Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Novel Treatment for Longevity, Brain Health, and Chronic Disease

I’m willing to bet oxygen isn’t front-of-mind for most of us each day. We can get what we need at any given moment: enough to conveniently power our lungs and bodies without any conscious work on our part. So you might be surprised to learn that oxygen is somewhat of an undercover superhero, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) unleashes its powers for dramatic healing. HBOT uses air pressure 2 to 3 times higher than the atmospheric pressure around us, helping our lungs gather much more oxygen than would be possible by breathing pure oxygen at standard air pressure.

Amplifying oxygen in this way creates an environment that helps fight bacteria and triggers growth factors and stem cells for deep healing. On today’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, I’m excited to talk to Dr. Scott Sherr all about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and how we can use it to maximize healing and reverse aging. Throughout this episode, we explore HBOT's positive effects on treating various chronic diseases, including diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and cardiovascular conditions, by reducing inflammation, promoting angiogenesis, and enhancing the body's natural healing processes.

We discuss how HBOT boosts longevity by addressing the fundamental process of aging: cellular senescence. Senescent cells, which accumulate with age, contribute to inflammation and the deterioration of tissue function–and HBOT has demonstrated the potential to reduce the burden of these cells, promoting tissue regeneration and possibly slowing down the aging process. We also cover how HBOT has shown promise in enhancing brain function by increasing oxygen delivery to the brain.

Because the brain is highly sensitive to oxygen levels, insufficient oxygen supply can lead to cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases. Further studies suggest that HBOT may aid in the recovery from traumatic brain injuries and strokes, improve cognitive function, and even play a role in managing conditions such as Alzheimer's disease. We explore the different types of chambers—hard, soft, and mild versus medical— as well as how long a typical HBOT session lasts and how many sessions are typically recommended. As Dr. Scott suggests, there is practically no disease or condition on the planet that won’t benefit from these fundamental physiologic shifts, the question isn’t if HBOT is right for you but when. I hope you’ll tune in to learn more. 

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