In this podcast episode, Dr. Jason Sonners takes center stage to unravel the remarkable world of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). As a distinguished expert in functional medicine and hyperbaric therapy, Dr. Sonners provides profound insights into the various facets of HBOT and its transformative potential for health and wellness.

NOTE: The prices he quotes for mHBOT are 4 times greater than ours.

Listen below to this podcast – all about HBOT. Jason Sonners, DC, DIBAK, DCBCN is the owner and clinic director of Core Therapies Family Wellness Center, New Jersey Hyperbaric Oxygen Center, and HBOT USA Corp. As the owner and one of the doctors at Core Therapies, Dr. Sonners primarily practices functional medicine, taking on complex cases including autoimmune conditions, chronic inflammation, and neurologic dysfunction and using treatment methods to help improve function and tap into the body’s innate ability to heal. He uses nutrition, detoxification, hyperbaric oxygen, and herbal therapies to improve the health and quality of life of his patients. Dr. Sonners works with families all over the country helping them find answers to their toughest health questions.

As the clinical director of New Jersey HBOT and HBOT USA, Dr. Jason Sonners utilizes hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for many of his chronic patients and helps get hyperbaric oxygen both into the homes of patients in need as well into the offices of doctors who want to build hyperbaric therapy clinics.

Dr. Sonners is on the faculty for the Medical Academy of Pediatric and Special Needs (MedMAPS) as well as the International Hyperbaric Association (IHA), educating other doctors on alternative and complementary treatment methods. He also lectures for various functional medicine conferences around the country talking about the use of nutrition, fasting, red light therapy, and hyperbaric oxygen in helping the chronic illnesses plaguing our country.

A New Treatment for Blasting Tissues with Oxygen, Growing New Blood Vessels, Recovering Faster, Killing Bacteria, Building Stem Cells & Much More!

Table of Content of Podcast – Read below to find the portion of the podcast that especially
interests you Ttime is noted next to Topic).

– What HBOT is, and how Jason began using it

  • Herniated disk and injured foot; suffered drop foot for 18 months as a result
  • Several months of HBOT led to full recovery
  • Jason’s father had amazing improvements in his MS after HBOT
  • Eventually implemented it in his clinic
  • What is HBOT?
    • Hyperbaric = increased pressure
    • Air is 21% oxygen
    • Add varying amounts of pressure and oxygen to create different “doses”
    • Used traditionally in hospitals for more severe conditions: gangrene, radiation burns, diabetic neuropathy, etc.
  • How HBOT assists w/ wound care:
    • Trauma, infection damages micro-circulation (in the capillaries)
    • Hyperbaric oxygen can get into areas of the body that are oxygen-starved
    • HBOT is able to bypass the red blood cells and inject oxygen into the plasma; a much more expedient delivery mechanism

-Various delivery mechanisms and how much oxygen one needs using HBOT

  • All gases move in gradient (high to low pressure)
  • A pressurized environment causes the pressure in your body to increase
  • The more pressure you’re exposed to, and the higher percentages of oxygen, the larger the gradient of pressure
  • The oxygen concentrator increases the amount of oxygen you’re breathing in (and that’s pressurized in an HBOT chamber)
  • HBOT chambers in hospitals can have 100% oxygen inside
  • 3 types of chambers:
    • Hospital-grade (~$200k + cost of oxygen)
    • Hard chamber ($90-100k)
    • Home model ($15-22k) – Hyperbaric Central prices start at $4495!!!

-Actual use frequency and volume of an HBOT chamber

  • Match the right tool to your goals
  • Short-term benefits:
    • Increase in oxygenation
    • More ATP production
    • Some immune activation
  • Long-term benefits:
    • Superoxide dismutase increase
    • Body begins replicating mitochondrial content
    • Increase in stem cells
    • Rebuilding blood vessels
    • Antimicrobial benefits
  • Stem cell proliferation study
  • Front-load the therapy for the most efficacy in therapy (first 3-5 months), then space it out
  • Sessions range from 60-120 minutes
  • There is a point of diminishing returns
  • Extra oxygen stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (increased relaxation)

-The effects of HBOT on aerobic or endurance activity

  • Performance-enhancing effects do not come from red blood cell changes
  • Red blood cell adaptation has to do w/ hypoxia, not hyperoxia

-How HBOT promotes angiogenesis when cancer cells are present

  • BGF podcast w/ Dr. William Li
  • The understanding of the metabolism of cancer has changed in recent years
    • Cancer cells don’t use oxygen to make ATP
  • Drive blood glucose levels down, oxygen levels high
  • Starve cancer cells, while nourishing healthy cells
  • Bottom line: Angiogenesis isn’t the concern

-Antioxidant mechanisms affected by HBOT

  • Superoxide dismutase (SODS) upregulation is stimulated by HBOT
  • Hormesis: induce stress on the body, produce an adaptation

-The effect of HBOT on bacterial growth in the microbiome

  • Upregulation in your own immune system:
    • HBOT will affect neutrophils and macrophages
  • Used on anaerobic pathogens (serious infections)
  • An environment of high oxygen is conducive for healthy bacteria to thrive
  • Watch out for a new BGF podcast w/ Dr. Matt Cook!

-How HBOT works with bone repair and formation

  • It’s all about cell signaling
  • Growth factors are the signals for healing and recovery
    • Regenerator cells
    • Platelet-derived growth factors
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) promotes angiogenesis
  • HBOT is one of many modalities used for healing

-Treatments that work well in conjunction w/ HBOT

-Safety concerns w/ HBOT chambers

  • The risk is when there’s 100% oxygen, not a home chamber
  • Oxygen is not flammable, it’s an accelerant
  • Pneumothorax (collapsed lung) will be problematic in an HBOT chamber
  • Don’t do w/ ear pain
  • The pressure you’re in is equivalent to being 10 feet underwater

-How HBOT affects mental performance

-HBOT vs. exercise w/ oxygen therapy (EWOT)

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Sonners, J. (2023, August 3). A New Treatment For Blasting Tissues With Oxygen, Growing New Blood Vessels, Recovering Faster, Killing Bacteria, Building Stem Cells & Much More. Ben Greenfield Life.