Environmental Health

Dear Dr. Rea,
My doctor recently prescribed supplemental oxygen therapy for my “mitochondria dysfunction.” She wants me to use “100% oxygen” for one hour once a day while awake, using a ceramic mask. Doc says this oxygen therapy is based on research you have done. I’ve talked with local medical suppliers and they are not familiar with this approach and had never even heard of a ceramic mask. I’m not clear how to create the “100% oxygen.”

A nurse friend talked with the respiratory therapist at hospital, who said the “100% oxygen” is kind of misnomer since all oxygen is 100% when it comes out of the tank or whatever. He said what doc probably means is high concentration of oxygen, which he said usually runs about 80%. I’m confused by what all this means and how to proceed. Wondering if it makes sense for me to just buy equipment rather then rent it. Any suggestions or sources for equipment are greatly appreciated.

Dr. Rea’s response:
I recommend to my patients to use oxygen for two hours per day, 4-8 liters per minute. I find it more effective than one hour a day. It is true that “100% oxygen” is a misnomer. Many people cannot tolerate the oxygen concentration so be careful with it. Our foundation can provide the entire set of equipment needed for oxygen therapy. Ceramic masks, tygon tubing and stainless steel tubing can be purchased through our website or call the foundation at 800.428.2343.

William J. Rea, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.E.M.
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