The literature states that in order to kill viruses 100% oxygen at 2.7 ATA or above is required.However, there is no reason to believe that even mildly increased oxygen tensions may inhibit viral activity and/or make the host less hospitable to chronic viral inhabitation.

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Likewise it is my theory that it only takes a little bit of increased oxygen tension for viruses to leave.

Studies have shown abnormities in the autistic brain whereby it does not produce and subsequently does not use serotonin properly.

Children with autism have been shown to have increased oxidative stress and less reduced (active) glutathione HBOT, especially when using pressures less than 2.0 atmospheres, can up-regulate these antioxidant enzymes and afford antioxidant protection against oxidative stress.

Mitochondria are the energy producing organelles of the body.

Efrain Olszewer has pre- and post-angiograms documenting collateral circulation beginning as early as ten to twenty hours after initiating hyperbaric therapy for cerebral vascular disease and peripheral arteriosclerosis at pressures lower than 1.3 ATA It is known that one of the problems children with autism have is decreased blood flow to the brain (cerebral hypoperfusion).

Therefore is has been speculated that angioneogenesis is the way that HBOT helps autism However, though angioneogenesis may be one mechanism by which children with autism are helped by HBOT, angioneogenesis may not be the primary mechanism by which HBOT works The amount of cerebral hypoperfusion in autistics compared to controls is about 8%, so a small increase in oxygen delivery may be all that is needed to overcome this deficit and show clinical benefit.A recent study documented impaired production and abnormal ratios of porphyrins in children with autism.Because porphyrin is involved in the production of functional heme/hemoglobin, and because this appears to be disordered in autism, the impaired delivery of oxygen to cells will be improved when HBOT bypasses hemoglobin-dependent oxygenation.I explain to my patients that to get cockroaches out of the kitchen, I can either kill them with my shoe or turn on the light.Interestingly it only takes a little bit of light for them to leave the room.The small amount of increased oxygen that is needed by the cells to improve their function does not necessarily require new blood vessel formation to be accomplished because with HBOT free oxygen molecules are dissolved directly into the cerebrospinal fluid Therefore these cells are no longer dependent on increased oxygen delivery from increased blood vessel formation that secondarily delivers a greater oxygen load because it carries more hemoglobin.