HDNET Part 2 Dr Harch treats Veterans with TBI PTSD
Promising Treatment for Soldiers With Traumatic Brain Injuries and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder TBI/PTSD
An excerpt from the HDNet World Report website 4/13/2010
On tonight’s “HDNet World Report” correspondent Carol McKinley travels to Louisiana to investigate what may be a big breakthrough in treating the estimated 320,000 veterans returning from war with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — that treatment is called hyperbaric oxygen therapy or HBOT.
During the HBOT treatment, patients are exposed to pure oxygen, one hour at a time, in an airtight chamber.
The man behind this new therapy is Dr. Paul Harch, who has been treating soldiers at his clinic outside of New Orleans with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
“What is theorized is that there are damaged brain cells that aren’t yet dead, they are disabled,” Harch tells McKinley. “It’s like a car that’s broken and can only go in first gear, somehow it [the oxygen] is restoring energy metabolism capability to cells.”
“I was definitely skeptical,” said Margaux Mange, a former MP who served in Iraq and is now being treated with H-BOT. “I mean I’ve been through brain surgery. Oxygen? I was like…how’s that gonna help? But I’m a believer!”
for more information call: 855-GET-HBOT