Wednesday, April 27, 2016


Easing the Symptoms of RSD with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Doctor Allan Spiegel
Friday, October 7, 2011

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), is a chronic pain disorder that currently has no cure.  In addition to severe pain, those with the neurological disorder can experience abnormal sweating, swelling in tissues, discoloration of skin, muscle atrophy and sensitivity to light and touch.  The most common method for helping RSD patients manage the pain is through medication.  The cycle of pain management offers some sufferers relief, while others struggle to find a way to cope with the daily effects of living with pain.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has offered many RSD sufferers an alternative or supplement to their current medicated pain management regiments.  I have been a practicing neurologist for over 20 years and discovered HBOT when I was researching therapies to help a family member who had suffered a stroke.  I saw the benefits HBOT can provide firsthand and am passionate about the healing potential of this type of therapy.  We have been providing HBOT to RSD patients in our Palm Harbor, FL clinic for the past 8 years.  Some patients notice an easing of symptoms within just a few sessions of HBOT.  

What Does HBOT Offer the RSD Patient?
It can offer a pain reduction cycle that does not require narcotics or needles.  It is safe, cost-effective and painless. During HBOT sessions, patients breathe 100% oxygen at a higher than normal air pressure.  This increased level of oxygen circulates through the bloodstream and helps decrease swelling and encourages healing.  Patients experience an increase in muscle tone and notice that they are able to sleep more restfully, feel less depressed, think more clearly and are able to establish more regular routines in their daily lives.  

How Do You Know If HBOT is Right for You? 

I encourage you to read more about the positive results HBOT has offered many RSD patients.  Take a look at the case studiesmedical research information and articles about HBOT for RSD we have provided on our site. 9094774545

Hyperbaric Therapy Could Help Diabetics?
By Susan A. Steeves WebMD Medical News
May 24, 2000 (Dallas/Fort Worth) -- Two months ago, a surgeon told Thelma Bell that wounds on her right foot had progressed to gangrene and she was facing amputation. She'd already lost two toes because of nerve and circulatory damage caused by diabetes.
But last week, Bell's wounds were nearly healed, and the tissue on her foot appeared pink and healthy. Doctors now say her foot and leg will be saved, and once she is fitted with a special shoe, she should be able to walk normally.
Bell escaped the fate of the estimated 86,000 people each year who have lower limb amputations because of diabetic complications; they account for half of all leg and foot removals performed annually in the U.S. Her outcome was different because of wound care aided by hyperbaric oxygen therapy, says Jeffrey Stone, DO, MPH.
Stone, director of the hyperbaric medicine unit at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM), is studying whether use of the therapy can reduce diabetic amputations. "One of my questions has been the role of hyperbarics in diabetic wounds," he tells WebMD. He received a $208,000 grant from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to investigate the method.
Patients are put in a large, submarine-like chamber and don a clear plastic hood into which 100% oxygen is pumped. This increases the amount of oxygen in their blood, which in turn helps generate growth of vessels, says Stone, who also is a physician with the Wound Care Clinic of North Texas, part of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
Vessel growth is crucial for diabetics because they have circulatory problems due to blocked arteries and capillaries. They also have nerve problems, called sensatory neuropathy, so they often can't feel cuts on their feet. "I've had patients come in with a nail in a foot and not know it," Stone says.
Once an injury occurs, it may not heal if there's not enough oxygen-enriched blood reaching the area. Often, as in Bell's case, the wound may fester until the only option is amputation, at a cost of about $40,000 per case.
For military veterans alone, this results in about 9,000 amputations annually at a total cost for surgery, hospitalization, medical care, and rehabilitation of $341 million, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Diabetics are 15 to 40 times more likely to have a leg amputated than someone not suffering from the disease.
Diabetics and others also must cope with hardening of the arteries, a condition usually treated by angioplasty, bypass, or stent placement. But there also are microvascular changes -- clogged capillaries that occur in the feet of many diabetics. "I think it's these folks that are helped by hyperbarics," Stone says.
"It's important to point out that hyperbarics is not a panacea. It isn't. There are many other things we do first such as check for infection, seeing if we can get weight off the foot, if we can control edema, help with proper nutrition, including glycemia control."
Bell says she was lucky and credits Stone and his staff at IEEM, a joint project of Presbyterian and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
"When they found the gangrene in March, I thought that they just took you out in the field and shot you," Bell jokes. "But now my surgeon says that my foot has been saved."
So far, Stone has treated about 30 diabetes patients under the ADA grant. He wants to treat a total of 100 to 120 people in the double-blind study, in which neither medical personnel nor patients know whether the participant is receiving pure oxygen or regular air during their 90 minutes to two hours in the chamber.
Hyperbaric medicine is not new. It has been used since the 1940s to treat decompression sickness from scuba diving, carbon monoxide poisoning, and chronic bone infections. For the past 35 years, it also has been used for healing wounds. Stone also previously used it for patients with diabetes, but this is the first time a double-blind study has been done to determine if the treatment is effective enough to significantly reduce amputations resulting from diabetic ischemic foot ulcers, or wounds not getting sufficient oxygenated blood for healing.
In an earlier retrospective study, Stone and his colleagues looked at results for 1,633 patients treated for wounds over 33 months. Of those, 501 were diabetic; 119 received hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the rest received conventional treatment. They found that the limb salvage rate was 72% for those on pure oxygen and only 53% for the rest. Stone cautions that this was not a controlled study, so not a true measure of the effectiveness of hyperbarics in reducing amputation.
Ben Gallegos, administrator of the hyperbarics unit at Medical City Dallas Hospital, says that though they haven't conducted an official study of the use of the therapy in diabetics, they have had great success in using it against gangrene. Medical City is the only other facility besides Presbyterian in the Dallas area that has a multichamber hyperbaric unit.
Roger Unger, MD, who is not involved in the ADA study, also expressed caution. He is director of the Touchstone Diabetes Center at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and a diabetes clinician at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
"We have sent patients for hyperbaric treatment," says Unger, a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). "Diabetic foot ulcers and amputation is a terrible problem, and almost anything you do fails.
"At this point, no one knows how effective hyperbaric treatment is, so it's important to do such a study. We've seen temporary improvement from hyperbarics, but it's hard to tell whether it's because of that therapy or because other treatment the patient is receiving is focused on the wound," Unger says.
Jean Wilson, MD, former chief of endocrinology at UT Southwestern who has treated numerous cases of diabetic wounds and amputation at Parkland Health and Hospital System, also expresses skepticism but commends IEEM for doing the study.
"We need effective therapies, and I'm enthusiastic that the ADA is funding such research," says Wilson, also an NAS member. "It's very important that hyperbaric medicine be studied because its effectiveness for most of its applications has never been scientifically investigated."
Stone says that in the retrospective study, they found that patients accepted for hyperbarics had larger wounds, more wounds, and were more likely to have been recommended for amputation than the rest of the people receiving wound care.
"Interestingly, 31% of the hyperbaric group had been recommended for amputation versus 19% of those who did not have hyperbarics," he says. "Based on this, we applied for the ADA grant.
"Hyperbarics is important. It's just one of the things done to treat wounds. The majority of patients don't need hyperbarics. My average patient presents with a wound that has been there 11.8 months. I think the key in many of these cases is a multidisciplinary approach. ... We need to better define which patients will respond to hyperbarics."
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Friday, December 12, 2014

hair on your feet

Better To Have Hair On Your Feet Than Your Head 
A lack of hair on your feet may be a sign of circulatory problems, explains Andrew Manganaro, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Life Line Screening:
When I was a resident surgeon, many years ago, one of my professors, himself a world renowned vascular surgeon, once said, "It is better to have hair on your feet than on your head."
Andrew Manganaro, MD, Chief Medical OfficerA receding hairline on your head may not be your favorite look, but lack of hair on your feet is much more dangerous. It is could be a sign that your feet are not getting adequate blood flow.
The good news is that this can be checked with a simple screening that measures the blood pressure in your feet called an Ankle-Brachial Index. This screening can let you know if you are at risk for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) or other circulatory problems.
Better To Have Hair On Your Feet Than Your HeadThe Wall Street Journal's Melinda Beck also reports on the value of feet in evaluating circulatory health in her June 23rd article "What Your Body is Telling You." She writes, "Circulatory problems can manifest as numbness and tingling in the feet…When circulation is compromised, even a minor scratch or sore on the feet can become infected easily."
I have always Said that HBOT can grow hair!
Susan Rodriguez CHT #hbot
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Thursday, November 20, 2014


Med Hypotheses. 2007;68(6):1208-27. Epub 2006 Dec 4.Click here to read Links

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy might improve certain pathophysiological findings in autism.

University of Virginia, Department of Family Medicine, P.O. Box 800729, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder currently affecting as many as 1 out of 166 children in the United States. Numerous studies of autistic individuals have revealed evidence of cerebral hypoperfusion, neuroinflammation and gastrointestinal inflammation, immune dysregulation, oxidative stress, relative mitochondrial dysfunction, neurotransmitter abnormalities, impaired detoxification of toxins, dysbiosis, and impaired production of porphyrins. Many of these findings have been correlated with core autistic symptoms. For example, cerebral hypoperfusion in autistic children has been correlated with repetitive, self-stimulatory and stereotypical behaviors, and impairments in communication, sensory perception, and social interaction. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) might be able to improve each of these problems in autistic individuals. Specifically, HBOT has been used with clinical success in several cerebral hypoperfusion conditions and can compensate for decreased blood flow by increasing the oxygen content of plasma and body tissues. HBOT has been reported to possess strong anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to improve immune function. There is evidence that oxidative stress can be reduced with HBOT through the upregulation of antioxidant enzymes. HBOT can also increase the function and production of mitochondria and improve neurotransmitter abnormalities. In addition, HBOT upregulates enzymes that can help with detoxification problems specifically found in autistic children. Dysbiosis is common in autistic children and HBOT can improve this. Impaired production of porphyrins in autistic children might affect the production of heme, and HBOT might help overcome the effects of this problem. Finally, HBOT has been shown to mobilize stem cells from the bone marrow to the systemic circulation. Recent studies in humans have shown that stem cells can enter the brain and form new neurons, astrocytes, and microglia. It is expected that amelioration of these underlying pathophysiological problems through the use of HBOT will lead to improvements in autistic symptoms. Several studies on the use of HBOT in autistic children are currently underway and early results are promising.

PMID: 17141962 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] #HBOT #autism


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Teri   5 star

A HUGE Thank you to Susan and Pat for changing my world!!! I have had CRPS for 17yrs now suffering was my middle husband had to secretly call Rapid Recovery to set up everything because he knew that if I knew what he was doing I would have a million excuses on why I couldn't go.. Well he got me there and I did the treatments reluctantly at first but with the support of my husband going in the chamber with me for the first week and the support from Susan and world has changed!! There is nothing in this world that could explain my gratitude for what they've done for me and my family other than spreading the word about Rapid Recovery and Susan and Pat they are awesome!!! Thank you Teri and Dave.. 909 477 4545

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Oxygen Therapy Offers New Hope for Medically Challenged Patients

Connor Barrett was not given much hope when he was born. Autistic, blind and deaf with orthopedic, neurological, digestive, and respiratory disorders his parents were advised that he would live out his life in an institution for the severely disabled.  His doctors did not know how wrong they were.


Instead of searching for an institution his parents sought help through Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a medical treatment in which the patient breathes 100% pure oxygen under a pressure greater than normal.  The results for Connor were nothing short of miraculous.


“Connor started receiving Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Rapid Recovery Hyperbarics in San Bernardino when he was almost three years old.”  States his mother Peggy Barrett.  “Prior to Hyperbarics, he was unable to do anything other than squirm around on his back.  He could not see or hear and had minimal interaction with anyone.  After three treatments he began to follow objects with his eyes and actually held his own bottle.  He continued to progress and after forty treatments starting walking with a walker and feeding himself with a spoon.  He is now four years old and attends pre-school where he colors, uses scissors, does puzzles, rides a tricycle and interacts with his classmates.  His vision has improved to the point that he now wears glasses and can see almost 100%.  He loves to play the piano and is a joyful addition to our family.”

“I am truly pleased with Connor’s overall progress”, says his pediatrician, “He can now see, hear and walk.  His growth has improved tremendously placing him in the fifty percentile on the growth charts for the first time since his birth.”

Dr. Donald Underwood, D.O., M.D.J.D., M.P.H., is the Medical Director at Rapid Recovery Hyperbarics.  “The results I have witnessed for some of these patients are truly amazing.  Some of them now have the ability to see, hear and walk.  For most there is a definite improvement in their quality of life.”

Susan and Patrick Rodriguez,C.H.T., E.M.T., D.M.T., are the owners of Rapid Recovery Hyperbarics.  “We are so happy to have helped so many families over the past ten years.”  Susan adds, “Being the mother of three children who have benefited greatly from Hyperbarics, I know first hand how Hyperbarics can change a persons life.  My children are the reason that I got started and continue in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.”

Peggy Barrett feels the same.  She explains, “Due to my son’s miraculous recovery I have now devoted my career to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.  I attended classes, completed an internship and passed the National Board Examination for Certified Hyperbaric Oxygen Technologists.  Because Susan and Hyperbarics have given so much to my family, I felt it was only right to give this opportunity to other families in need of hope.”  She now works at Rapid Recovery Hyperbarics as a Certified Hyperbaric Technologist.

Numerous published articles support the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for both children and adults for the following conditions:

Cerebral Palsy
Closed Head Injury
Near Drowning
Seizure Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
Vision and hearing disorders
Neurological and brain Disorders

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