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Patient Education Seminar
On April 18th, 2013, the Stony Brook Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center will host a Patient Education Seminar on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy with guest speaker Dr. Henry Prince. This seminar will be held at the MS Comprehensive Care Center at 179 Belle Mead Road in East Setauket, NY. Light refreshments served. Call 631-444-2694 for registration or more information.
I am the mother of an 11 year old boy who loves to dance, sing, act, swim, and surf. My son is “the Mayor”, a social boy who simply must meet and greet every person who crosses his path. He is special. He has autism.
The Mayor was diagnosed on a bitter January day at the age of 22 months and immediately whisked into 20+ hours per week of ABA and speech therapy. The day he boarded a mini bus to begin an autism day program…still only two years old… I couldn’t wrap my mind around the sight of this baby on a school bus. By three, he’d begun treatment with autism specialists, including an allergist, chiropractor, and nutritionist. He also began the strict diet he maintains today. And time moved on.
Along the way, no holistic stone was left unturned…including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. It appealed to us because we were looking for safe, non-toxic therapies. And while we’d never judge another parent for their personal choices, my husband and I were more comfortable with a no drug protocol. We could accept potentially slower progress, but not potentially harmful drug side-effects or long-term damage.
The Mayor did 50+ “dives”. He watched the same video for each dive. I can recite it by heart. The time in the chamber was relaxing. I imagined him healing with every breath he took. I envisioned new pathways being forged in his brain, almost willing the affected portions of his brain to regenerate. I was so hopeful. Maybe too hopeful. It sounded too good to be true.
Will we see results? How long will it take?
I vividly remember when I first saw the results. It was after the fourth session when we were in the car on the way to the 5th dive. Up until then, my essentially non-verbal son was never able string more than 2 words together. If he wanted the car window lowered, it was “Window down.”
But on that drive with just him and me in the car, it happened. “Mom, can you put the window down please?” (Yes, I nearly drove off the road in shock).
There you go. From utterances of 2 words to 8 words. In only four dives. And that was just the beginning.
The Mayor has retained all of his gains from HBOT. The verbal explosion alone would have been worth it, but he also seemed to focus better in school and to do increasingly harder work. For us, it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.
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Have you done HBOT for autism? If so, what was your experience? If not, are you considering doing it?
Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD have been said to be the “silent killer” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of those who have served us so bravely are going undiagnosed of having a traumatic brain injury from, in many cases, their multiple tours of duty. Now these heroes are living day to day with great discomfort, often unable to live a normal life, affecting not only themselves but their friends, families and colleagues. This is an ongoing tragedy that is now taking 22 vets each day to suicide, according to the VA. Thankfully, there are many out there advocating for these soldiers and while more still needs to be done, word is spreading about the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Studies are being done across the country and there are countless stories from soldiers and their families about how HBO Therapy has significantly improved their lives. This video is an example of both. As a country, it is our duty to care for our soldiers both during and after their active service and studies like this one pending in Oklahoma are working to meet that responsibility.
To learn more, see our Traumatic Brain Injury page and call 516-762-8832 to speak with our medical staff.
Hyperbaric Medical Solutions was a proud sponsor of the Cure MS Foundation of New York‘s Candelight Gala at Villa Lombardi’s. We had a wonderful evening and want to thank the Lombardi Family and Cure MS Foundation for running a fantastic event.
Cure MS Foundation of New York is hosting its 3rd annual Candlelight Gala to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research at Stony Brook University. Hyperbaric Medical Solutions is proud to be co-sponsoring a study with CureMS and Stony Brook University Medical Center on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as a treatment for Multiple Sclerosis. HMS’ Medical Director, Dr. Henry Prince, will be speaking at this year’s gala at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook, NY. Visit curemsfoundationofny.org or call 631-471-6609 for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.
Long Island’s Hyperbaric Medical Solutions is the perfect facility for celebrities to consider when seeking out the healing benefits of HBOT. We are the only private HBOT facility in Suffolk County and are one of only two in Nassau County. So we are convenient for celebrities in New York City and Southampton or on location anywhere on Long Island.
Celebrities seeking HBOT can dodge the paparazzi in our comfortable state-of-the-art facilities, off the beaten path in Medford or in Woodbury. No sterile hospital to navigate through with us! Just compassionate health care professionals who promise not to gawk at your celebrity while treating you.
Our facilities are small enough to feel personal, yet large enough to allow us to afford celebrities HBOT in seclusion from any of their adoring fans who may also be our valued patients. At HMS, the privacy of all patients is a priority.
Just this week, Tracy Morgan told Howard Stern that he’s a fan of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for healing. (Thanks for helping raise public awareness of HBOT, Tracy!) For a list of the 40+ conditions we treat with HBOT, click here: http://bit.ly/QPH7Zz
So, we’ll just tell the celebrities out there who may need HBOT while in New York or on Long Island…have “your people” call “our people”.
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For celebrities: What is the most important thing you look for in a HBOT facility?
For non-celebrities: How would you react if you ever saw a celebrity in your HBOT facility?
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Many of us take the durability of our feet for granted. We push them to the extreme and hope they will feel better by morning. But what if they don’t? What happens when that sore on your foot doesn’t go away…or gets worse?
Diabetics are especially prone to foot ulcers, which left untreated, may lead to worsening infection, gangrene, and even amputation. Aside from the physical and emotional trauma of losing one’s toes or a foot, an amputation may significantly and permanently impact the life and mobility of the patient.
At Hyperbaric Medical Solutions, we help treat foot ulcers every day. HBOT delivers pure oxygen under pressure to the tissues around the wound… in far greater concentration than you can breathe in otherwise…to help with healing. It is so rewarding to see toes and feet saved from amputation.
Unfortunately, the positive impact HBO-therapy may have in the healing of diabetic foot ulcers is not yet widely recognized by the public. Consequently, amputations which may have been avoided still occur.
HMS nurse, Janice Reilly, RN, ACHRN, CWS, has some great advice for diabetics. “A diabetic should never cut their own toe nails. They may have visual acuity problems and neuropathy. Some of them do not even know if they have a foot problem because of loss of sensation. Proper foot care, and nail cutting are all part of healthy prevention of wounds.” Janice said. She also offers this helpful tip: “Checking their feet every night to see if there is any redness also is a simple process. I tell them to put a large mirror under their bed and take off their shoes and socks and look in the mirror for any redness etc. Any changes in the foot are a problem that should be addressed by their podiatrist early on”.
If you or a loved one suffers from diabetes, or has any wound that is not healing with conventional medical treatments, like antibiotics, please give HMS a call to see if HBOT might help. We’re conveniently located in Medford and Woodbury.
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Would you consider HBOT for a wound that wasn’t healing? Did you know it was a therapy option before reading this post?
Are you tired of making the same old New Year’s resolutions each year, only to find yourself failing before January is even over? Are you really going to make the same vague “lose weight” or “quit smoking” promises in an effort to feel better?
Why not try something different? Something relatively easy. Something without the dangerous side effects of many medications. Something generally comfortable and pain-free.
At Hyperbaric Medical Solutions (HMS), we use pure oxygen, under pressure, to help treat 40+ different medical conditions, diseases and ailments including cancer, stroke, autism, diabetic ulcers, Alzheimer’s disease, and gastrointestinal problems. The complete list of conditions is available here: http://bit.ly/QPH7Zz.
Treatment for many of these conditions is covered by insurance. However, HMS is committed to working out financial arrangements whenever possible with patients without insurance coverage for HBO-therapy. So if you are suffering, please call either the Medford or Woodbury offices for a consultation.
Running a 5K is one way to fitness and good health. But we can’t all do that. In fact, many of us shouldn’t try. Even walking can be a challenge for people with certain medical conditions or who are injured, overweight, or in chronic pain. HBOT may be the answer for those who need to start on the road to wellness in a simple way.
HBOT is something virtually everyone can do to help improve many ailments… because all you do is breathe. Just lay there in a clear, comfortable, climate-controlled HBOT chamber and breathe in the pure oxygen. Saturate your cells and tissues with oxygen while watching your preferred TV show or movie, your head resting on a fluffy pillow. Or just drift off to sleep.
Does this sound like a New Year’s resolution that you could keep?
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What New Year’s resolution did you make this year?
Hyperbaric Medical Solutions uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to treat over 40 medical diseases and ailments http://bit.ly/QPH7Zz , including cancer, stroke, autism, and diabetes to name only a few of the unpreventable conditions.
We treat preventable conditions, too. As New Year’s Eve approaches with its often wanton partying and reckless driving, we’d like to focus on some of the preventable conditions we treat.
While we’ve all grown up hearing that “friends don’t let friend drive drunk”, and we know about organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) or Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the reality is that every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.*
Fortunately, not everybody dies in those crashes, but the stories of the survivors’ long roads to recovery are often untold. We at HMS know this all too well because we help the survivors attempt to regain their lives.
Some of the conditions we help treat for victims of car accidents include traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), crush injuries, thermal burns, spinal cord injuries and post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). By delivering pure oxygen, under pressure, HBO-therapy can help heal damaged tissue. If you or someone you know is suffering lingering effects from a car accident, please call us to discuss whether hyperbarics might help.
Thankfully, Hyperbaric Medical Solutions has the technology to help heal many of those severely injured by drunk drivers. Please don’t make us use it. Let’s prevent these tragedies.
Don’t drive drunk this New Year’s Eve, or any eve.
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Has your life been affected by a drunk driver? Will you share this information with friends and family to help prevent a tragedy?
* National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2012
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Hyperbaric Medical Solutions provides HBO-therapy for many special needs patients and, knowing them, their parents, and their caregivers as well as we do, we’d like to share some tips for buying gifts for people with special needs.
Special consideration should be taken when shopping for special needs children with autism, cerebral palsy, or other conditions which present developmental or physical challenges. (And the same idea applies for adults with special needs or those whose abilities have been affected by conditions such as stroke or traumatic brain injury).
The best gift will be one that addresses the person’s wants and needs.
Here is a handy checklist for shopping for those with special needs:
1. Always consult with the person, or their parent or caregiver, before buying a gift.
2. Do they need any special equipment to help them communicate or learn or move more easily? There are a full range of tablets from VTech to iPads with programs and apps to educate, entertain, or help with speech development and social skills. For more information on popular apps this holiday season, check out iTaalk http://www.facebook.com/iTaalk
3. Consider a gift card to a place or activity tailored to those with special needs. There are swim or music lessons, dance or karate classes, and sensory-sensitive movie showings. Contact the school district’s Special Ed. P.T.A (SEPTA) for a list of local businesses that reach out to those special needs. For movie information, call your local AMC movie theater.
4. Many HMS patients use other non-traditional or holistic therapies, in addition to hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Consider a gift card to a local Wellness Center or practitioner that offers holistic services such as nutritional support, NAET (allergy elimination therapy), chiropractic care, chelation, brain core therapy. For a list of HMS partners who provide these and other related services, please click here: http://hyperbaricmedicalsolutions.com/about-hms-partners/.
5. If shopping for a toy for a special needs child, do not assume they will like (or even be able to play with) a toy meant for a “typical” child of their age. While the special needs child may be far behind developmentally in some cases, they can also be far advanced in others. Small building block toys may be hard to hold for those with fine motor issues, sports equipment may be inappropriate for those with gross motor challenges and loud or blinking toys may be loathed by children who are hypersensitive to noise or light. And very importantly, foam dart guns and other such toys which require an understanding of the concept of danger should be avoided. (Many special needs children struggle with an inability to recognize and heed danger.)
6. If shopping for clothes for a special needs child, don’t buy anything stiff or frilly without checking with the parent. Even if it’s calling your name, walk past that itchy pink ballet tutu. Many special needs children are sensitive to how clothes feel. Soft, comfortable cotton is the safest bet.
7. Accept the recommendation or request of the parent without judgment. If their 15 year old wants a new Barney video, buy it. It’s about making the child happy.
By following these suggestions, your gift will hit the mark every time!
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Is there a special needs person on your list this year? Did any of these tips help you shop for the perfect gift? Do you have any other tips to add?
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