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05 Jul 2005

To : Joanne E
I read your posting and I have also got an email today from a friend today who's child has epilepsy......

We are so fast to GRAB at anything that can "cure" our children and these people are exploiting (remember i'm afrikaans so my words are not always lekker) it BIG TIME!

Ek't so stel afgetrap met die hyperbaric chamber...
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

I.m sure hyperbaric therapy ( a way of POSSIBLY increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood, temporarily, in some situations, would not help scoliosis, and except for the Bends ( in deep sea diving accidents ) I'm not sure that it's established as a good treatment for anything. At the mst it might help in a few acute, enmergency situations when the brain might be short of oxygen --- after there has been brain damage, from whatever cause, it probably wouldn't be able to make any difference.
As CP Mom says, when we are woried for someone we love, we can grasp at straws, and she asks how do we KNOW whether something really works ? That's where science comes in --- you cant believe what is claimed by the guy selling the stuff ( any more than you'd beleve automatically a used-car salesman !) --- but you look for scientific testing to show if it works better than the standard, usual treatment, and bettetr than doing nothing ; and at scientific agreement --- if you can convince a bunch of sceptical scientists that something works, well, maybe it does.
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