Carrie Ann Inaba Reveals Look at Treatment Amid Leave of Absence from ‘The Talk’

by Suzanne Halliburton

Carrie Ann Inaba, as promised, is sharing her way to better health. And in this latest installment, The Talk co-host showed off an oxygen mask.

So what’s up with that?

Let’s check in with the Carrie Ann Inaba Instagram account for the answer. It’s Wednesday, so there is an update from the Dancing with the Stars judge and The Talk personality. She captioned her photo gallery:

“This is what I’m doing today. Can you guess what it is? Swipe through to get a fuller picture…
Hint: Justin Bieber does it too.”

What Is Carrie Ann Inaba Doing in the Giant Tube?

Carrie Ann Inaba appears to be trying hyperbaric oxygen therapy. According to the Mayo Clinic, this therapy has a patient breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment. It literally makes it a bit more difficult to breathe, allowing your body to build red blood cells and stem cells. And it hastens healing.

It used to be a therapy to help with the bends in diving. Endurance athletes have slept in hyperbaric chambers to mimic altitude training. Lance Armstrong, who won seven Tours de France, used the chamber to help with training for mountain stages. The late Michael Jackson used it in an effort to preserve his youth and vitality. Doctors have prescribed this kind of therapy to heal wounds and/or infections.

And yes, as Carrie Ann Inaba said, pop star Justin Bieber uses a hyperbaric chamber. He has two of them, including one at his studio.

 “It fills up with oxygen,” Bieber said. “I really have been struggling with a lot of anxiety. You get more oxygen to your brain so it decreases your stress levels. It’s pretty cool.”

In the same docuseries, Bieber also said he uses the chamber to rid his body of toxins built up because of his previous drug use.

So why would Carrie Ann Inaba use the chamber?

Last month, Carrie Ann Inaba announced she was taking a leave of absence from The Talk. She said she is dealing with chronic pain. She has an auto-immune condition and lingering injuries from all her years of dancing.

In addition, doctors diagnosed her with lupus last year. She also is suffering from spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.

Earlier this month, Carrie Ann Inaba promised to share her experiences.

“When it all kind of settles into my mind, I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned in order to help everybody else who might be struggling with similar issues,” she said. “And I know we’re all kind of struggling. This year was rough opening up. Life is coming back to quote normal, but obviously it’s a new normal. We’re actually moving forward and not backwards.”