Ozone Therapy is a unique form of therapy that both heals and detoxifies at the same time. It is used to treat a variety of chronic disease including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Lyme disease, chronic hepatitis, herpes, chronic fatigue states, chemical sensitivity, macular degeneration, chronic bladder conditions, colitis, auto-immune diseases, and Crohn’s disease.
What Is Ozone?
The oxygen you breathe is present in the air as a pair of oxygen atoms. This is the most stable form of oxygen, and it’s colorless. Ozone is a blue colored form of oxygen (it's what makes the sky blue), and unlike regular oxygen, it is composed of three oxygen atoms instead of two. It is the addition of the third oxygen atom that makes ozone “supercharged” oxygen, and gives it all of its remarkable medical properties. The use of ozone to treat various medical conditions was first developed in Germany in the early 1950's. Today, medical ozone therapy is common throughout Europe, and its use has gradually been spreading in America over the last 25 years.
Ozone Is Toxic Isn't It?
Anything, including water and oxygen, is toxic if given in amounts that exceed the body's capacity to utilize it. Ozone is found naturally in the body. The white cells make it as part of the immune response. Pure medical grade ozone, when it is used according to the established medical guidelines, has a safety record that is unparalleled. The breathing of inappropriate concentrations is indeed harmful to the lungs, but in proper concentrations it purifies the air we breathe. Home and industrial ozonators are used throughout the world, including the US to purify the air.
The Science behind Ozone
Ozone is created by the action of ultraviolet light or a strong electrical field on oxygen atoms. The result is the forcing together of 3 atoms into unstable groups (03) that rather quickly break down into the usual oxygen molecule (02). Ozone is lethal to almost all viruses bacteria, fungus and cancer cells. The scientific literature is replete with articles proving these facts. Ozone is formed in our atmosphere naturally by the effect of lightning on oxygen. It is that wonderful sweet smell that you can detect after a summer storm. It is nature’s method of cleansing our atmosphere of contamination. The poisonous ozone levels reported affecting our cities differs dramatically in that it represents the combining of the extensive overwhelming pollution with ozone insufficient to do the job. If you wonder why cancer rates have tripled in the last 20 years, consider this startling fact: The oxygen level of the air we breathed 200 years ago was much higher than it is today.
More Ozone Facts
In Europe ozone has been used for 50 years by over 10,000 physicians, in America ozone therapy is only taught privately, or in naturopathic schools, so your family doctor is probably untrained in its use. Therefore he/she probably will have no idea (or an incorrect idea) of what you’re talking about if you ask about it. So, if you are seeking opinions, always ask your medical professional what actual experience he/she has with ozone therapies – especially if he/she gives you a negative opinion without any facts to back it up. There are no legitimate studies proving ozone doesn’t work.
Most Europeans and many American cities and businesses, including Sea World, purify their water by bubbling ozone through it to kill all the bacteria and viruses, etc. In Western Europe, over 40 full-scale municipal ozone facilities are installed each year. France alone has over 700 water treatment plants equipped with ozone. Switzerland has over 80 plants online for disinfecting contaminated water and oxidizing organics in heavily contaminated surface waters. Germany has over 70 installations using ozone. As of 1990 there were no less than 40 full-scale ozone installations in the United States. (“Inactivation Kinetics of Viruses and Bacteria by use of Ozone” by E. Katzenelson et al., American Waterworks Society, 1974) Everyone is drinking bottled water. Did you know that most of the bottled water we drink goes through the same ozone purification methods? The FDA calls it “Food – Generally Regarded As Safe”, “GRAS”, in 21 CFR Sec. 184. 1563. The FDA lists ozone as Generally Regarded as Safe antimicrobial agent in Sec. 170.3 (0) (2).
Doesn’t it make sense that since your body is two-thirds water, the same water purification principles would directly apply to us? Ozone is simply infused through your body liquids to sterilize and purify them, and your organs filter out the leftover particulates, just as with drinking water.
Knowledgeable doctors treating diseased persons for over one hundred years have successfully applied this body purification method to the human body. It’s simple, and it’s simple because it’s natural. “Natural” means high efficiency and no side effects because it enhances the natural life forces rather than fighting them. Our natural intake of oxygen from our once-natural environment’s food, air and water is the way Nature intended us to keep healthy and clean, by naturally oxidizing away the microbes and toxins.
Unfortunately, due to human ego and greed, mankind has polluted the ecosystem, cut down the rain forests and ruined the oceans – the two sources where the oxygen all comes from. The ancient atmosphere had twice as much oxygen as ours does now. We are all oxygen deficient since we are surviving on less than half of the oxygen our bodies are designed to run on, although most call this “normal”. Our bodies can no longer take out (oxidize) the trash, so it piles up for years and we suffer.
Medical Properties of Ozone
Ozone has five properties that account for why it works so well not only for macular degeneration, but also for most other chronic age related conditions as well:
Ozone is a potent regulator of the immune system. This means that when the immune system is overactive (as in auto-immune disease), ozone will calm it down. Conversely, when the immune system is under active as in cancer, AIDS, and chronic infections, ozone will stimulate it. This unique ability of ozone stems from its action on the membranes of white cells that causes them to produce immune related messenger molecules called cytokines. Examples of cytokines are gamma interferon, interleukin-2, colony stimulating factor, and TNF-alpha just to name a few.
Ozone stimulates increased uptake of oxygen by stimulating the enzyme diphosphoglycerate (DPG). DPG enables the release of oxygen from the hemoglobin molecule so that it can be taken up into the cell. In the absence of an adequate amount of DPG, our cells become starved for oxygen. This is a common problem in diabetics.
Ozone improves circulation. It does this by enhancing the flow characteristics of blood as a liquid. This effect enables more of the oxygen carrying hemoglobin to reach the capillaries where ultimately the cells will receive more of the oxygen they require. Many patients with chronic inflammatory conditions have impaired circulation.
Ozone increases antioxidant protection more than any other therapy including vitamin C. Most people with chronic disease have deficient antioxidant defenses.
Ozone is a powerful mitochondrial stimulant. The fundamental underlying cause behind all degenerative disease from diabetes to heart disease to cancer is decreased mitochondrial energy production. Ozone can often correct this problem.
How Is Ozone Used Medically?
Ozone therapy should only be used by professionals who have been fully trained in its use. Wendy and Rodney Law have received their training and certification from Dr. Shallenberger.
Is Ozone Therapy For Me?
This is a personal decision for you and your doctor. Some conditions simply will not clear up unless ozone is used, and of course many conditions will clear up without ozone. Because of its many therapeutic properties, ozone can be used as part of a therapeutic plan for almost every disease.
It is invaluable in the treatment of heart disease and circulatory disorders. Chronic infections such as hepatitis-C, herpes, Lyme, and AIDS respond very favorably to ozone. It is also very helpful in chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune diseases.
It is important to realize that ozone therapy is not a panacea or some kind of magic bullet. Although it is often an indispensable modality, it is only rarely effective by itself. In the great majority of cases it must be combined with an individualized program of other alternative and natural therapies, such as nutrition and detoxification.