Our first exposure to HBOT as a concept was while I was waiting in a doctors office where i read an unbelievable article. A Doctor Ite Boerma took all the red blood cells out of a bunch of pigs and they were able to survive at 3 atm WITHOUT RED BLOOD CELLS because enough oxygen was dissolved in their plasma at this depth. This is the miracle called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
“Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a method of administering pure oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure to a patient in order to improve or correct conditions. Providing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber we are able to deliver 10-15 times more oxygen then if delivered at sea level or at normal atmospheric levels”(4)
Interesting, but what does this have to do with Autism?
” By allowing more oxygen to penetrate otherwise oxygen deficient areas, relief for many common ailments can be sought, because HBOT enables the body to carry out oxygen dependant processes by dissolving oxygen directly into the blood, plasma and cerebrospinal fluids.
Some doctors are still studying the effects of HBOT treatment for children affected with autism and if it helps –
- healing the gut and brain inflammation (two that may be separate issues or experienced simultaneously)
- blood flow to key areas of the brain
- dealing with gut parasites, yeast or bacteria“(1)
“Sometimes, the improvement is seen later after the treatment is over. This is because after the brain is re-vasculated and new blood flow begins in the area that is otherwise low in blood flow, it takes time for the brain one again uses this injured portion of the brain. Just as an implanted organ or a skin graft takes time to become useful. One must note, that with young children, HBOT is a building block to normalize functions and allow the child to learn.”(3)
HBOT has different effects with different children because of the fact that there are different areas of hypoperfusion and different areas of hyperperfusion in each childs brain and therefore as the repair of areas that are repairable takes place different changes can be observed.
We have till date done 220 dives in the hard chamber with a 100% oxygen. The pressure used has been 1.5 atm generally, though we have done about 40 dives at marginally higher pressures of between 1.6-1.7 atmospheres. All our treatment has been done using 100% oxygen provided through a hood. The total time spent in the chamber on a daily basis varied from 1.5 hours to 2 hours with atleast 1 hour spent at peak pressure.
The benefits of HBOT were first observed by us after about 20 dives when we saw a big increase in connectivity with Sahil.
It struck me hard when i went to collect Sahil from school and he saw me from a distance and for the first time in his (and my) life he ran towards me and gave me a great big hug. Till that day he had been totally non reactive and glassy eyed during transition times like collecting him after school.
This was really just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the benefits we have got from HBOT relative to other interventions. I will be documenting the many changes we observed in him over the next 200 dives in my subsequent article on the subject.