autismWhat is autism?

Autism is a brain developmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. These signs all begin before a child is three years old. The autism spectrum disorders (ASD) also include related conditions such as Asperger Syndrome that have milder signs and symptoms.

Who does autism typically affect?

While the cause of Autism is unknown at this time, there are many theories as to the source of the condition.  Some medical professionals claim that the Autism is caused by a state of hypoxia, or lack of oxygen to areas of the brain.  Others state that the condition was due to a high fever or infection, trauma during birth, mineral or other nutritional deficiencies, vaccination reactions, mercury poisoning, chemical exposures, or abnormal blood flow in the brain. The prevalence of ASD is about 6 per 1,000 people, with about four times as many boys as girls.

What are the most common symptoms of autism?

Those with Autism may exhibit varying degrees of atypical behavior that significantly interferes with the learning process.  It is distinguished not by a single symptom, but by a characteristic triad of symptoms: impairments in social interaction; impairments in communication; and restricted interests and repetitive behavior.

What are the traditional treatments for the autism?

Drugs such as serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, Ritalin, and various vitamin programs are used to decrease symptoms.  Also, identifying and eliminating certain food allergies and sensitivities from the diet as well as behavioral treatment programs and chelation therapy (removal of heavy metals and toxic chemicals from the body) are all common treatments to decrease symptoms of Autistic behavior. There is no known cure at this time.

Why is autism amenable to oxygen therapy?

The rationale behind using HBOT for Autism is that the treatments increase cerebral blood flow, therby delivering oxygen to areas of the brain which are thought to be hypoxic. Greater amounts of blood and oxygen stimulate cerebral tissues and aid in recovery of idling neurons.  HBOT also reduces swelling of brain tissues which aid in neurological function.  Hyperbaric oxygen is also used in conjunction with chelation and other detox procedures to help support the body to deal with the impact commonly seen in the removal of heavy metals, mercury, toxins, and other contaminants.

What benefits can I expect from oxygen therapy for autism?

Since every patient is different it is hard to predict the result in each individual case.  However, we know from 50 years of experience that HBOT is safe and will not make the patient worse.  The usual course of oxygen therapy is once daily, five days a week (M-F) for eight weeks.  If a significant response is noted after 40 HBOT treatments, then additional treatments may be helpful.

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