I just wondered if anyone out there has tried Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy. My uncle has friends that used it for a different reason, but the place that they went treated many children with MD, Cerebal Palsy, etc. They even saw kids go into it that couldn't walk, then came out and were able to. They said it was like a miracle for some, although I have no idea how many treatments that they had to have or what was wrong with them, nor would I know if it is safe. Another interesting fact was my parents were skipping channels and were watching Tori and Dean and they were looking for a preschool for their son and the preschool had a hyperbaric chamber for the children at the preschool with Autism and Speech Delayed children, etc., so I do know more children are using them, but didn't know if it would apply to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
There are many reports out there too of benefits (not sure what illness they are referring to), here is just one I read. It seems that increasing blood flow, stem cells and nitrous oxide are all good for MD.
A course of hyperbaric oxygen treatment was found to increase by eight-fold the number of stem cells circulating in a patient’s body according to a study to be published in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulation Physiology.
“This is the safest way clinically to increase stem cell circulation, far safer than any of the pharmaceutical options,” said Stephen Thom, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and lead author of the study. “This study provides information on the fundamental mechanisms for hyperbaric oxygen and offers a new theoretical therapeutic option for mobilizing stem cells.”
“We reproduced the observations from humans in animals in order to identify the mechanism for the hyperbaric oxygen effect,” added Thom. “We found that hyperbaric oxygen mobilizes stem/progenitor cells because it increases synthesis of a molecule called nitric oxide in the bone marrow. This synthesis is thought to trigger enzymes that mediate stem/progenitor cell release.”