Alternative Treatment Clinic in Edmonton
Stroke, TBI, Concussion, MS & Lyme
A wealth of data exists with regards to Hyperbaric Oxygen and a range of health conditions. In particular, Stroke, MS, TBI and Lyme Disease are areas that our Naturopathic doctors have a number of treatment options. Each area discussed has its own, larger section.
An ischemic stroke occurs when there is a block to an artery to the brain and consequently the transport of oxygen and glucose causes subsequent neurological dysfunction that lasts longer than 24 hours.
Up to one third of Stroke survivors have residual disability.
Select Hyperbaric Studies in Stroke:
Standard treatments to improve brain repair after Stroke are severely lacking. Substantial data exists demonstrating an appreciable, robust and durable effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for use in chronic Stroke patients. A wealth of newer data (within the last decade) as well as classic data from the 1970s and 1980s strongly supports the use of Hyperbaric Treatment in Stroke. Our Edmonton clinic uses Hyperbaric Oxygen as a foundational treatment for Stroke.
Newer Stroke Treatment Hyperbaric Studies
Efrati (2013) - Significantly improved neurological function and life quality in Stroke patients following a course of Hyperbaric treatment (40 sessions, 90 minutes per session).
We typically suggest blocks of 40 treatments for Stroke at our Edmonton clinic similar to Efrati (2013)
Schiavo (2020) - Significant improvement in multiple motor function tests and Stroke Impact Scale testing in Stroke patients following two four week courses of Hyperbaric Treatment (40 sessions, 90 minutes per session).
We historically would suggest 60 minute treatment sessions for Stroke at our Edmonton clinic, however, due to studies like Schiavo (2020) and Efrati (2013) we now consider 90 minute treatments.
Jain (1989) - "Klausenbach Study" where all 50 chronic Stroke patients showed positive improvement following Hyperbaric Treatment (30 sessions, 45 minutes per session).
Although newer Stroke treatment data suggests utility from using 90 minute treatments, at our Edmonton clinic we consider shorter treatment sessions also to be useful from older data. Therefore, for stroke, 45 minute to 90 minute treatment sessions appear to be useful.
IV Treatment for Stroke:
Our clinic in Edmonton has a special interest in IV Therapy treatments.
Some emerging data implies utility behind IV Therapy for treatment of Stroke.
Administration of NAD+ appears to be effective for ameliorating ischemic brain damage in animal models. Our Edmonton office works with IV NAD+ for treatment of brain injuries including Stroke.
Our general IV Stroke approach would be to provide nourishment to the brain in addition to NAD+. IV Phospholipids, Glutathione and B-Vitamins with Glutathione support nutrients (Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin C) would be key treatments, typically done 1-3 times weekly pre or post hyperbaric treatment.
Our clinic adores Citicoline: In a one year study 199 Stroke patients that took Citicoline and cognitive functions improved 6 and 12 months after the initial insult.
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Hyperbaric Medicine in the treatment of MS has promise not only to alter the course of the disease but to help repair damaged areas. Initially, HBO therapy was shown to ameliorate symptoms in Experimental Allergic Encephalomyelitis (EAE) the animal model of multiple sclerosis. Stem Cells release from Hyperbaric treatment is one mechanism that can contribute to the repair of areas of damage.
With regards to the course of disease Pallota (1986) followed 22 MS patients after they had an initial course of 20 HBO treatments, and 11 patients had continued treatment every 3 weeks. These patients were followed over 8 years.
The frequency of relapses decreased dramatically in the long term treatment group whereas they increased in the group which received the initial treatment.
UK MS Data
In the United Kingdom a charity called "The MS National Therapy Centres" installed Hyperbaric facilities across the UK and has treated over 25,000 MS patients
The cases of 703 MS patients who were followed in detail has been published.
Five daily treatments of 1 hour were given at 1.25 or 1.5 ATA. and if two or more symptoms improved, a course of 20 treatments in 4 weeks was completed at the "best" pressure. Otherwise, the pressure was raised in weekly increments of 0.25 ATA until a response was obtained or five treatments at 2.0 ATA had no effect
After twenty treatments, 70 % of patients obtained relief of two or more symptoms.
An analysis suggested that one treatment every 2 weeks was required to retard the progression of relapsing/remitting state where as once weekly was even more effective looking at data of patients after 14 years.
Improvement 20 treatments
Naturopathic IV Treatment can be helpful for our Edmonton MS patients with regards to energy, mood, spasticity, acute inflammation and in some cases walking. IV Glutathione is our best option for acute inflammation.
NAD+ IV is a newer promising option for energy in MS but is thought to be helpful for preventing neurodegeneration in chronic MS.
Low Dose Lithium is an interesting Naturopathic oral treatment option as it is one avenue to activate myelin producing oligodendrocytes (stimulate differentiation of Oligodendrocyte precursor cells) as well as inhibit inflammatory microglia.
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Up to 90% of the Traumatic Brain Injuries are classified as mild TBI (mTBI) or concussion.
Post concussion syndrome (PCS) is a set of symptoms in most mTBI patients which includes headache, dizziness, psychiatric symptoms, and cognitive impairment. These symptoms may continue for weeks or months, and last for over six months in 25%.
Increased tissue oxygenation, Reduced inflammation, Decreased apoptosis and increased blood vessel formation are all suggested mechanisms by which Hyperbaric Oxygen can help in TBI.
In a study by Harch in 2012, Hyperbaric Oxygen was used in 16 war veterans with blast-induced TBI received 40 HBO sessions (1.5 ATA for 1 hour) in 30 days
Twelve of 15 subjects (80%) reported improvement in a majority of their symptoms on their prioritized symptom list after HBOT.
Boussi-Gross et al. 2013 conducted trial of HBOT on 56 mTBI patients up to 5 years after injury with 40 60 minute 1.5 ATA sessions.
A significant improvement was observed in the treated group after HBOT in all cognitive measures: Information Processing Speed, Attention, Memory, and Executive Functions.
SPECT scans showed HBOT led to reactivation of neuronal activity
Hyperbaric & mTBI
Our TBI IV Therapy will be a rendition of the following:
Anderson Standard HBOT + IV Head Trauma Protocol:
IV three-part formula:
Our Naturopathic doctors have had a reasonable amount of success in mTBI using the first two suggestions - namely the Vitamin, Mineral Amino acids IV Formula prior to 2-4 grams of Glutathione. We believe in general there is probably a slight preference to try and administer an IV prior to Hyperbaric Treatment however tissue oxygenation persists for hours after Hyperbaric Intervention so IV treatments given after can benefit from this as well.
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Lyme disease, is a bacterial infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi from infected ticks. Borrelia species can infect any tissue or organ system but most commonly we see neurological issues, cardiac and joint problems.
Hyperbaric oxygen is thought to have the dual role of being inhibitory towards bacteria but at the same time restorative to damaged body systems especially the nervous system.
Chronic Lyme Symptoms:
The famous "Texas A&M University" program in the early 1990s treated Chronic Lyme Disease patients with up to 40, 60 minute 2.36 ATA HBO sessions.
Improvement or resolution of Chronic Lyme symptoms was seen in 37/38 patients within 3 weeks of completing treatment and these effects were sustained in approximately 70% of those patients for up to 6 years.
Naturopaths at TruMed work with IV Therapy for our Edmonton Lyme patients: IV Alpha Lipoic Acid, IV Glutathione and IV Phospholipids based largely off treatment suggestions from Dr. Richard Horowitz M.D. These three IVs are often "stacked," that is, given back to back.
IV therapy with Alpha Lipoic Acid and IV Glutathione can deal with inflammation induced damage of cell membranes, mitochondria, and nerves.
IV Therapy with Phospholipids, can be helpful for mitochondrial restoration and neuronal restoration.
Our Naturopaths work with alkaline, anti-inflammatory diets and to a lesser extent we work with Cowden, Zhang, Buhner, Byron White anti-Lyme protocols or can refer for anti-biotic protocols.
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