Local doctor to offer new study for vets suffering from PTSD
wwltv.com Posted on October 18, 2013 at 5:25 PM Meg Farris / Eyewitness News Email: email@example.com | Twitter: @megfarriswwl
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury may soon have relief from their symptoms.
Dr. Paul Harch, a leader in hyperbaric medicine, claims hyperbaric oxygen therapy may substantially improve TBI and PTSD symptoms.
James Ciconne was an E4 in the Army and was diagnosed with PTSD after spending a year in Iraq. The illness caused him to take his own life last year.
His father, Bill Ciconne, remembers the last three text messages he got from his son.
“I love you, thank you for raising me, and goodbye,” Bill said his son texted. “I will never accept my son not being here.”
Bill Ciconne supports Dr. Harch’s research.
There are 22 suicides in the military every day. Dr. Harch said this treatment could help prevent these kind of suicides.
Dr. Harch is chief of hyperbaric oxygen medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center. He said he’s seen the positive changes after treatment in veterans with brain trauma. He remembers the words of one.
Click here for more information on hyperbaric oxygen treatment.
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Editors Note: This story was originally reported by reporter/anchor Lucy Bustamante of WVEC, our sister station in Virginia Beach. Medical reporter Meg Farris updated the recent developments with Dr. Paul Harch.
A brilliant short video presented to Harch Hyperbarics Inc.at the 2011 HBOT conference in Bratislava, by G7oz.org to show the many benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy HBOT. All rights reserved.
Hi there, I would like to tell you a little about hyperbaric oxygen therapy also known as HBOT. A therapy you might not have heard of, but which can help me bring relief to a lot of you folks out there. So please take a seat, give me a little bit of your time, and I will tell you what HBOT is and how it can help you or your relatives.
Personally, the first time I heard the term HBOT I thought I had stumbled upon some new space technology, but as I found out later the history of HBOT goes back to the 16th century. But to leaving history behind us let’s explore one fact which almost always goes on noticed though it is right under our noses. I think all of us as children have heard the same; you must eat to grow up big and strong, be a fireman, the handsome. I don’t want to argue with our moms and grandmothers, what they only told half the story. Without one other ingredient only 5% of energy stored and food can be used by the body. Do you know what ingredient? Still puzzled? OK I’ll give you a hint. It is invisible, odorless, it is a symbol O2. Yes, it is oxygen.
Overlooked, taken for granted yet invaluable for our lives oxygen is not only fuel or our bodies it can also do a lot more. And here we come right back the HBOT-the therapy treatment itself will take us into a machine called a hyperbaric chamber. You may have seen one on TV in connection with deep sea diving accidents.
Inside the hyperbaric chamber you breathe 100% pure oxygen in contrast to only about 21% that is present in the earth’s atmosphere, and most importantly, it is at a much higher pressure than normal. The pressure will vary by the diagnosis being treated but it can be up to three atmospheres the equivalent of being 20.1 meters deep underwater. Thanks to this specific environment various unusual effects occur. For example, the average adult consumes almost 2.7 Kg of O2 per day of which only 900 grams go into the bloodstream. In a hyperbaric chamber with double the atmospheric pressure we breathe double the number of molecules, but remember when HBOT we use pure oxygen. This results in breathing 10 times the regular amount of oxygen. So in one hour we can inhale 1,100 grams. As a result red blood cells instantly fill up with the oxygen and the leftover O2 is almost directly into a blood plasma. In a few minutes all this extra oxygen builds up tissue oxygen levels far above normal even in damaged hypoxic tissue which helps healing. Among other effects we should mention, and ones you should ask your doctor about, are:
1. Decreasing swelling and inflammation
2. Promotion of growth of new blood vessels
3. Increase the body’s ability to fight infection
4. Helping the body discard toxins and metabolic waste products
5. Acceleration of healing rate
We can say that the combination of high oxygen concentration and high pressure basically transforms the oxygen into an effective drug. This drug when used properly and in combination with conventional therapies and treatments can bring noticeable result in only twelve to forty sessions depending on the diagnosis.
When should you think about hyperbaric oxygen therapy? I would recommend looking into finding more information about hyperbaric oxygen therapy you or your relative suffers from:
1. Carbon monoxide poisoning
2. Crush syndrome
3. Gas embolism
4. Decompression Sickness
5. Anaerobic or mixed anaerobic bacterial infection
6. Diabetic foot lesion
7. Non-healing wounds secondary to inflammatory
8. Radio induced manifestations
9. Severe burns
11. Diabetes and cardiac diseases
13. And others
If you’re interested in learning more you can start at hbot.com
Be happy and be healthy.
Dr. Paul Harch, MD (hbot.com) treated a scuba diver institutionalized because of brain-injury from Decompression Sickness (DCS; “the bends”). Ignoring the US Navy’s protocol for HBOT for DCS, Harch instead treated at a lower pressure, and the patient recovered. The patient left the institution, went to graduate school, got married, and went on to lead a normal life. Harch then theorized HBOT would benefit other neuropathologies and went on to become the first physician in North America to treat a cerebral palsy child with HBOT. After that success, he later was one of the first physicians in the world to treat an autistic child with hyperbaric oxygen. This news story from New Orleans ABC affiliate Channel 26 documents just such a case, from the late 1990′s. Jacelyn Moll goes from no eye contact and no walking–to engaging in appropriate communication skills–and walking. Also included is Chad Rovira, who recovered from coma as a result of HBOT.
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First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden’s “Joining Forces” initiative to support and medically treat the nation’s veterans is spanning medical schools nationwide, and while LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans is among them, the initiative has been in place there for four years, thanks to Paul Harch. Continue reading →
Dan Greathouse suffered severe brain damage from a scuba diving accident that caused the Bends but was misdiagnosed for years. Just as he reached the edge of madness, a simple oxygen treatment came to his rescue.
A short documentary exploring the application of Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) dealing specifically with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on brain injured veterans and soldiers deployed to Iraq & Afghanistan.
Harch Hyperbarics for Traumatic Brain Injury WGNO ABC26
Injuries suffered in two separate roadside-bomb explosions in a span of two months in Iraq in early 2008 left Tim Hecker with a traumatic brain injury and severe post-traumatic stress. He was no longer the man Tina had married.
Frustrated with her husband’s descent and the lack of progress with traditional care, Tina went online and found information about Dr. Paul Harch, a New Orleans-based physician specializing in hyperbaric medicine. His facility, Harch Hyperbarics Family Physicians’ Center, uses high-pressure oxygen to treat basic pathophysiologic conditions.
Following a phone call and an initial interview, Tim was selected to be part of Harch’s pilot study on the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for TBI and PTS. He claims the treatments have given him back most of his pre-injury life.
BRAIN STORM: NCIS, A True Story | Best Short Film WINNER in the Los Angeles Cinema Festival | INDEPENDENCE DAY 2012
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BRAIN STORM: NCIS, A True Story ( 9 Min ) : A Short Film exploring the application of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on wounded war fighters suffering from blast induced Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) during combat operations in Iraq/Afghanistan. LtCol Al Burghard, USMC, retired, shares his story for the advancement of Dr. Harch’s hyperbaric medicine research.
To date, there are no FDA-approved drugs for the treatment of chronic traumatic brain injury. The current standard of care for brain injured military veterans is the off-label prescribing of psychoactive medications blackbox labeled by the FDA for increased suicidality. These medications have been implicated in the 18 veteran suicides per day epidemic.
At the same time, conventional medicine has no suitable alternative treatment. The medical research of Dr. Paul G. Harch, MD, however, strongly suggests that there is an effective treatment. That treatment is hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the simple daily intermittent exposure to increased pressures of oxygen. Dr. Harch’s research is showing that HBOT 1.5 ATA can improve brain blood flow, metabolism, neurological function, and give patients back their lives.
http://www.hbot.com Professor Keith Van Meter, MD / Chief of Emergency Medicine, LSU Health Sciences Center – New Orleans School of Medicine talks about the early days of Dr. Harch’s medical career.
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http://www.hbot.com/ (EPISODE EIGHT) Dr. James talks about the “oxygen molecule” and the hydraulics of 100 billion brain cells This movie episode is dedicated to Professor Dr. Philip B. James, MD.,Retired Professor at University of Dundee School of Medicine, Scotland – Author, “Oxygen And The Brain.”
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