NTXLyme Group Meeting June 18, 2016
Mark and Scott Jackson – Hyperbaric Approach to a Cure
Martha Boykin, the group’s founder, said a few words about changes that are taking place for the NTXLyme Group. Although she will be stepping down as president, Martha will continue to perform many “behind the scenes” duties that are necessary for the group to function. One or more people are needed to come forward to arrange for speakers. Martha will be available to support the new facilitators as they become acclimated to the activity. Christian Munsch, a meeting facilitator, shared that he actually found it an enjoyable experience as he arranged for meeting topics and speakers.
Scott Jackson, a life-long Alvarado resident, began the presentation. He described a lifestyle that centers on faith and family. Scott grew up on a farm, loving high school and college athletics. He earned a business degree from Oklahoma Christian University followed by a varied work history including General Dynamics, public education, keeping cows and bees, and working in Branson as a professional hammer dulcimer musician.
About 5 years ago Scott began to suffer perplexing symptoms, seizures being the worst because those most directly affected his ability to provide for his family. A neurologist diagnosed him with migraines. This neurologist, Dr. “X”, stated that she didn’t “believe that Lyme crap” and further stated, “Tell me the diagnosis you want and I’ll give it to you.” Scott subsequently found a practitioner who helped him see some improvements. He did try LDI, but did not see any significant improvement. Scott’s most profound improvements came once he began a series of treatments using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). At first his seizures increased. To date Scott has had a total of 54 treatments and reported that he feels “clearer and better able to think.” His good periods are lasting longer and his lows are not as low.
Mark Jackson introduced Ed Betts from ANDI International (Freeport, New York) who joined the meeting via Skype. Ed’s experience includes extensive and significant contributions to the diving industry. He discussed the rationale and mechanism by which HBOT can be used to ameliorate the symptoms of Lyme disease and other conditions such as burns, traumatic brain injury and stroke. HBOT delivers 100% oxygen at pressures greater than atmospheric (sea level) pressure to a patient in a specially designed chamber resulting in increased amount of dissolved oxygen being delivered into the blood. The U.S. Navy has been using HBOT since 1930.
Mark shared that the Patriot Clinic is using HBOT and serving eligible U.S. veterans free of charge.