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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?
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.
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?
Photo credit: “Red Carpet Leading With Waiting Limousine” by David Castillo Dominici http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/Cars_Buses_and_Truck_g71-Red_Carpet_Leading_With_Waiting_Limousine_p67417.html
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 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?
Photo credit: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/search.php?search=shopping&cat=&page=3&gid_search=&photogid=0
Life is busy, especially around this time of year. People are working multiple jobs and shuttling over-scheduled children to activities. The leisurely visits with friends over coffee and cake have been replaced with a ten minute scan of the Facebook newsfeed. In this frenzy, the sick and disabled…and their caregivers…are often overlooked. It’s not intentional. But that doesn’t make it hurt any less.
People facing challenges often feel more depressed during the holidays, especially if they are isolated and see others enjoying the holiday spirit. You don’t need to tell them that your plans don’t include them. Facebook does it for you.
Many of our patients at Hyperbaric Medical Solutions have great holiday spirit, in part, because they may be feeling the healing benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and have great hope for the coming New Year. Others may feel overwhelmed by the challenges of their condition or disease.
If you’d like to be part of the solution, here are:
3 Tips on Giving the Gift of Your Time:
1. Do you know of a caregiver to a HBO-therapy patient? If so, why not offer to come along to one of the treatment sessions? Your uninterrupted conversation while her loved one is safely relaxing in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber could be just what your friend needs to get through the rest of the week. Plus, you could witness the fascinating world of HBOT up close and personal!
2. Do you know of a parent of a special needs child? If so, nothing is more welcome than a chance to get out to the toy store to shop for an hour or two… or just get out of the house… without the kids. Did you know that many special needs parents can’t afford babysitting or don’t have someone they can trust with their special needs child (whose condition may demand constant vigilance and attention)? Whether you can be that babysitter… or can even just lend an ear over coffee and cake… your visit could help.
3. Do you know any wounded warriors? Many of our HBOT patients are veterans or active military service members, suffering from combat-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We see how many of these soldiers struggle with their conditions and feelings of isolation. Why not stop by your local veteran’s home or hospital with a plateful of home-made holiday cookies and a smile? On Long Island, we have one in Stony Brook http://www.listateveteranshome.org/ . Or contact the Wounded Warrior Project at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ or Team Red White and Blue (Team RWB) at http://teamrwb.org/ for suggestions on how you can help brighten a wounded soldier’s holiday.
Charity doesn’t have to cost money. In tough economic times, the heart may be willing but the wallet may not be. Could the gift of your time…one hour…make a difference in someone’s life? (It could make a difference in your life, too!)
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Do you have plans to spend time brightening up the holidays for someone? Any other ideas or suggestions of worthy projects? Please share your “feel good” story here.
With two offices, in Medford and Woodbury, we are conveniently sandwiched between the glitz of New York City to the west, and the sandy shores of the Hamptons to the east. People love Long Island.
Unfortunately, so do mosquitos. Which means mosquito bites.
Those innocent, itchy bumps that used to be just a minor annoyance of childhood summers catching fireflies, now give us pause for concern. And while the threat of new infection dips temporarily as autumn turns to winter, hbo-therapy… and the video link below… gives hope to those suffering the lingering effects of a recent infection.
The West Nile Virus (WNV) is commonly carried and spread from mosquitoes to humans by way of a mosquito bite. In recent years, this has become an increasing problem on Long Island and elsewhere, with deaths from WNV making headlines each year. Long Islanders have become more vigilant in their use of repellants, long sleeves, and screened enclosures to decrease their chances of infection. But it only takes one bite.
WNV cases are classified as either “neuroinvasive” or “non-neuroinvasive”.
Cases that affect the nervous system are referred to as “neuroinvasive”, and can result in encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis (inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and the spinal cord) or acute flaccid paralysis (inflammation of the spinal cord that may result in sudden weakness of the limbs or breathing muscles). * Neuroinvasive cases can also produce severe symptoms including coma, convulsions, vision loss, paralysis, muscle weakness, high fever, headache, disorientation, and sometimes result in permanent neurological impairment. Alternatively, cases may be “non-neuroinvasive”, which primarily produces “West Nile” fever, but may also include symptoms like headache, nausea, and rash, which may last up to several weeks. Or you may have no symptoms at all.**
CBS News reported that, as of September 25, 2012, there have been 3,545 cases of WNV, and 147 deaths from it, in the United States this year. **
While WNV is not often fatal, it can leave survivors with lingering, life-altering conditions including extreme fatigue, impaired ability to walk or move, and short term memory loss.
The delivery of pure, concentrated oxygen, under pressure, through HBO-therapy may help repair damaged cells.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help WNV in their quest to regain their old lives back. Click this link for the video and story of a WNV survivor who credits HBOT for helping to get her back in motion after WNV: http://bit.ly/Vmd1yd
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Q: Have you or has anyone you know suffered from West Nile Virus? Did HBOT help, if used? Please share your story.
Photo Credit: James Gathany. Image is in the public domain and provided courtesy of CDC http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Anopheles_albimanus_mosquito.jpg
But for people suffering from serious diseases or illness, such as cancer, it may be hard to celebrate. In fact, a recent cancer diagnosis can make it impossible to focus on anything except survival and treatment options.
In the understandable hurry to proceed with a cancer treatment protocol, the idea of fertility preservation may be far from the minds of cancer patients or their families. It’s hard to focus on having children in the future when your immediate concern is survival. Unfortunately, the treatment protocols for some forms of cancer will result in infertility, either due to the removal of cancerous reproductive organs or due to the effects of certain chemotherapy drugs.
But there is hope. It is called fertility preservation. If time allows, a cancer patient may be able to freeze their sperm, eggs, or embryos (fertilized eggs), prior to undergoing cancer treatment, to preserve their option of having a biological child after their cancer crisis has passed.
Fertility preservation services, provided by fertility doctors called Reproductive Endocrinologists, can be costly and are usually not covered by medical insurance, making it inaccessible to many. But that can change with your help.
The Family Act needs your immediate attention and support.
Right now important legislation is pending in both the Senate and the House that seeks to provide over $13,000.00 in tax credit assistance to cover the medical costs associated with fertility preservation for cancer patients.
It will also cover the medical costs for in vitro fertilization (IVF) for people suffering from infertility.
Please click on this link for a short, easy-to-read summary of the benefits of this important legislation. Then act on the easy instructions for how to contact your representatives to show your support. [If you’re in New York, your Senators are Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, but your Representative will differ based on your Congressional district.] All the contact information and links are provided, including the words to use when making contact. http://www.resolve.org/get-involved/about-the-family-act-of-2011-bill.html
Everyone has been touched by cancer in some way. You or someone you know has been affected. Or may be in the future. When the diagnosis comes to someone you love, please remember the fertility preservation option and share it with them (or their parents if a young person is affected).
But for now, there is immediate action you can take to help insure that no one facing a cancer diagnosis will be robbed of their future fertility due to the inability to pay for fertility preservation treatment. Isn’t cancer more than enough for one person to face?
Please act. And please share this information and ask others to act on it. The few minutes you take to call may mean the difference between a cancer survivor being able to be a biological mother or father someday…or not. Thank you.
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What do you think of the Family Act? Did you know about fertility preservation? Do you think you’d consider fertility preservation if faced with cancer?
Photo credit: Peter Griffin http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=4609&picture=capitol-building