Management of Parkinson’s Disease with HBOT
Pesticides exposure, both occupational and in-home, has been associated with Parkinsonism in numerous studies. There is a strong association with organo-chlorines and alkylated phosphates. There has been noted that PD may occur secondary to exposure to other toxins. These include mercury, manganese, lead, copper and iron. Carbon monoxide and carbon tetrachloride poisonings can be etiological agents.
Managing Parkinson’s Disease
A number of underlying mechanisms occur during HBOT. It may act as an anti-inflammatory, or in cases where an underlying infection such as mycoplasma or Lyme disease is present, as an anti-infective agent. HBOT helps to eradicate the infection with the help of other managements such as antibiotics, homeopathics, and herbal medications. In a recently published large study of 64 patients where HBOT managements were utilized, 55 of the cases showed significant improvement. The most favorable outcomes were seen in vascular Parkinson’s Disease with the akinetico-rigid syndrome regressing more than the trembling hyperkinetic syndrome. A second study found HBOT so effective that the need for medication, such as Sinemet was obviated.
HBOT’s anti-inflammatory effects have shown promising results in those suffering with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s sufferers experience a dramatic loss of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that HBOT has been shown to elevate and promote in the human body. 90 percent of patients reported marked improvement after 8-12 sessions, with even better results seen in those suffering from small strokes due to Vascular Parkinsonism
- George Allibone M.D.