Oxygen and the Brain - The Journey of Our
By Philip B. James, MD
''An invasion of armies can be resisted
but not an idea whose time has come.
Victor Hugo 1802 - 1885
From Philip B. James, Emeritus Professor
Man has conquered Everest, been to the
bottom of the deepest ocean, and even walked on the Moon by understanding
pressure and oxygen. But the one area of life the technology
has not influenced is the practice of medicine.
Billions have been spent researching drugs
to treat the brain and they have failed; drug companies are closing
their neuroscience laboratories. This is because there is no
substitute for oxygen. As the most astonishing discovery since
DNA was unraveled has shown, oxygen, the gas in the air we all
breathe, controls our most important genes.
If we are sick or seriously injured in
intensive care, the amount of oxygen we can be given is limited
by the weather. Without a simple pressure chamber, we are forced
to accept a variation of more than 10% when just 2% more oxygen
on the summit of Everest can mean the difference between life
and death. We have already engineered the solution; the technology
used in aircraft that sustains us flying at 40,000 feet can transform
to facilitate medical recovery safely on the ground.
This book follows the human journey from
conception to old age and presents evidence amassed over more
than a century that can transform the care of patients with birth
injury, head trauma, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and even reverse
decline in old age. There is no more necessary and scientific
action than to correct a deficiency of oxygen, especially in
the brain and it is simple to give more.
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