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Gene Wei, DOM, AP

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Please note: We no longer offer Oxygen Therapy at our clinic... but we encourage all our patients to get one for home use if they are fighting cancer. But we left the information below for you to learn more. If you have any question about getting a home unit please contact us.

 

Oxygen Multistep Therapy was pioneered by German physician and scientist, Manfred von Ardenne, MD. It has been researched and utilized in clinics to help thousands of patients worldwide. Yet because of more recent studies, the benefits of oxygen therapies have been making their way back into the news. Whether you’re looking to increase your athletic performance, decrease your "biological age", or increase the effects of conventional cancer treatments, the metabolic benefits of O2MT can be a very powerful treatment.

 

Athletes Cancer Patients Computer Professionals
Chronic Illness Patients Health Conscious People

 

 

 

Oxygen Multistep Therapy involves breathing higher levels of oxygen (90%) while exercising on a stationary "spin" bike. This treatment is combined with supplements that increase blood flow and cellular metabolism and to maximize oxygenation uptake. And unlike many similar oxygen therapies, our system is designed to give you a high-volume flow of oxygen through a sealed mask. This prevents you from breathing ambient air from the room during your treatment, and ensures maximum benefit.

 

A single session of Oxygen Multistep Therapy lasts about 20-25 minutes depending on your fitness levels and goals.

 

 

Many everyday stressors can decrease your blood's "plasma oxygen levels" and can cause poor circulation in various parts of the body. The oxygen in your blood resides in two places... attached to your red blood cells, and dissolved into the fluid portion of your blood (the plasma). Dr. von Ardenne's research institute did extensive studies on plasma oxygenation, and how it reacts to different stressors. Here are some charts below showing the effects of specific stressors, and their effects on plasma oxygenation.

 

Everyday Stressors that reduce Plasma O2 (and O2 uptake):

 

The reduction in the arterial resting PO2 by various debilitating effects on the lung-heart system: physical inactivity, excess of stress and physical inactivity, prolonged illness, physical disablement, and flu. [1]

 

Dr. von Ardenne found that lowered plasma oxygen levels caused capillaries (small blood vessels) to narrow. This restriction of blood flow contributes to a wide variety of diseases and accelerates aging in general.

 

Increased Oxygen uptake and Blood Circulation after O2 Therapy:

 

O2 diffusion parameters at the venous end of the capillaries before (A), during (B) and after (C) O2MT. Rough schematic presentation. Example: 15 min O2MT quick procedure. [2]

 

Whether you are fighting cancer, chronic illness, or just want to perform at your best, optimizing your plasma oxygen levels and restoring proper blood circulation is a fundamental step.

 

 

 

1. Athletes:


People who want to increase their athletic performance, will undergo O2MT in a different way. Rather than breathing only oxygen rich air, we cycle between low oxygen and high oxygen air throughout your 15 minutes session on our exercise bike. This "altitude contrast" training combines the best of both worlds: the physiological stimulation of high altitude training, with the metabolic benefits of Oxygen Multistep Therapy. The program itself can be conducted in a few different ways depending on your goals. So whether you are looking to accelerate your endurance gains and VO2 max, or want to reduce the soreness of "season fatigue," we can create a plan to suit your needs.

 

 

2. Cancer Patients:
The relationship of poor oxygenation to cancer growth has been studied for decades. Yet, with today's resurgence of metabolic research in relation to cancer, the oxygen-cancer connection is making its way back into the news [3,4,5]. Modern studies are again showing that poor oxygenation in tumor tissues decreases patients' chances of survival with conventional therapies [6-11]. It can also increase the chances of tumor recurrence [12,13] and metastasis [14].

Researchers have also shown oxygen therapy to increase the effects of both radiation therapy [15], and other natural anti-cancer approaches [16,17]. It has also shown to prevent and treat long term damage caused by radiation therapy [18]. Oxygen Multistep Therapy is also important to maintain your plasma oxygen levels after surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy as these therapies can all decrease your plasma oxygen levels [19] (see charts below). With powerful tools like O2 Multistep Therapy, we can design a complementary cancer care protocol to support you every step of the way.

 

Cancer Related Stressors:

 

Examples of the lowering of the arterial resting PO2 by stressful processes of infectious, toxic, and quasitoxic kind.

 

Note to cancer patients: While anti-angiogenic (blood vessel blocking) therapies (natural or pharmaceutical) can be very beneficial, “restoring proper blood flow” with O2MT does not mean that it will increase blood vessel growth and promote tumor growth. Quite the opposite is true. Healthy angiogenesis (blood vessel growth) itself is fundamental to life. But angiogenesis in cancer growth is deranged [20] and can be thought of as “pathological angiogenesis” (disease state induced blood vessel growth). Researchers have shown that low oxygen (hypoxia) can stimulate this deranged tumor blood vessel growth through proteins called “hypoxia-inducible factor” (HIF) [21,22,23]. Rather than just blocking this (diseased) blood vessel promoting mechanism, Oxygen Multistep Therapy works to remove one of the underlying factors (local oxygen deficiency) that stimulates this deranged blood vessel growth. In fact, though it was contrary to their previous beliefs in blocking tumor blood vessel growth, researchers at Oxford University found benefits with a similar approach of promoting oxygenation and blood flow to tumors before conventional therapies [24]. Researchers at University of Rochester found the same effect [25]. Yet, this is something that Dr. von Ardenne and other (especially German) researchers had studied for decades. Overall, oxygen therapy approached in a specific way, combined with a wide range of complementary anti-cancer approaches, can be a very powerful complement to conventional cancer treatments.

 

What is "Accelerated Multistep Therapy"?

 

At the Center For Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, we also combine Multistep Oxygen Therapy with Whole Body Periodic Acceleration (WPA) Therapy, something that we call "Accelerated Multistep Therapy." WPA Therapy involves a device called the “Exer-Rest” bed, which rocks the patient gently back and forth to increase blood flow. You can think of it as a form of “passive exercise” that we combine with Multistep Oxygen Therapy. This combination was designed especially for those who are undergoing conventional therapies for cancers in certain areas of the body.

 

Why "Accelerated Multistep Therapy"?

 

While exercise increases blood flow to the muscles, lungs, and heart, it can actually decrease blood flow to internal organs like the kidneys, stomach, small intestine, and spleen. Because cancers can often be present in these area, we have some patients undergo Oxygen Multistep Therapy using Whole Body Periodic Acceleration Therapy, instead of exercising on a bike. WPA has shown to increase blood flow to the brain (+180%), liver (+86%), stomach, small intestine, and kidneys (+53-72%). So depending upon the location of your tumor, we can determine which form of Oxygen Multistep Therapy will best fit your case.

 

 

3. Computer Professionals/ Knowledge Workers:


During his research in the 1960's, Dr.von Ardenne found something that is more relevant now than ever before. Though physical inactivity was found to decrease patients' blood plasma oxygen levels, physical inactivity combined with stress caused even greater drops. Why is this so relevant today? Because many of us are "knowledge workers" who spend long stressful hours working on the computer. Our brains work extra hard, our bodies tend to be motionless for many hours, and our breathing tends to be shallow and erratic. This can be highly disturbing to our plasma oxygen levels and blood circulation. People who exercise intensely right before working on a computer can be at even greater risk, because of the "metabolic debt" incurred through intense physical exertion.

If you are a "knowledge worker" who suffers from any of these symptoms below, O2 Multistep Therapy should definitely be considered.

 

Poor blood circulation

Chronically cold limbs or body parts

Frequent colds and flus

Muscle tightness and spasms

Tension Headaches

Any condition that is clearly made worse by working long hours on the computer

Any condition that is clearly made worse by getting a massage (including lightheadedness, dizziness, heart palpitations, digestive disturbance)

 


4. People Fighting Chronic Illnesses (especially stress or age induced):


Oxygen Multistep can benefit a wide variety of chronic illnesses because oxygen is at the center of cellular energy creation. Here is a list of cases that can benefit from O2 Multistep Therapy [26]:

Degenerative eye disorders

Angina-pectoris (heart related chest pain)

Asthma and shortness of breath

Liver toxicity

Circulation disorders

Migraine headaches

Wound healing

Post Illness rehabilitation (heart attack, surgery, infection, intoxication)

Reduction of side effects of conventional cancer therapies (surgery, radiation, chemotherapy)

Rehabilitation after illness induced immobility (paralysis, arthritis, rheumatism, catastrophic injury

 

 

5. Health Conscious People/ Everyday People:


Because proper oxygenation is fundamental for cellular energy creation, there are only a few that won't benefit from this therapy in some way. But in general, here are some of the reasons to utilize O2 Multistep Therapy for disease prevention [27]:

 

Reduced susceptibility to disease in general

Improved skin oxygenation and health

Anti-aging effects (decreasing "biological age" by an average 10 years)

Reducing the impact of job stress

Conditioning before and or after events involving intense physical or psychological stress (surgery, public speaking, competitive sporting event)

Normalization of oxygen transport capacity in cigarette smokers (especially those who smoke more than 4 per day)

Cancer and cancer prevention

Immune system maintenance

Blood circulation stability

Intensification of "holiday effect" on overall health

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There are three main differences between these two types of Oxygen Therapy:

While Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Oxygen Multistep Therapy provide similar benefits, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy uses pressure to push oxygen into your body. O2 Multistep Therapy on the other hand, uses physical exertion (and supplementation) to pulloxygen into your body with it's own natural mechanisms.

 

Both therapies are very beneficial, but Hyperbaric Oxygen is best reserved for those who are severely disabled and/or cannot endure physical exertion.

 

High quality Hyperbaric Oxygen treatments are more time consuming, and much more costly for both the patient and provider.

 

O2 Multistep Therapy is just as effective, more practical, quicker, and much more cost effective.

 

 
 

[1] von Ardenne, M. Oxygen Multistep Therapy: Physiological and Technical Foundations. Stuttgart, Germany; 1990. pgs. 44-45
[2]von Ardenne, M. Oxygen Multistep Therapy: Physiological and Technical Foundations. Stuttgart, Germany; 1990. pgs. 62
[3] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120503194219.htm
[4] http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/7/1/7
[5] http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10863-007-9094-x
[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8438086
[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9783886
[8] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10717157
[9] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11395851
[10] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11395850
[11] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12067980
[12] http://www.uhn.ca/corporate/ForMedia/PressReleases/Pages/oxygen_in_tumours.aspx
[13] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090527151136.htm
[14] http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/56/5/941.full.pdf+html
[15] http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/newsroom/news-releases/year-2013/july/oxytumor-mason.html
[16] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23755243
[17] http://www.washington.edu/news/2011/04/04/high-dose-of-oxygen-enhances-natural-cancer-treatment/
[18] http://www.uclahealth.org/body.cfm?id=502&action=detail&ref=675
[19] von Ardenne, M. Oxygen Multistep Therapy: Physiological and Technical Foundations. Stuttgart, Germany; 1990. pgs. 44-45
[20] http://gan.sagepub.com/content/2/12/1117.full
[21] http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/7/1/7
[22] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18300418
[23] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15245814
[24] http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1203600/Injecting-oxygen-cancerous-tumours-improves-chances-recovery.html
[25] http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/news/story/index.cfm?id=375
[26] http://med.ardenne.de/?therapien=oxygen-multistep-therapy&lang=en
[27] http://med.ardenne.de/?therapien=oxygen-multistep-therapy&lang=en

 

 

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