Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Children with Autism


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Children with Autism

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or HBOT, is a treatment mode, during which a patient is entirely enclosed in a chamber and given oxygen to breathe at a pressure greater than one atmosphere.  Both the enclosed chamber and the pressure are necessary for HBOT.  The patient sits in the chamber and relaxes, naps, or even watches a movie or video.  HBO diffuses oxygen throughout the body, even into damaged tissues.  Pressurized oxygen has tremendous healing capabilities.  Oxygen expands and enlarges restricted capillaries and blood vessels in the body, even to the speech and language centers of the brain.  HBOT heals the brain by activating idling neurons, thus enabling cognitive function. Outcomes include improved attention, concentration, and the ability to follow directions, along with a reduction in hyperactivity.  HBOT also improves muscle tone because oxygen increases muscle mass.

Many autism doctors have recommended HBOT for their autism patients because HBOT delivers oxygen deep into the tissues of the body where it attacks and kills yeast overgrowth, fungus, mold, and toxic pathogens—all with an intense and short-lived die off, and without a negative effect on the liver.  You may see improvements more quickly than by using antifungals alone.  Treatments typically last one to two hours.  The more treatments, the greater the potential for improvement.  Some see significant benefits with as few as five treatments, although forty to sixty treatments are more common.  HBO chambers vary among manufacturers; some are very large, others portable.  An individual assessment by your doctor, including a patient’s age, severity of the gut problems, and consideration of other therapies being done simultaneously, determines the proper number of treatments and which type of chamber is appropriate.  Insurance sometimes covers HBOT with a pre- and post- treatment SPECT scan.

When choosing an HBOT center, it should be noted that a hard chamber is typically in a medical facility with a trained physician in HBOT there at all times.  Mild Hyperbaric therapy is in a soft chamber, which is portable and can be used in the home.  Unlike HBOT in a hard chamber, which is at 1.5 ATA (Atmospheres Absolute), a mild hyperbaric chamber can only get to 1.3 ATA.  Therefore, more treatments may be required with the Mild Hyperbaric treatment option.  Consult your child’s doctor regarding which treatment is most appropriate.

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Related Sites

The Healing Center
Description:  This web site covers a wide range of topics relating to autism and the use of HBOT.

Hyperbaric Therapy Center
Description:  This Center has enabled a growing number of parents to use Hyperbaric Therapy to help treat their child’s Autism.

Rapid Recovery Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Description:  This center provides access to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and is devoted to improving the quality of life for each client.

International Hyperbarics Association, Inc.
Description:  The International Hyperbarics Association, Inc. is an educational and charitable organization focusing on the needs of the hyperbaric community. As a research institution, the Association networks, grants and facilitates access to hyperbaric patients, fellow doctors, and staff. As a charitable institution, the IHA grants funding to those in need of hyperbaric therapy.


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy by Richard A. Neubauer, Dpm Morton Walker
Description:  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is written by Richard a. Neubauer M.D., known to many as the grandfather of HBOT. Dr. Neubauer began to use oxygen chambers in the 1960s not only for divers with the bends, but also for treatment of neurological disorders. He found that oxygen in the brain improved many symptoms of people with strokes, Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis and eventually Cerebral Palsy and Autism.

Textbook of Hyperbaric Medicine by K. K. Jain
Description:  This textbook has a wealth of knowledge regarding HBOT and its uses and is a good read for anyone that wants to learn the history and technical details behind HBOT.

The Oxygen Revolution: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: The New Treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Autism and More by Paul Harch M.D.
Description:  The Oxygen Revolution is an excellent account of how HBOT is quickly becoming one of the most effective non-invasive treatments for neurological disorders. Dramatic improvements can be seen in patients who were once thought to be hopeless cases. Reviving idling neurons in the brain can have a profound effect on many neurological disorders thought to be impossible such as autism.

Autism: Beyond the Basics by William Shaw
Description:  Dr. Dan Rossignol wrote a chapter on «The Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen in Autism» in Dr. William Shaw’s book on the many different topics of biomedical treatment protocols that are potential treatments for an autism diagnosis.

A Brief Guide to Autism Treatments by Elizabeth Hollister Sandberg and Becky L. Spritz
Description:  A Brief Guide to Autism Treatments talks about some of the well-known and effective autism treatments for parents. A total section is dedicated to the understanding of HBOT and autism which includes a thorough description, understanding of the cost factor and the effectiveness and results of treatments for children with autism.

Hyperbaric Oxygen for Neurological Disorders by John H. Zhang, MD, PhD
Description:  This book is a comprehensive overview of medical applications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Dr. Rossignol wrote the chapter «The Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen in Autism».


Hyperbaric Services of the Palm Beaches LLC in Delray Beach Florida — Video: Autism and Hyperbaric Oxygen
Description:  Testimony by the mother of a young man with autism and the benefits gained from hyperbaric oxygen treatments.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Providers Worldwide
Description:  Listing of HBOT centers by state.

HBOT MANUAL: A Guide to Hyperbaric Treatment for Brain Injury
Description:  This web site has a lot of detail about HBOT including a section on autism.

Parent Forums/Blogs

Some forums require you to sign in to Yahoo or Facebook to locate forum names.

Forum/Blog Name:  Parents for HBOT
Description:  This Facebook group is a discussion group for parents to post questions, experiences and information on HBOT.

Forum/Blog Name:  Autism and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Description:  Yahoo group to discuss autism and HBOT as it applies to High Dosage Oxygen Therapy (HDOT).

Forum/Blog Name:  Neuro HBOT
Description:  Yahoo group for the discussion of HBOT for all types of Neurological Injury, including Autism.

Forum/Blog Name:  mHBOT For Autism
Description:  Yahoo group for those who have purchased or are using mild (mHBOT) or 1.5ATA HBOT in the recovery of their ASD child.