However, as history has shown repeatedly throughout the years, convention is only convention until challenged, proven wrong, and then changed. A few of the multiple mechanisms demonstrating how HBOT may work for children with autism was originally and thoroughly researched over many months time by Dr. These mechanisms are shown below along with a couple others that have been suggested They include: The growth of new blood vessels has been shown to occur from soft chambers as well as from hard, and is a process that may continue to increase subsequent to discontinuing therapy for a period of time after oxygen loading.Though it has been stated often on the internet boards that angioneogenesis does not occur unless pressures are 1.5 ATA or greater, the South American physician Dr.• Introduction: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Neurological and Developmental Disorders • Articles, Books and Recent and New Research Studies on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy • Modern Medical Advances: The Use of SPECT Scans and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Treatments for Autism and Other Developmental Disorders • Not All Hyperbaric Chambers Are The Same: Mild Hyperbaric Therapy & Soft Chambers • List of Conditions Accepted by Medicare and Insurance Companies for Reimbursement • Organizations, Associations & Additional Resources for HBOT and Hyperbaric Medicine • Editor's Note: A Few Words on How the HBO Treatment Centers Are Listed On This Site Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is classically defined as the inhalation of 100% oxygen at greater than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA) in a pressurized chamber.This definition is now popularly defined as the inhalation of varying degrees of oxygen at greater than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA) in a pressurized chamber. Stoller and myself, and a growing number of other physicians who are now using HBOT routinely in their offices, there remains no doubt that HBOT works and that it works well for children with autism.
Mitochondria are the energy producing organelles of the body.This explanation is in keeping with the clinical results I see.In my clinic improved bowel function is in the top 20 most commonly seen benefits.The small amount of increased oxygen that is needed by the cells to improve their function does not necessarily require new blood vessel formation to be accomplished because with HBOT free oxygen molecules are dissolved directly into the cerebrospinal fluid Therefore these cells are no longer dependent on increased oxygen delivery from increased blood vessel formation that secondarily delivers a greater oxygen load because it carries more hemoglobin.At times it may actually be the sudden removal of higher than normal oxygen concentrations that the body has adapted to rather than the higher levels of oxygen itself that may stimulate angioneogenesis There are reports that the new vessel formation in the retinas of premature infants who were on high doses of oxygen was stimulated by the rapid removal of oxygen and not from the oxygen itself.Children with autism have difficulty handling viral infections, most likely due to immune dysfunction.It has been postulated many times that children with autism have a chronic low grade viral gastroenteritis and viral encephalitits. I speculate that one of the primary reasons HBOT works so well for so many children whose abnormal stools improve once they start HBOT is because the chronic, low-grade, smoldering live viral load harbored in the intestinal mucosa (Wakefield/Krigsman hypothesis) does poorly when surrounded by higher oxygen concentrations.A growing number of studies are focusing on the mitochondria and its relationship to many disorders The possibility exists that some autistic symptoms may occur if these organelles are dysfunctional or fewer in number than the number found in children without autism.HBOT may have the potential to activate dysfunctional mitochondria and/or to activate "dormant/idling cells" thereby allowing more "mitochondrial product" to be appreciated by the body.C-reactive protein and high levels of cytokines have been shown to decrease with HBOT.One study demonstrates that the anti-inflammatory effect from HBOT is probably due to pressure effects and not necessarily increased oxygen tension.