To Whom It May Concern,
I have been a local GP for over 30 years, and I am part of the voluntary committee, headed by Mrs Sarah Dafner, whose aim is to provide a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy [HBOT] treatment centre within our community.
Having read many reputable scientific articles regarding the benefits of this therapy, and having seen first-hand some of the people who have benefited, I am very strongly supportive of this project.
The range of conditions that can benefit from this therapy is amazingly wide, but when one understands the very simple physical basis of how it works, it is very understandable.
Simply put, high concentration oxygen under pressure will readily dissolve in the liquid part of the blood, and it can then reach damaged tissues that are otherwise starved of oxygen as the red blood cells which carry the oxygen can’t reach those areas. Many damaged cells are actually dormant rather than dead; the arrival of oxygen can rejuvenate them. There is also evidence that the oxygen can stimulate stem cell regeneration of brain tissue.
Benefits are reported in brain injury of all types including traumatic and vascular [stroke], even when therapy is started many years after the damage. However, the earlier that HBOT is introduced, the greater the benefit. Patients with multiple sclerosis and with Parkinson’s disease report benefit, Skin ulcers such as diabetic ulcers or those due to poor circulation can be healed by HBOT where all else has failed.
Cancer therapy is assisted by HBOT both by its apparently negative effect on the cancer and also by minimising side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
I personally have recommended a number of patients for this treatment; it would be so beneficial for so many in our community if they could receive treatment locally for a nominal fee.
I therefore strongly endorse this project and encourage all who can to contribute generously in order to bring this therapy to the many that will benefit from it.
Dr W S Davis