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.
, not only due to the competing mechanisms of vasodilation and vasoconstriction, but also due to decreasing the inflammation that secondarily constricts blood vessel lumens in a closed spac.
Because inflammation is accompanied by swelling, tissue expansion or compression will occur.
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.
• 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.
Then most parents will state what they are doing, e.g. Because dissolved oxygen is not confined to a hemoglobin molecule, it can go wherever "body water goes" and therefore reach 'deeper tissues' more easily and more consistently than ever before Because no test is able to predict which child may and which child may not respond to extra pressure and/or extra oxygen (in contrast to excessive oxygen), I let nature take its course and prescribe a clinical trial of HBOT for all my children Though I let "nature take its course", I would not consider prescribing or administering HBOT to children with autism unless there was good scientific evidence to support its use.
"we're using 1.5, 1.75, or 2.0 atmospheres in a hard chamber with 100% oxygen, or we're using a soft chamber (also referred to as a mild chamber) at 1.3 atmospheres 'with or without a mask' to which 'concentrated oxygen' is be supplied at concentrations varying from 24% to 70%." Conventional wisdom states that unless one receives HBOT in a hard chamber with 100% oxygen at atmospheric pressures greater than 1.5 ATA, little or no benefit will be seen. Fortunately such evidence does exist, the body of which continues to accumulate, and the mechanisms of action by which HBOT may work for children with autism, as described below, may already be outdated by the time you read this.
Recent studies have demonstrated that children with autism frequently have neuro-inflammatory and gastrointestinal inflammatory conditions occurring.