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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for Anti-Aging

According to the tabloids, this was the application of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) that Michael Jackson made famous. According to Michael Jackson, he has no idea what people are talking about. According to Dr. Paul G. Harch, depending on how you define aging, hyperbaric oxygen therapy maybe the proverbial fountain of youth.

What is Aging?
So, what is aging and how do you define it? Aging appears to be a genetically programmed event. Biologically, scientists have found that the chromosomes in our cells progressively shorten each time the cell divides. Eventually, the chromosomes can shorten no further and stop dividing. When this happens, the cells become senescent (sleepy) and die. If this were the sole determinant of the length of a human life, then we would all live about the same length of time, plus/minus some genetic variation. In fact, as we all know, peoples life spans can vary widely, and this wide variation is largely due to the cumulative insults that a persons body experiences over the course of a lifetime. In this respect, it is more appropriate to talk about premature aging.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for Premature Aging

Premature aging is a shortened lifespan due to the effects of various stressors/insults to the human body. The most common and obvious ones are alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. This category of substances exerts a tremendous aging effect on the human body. Tobacco alone causes a 15% average reduction in lifespan. Using the figure of 80 years for an average U .S. adults lifespan, the smoker usually lives to 68 years of age. And, the last decade of their lives are miserable with emphysema, heart attacks, surgeries, cancer, hospitalizations, infections, etc. When alcohol, drugs, chemicals from food or environmental pollution, trauma, systemic infections, and myriad other insults are added, the reserve capacity of the human body is progressively lost. The net result is a shortened life. As youve read from the previous hyperbaric oxygen discussions on altMD, insults to the human body cause progressive wounding of the body. This is easiest to see on brain blood flow scans such as SPECT (Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography) and PET (Positron Emission Tomography). Wounds in the brain on these scans are registered as areas of low blood flow/low oxygenation, which cause decreased neurological function. Most commonly, this decreased neurological function leads to the premature aging diagnosis called dementia. As discussed in the Oxygen Revolution by Dr. Harch and Virginia McCullough, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a generic drug for repair of these brain wounds. Regardless of the causes of the brain insults or injuries, the end product is a stereotypic chronic wound that responds to low pressures of hyperbaric oxygen treatments. What Drs. Neubauer, Harch, and others have shown in the past 30 years is that these premature aging wounds can be repaired and the patient improved neurologically, cognitively, behaviorally, and emotionally. Repair of these chronic wounds is a reversal of premature aging by use of HBOT as an anti-aging treatment. This is best illustrated with the brain scans of Dr. Harchs dementia patients as presented to the House of Representatives in 2002 and 2004. See the Alzheimers and general dementia patient at International Hyperbaric Medical Association. The general dementia patient required 24h/day supervision and was facing institutionalization. After a two-month course of HBOT treatments, he returned to independent living that was unchanged four years later. With hyperbaric oxygen, the Alzheimers patient

experienced the first improvement in cognitive function in the three years since his diagnosis. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy slowed the progression of his disease until he succumbed to a heart attack 4 years later. In both cases, HBOT helped prolong their lives and gave them quality of life, thus functioning as an antiaging tool.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments for Normal Aging

The question in this modern day is whether or not there is such a thing as normal aging. Given the pollution of our air, food, environment, ubiquitous exposure to automobile exhaust, second-hand smoke and carbon monoxide, heavy metals, dental amalgams, vaccines, anesthesia, chemicals, food additives, etc., one could make a case that we all age prematurely. If this is true, everyone could benefit from the restorative effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). There is evidence from the Russians that continued intermittent hyperbaric oxygen treatments in stroke patients resulted in a decreased incidence of recurrent strokes. This is purportedly due to healthy effects of hyperbaric oxygen on blood vessels. In animal experiments, it has been shown that HBOT helps stabilize the inside lining of injured blood vessels. Hyperbaric oxygen treatments stimulates angiogenesis, growing new blood vessels into tissue and in 2007 has been demonstrated to cause stem cell release from our bone marrow into our circulation. HBOT has been shown to have detoxification effects and suppresses inflammation. Most of our chronic diseases are now recognized to result from chronic inflammation. When you begin to add up all of these beneficial effects of hyperbaric oxygen and combine them with the many other documented effects of HBOT on disease processes that are catalogued in The Oxygen Revolution, it is apparent that hyperbaric oxygen may in fact have anti-aging effects.

HBOT on Genetic Disorders

But, suppose you live in the ultra-pure environment of some Shangri-La in this world. (I dont know if any such place is left on the planet, but lets assume there is one). The final question is whether or not hyperbaric oxygen can benefit the normal aging process in Shangri-La. The answer is not known for sure, yet, but there is a suggestion that hyperbaric oxygen maybe beneficial in this type of normal aging. In 2004 at the 12th Annual World Congress on Anti-Aging Medicine, Dr. Harch addressed this question by pointing out that in the last 10 years the primary site of action of HBOT is on the DNA of cells. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in many instances acts like a stimulant or promoter that activates gene sequences that code for growth and repair hormones. In other instances, HBOT has positively impacted patients with a variety of genetic diseases. Dr. Harch treated one of the first of these cases in 1995. She was a patient with ceroid lipofuscinosis, which is an enzyme deficiency affecting fatty acids. Her condition is uniformly fatal. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy reversed the course of her disease and prolonged her life. Since that time, Dr. Harch and others have successfully treated a variety of patients with chromosomal abnormalities, including patients with Down syndrome. (Dr Pierre Marois in Montreal continues his work and research with the Downs Syndrome population.) This underscores the effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on DNA. It is not much of a stretch of the imagination to believe that HBOT may affect the defect in our DNA that causes us to age. Literally, time will tell.

The Fountain of Youth?

In the meantime, for all of us who have some degree of accelerated or premature aging, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may in fact be an anti-aging tool. As Dr. Harch argues in The Oxygen Revolution, HBOT will likely become appreciated as the Fountain of Youth by the Baby Boomer Generation whose life spans have been compromised by years of drug experimentation in the 1960s and 1970s. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy will be able to restore waning brain function and prevent premature dementia.


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for AntiAging


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Though many people have been claiming for long that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a very important tool for curing anti aging, but the term has been made popular by none other than Michael Jackson. Actual aging can come to a human body from the stress a person can give to his or her body. The main culprits of anti aging are drugs, tobacco and alcohol. Many people are unaware of the fact that these substances cause a lot of harm to the human body. Tobacco can reduce the lifespan of a person by 15% and the last years of the person will be very much painful. He will be suffering from cancer, heart attack, infections, etc. All these complications can also cause premature aging in a person. The neurological functions get disturbed and the disease is known as dementia. On receiving such wounds, the resistance power of the body gets reduced to a great extent and the lifespan of the person starts getting reduced gradually. Such wounds are mainly recorded in the brain and can be detected by conducting SPECT and PET test. The affected areas of the brain can be seen to have less blood flow and hence less oxygenation. Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy has shown that these wounds can be easily repaired and the patient is expected to improve neurologically and also behaviorally. In our daily life, we can see that our body gets exposed to pollution like polluted air, food, automobile exhaust in the environment, chemicals, food additives, vaccines, etc. Due to such exposure most people nowadays are suffering from premature aging and to live longer, people are spending huge money on medicines. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments can be a very effective tool for all these people as they can live a long and healthier life in the later years. Since the blood contains oxygen, many people are of the opinion that oxygen contains a huge amount of antioxidants. In the process of Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy, oxygen chambers are widely used. With the help of these oxygen chambers, pure oxygen is supplied to the bloodstream and to the vital organs including the muscles in different portions of the body. Once the muscle tissues get full with oxygen, they are able to infuse blood cells containing pure oxygen. Collagen, saturated with oxygen, remains deposited in the body and this development can be well used as an anti-aging tool. These hyperbaric chambers can deliver oxygen, which is pressurized to different body parts during the course of the treatment.

Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy treatments have been given wide recognition by the Food and Drug Administration and it has been considered as an alternate therapy for many types of diseases, mostly anti-aging. People coming out of the Hyperbaric Oxygen chamber have stated that they are feeling a fresh dose of life, since the entire oxygen supplied to his body is absolutely pure. Patients have remarked that they are feeling younger and fresh after completing this unique alternative treatment. It really helps to increase the life span of a person to a great extent. Once the oxygenated particles in the blood increases to a great extent, they help a lot in the healing and repairing of the damaged cells which have been caused by aging. Experts say that free radicals are controlled by pure oxygen and the cells are destroyed in turn at the molecular level. A dementia patient needs supervision for treatment for the whole day and he may face institutionalization. He was given two months of HBOT therapy and it was seen that after two months he was able to live a normal, independent life and that physical and mental state of the person continued to remain for four long years. As a result, HBOT was able to prolong the life of the patient and reduce his anti aging features. After implementing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment on the stroke patients of Russia, it was observed that the chance of recurring strokes decreased a lot on the patients. It was seen that HBOT helped to improve the inside lining of blood vessels. It also helps to grow new blood vessels in the tissue and have got the ability to suppress detoxification and inflammation also. Now-a-days, it can be seen that most of our chronic diseases occur from inflammation. Since HBOT can control the inflammation, most of the chronic diseases are expected to go after taking HBOT treatment. A lot of these factors of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment results in preventing the anti-aging process in the person as a whole. Known as Oxygen Revolution, it has got far reaching consequences as far controlling the anti aging process in human is concerned. Now what will happen if a person stays in a pure, no pollution environment? In that case, HBOT will help in making the normal process of aging quite slower. In cases of normal anti aging process, HBOT will act as a catalyst for growth of genes that stimulate growth and are able to repair hormones. In a nutshell, HBOT can also have an effect on the DNA. Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is also used to develop the immune defense mechanism of the body. Athletes use this method to a great extent to regenerate the cells in the different muscles of the body during their training or practice sessions. It has been seen that after Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy cells get regenerated in various body parts and it can play a great role in preventing the anti-aging process. Many stroke patients have also confessed that they are feeling extremely better after taking Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment. The fresh flow of oxygen helps the different parts of the body to get repaired and the patient can regain their memory loss which may happen from any form of stroke or any form of dementia or Alzheimers Disease. People who want to remain younger and be active in life will spend more time in the Hyperbaric Oxygen chambers.

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Everyday we listen to man and woman who wish for longer life, healthy body and beautiful look, slowing down aging process. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy - the reason more to get involved in antiaging adventure. Since the Sumerians civilisation some 5000 years ago, people have dreamt about staying young and having eternal life. Their king Gilgamesh searched for the plant that can make him young again, if not immortal. Gilgamesh dives into the sea to pick the plant, but loses it later, while bathing, because a snake slithers up and eats it. Medical Science follows Gilgamesh voyage with more or less success ... challenge to extend human time limit is old as human race and is the base of many serious medical research regarding man and his existence. Anti- aging medical experts know that many illnesses connected with aging could be avoided or slowed down through optimal cell health. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy helps to create the optimal environment for cell essential processes. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy known as HBO therapy or HBOT, has been used since 17th century for treating various medical conditions but is still not accepted by mainstream medicine, some doctors are dismissive some are even hostile, nevertheless many doctors do use HBOT along the

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side of their official medical treatment. Side effects of oxygen use are broadly studied but practically they have been ignored. Due to such therapeutic characteristics, J. H. Jacobson opened his lecture at The First International Congress for the Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen (Amsterdam, 1963.), by words: "The use of oxygen under pressure higher than atmospheric, represents a progress which, by importance, may be measured by introduction of blood transfusion and antibiotics in the treatment." Hyperbaric Medicine, HBOT, is based on only one medicament: the pure oxygen, breathed under the pressure higher then atmospheric, in special equipment - hyperbaric chambers. The origin of the most diseases (or their consequence) is a lack of oxygen: hypoxia or anoxia. Hyperbaric oxygenation (HBOT), if it is used at the right moment, stops the suffering of cells, tissues and organism in hypoxia or anoxia, leading to the recovery, regeneration and complete restitution if destruction already took a place. The main functions of human system, is to deliver oxygen through blood to all parts of the body. The heart of healthy human pumps daily 8 000 lit. of blood, and the body consumes 368 lit. of oxygen. The highest consumers of oxygen in human body are digestive system, brain tissue, muscles, etc. We live in a toxic world today - the air we breathe, the food we eat, environmental contamination, stress, depression, alcohol, cigarettes. The latest scientific research suggests that even degenerative diseases do not occur because we get older but because the lifestyle we follow does not provide optimal conditions for us to blossom. Most of what is called aging - from sagging skin and falling hormone levels to raised cholesterol and blood pressure - is premature and preventable. Many of todays illnesses as well as

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premature aging are caused by lack of oxygen. The body accumulates a certain amount of toxic waste from the food. When food is metabolized and broken down in the body, it leaves certain residues, which give way to either alkaline or acidic potentials of pH. These residues appear to most strongly influence body pH levels and can lead to serious health problems, weight gain, poor athletic performance, low energy levels and premature aging if continuously too acidic or too alkaline. Without enough oxygen, human body does not function properly and it cannot get rid of free radicals, uric acid, fungal and bacterial infections. When the pH of the body becomes too acidic it results in tiredness, stress, fatigue, excess weight, poor digestion, aches and pains, and disorders that are even more serious. The body becomes imbalanced and overly acidic because of eating too many acidifying foods like processed sugar, meats, dairy, coffee, alcohol, etc... As the body becomes more and more acidic, bad bacteria, yeasts and other microforms proliferate in the body. The body uses many systems in order to buffer acids including breath, mineral reserves, and fat. HBOT helps reduce acidic build-up and rebalance pH by buffering these residues and removing them from the body, helps the cleansing and repair of tissues, helps maintain proper insulin production and use. Hyperbaric chambers assist the body help itself and getting rid of all harmful toxins within. HBOT is very successful in the cosmetic and spa treatments such as rejuvenation, anti-aging, weight loss, skin toning, banishing cellulite, wrinkles reduction, detox, and stimulation of the immune system as well as in longevity. Skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, or proper vascularization of tissue flaps, fat grafts, tissue grafts, heightened

healing after any surgery, increased collagenation, increased chances of hair follicle growth after re-implantation, help with the digestive tract and increased nutrient absorption, allergy and IBS as well as numerous other conditions. Oxygen deficiency creates dirty and toxic blood and other fluids that run all through the body. Cancer is a build up of toxins within the body not to mention cellulite, skin disorders, food intolerance, etc... No healing can begin until these toxins are removed from the body. The central therapeutic problem in the origin of many diseases, injuries, and intoxications is hypoxia (reduced partial pressure of oxygen in tissues) or anoxia (complete lack of oxygen in tissues). The struggle against hypoxia is the struggle for life of the cell, tissue or organism in whole. HBOT effectively increases level of antioxydative protection of the body, increasing production of superoxyde dismutase, catalase and peroxidase. On that way, HBO decreases mutation of chromosomes, slows the process of growing old and has anti carcinogenic and anti stress effects. If toxins are present within your body, oxygen and the body's "food supply" cannot get inside your cells to supply needed nutrients, nor can the cells function properly. So far, the only medically documented method for increasing oxygen in the skin, and thus nourishing it and protecting it from premature aging, is by enclosing patients in hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Today's lifestyle requires more than just the essentials. With today's hectic pace of life, you will probably be glad to have all the help you can get.


Effects of Hyperbaric on Immune System
Mild Hyperbaric Therapy As An Immune Modulator Gunnar Heuser, M.D., Ph.D., Olga Aguilera, M.D., Sylvia Heurser, M.A., Shayna Kasbee, B.A., and Tanya Peach, B.S. Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment (mHBO) in a portable chamber, at 1.3 ATA and 24% oxygen, administered daily for ten consecutive sessions (1 hour each) improves brain function as measured by SPECT brain scan and a test for attention and reaction time. Patients often report a sense of well-being and youthfulness after mHBO therapy. We wondered whether immune function in positively affected by mHBO. We chose apoptosis (a function of programmed cell death) and natural killer cell activity (a function of immune surveillance) as parameters in 9 patients. Our preliminary date, illustrated in graph form, show that 10 mHBO sessions can positively affect immune function: natural killer cell function increases apoptosis values decrease. More sessions may be needed to affect positive results in an even higher percentage of patients. We conclude that mHBO can improve immune function. Since apoptosis numbers increase with age the reversal of that process may have significance with regard to aging.