Although there are plausible mechanisms by which HBOT could work in ALS and a flawed pre-clinical study showing benefit in a mouse model, the best available human trial of HBOT showed no benefit. Given this negative human trial and the fact that HBOT has potentially serious complications, we do not recommend HBOT for patients with ALS at this time.
Kim Cherry’s ALS reversal, which occurred on HBOT and several other alternative treatments, appears very interesting. We do not think this is due to HBOT alone. There are other rare examples of ALS reversals on different (or sometimes no) treatments (28). Other explanations for these reversals include undetected ALS mimics syndromes or endogenous mechanisms that confer resistance to the disease (28). We look forward to further study of cases like this (29).
Declaration of interest: ALSUntangled is sponsored by the ALS Association and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
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