Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a therapeutic technique that increases oxygen and air pressure to the patient. This increased oxygen and air pressure put more oxygen molecules into red blood cells as well as the plasma - the liquid that contains red blood cells. HBOT's ability to increase oxygen helps the patient's cells improve the healing process - killing bacteria, reducing swelling and inflammation and repairing damaged tissues. Plasma oxygenation carries oxygen molecules even deeper into tissues, areas that often are too small for the oxygen in red blood cells to be effective. HBOT is non-invasive, natural, painless and has minimal risk of side effects.
Family Wellness Center offers mild hyperbaric therapy. Mild hyperbarics use soft-sided oxygen chambers that increase the oxygen and atmospheric pressure from sea level atmosphere (1.0 ATA) to 1.3 (ATA) atmospheres, approximately the amount of pressure a person receives in 11 feet of water. At 1.3 atmospheres, the soft chamber increases oxygen via a relatively small amount of pressure (in comparison to hard chambers) yet has efficacy for a variety of conditions.
The patient enters the chamber and the attendant gradually raises the pressure until it is fully pressurized (5 to 10 minutes, depending on the patient's comfort level). Each chamber treatment is one hour once full pressure is achieved, and patients can sleep, read or use electronic portable devices. Patients are continually monitored and can call an attendant or de-pressurize the chamber from within. The chamber is large enough to let a parent to "dive" with their child.
All HBOT patients have an initial consultation with a Family Wellness doctor to make sure the treatment is appropriate and the patient does not have any condition that will have an adverse reaction. These conditions include emphysema, previous spontaneous pneumonia, acute sinusitis. fevers, breathing problems or low seizure thresholds. HBOT is appropriate for a variety of conditions and when standard medications are not working. Often HBOT is used in addition to conventional medical treatments.
Before entering the chamber, patients change into clean, white cotton scrubs. Cleaned, white cotton linen covers the comfortable chamber mat and pillows. The patient lies in the chamber and it is slowly pressurized. Patients will feel some pressure on their ears, similar to airplane travel. Chewing gum, swallowing while holding the nose shut, and other techniques equalize the pressure. Once equalized, there is no further discomfort for the duration of the "dive". During decompression, patients will feel their ears "pop" as the additional oxygenated air pressure is reduced. The attendant paces the speed of compression and decompression to the preference and comfort level of the patient.
Patients should avoid alcohol and carbonated drinks 4 hours before their treatment because it interferes with oxygen absorption. Smoking also lowers the impact of HBOT.
HBOT has been an acceptable therapy used by hospitals to treat the variety of conditions. In certain cases, insurance covers these approved conditions:
Family Wellness offers HBOT for a variety of non-traditional conditions. For example, HBOT shows great promise for children with autistic spectrum disorders, neurological disorders, brain injuries as well as to facilitate healing in sports injuries or to counteract signs of aging. A growing amount of scientific evidence, testimonials and studies (identified in the Links section of the Family Wellness website) suggest that HBOT is appropriate to improve or facilitate the treatment of the following conditions:
HBOT has minimal side effects. While most patients can easily get accustomed to pressurization/depressurization, there is a risk of ear and sinus trauma. Ear pain is usually temporary and ceases after the dive is complete. Family Wellness attendants help patients avoid ear/sinus pain by carefully regulating the speed of compression/decompression to the needs of each patient. In rare cases, patients that continue to have ear pain can use special ear plugs or ear tubes in order to continue treatment.
The Family Wellness Center combines conventional medicine with appropriate alternative therapies to get the best results with the safest, least-invasive methods. Family Wellness offers traditional medicine, spinal manipulation and other musculoskeletal treatments, similar to chiropractic care. Family Wellness treats conditions with oral or intravenous vitamin and herbal supplementation, chelation therapy and HBOT. Interested parties are welcome to schedule a consultation, see the HBOT chambers and discuss a treatment approach. The physicians at the Family Wellness Center have completed advanced training and are certified by the International Hyperbaric Association.
The Family Wellness Center is providing HBOT information and links to reputable clinics, associations and reference resources after an extensive review of HBOT publications and studies. This information is intended to be educational in nature and is not a substitute for competent, medical advice. HBOT therapy should be conducted in conjunction with a qualified physician and facility. The Family Wellness Center specifically disclaims any liability arising directly or indirectly from information contained on these web pages and web links. In evaluating HBOT, patients should be aware of and consider the conflicting views of HBOT therapy within the medical profession.
Thank you Dr. Dornfeld
Since late 2009 I have suffered from Lyme Disease, severe Ulcerative Colitis and life threatening blood clots which lead to three emergency surgeries. I have been seen by several specialists and have undergone many treatments with powerful drugs such as Prednisone and Remicaide. They relieved some of the severe symptoms of UC but caused serious other issues such as an alarming decrease in bone density, extreme fatigue and a compromised immune system. In short, I didn't have much of a life.
My Family Practitioner, David Dornfeld, D.O. recommended early on that I use one of his Hyperbaric Chambers. I always felt better after a session in the Hyperbaric Chamber, and eventually based on his recommendation, I began utilizing it several times a week. In fact, the Hyperbaric Chamber sessions was the only place where I felt free of any discomfort and/or pain, could get a restful sleep and sometimes even a feeling of rejuvenation.
I progressed from a walker to a cane to now walking 3-3 1/2 miles a minimum of 3x per week. I also regularly take 3 to 5 cardio, yoga and pilates classes per week.
This summer I endured another flare-up of UC, but by increasing the frequency of the Hyperbaric Chamber sessions and continuing to monitor and tweak my vegan diet, I was able to recover without resorting to the drugs which caused me so many problems.
I currently am renting a Hyperbaric Chamber from Dr. Dornfeld's office and may use it as often as 3-4 times per day. Thank you Dr. Dornfeld for pointing me to the Hyperbaric Chamber and for your outstanding care and concern. The Hyperbaric Chamber is my special place, a place of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.
-Sally C - Age 65
All around HBOT has been a miracle for our family
Just wanted to give an update on some cool stuff we are seeing with the Hyperbaric Chamber for our second series if using it in our home.
When we did HBOT 3 years ago, we got language out of Calvin. And again, 3 years later, his language has EXPLODED! Prior to this round of HBOT, when he was having a conversation with you he would pause, you could almost see the wheels turning as he was trying to formulate the thoughts, now- he is having back and forth conversations like never before! He has certainly advanced cognitively, he even has a bit of wit and humor, something that was so foreign to him before. He is so much more imaginative in his play and he is more interactive, kind of like speech advancements but almost like he is now more involved in his surroundings.
But I think the biggest improvement this time around is in school! We had his annual IEP today and we were shocked when his teacher asked if we had changed anything at home. He has had such a difficult time with behavior issues this year. For example: the inability to be flexible, unable to transition without a meltdown, tantrums over little things, the inability to calm himself down. It's been a really rough year for him. But today, she said she is not sure what has changed, but since spring break (2 weeks into having HBOT) HE IS LIKE A NEW KID! No problems at all. He is now easily redirected, he responds to change with no problems, is talking through tough times instead of instant debilitating meltdowns. It's unbelievable! Even bigger is that they have noticed such improvement, he NO LONGER NEEDS an aide when he goes into the mainstream class for certain subjects. It really is amazing! For the first time I left an IEP with tears of joy, not tears of frustration! Who would have thought oxygen would be the answer?!
Our daughter, (Vivie 5 NT), joins us in the dives and we have noticed significant improvement in her reading and comprehension skills!
Our family member who is staying with us to help with the kids had been in two back to back car accidents prior to coming to stay with us. He is going in as well and has really noticed a huge change in his recovery! He has no shoulder or neck pain any more (He had to take a few semester off of nursing school due to the pain of the accidents).
As far as the recovery from my injury, it has been a lifesaver! I have not needed any pain medication since using the HBOT (1 week post surgery) . And that's pretty awesome since the projected pain was supposed to last for about 3-4 weeks before seeing improvement! My scars are healing much faster than expected and the Dr's are impressed with the bone growth thus far!
All around HBOT has been a miracle for our family. Calvin is one of those kids who really has benefited and responded from the use of HBOT. We had suspicion that HBOT might be that last thing that could really help him (again) and we were right! He is such a different kid! THANK YOU!
We look at that VIDEO of CALVIN on you website when he was 3 years younger and we are again amazed how much the biomedical approaches you have recommended to many, the guidance I get from TACA moms, and Hyperbaric Therapies have made such a huge difference in our Lives!!! ALL FOR THE BETTER.
Melody B.- Mother of Calvin - now age 6
View Calvin's video of when he was 3 years old
Dear Doctor Dornfeld,
I first came to you in 2010 with symptoms of fatigue and malaise. Having been to a plethora of doctors prior who could do nothing for my condition. You were the first to diagnose long standing strains of Lyme disease and Hypothyroidism. You advised me of a routine of antibiotics, nutritional supplementation, and a natural thyroid medication (not synthetic), concomitant with the usage of a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to be performed in your office.
In a relatively short period of time my energy began to return,and I decided to continue with the Hyperbaric Chamber for energy maintenance, preventive medicine, and to aid with immunity and overall health. It is now 2012. My Lyme Disease has NOT reoccurred, and the Thyroid numbers are on the mark, more importantly I feel better than I have for many years.
What has really impressed and helped me has been the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in your chambers. I had two separate surgeries for bunions and a hammer toe. I used the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber regularly, and within less than 4 weeks was back in my shoes walking naturally without any pain.The podiatrist said "It was a miracle"! Never has he seen a patient heal so quickly. Many a time I find myself able to compose my sermon for the upcoming weekend much more easily during a Hyperbaric session, as it allows me to concentrate my thoughts and prayers with greater ease.
If it was not for the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy which you recommended, my healing process would have been radically different. As a very busy Roman Catholic Priest I maintain the use of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber not only for energy but for overall good health. My thanks goes to you, and to John Svikhart, your operations manager and Hyperbaric manager, who monitors my use of the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber, and accommodates my often fluctuating schedule. I RECOMMEND with the use of a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for the multitude of health issues it addresses. God bless you!
Thank you again.
-Father Vincent J. Rumain,D.D
My name is John R. (age 30) and I suffered a stroke at birth in the left side of my brain that affected the right side of my body. This left me with severe muscle atrophy and significant disabilities with the use of my entire right hand and upper extremity. I had numerous surgeries growing up. I always knew my right hand would not be as strong as my left hand. I met a great, caring physician, Dr David Dornfeld, who asked me if I ever tried Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. I didn't know if it would help me since my Stroke occurred 30 years ago.
I've been going in the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber working on my right hand and entire right upper extremity-doing numerous exercises, while in the chamber. I am very proud to say I have not only gained strength, improved my muscular atrophy, and greatly improved both my shoulder and my hand's range of motion. I am able to do more things easier with my right hand as opposed in the past, when I struggled daily because of the tightness I felt in my hand. My middle and ring finger would not be able to be straightened out completely and could not function independently prior to the mHBOT sessions. That is the only new therapy that I have done and I have been amazed on the recovery of my hand and the independence of those 2 fingers is improving daily with continued Hyperbaric Therapy and exercises while in the chamber!
I owe a lot of thanks to Dr Dornfeld for introducing me to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber as I've seen results in the improving function of my hand in everyday activities.
I have to date accumulated 23 hours at pressure and feel very comfortable with the staff, and the care I receive at Family Wellness Center.
Hi Dr. Dave,
I just wanted to shoot you this quick note to thank you for everything you and your staff have done for me! After being misdiagnosed by 4 doctors, you were the one LLMD that properly diagnosed me with Lyme. 5 months later, I'm feeling so much better. The Doxycycline, Cefdinir and array of vitamins you chose for me helped and I noticed a difference within weeks. I also saw another huge improvement after starting the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and have continued to improve daily. I have been real aggressive with the hyperbaric therapy, trying to stay in there for at least 90 minutes a day. Initially I didn't see a difference for a little over a week, but I did double sessions every day that I could for at least 1 hour and 15 minutes, and I think that helped me progress quicker.
It has been a long battle, but I feel that it's almost over. I was barely being able to walk up the stairs, not able to focus enough to determine where the doorknob was to leave the room, and being frustrated and angry all the time. Every muscle in my body was achy and felt overworked. I had no energy and no motivation to do anything. Today, I can run around and play with my kids, my focus is back and I can run my business and I'm not miserable any longer! I can do things around the house as I used to before Lyme Disease hit me. And my strength is almost 100% back! I haven't felt this good in over 7 months! Both my family and I thank you so much for helping me, and actually listening to my issues along the way and providing me with solutions.
I've got my next blood test in a few days, and I'm hoping I can refrain from further treatment after we meet to discuss my progress. Thanks for listening to me and having the knowledge to treat for Lyme when others didn't. Thanks for recommending the HBOT and I will continue to recommend you and the hyperbaric oxygen therapy to anyone in need. Thank you so much!
-Chris Mulvaney, January 9, 2012
A Note from a Lyme Patient
Because of Dr. Dornfeld, I am feeling much better. It is as I made a 360 degree turn around in regards to my health.
- My swollen feet are no longer swollen. I can feel and see my ankles now. Wearing the support hose and Hyperbaric oxygen therapy worked for me.
- Lesions on my legs have gotten lighter and the leather feeling is gone. The skin on my legs is soft now.
- I am thinking clearer, and memory is so much better.
- Hair is not falling out any longer
- Hopefully the Lyme spirochetes have diminished in quantity and I am on the mend, and the Lyme Disease is in remission.
- I have so much energy!
- I have less pain and I have not felt this way in 12 plus years.
Doctor Dornfeld, I thank you so much for giving me your time and treating me as a whole patient. Thank you for taking me on as your patient. I feel that it is a privilege to be under your care and I pray to God that you continue to be the great doctor that you are. Words can never express my appreciation but they do come from my heart.
-Doris S-F, January 7, 2012
I feel strong and much clearer with these therapies...
In 2007, I first had an Embolic stroke. At that time I was also diagnosed with factor V Leiden blood deficiency and put on coumadin and lovonox. Seven days after being discharged from the hospital I had a hemorrhagic stroke. I was unable to drive for one year. I had inpatient treatment of cognitive, PT, OT therapy for 11 days. Then, I continued for one year as an out patient with PT, OT and cognitive therapy, three times a week.
In late September 2009, I tried the Hyperbaric chamber treatment. I was able to notice some improvement in a short time. After 26 hours of treatment, my mind was able to focus, make clear decisions, and my balance was much better, and I am back to walking a 1/2 hour daily,. I have been able to work out at the gym about once a week. As of January 2011, I am continuing with the Hyper baric therapy once a week. In addition I also have acupuncture two to three times a week. I also added a detoxification program with intravenous Chelation therapy. I feel strong and much clearer with these therapies now and look forward to the continuing to reverse the damage from the stroke, the environment, and continue to reverse my memory loss.
Thank you for your sincere caring and your help!
Karen O. -- DOB 1-31-1942
The hyperbaric chamber is the only reason which allowed me to recuperate so fast
Patient: Michelle K. age 56
I would like to share my successful experience with the hyperbaric chamber. June 17 2008, I fell and broke my left lateral leg/ankle. On June 19th I went to the Orthopedic Surgeon. He stated the bone would take a minimum of six months to heal, then another 3-6 months of Physical Therapy. I had to be back to work at an assisted living facility within 6 months or else I would lose my job, permanently. My job involves lifting and pushing residents in Gerri-chairs and wheel chairs, serving in dietary, and not being permitted to sit down. I had to be completely healed and physically able to do my job by October 30th, 2008, or I lost my benefits and job which supports my family. At my age, I would not be able to find a job easily elsewhere and was at a loss. I spoke with my Family Physician, Dr David Dornfeld, and he recommended a course of intensified Hyperbaric Therapy to try to expedite the healing process, and perhaps save my job.
At the hospital the doctor was going to give me a powerful narcotic, oxycodone. I told him I would only take anti-inflammatory medications. I know too many people who get addicted to pain killers. I also utilized massage therapy, meditation, vitamins, acupuncture and the Hyperbaric Chamber; all services offered at Dr. Dornfeld's Family Wellness Center.
On June 30th 2008, I went to the orthopedic surgeon. I started loosing circulation in my left ankle and both legs were bothering me from the fall. Plus, I had numbness in my left toes and could not move them. Before the treatments in the Hyperbaric chamber, my symptoms were numbness, pain, swelling, body was sore from the fall, as well as, the crutches pinching nerves in my arm pits and right hip pain. I couldn't sleep; I kept getting cramps, migraines due to muscle spasms.
Here is a timeline of my Hyperbaric Chamber experience and successes. On July 1 2008, it was the first day of the chamber treatment. John helped me into the chamber because of my cast and I could not put pressure on my left leg. After this, all staff members assisted me until I was able to do this on my own. As John zipped up the chamber, I could always see his reassuring smile, and I was very comfortable. As soon as the chamber was filled, I felt the swelling of the ankle go down because the cast would get loose. I felt pressure where the bone was broken. My toes were no longer numb and I could move them up and down since my accident of June 17 2008, the foot felt warmer and tingling.
I was shocked. The left leg and foot had more color. That night I went to bed and rested. The sole of the left ankle pulsated and tingled all night; the heel was also pulsating. I had intense pulsating, but not pain. The blood was trying to circulate thru scar tissue from past injuries, as well as, the left calf up to and behind the knee. The previously painful area in my abdomen that had previous surgery in 1993 had also eased up. I had a healthy feeling there, a feeling which I had not experienced since 1993.
On July 2 2008, I realized before my accident I was a shoe-size eight and a half. After my accident I was a size ten and a half, from swelling. After the second treatment I fit into my sneakers. I felt as if I had electrical currents going up and my legs. My shoulder joints were getting loser. My friends noticed I had more energy. On July 3 2008, pulsations continued. I went approximately five times a week in the hyperbaric chamber. On July 1 2008, first time I slept thru the night. I felt a big change by the middle of July. I started physical therapy three times a week. My energy level continued to increase, I felt less pain.
Six weeks after my Hyperbaric treatment started, I saw the surgeon. I told him about the Hyperbaric Chamber. The x-ray showed that the broken bone was half healed which would have typically taken three months. It was funny to see his jaw drop with my results. He stated he had never seen a bone heal so fast. I was able to start limited Physical therapy. I did this without addictive drugs.
Every day of the week I went to either; the Hyperbaric chamber, Physical therapy, acupuncture, and massages. My goal was to be back at work and not loose my job. Before my accident I exercised daily, walked with weights and treadmill up to 30 miles a day. On August 1 2008, I started walking on the treadmill at 0.5mph I did get upset, but I knew everything would come back. By the end of August I was up to 1.5-2.5mph for one mile. Beginning of September I graduated to the walking cane. Everyday I would walk with books on my head for balance and do a slow cha- cha for movement.
Middle of September 2008 I returned to the surgeon the bone was totally healed in three months. The surgeon was amazed at the quick healing powers of the Hyperbaric Chamber. I needed to build up my strength in order to work a full day. On October 28 2008, I returned to work five and a half months after the accident. It was just under six months and I did not loose my job.
The Hyperbaric Chamber is the only reason, complementing it with good diet, acupuncture, massage, medication, physical therapy, which allowed me to recuperate in less than six months instead of one year, as is typical with the same fracture tha I had. At no time did I ever take a pain killer. It is a shame modern medicine does not acknowledge these treatments. On January 9 2009, I actually played basketball. I wasn't able to do this for many years and here is a 56 year old playing ball.
June of 2009, was one year ago I had my accident. I was back up to 3.5-4.0 on my treadmill, no arthritic pains, even when the weather changes. I am enjoying life, working and dancing. Yes, I am careful and both feet are on the ground. The chamber also helped me to loose 30 pounds.
As I walked into the Doctor's office, his staff would encourage me, especially when I had a few set backs because I pushed to hard. Doctor Dornfeld has been our family doctor since 1993. My son had a critical case of Lyme disease which he helped to treat successfully. His knowledge and experience has been healing my family for 17 years now. I turned to him when I broke my left ankle, he suggested to try to aid the healing with the use of the Hyperbaric Chamber. He assured me of all the potential benefits. I must admit I was a little nervous, but I knew it would work. I am very grateful for everything Dr. D has done for me and my family.
I am so happy that the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has seemed to heal my leg better than anything else in such a short period of time.
Patient: Stephanie H. 23 y.o. female
Last march, I was running and doing the stair master. My leg seemed to be bothering me but I have suffered from shin splints in the past. Some say to run through them, some say not to. I tried running through them as I had done previously. However, the pain was getting worse and worse to the point that I was limping out of the gym. I decided to stop running. I continued the stair master and weight lifting. That still bothered me. I was icing it every day. Nothing helped. I eventually stopped the stair master and just lifted. I moved home from California in June and decided it was time to start running again. It was something I was looking forward to. I decided I was going to train for a half marathon. I started running. It started bothering me immediately again and I assumed it was pure shin splints. I tried to run through them again. The pain went away while I ran and came back about 5 minutes after I left the gym. I then went on a long run, about 6.5 miles. After 5 minutes after getting off the treadmill, I knew that I did something serious to my leg. That night, I was in tears and couldn't sleep. My leg even hurt to the touch.
I didn't have to stand on it to feel pain. I noticed that the pain was in one specific area on my shin and not up and down the entire shin as my shin splints had been. I went to an orthopedic. He put me in a boot and on crutches. He took X-rays and saw no fracture. He saw the fracture in an MRI. I stayed off of my leg for 6 weeks. It still hurt. Then, I quit my job so I wasn't standing on it all day. I have tried to start running on it since the injury and it always ends up hurting. I tried icing it again. I had been back multiple times and every time he was in shock that it still hurt. He claimed it was impossible. He didn't understand. After a while, I think he was at a loss of options and told me to go for physical therapy. I couldn't seem to make sense of this considering that it was a bone injury, not muscle. I thought that it could actually make the fracture worse depending on what they did. I never went back to him. I started HBOT.
After my first few sessions, I realized I could no longer feel it first thing when I stepped out of bed in the morning. There was a bump on my tibia from the fracture that felt like a bad bruise. As my sessions progressed, the swelling went down. Now that 8 or 9 sessions are completed, I literally cannot find the spot on my tibia where I fractured my leg. I could always feel this up until my HBOT. There is no pain at all. I started eliptical machine and I have had no problems so far. I am hoping to start running again soon as long as I get your approval to do so.
I will help you with whatever I can, and spread the word of the amazing healing powers of bone healing expedited with Hyperbaric Medicine! You have helped me much in the past!
Thank you for everything,
Joshua P. had anger and behavioral issues starting in preschool.
He would scream at the teachers and other children and once even threw a chair when he was 4 years old. He was diagnosed with ADHD at age7. He had issues in school because he could never remember to bring home the books and materials he needed for his homework, and he would forget to bring his completed homework back to school, despite daily reminders from teachers and parents. He is a very bright and articulate boy.
At age 9, from December 2006 to April 2007, he had 40 one-hour sessions of Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), going 3 days/week. His mother accompanied him in the chamber to relieve his apprehension. After approximately 10 sessions, there was an improvement in his anger and behavioral issues. After 40 sessions, teachers and parents were asking what the mother had done because they saw such an improvement in his organizational level, his anger and behavior. When asked if he felt a change, Joshua replied that he felt as if he were “nicer.” He started “losing” and forgetting things much less frequently.
After 16 months, Joshua`s anger level started to increase, so his mother brought him back for 10 sessions of HBOT and he once again improved to where he had been after the initial 40 sessions.
After another 5 months, his anger was noticeably worse, so he was given another 4 sessions of HBOT, which improved his angry outbursts and organizational level once again. 3months later, he was given 6 more sessions.
After another 7 months, his mother brought him back once again for 4 sessions, which improved his angry outbursts once again.
As an added note, the mother, who was approaching age 50 at the time she started HBOT sessions with her son, experienced tremendous improvement in her “normal aging” memory issues such as remembering names and words!
From a VERY GRATEFUL Mom
We are forever grateful to Dr. Dornfeld and his incredibly caring staff.
Condition: Asperger's Syndrome
Number of Treatments: 60+
It was one year ago this month, that we all embarked on an unknown Journey with our son Mike. We came to you seeking help for Mike's Asperger's Syndrome symptoms. We were frustrated with the traditional Doctors, treatments and educational protocols that did not benefit Mike at all. He was on Psychotropic medication at a young age for behavior and attention.
After an initial consultation, we began Hyperbaric Treatments three times per week. After about the sixth treatment, we slowly began to see positive changes. We decided not to inform our school district at first. We wanted to see if Mike's "educational team" saw a difference. Finally, the call came! The school noticed a dramatic change in our son, and then we told the Child Study Team about the HBOT treatments. He had phenomenal gains both in academics and behavior.
Mike "Took the summer off" from his treatment. I was leery of possible regression, but I agreed with him. He had little regression.
Just a few short years ago, we didn't see a light at the tunnel for Mike. This summer he left home for the first time, to attend a Leadership Conference in New Hampshire. We were told that the other attendees (all non-disabled young men), did not notice that Mike was different in any way. After graduation this year, Mike is preparing to live in an independent living environment while attending college. Mike has become a different person thanks to the knowledge and expertise of Dr. David Dornfeld.
We believe that if we hadn't found Dr. Dornfeld, Mike would not be anywhere close to where he is today.
We are forever grateful to him and his incredibly caring staff.
The combined Hyperbaric and IV Chelation therapies had a positive effect on Mike's school grades. Mike went from a D- student to a B+ / A- student.
There has been a tremendous increase in energy in doing activities...
Condition: Multiple Sclerosis
Number of Treatments: 20+
There has been a tremendous increase in energy in doing activities and greatly improved speed in doing activities. Other improvement areas are:
- Clarity of speech
- Clarity in thinking
- Communication skills
- New words spoken
- Memory improvement
- Fatigue reduction
- Alertness and energy
But what an experience to wake up the next morning and feel relief for the first time in eight years.
Patient: B. L.
Condition: Resection spinal cord tumor
Number of Treatments: 16
Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy has given my life back. In 1998, I had a large tumor removed from my spinal cord at C6-T2. Although the surgery was a success and saved me from a life of paralysis, the recovery and rehabilitation was slow and challenging. One year after the tumor surgery and relearning how to walk, sit up and use my hands, I experienced the sudden, devastating effects of the onset of pain. Suddenly my entire body was immersed in burning pain. Nothing I tried gave me relief. Medications were useless, intensified the pain and left me dealing with the side effects of the medications. Nerve blocks, trigger point injections and facet joint injections gave only limited and temporary relief. I had acupuncture and head massages weekly. I had almost given up hope when I saw an ad in the Asbury Park Press for the Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBOT) at Dr. Dornfeld’s office.
When I met Dr. Dornfeld, I immediately sensed a unique, caring professional who is concerned for the patients he dealt with while he evaluated them. He wasn’t afraid to deal with my situation. He believed that HBOT would benefit my spasms, nerve and muscle pain, depression, and compromised immune system.
I scheduled and began the treatments immediately. What did I have to lose?
To my amazement I felt a surge of energy by the third treatment. My burning pain eased and I could feel my muscles relaxing. I became more active which left me in pain at the days end. But what an experience to wake up the next morning and feel relieve for the first time in eight years.
After 16 treatments, I now feel less pain and have been able to have deep tissue massage without screaming! In the last month, I have increased energy and stamina, less pain, more mobility and improved alertness. My body feels as if it’s been defrosting. The massage therapist I’ve been seeing since 2002 noticed a significant difference in my muscles. I have been able to shop at the mall for 3 hours using a walker, not a wheelchair, and could try on clothes.
For certain activities, I can walk away from the walker with confidence. I am getting out of the house much more. One Friday, I went to our church gala/dance, walking through the crowded room, dining and even dancing to midnight. The next day, I went to an indoor/outdoor dedication to 7PM, out to dinner and came home after 10 PM. Sunday, I used the hot tub and hammock on my own and out to dinner at 5 PM. I have never had such a full, active weekend in nine years! Everyone is amazed at the progress HBOT has had on me.
I recently saw my neurosurgeon, who was very impressed with my progress. He commented on how I have an increase in sensation, stability, and strength. I have 23 treatments and feel I am once more a part of life. My days used to be spent lying in bed as still as possible to keep the pain at bay. I am living life laughing and hopeful. I will continue the healing process provided by HBOT. I believe HBOT is an essential therapy for spinal cord injury patients.
Other improvement areas are:
- Balance – can balance barefoot
- Coordination – arm and leg swinging is better and the muscles in my hand are coming back
- Mobility improvement – can feel my hips moving
- Clarity in thinking
- Ability to focus
- Memory improvement
- Sleep quality
- Pain reduction
- Fatigue reduction – greatly improved
- Appetite improvement – digestion is much better
It was as if a small miracle happened...
Condition: Parkinson’s Disease
Number of Treatments: 40
In mid-2005, my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Since there is no definitive test for PD, it became a process of elimination. He had the usually outside symptoms: slowness of motion, stiffness, facial rigidity, etc. While these symptoms were mild, there was one disturbing action, a delayed reaction to mental input and response. It was as if his brain was in slow motion. The following year has been spent on medication with no apparent changes in his manifestation.
Fortunately, our chiropractor introduced us to Dr. Dave Dornfeld and his mild hyperbaric chamber therapy. We opted for 1 hour/day, 6 days/week, for forty sessions.
It was two weeks into the treatment that I noticed changes began to occur. His agility and balance improved, as did his facial mobility. A week or so later while shopping, he began to whistle. Within the next week, he began singing. It was as if a small miracle happened, since he had not whistled or sang for over one year. It truly was a great joy. But the greatest effect was that he no longer had the mental “time delay.” Dr. Dornfeld was right when he told me, “You have your husband back.”
MY BALANCE HAS IMPROVED!!
Patient: Eleanor S.
Condition: Multiple Sclerosis
Dear Dr. Dornfeld,
Here is a list of the differences i have seen since my treatment began. I had my 13th treatment on Saturday Jan 5, 2008.
MY BALANCE HAS IMPROVED!!
I can walk down the halls at school( work) without weaving.
Legs are NOT spastic.
Have more energy.
Eyes do NOT burn like they used to.
Not as tired.
When at the gym, more reps and faster workouts.
Not dragging right leg as much.
Picking up feet when walking so less tripping.
I Feel better physically and mentally.
I hope this gives you an idea of my progress. i am VERY HAPPY with how things are going so far!!!
thank you for all of your help.
I ... have gone from extremely ill to almost well in less than 2 months...
Dr. Dornfeld, I wanted to write to compliment you on the extraordinary health care services offered at your Family Wellness Center.
As you know, I have suffered from chronic health problems for over 15 years and, in 2007, developed a severe systemic fungal infection, including most of my digestive tract. I lost 60 pounds over the course of the infection, became unable to work. I was hospitalized 4 times in early December due to the severity of my condition, which alluded over a dozen doctors at some of the most highly regarded hospitals in NYC and NJ, while my condition grew worse daily.
Not only were you able to readily test for and confirm the suspected infection, but you also found extremely high levels of toxic metals in my system that no other doctor has ever tested for or suggested as a potential cause for my chronic health problems.
Fortunately, your center offers a wide variety of unique treatment options, all of which are helping me to recover fairly quickly. Due to the severity of my condition, I chose to take advantage of all of the following options, including:
• IV vitamin C and Alpha Lipoic Acid drips to fight the fungal infection as well as symptoms of arthritis.
• IV Chelation to remove toxic metals and improve my cardiovascular health.
• Glutathione pushes to give me increased energy.
• Hyperbaric oxygen therapy to increase oxygen throughout my cells to speed healing.
• Acupuncture to treat pain, stress, and other symptoms of the infection.
• Massage therapy for pain and stress.
• Dietary supplements (anti-fungal, antioxidants, energy, general health, etc.).
• Mainstream medication, including safe alternatives to narcotic and anti-inflammatory medications that had been previously prescribed in very high doses.
I found each of the above treatment options to be very effective as part of my overall treatment and, as a result, have gone from extremely ill to almost well in less than 2 months. Thanks to these treatments and related dietary changes, I no longer show any signs of being pre-diabetic, and my blood pressure is better than it’s ever been, without medication.
Aside from the treatments, I also want to compliment you and your staff, all of whom are extremely knowledgeable and courteous and have played such an important role in my ongoing recovery. Thanks to all of you, I expect to be able to go back to work in the next month or two.
I am, of course, extremely grateful and recommend you, your staff, and the Family Wellness Center every chance I get.
Quick Synopsis of Mitchell F.'s Great Progress due to Dr. David Dornfeld’s Protocol
My son, Mitchell is a 7 yr old boy diagnosed with Encephalopathy due to ischemic hypoxic event at birth, along with PDD-NOS, Apraxia and Dyspraxia. We have been under Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) practices since November 2006. We began diet intervention, followed by MB-12 shots, and various courses of anti-fungal therapy. When we started, Mitchell had little to no expressive language and used a Dynavox MT4 device to help him speak. Additionally, Mitchell undertook excessive self-stimulatory behavior due to his lack of sensory integration which was preventing him from being included in the mainstream classroom. After an MRI in August 2007 revealed brain damage to the thalamus and right rear temporal lobe and cerebellum, we proceeded to undertake mHBOT (mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) with Family Wellness Center. After completing 45 sessions in January 2008, it was apparent that more speech and motor planning capabilities were evident. It was decided to continue more mHBOT therapy with Dr. Dornfeld as our new DAN! doctor. Additionally, he discovered high Strep Titers count in Mitchell (PANDAS), and put him on antibiotic therapy which was quite successful.
After starting this therapy and completing another 20 sessions of mHBOT at the end of March 2008, Mitch was re-tested for a 3 day EEG, which for the first time, was uneventful. Another 45 mHBOT sessions were completed in June 2008, with antibiotic therapy completed in October 2008. Mitchell lost his Apraxia diagnosis!!!!! We gave back the MT4 Dynavox speech device to the school system in November 2008 as he no longer needed it. Additionally, he had a normal reading of Strep A titers with slightly elevated Strep B titers. From November 2008 through January 2009, another 80 sessions were completed using mHBOT, with a grand total of over 200 sessions. Our latest labs indicate a mild mercury effect from moderate to high, most pathogenic bacteria and fungus diminished, and Neopterin/Biopterin levels in the low green (normal), where before it was in the high red (extremely elevated inflammatory marker - red) Basically, his inflammation was off the charts.
Now, Mitchell is mainstreamed in first grade getting A’s and B’s, and plays on the local (typical children) recreational league for soccer and basketball with no special assistance. Mitchell now has several friends and gets invited regularly to play dates. Even though we still have more protocol and therapy to go in order to lose his diagnosis, it is apparent that Mitchell’s quality of life as well as our family’s life has improved fivefold. I no longer want to hide my son from the rest of the world and he now wants to join in. Most people do not know that he is a special needs child until they have spent quite a bit of time with him, and by then, he has charmed them over.
For any parent wanting to contemplate DAN! Protocol or even mHBOT, I would highly recommend the office and staff of Dr. David Dornfeld, at Family Wellness Center. Not only do I feel that everyone empathizes with our situation but truly want to see success, and will try whatever means possible to help you help your child.
Lorry F., AKA Mitchell's mom