The Iraq War has brought attention to brain injuries and rehabilitation. Federal, state and local budgets are paying for the cost of medical treatments that have failed when it comes to brain injuries. Every year billions of dollars are spent in entitlement, prison, education, and safety net programs that are needed because of the rising number of soldiers with brain injuries.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been used for the treatment of non-healing wounds and is the only FDA-approved non-hormonal treatment approved to repair and regenerate human tissue. While Tricare and VA reimburse for many uses of HBOT they do not pay for the treatment when it comes to brain injuries.
On August 14, 2008 Dr. Harch
presented the first five combat casualties results with the Harch HBOT 1.5TM treatment protocol to the Surgeon General of the Navy
The two airmen were treated with the Harch HBOT 1.5TM treatment protocol in September of 2008 by Colonel James Wright, M.D., at Hurlburt Field in Florida.
The careers of both men were saved by the protocol. For $24,000 the treatment healed the two who were to be discharged from the service for their brain injury symptoms.
On March 20 Dr. Harch will present the findings of 20 war veterans who have undergone the protocol at the International Brain Injury Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
Eighty percent of those who have been treated with the protocol have been able to return to their former lives. On average they have experienced a 15 point IQ increase, a 37% decrease in post-concussion syndrome symptoms, and a 28% reduction in PTSD, after the first 40 of 80 treatments.
Each year 1.2 million people experience a brain injury. Those brain injuries drastically alter a person's life. Almost 100% of homeless veterans have had a TBI. Nearly half of those on welfare, drug treatment or in prison have dealt with a TBI.
The potential savings with the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy could easily be in the billions of dollars.
The treatment has been used for 80 years to heal neurological conditions, as well as problem or non-healing wounds. Studies on animals have shown that HBOT 1.5 is repairing non-healing wounds in the brain.
Even with the evidence that HBOT 1.5 works insurance companies such as Tricare do not pay for it. On average the recommended 80 HBOT 1.5 treatments cost about $16,000.