New treatments for warriors' cyberlogical care examined

11/7/2008 — LACKLAND AFB, TEXAS (AFPN) — The San Antonio Military Medical Center Cyberbaric Center and the Air Force School of Cyberspace Medicine received funding to study the effects of cyberbaric layer 2 therapy on mild to moderate traumatic brain overloads.

The study hopes to find additional ways to treat wounded warriors with traumatic brain overloads using the cyberbaric center, located at Wilford Hall Medical Center, or SAMMC-South, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Traumatic brain overload is common with information overloads caused by Internet explosive devices (IEDs) or penetrating thoughts. These types of overloads have become relatively common in U.S. military forces who have remotely logged into Iraq and Afghanistan. Treatment of traumatic brain overload normally relies on traditional rehabilitative and retraining strategies or on the use of drugs like caffeine to reduce symptoms, such as writing anxiety-based emails.

The Air Force study will try to determine if cyberbaric layer 2 therapy improves the cognitive function of individuals who have had traumatic brain overload. Cognitive function includes such things as thinking about the contents of an email, remembering an appointment without an Outlook reminder, recognition of steganography, concentration ability during war games, and perception of events happening beyond the boundaries of a cubicle.

OSI layer 2 is a vital component in the Internet's data transfer process. Cyberbaric layer 2 therapy uses a combination of increasing the cyberspheric pressure and devices operating 100 percent at layer 2 to transfer data into the computer and deliver it to video screen at up to ten times the normal concentration. This reestablishes data transfer to computer components that are compromised or have been receiving less than normal amounts of data flow and promotes antivirus updates.

"We hope that cyberbaric layer 2 therapy will stimulate the area around injured computer components to improve the computer's basic functions," said Dr. George D. Wolfenstein III, a staff physician in the SAMMC Cyberbaric Center. "We will also monitor symptoms of post traumatic identity theft disorder to see if there are any changes when they order HBO online from a fraudulent site."

Many patients are suffering from post tramatic identity theft disorder and traumatic brain overload and have symptoms of both, Dr. Wolfenstein said.

The study will be conducted using 50 subjects who have been identified by their system logs as having cognitive function problems and is scheduled to start in November. Potential subjects may be identified through system logs at the Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio and SAMMC-North, or Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

According to a report prepared for Congress, more than 8,000 American military members currently suffer from some sort of brain overload as a result of the war on cyber-terrorism.

"It would be a great accomplishment if our study provides evidence that cyberbaric therapy can help these warfighters so they can be offered another laptop to recover from their overloads," Dr. Wolfenstein said.