IF you are a Post 9/11 veteran outside Arizona and interested in HBOT treatment for your combat TBI/PTSD condition please visit http://www.treatnow.org for a clinic providing this treatment for veterans nearest you.
IF you are a Post 9/11 veteran outside Arizona and interested in HBOT treatment for your combat TBI/PTSD condition please visit http://www.treatnow.org for a clinic providing this treatment for veterans nearest you.
“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.”
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
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.
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.
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 summ…
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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?
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.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
The magical creatures at Tucson’s historical Valley of the Moon do hereby invite all Veterans and active duty military personnel with children to celebrate with us at our first annual CHILDREN OF HEROES DAY!
This event is created for children from 2-15 years old and will be held at the Valley of the Moon on May 28. Please mark your calendars now. It is a FREE event featuring such things as a scavenger hunt, story telling, crafts instructions. Dress-up for photos with a magical creature, a music station and a really special opportunity for kids to bring in a book they have read and exchange it for another of their choosing.
Since this magical fantasyland is somewhat of a botanical garden it is highly recommended families bring their own picnic blankets or lawn chairs. Food will be catered by our friends at the Golden Corral of Tucson and providing food for our guests free of charge. (Note: Golden Corral raises funds annually for Tucson’s Camp Corral summer camp for qualifying veteran’s children held July 3-July 8 at the Triangle Y Ranch north of Tucson) The Golden Corral restaurant chain has created these Camp Corrals in many other cities. <http://www.campcorral.org>
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes will be supplying bottled water and have paid the expense of our event posters. <saluteheroes.org>The Non-profit Healing Arizona Veterans is collaborating with the Valley of the Moon staff to present this exciting event. <healingarizonaveterans.org>
The City of Tucson has recognized this event and the Mayor of Tucson will be attending in the afternoon. The City has been very helpful in furnishing names of veteran organizations to inform their members of our event.
We expect a fun crowd of children and parents to this event including families of active duty military as well as our veteran community in the Tucson area.
The children should expect a very fun “magical day” as only one can experience at this famous historical fantasyland. <tucsonvalleyofthemoon.com/visit.html>
BRING YOUR CAMERAS ! ( who knows you may even get to see a real fairy or gnome appearing. )
Valley of the Moon is located at 2544 E Allen Rd Tucson, AZ 85716. To find us take Prince Rd East from Campbell Avenue, turn North on Tucson Blvd, then East on Allen Rd.
The Valley of the Moon is a 501c3 non-profit organization and is a total volunteer organization funded by no one except through donations and special performance events done in the Fall (Halloween) and in the Spring where an entrance fee is charged. This May 28 event will be done by an all-volunteer group for the benefit of those military and veteran families attending at no charge. It is their way of saying ‘thank you’ for the sacrifices you have made for our country and for the enjoyment of your children.
The Valley of the Moon was declared a Tucson Historic Landmark by unanimous decision of the Mayor and Council on May 19th, 2015.
Come Ye All To the Children Of Heroes Day!
By Denise Gerace Ph.D.
For the last five years, my husband Joseph and I have had the honor and privilege of teaching TM to service personnel and Veterans in Southern Arizona. The changes we have seen have inspired us to do everything we can to make TM available to more and more military people. In this article, we invite you to meet some of our students and hear what they have experienced. But first, some background about the research on TM for Veterans issues.
In 1985 a young doctor, Jim Brooks, at the Denver VA, did a study documenting what happens when Veterans (in this case, Viet-nam era Veterans) learned TM-Transcendental Meditation. TM is a specific and particular meditation technique that is easy to do and quickly effective. Veterans enjoy doing it because it is deeply relaxing. It doesn’t not leave the Veteran alone inside with whatever comes: rather, it lets the Veteran follow a clear set of directions and experience deep refreshing relaxation coupled with inner ease and peace.
Dr. Brooks knew that Veterans enjoyed TM. They enjoyed being able to learn it easily, knowing that they were doing it correctly. And they enjoyed the feeling of relaxation and inner ease. But were they actually getting better? Should the VA include TM in its armory of tools to help heal the invisible wounds of war?
Dr. Brooks randomly assigned Veterans to TM, or to psychotherapy (the VA’s standard treatment), and after 3 months he measured the results. They were striking. He looked at the amount of change that the Veterans in the two treatments had experienced. He found major changes in six areas key to Veteran.
Emotional Numbness: Major improvement with TM, very small improvement with psychotherapy
R.D. is a man in his mid thirties, a Marine Veteran who returned to civilian life over a decade ago. He and the mother of his son have loved one another since high school, but recently she asked him to move out because he was just not emotionally available at home, for her, their son, or their home together. After learning TM, R.D. found himself spontaneously responding to her and their child, He found himself picking up the clutter, fixing little things on the ‘honey, do’ list, noticing how she felt, listening better. She felt that her dear friend and beloved partner was back with her, actually emotionally available to build a family rather than being lost in the inner world of his battle experiences, or his self-medication to deal with that.
Anxiety: Major improvement with TM, tiny positive change with psychotherapy
For years, all through her military service, L.K. wanted to go to college. In fact, to earn the G.I.Bill was a major reason she enlisted. She retired after 8 years and three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and headed for college. But she found that the self-directed routine of college life was a huge contrast with the orderly life in the military. Plus her level of anxiety made completing assignments (especially oral assignments) and taking tests very difficult, sometimes impossible. So she was watching her dream of earning her degree fade away. She learned TM through her college Vet Center and noticed good changes almost immediately. Instead of spending her study time watching TM or surfing the net, she completed her assignments. And she found herself much less anxious about talking, and writing, for her teachers. With her twice daily TM she can feel the stress of the day dissolve, and she is finding that the accumulated stress and PTSD from her military experience is also fading. Her grades are better and her goal of her college degree is back in her sights.
PTSD Scale: Major improvement with TM, very small positive change with psychotherapy
The PTSD scale. What a cold, neutral name for what it measures—intrusive thoughts, nightmares, believing the worst about one-self or others, no confidence in who one is or what one does, the aftermath of significant trauma. H.S. enlisted at 18 and retired after 30 years and multiple deployments. As far as he was concerned, he was ‘fine’, but his PTSD scores said otherwise. His wife and family had adjusted to the changes his service brought, accepting them as part of their service with him. He was distant, taciturn, withdrawn, often lost in his own world. Sometimes his temper flared, often for no reason its target could understand. When he learned TM, he and his family were happy that he had learned something that would be good for his high blood pressure,. They all were thrilled when the shadow of his experiences in war began to recede, returning to them all the genial, happy man of his youth.
Reduced alcohol use: HUGE improvement with TM, very small positive change with psychotherapy
Self-medication with alcohol-part of the right of passage of so many Veterans. A.J. didn’t drink much as a teenager, or even much as a soldier. But when he left the Army he turned to whiskey because a few drinks made the memories go away. It became quite a habit, every evening and later also every day. His Mother began to fear for his life since he drove drunk most of the time. And his mood got darker and darker—she lived in the daily fear that she would come into his room and find that he had taken his life. When A.J. learned TM he felt those memories fade and lose their grip, and as they faded the thirst for whiskey did also. His mother says “Thanks to TM, I have my son back.”
Insomnia: Major improvement with TM, the psychotherapy subjects’ sleep was worse
C.W. is a single mother to very active two year old boy. She is very hardworking, wanting to create the best future for her and her son. But she couldn’t sleep, didn’t sleep. Medications didn’t really help—she wasn’t feeling rested, she couldn’t be that groggy and properly care for her son. Her son was quite difficult, acting out, not sleeping either. She learned TM in order to do better at her work, but within a few days she found that she was sleeping easily. She was going to sleep in a few minutes, sleeping through the night, and awaking refreshed. Her co-workers commented on how much more responsibility she could handle easily. And her son settled down—when she slept, he slept as well, and that good rest let him be a happy, comfortable boy, responsive to his Mother’s guidance.
Depression: Major improvement with TM, very slight improvement with three months of psychotherapy
J.P. served for 20 years active duty and was completing 10 more years in the Reserves when a crisis at work ignited the sleeping trauma from deployment and left her deeply depressed and fearful of even going to work. She decided to learn TM because of the research documenting positive changes for highly stressed workers. Her first TM session was on a Saturday, and on Sunday J.P. reported that she had eaten a big lunch in complete comfort, the first meal she had eaten since the work crisis had thrown her into depression. A few days later she reported that she had driven onto base and not felt her entire body shut down from dread, as she had been experiencing since the crisis. Over the next few weeks her greater emotional availability and energy allowed her to navigate what she needed to do to handle the crisis and clear her name. The depression has not returned.
For more information about TM for Veterans: https://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/military
To learn TM in Tucson and Southern Arizona:
Denise and Joseph Gerace, email@example.com, 520-881-0110
To learn TM in Phoenix and Scottsdale:
William and Jan Romaine, firstname.lastname@example.org,
To learn TM in the Tempe-Mesa-Chandler area:
John and Gail Clessler, email@example.com
To learn TM in the Glendale and northwest Phoenix area, and in Northern Arizona:
Jeff and Kathy Tepper, firstname.lastname@example.org