Approve Hyperbaric Oxygen for Off-Label Conditions (CP, Autism, TBI, PTSD, etc.)
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Hi! My name is Christian Huber, and I have mild cerebral palsy. I am 19 years old, and I have written a petition! Would you please take the time to read, sign, and share it if you support it? It would help me, and so many others with brain injuries! :)
Agreement in Which Petition Signer Abides By:
If you sign this petition, you agree:
- That the FDA should approve hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for individuals with cerebral palsy and other off-label conditions
- That insurance companies should pay for unlimited amounts of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) sessions so that patients living with off-label conditions can completely heal and receive all treatments free of charge
UPDATE - (10/27/2018):
Just to clear up any confusion, I wanted to clarify that although my petition was mysteriously shut down, I reopened it and it is now able to accept more signatures. I edited my update from 10/25/2018 (shown below) so that it is easy to understand, now.
Please continue to share this petition with everyone you know so that we can help those with disabilities who would benefit from this amazing treatment! :)
Update - (10/25/2018):
Hello, everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful fall weather that we have outside today!
I just wanted to let you all know that I posted a new update shown below (from 10/23/2018), so if you have time you can check it out. It is regarding an article published by NBC News that spreads falsehoods about alternative therapies, including hyperbaric oxygen. The article should give us more reason to spread this petition to others so that we can get more signatures, and eventually deliver it to the FDA!
Also, I just logged onto my account today, and I saw that my petition was shut down, or "closed" as Change.org says. I read that this might be because petitions are set to remain active for 1 year and then automatically shut down. However, I never received an email from Change.org saying that this was going to happen, so I was surprised. Considering that there was a news article published two days ago that bashed HBOT and other treatments, my suspicion is that my petition was shut down because someone thought HBOT was an "unproven" treatment that shouldn't be supported. As I previously stated, this is more reason for us to rally support for this cause, and create effectual change.
Because I reopened the petition and it is now accepting more signatures, please share this petition with everyone you know so that people with disabilities (like myself) can get the treatment they deserve!
Update - (10/23/2018):
I just saw this article published by NBC News about an hour ago. The author wrote about how people are using crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe to "...funnel millions to bogus treatments." Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was listed in the article as one of them. It is such a shame that the author is promoting such falsehoods when there are studies and testimonials that indicate, for example, HBOT and stem cells' effectiveness, respectively. :(
Update - (10/29/2017):
Eden Carlson and her family were featured on Megyn Kelly Today for her miraculous almost complete reversal of brain damage! :) Please, FDA, approve this treatment for little girls like Eden!
To see the show segment, click this link: https://www.today.com/video/meet-the-mom-whose-toddler-recovered-from-near-fatal-drowning-1064219715625
To view Eden Carlson's case report published by Dr. Paul G. Harch, one of the leading experts in hyperbaric oxygen therapy, click this link: http://www.medgasres.com/article.asp?issn=2045-9912;year=2017;volume=7;issue=2;spage=144;epage=149;aulast=Harch
To donate to the Eden Fund, click this link: http://www.hyperbaricmedicalfoundation.org/the-eden-fund
To join the "Eden's Miracles" public Facebook group, click this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EdensMiracles/
To view the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation's Facebook page, click this link: https://www.facebook.com/hyperbaricmedicalfoundation/ (This is the company that sponsors the "Eden Fund" initiative).
In the segment, Megyn Kelly mentioned that Duke University is studying hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Taking into account what NBC Medical Contributor Dr. Natalie Azar said regarding HBOT research, I'm looking forward to seeing the results of (hopefully!) a randomized, double-blind controlled trial from Duke University supporting the use of HBOT in brain injury. Although, it's not really necessary for them to study this therapy more since there are "...1000+ articles of HBOT efficacy in 50+ peer reviewed journals" (David Freels). But, if yet another study is what it takes for the FDA to approve HBOT, I'm all for it!
Resource Used for this Update:
Part 1 of Description (My Story):
“I have officially diagnosed your son with mild cerebral palsy,” said the doctor. At that very moment, my life changed, and so did my parents’ lives. Because I shared my mother’s womb with my identical twin who died, I was born two months prematurely on October 8, 1999. As a result, my lungs weren’t fully developed, and I didn’t take one necessary breath when I was supposed to, and my brain suffered because of that loss of oxygen. My parents were unaware at that moment of how important that one breath of oxygen would be to my developing brain, and they would have no idea how it would affect me in the future. Although mild, my cerebral palsy is a life-altering developmental disability that has affected me since the day I was born.
Fast forward 18 years from the day I was born, and my brain still hasn’t changed. I still need assistance with skills that are considered to be easy to other people, such as finding something in the house, getting a knot out of my shoe, or doing any other life skill or activity that you could think of. I currently take occupational therapy (OT) to work on those skills, and activities such as cooking corn muffins and making orzo salad. One of my occupational therapists actually showed me how to wash my mom’s car, since that counts as a life skill, too! He even said to me one time: “Everything’s OT,” meaning that every life skill I do, whether it’s washing a car or making a meal, is considered a part of occupational therapy. In addition to taking occupational therapy, I also currently take physical therapy so that I can loosen and strengthen my spastic leg muscles, improve my balance and coordination, run around the neighborhood, play basketball, and jump rope. Even though these therapies are fun, sometimes I think that they aren't really helping, since I still wake up each morning with tight muscles and a brain that doesn't always work the way it should.
Now that I am getting older, however, I am entering the transition phase from high school to college and the workplace. As a result, in two years I will no longer be in school with occupational and physical therapy. Although my parents love me very much, I can feel tension and the sense of urgency between my parents and I. My dad sometimes mentions my age when I can’t do something by saying: “You’re 17 years old, you should know how to do this by now!” I feel as if he sometimes doesn’t know how to take a deep breath, and calmly explain to me how to do something in a step by step way. My mom is also getting nervous about my lack of life skills, despite my academic abilities. She said to me just recently, “We are going to stay at home and work on life skills all summer.” I would love to work on life skills all summer, but I need to heal my brain so that I can learn and grasp life skills quickly and easily. Before I can pursue a neurological healing journey, however, I need the FDA to approve a treatment that has been proven to work: hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and I need all of you to sign my petition.
References (Part 1):
 Surabian SR. Developmental disabilities: epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and autism. Journal of the California Dental Association. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11484298 Published June 29, 2001. Accessed March 15, 2017.
 TBI Therapy – Colorado Center for Hyperbaric Medicine. Colorado Center for Hyperbaric Medicine. http://www.cohyperbarics.com/tbi-therapy/ Accessed March 15, 2017.
Part 2 of Description (Collet Study Fraud):
Another reason why I created this petition was so that the Collet Study could be publicized as a fraud. Read more about it below:
Even though medical professionals say that cerebral palsy is incurable, other doctors and medical centers claim that the contrary is true. One website that I visited, Colorado Hyperbarics Center, had an especially intriguing quote on it; one that made me just a tad bit angry inside. It said: “If HBOT could be delivered at the time of the initial insult, much of the damage could be minimized. Unfortunately, clinical practice has not yet caught up to science and so it is extremely rare for a baby to receive HBOT at the time of a suspected birth injury.” The oxygen clinic also mentioned how virtually every abnormality that cerebral palsy is known for can be reversed, and how “It is no longer a question of whether HBOT is effective for CP, but whether a child has access to and reimbursement for HBOT.”
The information in that quote is very powerful, however some HBOT skeptics will do everything they can to disprove this treatment, including citing the famous randomized, double-blind study published in the Lancet in 2001 by Dr. Jean Paul Collet. Critics of the treatment say that because the official interpretation of the study claims that HBOT did not improve the condition of children with CP, HBOT should not be considered a viable treatment for cerebral palsy. However, Drs. Paul Harch, Michael Uszler and Pierre Marois all presented the facts about HBOT when they testified in court on August 9, 2006. The "petitioner" in the court case wanted Georgia Medicaid to reimburse him for treatments. Despite opposition, the testimonies of Drs. Harch, Uszler, and Marois all provided sufficient evidence to prove that HBOT can treat CP, and the judge ruled in favor of the petitioner. Georgia Medicaid is now required to reimburse in such cases. Read more about the court case in citation .
One of the “principal co-authors” in the study, Dr. Pierre Marois, indicated during the court case mentioned above that Collet did not follow the recommended protocol for the study. This is because Collet did not include a control group (a group that did not receive treatment), along with the one group that received HBOT 1.75 times normal pressure at sea level, and another group that received air at 1.3 times normal pressure. Dr. Marois said that the physicians involved in the study knew that “…the improvements measured in this study were more impressive than all those measured with recognized therapies. Experience taught us there had never been that level of improvement in CP children prior to the study and it was dishonest to conclude it was attributable solely to a participation effect.” 
Dr. Marois eventually goes on to say that even though he and other physicians involved in this study wanted to interpret the results of the study, “…Collet who had no knowledge or experience with HBOT or CP decided to interpret the results by himself. His conclusion was that the improvement was a placebo effect, an ironic finding since there was no true placebo group.” Dr. Marois says that “there was a big dispute over his interpretation of the results.” Dr. Collet, despite having a dispute with his colleagues, decided to send the article to the Lancet for publication, as long as all references to the word placebo were removed.
Even after all the above evidence was provided in court to confirm Collet’s medical fraud, Dr. Marois drops a bombshell by saying: “Even when the article was published, Collet and the FRSQ, in the official governmental communiqués, falsified the title and the conclusion of the article to make everyone believe that the results of the study showed that the improvements were secondary to placebo effect. In fact, we have all the evidence to show that the improvements were the effect of both treatments administered with lower pressures.”  Wow. This just proves that hyperbaric oxygen works, and the critics of this therapy need to stop citing this fraudulent study to support their views.
Aside from the court case, Dr. Collet has expressed during his speech at the International Conference on Cerebral Palsy in Quebec City, Canada on May 2, 2003 that (extra words such as “is” are removed for clarity): "...the hyperbaric center is in fact not a good practice because there was no regulation, and I wanted to prevent them to practice.”  Why does everyone believe that Collet’s study is credible, when he himself admitted that his primary goal during this study was to prevent hyperbaric oxygen clinics from practicing?
In conclusion, the evidence above from the Colorado Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Dr. Pierre Marois all prove that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is effective for the treatment of cerebral palsy. It can also treat many conditions, including: autism, migraines, cancer, dementia, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, and more. I, and others need to experience the healing benefits of this scientifically proven treatment! Let’s rally together in support of this therapy so that the FDA can approve hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the treatment of cerebral palsy and other off-label conditions! Also, let's demand that Dr. Collet edit his fraudulent study to promote the truth about hyperbaric oxygen and cerebral palsy (CP)!
References (Part 2):
 Cure. cerebralpalsy.org. http://www.cerebralpalsy.org/about-cerebral-palsy/cure Accessed March 15, 2017.
 TBI Therapy – Colorado Center for Hyperbaric Medicine. Colorado Center for Hyperbaric Medicine. http://www.cohyperbarics.com/tbi-therapy/ Accessed March 15, 2017.
: "Collet / FRSQ case of medical fraud against children with Cerebral Palsy." Collet / FRSQ case of medical fraud against children with Cerebral Palsy. Quebec Association of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2017.
: "Direct Testimony of Pierre Marois, M.D." Quebec Association of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Quebec Association of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2017.
: Collet, Dr. Jean-Paul. "May 2nd, 2003 - Transcripts from Jean-Paul Collet's talk in Quebec." Quebec Association of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Quebec Association of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, 2 May 2003. Web. 10 Apr. 2017.
After reading Parts 1 and 2 of my Description, please see below for external resources relating to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Conditions for HBOT (long list that I found!): https://oxfordhbot.com/treatment-indications/
Collet Study Fraud from the Quebec Association of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: http://www.therapiehyperbare.com/en/index_en.html
Georgia Medicaid Court Decision (in which father David Freels and his brain-injured son got reimbursed for HBOT treatment): http://davidfreels.com/pdfs/files/GeorgiaMedicaidDecision.pdf
Direct Testimony of Pierre Marois, M.D during Georgia Medicaid Court Decision: http://www.therapiehyperbare.com/images/hyperbare/2006-06_georgia_medicaid_dr_marois.PDF
David Freels (father of son with brain injury who was reimbursed by Medicaid for HBOT): http://davidfreels.com/
Medicaid for Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBOT) Yahoo Group: https://beta.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/medicaidforhbot/info?referrer=StemCells
Mums National Parent-to-Parent Network (HBOT advocacy group): http://www.mums-network.org/index.htm
Chamber of Hope providing free HBOT in Florida to families: http://cpfamilynetwork.org/resource-tag/free-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy/ AND http://cpfamilynetwork.org/resources/chamber-of-hope-charity-providing-free-hyperbaric-center-for-children-inc-florida/
Nano-devices that cross blood-brain barrier open door to treatment of cerebral palsy, other neurologic disorders (scientific study): https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120423104015.htm (Oxygen could be placed inside these dendrimers to cross blood brain barrier as an alternative to hyperbaric oxygen and ozone therapy)
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