by Julie Vitto
The late Dr. William Fife of Texas A&M University pioneered groundbreaking research into the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to treat a wide spectrum of conditions, including Lyme disease. His extensive research revealed that, in many cases, patients with Lyme disease were able to stop using antibiotics and other medications after HBOT resulted in dramatic improvements to their overall health.
HBOT works to promote healing by increasing the oxygen concentration in the body at the cellular level and is often used in conjunction with antibiotics. Each patient receives an individualized evaluation before starting what is typically a protocol of 40 treatments. As a result, body functions are restored and the immune system receives a massive boost.
Benefits of HBOT for Lyme disease include increased energy, relief from pain, restored cognitive function and normalization of organs and glands to force out toxins and other impurities.
“The bacterium that causes Lyme disease is known as ‘anaerobic’, which means it cannot exist in oxygen,” says Victoria Bliss-Calkins, owner of Oxygen Oasis Hyperbaric Wellness Center, in Langhorne. “One of the primary benefits of HBOT is an increase in oxygen levels within your body, which can ultimately cause a reduction in harmful bacteria.”
Studies have shown that a relaxing and peaceful environment can be instrumental in the healing process, adds Bliss-Calkins, who offers a state-of-the-art hyperbaric center, featuring both monoplace and multiplace chambers, with a soothing environment run by caring physicians and staff.
“We are able to provide maximum peace of mind for patients,” she says. “While such things may seem like a luxury to some, we understand that a tranquil, stress-free environment is integral to the healing process.”
Victoria Bliss-Calkins is certified in Hyperbaric Medicine and Facility Safety, a nationally registered EMT and co-founder of Oxygen Oasis Hyperbaric Wellness Center at 848 Town Center Dr., Langhorne. For more information, call 215-352-3720, email Info@O2Oasis.com or visit O2Oasis.com.
Julie Vitto is a Pennsylvania-based writer and editorial associate to Natural Awakenings BuxMont. Connect at Julie.Vitto@gmail.com.