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Lyme Disease & Hyperbarics

Each year, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention reports over 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease within the United States. Lyme disease in most cases is a tick or mosquito borne infection caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacteria has a unique ability to change the protein it expresses thereby evading immune detection. However, the immune system recognizes the presence of an intruder and attempts to combat this infection by sending out cytokines (molecules that mediate and regulate immune responses). These cytokines cause inflammation to occur at the sights where the bacteria are concentrated. These sights can be found in the joints, muscles, brain or bones and cause such symptoms as pain, body aches, fatigue and neurological issues. Oftentimes antibiotics fail to fully eradicate the bacteria.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) increases the level of oxygen throughout the body giving symptomatic relief and antimicrobial and bactericidal aid in these concentrated areas. As oxygen levels in the body increase with HBOT, inflammation is reduced, white blood cells are activated, and the immune system is energized. In many different case studies performed with HBOT, all subjects reported improvement in symptoms such as severe joint pain, fatigue, short term memory loss, seizures, headaches or depression. Some subjects reported complete recovery. Proper medication and supplementation in addition to HBOT treatment is vital with HBOT providing an immensely powerful, longlasting effect in your battle against Lyme disease.

Neurologial Benefits with HBOT
  • Decreases Inflammation of the Brain
  • Enhances Short-Term Memory
  • Reduces Chronic Fatigue
  • Improves Concentration
  • Improves Chronic Headaches
  • Lessens Depression
  • Moderates Insomnia
Enhance Antibacterial Effects
  • Induces Angiogenesis to Mobilize Blood Flow to Affected Tissue and Bone
  • Augments Antibiotic Interventions by Driving Spirochete out of Biofilms
  • Enhances White Blood Cell and Immune System Activity
  • Improves Antibiotic Cell Wall Penetration
  • Increase Oxygen Free Radicals to Combat the Organisms
Increase Mobilty
  • Diminishes Inflammatory-related Arthritic Pain
  • Lessens Muscle Discomfort
  • Improves Walking Distance
  • Amplifies Energy Levels

Study: HBOT for Lyme Disease

An exploratory trial, conducted at Texas A&M University, examined and evaluated effects of HBOT for Lyme disease in 91 patients. All patients failed to respond to intravenous antibiotic treatment during the trial. Patients ranged from children to adults. At the completion of the trial, 75% of patients completed anywhere from 10-133 treatments (60 minutes, twice daily, five days a week). Approximately 85% showed a significant improvement by a decrease or elimination of symptoms. Most patients began to show major improvements after the reaction subsided and well-beyond the conclusion of HBOT. Follow-up from 6 weeks to 6 years showed that benefits sustained in approximately 70% of patients.


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These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the FDA. All of the statements made on this document are not anecdotal and have been taken directly from clinical data.