Thermal burns is one of many indications cleared by the FDA for the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.  If you would like to know more about thermal burns and HBOT, be sure to check out the recent HBOT News Conversations interview with Dr. Paul Harch.

This brings to what happened on January 27, 1984 – 39 years ago today. Michael Jackson was filming a Pepsi commercial which he collapsed in front of 3,000 fans after his hair and jacket caught fire from a firework accident.  The incident paid out to Michael, in which he donated it to the Brotman Memorial Hospital and they purchased a hyperbaric oxygen chamber with it.  After the purchase was made, Michael visited the hospital and even posed for a few photos lying in the chamber.  Later, he acquired the chamber and rumor has it that he used it to reap many benefits, including anti-aging.

The basis of the story actually traces back to Jackson’s injuries sustained during a Pepsi commercial. The commercial made use of pyrotechnics, and Jackson was injured, receiving second and third-degree burns. As it turns out, one of the treatments for burns involves using an oxygen chamber.

Michael Jackson's Oxygen Chamber

When Jackson settled with Pepsi for USD$1.5 million, he then donated the money to Brotman Memorial Hospital in California, which then bought the machine in question. Jackson visited the hospital after the purchase and posed for a few pictures lying in the chamber with his eyes closed. The pictures were circulated—thanks to the National Enquirer—and the rumour mill started.

The National Enquirer “quoted” Jackson preaching the benefits of the chamber, but Jackson later refuted the story, stating, “Stupid, that’s stupid. It’s completely made up, and I’m embarrassed.”

Wouldn’t be the first time he uttered words to that effect, with some futility.

Of course, we can’t be too hard on the Enquirer. It was later revealed that Jackson, with the help of prominent Hollywood publicist Michael Levine, leaked the photos to help promote his then-latest film, Captain EO.

Interestingly enough, Jackson did later acquire the machine from the hospital and evidently used it—not to sleep in but rather for short treatments. According to Garay, science has actually found that oxygen treatment can help with anti-aging by promoting the growth of older cells.

As Garay put it, “So maybe Michael was right after all.”

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Image: True Michael Jackson