Venting

The title is meant to be a pun. If you have ever been in a hyperbaric chamber you will get the joke. I find humor a good way to calm down my anger towards idiocy.

I posted about the hyperbaric chamber yesterday and now I am going to vent about some mis-information out there. I operate a mild pressure chamber as opposed to a high pressure chamber. I went with the mild pressure because it does everything that a high pressure chamber does but was much cheaper to purchase and operate and much much safer.

I have gotten a few calls lately and it is very clear that there are some individuals with an interest involved saying that mild hyperbaric therapy has no value. They are obviously saying it loud enough that people are scared and need to be educated.

First of all, what makes hyperbaric therapy work is in the pressure that drives ambient oxygen (the oxygen in and around the body but not in the cells) into the cells. It is not in the oxygen you breath in. In fact, breathing in pure or concentrated oxygen only improves the treatment slightly. Secondly, pressure is pressure. The old riddle what weighs more a pound of feathers or a pound of lead applies here. The answer is they are the same. It doesn’t matter whether there is a soft wall (which is not so soft when it is pressurized) or a hard wall be glass, metal, or whatever.

The only difference between a high pressure chamber and a mild pressure chamber is in the name. High pressure chambers can go up to a much higher pressure than mild pressure. Since I am mostly interested in dealing with brain and nervous system healing and repair, which research has shown to be more beneficial at lower pressure and not 100% oxygen. In fact, the clinics working with kids on the Autistic Spectrum and other brain issues only go up to about 1.3 ATA. The chamber I operate goes up that high as well.

It drives me crazy that professionals are out there preaching that if a little is good a lot is much better when the research is pretty clear. For additional information check out this link to an article written by Julie Buckley, MD.

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