Why Do I Need Oxygen?
All humans began life as a single cell. By the time you become an adult, you have at least 50 trillion cells. Every cell in the human body needs oxygen. Inside the cells, there are mitochondria that produce energy for us by producing ATP. Up to 90% of our oxygen is used by the mitochondria in this process. If you have ATP, you will have electrical output and energy. Healthy cells will be approximately -70 MV. Lower voltage output reduces your energy and can lead to intra-cellular disharmony, disease and mutations. Cancer cells can be +30 MV. Where there is electricity, there will be a magnetic field.
Cells need a steady supply of oxygen to make energy from the foods we eat. Our bodies cannot heal without oxygen. Without proper amounts of it, the cells electrical output will begin to drop. As the polarity and ph of the cell shifts, then components within your body can shift magnetically and begin a "drawing together" effect. This can prevent red blood cells from getting to where they need to be to give you oxygen, nutrients, hormones, etc. and can prevent them from removing carbon dioxide and toxins. Cardiovascular disease issues like Atherosclerosis, high or low blood pressure, size, shape and functionality of the red blood cells, gas exchange issues of the lungs like COPD, asthma, allergies, lipids, vaso-constriction from cortisol, thyroid problems, etc., are but a few of the things to consider when you are trying to get oxygen to all tissues. A point to consider here is if a cell is functioning normally, it will be like a battery. Ask yourself this question: "Can you put a battery in a remote controller upside down and it work?"
You were born onto planet earth and have been exposed to breathing a mixture of gases which are 79% Nitrogen (few inert gases included) and 21% Oxygen. Additionally, you became exposed to atmospheric pressures both inside and outside of your body. If you were located at sea level (1 ATA), you would have 14.7 pounds of pressure both inside and outside of your body. If you go up, pressures in/on your body drop. At 2 ATA(atmospheres), which is similar to a 33 ft depth under sea water, you would have 29.4 lbs. of pressure both inside and outside of your body and you have now doubled the oxygen in the body. The higher pressure will compress the gas to a more liquid state and now can be pushed into places of the body that may desperately need it to function normally. If you go under the sea, your pressures increase. Whenever there are pressure changes, gases that have been in saturation in your body change back to air bubbles and move to the lungs to be expelled. Bubbles are like bullets and can cause damage. When "diving", the most likely place to see "bubble trouble" will be upon surfacing from 20 foot up to the surface. This makes soft chambers (1.3 ATA, 11 ft deep) especially dangerous to use without the benefit of getting the required pressure and the clinical benefits of hyperbaric oxygen. I would caution everyone to find a UHMS or IBUM certified hyperbaric physician if you are considering "diving" in a hyperbaric chamber of ANY type.
Airplanes are hypobaric chambers and lessen the pressure in/on the body, so flying reduces the amount of oxygen one gets. Soft chambers are only FDA approved for altitude sickness due to flying and are not approved for use with oxygen. My educated opinion is that no one should treat themselves nor family members at home!
For over 300 years, hyperbaric chambers have been used to simulate going below sea level to increase oxygen for the body.
What is a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber?
A Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber is a pressurized vessel used to administer oxygen at elevated pressure. There are basically 2 types of chambers - monoplace and multiplace that are used "clinically". The main differences are chamber size, number of occupants, and how the oxygen is delivered. Monoplace chambers are single-person chambers pressurized with up to 100% oxygen from which the patient breathes directly. Multiplace chambers are designed to hold two or more persons. Multiplace chambers are pressurized with compressed air while patients breathe up to 100% oxygen through a mask or a hood.
Hard-shell chambers are hospital grade chambers that are FDA approved for 15 reimbursable indications.
- Air or Gas Embolism
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Crush Injury
- Delayed Radiation injury
- Decompression Sickness (Bends)
- Diabetic and Selected Wounds
- Exceptional Blood Loss (Anemia)
- Gas Gangrene
- Intracranial Abscess
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Osteomyelitis Skin Grafts and Flaps
- Thermal Burns
Unless you have one of the above FDA approved needs, hyperbaric oxygen therapy will be administered only at "Off Label" clinics. Other complaints that have been supported with hyperbaric oxygen therapy are:
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Anemia of any type
- Birth Injury
- Brain Damage from Chemotherapy/Radiation Therapy ("Chemo Brain")
- Brain Aneurysm
- Cerebral Palsy
- Lyme Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Near Drowning
- Recovery from Plastic Surgery
- Sports Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury
In closing, oxygen acts like a drug and is considered a respiratory depressant. Hyperbaric physicians have to consider implications of Pulmonary and Central Nervous system toxicity. Every drug should be used with proper dosing, frequency and duration to expect a "reproducible outcome" from its usage. When "diving" in a hyperbaric chamber, one can get a higher dose of oxygen and increase the pressure in and on the body to enable tissues to function at a more normal level or heal. Dive Deep. Breathe Deeper!©