Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Articles


Hyperbaric VT hires Aly McHugh
Hyperbaric Vermont Hires New Staff Member and Furthers Mission to Make Life-Changing Treatment Accessible Montpelier and South Burlington, VT (June 5, 2021) – Hyperbaric Vermont is pleased to announce that Alyson Lincoln McHugh (Aly) has joined the growing nonprofit as the new Outreach and Marketing Coordinator. This is a new position created within the nonprofit as a part of it’s strategic growth plan.  Founder and president Dr. Grace Johnstone says, “Aly has a great entrepreneurial spirit, strong communication skills, and has a proven track record of successful marketing through all media platforms. We are very happy to have Aly join the Hyperbaric Vermont team. We will more easily be able to spread the word about our patient care and provider training programs and create a larger positive impact in our community.”     For over 16 years, Aly owned and operated No. 9 Boutique and The Alley Antique store in Montpelier, VT. As COVID arrived in early 2020, Aly decided it would be best to close her long standing retail stores which happened in August of 2020. Aly was offered a position as the Communications and Development Assistant at Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) which she works part time as […]

Hyperbaric Vermont Hires New Staff Member, Aly McHugh


aphasia HBOT
June recognizes Aphasia awareness, an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read and write. Aphasia is often caused by a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or infections the affect the brain, like Lyme disease. 2 million people in America have aphasia. Aphasia can be treated with HBOT, just like a brain injury, by decreasing inflammation and reviving brain tissue.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy floods blood plasma, lymph fluids and cerebrospinal fluid (the clear, watery fluid that fills the brain and spine) with pure oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressures and helps thus reducing brain swelling and tissue inflammation. Dormant cells become reactivated and new capillaries begin to form over successive treatments. If you are unfamiliar with this condition here is a great video “What is Aphasia” made by Aphaisa.org Hyperbaric Vermont treats many patients with the root causes of aphasia: stroke, traumatic brain injury, lyme disease. You can read some of our patient’s testimonials here. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can safely and effectively treat these conditions. If you are interested in reading more on HBOT and these conditions visit our Research and Resources page. #TalkAboutAphasia

Aphasia Awareness and treating with HBOT


june is alzheimer's awareness month with hbot
For this blog post we are spreading Alzheimer’s and Dementia Awareness which is a national focus in the month of June because it affects 50 million people worldwide. Alzheimer’s and Dementia can cause problems with short term memory, and affect aspects of daily life like keeping track of your wallet, remembering how to get home, paying bills and planning and preparing meals. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, and can be life-threatening. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia still do not have a confirmed medical cause.  We do know that plaques form in the brain, and neurons become entangled, but the word is still out on why this occurs. For Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, HBOT helps to reduce brain inflammation, regrow damaged tissue, and restore blood flow to previously lacking areas.   Dementia describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory, reasoning or other thinking skills. Many different types of dementia exist, and many conditions cause it.  Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of dementia cases. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used successfully as a treatment for both of these conditions. An article in Science Daily reports some interesting research findings:  “After 40 treatments, she reported increased memory and […]

Treating Alzheimer’s with HBOT




Dr. Grace Johnstone sits down with Dr. Suzy Harris of Cedar Wood Natural Health Center to talk about the many ways Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapies are being used to help people with chronic issues of inflammation, pain, Lyme and tick borne Illnesses, head injury, stroke recovery and immune system boosting. Listen to their conversation on the Next Seven Podcast here.   .

Podcast – Dr. Grace Johnstone and HBOT


In addition to being a potent virucidal, HBOT is a good treatment option for Covid patients, and here’s why: Covid-19 creates inflammation in the lung itself, preventing O2 from reaching the bloodstream and resulting in organ hypoxia and, in some cases, organ failure. Mechanical ventilation forces air/oxygen into the lungs, but it is not particularly effective at forcing O2 into the bloodstream. Mechanical ventilation is marginal at resolving the hypoxia it seeks to treat and forced ventilation causes further stress to the lungs. The mortality rate among ventilated patients is 50%. The increased pressure that a hyperbaric oxygen chamber produces oxygenates the fluid of the body directly, without relying on the blood supply. This relieves organ hypoxia much more quickly without stressing lung tissue. And, because high levels of O2 are a potent anti-inflammatory, HBOT also addresses the inflammation in the lungs themselves, which is what is preventing oxygen from reaching the bloodstream in the first place. Dr. Paul Harch notes that in addition to lowering the mortality rate, HBOT averts mechanical ventilation of patients and shortens hospital stays. https://youtu.be/V96E6O7I9Es The other issues that are of concern with Covid-19 are the ensuing cytokine storm, and issues with coagulation in the […]

Will oxygen therapy help you if you had covid-19?



family treatment
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is one of the safest medical treatments available and more than 30,000 research studies support its use for a wide array of health conditions HBOT involves breathing oxygen in a pressurized chamber. HBOT can be effective in treating resistant infections such as Lyme disease and mold, brain injuries and concussions, cognitive decline, non-healing wounds and inflammatory conditions ranging from arthritis to ulcerative colitis.

HBOT and the pandemic: Is treatment safe for me?