Friday, December 4, 2009

Saving the Heroes Who Save Us!

20% of all Troops Suffer Permanent Brain Injuries

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20% of all Troops Suffer Brain Injuries

In this IED war, concussion brain injuries resulting in mTBI (mild traumatic brain injuries) and PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) are the most common injuries to our Veterans.

A Rand Report documented a 19% incidence TBI among returning veterans with 320,000 cases, of which 80% are mTBI.... 1 in 5 Heroes have mTBI’s!

And, about 300,000 U.S. military personnel deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depression, that will cost the nation as much as $6.2 billion over two years, according to that same report.

These Brain Injured Veterans also suffer double the normal suicide rate.

HELP THEM NOW!

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They’ve gone through a lot

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They’ve mourned for their best friends severely injured or even killed protecting us

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Comforting

They give their all, knowing this could be their last day

Prayer

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And they complete their duties with honor, dignity and love

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They sacrifice themselves to build a better world of hope and love

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They give their all for you, and me, and our children, for each of our freedoms

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Believing that we will never let them down

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But, sometimes the best intentions fall short and now
these heroes need a little help from us today.

Brain Injured Veterans are not getting the medical care they need and deserve.

CHERISH Foundation is working to help 1,000 mTBI Heroes get their healthy lives back this year through a National Veterans mTBI Treatment Study.

Help a Brain Injured Veteran recover today!

For example: mTBI Veteran Helped by a CHERISH Partner - Dr Paul Harch (video)

But, Treatment Funds only come to participating clinics up to 8 months after
Veterans start treatments and then finish. So, CHERISH and other treatment clinics can only treat a few dozen Veterans total, NOT 1,000 Veterans!

Many Americans complain,

"This is not good enough for veterans who have sacrificed everything for our freedoms!"

So, CHERISH is asking grateful Americans to say,

"Thank you!"
to our Veterans with a $10 donation
to fund Treatments for mTBI Veterans NOW,
instead of 5 years from now.

Only $10! That’s a one nice lunch, compared to the cold MRE’s the Vets eat.

Only $10 That's only one drink this Friday night, compared to the desert water Vets drink.

Only $10 That's only one movie ticket, compared to watching the hot desert sun, that entertains our Vets.

All those things are gone in only a few hours.

But, the Veteran’s mTBI lasts for their lifetime.

They stood up to be counted as heroes,
so we are asking American’s to give them
the Hero’s support they earned.

Yes, I'm donating $10 to help a Hero today!

Forward this to 10 grateful Americans ! !

Bless you for your efforts for the forgotten heroes!

Sincerely,
Ed Nemeth
Founder, CHERISH Foundation


Additional Information

Links :

mTBI Veterans explain their injuries and problems (video)

Invisible Wounds of War - Rand Report


The Pilot Study: 30 of 30 Veterans had good to excellent improvements.
(In preparation for publication in a Peer Reviewed Journal)

ClinicalTrial.gov TBI Veterans Pilot Study (link)

Case report: Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury with Hyperbaric Oxygen

Col James K. Wright, USAF, MC, SFS*; Eddie Zant MD**, Kevin Groom PhD***, Robert E. Schlegel PhD, PE****, and Kirby Gilliland PhD****

Abstract: Two United States Air Force Airmen were injured in a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Iraq on 13 January 2008. Both airmen suffered concussive injuries and developed irritability, sleep disturbances, headaches, memory difficulties, and cognitive difficulties as symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Six months after injury, repeat Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics (ANAM) testing showed deterioration, when compared to pre-injury baseline ANAM assessment, in all measured areas (simple reaction time, procedural reaction time, code substitution learning, code substitution delayed, mathematical processing, and matching to sample). The airmen were treated with hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) in treatments of 100% oxygen for one hour at 1.5 atmospheres absolute resulting in rapid improvement of headaches and sleep disturbances, improvement in all symptoms and resolution of most symptoms. Repeat ANAM testing after completion of the hyperbaric treatments, nine months after initial injury, showed improvement in all areas, with most measures improving to pre-injury baseline levels. The airmen received no other treatment besides medical monitoring. Repeat neuropsychologic testing confirmed the improvement. We conclude that the improvement in symptoms and ANAM performance is directly attributable to the HBO treatment.

Introduction:
Traumatic Brain Injury has been called one of the signature injuries of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The Rand Report documented a 19% self-reported incidence of probable TBI among returning service members with 320,000 probable TBI cases, most of which (80%) are mTBI1. Per case one year costs for mTBI were estimated at $27,259 to $32,759 in 20072. The lifetime costs of even mTBI impairment in young service members would seem to be almost incalculable3.

Mild TBI is characterized by a concussive event causing a brief period of unconsciousness (less than thirty minutes) or a period of confusion or amnesia lasting less than 24 hours. The Glasgow Coma Scale is 13 to 15 and imaging studies are also usually normal. Since the symptoms of mTBI may develop gradually, are often subtle, and can be confused with other illness such as post traumatic stress disorder, mTBI may be unrecognized and undiagnosed4. A concussive injury causes diffuse axonal injury, structural neuronal damage, and diffuse neuronal dysfunction5. The symptoms of mTBI are variable and may include headache, irritability, impulsivity, anger, cognitive impairment, memory difficulty, loss of executive function, vestibular and sleep disturbances6. Electroencephalogram and sleep studies are usually normal. Most individuals with mTBI recover in 3 to 12 months, especially those who are young7. However, some victims do not recover, or only recover slowly, and are at risk for future injury and deterioration of brain function8. Treatment of mTBI has included rest and observation, education, cognitive rehabilitation, and pharmacotherapy9. Pharmacologic treatment may be required for control of disabling symptoms of headache, irritability, depression, and anger10.

Conclusions:

Several aspects of these two cases demonstrate the efficacy of HBO for the airmen treated. Although both airmen had stable symptoms of mTBI/post-concussive syndrome, which had not improved for seven months; substantive improvement was achieved within ten days of HBO treatment. The headaches and sleep disturbances improved rapidly while the irritability, cognitive defects, and memory difficulties improved more slowly. Fortunately both airman had taken the ANAM and presented objective demonstration of their deficits from TBI and their improvements after HBO treatment. Both airmen, who were injured by the same blast sitting side by side, had similar symptom complexes of TBI and improved at similar rates after initiation of HBO treatment. Neither airman had any other form of treatment for TBI. It seems unlikely to the authors that any explanation other than the HBO treatments can be offered for their improvements.

Example of Treatment Results:

Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics (ANAM)

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1 Tanielian T, Jaycox LH. Invisible wounds of war. Psychological and cognitive injuries, their consequences, and services to assist recovery. Rand Center for Military Health Policy Research. 2008.
2 Alexander MP. Mild traumatic brain injury: Pathophysiology, natural history, and clinical management. Neurology. 1995; 45:1253–60.
3 Gamboa AM Jr, Holland GH, Tierney JP, Gibson DS. American Community Survey: earnings and employment for persons with traumatic brain injury. NeuroRehabilitation. 2006; 21:327–33.
4 Practice parameter: the management of concussion in sports (summary statement). Report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee. Neurology. 1997; 48:581–5.
5 Maxwell WL, Povlishok JT, Graham DL. A mechanistic analysis of nondisruptive axonal injury: a review. J Neurotrauma. 1997; 14:419–40.
6 Arciniegas DB, Anderson CA, Topkoff J, McAllister TW. Mild traumatic brain injury: a neuropsychiatric approach to diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment. Neuropsych Dis Treatment. 2005; 311–27.
7 Carroll LJ, Cassidy JD, Peloso PM, Borg J, von Holst H, Holm L, Paniak C, P├ępin M. Prognosis for mild traumatic brain injury: results of the WHO Collaborating Centre Task Force on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. J Rehabil Med. 2004; (43 Suppl):84–105.
8 Biasca N, Maxwell WL. Minor traumatic brain injury in sports: a review in order to prevent neurological sequelae. Prog Brain Res. 2007; 161:263–91.
9 Comper P, Bisschop SM, Carnide M, Tricco A. A systematic review of treatments for mild traumatic brain injury. Brain Inj 2005; 19:863–80.
10 Veterans Health Initiative: Traumatic Brain Injury–Independent Study Course, Washington, D.C.: Department of Veterans Affairs, 2004 (http:www1.va.gov/vhi/docs/TBI.pdf).
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

WHAT CONDITIONS DOES HBOT TREAT?

The short answer are the conditions listed below:


The longer answer is more dependent on Third Party Reimbursements. Most Third Parties reimburse following Medicare's Reimbursement Schedule, which is less than optimal and less than is medically acceptable.

For example, Diabetic Foot Wounds must be a Wagner III (infected to the bone AND non-healing for over 30 days) in order for Medicare to Reimburse, but Insurance Companies reimburse for Wagner II wound grades.

The difference is significant given that once a Diabetic Foot Wound patient has an amputation (the end results of many Wagner III level wounds) they live, on average approximately 5 years. This is a mortality rate higher than many Cancers.

However, when even Wagner III Diabetics are about to undergo Amputation, they still have 75% probability of full healing when given HBOT. Further, they are far healthier and have a much less chance of coming back in with a Diabetic Foot Wound because HBOT actually reverses some or much of the blood vessel damage that has occurred.

In short, HBOT heals the non-healing wound and leaves the patient in a much healthier state.

Now, given the morbidity of patients undergoing amputation, can you imagine a cancer drug being denied to patients that could save 75% of their lives?

Can you imagine any drug for any condition that could reverse an almost absolute 5 years morbidity that was not provided?

Similarly, HBOT is the only therapy to treat and reverse radiation tissue damage, including Osteoradionecrosis. Many cancer patients receive high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells, and then end up with capillary damage that impedes normal good tissue health. Gradually the tissues suffer and die, creating substantial problems.

HBOT actually signals our DNA and causes new blood vessels to grow in these hypoxic (low levels of oxygen) wounds. HBOT causes fast healing because it forces oxygen into areas that lack it, and cause tissue healing from wounds inside outward, and from the outside inward.

Also, HBOT causes an 800% increase in natural Stem Cells which also aide in healing; while boosting and improving the patients immune system, to fight of any infections that are interfering with healing.

Overall, oxygen is directly used in over 200 subcellular metabolisms many of which are compromised in non-healing wounds.

Next - Brain Injuries as Non-healing Wounds and HBOT

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Friday, November 13, 2009

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapies

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) increases pressures (baric) greater (hyper) than sea level atmospheric pressure, with 100% Oxygen. This enhances the body’s natural-healing process virtually risk free. Hyperbaric Medicine evolved from efforts to help divers exposed to high pressures who developed problems which were mostly Nitrogen bubbles in their blood vessels.

Hyperbaric Medicine is a medical specialty of one of the most studied drugs in the world. HBOT is supported by over 6,000 leading American studies. Today, HBOT is FDA and Medicare Approved for use to treat conditions like Air Embolism, Excessive Blood Loss, Bone Infections, Burns, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (smoke inhalation), Crush Injuries, Decompression Sickness, Gangrene, Soft Tissue Infections, Intracranial Abscess, Non-healing Wounds, Radiation Tissue Damage, and Skin Grafts.

Other conditions that show evidence of HBOT value as a treatment include: stroke (cerbrovascular accident), head injury (cerebral edema/coma), cerebral palsy, bone-fracture, acute retinal artery occlusion, migraine & cluster headaches, chronic fatigue-syndrome (CFS), sports injuries, AIDS, sickle cell anemia crisis, acute spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis (MS), Lyme disease, diabetic retinopathy, colitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and plastic/reconstructive surgery (preparation and recovery).

While these conditions are-considered off-label indications for HBOT, there is stronger scientific evidence for a-number of these indications than there is for almost half of all the approved indications; nevertheless, because these conditions are off-label, by law no claims can be made.

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