Joe Namath Talks Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury

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Joe Namath discusses HBOT for the treatment of TBI

 

Reporter
My next guest knows a thing or two about that he’s the Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath. He recently underwent a series of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Treatments that doctors claim reversed damage he suffered from years of brutal hits in the NFL.

How would you describe these Hyperbaric Treatments and what did they do to you?

Joe Namath
JoeNamathwithDocKnowing that I had had concussions I reached out for some help because I wanted to find out if in fact I had traumatic brain injuries (TBI) we could do something about. I did take a nuclear scan. We found that the left temporal area of my brain, the back part, was experiencing virtually no blood flow. So we used a protocol process in a hyperbaric chamber. I did 120 HBOT treatments. After each 40 I was checked again and my cognitive tests that I had taken before the dives as well as my brain in the scans came back to normal. The tests improved with each group of treatments that I had taken. My brain showed a full blood flow and is working once again the way it should be.

Reporter
Is this a possible treatment for other NFL players who have concussion and traumatic brain injuries? Are you putting this out as a possible treatment for them?

Joe Namath
We are trying. We submitted the study to the FDA and they approved it. They want to see another 100 studies. So here at the Joe Namath Neurological Center at the Jupiter Medical Center we are doing that study. HBOT works. I promise you. Not just for traumatic brain injuries for athletes but a variety of brain ailments as well as for children. There are more traumatic brain injuries around the country everyday than there are in athletics. We have discovered help.

Reporter
Could you feel it? You said that your cognitive ability improved. Does that mean you could think more clearly after the hyperbaric treatment?

Joe Namath
JoeNamathSpectScanYou know I felt good beforehand however I exercise more. I exercise more mentally now and I feel sharper than I had in the past. I had a lot of questions prior to doing the hyperbaric treatments and getting help and those questions have diminished. I feel sharp. I’m as healthy as can be and I am very thankful for that. Again, seeing those pictures, seeing the scans of the brain. Seeing it during and after, It works.

Reporter
It’s getting oxygen to your brain. That’s what a hyperbaric chamber does.

Joe Namath
It’s something so simple but we can fast for a while right? We can go without liquids for a while right? How long can we go without oxygen? Pure oxygen, under pressure, gets into every part of our body, our brain, we need it. It helps.

Reporter
How many HBOT treatments did you have? How many times did you have to go into the chamber?

Joe Namath
Well, have to and not have to. After 40 treatments we saw a clear improvement with the blood flow into the brain. We did another 40 treatments. I ended up doing 120 hyperbaric treatments over a period of about 7 months. They put you to a pressure, called an atmosphere, like you are going down under the water. Pressure per square inch. It can vary from individual to individual. An atmosphere is 33 feet. Say you go down to 70 some feet of pressure and they apply the pure oxygen. The doctors knowledge, the protocol, that’s the key. No doubt that the pure oxygen with the pressure combined is a major help for the physiology and TBI.

Reporter
Joe Namath it was an honor and a pleasure to have you with us on the show. Congratulations on this successful treatment for concussions. Good stuff sir.

Joe Namath
It’s a help. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a major help.