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HBOT in TBI

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatments Prove Effective for Army Sergeant with TBI / PTSD

The American Legion Magazine

 

The War Within: Part II- Paths to Healing

The prescription for relief from PTS is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

By Steve B. Brooks - October 1, 2011

http://www.legion.org/magazine/159052/war-within-part-ii-paths-healing

 

Tim HeckerThe prescription for relief from PTS is not a one-size-fits-all solution.

 

Tim Hecker joined the Army at 18 and soon decided to make a career of it. He served 22 years in all, in and out of combat, rising to the rank of master sergeant. In the summer of 1990, he married his high‑school sweetheart, Tina, and the couple had three children.

Then Tim couldn't remember having married Tina. He couldn't tell his sons apart. Their names escaped him.

Injuries suffered in two separate roadside-bomb explosions in a span of two months in Iraq in early 2008 left him with a traumatic brain injury and severe post-traumatic stress. He was no longer the man Tina had married.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for TBI/PTSD Gives a Soldier His Life Back

Jake went down to Dr. Paul Harch’s office in Morrero LA, for Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy (HBOT) in December '08.  Jake was honorably discharged from the US Marine Corps due to a head injury.  He received HBOT treatment, and was in, what we believe, the best care possible.  We are still thankful for all of those that helped our son. 

To date, Jake is now enrolled at a local vocational school in welding.  Jake also managed to CLEP out of English, Reading and Math.  Prior to HBOT treatment this would not have been possible for my son.  He was unable to retain anything in his short-term memory.  He was unemployable as well.  Even working at a fast-food restaurant would have been impossible, because he’d have to remember orders, etc.  My son was incapable of working prior to treatment.  Though my son is not totally perfect, the improvements that we see in him from day to day leaves no doubt in our minds that Dr. Harch's Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy has given our son his life back.  He is able to function, able to go to school, and able to take care of his needs. 

HBOT treatment should be mandatory for all of our Soldiers and Marines returning from war whom have been subject to PTSD and/or TBI injuries.  This treatment presented results that words just cannot express.  The treatment has impacted our entire family because of the wonderful results we have witnessed.  My son is now able to sleep through most nights.  His nightmares have decreased, and his migraine headaches have also decreased.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Rehab for Brain Injury is Included as the VFW Reiterates High Priority Issues

One specific area of scientific endeavor that we strongly believe merits further exploration is Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment. The VA is on the periphery of this issue, yet the Congress and veteran service organizations have continually pressed for a thorough evaluation of this treatment. The research suggests this technology could lead to breakthroughs in treating Traumatic Brain Injuries and other serious conditions, so we urge you to support it, and to impress upon VA the need to conduct whatever research is necessary to evaluate the potential of new or existing technology as a treatment tool.”
 
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for traumatic brain injury treatment as a protocol has recently been add the House Armed Services Bill and is known as HR 396: The Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act. Please show your support of HR 396 by urging your White House Representative to vote YES on this issue.

Traumatic Brain Injury Treated with Low Pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and SPECT Scans Show Progressive Medical Improvement

The brain injury program is a direct outgrowth of the extensive experience of Dr. Harch treating chronically brain injured patients, the independent 22 year clinical Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy experience of Dr. Harch's practice group (Van Meter and Associates) at the Jo Ellen Smith Medical Center Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, the published reports of Drs. Richard A Neubauer and S.F. Gottlieb, and the 27 year clinical experience with brain injury of Dr. R.A Neubauer in Florida. In the late 1980's while at the Jo Ellen Smith Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, Dr. Harch observed patients with cerebral decompression sickness and/or air embolism who responded to hyperbaric oxygen therapy long after treatment of inert gas bubbles had passed or with delayed treatment months to years after standard U.S. Navy treatments had achieved partial success. In addition, Dr. Harch observed patients with brain contusion or stroke who, months to years after their neurological injury, concomitantly experienced gratuitous neurological improvement during the course of Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment for one of the standard accepted indications.

H.R. 396: The Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act Has Been Added to the House Armed Services Bill

H.R. 396: The Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act Has Been Added to the House Armed Services Bill

 
 
 
On May 25, 2011, at 7:22 PM, William Duncan wrote:
 
Ok. Now that H.R. 396: The Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Act has been added to the House Armed Services bill today by Congressman Sessions I have had several people ask me what that means and what the process is. Keep in mind it has typically taken 3 years to pass legislation in my other legislative projects. Persistence is key. This is year 3.
 

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