Good News for Veterans: DoD Brain Injury Rescue and Rehabilitation Project

Hperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) appears to be a safe and effective treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Depression. Thanks to the work of the American Association for Health Freedom, and their petition to Congress, it looks as though our veterans will soon be receiving this much-needed treatment.

For each of you who took time to write your representatives regarding this issue – Thank you. The legislation which was passed and signed into law is a start, but this program needs to be funded and sustained. Please see the link at the bottom of this piece to ask Congress for its continued support of HBOT for veterans.
* From the E-Newsletter, [American Association for Health Freedom]

AAHF Scores a Victory with HBOT for Wounded Veterans

Hope For Traumatic Brain Injury, Diabetic Failure-to-Heal Wounds and More?

On September 30, President Bush signed into law the FY2009 Continuing Resolution that contains the Defense Appropriations bill. In doing so, crucial funding became available to complete a scientific study important to all Americans.

Seventeen years ago, Paul G. Harch, M.D., discovered that hyperbaric oxygen therapy at 1.5 atmospheres of pressure (HBOT 1.5) could repair a chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI). Dr. Harch, director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship at Louisiana State University’s School of Medicine and an AAHF member, has used the therapy on over 700 patients and has taught the technique to hundreds of doctors.

In 2008, Dr. Harch applied HBOT 1.5 ATA to five combat veterans of the current war who have traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from concussive blasts. So far, all of the veterans treated have significan recovery. Eighty percent no longer have PTSD and all are improved.

During this same year, Dr. Harch testified in fron to the Surgeon General of the Navy and the Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps. He told the stories of the five combat veterans he treated with HBOT 1.5; three of those veterans were in the same room.

One of them, a judge who served as a general in the Army Reserves, endured a year of treatment failures at Walter Reed. He is now back on the bench, fully recovered in 120 days, after 80 HBOT 1.5 treatments. The Health Freedom Foundation, sponsored a Marine machine gunner who expreienced seven concussive events from roadside bombs during two tours in Iraq. Now, after HBOT treatments, his migraine headaches have disappeared, his sleep is restored , his PTSD is gone. He is now actively employed. He has his life back, as do other veterans who have undergone HBOT treatment.

At Louisianna State University in New Orleans, under an approved study protocol, Dr. Harch is now treating another thirty veterans of the war who have TBI and PTSD. AAHF sought funding from Congress for this important study for the past two years. This year, after nearly 200 visitis to members of Congress, funding was finally provided.

In April 2008, the RAND Corporation, a non-profit “think tank” highly respected by the government and NGOs, found that of the 1.6 million veterans of the war, 300,000 have PTSD, 320,000 suffer TBI, and 80,000 have depression. Current treatment costs for each of these conditions, when treated separately, is more than the cost associated with HBOT 1.5.

HBOT 1.5 one-time cost is US $16,000 (80 treatments at $200 per session) and apprears to treat all three symptoms simultaneously; the earlier a person is treated, the more effective the recovery, and the fewer the treatments needed.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy at 2.4 atmospheres of pressure is already used 10,000 times a day at over 900 locations for everything from non-healing diabetic wounds and radiation injuries from cancer treatment, to fourteen other Medicare-reimbursable and FDA-approved indications. HBOT 1.5 is a dose of HBOT tat clinical experience shows is safe and effective for TBI.

According to Dr. Ted Fogarty, Chairman of Radiology at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, “Functional neuroimaging shows HBOT revitalizes brain tissues and restores normal brain metabolism in vastly different areas of the brain in ways that other existing treatments cannot. To leave these injured neurons in our brave veterans to wither on the vine seems criminal when HBOT 1.5 is available and works.”

Today a multi-state coordinated effort is under way to treat vets at 78 locations. We expect this AAHF-coordinated effort will result in the necessary scientific proof to establish HBOT 1.5 as the standard of care for acute and chronic neurological injuries, and we hope it will secure reimbursement by the VA, Tri-Care, Medicare and civilian insurance.

The body of scientific evidence indicates that modern medicine has overlooked hyperbaric oxygen as a key tool in the treatment of strokes, diabetic failure-to-heal wounds, and conditions like reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Timely HBOT therapy could reduce the incidence of stroke (the leading cause of disability in the U.S., with over 500,000 reported cases each year) and amputations due to diabetic failure-to-heal wounds. HBOT has sound science, many years of clinical practice and a convincing reason for all of us to seek access when it can be of help.

Veterans who wish treatment can can contact Teri Rich at 801-964-2008.

ARTICLE SOURCE:
HyperMED NeuroRecovery Australia
http://www.hypermed.com.au

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  2. David H. Marshall on

    VA Syndrome vs. NIDCD “noise pollution” Disease?

    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD): Improving the lives of people who have communication disorders.

    The Basics: Ménière’s Disease.

    Ménière’s disease, an abnormality of the inner ear, is a common cause of hearing loss. Symptoms include:

    VERTIGO OR DIZZINESS, TINNITUS, FLUCTUATING HEARING LOSS, AND EAR PRESSURE OR PAIN.

    What’s causing it?

    The symptoms of Ménière’s disease are associated with a change in the fluid volume of your inner ear. Extra fluid in your inner ear can cause swelling. Experts believe that this swelling can rupture membranes in your inner ear, causing one fluid in your inner ear to mix with another fluid. The mixing of fluids may cause the symptoms of Ménière’s disease.

    Other possible causes of the disease include what are called ‘environmental factors,’ SUCH AS NOISE POLLUTION and viral infections, and biological factors.

    What will the doctor do?

    To diagnose Ménière’s disease, doctors use several procedures:

    a medical history interview and physical examination, hearing and balance tests, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a sophisticated technique that takes detailed pictures of the inside of the body.

    Treatment.

    There is no known cure for Ménière’s disease, but your doctor can suggest methods to control its symptoms, such as a change in diet or medicine. For patients with persistent, debilitating vertigo, doctors have successfully used surgery and an antibiotic to treat Ménière’s disease.

    Your own voice may sound too loud. Your audiologist may or may not be able to correct this problem. Most people get used to it over time.

    VS.

    VA Schedule of Ratings for Disabilities. Under Diseases of the Ear, Diagnostic Code No. 6205.

    6205 Meniere’s syndrome (endolymphatic hydrops):

    Hearing impairment with attacks of vertigo and cerebellar gait
    occurring more than once weekly, with or without tinnitus 100
    Hearing impairment with attacks of vertigo and cerebellar gait
    occurring from one to four times a month, with or without tinnitus 60
    Hearing impairment with vertigo less than once a month, with or
    without tinnitus 30

    Note: Evaluate Meniere’s syndrome either under these criteria or by separately evaluating vertigo (as a peripheral vestibular disorder), hearing impairment, and tinnitus, whichever method results in a higher overall evaluation. BUT DO NOT COMBINE AN EVALUATION FOR HEARING IMPAIRMENT, TINNITUS, OR VERTIGO WITH AN EVALUATION UNDER DIAGNOSTIC CODE 6205.

  3. Steven Major on

    Hey, you have a great blog here! I’m definitely going to bookmark you! Thank you for your info. And this is **Tinnitus** site/blog. It pretty much covers Tinnitus related stuff.

  4. David Marshall on

    Noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus ONLY?

    NIH Publication No. 95-3404, July 1998. Updated Nov. 2001.
    “Ménière’s disease is an abnormality of the inner ear causing a host of symptoms, including vertigo or severe dizziness, tinnitus or a roaring sound in the ears, fluctuating hearing loss, and the sensation of pressure or pain in the affected ear. The disorder usually affects only one ear and is a common cause of hearing loss. Named after French physician Prosper Ménière who first described the syndrome in 1861.” In accordance with a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.), “U” type Audiogram curves are an indicator of Menieres disease.

    A MENIERES DISEASE OVERSIGHT?

    In this veteran’s case, both the 7/9/57 VA Rating Board’s 10% hearing loss only and the VA 3/22/05, 60% service connected Menieres disease award retroactive to 1999, not 1956, overlooked their known or should have known:

    1. A 6/26/57 VA SERVICE MEDICAL RECORD REVIEW AND EXAM FOR THE 7/9/57 VA RATING BOARD’S 10%. THE 6/26/57 VA ATTENDING PHYSICIAN ON 4/3/58 submitted the 7/9/57 Board’s knew or should have known “NO VESTIBULAR FUNCTION” et. al. evidence to the USAF. THIS EVIDENCE RESULTED IN THE 6/25/58 “SURGEON HQ ARRC MEDICALLY DISQUALIFIED FOR MILITARY SERVICE”. THE very same EVIDENCE IS THE BASIS FOR THE SERVICE CONNECTED 3/22/05, 60% MENIERES DISEASE AWARD!! Six (6) months after the “DISQUALIFIED” was the “Recommended for Reenlistment Yes” IN THE USAF 2 JANUARY 1959 “HONORABLE DISCHARGE”!

    2. The since 1861 medically known Menieres disease and Audiogram indication symptoms in the veteran’s 5/27/53, 5/28/53, 5/29/53, 6/2/53, 7/22/54, 5/13/55, 7/21/55, 5/21/56, 6/26/57, 4/3/58 USAF and VA plus to date records.

    3. The then 1952-1956 violated 1948 Air Force Regulation (AFR) 160-3 “Precautionary Measures Against Noise Hazards” with its overall exposures were never to exceed 95 dBA.

    4. The 1953, 121 page BENOX REPORT that set forth the then known certain jet engine noise injuries, e.g., the “vestibular” and noise “effects” are addressed thirty five (35) and one hundred and ten (110) times respectively. Established is injury well beyond a hearing loss only.

    5. The 1956, 130 page JET ENGINE, TR54-401 “Acoustic Energy Control” report. 71 of its 99 noise level readings were Department of Defense (DOD) known prior to the 1953 BENOX REPORT. In the veteran’s case it is the USAF Cadet Wing Commander washout Physician’s 1/29/54 recorded UNPROTECTED “…on warm-up crew for F-86D with very high noise levels.” A TR54-401, page 31, 1951 & 1952, F-86D, J47 jet engine noise level from 117 dB to 186 dB. An American Medical Association for each 6 dB increase in noise level, sound pressure (X) doubles for a 13 X to over 16,384 X times worse than the AFR 160-3 never to exceed 95 dBA!

    AN EXTREME NOISE LEVEL HEARING LOSS AND TINNITUS ONLY?


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