How does Hyperbaric work?
It is so easy to see how and why
hyperbaric works that many will try to muddle the obvious to keep you
confused or to keep you away from it. Often it is easy to see their
economic motivation for their deception. Sometimes it is not. Stop for
a minute and think for yourself. It won’t hurt. It might even help.
Think for a minute about the
first time you or virtually anyone you know tried to lift anything
really heavy. Think about how many times someone has tried to lift
something and someone has to tell them to breathe. It is almost a
natural thing to briefly hold ones breath when they lift something
abnormally heavy. When a person holds their breath while straining for
a split second they have created a hyperbaric situation in their body.
For a split second the increased pressure in the lungs is used to force
an additional amount of oxygen into the blood passing thru the lungs,
and it probably helps for a very short time otherwise it would not be so
normal a reaction to hold ones breath………….Doctors will argue that the
benefit is not prolonged, nor substantial, but the hyperbaric condition
in the lungs for that period is undeniable. It is a natural state to
attempt to achieve.
increasing pressure on a gas (any gas) the size of the molecule operates
inversely to the pressure added. In short, double the pressure on
the gas, and you compress the molecules to half their original size.
IT IS THAT SIMPLE. Hyperbaric makes gas molecules smaller.
It is simple. When one
doubles the atmospheric pressure on a body, then the oxygen cells are
crushed to half their original size. Once they are reduced in size
thru the physical action of crushing them with pressure, then they more
easily fit thru semi-permeable membranes in the cells. It is
really that simple. Increased pressure in/around the lungs and
body tend to force oxygen cells thru the cell walls in the blood
creating a hyper-oxygenated condition in the blood and thus the body if
the hyperbaric condition can be sustained.
Very simply with
more oxygen (to a point) the body runs more efficiently, much like
turbo-charging an engine. If anyone makes it more complicated than
that look at them with suspicion. It is simple really.
If you have attempted your own
research on hyperbaric I applaud you. If you have conducted much
research without a practical approach, then you can easily be misled.
Some practitioners and entities in competitive fields put out
mis-information to prevent people from pursuing the answer.
and equipment manufacturers seem to put out information that makes their
approach/equipment look better than it does, and often make attempts to
make others look bad. It is competition and often this creates
The confusion that is introduced
by those outside of hyperbaric pursuits and the confusion introduced by
those within the arena of hyperbaric are some of the reasons we set up
visits at the farm (CLICK) so people can see multiples of approaches,
types, styles of equipment and so they can make an accurate personal
assessment at reasonable cost to them.
The action of hyperbaric seems
simple. At regular atmospheric pressure the hemoglobin in the blood
carries oxygen. There is no practical way to get the blood/body to
carry any more oxygen at normal atmospheric pressure than it already
does. Breathing oxygen at normal pressure does not do anything more
than load the hemoglobin, which very likely is already loaded.
(Oxygen therapy is often used for people who have reduced lung capacity
so the residual "air" in their lungs contains enough oxygen to keep them
To carry more oxygen at regular
atmospheric pressure one can build up their hemoglobin, which might
entail iron supplements or at the extreme end “blood doping” as some
What is found that with increased
hyperbaric pressure the oxygen molecules are reduced in size and are forced in to the plasma of
the blood as well as the hemoglobin. So under increased pressure
(hyperbaric) the hemoglobin loads up with oxygen AND the plasma loads up
with oxygen. Only with increased atmospheric (hyperbaric) pressure
does this occur. Some estimates are that mild hyperbaric increases the
oxygen level in the blood by 500%.
Imagine in any combustion situation that you increase the oxygen for
combustion five fold! Everything tends to improve!
Increasing the level of oxygen in
the cells (plasma) helps things to run more efficiently. In some ways
it is like turbo-charging an engine. With more oxygen one gets greater
“combustion” of fuels, a cleaner burn, and more horsepower. The cells
seem to run cleaner and more efficiently. The result being that it
boosts production…………..It also inhibits the action/production of
anaerobic pathogens (bacteria and fungus). Where this is rarely
discussed, this is a major positive it would seem to the process.
In essence the oxygen produces a
boost to the positive sides of the body functions, and strikes a blow to
some of the pathogens or predators of the body.
It is a two-fold whammy
that can have amazing impact. (CLICK SEE STORY).
From this point one often gets in
to commercialization of ideas, concepts, theories, and equipment. Many
facilities will prescribe 40 treatments. There seems to be no absolute
reason for this other than it is how things are done. Treatments do
tend to build on the recovery of the previous, but 40 does not seem to
be a magic number. It is just the number everyone uses. Frequency of
treatments is important, but I am not sold on 40 as anything special.
Many clinics will prescribe 5
treatments per week with the weekends off. This has likely very little
to do with your treatment, but everything to do with their desire to
have weekends off. Treated correctly your body does not need a “rest”
within a normal series of treatments, and a ‘break’ from treatment may
actually cause a setback particularly if you are treating an anaerobic
pathogen. The pathogen does not stop growing on the weekend, so why
should you stop killing it?
I have found that many clinics or
equipment manufacturers often prescribe what they have. If they can
take you to deep depths and greater pressures they will prescribe that.
Often their belief that greater pressure is better is what governs
clinics to purchase expensive equipment. It appears in my opinion the
only need to deep depth equipment is for treating divers with the bends,
and treating medical as a side-line. Low pressure (mild hyperbaric
chambers) are not of much use in diver recovery as a result, but
are wonderful for recouping the average accident or sickness victim.
I personally have been treated at
low pressure and at high pressure. The result was not materially
noticeable in either type/style of approach. What I did find as a major
personal breakthrough was the employment of more TIME at pressure. TIME
at pressure is far more beneficial in my opinion than pressure.
Get this straight, a little increase of pressure for a long period of
time appears better than great pressure for short time.
Clinics with deep depth chambers
have far too much invested to encourage you to stay for a long time.
That plus the perceived fear/concern for oxygen toxicity or nitrogen
narcosis may be at issue.
Those with low pressure chambers
often seem to have a lower equipment investment, but depending on how
they supply oxygen to the recipient their cost could be substantial.
Again, as a commercial concern their motive is to get a person in and
out within an hour or 90 minutes.
What I have found thru
independent study is that in a highly oxygen saturated blood environment
some portions of the body require as long as 45 minutes for the oxygen
to begin saturating all areas of the body. This means in a 60 minute
session the recipient may be provided very little assistance (only 15
minutes because it took 45 minutes to reach saturation)…………….The
key in my opinion is to employ mild to low hyperbaric for long(er)
periods of time. Mild hyperbaric chambers are typically designed to not
be able to reach or withstand the pressures required for any of the
common hazards of deep depth hyperbaric.
Imagine what it would be like
to boost oxygen content in the blood by 5 fold (500%) then remain in
that environment for 2 or more hours? This allows the 45 minute
to be greatly exceeded, and the breakthrough for the recipient is
greatly multiplied………….The way I look at it, it really takes 45 minutes
in the chamber to just get started. You must get in a position for
longer duration visits. TIME, not pressure, is important.
Think about this. If greater
pressure forces oxygen cells thru the cell walls of the blood and in to
the plasma, then does it really help to have greater pressure? It may
not. Consider things on balance. Two or more hours at mild hyperbaric
(1+HBOT, to 1.5HBOT) may be worth far more than a limited session at
higher pressures……………Note: The body tends to retain oxygen longer if it
is saturated longer. The softer approach of mild hyperbaric gave huge
results in my personal recovery far after I ceased the high pressure,
commercial treatments…….I only wish I had known this earlier in my
quest. I simply wanted a reasonable solution to my problems.
hyperbaric seems to be the key.
We have done some personal tests
to see if there are ways to enhance the treatments.
There are methods
to increase circulation, correcting posture (during the session and
after), and a number of simple, inexpensive techniques to enhance the
session. Come to the farm and you will see some of these employed.
(CLICK FARM VISIT). You won't get what we have anywhere else.
We apply common sense to hyperbaric and make it simple.
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