Dr. Joseph Maroon recently posted his blog in three parts, highlighting his 3-month journey with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). In his blog, his lists an abundance of medical references to support how HBOT works to decrease inflammation in the brain, healing the brain from concussions, TBIs, and so much more.
Dr. Maroon shares, “For eight years I have used hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) successfully, but anecdotally, to treat patients with post-concussion syndrome when all other measures failed. Impressed with the results, I set out on a self-experiment to obtain objective information on the effects of HBOT on neurocognition, cardiopulmonary function, anatomical brain imaging, proteomics and more. This time I became the patient and was hopeful to have similar improvements in brain and body function using my own well-used older self.”
Dr. Maroon gives a phenomenal explanation regarding the importance of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and why oxygen is critical to incorporate into anyone’s healing journey.
Oxygen is the third-most abundant element in the universe but the majority is trapped in combination with other elements. The oceans produce oxygen through the phytoplankton, kelp and algae with in it and as a byproduct of photosynthesis. This has made it possible for humans and all life to survive and flourish. Earth’s atmosphere is 21% oxygen. HBOT uses 100% oxygen typically at two atmospheres or a pressure twice what we are exposed to at sea-level. HBOT involves breathing 100% pure oxygen in a special construct known as a HBOT chamber. The pressurized air in the chamber increases oxygen levels in the body 15 to 30 times higher than normal.
Read Dr. Joseph Maroon’s HBOT experience here