Not a day goes by in which humans aren't breathing, touching or ingesting toxins. Luckily, the body is amazingly effective at metabolizing and excreting most of the daily, low-level exposures it takes in. There are multiple detox pathways within every system of the body to help flush out unwanted toxins such as the kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, skin, lymphatic system, liver and the lungs. Every system of the human body either directly performs a detoxification function or supports the process of detoxification.
Toxins can be found in the air, water, clothing, medicine, food, cleaning/hygiene and beauty products; some toxins are even produced within the body. Heavy metals, pesticides and radiological waste can seep into water and food supplies from manufacturing plants and agricultural sites. Many everyday home products are produced with toxic ingredients that can affect hormones and cells.
Exposure to bacteria, mold and viruses cause infections. These infections are often treated successfully with medications or supplements; however, when the microbes die within the body, they produce toxic by-products called endotoxins (bacterial), exotoxins (living bacteria), and mycotoxins (mold/fungi). These toxins can be the cause of the worst symptoms of diseases such as Lyme, Babesia, Borellia, Toxic Mold Illness, Epstein Barr Virus, etc. This effect is referred to as "die-off" or a "Herxheimer Reaction."
Emotional toxicity is an underrated form of toxicity. Emotions are chemical reactions within the brain, many of which are substances that are required for other cellular functions that deal with digestion, hormone regulation, immune responses and more. If there is a chronic imbalance of chemicals being created or depleted due to severe emotions such as depression or anger, it can manifest into physical disease. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a prime and extreme example of emotional toxicity. The constant heightened stress response causes a cascade of reactions in the brain spiraling down into the rest of the body. Certain areas in the brain lose circulation and go dormant, while inflammation from stress appears in muscles, bones, the GI tract, etc. Research shows that people with PTSD are at an increased risk of being diagnosed with autoimmune and cardiac diseases.
Today’s environment and lifestyles are inundated with such high levels of toxins, both physical and stress-related, that the detoxification organs can't "keep up" in the metabolizing process from these constant exposures. The toxins continue to build up at a rate too fast for the organs to metabolize and push towards excretion pathways. The toxins are simply "tagged" as waste and pushed into fat, muscle and other tissues for storage. As exposures continue to flood the system, symptoms of toxicity occur, which include: fatigue, painful joints and muscles, constipation, headaches/migraines, brain fog, decrease in cognition, skin and gut problems, hormone imbalances, mood wings and decreased immunity.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help boost the body's detoxification process. When the body is under pressure, it's receiving more bio-available oxygen. All of that incoming oxygen and pressure helps push toxins out of tissues and towards detox pathways. Most will be passed through the kidneys and output as urine (which is why we always encourage staying very hydrated after a session), but some will find their way out through the skin as sweat and through the GI tract as stool. Hyperbaric therapy is proving to be an excellent modality for emotional toxicity disorders like depression, anxiety disorders and PTSD. Research is showing that by bringing more oxygen to the brain, areas that have gone dormant are essentially being repaired. Neurotransmitters, synapses and hormones can be re-balanced, which can alleviate many of the symptoms of these disorders. Hyperbarics has also been clinically shown to help calm the autonomic nervous system. When the body is in a chronic state of stress, it goes into what is called "sympathetic dominance," also called "fight or flight" mode. This means that the nervous system is sending S.O.S. messages to every system of the body that it's in a desperate fight for life, so it will slow down digestion, detoxification, immunity, sleep cycles and other important functions and instead prioritize functions associated with short-term survival, such as adrenaline and cortisol production. This chronic imbalance will cause dysfunction and inflammation within the body. Time spent in the hyperbaric chamber can help bring the nervous system back to a parasympathetic response, which gives the body permission to rest, digest, detoxify, re-balance and heal.
Cyanide and carbon monoxide, which are often found in fire victims, are toxic gases emitted from fires. Cyanide and carbon monoxide have similar molecular structure. Cyanide binds to the enzyme cytochrome oxidase a, a3 similar to carbon monoxide, thus blocking the mitochondrial respiration chain causing depletion of adenosine triphosphate. Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) is recommended for treating carbon monoxide poisoning. The therapeutic effect is due to a high oxygen pressure removing carbon monoxide from the cells. We hypothesise that HBO2 induces changes in whole-blood-cyanide by a competitive mechanism forcing cyanide out of cellular tissues. A rat model was developed to study this effect. Female Sprague Dawley rats were anesthetized with a fentanyl + fluanizone combination and midazolam given subcutaneously (s.c.). Rats were poisoned with 5.4 mg/kg KCN injected intra-peritoneally in Group 1 and intra-arterially in Group 2. Blood samples were taken immediately after poisoning, and at one and a half, three and five hours. Blood was drawn from a jugular vein in Group 1 and from a femoral artery in Group 2. Group 1 rats were divided into a control group of 12 rats without HBO2, 10 rats had acute HBO2 immediately after poisoning and a group of 10 rats had HBO2 one and a half hours after poisoning. Group 2 rats were divided into a control group and an acute HBO2 group, with 10 rats in both groups. Whole-blood-cyanide concentrations were measured using the Conway method based on diffusion and the subsequent formation of cyanocobalamin measured by a spectrophotometer. Results showed that whole-blood-cyanide concentration in Group 1 controls and acute HBO2 initially rose and then fell towards zero. In rats treated with delayed HBO2, the reduction in whole-blood-cyanide concentration was significantly less as compared to controls and acute HBO2-treated rats. Group 2 controls whole-blood-cyanide concentration decreased towards zero throughout the observation period. However, in Group 2 acute HBO2-treated rats a secondary rise in whole-blood-cyanide was observed. The study indicates that HBO2 can move cyanide from tissue to blood. These findings may be of clinical importance, as combined HBO2 and antidote treatment, may accelerate detoxification.
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Hyperbaric oxygenation in the treatment of patients with drug addiction, narcotic addiction and alcoholism in the post-intoxication and abstinence periods.
Hyperbaric oxygenation was used in the treatment of 340 patients with narcomania, toxicomania, and alcoholism in the post-intoxication and abstinence periods; 223 of these were alcoholics, 68 toxicomaniacs, and 49 opium narcomaniacs. A group of 185 patients administered drug therapy alone were controls. Exposure to hyperbaric oxygenation had a favorable effect on the patient's status during sessions and persisted for some time after them. Patients with different premorbid symptoms and initial status experienced tranquilizing or bioenergizing effects of hyperbaric oxygen. A comparative clinical and psychopathological examination of patients in both groups showed accelerated reduction of psychoneurological and somatovegetative disorders, this bringing about an approximately twofold decrease of treatment duration and preventing the development of complications. The parameters of central hemodynamics normalized and myocardial status improved, which helped prevent the development of cardiovascular decompensation. Such a favorable time course of events appears to be due to the antihypoxic detoxifying and bioenergetic effects of hyperbaric oxygen.
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