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I bought a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

I bought a used Respiro hyperbaric oxygen chamber

Hello everyone,

The Lyme community has long used hyperbaric oxygen to heal from Lyme disease. I am becoming more convinced that this is a very viable option. Not just for Lyme disease, but for healing the body from damage and restoring proper function.

In fact, I picked up a used home hyperbaric chamber last week. If you’ve been following my story, you know of my foot injury and related issues (read the archives of this blog for details). I’ll keep everyone posted on my progress.

If you have made some progress with other methodologies but are not out of the woods yet, I would very much suggest you look into hyperbaric therapy (under the care of a physician, of course). There’s a lot to talk about on this subject, a lot of details and “how to’s” you need to be aware of before starting. Too much for one blog post, but feel free to post any questions you have in the comments section below and I’ll try to point you in the right direction.

A few points you should be aware of:

There are two “camps” in the hyperbaric community. First, those who use high-pressure, hard-shelled, “deep dive” chambers in a clinic setting to treat Lyme disease. These chambers are very powerful, come with some side effects, can’t be used long term due to unwanted effects, are expensive, not generally for home use, etc. These were used a lot 10-20 years ago to treat Lyme disease with mixed results.

The second camp, are those who use what we call “mild” hyperbarics. These are soft-shelled chambers. This is often referred to as mHbot, or “mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy.” This route comes with much fewer side effects, can be used daily, and are safe and relatively affordable for home use. The people in this camp believe that even if you lived close to, and could afford, the hard-shelled powerful chambers, that such a direction wouldn’t be ideal because those chambers can’t be used indefinitely, and the key to attaining long-term results with hyperbarics is doing it daily for a really long time – years. The necessity for long-term use is in agreement with many of the user testimonials for this therapy. Most of the people who got well, or much better, with hyperbarics, used it for 1+ years to attain those results. In fact, one of this therapy’s most vocal advocates, almost returned her chamber after 30 days because she didn’t have any results yet. She was convinced by another user to keep going, and she credits that encouragement with saving her life; she kept going, and at one year, she was almost completely recovered from Lyme disease.

I have personally chose to go with the mild option, for a number of reasons which I stated above and which we’ll continue to explore below.

Another controversy related to hyperbarics is that it “feeds” certain co-infections like Babesia. While I do believe there are credible reports that oxygen therapy can flare Babesia and possibly other infections, I am of the opinion that these flares may not negate the net benefit of hyperbarics and may in fact be nothing more than “Peeling layers off the onion.” In other words, perhaps a “necessary evil.” Though, admittedly the jury is still out on this topic. I will keep everyone posted with my own progress in this area, since Babesia has been an issue of mine. I also plan to use intermittent babesia treatment throughout the process.

Hyperbarics are proven useful for so many different issues that affect Lyme sufferers. It really is a shotgun approach that covers so many bases. It just so happens that it also heals bone infections and non-healing skin wounds, which is what originally attracted me to it for my own foot wound issue that has been ongoing for a number of months. While my foot wound has healed and the skin has closed relatively quickly, my foot continues to bother me and the whole episode triggered a cascade of other systemic symptoms which I’ve written about.

And, it is very desirable because it is natural, non-toxic, non-invasive. It doesn’t introduce powerful herbs and other substances which our bodies have to further deal with. And because it can be done at home on a convenient schedule, it fits into the lifestyle of someone who is busy and can’t take the time off of life to travel for long arduous inconvenient treatments. Myself, having three kids and many responsibilities, it fits into my lifestyle well. I can hop into my chamber at 8:30pm after I put the kids to bed, get out at 10:30pm, and go to sleep. While I’m in the chamber I can work on my laptop, listen to a sermon or podcast, or read.

There’s a lot more to say about this topic and I’m even exploring the idea of publishing a book on it! However, in the meantime, here are some links I suggest you read if you want more information. A book would be great because most of the really helpful information is fragmented and scattered across the internet; we need a central place to store and access information.

Further reading:

http://freeradicalshyperbaric.com/ Website of a woman who got her life back from hyperbarics and is an expert on helping others get started with the therapy. She has been a great help to me.

http://bit.ly/2mZQWyf Selected posts from a Lyme doctor who has written a lot about hyperbarics and has a lot of good info.

http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=125201;p=0&r=actu This is a very long discussion thread on Lymenet, with many Lyme sufferers discussing their use of hyperbarics. If you are serious, I suggest reading the entire thread. It will take a while to read, but you’ll learn a ton.

http://www.oxyhealth.com/respiro-270.html This is the model chamber I purchased. I purchased it used not only to save money, but also because new ones are known to have very intense offgassing issues for a prolonged period of time, and I didn’t want to deal with the toxic smells in my house.

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  • Liat

    Would like to know the price

  • Sharon Parham

    Thanks for this, although I have heard you need to go to a certain depth, (the hard body versions) for it to work, but maybe that’s why you have to do every day for at least a year. And you spend 2 hours in it a day?

  • Bryan Rosner

    Mine was $10K. Yes I know it’s a high price. Some people use loans. In the long run, some have said it actually saves money; if you can get well with it, you can save all the future time and money of buying other treatments, plus if it allows you to go back to work, which it has for many people, then it could pay for itself 🙂

  • Bryan Rosner

    About 15 years ago a lot of people were diving in the hard-shelled high pressure chambers. The consensus seemed to be that you herx like crazy and get temporary results. Most people have switched to using the mild chambers now. Many are getting good results. A few are even completely symptom free. One approach might be to start off in hard shelled chambers for 40 dives, then move to the soft-shelled for maintenance after that. But, generally, if you do the research, there are even many studies that show MORE benefit with soft-shelled chambers. As for me, the nearest hard-shelled clinic is 2 hours away. So 4 hour drive round trip, plus 3 hours in the clinic, is 7 hours total. I can’t do that. Too much time commitment. The soft-shelled chambers are even approved by the FDA for many uses, so they do have benefit. Yes, I go in mine about an hour and a half per day, usually before bed. I can waste time on Facebook just as easily from within the chamber as outside the chamber 🙂 I’ll keep everyone posted…

  • Bryan Rosner

    Also, there are several other companies which make them for much, much less, even as low as $3-5K.

  • Kelly Baker

    What is the brand you purchased Bryan? Why did you chose that one over others?

  • Sharon Parham

    Thanks, I tried the hard body version, (probably 15-20 times) and it was not permanent for getting rid of lyme and super expensive, about $250 per dive. My biggest gains lately are from coffee enemas and maybe CBD oil. I say maybe because of doing different things, also on B White and Beyond Balance herbals.

  • Cash Johnny

    Umm, interesting Bryan that you thought to give it a try…back in 08 I was sold on the HBOT cuz a woman lawyer with Lyme swore by it..but I could barely afford my LLMD…so how would I do that too…..If I remember correctly she did it for a year steady…..to this day….she says it was the “cat’s meow”…..and she’s never looked back again at Lyme…..gee….wouldn’t that be nice for all of us?

  • Bryan Rosner

    I bought a used OxyHealth Respiro. I bought it mainly because most of the people using these who I’ve talked to, also use it. However, I’d definitely be open to trying other brands as well. Since I’m a beginner at this, I just wanted to start with the “known commodity” but after I learn a bit more I may branch out to others. The one I got is a bit small and cramped, I’d love to get a bigger one some day.

  • Noel Campbell

    Medical ozone is a more powerful approach.

    Regards
    professorncampbell@gmail.com

  • Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame

    We used the same person in your first link to get our chamber. My son has been diving daily for almost one year now. He cannot use the mask because it causes intense chest pain, but he has been diving now for 90 minutes over the last 3 months. We have seen some healing, but not nearly what the gal who got us the chamber experienced at this stage, so I am somewhat disappointed.

  • Carolyn Mathews Long

    Bryan, first let me say I am glad to hear you are doing something so positive. Oxygen, in its many forms, seem to be key to restoring body balance. My 20 year old son would not be patient enough to do this, so I have an alternative thought. Have you posted on the benefits of the FIR sauna? He would do that and even seems interested in using it as an adjunctive treatment.

  • Emma

    I read that, by sitting at the beach, one receives similar atmosphere pressure as a mild HBO machine can provide, as beach is low at elevation and therefore have higher atmosphere pressure. What do you think?

  • Bryan Rosner

    Great question Emma. If you live at sea level already, sitting by a beach won’t help you (other than the other effects like ions and relaxation). If you live in the mountains and you visit a beach at sea level, it would help a little bit, but you’d have to do this repeatedly which isn’t practical for most people. It is the repeated CHANGE in elevation that does the work. If you live at sea level, you need to CHANGE to a lower elevation repeatedly — hence the chamber. If you live in the mountains, same thing – you need to CHANGE to lower. Most chambers take you down around 8,000 feet in elevation. So, to be able to do this once a day, is important. If you STAY down all the time — like if you permanently moved from the mountains to the sea … it wouldn’t help the same. It is the repeated CHANGE that does the work. I live at 6500 feet elevation which is very high. I do visit sea level someitmes. But it isn’t as helpful to me as doing the chamber. Plus the chamber is breathing pure oxygen whereas the beach, is not.

  • Robin Morris

    Yes! Major Autohemo therapy brought me to a much higher wellness plateau in conjunction with many other ‘alternative’ therapies and maintenance level antibiotics. However the expense can be prohibitive. I purchased a medical/veterinary ozone generator for insufflations and continue to improve. I notice a decline when I don’t use it. I was late stage neuro/’MS’ including post transfusion Babesiosis…

  • Kat

    Bryan, did you compare this with home ozone? I’m trying to decide which to go with and just curious why you chose the hyberbaric chamber vs ozone.. thank you! 🙂

  • Bryan Rosner

    Hi, yes, i’ve used ozone at home for years — insufflation, bagging, ozonated water, etc. I have even had an ozone IV and done ozone injections into the foot. I’ve done about 4 hyperbaric “dives” so far, and it has helped much more than ozone. I do like ozone. It has it’s place. But hyperbaric is an entirely different animal – they can’t be compared at all.

  • Emma

    Thanks for the explanation. I have many questions about HBO and I appreciate getting answers.

    Here are my other questions if you don’t mind…

    I didn’t know this chamber you bought has 100% oxygen. Isn’t it kind of dangerous to operate such chamber at home?

    Breathing in pure oxygen, with or without pressure, can indeed raise the blood oxygen level. My question is what you think of oxidizing effect associated with more oxygen in the blood. Oxidization can increase free radicals, which can hurt both our body and bacteria. Do you take anti-oxidant with the use of chamber? Doesn’t anti-oxidant take away the killing effect of the free radicals?

    About the change of elevation, I think people who fly a lot subject themselves to frequent elevation changes than any other people. These people are pilots and airline stewards. Are they more healthy than normal people?

    I also read that people who live in high altitude live longer than those in low altitude. I know that this doesn’t mean they experience a lot of pressure changes, but I would think they have less oxygen in their body, so I’m confused about how HBO helps people.

    At last, why does pressure change, which means blood oxygenation changes, has a positive effect on our health?

  • Bryan Rosner

    The 100% oxygen is just in a mask you are breathing in, and it’s more like 90%. The ambient air in the chamber is about 30% oxygen. It doesn’t carry the same fire hazards that the hard shell deep dive chambers have.

    There are a lot of studies and science on the oxidation. The body increases its own antioxidant levels, SOD and glutathione, so the net effect can actually be MORE anti-oxidant protection. many divers notice feeling better taking less vitamin C. You should read through the Lymenet thread linked above for much discussion on this topic.

    Yes, you are right about pilots, etc., having those frequent elevation changes. i don’t know if they are healthier than other people, might be a hard thing to track. I’m definitely noticing some profound changes in my body from the diving.

    Yes, you are right that people at higher elevation live longer. I live at 6500 feet, hopefully that works well for me :-). This could be due to many variables though, may not be related to oxygen. There are other variables involved.

    But even if it is lack of oxygen that keeps you alive longer at high elevation, the hyperbaric doesn’t necessarily change that. You are only changing the environment for 1 hour per day. It is this quick “punch” in change that does the work. The body never fully adapts to it. There is some science on this, too. HBO is proven to heal the brain, heal damaged tissue, heal wounds, increase neuroplasticity, and do many other things. Some of the people on Lymenet have been diving daily or every other day for years, some have over 1000 or 1200 dives under their belt, are in remission, feeling great, living a full life. So I think the philosophical questions are important, but I also evaluate things based on their results.

    HBOC has many positive benefits for non-lyme people. For Lyme people specifically, I think the benefts are to clear up biofilm colonies, poor brain circulation, increase nitric oxide, cellular metabolism, detox, etc.

    You have some really good questions and there is a lot of research on this topic, you should dig a bit deeper and look at some of the scientific studies. After owning my chamber for a couple of weeks now, I can definitely tell that it is helping me, but I can’t necessarily justify it to you with all the science, at least not yet, I’m still somewhat of a beginner myself.

  • Shirley Richardson

    I use hydrogen peroxide after a hot shower or bath or far infrared sauna treatment. Just put hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and spray it on to all body parts before they cool off as soon as you are out of the shower, sauna, etc. before drying off. At this time the cells are able to absorbe the oxygen from the peroxide. Do not towel dry. This would be the low budget. persons hyperbaricoxygen treatment.

  • Bryan Rosner

    Great idea. I’ve done something similar to that many times. It is a worthwhile treatment but cannot be compared to hyperbaric.