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NOLA doctor to offer new study for vets suffering from PTSD


Local doctor to offer new study for vets suffering from PTSD

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Meg Farris / Eyewitness News
mfarris@wwltv.com | Twitter: @megfarriswwl

Originally reported by Lucy Bustamante, ABC13 WVEC
Posted on October 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury may soon have relief from their symptoms.

Dr. Paul Harch, a leader in hyperbaric medicine, claims hyperbaric oxygen therapy may permanently curtail TBI and PTSD symptoms.

James Ciconne was an E4 in the Army and was diagnosed with PTSD after spending a year in Iraq. The illness caused him to take his own life last year.

His father, Bill Ciconne, remembers the last three text messages he got from his son.

"I love you, thank you for raising me, and goodbye," Bill said his son texted. "I will never accept my son not being here."

Bill Ciconne supports Dr. Harch's research.

There are 22 suicides in the military every day. Dr. Harch said this treatment could help prevent these kind of suicides.

Les Miles endorses HBOT in Concussions

Les Miles endorses Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Concussions

Read more: http://www.wdsu.com/sports/Les-Miles-endorses-hyperbaric-therapy-for-concussions/-/9853524/22889126/-/s8hv9r/-/index.html#ixzz2kI4blUqD

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“Harch says he sees this Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy going beyond the field of sports, and hopes to see this as a standard form of care one day.” – Randi Rousseau WDSU-NEWS


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HBOT SPECT Scan-Dive-Scan in Developmentally Disabled

Case Presentation – Developmentally Disabled (formerly known as Mental Retardation) 

·      44 year old male. Developmentally Disabled from likely combination of delivery-induced trauma and TBI at 2 weeks old.

·      Unable to read or spell more than a few words. No abstract reasoning ability.  Difficulty understanding concepts, i.e., food will spoil if left out.

·      Seizures bi-weekly with constant tremors; on medication.

o  Worked 2 days/week at Goodwill doing menial tasks.

  • 1st scan: SPECT baseline shows reduction in blood flow to frontal lobe (extensive frontal lobe damage).
  • 2nd scan: SPECT after only one HBOT treatment. Evaluation to test effectiveness of HBOT for further treatments

·      40 HBOT treatments.

  • 3rd scan: SPECT shows a marked increase in blood flow in the frontal lobe, manifest by closure of fissures.

·      Work attendance from 2 days to 4 days per week.

·      Seizure rate fell to 1 per month on medication. Noticeable reduction in motor tremors.

·      Presently learning to read at a Kindergarten level.

·      Able to understand abstract concepts better, i.e., that food spoils.

National Grassroots Movement for HBOT Begins in Texas

November 2014

As of today 71 out of 254 Counties have approved a Resolution similar to the original one.  The population of these Counties totals some 6.4M people (out of a total Texas population of about 26M) with a potential affected Veteran population of 35.8K out of a total Texas population of 125,000 potential affected Veterans (from the Gulf Wars only).

February 2014
Lee County, Texas

                  Rainey Owen of Lexington, Texas first learned of the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) when his grandson Matt Smothermon, who had returned from Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury after three IED attacks and subsequently receiving a Purple Heart, was featured in an Oklahoma news report on the benefits of HBOT. Oklahoma lawmakers are being asked to make HBOT available to Oklahoma Veterans.  In the news feature, Smothermon stated that he returned from Afghanistan as only a shell of his former self and was unable to concentrate in order to return to the legal studies he left behind to serve in Afghanistan. 

HBOT in Chronic TBI: Oxygen Pressure and Gene Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen in Mild TBI: Conflicting Civilian and Department of Defense Studies Explained. 

Paul G. Harch

Author Affiliations

Section of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, Louisiana State University School of Medicine, 1542 Tulane Avenue, Rm. 452, New Orleans 70112, LA, USA

Medical Gas Research 2015, 5:9  doi:10.1186/s13618-015-0030-6


30 May 2015


4 July 2015


14 July 2015

© 2015 Harch.

Hyperbarics Breathe Life Into TBI and PTSD Therapy

HBOT Hopeful TBI and PTSD Therapy

For a long time, treatments for traumatic brain injury (TBI) have been nonexistent, and people experiencing TBI have had to deal with varying levels of physical, mental, and emotional disability because of it.

However, new research has confirmed previous theories that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can be an effective treatment for TBI—and now possibly even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This research, conducted by Dr. Paul Harch, a New Orleans-based hyperbaric medicine physician and researcher, could have significant implications for modern TBI and PTSD treatments.

HBOT as Alternative PTSD Treatment May Be Game-Changer

U.S. American Legion

ALBANY -- A therapy delivering 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber may be a "game-changer" for treating military veterans with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) may be a difference maker.
HBOT works for a simple reason. A healthy brain uses 100% of the oxygen the body provides it. However, when there is trauma to the brain, it needs extra oxygen to heal. HBOT provides that extra oxygen.

Low Pressure HBOT and SPECT Scan in Type II Decompression Sickness

We describe a prospective case study of a sport SCUBA diver with Type II Decompression Sickness (brain injury) in which HMPAO SPECT Scan brain imaging with oxygen intervention was used in the identification of potentially recoverable brain tissue which subsequently responded to low pressure Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as demonstrated by improvement in neurological functions and seen in SPECT Scan brain images.

LSU, Miles seeking solutions to the concussion problem

August 12, 2013-© 2013 Tiger Rag [Re-Post permission acquired]

University teaming up with New Orleans doctors who believe they have found the answer

University teaming up with New Orleans doctors who believe they have found the answer

LSU is working with doctors in New Orleans who might just hold the key to eliminating both long and short-term concussion effects. If their research treating brain injuries with hyperbaric oxygen therapy proves fruitful, one of the most pressing issues in sports could finally be showing some light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may revolutionize the way concussions are treated.
Tiger Rag Assistant Editor

LSU coach Les Miles endorses use of hyperbaric oxygen treatment



the more oxygen you put into your system for a variety of things the better it is,” Miles said recently.

His personal revelation led Miles to start peppering LSU’s medical staff with questions about the potential of oxygen treatment for injuries. Eventually, it led Miles to the discovery that a pair of doctors in New Orleans, Paul Harch and Keith Van Meter, were at the forefront of hyperbaric oxygen therapy...