Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

by Patricia Lemer, M. S.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

According to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Report (June 1994), Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), an effective treatment for stroke patients, has been successful for a 3 year old child with autism. Michael would not talk, avoided all eye contact with others, and was completely disinterested in his environment. He was content to sit most of the day. Michael had been extensively tested, but no one had determined a possible cause for his disability. Finally, one physician, Dr. James Parsons, in Orlando, Florida, theorized that perhaps Michael had had a stroke at birth; the birth trauma could have resulted in neurological complications which later caused his autistic withdrawal and inability to speak. After approximately 19 treatments in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, Michael began to look at others, make eye contact, recognize and acknowledge individuals. He developed a good sense of humor, learning to laugh when others laughed, and participated more actively in his speech therapy. His parents are optimistic that he will talk soon. Since the article appeared, Dr. Parsons has used HBOT for several other children with autism, with good results.

Here‘s the theory and the research behind HBOT. According to the British Medical Journal Lancet (Neubauer et. aI, 1990), SPECT scanning of stroke patients has revealed that only small areas of brain tissue actually die from the stroke. A majority of the neurons are merely "stunned" from lack of oxygen; these neurons can be brought back into service (even after a number of years) through intensive oxygen therapy. After HBOT, stroke patients have experienced significant improvements in speech, motor control, and other areas. Perhaps, like stroke patients, children with autism also have "idling" neurons which can be revitalized through HBOT. Parents who would like more information on HBOT can go to www.ihausa.org

Darkfield Microscopy: A New Diagnostic Tool

A live blood analysis done with Darkfield Microscopy (a very powerful microscope) can reveal the actual state of a patient‘s immune system. A single drop of blood is magnified thousands of times on a video monitor, revealing red blood cells, white blood cells, T-cells, lipids, cholesterol crystals and many other components of blood. The test will also show toxic elements in the blood, such as yeast, bacteria, and parasites. Through this analysis, a physician can determine both acute and chronic conditions affecting one‘s health.

A number of children with ADD/PDD/autism who have had their blood tested through Darkfield Microscopy analysis have been shown to have compromised immune systems: analysis has revealed yeast, parasites, heavy metal intoxication, liver stress, adrenal stress, bacteria, fat digestion difficulties, allergies, ph imbalance, and other anomalies. These high levels of toxicity in the blood usually indicate inadequate levels of oxygen, and an overtaxed immune system. Immune system dysfunction has been linked to varying levels of brain dysfunction.

[Initially published in New Developments: Volume 2, Number 3 - Winter, 1996-1997]

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