Managing Mitochondrial Dysfunction with HBOT
There are up to 3,000 mitochondria within a cell. These are the cellular power plants. These organelles produce our energy through the production of ATP.
Mitochondrial dysfunction may be caused by:
- Environmental toxins such as toxic mold, pesticides and herbicides
- Heavy metal overload
- Chronic bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
- Neurotoxins from lyme, mold, and more
- Chronic inflammation
These agents cause excessive reactive oxygen species that damage the mitochondria. Hormones also play a role, which includes vitamins, minerals and co-factors in mitochondrial function, such as the thyroid hormones. Other hormones that play a similar role include adrenal and growth hormones. Nutritional deficiencies may also play a role. These include vitamins, minerals and co-factors.
Mitochondrial Dysfunction Management
Management consists of correcting deficiencies, removing toxins, intake of antioxidants, and eliminating infections. Secondly, hormone deficiencies must be corrected. Dietary and lifestyle changes are important. Another issue includes supplementing the mitochondria with nutrients, substrates and cofactors required for the citric acid cycle, or the energy cycle. Patients with mitochondrial dysfunction greatly benefit from HBOT. The basis for this is the flooding of tissues with oxygen, aiding the detoxification process by optimizing liver function and aiding in the management and elimination of chronic underlying infections.
- George Allibone M.D.