When someone has an autoimmune disease, their immune system attacks their body (organs, joints, and skin) with proteins called autoantibodies, thinking it’s attacking foreign bodies like germs and bacteria. When the immune system attacks it’s own body; this will result in inflammation resulting in symptoms such as muscular aches, joint pains, fatigue, hair loss, skin rashes, and tingling and numbness in the hands and feet.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help treat many conditions, such as, but not limited too, decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, foot ulcers, diabetes, gas gangrene, bells palsy, traumatic brain injury, and hay fever. But did you know it can also help people with an autoimmune disease?
Here is how hyperbaric oxygen treatments can help. HBOT is a powerful tool that reduces inflammation, pain, kills infections and repairs damaged tissues– which is extremely important for someone with an autoimmune disease. By increasing the levels of oxygen within our bloodstream, the oxygen is then distributed to the blood plasma helping to reduce inflammation and pain. This increased oxygen supply will then enhance the function of the white blood cells called leukocytes and promote the growth of new blood vessels. These white blood cells are significant team members in the body’s immune response. The increase in oxygen will stimulate the production of further white blood cells, helping to fight infections and remove bacteria and debris from the body. The growth of new blood vessels will help repair damaged tissue caused by the autoimmune disease that attacked the bodies tissues, by allowing the oxygen-rich blood to reach the areas of damage offering higher productivity, and presenting the cells and tissues with the oxygen needed for restoration.
According to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association (aarda.org), approximately 50 million Americans, 20 percent of the population or one in five people, suffer from autoimmune diseases, with women more likely than men to be affected.
Below is a list of fourteen well-known autoimmune diseases:
- Type 1. Diabetes: The immune system attacks and destroys insulin in the pancreas.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: The immune system attacks the joints.
- Psoriasis/Psoriatic arthritis: The immune system attacks the skin cells.
- Multiple sclerosis: The immune attacks the protective coating that protects the nerve cells.
- Lupus: The immune system attacks the joints, kidney, brain, and heart.
- Inflammatory bowel disease: The immune system attacks the lining of the intestines.
- Addison disease: The immune system attacks the adrenal glands.
- Graves disease: The immune system attacks the thyroid gland.
- Sjögren’s syndrome. The immune system attacks the joints, as well as the glands that provide lubrication to the eyes and mouth.
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: The immune system attacks the thyroid hormone production.
- Myasthenia gravis: The immune system attacks the nerves that help the brain control the muscles.
- Vasculitis: The immune system attacks the blood vessels.
- Pernicious anemia: The immune system attacks a protein called intrinsic factor that helps the intestines absorb vitamin B-12 from food, preventing the body from producing needed red blood cells.
- Celiac disease: When gluten is in the intestines, the immune system will attack it and cause inflammation.
If you’ve been medically diagnosed with having an autoimmune disease and would like to learn more about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, and you live in the Los Angeles or London area, please contact me for a free consultation.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in Neurofeedback Therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they have always dreamed. For more information please visit www.EustacheInstitute.com. You can also find Dr. Elena Eustache on Instagram and Facebook.