Hyperbaric Oxygenation

What Is Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy?

Simply defined, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment that uses filtered ambient air, mixed with a 6 liter flow of 99% prescription medical grade oxygen. This can be used regularly without the danger of oxygen toxicity in the body, under pressure, to speed and enhance the body’s ability to heal. It is a safe, non-invasive, and cost effective therapy . It is safe to say without adequate oxygen reaching injured tissues, no wound can heal. Many diseases of the body do not get better without properly oxygenated tissue. Oxygen at normal atmospheric pressure is available at 21% of total air breathed. Hyperbaric oxygenation treatments deliver increased oxygen to the lungs and other parts of the body, including the plasma, bone, cells, and all body fluids. The only way to increase oxygen to the tissues is through pressure. We know that there is a direct relationship between the pressure of a gas and the amount of said gas that will be absorbed by the tissue. This same principle applies to oxygen plasma, the liquid part of the blood. When the body is under pressure, plasma, cerebral fluid, and synovial fluid will dissolve more oxygen than they would if they were not under pressure. Not only does this increase the amount of available oxygen to the tissues, it allows oxygen to reach areas of the body that would normally be difficult to reach. This is the basic role of hyperbaric oxygenation. Today, HBOT is primarily used for healing difficult wounds, enhancing the grafting of new skin after serious burns, bacterial infections, drug resistant infections and acute diving and decompression illness. Increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduce local swelling and allows new blood vessels to form and promotes collagen formation and deposition.

1.5 million Americans undergo cosmetic surgery each year. HBOT may help these patients avoid complications, and can be extremely useful when problems do occur. Healing takes place three times faster than before HBOT became available to plastic surgeons.

can-you-breathe-in-better-skinA writer gets the full oxygen treatment in the hot new hyperbaric isolation tank.

by Nelson Aspen

If you hear a lusty baritone bellowing from the hills above Hollywood, that’s just me, still singing the praises of skincare expert Maria DeSio and her signature treatment: Pure Oxygen Mircrodermabrasion, with the recently-added hyperbaric isolation tank for the optimal experience of oxygen’s healing powers. The sensitive and talented Maria, who operates out of her exclusive Beverly Hills facility, could not have had a bigger skeptic than I-but she and her nifty little vacuum won me over.

As a man in my mid-thirties who still gets “carded” when the lighting is right, I don’t give too much thought to skincare. I wash and moisturize daily, and wear sunscreen if I know I’ll be playing 18 holes of golf in Palm Springs. Other than that, I rely on shaving for exfoliating and the genes of my Native American ancestors.

Makeup artist Mark Schroeder sees a lot of people with problem skin and advises, “The worst thing you can do for you skin is to do nothing at all. Don’t merely rely on your natural defenses.”

Face-maintenance has long been overlooked by our gender (Sure, Brad Pitt can have acne, but would Jennifer Aniston be as popular with pock marks?) Says Mark, “Most men get turned on to skin care by using their wives’ products. They’ll even get the
wives to pick up the products for them.”

Maria assured me that I would be as delighted by the results as her many other male clients. (That’s an understatement. Consider me hooked.)

Although the results are achieved by non-medicinal techniques, Maria’s training and experience with some of the country’s most prominent plastic and reconstructive surgeons make her approach vastly more clinical than a frou-frou trip to the local beauty shoppe. She knows her stuff, and shares as much knowledge and information with her clientele as they care to receive.

Here’s how it all works: the dermabrasion (only the word sounds scary!) gives the benefits of a peel without the irritation. Crystal powder is sprayed onto the skin, then dead cells are vacuumed from the face — painless and surprisingly stimulating. The finest of lines are softened by this exfoliation and pores are thoroughly sucked clean.

This is followed by a cocktail of 87 vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids mixed with pure oxygen blasted from a tank directly onto the newly exposed skin layer. My complexion was hydrated and nourished. The little laugh lines I had convinced myself to like were gone (I didn’t mind)! Even the few freckles I had acquired through years of sun worshipping were almost completely faded. Maria said that another treatment or two would eliminate them altogether.

Because of oxygen’s properties (it is often used in severe burn cases and for post-operative laser patients), healing and/or rejuvenation occurs with remarkable speed. No one-hour avocado masque could accomplish these results.

Then it was time for the journey into Maria’s portable hyperbaric isolation tank. I was jittery at the thought of immersing into some pressurized coffin, but this was a bright, roomy tube about 2 and a half times bigger than a tanning bed. Like Michael Jackson without the chimp, I reclined and breathed in the mega-doses of pure oxygen being pumped inside.

It was so relaxing I even dozed off-until the added oxygen in my bloodstream signaled my body to wake up and enjoy its new vigor. My face was now not only a healthy pink but soft and elastic as only new skin can be. Right then and there 1 made a pledge to myself that I’d be more conscientious about the sunscreen to protect my “fresh start.” If I want that George Hamilton-glow, Til stick with “Baytan” (no joke, it’s a great self-tanner!).

Large doses of pure oxygen have other healing benefits, too. An annoying bug bite on my forearm was completely eradicated by the time I stepped out of the tank. Maria said that it is not uncommon to witness even more amazing turnarounds, such as the woman whose toe had actually been scheduled for amputation until two sessions in the tank revitalized it to a healthy state.

Maria also offers the services of a licensed massage therapist, Linda Croner, who can indulge you in a variety of therapeutic massage packages.

My experience only confirms that the business of beauty finds its best remedies in the world of health. For both men and women, the Fountain of Youth may already be here — you just have to know where to look for it.

Maria DeSio is at 1153 South Beverly Drive, (310) 553-9404. Nelson Aspen is a Los Angeles based entertainment/fitness reporter. You may visit him at www.nelsonaspen.com.


anti-aging-treatment-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapyAnti-Aging Treatment Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

by Slavica Gavric

Since the Sumerian’s civilization some 5000 years ago, people have dreamt about staying young and having eternal life. Their king Gilgamesh searched for the plant that can make him young again, if not immortal. Gilgamesh dives into the sea to pick the plant, but loses it later, while bathing, because a snake slithers up and eats it.

Medical Science follows Gilgamesh voyage with more or less success … challenge to extend human time limit is old as human race and is the base of many serious medical research regarding man and his existence.

Anti-aging medical experts know that many illnesses connected with aging could be avoided or slowed down through optimal cell health. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy helps to create the optimal environment for cell essential processes.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy known as HBO therapy or HBOT, has been used since 17th century for treating various medical conditions but is still not accepted by mainstream medicine-some doctors are dismissive, some are even hostile. Nevertheless many doctors do use HBOT along the side of their official medical treatment.

Side effects of oxygen use are broadly studied but practically they have been ignored. Due to such therapeutic characteristics, J. H. Jacobson opened his lecture at The First International Congress for the Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen (Amsterdam, 1963.), by words: “The use of oxygen under pressure higher than atmospheric, represents a progress which, by importance, may be measured by introduction of blood transfusion and antibiotics in the treatment.”

Hyperbaric Medicine, HBOT, is based on only one medicament: the pure oxygen, breathed under the pressure higher then atmospheric, in special equipment – hyperbaric chambers. The origin of the most deceases (or their consequence) is a lack of oxygen: hypoxia or anoxia.

Hyperbaric oxygenation (HBOT), if it is used at the right moment, stops the suffering of cells, tissues and organism in hypoxia or anoxia, leading to the recovery, regeneration and complete restitution if destruction already took a place. The main functions of human system, is to deliver oxygen through blood to all parts of the body. The heart of healthy human pumps daily 8 000 lit. of blood, and the body consumes 368 lit. of oxygen. The highest consumers of oxygen in human body are digestive system, brain tissue, muscles, etc.

We live in a toxic world today — the air we breathe, the food we eat, environmental contamination, stress, depression, alcohol, cigarettes. The latest scientific research suggests that even degenerative diseases do not occur because we get older, but because the lifestyle we follow does not provide optimal conditions for us to blossom.

Most of what is called aging – from sagging skin and falling hormone levels to raised cholesterol and blood pressure – is premature and preventable. Many of today’s illnesses as well as premature aging are caused by lack of oxygen.

The body accumulates a certain amount of toxic waste from food. When food is metabolized and broken down in the body, it leaves certain residues, which give way to either alkaline or acidic potentials of pH. These residues appear to most strongly influence body pH levels and can lead to serious health problems, weight gain, poor athletic performance, low energy levels and premature aging if continuously too acidic or too alkaline.

Without enough oxygen, human body does not function properly and it cannot get rid of free radicals, uric acid, fungal and bacterial infections. When the pH of the body becomes too acidic it results in tiredness, stress, fatigue, excess weight, poor digestion, aches and pains, and disorders that are even more serious. The body becomes imbalanced and overly acidic because of eating too many acidifying foods like processed sugar, meats, dairy, coffee, alcohol, etc… As the body becomes more and more acidic, bad bacteria, yeasts and other microforms proliferate in the body.

The body uses many systems in order to buffer acids including breath, mineral reserves, and fat. HBOT helps reduce acidic build-up and rebalance pH by buffering these residues and removing them from the body, helps the cleansing and repair of tissues, helps maintain proper insulin production and use. Hyperbaric chambers assist the body in helping itself and in getting rid of all harmful toxins within.

HBOT is very successful in cosmetic and spa treatments, such as rejuvenation, anti-aging, weight loss, skin toning, banishing cellu-lite, wrinkles reduction, detox, and stimulation of the immune system, as well as for longevity. Skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, or proper vascularization of tissue flaps, fat grafts, tissue grafts, show heightened healing, especially after any surgery. Other perks include increased collagenation, increased chances of hair follicle growth after re-implantation, and help with the digestive tract — increased nutrient absorption, allergy and IBS resolution and numerous other conditions.

Oxygen deficiency creates dirty and toxic blood and fluids within the body. Cancer is a build up of toxins within the body. Cellulite, skin disorders, food intolerance, etc, also indicate an imbalance of toxins. No healing can begin until these toxins are removed from the body.

The central therapeutic problem in the origin of many diseases, injuries, and intoxications is hypoxia (reduced partial pressure of oxygen in tissues) or anoxia (complete lack of oxygen in tissues). The struggle against hypoxia is the struggle for the life of the cell, tissue or organism in whole. HBOT effectively increases level of anti-oxidative protection of the body, increasing production of superoxyde dismutase, cataiase and peroxidase.

In that way, HBO decreases mutation of chromosomes, slows the process of growing old and has anti-carcinogenic and anti-stress effects. If toxins are present within the body, oxygen and the body’s “food supply” cannot efficiently reach cells to supply
needed nutrients, nor can the cells function properly.

So far, the only medically documented method for increasing oxygen in the skin, and thus nourishing it and protecting it from premature aging, is by the use of hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Today’s hectically-paced lifestyle requires more than just the essentials. With Hyperbaric options, you will be glad to have all the help you can get.

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