HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY FACT SHEET - Castle Craig

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HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY FACT SHEET - Castle Craig

and is very good for the complexion (in the USA, HBOT is used as a beautytreatment).HBOT helps clear the body of toxins, and can be a useful component of drugand alcohol detoxification. Oxygen is the natural antibiotic of the body.Oxygen controls over 300 genes and increases stem cells. It helps thedamaged bodies of drug and alcohol addicts to recover by speeding up thehealing process.Creating Stem CellsThe most exciting development in recent years was the discovery by medicalresearchers at Pennsylvania University in the USA that HBOT can help thebody increase the production of stem cells. New stem cells can help repairdamaged organs, skin, bones and ligaments and are instrumental in thehealing process. 18How can HBOT Help People with Alcohol and Drug Addiction?Alcohol and drug abuse can result in the buildup of aldehydes and acids inthe brain. Increasing the absorption of oxygen can reduce the time thesetoxic substances remain in the brain. Thus detoxification of the body isspeeded up.Evidence in Scotland, where HBOT is used to treat addicts in residentialtreatment, shows that HBOT helps to:• Stimulate the appetite (many addicts suffer from eating disorders andimproved eating is an important part of addiction treatment);• Improve sleep patterns (many addicts have not slept properly in years andmany find sleeping during detox difficult);• Helps damaged livers and brains (by supplying these organs with a higherdosage of oxygen, new blood vessels are built and the damage can berepaired.What’s the Location of our Chamber?Hyperbaric oxygen treatment involves sitting in a pressurised chamber andbreathing oxygen through a face mask for a period of one hour. A typicalnumber of treatment sessions may be 20, one a day, for a period of fourweeks, but some ailments may require more – or less – sessions as each 5


individual requires different levels of treatment.Our chamber is located in a purpose-built building in the extensive (50acre/20 hectare) grounds of Castle Craig Hospital, located one hour south ofEdinbugh. With 18 seats, it is the biggest hyperbaric oxygen chamber inScotland and the only one in UK that is dedicated to the treatment ofalcoholics and drug addicts. Inside, patients can relax, read, write, or watchfilms on one of the two flat panel screens that are placed at either end of thechamber. The increase in air pressure can be felt in the ears (which “pop”)and patients are given water to drink to help with this. The experience issimilar to ascending in a plane.What Does the Medical Profession Say About HBOT?Despite the fact that there is a wealth of HBOT experience from the diving,aviation and military sectors, the medical establishment in Britain remainsuninformed about HBOT. In addition, oxygen medicine is not taught atmedical school and as a result most GPs are unaware of its benefits. Theofficial NHS line is that HBOT is a safe treatment but more research isneeded.The Lancet medical journal does not comment on HBOT as a treatment, butit has listed a number of articles in various medical journals. 19While the NHS recognises the value of “standard” oxygen therapy, it onlyrecommends HBOT for the treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning.Unfortunately the NHS does not recommend HBOT as a treatment for all theother ailments it can help with – but neither does it oppose the treatment byprivate clinics.What’s the View of the HBOT Pioneers?Professor Philip James, Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University ofDundee, frequently challenges the “establishment” position on HBOT:“Giving more oxygen is not alternative medicine, it is sound science andcommonsense. There is no substitute for oxygen and hyperbaric medicinemust be included in the core curriculum of our medical schools.“It is necessary to have distrust of the miraculous in medicine, especially 6


when, for example, claims are made for drugs whose pharmacology andbenefit have not been scientifically established. Although oxygen hardly fallsinto this category as no one seriously denies its importance to life, it issurprising that using a simple enclosure to allow the delivery of high level ofoxygen to relieve an acute deficiency is still regarded by some physicians asquackery.”Professor James goes on to address the other arguments against theestablishment view of oxygen therapy:“They commonly argue that as blood is virtually saturated with oxygenbreathing air, no more can be carried, but the saturation referred to is ofhaemoglobin not plasma and the haemoglobin value can be 100% when thebrain is dying from hypoxia. In fact, there is actually no limit to the amount ofoxygen which can be carried in plasma and, at three times atmosphericpressure, sufficient can be dissolved to support life without the presence ofhaemoglobin…The arguments against oxygen treatment must be met -toxicity is easily dealt with - because the dose time limits of hyperbaricoxygen treatment are very well established and include data from millions ofman hours of pure oxygen breathing in military diving. So are the minorbarometric problems, such as clearing the middle ear.”For those interested in learning more from Professor James we suggest youvisit YouTube where you can find a series of 6 lectures by him.Contact DetailsPlease contact us if you would like more information about HBOT:Manager of the HBOT unit: Max Volino PhDContact phone number: +44 (0)75 012 54918 and +44 (0)1721 722 763Fax: +44 (0)1721 752662Email: info@hyperbaricoxygentherapy.org.ukWebsite: http://www.hyperbaricoxygentherapy.org.uk/index.phpWe would particularly recommend that you look at the Hyperbaric OxygenTreatment Trust website www.hyperbaricoxygentherapy.org.uk, one of themost comprehensive information sources online. 7


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