Arizona Legislature Approves Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Program for Veterans

 Veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and selected PTSD conditions would be eligible to participate in hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) under a bill approved unanimously in the state House (Feb. 21), and unanimously by the Senate (Mar 26). It was signed by the Governor on March 29.
 
HB2513 was sponsored by Rep. Mark Finchem, Republican, (LD-11, Oro Valley, Marana & Maricopa), Vice-Chairman of the Military, Veterans and Regulatory Affairs Committee. “This bill is the culmination of 3-years of pubic comment and professional input to get our veterans access for a recuperative treatment, that has delivered remarkable results, but has thus-far not been paid for by the VA,” said Rep. Finchem
 
The bill provides a temporary appropriation of just $25,000 in seed money to what supporters call, a “private-sector driven,” initiative that will be overseen by the state’s Department of Veteran Services. There is a population of approximately 13,000 veterans with TBI in the state. Arizona is the only state that has formally taken this private-public partnership approach, said Sa’ad Allawi, an Oro Valley resident who helped spearhead the drive.
 
HBOT has been shown an effective, non-medicinal alternative abroad and selectively in the U.S., though it not offered as a Veterans Administration benefit. Patients in HBOT breathe pure oxygen in a room where pressure that is 1.5- to 2.2-times normal level. This rejuvenates cells and increases stem cell production that promotes healing. It is used for scuba divers who suffer from decompression sickness. Athletes have used HBOT since the 1960’s to treat concussions, a form of TBI.
 

“This bill enables us to tell prospective private donors, ‘The state is making a commitment, now it’s your turn,’” said Allawi, whose career was in healthcare cost-reduction. “It is an opportunity to heal veterans and get them back to a healthy state, rather than just manage symptoms — and do it with a far more cost-effective treatment.”

 
Healing Arizona Veterans, or HAV, has been established as a nonprofit that will promote contributions from small donors, charities and the private sector. HAV has is driving the private donors match effort, which will enable the first 10 veterans to be treated. The group’s goal is to treat 50 in its first phase. 
 
Arizona has two stand-alone HBOT private providers, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy of Arizona, of Phoenix, which has been in business for 18 years, and NorthStar Hyperbarics, of Tucson, in existence for 14. Both have six-person chambers. As many as 300 veterans could be treated annually,” says Allawi.  A full treatment cycle of 80 hours at $150 per session means a cost of $12,000 per veteran.
 

For a technology that is mature, the United States offers relatively few options. One of the nation’s HBOT models, Oklahoma, four years ago passed a Patriot Clinic Act that offers the therapy. Texas and Indiana passed pilot programs last year. Marine Corps now offers selective treatment and a study is underway at Louisiana State University involving 50 veterans. Brook Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX, the largest healthcare organization within Department of Defense, is spending $12 million on an HBOT wing. Treat Now, a veterans’ support group, estimates there are 2800 veterans have been treated in such a manner.  

 

For more details, please visit Healing Arizona Veterans at http://www.healingarizonaveterans.org/

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Free TBI, PTSD Medical Evaluations for Veterans

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Dr. Carol Henricks, a physician at NorthStar Neurology PC and NorthStar Hyperbaric, is offering free medical evaluations for veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) spectrum conditions. The Patriot Clinic evaluates and treats veterans at no charge.

“The signature injury of veterans of the recent conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan is a TBI-PTSD spectrum condition,” says Henricks. The initial evaluation is free, and veteran treatment is supported by veteran nonprofit organizations such as America’s Mighty Warriors, Mission 22 and others. A natural approach to health, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), detoxification, nutrient optimization, PEMF and other therapies are used.

Those interested can call and schedule an appointment with Henricks. More information can also be found at HealingArizonaVeterans.org.

Location: 7596 N. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson. For more information, call 520-229-1238, email CLHMaxwell@aol.com or visit NorthStarHBOT.com

TreatNOW using HBOT for TBI/PTSD/PCS/Concussion

THE essential elements of the argument:
1. We face an epidemic of suicide, and brain-related wounds afflicting service members’ mental and physical health

2. Billions of $$$ are being spent on research and unproven even hurtful drugs and devices that exacerbate the problems in too many cases.

3. DOD/VA/Army conducted HBOT studies that queered the outcomes with their corrupted scientific methods, but their DATA show HBOT works.

4. Business as usual affects over 800,000 wounded and their families while BILLIONS of $$$ are expended on drugs and fruitless psychological and other unproven interventions

5. The reasons for their “HBOT does not work” position are many but reduce to flawed conclusions about: cost, danger, size of problem, closed minds, and entrenched interests, especially Big Pharma

6.  The cost to the nation:  20 suicides a day, hollowing out of Special Operations forces, $60,000 cost/per year for each untreated brain injury, and corrosive effects of wounded who are told: “There is no treatment to help you.”

7.  The Treatment does exist:  Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy when used by the TreatNOW Coalition and multiple clinics across the US and world have positive scientific and clinical evidence in over 2,300 cases that HBOT helps heal wounded brains and returns patients to a life denied them by DOD/VA/Army that will not use or pay for HBOT treatment for TBI/PTSD/PCS/Concussion

8. The solution is hiding in plain sight:  allow  the use of TRICARE/Choice cards by brain-wounded to go on civilian/private market to obtain pre-approved treatment.

So much is left out; so much more to say.  An essential component of our culture:  The Concussion Protocol as practiced by the DOD/VA/Army, the NFL, the NCAA, the overwhelming ## of ERs and high schools around the world is the equivalent of criminal negligence and medical malpractice.  If you refuse to recognize and treat the wound to the brain, it isn’t going to Heal.           Symptoms will abate and the wounded may feel better, but beware the long-term effects, particularly when the insults to the head continue. And this factoid:  Since the Army now recognizes that BLAST injury is the likely CAUSE of the sequelae diagnosed as “only PTSD” we are confronted with an additional 325,000 likely misdiagnosed TBIs.

 

Rob Beckman
703.346-8432

Camp Corral Gears Up for Another Summer of Serving Military Kids

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By Marissa Pierre

Summer is quickly approaching, which means that thousands of military kids across the nation are looking forward to a fun-filled week at Camp Corral. This free, one-of-a-kind summer camp for children of wounded, injured or fallen veterans gives military kids the opportunity to just be kids, away from the challenges of military life.

Camp Corral partners with accredited 4H and YMCA camps across the U.S. to offer military kids ages eight to 15 endless fun in the great outdoors. Campers participate in activities such as horseback riding, rock climbing and canoeing, while building relationships with other kids who share similar military backgrounds. Since 2011, Camp Corral has provided more than 10,000 military children this “week of a lifetime” at 23 partner camps in 19 states.

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Last summer, Camp Corral partnered with the YMCA’s Triangle Y Ranch Camp in Oracle to host its first ever Arizona camp session. More than 150 children from Arizona and nearby states attended the camp, where they formed lifelong friendships and honored their parents’ sacrifices on “Hero Day.” Triangle Y Ranch Camp will welcome Camp Corral campers again this summer from July 3 to 8.

“We are very excited for another summer to serve our nation’s young heroes,” said Mary Beth Hernandez, chief executive officer of Camp Corral. “Military children are so special, and it is a privilege to be able to provide them with life changing camp experiences.”

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With its camp sessions growing in demand, Camp Corral hopes to serve thousands more children in the coming years. The nonprofit recently launched a Fifth Anniversary Campaign with the goal to raise funds to send more military kids to camp next summer.

The 2016 camp season kicks off on June 5 and concludes August 20. For more information on Camp Corral, camp sessions, or to make a donation to the Fifth Anniversary Campaign, visit www.campcorral.org or call 855-605-1267.

Written by Marissa Pierre.

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New treatment option for AGENT ORANGE?

 

By Charles Spillar

 

Recently I have found out that some great results have been experienced by veterans suffering from Agent Orange. I am not a physician so I am just reporting my findings,

The treatment I am excited about is called Chelation Therapy. It has been around since WWII when it was developed to remove lead from sailor’s blood that had painted ships with lead paint. I discovered it when I had the option of surgery or find an alternative for plaque build-up in my arteries.

Before accepting any doctors recommendation against Chelation, I highly recommend you doing extensive research yourself since it is your body and not theirs. I found enough testimonials on youtube to help make my decision. Physicians make a lot more money when they can operate on you.

The medical doctor I used for my chelation treatments is Dr. Marcia Coyle and I highly recommend her clinic that has been around for over 40 years.(http://www.coylechelationclinic.org) While there I met so many people from all over the United States  that achieved such amazing results that I realized most  American doctors don’t know much about chelation. In Europe before ever considering a patient for by-pass surgery they require chelation first, to determine IF the operation is necessary.

Recently Dr. Coyle and I discussed veterans exposed to Agent Orange. Since she had been in the  Army  during the Vietnam era before becoming a medical doctor, she was very familiar with AO. It was not until she became a medical doctor that in 1980 when she opened her chelation clinic in San Luis, Mexico (south of Yuma) veterans starting coming to her with peripheral neuropathy caused by Agent Orange. The results were significant. Dr. Coyle also informed me that veterans with Parkinson’s and prostate cancer got relief.

As anyone exposed to Agent Orange realizes it has also been possibly responsible for Hodgkins and leukemia as well as lung cancers. Chelation appears to alleviate some of the side effects combined with high concentration of Vitamin C.

Ever since Desert Storm, veterans have explained to me about all the heavy metals they have been exposed to and I told them to definitely consider chelation therapy. The treatments take approximately 3 hours to complete and at least 20 treatments are recommended. The cost at the Coyle clinic are only $70 per treatment and she highly recommends getting high doses of Vitamin C with the EDTA chelation therapy. In the states most chelation treatments can be as high s $200 per treatment with an average around $150.

Do your research and talk to others that have experienced Chelation before doing it. It works and I don’t care what the Mayo clinic or other clinics say. They don’t make money unless they operate on you. The decision is totally yours, IF you are not getting positive results from your present treatments give chelation a chance.

To get informed check youtube videos on Chelation and read these older books you can find cheap on Amazon. BYPASSING BYPASS by Elmer Cranton, M. D. & Arline Brecher and FORTY SOMETHING FOREVER, A Consumer’s guide to Chelation Therapy by Harold & Arline Breacher.

Dr. Coyle can be reached via her website above. She is an American doctor that has her clinic in San Luis, Mexico. It is located just a short walk across the border from San Luis, AZ. south of Yuma, AZ.

Neurofeedback for PTSD recovery

 

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By Tina Buck, PhdD

In the early 1990s, 2 studies with Vietnam veterans resulted in 100% of subjects experiencing recovery from PTSD. EEG biofeedback, or “neurofeedback” was the primary intervention used. That was more than 30 years ago.

More recently, fMRI brain imaging studies show stabilizing effects of neurofeedback on brain structures associated with PTS(D) after only 30 minutes of neurofeedback training. Non-identified data from 819 subjects using BrainPaint® neurofeedback showed 89% reported their symptoms of PTS(D) were better or resolved after only 20 sessions.

Other studies on head injuries collectively showed that neurofeedback is more effective than behavioral interventions. Neurofeedback is still not often available, so Biobalance Integrated Wellness has a home-based program to help.

What does neurofeedback involve?

  • Electrodes measure brainwave activity (EEG) – no electricity goes into the brain
  • Amplifier reads and sorts the EEG signal
  • Software translates to audio/visual feedback
  • Individualized “protocols” guide the brain to increase and decrease amplitudes of different frequencies
  • After about 30-50 sessions, a training threshold is crossed and the brain can repeat targeted EEG patterns on its own, long term

BrainPaint® neurofeedback software is not a brain exercise game. It is sophisicated brain training for stabilizing neurological imbalances without the need for diagnosis, treatment, or stigma. Biobalance Integrated Wellness makes neurofeedback affordable and simple for home use of “BrainPaint® software.

Protocols used in BrainPaint® are evidence-based and validated in a large study conducted through UCLA. With unlimited access to the system, many home users maximize results with intensive use of the system. The program is designed for individuals who live more than 50 miles from an existing BrainPaint® provider, are self-motivated, and engaged in a support system.

Home services are not covered by insurance. For a veteran testimony see: http://www.ptsd-treatment.info. Contact us at 520-227-4509 / http://www.neurofeedbackhomeuser.com. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/BisbeeBiobalance and https://twitter.com/BiobalanceNFB.