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The logic for using hyperbaric oxygen treatment for developmental disorders relates to the auto-immune and/or viral theory of these conditions. Hyperbaric oxygen has been studied for auto-immune disorders and found to be helpful. [References for this will be posted soon]. Encephalitis, in this theory, is thought to be part of developmental disorders. The encephalitis can be initiated by viral infection, by exposure to vaccines, and/or by other auto-immune processes (the result of exposure to abnormal opioid-like substances from the opioid excess hypothesis, for example).
Steroids such as methylprednisolone, are used in several health conditions already, including for the treatment of relapses in people with relapsing remitting MS. However long-term treatment with steroids is usually avoided, and they are usually prescribed at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. This is because of the risk of side effects such as weight gain, acne, cataracts, osteoporosis (thinning of the bones), deterioration of the head of the thigh bone and diabetes. The NICE Guideline recommends that courses of steroids in people with MS be limited to a maximum of three times a year.