Tennant Institute Team Continues to Think Outside the Box
Dr. Jerry Tennant
As breakthroughs in natural and integrative medicine emerge, Dr. Jerry Tennant, an ophthalmologist and founder of the Tennant Institute for Integrative Medicine, stays on the forefront. Building upon his pioneering research that led to his invention of the Tennant BioModulator—a non-invasive apparatus using voltage to relieve chronic pain—Tennant continues to offer cutting-edge therapies, including hyperbaric (high pressure) oxygen therapy and mind-body connection therapy. This summer, otolaryngologist and immunologist Gregory Hyde, M.D., joined Tennant’s team to bring new ideas and a proven new allergy treatment to the Dallas community.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy administered in a hospital setting is a well-established treatment for burns and decompression sickness, but its value in treating pain conditions such as fibromyalgia has just recently become known. “One of the characteristics of most chronic disease is that people’s tissue are deficient in oxygen,” explains Tennant.
Even if someone has a high measurement of oxygen in the hemoglobin, oxygen still may not be getting to the tissues. “With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, instead of putting oxygen into the hemoglobin, the process puts oxygen in the liquid, or plasma, part of the blood, which has an easier time getting into the nooks and crannies of the body, compared to red blood cells. Hyperbaric is a mechanism where you can get oxygen to the tissue, even when circulation and blood supply is unable to do so,” says Tennant.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is administered in a specialized chamber. There are various types and sizes, and Tennant says their chamber features steel walls and is large enough to seat two adults side-by-side, minimizing feelings of claustrophobia. Treatments are 60 or 90 minutes long. Most people lie down and take a nap during treatment, while some read a book or work on their laptop. Because hyperbaric chambers used to treat chronic pain do not have the same high concentration of pure oxygen used in hospital chambers, there’s no risk of a spark.
Hyde, who runs the hyperbaric program at Tennant Institute, is a Nacogdoches-based physician in the process of relocating his practice to the Tennant Institute, in Colleyville. He is certified in the U.S. for sublingual immunotherapy and low-dose antigen therapy, an advanced system of dealing with allergies. Originally developed in the UK, this system differs in that after standard intradermal and immunoglobulin E testing is administered and allergens are determined, the cycle of allergy shots is shortened to just three years—down from the traditional seven years.
Tennant and Hyde met during one of Tennant’s BioModulator seminars. “I discovered that he’s not only an expert in ear, nose and throat conditions, but he also has in-depth knowledge of the things I’ve been doing,” Tennant says. “The skill sets he has are complementary to what we do here at the Tennant Institute. He’s got a great personality, people love him and he’s one of smartest men I’ve ever met.”
New to the Tennant Institute this year is mind-body connection therapy, based on research that discovered how thoughts, feelings, beliefs and attitudes positively or negatively affect how the body biologically functions. “We have only just begun to unravel that mystery,” says Tennant. “We find that emotions are stored in the body as magnetic fields, and when you have a magnetic field, it causes a distortion in your normal rhythms. Now we can find that distortion and actually erase the emotion with a stronger magnetic field. We have a system now where we can easily find emotions that a person has and simply tune them away by using that magnetic field, and that has been dramatic in helping people.”
The Tennant Institute is located at 35 Veranda Ln., Ste. 100, in Colleyville. For more information, call 972-580-1156 or visit TennantInstitute.us.