I explain to my patients that to get cockroaches out of the kitchen, I can either kill them with my shoe or turn on the light.
Interestingly it only takes a little bit of light for them to leave the room.
The small amount of increased oxygen that is needed by the cells to improve their function does not necessarily require new blood vessel formation to be accomplished because with HBOT free oxygen molecules are dissolved directly into the cerebrospinal fluid Therefore these cells are no longer dependent on increased oxygen delivery from increased blood vessel formation that secondarily delivers a greater oxygen load because it carries more hemoglobin.
At times it may actually be the sudden removal of higher than normal oxygen concentrations that the body has adapted to rather than the higher levels of oxygen itself that may stimulate angioneogenesis There are reports that the new vessel formation in the retinas of premature infants who were on high doses of oxygen was stimulated by the rapid removal of oxygen and not from the oxygen itself.
Children with autism have difficulty handling viral infections, most likely due to immune dysfunction.
It has been postulated many times that children with autism have a chronic low grade viral gastroenteritis and viral encephalitits. I speculate that one of the primary reasons HBOT works so well for so many children whose abnormal stools improve once they start HBOT is because the chronic, low-grade, smoldering live viral load harbored in the intestinal mucosa (Wakefield/Krigsman hypothesis) does poorly when surrounded by higher oxygen concentrations.
A growing number of studies are focusing on the mitochondria and its relationship to many disorders The possibility exists that some autistic symptoms may occur if these organelles are dysfunctional or fewer in number than the number found in children without autism.