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Why are the Oxygen Therapies not better recognized?

“In the early 1900s, there were American doctors who believed in naturopathic approaches to medicine and they practiced alongside those who believed in surgery and drugs as a more efficient direction for medicine. But this easy relationship was soon ended by the movement towards specialization, technology and prescription drugs … and the naturopathic movement disappeared and the practitioners who used homeopathy, herbs, vitamins, nutrition, exercise and handsome bodywork were deprived of a professional community.” (Dr Yutsis, 2004)


Oxygen therapies are nevertheless well accepted in countries like Germany, Russia and Eastern Europe. The reasons why Oxygen Therapies are not better accepted in the other industrialized countries is clearly and courageously explained in the book of Dr Yutsis, an American physician originating from Russia. The following texts are extracts from his excellent book “Oxygen to the Rescue” (2004).


1. Patient mentality

A specific drug for a specific disease:

“Many people today feel protected and comfortable when a specialized drug or procedure exists for their condition or disease alone. Treatments with more general application are often suspect.”

Quick cure

The treatment (via Oxygen Therapy) takes a great deal of time and we are in a society that wants everything quickly- instant cures, quick fixes… But I see patients every day who have tried everything conventional and are still sick.



2. Country standard of living

“In places where medical treatment is less allied with politics (Russia, Eastern Europe, and Cuba) and where money for healthcare is less available, there is a tendency to be pragmatic if the results are positive. So oxygen therapies are not regarded as alternative therapies in these countries; they are considered practical medical treatments used by all physicians and recognized by the general public.”



3. Registration policy

“As long as American medicine insists on using double-blind, placebo controlled research method as the standard for testing new medications and treatments, there will not be a wider acceptance for HBOT because the placebo would have to be air, but air contains oxygen so any study would be invalidated”



4. Pharmaceutical Companies

“What concerns me the most is that treatments that are not drug-based find it impossible to get funding for research. In the US, solid and expensive research must have pharmaceutical industry support in order to be conducted in the first place, and then to be promoted to a larger public after the results are known.

In the United States, the pharmaceutical companies have the power, and they have little interest in opening themselves up for competition, particularly from a treatment that produces no side effects.

The strong connection between the pharmaceutical industry and physicians has been firmly established. The New York Times reported that a survey of medical experts who write guidelines for treating conditions like heart disease, depression and diabetes has found the nearly nine out of ten have financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry . “


5. Insurance

“Unfortunately, our treatments seem expensive because most insurance plans do not cover our approach to medicine.”


The Future

"Physicians only begin returning to medical concepts that had been effective before the advent of drugs because they became concerned by the side effects of most drugs.


An overview of Amercian Medicine during the last 20 years points to exceptional progress in the areas of technologically advanced diagnostic equipment, followed by groundbreaking pharmaceutical research and finally by the development of microsurgical techniques aided by computer … but what has changed medicine the most is the attitudinal change, by ordinary women and men, toward health and medical care, showing an interest in a medical philosophy that emphasizes the body’s ability to heal itself.


The growing interest in complementary and integrative medicine began as a deep discontentment and frustration with the existing system, due to:

  • discrimination against people unable to pay for it
  • impersonal, financially driven bureaucracy
  • void in the number of doctors needed to meet patient demand
  • understaffed hospitals
  • numerous mistakes that threatens patient health"

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