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There are an estimated 1 to 1.5 million people with Autism in the United States, and is the fastest growing developmental disability in this country. The condition effects communication and social interactions and is the effect of neurological dysfunction. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning there are varying degrees of impact on those affected. Other disorders in this spectrum range include Asperger’s Syndrome, Rett’s Disorder, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Not Otherwise Specified Pervasive Development Disorder.
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. While there is currently no cure for Autism, researchers are investigating new and revolutionary means of treating the condition with promising results.
HBOT has been used to treat Autism in many countries throughout the globe. Worldwide, medical researchers are discovering promising results in this area. The rationale behind this therapy is that HBOT increases cerebral blood flow, delivering oxygen to areas of the brain which are thought to be oxygen deficient. Greater amounts of blood and oxygen begin to stimulate cerebral tissues and aid in recovery of dormant neurons. HBOT also reduces excess fluids and swelling of brain tissues by forcing oxygen into damaged areas through pressurization, alleviating brain swelling by constructing blood vessels. This can aid in neurological function, helping improve behavioral problems, confusion, etc. In addition, HBOT is thought to provide an optimal environment to assist in regeneration of brain tissue.
HBOT is also used as a complementary therapy for the treatment of heavy metal detox for such materials as mercury. It assists in the metabolism of heavy metal removal. It can help a patient counteract the effects of heavy metal poisoning and help the body deal with toxins even such as cyanide. It is often 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, toxins, and other contaminants.