjects undergoing HBOT for brain injuries experienced a significant reduction in suicidal ideation and anxiety. At the same time, they were able to discontinue or decrease the dosage of their psychoactive medications and 52% no longer met the criteria for PTSD. http://bit.ly/2zyFrAr
11. Israeli researchers publish results showing the mechanisms by which HBOT induces brain neuroplasticity using highly sensitive MRI techniques of DSC and DTI. HBOT can induce cerebral angiogenesis and improve both white and gray microstructures indicating regeneration of nerve fibers. The micro structural changes correlate with the neurocognitive improvements. http://bit.ly/2C
12. Drs. Harch and Edward F. Fogarty published a Case Study of HBOT in near-drowning. Short duration normobaric oxygen and hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the subacute phase of drowning recovery resulted in video-documented near-complete resolution of severe neurological deficits and near-complete reversal of gray and white matter atrophy on MRI. Hyperoxic and hyperbaric gene signaling-induced growth of both gray and white matter is the most likely explanation. http://bit.ly/
13. At the end of 2017, over 2,700 brain-wounded veterans, citizens, active duty and athletes have experienced significant medical improvement since 2010 in TreatNOW Coalition clinics using HBOT and other alternative therapies.
Best wishes in 2018 as you consider how to accelerate change in how we change the playing field with respect to healing brain wounds. The TreatNOW Coalition will continue to work toward its Mission and Vision:
TreatNOW Mission: Identify and treat veterans and others suffering from Concussion/TBI/PTSD
TreatNOW Goal: Ensure that over 800,000 Iraq and Afghanistan brain injured veterans and active duty service members, along with all citizens, get insured access to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and other proven alternative medical treatments for their Invisible Wounds