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Oxygen Therapies: an introduction

More than 300 years ago, J. Henshaw, a British physician, used compressed air in a special equipped room and can be considered as the founder of the “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy” (HBOT). This therapy consists in keeping a patient confined in a room where pure oxygen is injected at a pressure around 1.5 to 2.5 times the atmospheric pressure. In the early 19ties, this technique has been developed in Russia and Germany and is now widely implemented in those countries. In the US, in 1972, Dr Neubauer (University of Virginia, Florida, US) began to specialize in HBOT that starts becoming recognized.


In 1916, English physicians discussed Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) Therapy for the first time.

H2O2 does other useful work in the body. It is needed to break down carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. It regulates hormones, assisting in the production of oestrogen, progesterone, and thyroxin, among others. It also insures that the immune system functions effectively. In a healthy, balanced body, the granulocytes, the white blood cells that fight infection, produce enough H2O2 to defend the body from the bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. It decomposes into water and oxygen and gives more oxygen to the cell


In 1928, Emmett Knott irradiated the blood of a patient with a critical blood stream infection and he returned to complete health, a therapy called Ultraviolet Irradiation of blood. The blood is actually taken out of the body, exposed to UV light and returned to the body. UVIB produces no side effects and has a scientifically recorded history success.


In 1930, Dessauer (Frankfurt, D) proved the benefit of Negative Air Ions on human health. He wrote: “we believe now that, with the treatment with unipolar ions, we have found a very promising therapy”.


In 1934, Prof Manfred von Ardenne (Dresde, D) and Nobel price Prof Otto Warburg have studied the problems of respiration and fermentation and started developing the Oxygen Multistep Therapy (Die Sauerstof-Mehrschritt Therapie), improving the efficiency of an oxygen therapy by ingesting prior to a treatment natural additives, like vitamins and minerals, and by doing physical exercises.


In 1945, Dr Erwin Payr, a surgeon, used Ozone medically by injecting it intravenously into patient with circulatory problems.


In 1946, Dr Regelsberger performed a first oxygen injection in veins of unconscious patient suffering of brain tumor, a therapy called Oxyvenation. He noticed consciousness improvement and brain congestion relief & detoxification. He performed more than 50.000 oxyvenation in his life.


But in the 1950s, the antibiotic apparition on the market made all other approaches seem old fashioned and less effective. “ We now know , however, that many of the infectious organisms treated with these “wonder drugs” have developed deep resistances to them.” (Dr Yutsis, 2004)


Fortunately, in places where medical treatment is less allied with politics, like in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Cuba, and where money for healthcare is less available, oxygen therapies have been validated and are now well implemented, like in Germany, where many of them have been developed.


Oxygen Therapies have timidly made their apparition in the U.S.during the 60s but nowadays, due to the fact that 42% of all Americans were using some forms of alternative medicine, the Congress has decided in 2001 to allow $90 million for studying the usefulness of such popular non-traditional remedies, also embracing acupuncture, homeopathy and body manipulation.


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