POSITIVE EFFECTS OF HYPERBARIC OXYGENATION IN CERTAIN MITROCHONDRIAL CYTOPATHIES
“All life takes place on a cellular level. This is the first scientific proposal that hyperbaric oxygenation may selectively turn mitochondrial genes on and off.”
- Richard A. Neubauer, M. D.
The simplest life on earth, as we know it, occurs in cells. Over the millennia, as cells evolved into more complex organisms, the new life depended upon the integrated and coordinated activities of thousands, millions and even billions of cells, each one requiring appropriate oxygen and glucose for respiration, metabolism, production of energy, adaptation, reproduction and overall survival.
For cells to carry out their unique functions they require a variety of foods with which to build their various cellular structures as well as their unique proteins, lipids and carbohydrates and from which the cells extract the energy to carry on all their vital activities.
The energy is derived in a series of biochemical reactions which involves the burning of sugar (glucose) in the foods animals eat with the oxygen they breathe. Normally when animals living on land, including humans, take a deep breath they inhale air containing 19-21% oxygen. From here on we will limit the discussion to humans, keeping in mind that similar activities, with variations in the details, also occur in other living organisms, especially mammals, the group of organisms to which humans belong.