TreatNOW: A Citizen Response to the Suicide and Concussion Crises


The Veteran Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) Epidemic

Veteran Eric Koleda of the TreatNOW Coalition has released The Veteran Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) Epidemic: A U.S. Department of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Services Review.

His analysis of recent data received from Deputy Under Secretary of Health for the VA indicates more than 796,340 Veterans have died from Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) and Lower Limb Amputation (LLA) in the past 22-years. This is more than all the Veterans Killed in Action in all the U.S. wars (623,982) since World War I. The current VHA DFU LLA Veteran mortality rate shows that 64-71 percent die within 3-years after LLA surgery.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been approved by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) since 2002 for all Veterans over the age of 65. According to the recent VHA data, the average age for DFU Veterans having Lower Limb Amputations due to DFUs is 66.2 years old. All or the majority were eligible to receive CMS covered HBOT treatments as an insured treatment. The VHA data indicates over the last 20-years on average 93.7 percent of Veterans are not receiving HBOT treatments.  HBOT treatments heal on average 74 percent of the DFU cases, eliminating the need for amputations and extending patient lives.  

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Press Release: Dr Harch Review mTBI/PPCS

Dr Harch Systematic Review: Improving mTbi/Persistent Post Concussion Syndrome

The TreatNOW Coalition, in association with Americas Mighty WarriorsBurnPits360, the HOW FoundationKOTERRA130 Coalition clinics, and the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation, today announced the release of Dr Paul Harch’s Systematic Review and Dosage Analysis: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Efficacy in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Persistent Postconcussion Syndrome.
Dr. Harch reviewed multiple worldwide scientific studies, settling on eleven randomized trials and studies investigating mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) Persistent Post-concussion Syndrome (PPCS). Mild traumatic brain injury results in over 15% of patients progressing to PPCS, a condition with significant consequences and limited treatment options. Untreated, brain wounds are degenerative. Current standards of care for the symptoms of PPCS are palliative, focusing on individual symptoms. Those symptoms, frequently lasting decades, are headaches, sleeplessness, memory, balance, and cognition declines, headaches, depression, and suicidal ideation.



The National Brain-Wounded Veteran Brain Drain

Cost-Benefit Analysis of Changing the DoD and VA Standard of Care for TBI and Suicide Prevention

For Immediate Release                                                                   Contact: Sarah Shelson
         Oct. 26, 2021                                                                 
New Report Shows Taxpayer Losses, Poor Care for Veterans with Brain Injuries
First of its kind financial analysis exposes government shortcomings and $118.1 billion annual economic impact from current standards of care for brain-wounded veterans.
Arlington, VA — (Oct. 26, 2021) TreatNOW, a coalition of veterans working to prevent the suicide and opioid epidemics afflicting service members, wants Congress to enact legislation and reallocate dollars to pay for treatments they say could help reduce the increasing number of suicides among veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The report, The National Brain-Wounded Veteran Brain Drain: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Changing the DoD and VA Standard of Care for TBI and Suicide Prevention, is an analysis of the total cost of not properly treating brain wounds. The current standard of care for TBI and PTSD veterans includes predominantly drugs and various cognitive and talk therapies. The Coalition says these treatments are ineffective and short-lived, even though they cost $118.1 billion each year, and have done very little to reduce veteran suicides.
“The government’s current solution is to simply treat the symptoms, providing no true relief or healing for those suffering. It’s time Congress fund brain-healing, life-saving treatments, like hyperbaric oxygen therapy, for those who have risked it all,” said Eric Koleda, co-author of the report and national director of TreatNOW Coalition State Legislative Efforts.
The report couples its financial analysis with a call for funding hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). It projects that untreated veteran TBIs will cost the government $4.7 trillion over the course of 40 years. But savings can be achieved by using functional medicine options like HBOT.
“The VA and DOD spend billions looking for symptom-management solutions, but don’t provide veterans with “informed consent” about safe and effective treatments on the market. The economic cost to taxpayers and the health costs to veterans is unsustainable and unacceptable,” said Rob Beckman, Ph.D., co-author of the report and chief knowledge officer of the Foundation for the Study of Inflammatory Disease.
The report analyzed the cost-benefit of treatment options, like HBOT, for the estimated 877,000 brain-wounded post-9/11 veterans. The full report can be found here.
The TreatNOW Coalition is a nationwide network of veterans, doctors, clinicians, economists, and activists on a mission to save America’s veterans from the suicide and opioid epidemics. The Coalition promotes brain healing treatments like hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and connects veterans suffering from concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with life-altering medicine. Its goal is to transition veterans from a lifetime of pain to a fulfilled, healthy, and robust life. Currently, TreatNOW has returned over 21,000 veterans, athletes, first responders, and citizens to work, school, or active duty.


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Concussions and Mental Health in Youth
As this study from Canada shows, Concussions can lead to mental health problems in youth. It has clear from years that untreated brain wounds cause disruptions in health: mental, physical, emotional, behavioral, etc. Parents and Students do not have to sit idly by, hoping that time will "heal" the wound.
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HBOT vs Covid
Research Update: Fighting COVID with Hyperbaric Oxygenation. Latest Research and UHMS CLINICAL TRIAL DESIGN AND RESEARCH PROTOCOL. Several studies are showing positive results when treating COVID patients with Hyperbaric Oxygenation.
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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves symptoms, brain’s microstructure and functionality in veterans with treatment resistant post-traumatic stress disorder: A prospective, randomized, controlled trial
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The moderator was former Army Captain Greg Washington who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. (7News)
At a conference, in person and virtual, the question why do so many veterans are dying by suicide and what more can be done to abate the problem. Dr Robert Beckman of the organization TreatNOW argues that a lot of mental illness that leads to suicide is the result of physical maladies inside the brain that could have been cured. He calls
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Dr. Joe Maroon, Pittsburgh Steelers team neurosurgeon, triathlete, IMPACT entrepreneur, Concussion expert, researcher, author, and now patient, he has now written of his new adventure, his participation in HBOT-for-anti-aging treatment at Florida’s Aviv Hyperbaric Clinic.
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TreatNOW Coalition efforts have a central message: DoD and the VA should immediately treat brain-wounded Warriors with Hyperbaric Oxygenation and other proven alternative therapies to stop the suicide and opioid overdose epidemics and bolster readiness imperiled by mental health problems.
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Almost a million vets suffered head trauma in Iraq and Afghanistan. All evidence suggests Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy heals the injured brain. Dr. Robert Beckman, TreatNow dot org Founder, shares successful case studies and warns that by ignoring HBOT, the scientific community and our government is wasting time, money, and lives.
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Long COVID, and How HBOT Can Help Relieve It
As the pandemic continues its deadly march, various sectors continue to be affected, and the nation's veterans are among them. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the number of COVID cases among veterans exceeded 340,000 at the end of last September — and these are just the numbers from official VA-run hospitals, clinics, and medical centers. Yet although vaccines are
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In recent years there is growing scientific evidence that the adoption of these new and unique HBOT protocols, can repair certain damaged brain tissue when utilized correctly even years after an acute insult has occurred, such as stroke or traumatic brain injury.
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