Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Jane Dean , who runs the Breath for Life charity which provides natural therapies for sick and brain injured children gives us an update on thier activities.

In the May 05 issue of Foods Matter Jane Dean, founder of the Breath for Life charity, which helps sick and brain-injured children, described the oxygen therapy which forms an integral part of their treatment.

Most people only know of hyperbaric (pressurised) oxygen treatment in the context of deep-sea diving (it is the way that divers decompress on returning to the surface) - although it has recently received much media attention as a way to mend Wayne Rooney’s foot!

The elevated levels of oxygen that are pumped through the body
during the treatment - which is entirely painless and noninvasive - promote the formation of new capillaries, thus increasing the flow of healing blood to injured tissues and reducing swelling.

Oxygen also boosts the immune response and enhances the killing ability of the white blood cells, which destroy germs, toxins and free radicals. Jane Dean believes that oxygen treatment could help injured guts by eradicating parasitic infections and clearing inflammation - thus allowing the gut to heal and become more tolerant of the foods to which it had previously reacted.

For a copy of the original article go to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
For more information about the charity and the treatment call
01524 855422 or check www.abreathforlife.org
Meanwhile, Jane brings us up to date:

In April this year, The Daily Telegraph carried a half-page feature on our charity, A Breath for Life. The article focused on hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This method of delivering oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure has produced some remarkable results in the children and adults we treat.

The Telegraph article highlighted the story of Leanne Walker. Leanne came to us almost as a last resort for help. She had been in her first year at university studying for a psychology degree when she developed a crop of cold sores around her lips. Not an uncommon event but the herpes simplex virus in Leanne’s case migrated to her brain and caused acute encephalitis.
As a result Leanne totally lost her long-term memory and her short-term memory was about thirty seconds. She did not know her parents and had lost all sense of appropriate behaviour. This was a desperate situation.

After three weeks of treatment in the hyperbaric chamber, her memory started to improve until one day she remembered something she had done the day before. Eventually Leanne returned to Lancaster University, repeated her first year, graduated with a 2:1 and is now working as a teaching assistant.

Our centre always struggles financially as we have neither government support nor a regular income. We rely heavily on the local community and fund-raising efforts of friends and family.
Our major expense is our oxygen which costs us approximately £1,000 each month from BOC.

However, following the publication of the Telegraph article we were contacted by the office of Sir Frederick Barclay (the Barclay Brothers own the Telegraph) and offered an oxygen concentrator. This very expensive piece of apparatus ‘makes’ oxygen from the atmosphere and means that we will no longer have to ‘buy in’ our oxygen. The charity was overwhelmed by this kind and generous offer. We eagerly await delivery and installation.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is safe and non-invasive. Why, when oxygen therapy is inexpensive compared with many hi-tech orthodox treatments, is this service not freely available in all major hospitals in the country? It undoubtedly should be.

For more information contact 01524 855422 www.abreathforlife.org


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