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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for Cancer or Autism: Don’t Try This at Home

HBOT chamberOn April 15 we had a post on Jenny McCarthy claiming that HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxyen Therapy) is able to cure and prevent cancer. However, there is no evidence for this claim whatsoever. 

Other claims about alternative use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy include that it helps patients with autism, but again, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims

In the USA, HBOT-chambers are sold on a large scale for home use. In many other countries commercial use of HBOT-chambers is severely restricted because of high risk of fire and for the same reason home use of HBOT-chambers is often illegal. That there is good reason for this is shown by a tragic accident in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea at the beginning of this month.

10 responses to “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for Cancer or Autism: Don’t Try This at Home

  1. Dyana Hagen June 2, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    There is actually significant evidence that Cancer cannot survive in a highly oxygenated environment. While HBOT is creating a volatile environment for cancer, it also facilitates and supports the immune system along with organs like the liver whose job is to remove toxins. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy supports wellness, when you are trying to get well. It supports the body. Most home HBOT is not 100 % oxygen so the risks are reduced, but its efficacy is as well. It should be administered by a hyperbaric technician. There are rare complications or risks just like in anything we do! Since one person died last month, you fail to mention that its the first death globally in 16 years of hyperbaric medicine. Compare that to hospitals and pharmaceuticals that have killed millions of people, I think its track record is pretty great! Across the globe there have been many clinical trials and studies proving the efficacy of HBOT, and the evidence of getting people well is stifled by the FDA and the pharma industry. Please do research of scientific articles, and do not spread unresearched propaganda, because the truth of the matter is, HBOT is saving lives, limbs, and improving the quality of life for thousands every day. If you have a stroke and can’t walk, and something would actually help you to be able to do so, who has the right to stop you. We aren’t talking about some crazy drug- we’re talking oxygen and a little pressure so the bodies tissues saturate with it up to 2000%. We can’t live without it for even a few minutes! If you were injured or ill, would you want to get informed from science or propaganda?

  2. evenarsenicisnatural June 3, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Got legitimate research links to back-up your claims?

    Oh yeah, the boogiemen of ‘Big Pharma’ and the FDA have suppresed them, oh noes…

  3. beatis June 3, 2009 at 8:17 am

    @ Dyana Hagen, on 2009/06/02 at 10:16pm

    We didn’t say HBOT is useless. It is known to be useful for a number of problems. We said there is no scientific evidence for HBOT being able to prevent or cure cancer or be helpful in curing autism.

    Please give us links to this “significant” evidence that you are referring to in your post! You can also post it here on this blog. There are scientists here who would be happy to evaluate your evidence.

    You say the evidence is stifled by Big Pharma and the FDA. But apparently you know about it, so the stifling is not completely successful and therefore I don’t understand why you don’t come up with this evidence in your comment. Making it public for all to see instead of only alluding to it would make your statement so much more convincing.

  4. Bram Hengeveld June 3, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Dyana wrote:

    “Across the globe there have been many clinical trials and studies proving the efficacy of HBOT, and the evidence of getting people well is stifled by the FDA and the pharma industry.”

    You’re forgetting one: It’s ALSO stifled by your comment, since you fail, just like the FDA and Big Pharma, to mention ANY evidence. You are just like Big Pharma and the FDA. Ofcourse with a ‘tiny’ difference: you’re claiming it works, giving you the ‘obligation’ to show us it works. So in that sense, you’re worse than Big Pharma and the FDA and fail to be a good proponent of HBOT for prevention (and cure!) of cancer.

    That, dear Dyana, is such a hefty claim (prevention & cure of cancer) I consider it absolute intellectual poverty and a complete disservice to humanity not presenting us and the rest of the (stifled) world the ‘evidence’. (you know: clinical trials and stuff) Right now, having seen people very close to me combatting cancer (and winning) it sickens me to my stomach when I see such claims in their usual ‘pseudoform’. Not everyone is able to recognize quackery when they meet it and we all know what happens when quacks start treating cancer. People die. You want to be part of that? Just don’t say people didn’t warn you.

    Ergo: You are sounding a lot like the organisations you’re having a problem with. Unstifle! (or, for the love of g*d, stop quacking)

  5. Dyana Hagen June 19, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I appreciate your comments, and your passions… Sometimes the pot needs to be stirred or else it burns on the bottom! lol I guess that is why some of you were responding a bit angrily. I apologize for the offended. Its easy to research; I didn’t’ know I needed to site my research to have an educated opinion, no one else sited, I just asked that people do their own research.

    Also, I would like to say that I never stated in my post that HBOT cured or prevented cancer, or autism or anything else for that matter. Misquoting is of no benefit, it only gets us off track of the original subject. I simply stated that hyperbaric oxygen benefits the human body to support itself.

    When a body’s own immune system is functioning properly, it will fight disease, or at least lessen the symptoms of disease or hopefully remit the symptoms. The body is designed to heal itself, and anything synthetic is secondary in efficacy to the body’s own ability to heal itself.

    The ability of HBOT to be a complimentary medicine, adjunct to other therapies when fighting disease- makes sense. It is not quackery, it is FDA approved for 14 indications so far and it is prescribed in much of the industrialized world for more uses than we have here in the U.S. It simply is not taught in most medical schools so it is less prescribed.

    here’s a few sites on topic:

    You can go to

    and search the word hyperbaric oxygen for many publicly available studies about its affects on the human body for various conditions, inflammation and healing. There’s tons of studies on it all over the place if you google it.

    I believe there should be more studies done, but since there is not a patent on oxygen, its a little hard to find funding for huge trials so we must look to the global science and medical community to see everything that works! We deserve that and so do our loved ones.

    Enjoy your reading. If anyone has scientific sites they can have me read, I welcome the opportunity to be better informed.

    Thank you for your time and intellect.


  6. Bram Hengeveld June 20, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Let’s cut clear: You agree that there is no evidence that HBOT does anything in relation to the prevention or cure of cancer?
    If not: what exactly does it do?

    Second question: what is the ‘stifled’ use of HBOT?

  7. beatis June 27, 2009 at 6:59 am

    @ Dyana Hagen,

    Dr Rossignol is generally considered a rather questionable ‘scientist.’ You might want to read this:

    There is no reason to believe that HBOT can do anything to prevent or cure cancer.

    Recent research seems to show that Warburg’s findings pointed to a consequence of cancer rather than the cause of it. This does not imply that Warburg wasn’t a great scientist or that his findings were useless, on the contrary.

  8. Shas Cho November 15, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    “…commercial use of HBOT-chambers is severely restricted because of high risk of fire and for the same reason home use of HBOT-chambers is often illegal. That there is good reason for this is shown by a tragic accident in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea at the beginning of this month.”

    The Lauderdale chamber has nothing
    (repeat, NOTHING)
    to do with the home units.
    Home units do not use a 100% oxygen environment
    and they do not attain the same high pressures.
    It’s like using avacados to condemn peaches.

  9. beatis November 16, 2009 at 5:48 am

    So this would mean that home units are safer?

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