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Postby ktyong » Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:11 pm

Hi, I saw this article while researching for HBOT in Singapore. (http://autism-nutrition.com/emerging-from-autism). Anyone knows where to find such theraphy in Singapore?

Thanks.

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Re: HBOT

Postby jnlmommy » Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:59 pm

HBOT has been used for many different diagnosis, but the evidence for its use with autism is not strong.

This is from August 2011, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
"We sought to determine whether HBOT leads to parental reported behavioral changes and alterations in cytokines in children with ASD. Ten children completed 80 sessions of HBOT and all improved by 2 points on the clinician-rated CGI-I scale (much improved) as well as several parent-completed measures of behavior. The lack of a control group limits the ability to determine if improvements were related to HBOT. Enrolled children did not exhibit abnormal cytokine levels at baseline and no significant changes in mean cytokine levels were observed. Although this study was limited by the small sample size and by the variable nature of cytokines, we found no evidence that HBOT affects cytokine levels or that cytokine levels were associated with behavioral changes."
by Stephen Bent, Kiah Bertoglio, Paul Ashwood, Edward Nemeth and Robert L. Hendren

Another article by Bryan Jepson, Doreen Granpeesheh, Jonathan Tarbox, Melissa L. Olive, Carol Stott, Scott Braud, J. Helen Yoo, Andrew Wakefield and Michael S. Allen in August 2010 also had similar findings. See abstract below.

"Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has been used to treat individuals with autism. However, few studies of its effectiveness have been completed. The current study examined the effects of 40 HBOT sessions at 24% oxygen at 1.3 ATA on 11 topographies of directly observed behavior. Five replications of multiple baselines were completed across a total of 16 participants with autism spectrum disorders. No consistent effects were observed across any group or within any individual participant, demonstrating that HBOT was not an effective treatment for the participants in this study. This study represents the first relatively large-scale controlled study evaluating the effects of HBOT at the level of the individual participant, on a wide array of behaviors."

Not my opinion...just something gathered from the journals. Hope that helps you a bit.

But if you are looking for HBOT, I think it is available at SGH, TTSH and another place at Camden.

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Re: HBOT

Postby ktyong » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:02 pm

Thanks for the information. I don't think there is HBOT treatment for autism in Singapore Hospitals because MOH is against it. I am looking for private theraphy centres.

There are many more unproven treatment for autism like Samonas, Biomed, etc. However, if you go into each interest group, you see parents reporting positive results. For me, seeing is believing and only take those journals with a pinch of salt. Many are written with commercial interest. Doctors and Pharmaceutical wants to make big money. Someday when they have something to sell you, they will endorse it. Until then, it is not recommended.

For concern parents, time is not on our side, the kids grow everyday and it is more challenging to help them as they grow.

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Re: HBOT

Postby jnlmommy » Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:37 am

I hear you and I know that dealing with autism is also a marathon, not a sprint.

Yes there are many people out there to make a quick buck by preying on the parents. But there are also many doctors and therapists who are working hard to figure out which therapy works better, so that families get the best bang for their buck. This is so that families do not end up broken because they have bled their life-savings chasing the next cure.

IMHO...

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