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A Phase I Study of LP HBOT for Blast-Induced TBI, PCS, and PTSD

A Phase I Study of Low-Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Blast-Induced Post-Concussion Syndrome and
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


Traumatic Brain Injury Journal of Neurotrauma

Eight active duty and eight recently retired servicemen were self-referred or referred by their military commanders/physicians. Fourteen subjects had pre-study diagnoses of TBI/PCS with PTSD, and two subjects had TBI/PCS. Prestudy diagnostic evaluations and criteria were not available to the study authors. All subjects underwent brain MRI in the military prior to treatment. All subjects gave informed consent and enrolled in LSU IRB #7051.

Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery - Astounding Results Made After HBOT

Curt Allen, Jr. was a 17 year old man who was involved in a high speed motor vehicle accident in June, 2004, in which he sustained severe traumatic brain injury. Curt was in a coma at the scene of theVideo shows positive improvement from HBOT and TBI accident. He was admitted to an acute care hospital, underwent brain surgery to relieve pressure and placed in the ICU in critical condition. After one month he was transferred to a highly regarded post-acute brain injury rehabilitation center in Southeast Louisiana where he remained for 3 months. During these three months he made such minimal progress that he was discharged as a failure of standard intensive traumatic brain injury therapy. The day before discharge from this center his mother attended a local church where she asked the priest to request that the congregation pray for her son’s recovery. After the priest fulfilled this request during Mass Mrs. Allen was approached by a physician patient of mine to whom I had delivered low-pressure HBOT years before for his stroke and subsequent traumatic brain injury. My patient referred Mrs. Allen to me and the following week Curt was evaluated at my clinic.

The video you will view records the astounding recovery that Curt made as he underwent a course of HBOT. The segments of the video were edited from the running VHS tape I recorded of Curt’s progress beginning 4 months after his severe traumatic brain injury through 89 HBOT’s. Since the voices on the tape are hard to discern in places and Curt is speaking in hushed tones the following narrative accompanies each segment on the tape...


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Trials focused on PTSD TBI Study

Now open to Marines, sailors aboard Camp Lejeune

By Naomi Whidden
The Daily News - Jacksonville NC

Thanks in part to the efforts of a U.S. congressman, Marines and sailors aboard Camp Lejeune will be eligible to participate in a medical study involving hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Congressman Walter B. Jones has succeeded in advocating for their inclusion in the study that focuses on the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The non-invasive procedure exposes the body to 100-percent oxygen at high pressure . Patients enters a clear chamber for a period of time while the pressure and oxygen levels increase to fill the blood with enough oxygen to repair tissues and restore normal body function, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine website.

The study is conducted by Dr. Paul Harch, the Department of Internal Medicine director at Louisiana State University School of Medicine and a clinical professor.

In a 2012 study, Harch found “blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are diagnoses of particular concern in the United States because of the volume of affected servicemen and women from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

According to Jason Lowry with Congressman Jones’ office, the study will be open to all active duty Marines and sailors who qualify. The 12-week study involves an initial evaluation, treatment and post-treatment tests conducted at Louisiana State University School of Medicine.

Transportation to Louisiana will be provided by a nonprofit; lodging, meals and transportation to the facility will be provided by a nearby Naval air station.

“I am convinced Marines and soldiers who have hyperbaric oxygen therapy for PTSD and TBI that treatment does work,” Jones said. “This kind of treatment is not dependant on medication, so no one gets depressed because of medication side effects.”

Harch’s 2012 study found that participants undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy “demonstrated significant improvements ... in symptoms, abnormal physical exam findings, cognitive testing, and quality-of-life measurements…”

Jones said he tried for two years to open Harch’s study to Marines and sailors aboard Camp Lejeune.

In June 2015, Jones requested by letter the help of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Assistant Commandant Gen. John Paxton, Assistant Commandant Gen. Glenn Walters and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller.

These letters were shared with The Daily News by Congressman Jones’ office.

Brig. Gen. David Furness, with Commandant Gen. Robert Neller’s office, wrote to Jones’ office on Nov. 29, 2016, to say there is no scientific evidence that this therapy is any better than placebo therapy for mild TBI.

“The current medical position remains that the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy does not appear to be an effective treatment modality for these conditions,” Furness wrote.

Despite difference of opinion on the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the Marine Corps remains supportive of “permitting Marines to voluntarily participate in Dr. Hatch’s Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy study.”

According to the letter, participation must be voluntary and Marine Corps leadership will not direct, encourage or influence participation. The estimated number of Marines who meet the eligible criteria for participation in this study is very small.

The Public Affairs Office at the Naval Hospital wrote in an email to The Daily News that service members interested in the study can request information through their medical providers. For study details, refer to the study program manager at LSU. For more information about the study, visit hbottbistudy.org or contact the study coordinator at 504-427-5632.

Reporter Naomi Whidden can be reached at Naomi. Whidden@JDNews.com or 910-219-8474.

Indiana Pushes HBOT as a Standard of Care for Wounded Soldiers

Healing technology for Hoosier veterans

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy offers hope for treating brain injuries from combat, car crashes

Retired Army General leads the fight for HBOT for veterans in Indiana

James L. Bauerle - a retired Army Brigadier General, Vice President and Legislative Chairman for the Military/Veterans Coalition of Indiana.

The Journal Gazette, Indiana, Opinion Columns, December 25, 2016 1:01 AM



NOLA doctor to offer new study for vets suffering from PTSD


Local doctor to offer new study for vets suffering from PTSD

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Meg Farris / Eyewitness News
mfarris@wwltv.com | Twitter: @megfarriswwl

Originally reported by Lucy Bustamante, ABC13 WVEC
Posted on October 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- 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 permanently curtail 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.


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