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March 7, 2019












Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, is a treatment that helps heal wounds and boosts the body’s immune system through pure oxygen. Specifically, patients in hyperbaric oxygen chambers breathe oxygen in air pressure levels 1.5 to 3 times higher than usual. This increases the amount of oxygen in the blood, which carries oxygen-rich plasma to wounded tissue.

Medical professionals have used HBOT for decades to treat decompression sickness from deep-sea scuba diving and carbon monoxide poisoning. Now, clinical trials show that HBOT might benefit long-haul COVID-19 patients, halting the progression of the virus and related pneumonia, rejuvenating hypoxic organs, and accelerating the body’s natural healing process.


What Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Do?

First used in the early 20th century, HBOT has proven an effective treatment for ill scuba divers, people such as firefighters and miners suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, and patients who need specialized wound care. Medicare, Medicaid, and many insurance companies generally cover HBOT for numerous conditions, including:

  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Gas gangrene (where gas collects in tissues)
  • Traumatic or acute inadequate arterial blood flow
  • Osteomyelitis (infection in a bone)
  • Air or gas embolism (air or gas trapped in a blood vessel)
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infection (also called flesh-eating disease)
  • Tough-to-heal diabetic wounds


What Happens During HBOT?

During HBOT, you just need to breathe. Patients enter a hyperbaric chamber in which they can sit, lie, or relax comfortably and take deep breaths of pure oxygen for up to two hours. The blood carries extra oxygen throughout the body, infusing injured tissues so they can heal.

People who use these types of chambers report feeling pressure in their ears, similar to flying on an airplane or climbing in high altitudes, but swallowing or chewing gum removes the pressure. Other side effects are mild, including claustrophobia, lightheadedness, headaches, and fatigue.


How Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Help Long-Haul COVID-19 Patients?

During the pandemic, hospitals in China and the United States have used HBOT to treat dozens of critically ill COVID-19 patients with pneumonia, severe breathlessness, and multiple high-risk factors including heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. After a short cycle of HBOT, patients consistently have made swift and full recoveries.

The World Health Organization has officially recognized and classified HBOT as a drug-free, non-invasive treatment for COVID-19. HBOT is FDA-approved for a variety of tissue ailments and respiratory disorders associated with COVID-19.

Although, as an outpatient facility, we at Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery, do not treat currently infected COVID-19 patients, we have successfully treated long-haul patients—those who now test negative for COVID-19 but still have debilitating symptoms. Many have returned to work in high-profile and demanding positions.


Learn More About HBOT at Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery

Only a healthcare provider should prescribe HBOT. Anyone interested in HBOT at Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery must have a written prescription and protocol written by a California licensed physician. Each person must meet with our medical director before starting this treatment to rule out any contraindications.

For more information, please call us at (415) 785-8652.


Do You Have Cardiac Ischemia or Reperfusion Injury?


Ischemic Heart Disease
Ischemia-Reperfusion IRI is a risk following vascular or cardiovascular reperfusion procedures and post compartment syndrome fasciotomies. The severity depends on a combination of degree and duration of the occlusion and extent and type of tissue involved by the affected watershed area of capillary or arteriolar distribution.(1)
The following events occur with IRI:

  • Tissue injury with tissue hypoxia and/or death from this initial ischemic insult occurs.
  • Interrupted blood flow.
  • Direct traumatic tissue injuries.
  • Pressure induced injuries.
  • Cold injuries or burns.
  • Embolic, thrombotic, or localized inflammatory occlusion insults.
  • Once circulation is restored, a secondary* recurrent ischemic effect may occur within the following 4 to 8 hours.
  • Cell death can continue for up to 3 days.
  • The release of endothelial chemotactic substances initiated by the original injury or insult creates an intravascular inflammatory response.

*This inflammatory response is at least partially responsible for further vascular occlusion of downstream tissues from edema. It is worsened by additional release from the second round of reactive oxygen species generated by the freshly oxygenated blood in an affected region that is depleted of protective free radical scavengers responding to the initial insult.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, if initiated early, has been found to ameliorate the damaging effects of reperfusion by:

  • Early modulation of inflammation. (2)
  • Maintenance of metabolic function in downstream tissues.(2)
  • Reintroduction of oxidation scavengers.(3)


HBOT has potential clinical applications to treat ischemic pathologies.(4) The rationale and effects for using HBOT for reperfusion injury is demonstrated in a 1998 paper in the American Urological Journal , and in another study done by Departments of Internal Medicine, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, Pathology, Nephrology, and Pediatrics, The Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Haydarpasa Training Hospital; Kadikoy in Istanbul, Turkey, demonstrated HBO showing marked improvement in tissue lesions’ healing

While HBOT has been studied after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in conjunction with stenting/angioplasty and/or alteplase (tPA) administration, Eugene R. Worth, MD, M.Ed., FABA, ABPM/UHM, a board-certified anesthesiologist specialized in cardiac and vascular anesthesia, shares in this extensive article why he, as a doctor states the following:
“If I were scheduled to have an angioplasty/stenting or a CABG procedure, I would DEFINITELY approach the hyperbaric physician and cardiologist about having a standard wound healing HBOT treatment.

HBOT treatments:

  • Reduces risk of death.
  • Preserves more myocardial tissue.
  • Reduces intensive care unit (ICU) stay.
  • Reduces overall blood loss.
  • Preserves ejection fraction.
  • Reduces restenosis rates.
  • Promotes the VEGF-induced enhancement of antioxidant; endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). (5)

With the genomic production of many antioxidants and scavengers during HBOT, these catalysts affect mitogenic and anti-apoptotic actions to preserve the integrity of endothelium, thereby improving blood supply to ischemic tissues.

Hyperbaric oxygen reduces Ischemia-Reperfusion effects by interrupting leukocyte adhesion on the vascular walls, thereby diminishing inflammatory effects while inducing free radical scavengers to block further damage to the tissue as well as promotes the VEGF-induced enhancement of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). All the while, hyperbaric oxygen supports metabolic function through high concentration oxygen diffusion.

For First Time, Data Demonstrates Promise of Regenerative Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Protocols to Improve Cardiac Function in Healthy Aging Heart Population. (6)

Drs. co-authored this research done at The Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research at Assaf Harofe Medical; one of the largest Hyperbaric centers worldwide.

“As we age, a decrease in mitochondrial function occurs throughout the body, impacting the functionality of organs, including the heart,” said Shai Efrati, MD, Director of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research, Shamir Medical Center, and study co-author. “For the first time in humans, using our HBOT protocol, we have demonstrated the possibility of heart functionality improvement in healthy, aging people. The results of this study are in accordance with other studies demonstrating that HBOT can improve mitochondrial function.” (7)

Hyperbaric Oxygen, Vasculogenic Stem Cells, and Wound Healing

Authors; Katina M. Fosen and Stephen R. Thom offer this HBOT research because hyperoxia has effects of a number of cell signaling events that converge to influence cell recruitment/chemotaxis and gene regulation/ protein synthesis responses which mediate wound healing. As shown in above research, this research reiterates the following:

  • Stem cells proliferation.
  • HBOT can induce angiogenesis in different body organs.
  • Wound- healing events related to elevated synthesis of nitric oxide.
  • Nitric oxide plays a central role in synthesizing VEGF (45), cytokines, and growth factors
  • Gene regulation/protein synthesis. The interruption of blood flow associated with acute injuries rapidly causes wound hypoxia, which contributes to stabilization of hypoxia-inducible factors (HIF).

As seen in the table above, beneficial HBOT starts a cascade of genomic events where Nitric Acid (NO) increases and anti inflammatory growth factors are released to synthesize and produce more and more growth factors. All of these genetic changes alter the bodies ability to fight AND decrease inflammation as well as decrease the pro-inflammatory precursors. (8)
THIS IS SO COOL!!
The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
has a list of approved indications for HBO therapy. (9)
Call us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with our Medical Hyperbaric Physician.
1118 Irwin St. San Rafael, CA 94901
415-785-8652

Advanced Hyperbaric Medical Director, Jacqueline S. Chan, DO
Hyperbaric Physician is Board Certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
and Family Practice

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Gynecological Cancers
Gynecological cancers are the most common cancers affecting women today.

  • Cervical
  • Uterine
  • Ovarian
  • Vulva

Did you know According to the American Cancer Society, there were an estimated 110,070 new cases diagnosed and approximately 32,120 deaths from gynecologic cancers in the U.S. in 2018.(1)

The cervix, and all it’s superior structures, are sterile.
This ultimately protects the uterine cavity and the upper genital tract by preventing bacterial invasion. This environment is maintained by the frequent shedding of the endometrium, thick cervical mucus and a narrow external os.(2)
The cervix is a hollow cylinder that connects the lower part of a woman’s uterus to her vagina.
Most cevical cancers begin in cells on the surface of the cervix placing a woman’s pelvic anatomy at risk.


Treating Post Radiation of Cervical Vaginal and Vulvar Cancer with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Many gynecologic cancers, (especially cervical, vaginal and vulvar), are treated with external-beam radiation therapy, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT).
The Journal of Urology further reports in a study by;
R. Mathews, N. Rajan, N. Josefson and others, Pelvic Radiation can lead to tissue hypoxia and poor healing. (3)

Strategies for managing pain and other clinical symptoms of post radiation have limited efficacy, however, HBOT may be an effective option for many pelvic patients.

According to Science Direct “a leading platform of peer reviewed literature” in Urology, Volume 65, Issue 4, clinical data reports positive responses when patients are treated with HBOT where there is tissue hypoxia and poor healing from radiation.
These positive rates range from 76% to 100%.
Additional reporting of a group after eleven years documents 74% of patients had no recurrence of symptoms.

This document also tells us that early (within 6 months) use of HBOT, post pelvic radiation has a greater therapeutic response rate to relieve symptoms of late radiation tissue injury (LRTI) and organ injury. (4)

In this extensive article written by authors; P. Craighead, M.A. Shea, J. Nation MD. Esmail, et al, they discuss pelvic radiation in women, the doses of radiation and the areas that can result in long term complications. The mechanics of LRTI are only partially understood. One major theory suggests that radiation causes progressive small blood vessel-stunting resulting in cellular hypoxia and damage which inhibits the ability of the irradiated tissue to repair itself, resulting in non-healing ulcers.
Their/this study showed positive therapeutic effects with HBOT for LRTI of the pelvis, and several other studies suggest that HBOT may be beneficial for improving quality of life in patients with radiation toxicity after treatment for pelvic malignancy.

  • HBOT increases Stem Cell Growth.(5)
  • HBOT significantly reduces swelling and improves blood supply. (6)
  • HBOT significantly reduces edema.(7)
  • HBOT significantly shortens the inflammatory process.
  • Neovascularization or angiogenesis; the growth of new blood vessels, are another very important aspect of HBOT. HBOT/Angiogenesis has several clinical applications for wound healing. (8)


In a 2008 study, authors, Clarke RE, Tenorio LM, Hussey JR, et al. from the Baromedical Research Foundation in Columbia, SC included long-term follow-up to evaluate the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen for pelvic radiation.In determining the effect of HBOT on radiation-induced soft tissue necrosis in patients who previously received treatment for a gynecologic malignancy, fourteen patients whose necrotic wounds failed to heal after 3 months of conservative therapy were enrolled in a prospective observational study. These women underwent 15 sessions of HBOT treatments.

All those with radiation necrosis of the vagina alone or in association with rectovaginal fistula had complete resolution of necrosis with hyperbaric oxygen. (9)

Furthermore, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oncology Division and Department of Radiotherapy in Jakarta Indonesia, a team of scientists; Sidik S, Hardjodisastro D, Setiabudy R, et al, evaluated quality of life resulting from HBOT after pelvic radiation. Their study concluded that HBOT decreased acute and late side effects, improving the quality of life of all their patients with pelvic radiation. (10)



Please watchGlenda share “getting her life back,” after vaginal cancer with HBOT.
HBOT is covered by most Insurance Carriers for Late Radiation Injury.
The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society has a list of approved indications for HBO therapy, including nonhealing wounds, and late radiation injury. (11)
Please check with your insurance and consider this remarkable medicine today.
Call us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with our Medical Hyperbaric Physician.
1118 Irwin St. San Rafael, CA 94901
415-785-8652

Advanced Hyperbaric Medical Director, Jacqueline S. Chan, DO
Hyperbaric Physician is Board Certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
and Family Practice

Our 501c3 Charitable and Educational Non-Profit, saving life and limb, and alleviating suffering for the indigent and special needs friends in our own community.
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There are circumstances for various reasons that either a person must recover more quickly or that their recovery isn’t going as well as hoped.

  • Post op. cosmetic or other surgery is taking too long to heal and the esthetics of the patient is questioned by both the doctor and the patient.
  • A patient is compromised and wound healing is very slow (due to diabetes (1), an auto immune condition, an infection, increased stress, or from being a smoker).
  • For others, if there is a necrotic tissue or bone disease such as osteradionecrosis (ORN), there is danger of dead tissues preventing oxygen transfer and healing to the wound site. Because oxygen cannot cross this barrier, healing will not occur. (2)


Additionally, an event can occur when a patient is so swollen after surgery such as a compartment syndrome (3) or a reperfusion injury (4).

Often Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Help
Whether it’s a bacterial infection, a compartment syndrome injury or an ischemic event affecting any part of one’s body, HBOT will increase the oxygen gradient and blood flow to accelerate healing and functional recovery. Here’s How!

  • HBOT increases Stem Cell Growth.
  • HBOT significantly reduces swelling.
  • HBOT significantly reduces edema.
  • HBOT significantly shortens the inflammatory process.
  • Neovascularization or angiogenesis; the growth of new blood vessels are another very important aspect of HBOT. HBOT/Angiogenesis has several clinical applications for wound healing. (5)

Scientists from the Tokyo, Japan Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Dental University, Hyperbaric Medical Center and Sports Medicine Clinic, have provided research for Hyperbaric oxygen reducing inflammation, oxygenating injured muscle, and regenerating skeletal muscle via macrophage and satellite cell (stem cell) activation. (6)

Another study in Japan shows the increase (or proliferation) of “Enhancement Satellite Cells” (stem cells) after HBO treatments which suggest increase or acceleration of healing and functional recovery after muscle injury. (7)
Additional science is available; (8).

In a hyperbaric oxygen environment, your lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.

Your blood carries healing promoting oxygen, as a nutrient, throughout your body to help fight bacteria and stimulate the release of stem cells and of substances called growth factors. (9)

According to a Case Study by Stephen Thom, MD, Ph.D., et al. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, it is determined that exposure to hyperbaric oxygen would mobilize stem/progenitor cells from the bone marrow by a nitric oxide (-NO) dependent mechanism.
It was hypothesized that stem cells in the peripheral circulation of humans doubled in response to a single exposure of 2.0 atmospheres absolute (ATA) of oxygen for 2 hours.
Furthermore, over a course of 20 treatments, these same circulating cells mobilized and increased eightfold. (10)

Stem cells are crucial to injury repair and to healing.

Testimonies from two very grateful athletes/patients who have needed rapid healing are won over by the effects of HBOT.



Olympic Athlete, Dorina Vaccaroni, was told she must forfeit her “Race Across America” because, after a bicycle fall and tibial break, her doctors told her it would take 3 months to heal. She learned of HBOT for bone healing and in only 3 weeks!…voila!



Watch this video of our dear patient, Gina, a Medical Professional experiencing rapid healing with HBOT


We, the staff of Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery, thank you! for believing in the healing power of HBOT and for a remarkable year of growth during 2019.

A special note of thanks from our Program Director Janine Thill, EMT, CHT:
I have Gratitude beyond words for my team of dedicated healing women to work with. I am immensely grateful for HBOT and the proven science that works for most patients. If is a privilege to participate with YOU, our remarkable Medical Community; to receive YOUR trust as we take exceptional care of YOUR patients then return them back to you once they have completed HBOT.

Most importantly, I thank My Family and friends and Our patients who often become extensions of our Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery of Marin Family.
Please consider this remarkable medicine today.
Call us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with our Medical Hyperbaric Physician.
415-785-8652

Advanced Hyperbaric Medical Director, Jacqueline S. Chan, DO
Hyperbaric Physician is Board Certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
and Family Practice

Our 501c3 Charitable and Educational Non-Profit, saving life and limb, and alleviating suffering for the indigent and special needs friends in our own community.
Donate to save lives, one-patient-at-a-time. Get your tax write off today!
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X-ray image of bladder, Showing cystitis

Many men and women suffer from post radiation treatment processes. Did you know that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can Help?
Radiation cystitis is a recognized complication of pelvic radiotherapy. Damage from radiation treatment can either be acute (less than six months post radiation therapy) or delayed (more than six months maybe developing many years after treatment). This complication can have varying levels of irritation and functional impairment to the bladder mucosa.(1)
The Advances of Urology Newsletter statesIncidence of radiation cystitis ranges from 23% to 80% and severe cases range from 5% to 8%.” (2)

Mild symptoms: (These symptoms can resolve over time).

  • Increased frequency and/or urgency to urinate, and possibly some dysuria.
  • Infection showing microscopic hematuria. (see photo of hematuria below)

Chronic and detrimental symptoms:
(Late complications of pelvic radiation commonly encountered by urologists).

  • Urinary incontinence.
  • Gross hematuria.
  • Progression of damage to the extent of fistula formation or necrotic bladder tissue.

Urology has treatment for both mild and chronic conditions which vary on the degree of symptoms.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Help!
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is an effective treatment for radiation-induced hemorrhagic cystitis. According to Science Direct “a leading platform of peer reviewed literature” in Urology, Volume 65, Issue 4, clinical data reports positive response rates ranging from 76% to 100%. With additional reporting of a group after eleven years where 74% of patients had no recurrence of symptoms. (3)

Seen here is Hematuria, or red blood cells in the urine.
HBOT, is a medical treatment prescribed by a physician (our Medical Director could consult with you to see if you are a good candidate for HBOT). During this consultation, our Medical Director will go over science backed protocol and contraindications.

HBOT is delivered in a special (medical grade hard metal) chamber where the patient will breathe in pure (medical grade 100%) oxygen in air pressure levels 1.5 to 3 times higher than average. The goal is to fill the blood with enough oxygen to repair tissues and restore normal body function.
In a hyperbaric oxygen environment, your lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.

Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body. This helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.(4)



Overall, radiation cystitis can be detrimental to a patient’s wellbeing after already having gone through a great deal in regards to cancer treatment. Providers are becoming more aware of the drastic effects a dysfunctional bladder can have on overall quality of life.

Using HBOT, one clinical study in genitourinary medicine, observes early success “in the treatment of Fournier’s gangrene, radiation cystitis, and interstitial cystitis via the elimination of clinical symptoms such as pain.” (5)
The study further states; There are several beneficial properties of HBOT concomitant with elevated oxygen distribution in tissue including anti-inflammation, angiogenesis through vascular endothelial growth factor proliferation, augmented fibroblast activity through fibroblast growth factor proliferation, tissue and wound repair, enhancement of lymphocyte and macrophage activity, increased male testosterone secretion, and bactericidal activity.

3d microscopic rendering of Human cell or Embryonic stem cell

HBOT is very important to stem cell biology; A Penn Study shows that after a course of treatments, there is an 8-fold increase in stem cell proliferation (6), which is crucial to injury repair. (7)


Patient Obtains Relief from Post Radiation Cystitis Symptoms with HBOT



Post-Radiation Patient With Vaginal Cancer Who Couldn’t Sit, With Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Is Now Back To Living Her Best Life

We have successfully been caring for North Bay Patients for 14 years and proudly announce our newly designed award winning facility. We are conveniently located 13 miles North of the Golden Gate Bridge near beautiful San Francisco. We would love for you to come for a tour.

We charge a fraction of the cost, using the same style chambers as a hospital-based Hyperbaric unit.


If YOU or ANYONE you know, suffers from
Bladder Dysfunction following life saving medical treatments,

OR, whose quality of life may be greatly improved with HBOT, we may be able to help!

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society has a list of approved indications for HBO therapy, including nonhealing wounds, and late radiation injury. (8)
Please consider this remarkable medicine today.
Call us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with our Medical Hyperbaric Physician.
415-785-8652

Advanced Hyperbaric Medical Director, Jacqueline S. Chan, DO
Hyperbaric Physician is Board Certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
and Family Practice

Our 501c3 Charitable and Educational Non-Profit, saving life and limb, and alleviating suffering for the indigent and special needs friends in our own community.
Donate to save lives, one-patient-at-a-time. Get your tax write off today!
Help us alleviate suffering, save or change a life, and especially
improve quality of life for our local Bay Area Neighbors!
Please Donate now.



Sadly, the same cancer treatments that what will save a woman’s life may also have severe consequences for the rest of her life. From the analyzed cohort of 1945 women, 866 (45%) reported at least 1 toxicity that was severe/very severe, 9% reported unscheduled clinic visits for toxicity management, and 5% visited an emergency department or hospital. (1)

Three serious side effects of cancer treatment are:

  • Late Radiation Tissue Injury
  • Lymphedema
  • Post Chemotherapy Side Effect

LET ME SHOW YOU HOW HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY
CAN BENEFIT EACH OF THESE SIDE EFFECTS.



Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for late radiation tissue injury (LRTI)
Most Insurance companies will pay for post radiation injuries. (2)

A radiation injury or burn is damage to the skin or other tissue as an effect of radiation. (3)
This injury can be acute occurring within a few weeks of radiation, or can be chronic, producing varying degrees of damage to the skin and its underlying parts after a variable latent period of several months to several decades.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used as a treatment modality to promote repair of radiation-induced vascular changes.

In a trial test, authored by P. Craighead, MBChB., M.A.Shea-Budgell, MSc., J. Nation, MD., R. Esmail, BSC MSC., A.W. Evans, MD., M. parliament, MD., T.K. Oliver, MD. and N.A. Hagen, MD., 140 patients suffering from LRTI received HBOT.
They showed that 4 years post HBOT, their tissue oxygenation was tested using transcutaneous oxygen to reveal near-normal O2 levels. This implies angiogenesis is essentially permanent. (4)

Another research article states, “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been suggested as a treatment for LRTI based upon the ability to improve the blood supply to these tissues. It is postulated that HBOT may result in both healing of tissues and the prevention of problems following surgery. (5)

HBOT is both pain free and without side effects.The mechanism by which HBOT is thought to treat and repair radiation tissue injury is that it promotes radiation-induced vascular changes. Because of this, preoperative HBOT can contribute to a higher rate of surgical success.

BAY AREA BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR
HEALS BETTER THAN ANTICIPATED– SHOCKS RADIOLOGIST

“Following my Radiation for Lumpectomy from Breast Cancer, I suffered a constant, unrelenting burning sensation, could not wear clothes and could not fall asleep due to pain. I would start a project and would have to lie down.

The scar was raised and painful. Most of the rest of my chest was numb and void of sensitivity. I started treatment at Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery. I could feel things changing: Things were finally cooling down and the sensations of nerve endings joining together began. The purple, burgundy, and red turned pink, then back to normal flesh tone.

I started getting feeling back in a good way, and the constant burning was gone. The huge thick scar itself flattened out and became non-existent. Last week my Mammogram Radiology Tech asked me, “You did have surgery, right!?” Because she could NOT find the scar! She was amazed at my healing! I have my energy back and I am so thankful—it was worth it!

The staff at Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery is caring, informative, and empathetic and really helped me through the process. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for true medical grade Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.” -Margaret-


Breast-cancer related arm-lymphedema (BCRL) is one of the most severe side effects of breast cancer treatment. Read more about this lifetime risk.

There is a growing concern of post radiation induced lymphedema. Findings suggest that more than one in five women who survive breast cancer will develop arm lymphedema. (6)
Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Reduce Breast Cancer Treatment Related Lymphedema? A Pilot Study
This pilot study (7) authored by Jane Teas, Joan E. Cunningham, Lindsie Cone, Ken Jansen, Senthil K. Nitcheva, Dawen Xie, and William M. Butler was done with 10 healthy menopausal women between the ages of 58 and 62, suffering 9-18 years arm lymphedema. All 10 of these women were studied after breast cancer surgery and radiation. Seven of these women also had chemotherapy.
The results showed a reduction of 38% average hand lymphedema was observed at the end of HBO, independent of changes in body weight.

  • HBOT reduces swelling while flooding the tissues with oxygen. The higher pressure in the chamber increases the amount of oxygen in the blood. HBOT aims to break the cycle of swelling, oxygen starvation, and tissue death.
  • HBOT encourages the body’s oxygen radical scavengers to seek out the problem molecules and let healing continue.
  • HBOT helps block the action of harmful bacteria and strengthens the body’s immune system. HBOT can disable toxins of certain bacteria. HBOT also increases oxygen concentration in the tissues further helping to resist infection. In addition, the therapy improves the ability of white blood cells to find and destroy invaders. (8)

HBOT can address this disabling and distressing disorder to reduce the individual and public health burden.


Post-Chemotherapy, our patients report HBOT helping them:

  • Improve Balance/Stability
  • Improve Appetite and Weight Gain
  • Improve Circulation and Coloring

One of our post-Chemo, then return-to-Chemo patients writes in his testimony:
“Besides my ‘brain awakening’ which I experienced clearly around treatment #13 or 14, I felt less severe and fewer headache episodes. I feel no progression, (in my neuropathy) which is a positive, yet the tingling remains about the same.
#5) I do give many people the recommendation to consider Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy for their great number of complaints. The science is so convincing that I feel many, many people could benefit from the therapy. I wish the medical world would prescribe and support hyperbaric oxygen treatment more prominently. I really, especially, wish the insurance industry would make hyperbaric oxygen therapy an approved and covered treatment.” T.L.


We have successfully been caring for North Bay Patients for 14 years and proudly announce our newly designed award winning facility. We are conveniently located 13 miles North of the Golden Gate Bridge near beautiful San Francisco. We would love for you to come for a tour.

Our HBOT is given in a hard steel medical grade device called a Hyperbaric chamber.
We charge a fraction of the cost, using the same style chambers as a hospital-based Hyperbaric unit. Our Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) uses 100% medical grade oxygen in hard steel chambers to pressurize our patients at greater than atmospheric pressure. HBOT is designed to increase the supply of oxygen and reverse hypoxia to areas in the body that are not responding to other treatments.(9)

If YOU or ANYONE you know, suffers from Post Surgical, Radiation, or post Chemo processes resulting from Breast Cancer treatment,
whose quality of life may be greatly improved with HBOT, we can help!

The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society has a list of approved indications for HBO therapy, including nonhealing wounds, and late radiation injury. (10)
Please consider this remarkable medicine today.
Call us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with our Medical Hyperbaric Physician.
415-785-8652

Advanced Hyperbaric Medical Director, Jacqueline S. Chan, DO
Hyperbaric Physician is Board Certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine
and Family Practice

Our 501c3 Charitable and Educational Non-Profit, saving life and limb, and alleviating suffering for the indigent and special needs friends in our own community.
Donate to save lives, one-patient-at-a-time. Get your tax write off today!
Help us alleviate suffering, save or change a life, and especially
improve quality of life for our local Bay Area Neighbors!
Please Donate now.


  • 1118 Irwin St. at Mission, San Rafael.
  • One minute North of our previous location.
  • One block East of Hwy 101. Central San Rafael Exit.
  • Easy-off and Easy-on.


We are a Recognized and Certified
Bay Area Green Business!
Our New Location
has even MORE
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To protect your health and Well Being:

  • No VOC Paint.
  • New Energy Efficient Windows.
  • Green Guard Gold Certified Flooring.
  • All new Energy Efficient utilities with Antimicrobial HVAC Ducting
  • No VAC furniture
  • All new Fire Sprinkler Suppression System.
  • Digital capabilities to reduce our paper footprint.
  • Hardwired computer outlets to reduce our Wireless needs.
  • EMF’s evaluated and reduced in every possible way.

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Call Denora now to volunteer: 415-785-8652.

JOIN OUR MOVING PARTY August 30….

A. 12:00pm -starting at 900 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite #115. then setting up at our new location from 5:00 pm onward.

B. We’ve hired a moving company “Sweet Lemon” for the heavy lifting but are looking for willing hands and hearts to help make this a quick transition. We hope to move and set up in ONE day.

We will make teams of different crews for different tasks like:
1. Chambers Crew: Tape off & protect all hoses then oversee installation at our new facility.
2. Electronics Crew: Remove and keep all electronics combined with their cords. Pull security cables and cameras then put back together at the new facility.
4. Wall Art, Certs & Signage Crew: Remove everything off the walls then put it back up at our new facility.
5. Cabinets Crew: Remove cabinets keeping screws taped with their right doors. Re-install at our new facility.
6. Deconstruction Crew: Remove business specific piping and fixtures.
7. Hospitality Crew: Last but never least! To feed, water and cheer on the other crews!
8. The Unpack Crew: For anything else the MOVERS unload from the truck, for us to receive and put away.

Willing hands are blessed- Anyone participating in helping with the move and set up will be given $50.00 per hour of active work to go toward their own future Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy! A win-win!!

Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery is a physician-referred outpatient rehabilitation facility that specializes in treating patients that have lingering or persistent health problems. They also treat those with sub-clinical illnesses who do not need hospitalization but are simply too ill to allow for a true Quality of Life.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved treatment for, and when prescribed by a Physician most insurance companies reimburse for the following 13 indications:


Most insurance companies reimburse these indications when prescribed by a Physician.
There are also Investigational Conditions (not approved FDA approved for Insurance Reimbursement)

Our Newly designed award winning facility is conveniently located 13 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge near beautiful San Francisco. We would love for you to come for a tour.

Our HBOT is given in a hard steel medical grade device called a Hyperbaric chamber.
We charge a fraction of the cost, using the same style chambers as a hospital-based Hyperbaric unit. Our Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) uses 100% medical grade oxygen in hard steel chambers to pressurize our patients at greater than atmospheric pressure. HBOT is designed to increase the supply of oxygen and reverse hypoxia to areas in the body that are not responding to other treatments.(1)

If YOU or anyone in your family or anyone in your community might be a candidate,
whose quality of life may be greatly improved with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy,
Please consider this remarkable medicine today.
Call us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with our Medical Hyperbaric Physician.
415-785-8652
And remember to come see us in our new office WooHoo!!
1118 Irwin Street, San Rafael (at Mission)

Advanced Hyperbaric Medical Director, Jacqueline S. Chan, DO
Hyperbaric Physician is Board Certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Family Practice


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All of us know someone limited and even debilitated by
Severe Headaches.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is helping!



Migraines can be very debilitating.

  • They vary in intensity.
  • Symptoms may cause nausea.
  • There may be light and sound sensitivity.
  • They may cause cardiovascular disease.
  • Migraines can cause early death along with thoughts of suicide.(1)

A migraine headache is a complex multi system disorder. It appears to be caused by changes in the diameter of arteries to the brain (contractions or dilatation). The blood vessels are quite literally intertwined with all other mediators of migraine pathophysiology.(2)

There are many institutions and foundations studying risk factors and triggers or genetic predispositions, but the cause(s) are still unknown.



How HBOT helped eliminate Raquel’s migraine headaches
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is defined by The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society (UHMS.org), as breathing 100% oxygen at a pressure greater than one atmosphere absolute (ATA).
Did you know that for headache sufferers
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY (HBOT):

  • Creates temporary vasoconstriction to reduce headaches and supersaturate brain tissue with increased oxygen.
  • Decreases inflammation.
  • Stops cell death.
  • Creates an increase in the rate of energy-producing and neurotransmitter-related metabolic reactions in the brain which require molecular oxygen.
  • As Dr Paul Harch says: “HBOT is laying the biological foundation and the peripheral enhancements… HBOT Is a treatment for wounds of any location of any duration including the brain”

HBOT therapy is based on a “simple” idea: Oxygen can be used therapeutically for a wide range of conditions where tissues have been damaged by oxygen deprivation. Restore that oxygen, goes the logical thinking, and you can restore much of the lost function.

As Dr. Paul Harch says, if a migraine headache is the result of a wound or injury to the brain (traumatic brain injury, toxic brain injury, etc.), regardless of the date of occurrence, HBOT is, with many patients, reducing, reversing, and eliminating many of these symptoms.(3)

HBOT delivered at the time of an acute migraine can abort symptoms by constricting the dilated blood vessels that cause a migraine’s pulsing sensation.(4), (5)

In a preliminary report studying 20 migraineurs, the patients receiving HBOT had significant relief of headache symptoms.

Please read this study showing that there is evidence for HBOT for acute migraines or cluster headaches as well as supplemental oxygen in cluster headaches.(6)

For more supportive research, please read,

https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Migraine-Information-Page

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/symptoms-causes/syc20360201

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26709672


Treating Cluster Headaches with Oxygen (7)

Cluster headaches also called suicide or alarm clock headaches (9) appear in cyclical patterns or clusters and are one of the most painful headaches after migraines. Cluster Headaches;

  • Are usually one-sided.
  • Occur around or in the eye but may radiate to other areas of your face, head, neck and shoulders.
  • Impacts 1 out of 1,000 adults.
  • Can last from 15 minutes up to 3 hours.
  • Can occur daily.
  • Can go on for years without remission.(8)

In this Cochran study in 2015, Five trials (103 participants) compared HBOT versus sham therapy for acute migraine, two trials evaluated HBOT for cluster headache
(29 participants).(9)

In a different randomized trial of 109 adults at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, England, patients with cluster headaches were treated at symptom onset using inhaled high-flow oxygen compared with placebo. The patients were more likely to result in being pain-free at 15 minutes.(10)


Daughter finds relief from Daily Cluster Headaches
with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


Rich Garcia, suffering from cluster headaches,
writes of his experience at Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery;
I literally would not be alive today if it weren’t for this facility. It is hard to imagine any other facility having a more caring, knowledgeable and comforting staff. If you are at the end of your rope with cluster headaches, don’t walk, RUN! to Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery (AHR) in Marin County, CA..
Excruciating cluster headaches were ruining my life. I had become completely debilitated in unrelenting pain. Medications were not working on me as they had in the past. I even called friends over to pray with me, as I felt, I could not go on or live in acute pain, much longer.

After trying everything else my physicians had to offer, a new physician suggested I try HBOT. I did my research and flew out from Texas to California to come to what I feel is the BEST facility for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

I met with the Program Director, Janine Thill and immediately she helped me to see there truly was hope. She reminded me that this would require commitment and diligence from everyone involved. After meeting with Dr. Chan, AHR’s Medical Director, I began treatments.
Advanced Hyperbaric are an award winning hyperbaric facility, their medical grade chambers were the largest in size, they have been in business for 7+ years, (written in 2013) perfect safety record…all this and more put my panicked, pain riddled, mind at ease.

HBOT therapy was a slow process. The first week, I was exhausted, but my headaches were not as severe. The second week, I had hours with no pain at all, before it came back. The third week I went a day without a headache, my clarity, and thinking improved and my energy increased!
By the end of my therapy I noticed that my anxiety was almost gone, and I even started sleeping better. I am so thankful now to be PAIN FREE, no headaches for weeks now, I have been able to return to work and I am taking care of my family and extended family. Its simply a miracle.

HBOT is an alternative approach for headaches. Our physician consults with each of our patients to determine the proper protocol delivered. We offer subjective experience from treatment with HBOT.
The pressurized environment helps to reduce swelling and discomfort, while providing all tissues throughout the body with at least 10-30 times its normal supply of oxygen to help repair tissue damaged by the original occlusion or subsequent hypoxic condition. Hyperbaric Oxygenation (HBOT) directly increases the saturation of tissue oxygenation, slowing and reversing hypoxic induced apoptosis – restoring blood supply to the compromised region by the development of new capillary networks (neovascularization) enabling the body to alter the course and impact of the disease process. (11)
More reasons Why Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is effective:
Read these 22 reasons that HBOT can help you.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved treatment for 13 health indications. Most insurance companies reimburse these indications when prescribed by a Physician.
Our award winning facility is conveniently located 10 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge near beautiful San Francisco. We would love for you to come and tour our facility.

HBOT is given in a hard steel medical grade device called a Hyperbaric chamber.
We charge a fraction of the cost, using the same style chambers as a hospital-based Hyperbaric unit. Our Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) uses 100% medical grade oxygen in hard steel chambers to pressurize our patients at greater than atmospheric pressure. HBOT is designed to increase the supply of oxygen and reverse hypoxia to areas in the body that are not responding to other treatments.(12)

If YOU or anyone in your family or anyone in your community might be a candidate,
whose quality of life may be greatly improved with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy,
Please consider this remarkable medicine today.
Call us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with our Medical Hyperbaric Physician.
415-785-8652

Advanced Hyperbaric Medical Director, Jacqueline S. Chan, DO
Hyperbaric Physician is Board Certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Family Practice


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Bladder Cancer Stat facts; Males are more often affected than females. In the United States, in 2019, 80,470 cases and 17,670 deaths were expected making it the 6th most common type of cancer in the region. (1)

“New research helps explain why men are three to five times more likely to develop bladder cancer than women.”
PhD. Researchers and associate surgeons in the urology department at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Satoshi Kaneko and Zue Sean Li, provide new insight into disparities in cancer risk and mortality between males and females. Their findings suggest that an X-chromosome-linked gene called KDM6A is potential new biomarker that can predict prognosis for patients with bladder cancer and could even set the stage for future therapies.(1)

Bladder cancer begins in cells in the urothelial lining of the bladder.
The most common symptom of bladder cancer is bleeding in the urine called hematuria.

Several sites, including the National Cancer Institute, state cigarette smoking as the most significant risk factor for bladder cancer, with smokers three to four times more likely to get the disease than nonsmokers.(2)
Next risk factors are family history, prior radiation therapy, frequent bladder infections, and exposure to chemotherapy or other certain chemicals.(3)

Radiotherapy, chemotherapy, surgery and immunotherapy are standard treatments for bladder and other pelvic malignancies such as prostate, bladder, rectal, and cervical cancers.(3)
At Advanced Hyperbaric Recovery, patients are referred to us from their urologists post surgically and post radiation when they are in great pain and are not healing after pelvic cancers.

The FDA approves of HBOT for radiation induced hemorrhagic cystitis.
Radiation Cystitis can range from minor, temporary, irritative voiding symptoms and painless, microscopic hematuria to more severe complications, such as gross hematuria.

Radiation-damage of the bladder does not become clinically evident until six months after initiation of the radiotherapy. Irradiated tissue sustains damage that results in microscopic obliterative endarteritis and progressive arteriopathy leaving the affected tissue hypocellular, hypovascular, and ischemic. Collagen and cells are replaced during the healing process, but complete restoration is unlikely to occur. Primarily, the ischemic bladder mucosa may cause mucosal ulceration and bleeding. Bleeding may also occur as a consequence of the formation of structurally weak and brittle vessels that easily rupture. The use of hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) in the treatment of tissue damaged by radiation was pioneered by Marx et al. who suggested that HBOT enhances healing of tissues subjected to radiation therapy.

Marx et al. were the first to describe the therapeutic effects of HBOT in humans – on patients having undergone protracted radiation therapy of the head and neck. In an animal study predating the human study, the authors showed that animals subjected 100% O2 in a hyperbaric environment had an 8-9 times higher vascular density in irradiated tissue compared to both a normobaric group and an air-breathing control group. A four-year follow-up study showed that the angiogenic effect was long lasting. Oxygen in hyperbaric conditions leads to an increase of oxygen levels in tissues resulting in angiogenesis, increased collagen formation, and an increased number of fibroblasts. The angiogenesis is correlated, at least in part, to the macrophages of the affected tissue, which react to the steep oxygen gradient achieved in a hyperbaric environment. The increase in fibroblasts and collagen creates a connective tissue framework for the new vessels. The elevated level of oxygen also supports the regeneration of damaged tissue, as well as reducing edema, necrosis, and leukocytic infiltration. (6)




The pressurized environment helps to reduce swelling and discomfort, while providing the body with at least 10-15 times its normal supply of oxygen to help repair tissue damaged by the original occlusion or subsequent hypoxic condition. Hyperbaric Oxygenation (HBOT) directly increases the saturation of tissue oxygenation, slowing and reversing hypoxic induced apoptosis – restoring blood supply to the compromised region by the development of new capillary networks (neovascularization) enabling the body to alter the course and impact of the disease process. (7)

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is defined by The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society (UHMS.org), as breathing 100% oxygen at a pressure greater than one atmosphere absolute (ATA).
The UHMS states that Hyperbaric oxygen is among the most studied and frequently reported applications in the treatment of delayed radiation injuries.Please read the implications and science here.



Our Patient obtains relief from post radiation cystitis symptoms from
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

In an eleven year follow up study done in 2012 by Drs Nakata et al., the doctors followed prostate cancer patients who suffered radiation induced cystitis. Prostate Cancer is the 2nd most prominent malignancy in Japan.
Comparison of late morbidity scores before and 11+ years after HBO therapy showed significant improvement. Early application of HBO treatment after the onset of hematuria appears to produce favorable outcome.(10)
Because the success depends on how quickly a patient can receive HBOT, approx 50% of prostate cancer patients who have radiation-induced hematuria treated with HBOT have resolution of their hematuria.(11)
HBOT is efficacious in the short and long term, with minimal side effects.(12)

Read about David Wolfe, a Pennsylvania resident, who recovers post radiation from anal cancer when nothing else worked.
More reasons Why Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is effective:
Read these 22 reasons that HBOT can help you.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved treatment for 13 health indications. Most insurance companies reimburse these indications when prescribed by a Physician.
Our award winning facility is conveniently located 10 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge near beautiful San Francisco. We would love for you to come and tour our facility.

HBOT is given in a hard steel medical grade device called a Hyperbaric chamber.
We charge a fraction of the cost, using the same style chambers as a hospital-based Hyperbaric unit. Our Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) uses 100% medical grade oxygen in hard steel chambers to pressurize our patients at greater than atmospheric pressure. HBOT is designed to increase the supply of oxygen and reverse hypoxia to areas in the body that are not responding to other treatments.(15)


Please join our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Carmine Van Deven, D.O., as he explores root causes of, natural cures and self care tips for headaches.
If YOU or anyone in your family or anyone in your community might be a candidate,
whose quality of life may be greatly improved with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy,
Please consider this remarkable medicine today.
Call us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with our Medical Hyperbaric Physician.
415-785-8652

Advanced Hyperbaric Medical Director, Jacqueline S. Chan, DO
Hyperbaric Physician is Board Certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Family Practice


We celebrate our beautiful Administration “Bouquets,”
Denora Alviso and Claudia Gonzalez
on National Administrative Professionals’ Day

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March is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that affects 1 in 303 children in the U.S. with 8,000 new cases every year, making it the most devastating motor disability in childhood. This tragic disorder affects movement, posture and other motor skills and may result in the need life-long care. (1)
True Medical grade Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) especially early on can help change the trajectory of a CP child’s life. Please read on! ……

CP is caused by abnormal development of the brain or damage to the developing brain that affects a child’s ability to control his or her muscles. There are several possible causes for this abnormality to the brain to occur.

The brain damage that leads to CP can happen any time before birth up to the first years of a child’s life, while the brain is still developing. (2) This brain damage can also develop during a long prolonged or difficult birth where the baby also may have a lack of oxygen.

The injury of CP manifests as problems with tone (muscle stiffness or floppiness), uncontrollable movement (dyskinesia), and poor balance and coordination (ataxia). There are four main types of CP.

  • Spastic – affects 80% of patients and is characterized by increased muscle tone, stiffness, tightness of two or more limbs: one side, the legs, or all four arms and legs
  • Dyskinetic – problems controlling movement; writhing, rapid, or jerky movements and varying tone are common
  • Ataxic – problems with balance and coordination
  • Mixed – a combination of the other 3 types

CP children also have other problems that are the result of the injury process affecting wider areas of the brain.

These include

  • Problems with cognition
  • Ophthalmologic impairments
  • Hearing impairments
  • Emotion, behavior
  • Autonomic function (constipation, poor circulation) (2)

The above multiple problems and potential disabilities may include mental retardation, epilepsy as well as feeding difficulties.
Screening for these conditions should be part of the initial assessment. (5)

Management is multidisciplinary and requiring a multi level therapeutic team as well the entire family support network.




When Sammy came to us, he was without any motor control, unable to hold up his own head, unable to sit up. He cried day and night.
Sammy is now a happy little man who sleeps through the night. Over a 3 year period, Sammy received 172 HBOT treatments alongside his
multidisciplinary therapy regiment.
Now Sammy can sit up, scoot, reach out to hold his cup,
partially feed himself and verbalize many words. He loves music.
This latest video made us cry tears of JOY!
At 5 1/2 years old Sammy is seen here demonstrating great improvement.
As you can hear, Sammy receives extensive support from his loving family network.
Sammy continues to make improvements with every HBOT treatment set and is one of many more children in need of more HBOT therapy.

A first study with HBOT for children with Cerebral Palsy;
10 years in the making.


The study covers a 10 year span from 1996 and 2007 comparing the efficacy of intensive versus nonintensive rehabilitative treatment in children with cerebral palsy and the use of HBOT.
There were 150 children in four different groups. Each child received intensive rehabilitation care by the same therapist team, at the same center, using the same protocol, the same duration of follow. (1), (2)
This study is the first empirical study recognized by the Undersea Hyperbaric Medicine Society (UHMS) that demonstrates the efficacy for HBOT.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is one of several additional interventions to assist in the child or adult with chronic CP’s quality of life. (2)

Effected improvements in tests of gross and fine motor skills as well as decreased spasticity and improved visual capability are tested. (3)
HBO has been advocated for the improvement of both functional and cognitive ability. (7)

Many studies are done, and what is true is that there is much more to a child’s development and their parents experience than can be reported in a study.
A Letter to the Editor following a study done in 2001 it states; “It is important to state that everyone who was involved agreed that their improvements were statistically and clinically very significant. Statistics never reveals the whole picture. (4)
During this study (in Lancet above) we have seen many tremendous functional improvements. At an age where we did not expect any dramatic changes, some children started to walk, to speak, or to sit for the first time in their lives.” and the letter goes on.

(Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy for children with cerebral palsy (CP) is not new. This following study evaluated the effects of HBO2 therapy for 25 children, ages 5.6 +/- 1.6 yr with a functional diagnosis of spastic diplegic CP. Pre- and post-HBO2 evaluations consisted of the following measures: gross motor function measure (GMFM), fine motor function (Jebsen test for hand function), spasticity (modified Ashworth scale), video analysis, and parental questionnaire. The protocol for HBO2 therapy was 20 treatments for 60 min.
Results showed improved GMFM in three of the five items in the GMFM test, improved fine motor function in three of the six hand tests, reduced spasticity in three of four muscle groups when assessed by a physician specializing in CP, and improvements for four of nine questions posed to parents. (2)

Testimony from one mother regarding her 16 month old baby girl; (names are withheld)

We are now half-way through. It’s difficult to attribute our baby girl’s changes uniquely to HBOT as we are using HBOT in conjunction with other treatments and therapies but she has vastly improved since she has started the treatment: she is more present and alert, her vision is greatly improved (she focuses better, tracks better, smiles back at strangers), her tone and head control are stronger, she moves a lot more and started doing new things: touching her knees first and now started to play with her feet, better hand control when playing with her toys. She also improved her cough and how she manages her secretions. Our baby’s biggest issues are to be able to protect her airways and manage her secretions. When she is sick and must constantly fight to breathe, she cannot put much energy into learning how to move better and develop. HBOT gives her more energy to learn when doing therapies and also prevented her to be very sick when everybody got a cold and her sister was sick at home.

Yes! I Definitely recommend HBOT for anyone with kids of any age with what ever degree of CP. Its definitely worth investing in, as I have only seen positive outcomes so far. It has also been beneficial for me. I have had 20 dives (out of the 40 dive proven protocol) with our baby and I feel more full of energy than I have in a long time. Its been a huge support in helping myself to maintain my own health and wellbeing so I can be strong and present for my daughter. Having a child with very special needs can be exhausting and being able to help my daughter while also helping myself is amazing. Also my skin has become soft and elastic, the hairline fracture in my foot which would niggle from time to time is no longer noticeable and I really feel younger! ANONYMOUS, Netherlands

Michel Nadeau, who has cerebral palsy was once only wheel chair bound. Seen here performing breakdance moves at his Pincourt home.

Montreal residents; twin brothers, Michel and Matt Nadeau, were born with CP resulting from brain damage due to a lack of oxygen before birth. Read more about their very rare birth and their challenges. Mother, Claudine Lanoix, their advocate, wanted them to undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which has shown positive results for people with cerebral palsy. Because of her very positive experience having her sons treated, she is now a Certified Hyperbaric Technician who runs the Island Hyperbaric Centre in Pincourt.




Hear a testimony of Marley’s mother. Marley, born with CP; hearing impairment, behavior and cognitive difficulties, kidney disease, all improved with HBOT.
Benefits of HBOT for CP include the following;
ENHANCE NEUROLOGICAL REPAIR AND REGENERATION WITH HBOT

  • Attenuates the Effects of Hypoxia on the Neonatal Brain
  • Promotes Neurogenesis
  • Moderates Mitochondrial Disorders
  • Enhances Stem Cell Mobilization and Proliferation
  • Increases Penumbra Tissue Recovery
  • Escalates Neuroplasticity

IMPROVE OVERALL FUNCTION WITH HBOT

  • Advances Cognitive Function
  • Improves Gross/Fine Motor Skills
  • Enhances Speech & Language
  • Alleviates Spasticity
  • Lessens Frequence of Seizures
  • Stimulates Better Eye Contact
  • Improves Balance & Walking

Improvement is often subjective as reported by family members.

Dr. Giussippina Benincasa-Feingold MD
Dr. Giussippina Benincasa-Feingold MD, a pediatrician who worked in a pediatric emergency room; mother of 5. In 1996 she gave birth to a gorgeous baby, who would be diagnosed with CP and would suffer slow to no improvements.
Dr. Feingold was told about HBOT by her own mother. She disregarded HBOT for CP, calling it absurd. In her words “my mother would constantly badger me to try HBOT, and I finally gave in.”
At 3 1/2 years old, daughter Elisa began HBOT. After 12 treatments, the improvements were so dramatic that Dr. Feingold became convinced. During a 6 month period, daughter, Elisa received 120 treatments. That summer she had developed more than 1000 words and was actually making three-word sentences. She became completely toilet trained and, for the very first time since she was born, mom says, “I felt that I had a daughter!”
Read more of our colleague and amazing parent, Dr. Feingold.

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You can DONATE to our Hope For Healing Institute, 501c educational and charitable non-profit. All donors receive a letter of donation acknowledgement. The donor uses this letter as proof of his or her contribution to claim a tax deduction. These precious Children are waiting for your help.
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More reasons Why Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is effective:
Read these 22 reasons that HBOT can help you.
For wound healing, HBOT will increase growth factors, endothelial progenaitor cells (EPCs), and stem cell production. (13)
HBOT is given in a hard steel medical grade device called a Hyperbaric chamber. HBOT has been defined by The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society, as breathing 100% oxygen at a pressure greater than one atmosphere absolute (ATA). (14)

Our award winning facility is conveniently located 10 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge near beautiful San Francisco. We would love for you to come and tour our facility.

We charge a fraction of the cost, using the same style chambers as a hospital-based Hyperbaric unit.
If YOU or anyone in your family or anyone in your community might be a candidate,
whose quality of life may be greatly improved with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy,
Please consider this remarkable medicine today.
Call us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with our Medical Hyperbaric Physician.
415-785-8652

Advanced Hyperbaric Medical Director, Jacqueline S. Chan, DO
Hyperbaric Physician is Board Certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Family Practice

Help us alleviate suffering, save or change a life, and especially
improve quality of life for our local Bay Area Neighbors!
Please Donate now.