Holy Family Institute

We, along with the Holy Family Institute, and the Richard A. Neubauer Research Institute are joining our friends at the Friends of the Trinitarians in collecting toys, blankets and tarps for their annual drive. The Friends, help support the Sisters in their ministries and outreach to the poor and underserved both in Mexico and the US.

They have monthly food programs, reach out to the homeless, teach children music lessons, teach women how to sew, and help with small house repairs.

We will have a box for donations in our lobby at 6 Hughes Street – in the Oxygen Therapies office (in the rear of the building). We will also accept donations to them directly.

Please call 657-246-2788 for more information or stop by and see us for more info.

National Skin Month

Perhaps in preparation for the harsh winter months ahead, November is officially designated as National Healthy Skin Month in the US. All month long, people are encouraged to learn about the functions of skin and how to keep it healthy. In Southern California, we are pretty lucky, to have to remember the SPF all year round and avoid the harsh weather that the rest of the country has to deal with in the winter.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) first implemented November as healthy skin month in order to raise awareness about the importance of keeping skin fresh, hydrated and healthy all year round.

  • Eat a healthy diet : What we put in our mouths is just as influential to our skin’s health as what we apply externally. Eating a diet that’s rich in Omega 3s, whole grains and B Vitamins is essential to maintaining skin’s youthful glow. Be sure to incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins in your diet. Since skin is made of protein, the more we consume, the better.
  • Don’t forget your lips : Your lips need just as much protection as the rest of your skin, especially since they can get a lot of exposure to the sun. Carry lip balm with SPF with you and apply it generously, particularly in the dry winter months when lips can become very chapped and soar.
  • Keep you cool : Stress is a huge contributor to skin problems like acne and wrinkles. Making time to relax during your hectic days can greatly improve the condition of your skin.

Did you know Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can also be useful in keeping skin healthy?

Receiving regular treatments of HBOT is thought to increase skin elasticity and stimulate collagen production, leading to reduction of wrinkles and fine lines and improvement in skin texture.

Many dermatology clinics and even spas have utilized machines that deliver concentrated oxygen to the patient or client to treat age-related skin problems. Oxygen is used in skin care because it is thought that delivery of natural oxygen increases cell metabolism.

The use of oxygen therapy as a process of skin rejuvenation and reduction of loss of elasticity leading to formation of lines and wrinkles are becoming increasingly widespread in skin care clinics because of increasing successful results of their usage due to developing technologies.

Inflammatory conditions, whether the result of stress or injury, all benefit from a therapeutic dose of oxygen. Not only does oxygen feed the cells, but healthy blood flow also carries away waste products like cellular debris and dangerous free radical toxins. In 2013, University of Edinburgh researchers confirmed, when studying how oxygen in the body can affect the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, that oxygen levels play a major role in determining the severity of the body’s inflammatory response. When you consider that chronic inflammation can disrupt a healthy blood system, potentially increasing cancer risk as a University of California San Francisco research team discovered in 2016, the use of oxygen therapy to calm inflammation makes perfect sense. 9

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy bathes the cells in the body with oxygen.

Because a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber is pressurized, oxygen easily enters into every tissue of the body. This is why HBOT can dramatically diminish the appearance of wrinkles in the skin.

HBOT directly encourages overall skin health:

  • The surface of the skin and the tissue that structurally supports the skin rely on a constant supply of nutrients, especially oxygen.
  • When cells do not receive enough oxygen, they slowly begin to malfunction and die.

This means that HBOT helps the skin heal after trauma, injury, or surgery. A therapeutic dose of oxygen can also improve skin infections, and it can be especially useful in regulating the appearance of chronic acne. Even fungal skin infections and dandruff, also called scalp dermatitis, will noticeably benefit from increased circulation and healthy blood flow.

Our special for November is buy one, get one free when you mention our online special and schedule on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule. **Call us for complete details and limitations**

Thanksgiving

It’s that weird time of year. Somewhere along the way Halloween became the unofficial start of the Holiday season. So now, you have the annual battle of the Christmas Purists and the people who want to start singing Christmas carols in November.

We are three days away from Thanksgiving. For most people, a time to start reflecting on the past year, businesses start gearing up for the end of year processes and set or revise goals for the next year. Families start taking stock of things we are grateful for in the past year.

But sometimes, with health issues, aging parents (or ourselves) or just the stress of the seasons it’s hard to get into the spirit of the holiday.

We want to remind you to take a few minutes of your day in the upcoming week to find something to be grateful for, and really ponder it and find a way to show your gratitude.

Enjoy the moment, there are many things to plan and schedule in the next month and a half. But it’s relaxing to enjoy something about each holiday or event.

Have fun! Yes, Thanksgiving means more work and clean up, but the memories of Uncle Bill, standing on his head to entertain his niece, will be told with glee for years and years. If you are in the kitchen working, you may miss out on the fun memories being made.

Black Friday is coming – is it relaxing to you to go out with all the crowds or just a stressful tradition?

Cyber Monday follows with all the best deals online.

Then, # GivingTuesday rolls around. We partner with several local charities, and provide services to patients that might not otherwise be able to have treatment , one of our favorites is “The Richard A. Neubauer Research Institute” ( www.ranri.org )

You get to take a small break, and then Christmas and New Year’s is here, and you’ve barely blinked.

Here are some of our stress relieving ideas for the next several weeks.

Take time for self-care. While it may be a little self-serving, we love the thought of the hyperbaric chamber this time of year. An hour of complete and total silence from our calendars, texts, emails and daily stressors. A time that your body needs, and more oxygen will only benefit your body and mind.

Give the gift of self-care. Share the love of hyperbaric oxygen. We have a great special through the end of November, by one – get one free when booked on a Tuesday/Thursday appointment schedule. **Call for more information and the fine print**

#GivingTuesday – it can be somewhat self-serving to you as well, find a charity that you can really get behind, and donate or volunteer. While we are fond of, and have mentioned our favorite , we all know of hurricanes, earthquakes, religious and other volunteer led organizations that need help. As you consider your year-end tax strategy, we encourage you to use the season to give to your favorite charity.

Enjoy the season, if your family is far away – join in with friends, or create a new friendsgiving opportunity, serve at a homeless center, or find a group that needs your hands and feet this year.

Men’s Health Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Cancer begins when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer cells, and can spread to other areas of the body.

Prostate cancer begins when cells in the prostate gland start to grow uncontrollably. The prostate is a gland found only in males. It makes some of the fluid that is part of semen.

Almost all prostate cancers are adenocarcinomas. These cancers develop from the gland cells (the cells that make the prostate fluid that is added to the semen).

While some prostate cancers can grow and spread quickly, most do not, and grow slowly. Several autopsy studies show that older men (and even some younger men) who died of other causes also had prostate cancer that never affected them during their lives.

Prostate cancer usually affects men over age 50, and often does not cause any symptom during the early stages of the disease. As the tumor grows and infiltrates the surrounding structures, symptoms such as increased frequency of urination (especially at night), difficulty in starting or stopping urine flow, decreased urine stream, pain or burning during urination or ejaculation, visible blood in the urine or semen, and a sense of incomplete bladder emptying arise.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT ) can be an important part of an adjunctive and comprehensive therapy program. It can reduce the side-effects from both chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

We know that oxygen is essential to normal cellular health. Cancer cells have an altered metabolism and no longer depend upon oxygen. In fact, high oxygenated environments can be toxic to cancer cells and both slows their growth and triggers cell death mechanisms within them.

Our bodies rely on the constant supply of oxygen intake to survive. Our atmosphere is approximately 21% oxygen. When oxygen is administered at high pressure rates, up to 20 times more oxygen can be absorbed by the bloodstream. This oxygen is transported to damaged organs and tissue which speeds up both healing and recovery time.

And, if used in conjunction with the ketogenic diet, oxygen under pressure, can slow down the replicating effect of the cancer cells.

Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is an FDA approved treatment for 14 indications , it is considered “off label” treatment as an adjunctive therapy for cancer. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy does require a physician’s prescription. Please contact us 949-328-4268 for more information or to set up an appointment.

National Stress Awareness Day

Stress

We often hear from our friends and family, or hear ourselves indicate just how stressed we are, on a daily basis. Stress is actually a very common emotional response that most people do experience. While stress affects everyone differently, it largely depends upon how we are able to deal with the stress when we realize it is impacting our day-to-day lives.

There is no way to fully eliminate stress. However, when stress reaches too high of a level it can lead to anxiety, worry, and panic attacks, it can also lower your immune response and lead to increased risks for illnesses and diseases.

Is stress ever beneficial?

Stress can motivate us. It can stimulate brain functions and allows us to perform deductive reasoning, it may improve our concentration, and allows us to focus on specific tasks.

In fact, stress can help you accomplish tasks more efficiently. As stress levels increase, the initial response is normally one that allows us to be highly productive and complete tasks. This in turns, makes us feel a sense of accomplishment, and stress levels become less and remain within the “acceptable” range. It can even boost memory. Stress is also a vital warning system, producing the fight-or-flight response. When the brain perceives some kind of stress, it starts flooding the body with chemicals like epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol. But, when stress levels continue to increase past this point is where we need to be concerned.

When Should You Be Concerned about Stress?

Constant, elevated stress levels do not allow our bodies to respond in a positive manner. Chronic stress , or a constant stress experienced over a prolonged period of time, can contribute to long-term problems for heart and blood vessels. The consistent and ongoing increase in heart rate, and the elevated levels of stress hormones and of blood pressure, can take a toll on the body.

How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Help?

HBOT exposes our bodies to elevated levels of oxygen-rich air. Since more oxygen is being spread throughout the circulatory system and tissues within the body, it stimulates the body’s healing response system. In addition, the oxygen helps reduce anxiety levels and stress levels due to heightened levels of oxygen within the brain and creates a calming effect. Stress and anxiety slowly start to become less intense emotions and are replaced by a relaxed state of mind.

HBOT has been used by military veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those that receive regular HBOT noticed many of the symptoms associated with PTSD, like depression and anxiety became less frequent and severe, allowing them to better integrate back into private life and society.

Other Benefits of HBOT

Besides providing stress and anxiety relief, HBOT promotes healing within the body. People have used this form of treatment to help speed recovery times after an accident or surgical procedure. Other people have used it as an alternative form of treatment for various medical conditions, such as poor circulation, infections in the soft tissues, digestive and intestinal problems, arthritis, chronic pain, and more.

If you would like more information on HBOT and its benefits to physical and mental stress, please call us today.

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Healing after Injury

Oxygen at pressures above atmospheric (hyperbaric) is used as a therapy to treat injuries whether from sports, car bike or other causes, from acute injury to muscle contusions and ankle sprains. It is also used in treatment of joint, ligament, and tendon injuries with the main aim of reducing recovery time.


Oxygen is essential to the tissues in the body and any tissue injury requires oxygen for healing. The body normally heals itself using oxygen from air: increased oxygen concentration can imporve the body’s ability to heal. Many athletes, both professional and amateur, are now becoming involved with their care, recovery and well-being. One of the treatments they are choosing is to breathe pure oxygen under pressure.
The benefits can include:

  • Increased supply of oxygen to injured areas.
  • Quicker healing of soft tissues, ligaments and fractures.
  • Reduction in swelling and pain.
  • Prevention of hypoxia of the traumatized tissues.
  • Enhanced ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria and prevent infection.
  • Reduction of scar tissue formation.
  • Helping you return to peak performance in your sport sooner.

Graft Vs. Host Syndrome

What is graft versus host disease?

Graft versus host disease (GvHD) is a condition that might occur after an allogeneic transplant . In GvHD, the donated bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells view the recipient’s body as foreign, and the donated cells/bone marrow attack the body.

There are two forms of GvHD:

  • Acute graft versus host disease (aGvHD).
  • Chronic graft versus host disease (cGvHD).

The Cleveland Clinic goes into much more detail here.

Where does Hyperbarics fit in with this disease?

A study in 2008 explored “Effect of hyperbaric oxygen on acute graft-versus-host disease after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation.” The results showed that the survival rate in HBO group was much higher than that in allogenetic bone marrow transplantation.

It is concluded that HBO has more remarkable advantage in improving the rate of survival.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition marked by persistent exhaustion that isn’t caused by physical exertion, and doesn’t go away with sleep or rest. CFS is also known as ME, which stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis.

The condition comes with countless other symptoms, including:

  • Neurological/Cognitive Symptoms
  • Post-Exertional Malaise and Fatigue
  • Autonomic Manifestations
  • Neuroendocrine Manifestations
  • Immune Dysfunction
  • Sleep Dysfunction
  • Pain

It’s estimated that CFS/ME affects over a million people in the US. It’s more common in women than men and usually develops between the ages of 20 and 40. One in four CFS sufferers has severe symptoms, namely significantly reduced mobility and brain fog.

Unfortunately, CFS is shrouded in mystery. There is no known cause and it’s usually quite difficult to diagnose and treat. However, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is proving highly effective for improving health and wellbeing for those with CFS.

While there is no known cure for chronic fatigue/ME, complementary therapies like Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy are available to help alleviate the symptoms. Treatment plans vary because of a lack of medical and scientific understanding of the illness, and because all patients’ symptoms and responses to treatment are different. However, scientists and medical practitioners are seeing positive results in an increasing number of cases where Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is used to improve symptoms of CFS.

So, what is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy? Basically, it’s a pain-free, non-invasive way of giving your body more oxygen than it can get from the air.

Why is more oxygen good for you?

It’s simple really. Oxygen is vital for life, you cannot live without oxygen. That means it’s essential for wellness, fitness and recovery too. More oxygen, especially under pressure, enhances our body’s healing mechanisms. In a typical HBOT session, patients enter am FDA approved chamber and breathe in pure oxygen at 2 times the normal atmospheric pressure. The hyperbaric chamber increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, allowing it to absorb 10-15 times more oxygen than normal.

Administering extra oxygen through HBOT is known to reduce swelling and inflammation, improve blood flow, boost energy and enhance the immune system. The sports world has already embraced HBOT. Hyperbaric chambers are used by prominent sports stars like David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Peyton Manning to recover quicker from injuries, boost their endurance and performance, and improve their resilience to exhaustion.

But does HBOT really relieve the symptoms of CFS/ME?

As mentioned earlier, no treatment for CFS/ME works for absolutely everyone. However, more and more chronic fatigue sufferers are experiencing positive results with HBOT, and there is scientific evidence to support its use in CFS treatment

A 2013 study saw 16 CFS patients receive 15 HBOT sessions over three consecutive weeks. Three fatigue and quality of life measures were assessed before and after the 15 sessions, and patients’ scores were higher on all measures after the HBOT. The conclusion of the study was “We, may infer that HBO2 therapy decreases the severity of symptoms and increases the life quality of CFS patients. It may be a new treatment modality for the management of CFS “

We would be happy to discuss your unique situation, individual needs and what an appropriate protocol would entail.

Broken Bones

Bones are complex tissues, and bone growth and healing are multifaceted processes. Doctors face a number of challenges when trying to treat bone fractures because of these complexities and internal and external factors that interfere with them.

However, scientific research and day-to-day clinical experience have demonstrated the efficacy of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to help aid healing for broken bones, diseased bones and maintaining general bone health.

The challenges faced by Bone Specialists –

Orthopedic doctors and surgeons typically treat broken bones using one or more of the following methods:

Traction – a steady pulling action to reposition and align a broken bone.

Reduction – a surgical procedure to restore a fractured or dislocated bone to the proper position.

Cast immobilization – most fractures can heal successfully once they are immobilized inside a plaster cast. Some may require repositioning first, using traction or reduction.

Internal or external fixation – using metal pins, screws and bars to fix bones in place while they heal, either on the inside or outside of the body.

However, bone repair isn’t always as simple as this. Healing can be delayed or stopped altogether by extensive trauma, bone loss, infection, ageing, premature mobilization, diabetes and osteonecrosis (a disease caused by reduced blood flow to bones in the joints, leading to bone death and breakdown). These factors can lead to non-union or non-healing fractures, which causes chronic pain and disability for patients. In these circumstances, re-establishing the structural integrity of the bones can be a major challenge for doctors.

Internal/external fixation and bone grafting are among the standard treatments used by doctors and surgeons to treat non-union factures. But these procedures come with risks and potential complications. Bone grafts don’t always ‘take’. Muscle and nerve damage, arthritis, stiffness, pain and bone infection can result from internal fixation. Future surgeries may be required. And external fixation can lead to pin tract infection, neurovascular damage and psychological consequences.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a simple and non-invasive alternative remedy that is widely used and recommended by doctors for enhancing healing of non-union fractures. It is also recommended for improving general bone health.

How does HBOT help to improve bone health and heal fractures?

HBOT involves breathing 100% pure oxygen at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressures. The extra oxygen combined with the pressure conditions increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. This allows every single tissue in the body to become saturated with it.

HBOT is known to stimulate the production of collagen, a tough, fibrous material that fills the space between broken bones and helps ‘knit’ them back together. Hyperbaric oxygen also promotes fast growth of new capillaries in affected areas, which in turn brings more oxygen and nutrients to the bones.

In particular, additional oxygen increases production of osteoblasts and osteoclasts, the cells vital for bone growth, healing and the removal of old, dead bone. Numerous animal studies have demonstrated that osteoblasts and osteoclasts are exquisitely reactive to increased oxygen. In 2007, D. Wu et al conducted an experiment for Connective Tissue Research , investigating in vitro the effects of hyperbaric oxygen on osteoblasts, the cells responsible for synthesizing bone. They observed that HBOT stimulated proliferation of osteoblasts, providing direct cellular evidence that HBOT is effective for fracture healing and bone growth.

HBOT is also scientifically proven to reduce swelling and inflammation, improve circulation, boost the immune system, and suppress infection. This is particularly important for tibia/fibular fractures, which have a poor blood supply. Additionally, HBOT helps bone grafts to ‘take’ and heal with fewer complications.

Its positive effects on bone and soft tissue regeneration have made hyperbaric oxygen a sought-after complementary therapy in the sporting community. The process is used by professional footballers and performance athletes for cutting their injury recovery times in half.

For instance, David Beckham fractured his foot on the pitch. Despite an estimated recovery time of 7 weeks, Beckham completed a course of HBOT sessions and was back on the pitch in just 3 weeks.

Further Research – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3382683/

http://www.hbot.com/blog/infinitee/hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy-healing-under-pressure

Infants

We love the babies that come see us. It’s usually at a crisis point, or last resort that parents of infants seek HBOT for their children. We will be sharing more about these stories soon –