What is ozone?
Ozone is oxygen with some added energy. In other words it is a ‘reactive’ form of oxygen. It consists of three oxygen atoms together, O3 instead of O2 . In the stratosphere, we know that the ozone layer is critical for life on earth. Ozone (O3) is produced in the atmosphere when UV light comes in contact with the oxygen (O2) rising from the plants that produce it. Ozone is critical because it absorbs the lethal ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and protects life below. Heat is created through this chemical reaction and we remain warm without dying from the sun’s harmful UV rays. UV light can also combine with pollutants like hydrocarbons and nitrous oxide at ground level (the “troposphere”) and create ozone which is toxic to our eyes and lungs. This is the irritant found in smog. Medical ozone, however, is made in an ozone generator, which has a power supply that supplies electricity to a tube through which oxygen is passed. A biochemical process occurs where O2 actually breaks down into a single O, called a singlet oxygen. This singlet O then quickly recombines into O3. O3 carries more oxidative energy than O2, but it doesn’t last long, and when it is introduced into the body in any one of several approved treatment protocols and comes in contact with bodily fluids/tissues, it quickly dissociates and becomes O2 and O and releases its energy into the body. This energy is toxic to any virus or bacteria it comes in contact with, and it ‘oxidizes’ that particle. Healthy cells have enzymes that protect them from this energy and are unharmed; in fact they are ‘powered up’ by it. The mitochondria (the powerhouse generator of the cell) is stimulated to make more ATP, the energy ‘fuel’ of the cells.
Medical ozone therapy, the use of pure oxygen to disinfect and treat disease as well as create an immune response, was used regularly for over 150 years, but with the introduction of antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals it was quickly replaced by these prescriptions for the treatments of choice. It has remained widely used in Europe, particularly in Germany, and has regained some popularity in the U.S. since the 1980s. The best technology for producing ozone gas was designed and built by Nikola Tesla – after whom the famous electric ‘Tesla’ car is named.
Ozone’s effectiveness as a potent antimicrobial agent and its effectiveness in exterminating bacteria, fungi, and viruses has been well documented. It has been used to disinfect drinking water since before the turn of the last century. More on the history of ozone can be found HERE and HERE.
Ozone therapy has proven to be the one of the most powerful detoxifiers in existence. In fact part of our own immune system has been shown to produce ozone so as to ‘blast’ an attack from an invader and destroy it. This research was conducted by the Scripps Research Institute and funded by the National Institute of Health. This is truly a miraculous process.
Ozone is also known as an oxidative therapy. Oxidative medicine is any treatment that involves oxidants. Most of us think about oxidation as bad, such as ‘oxidative stress,’ however, oxidants used therapeutically can be beneficial in a variety of health conditions. These therapies aim to improve oxygenation to tissues and blood, enhance metabolic processes, support and improve immune function, and to fight infection. In addition to ozone therapies, hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatment, ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy, intravenous (IV) hydrogen peroxide and IV high dose vitamin C are also medical oxidative therapies.
Oxidative stress and inflammation aren’t good for us and are at the root of almost all diseases, including cancer. Ozone therapy leads to increases in something known as nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2). Nrf2 is a powerful protein that when activated in the nucleus of the cell, it turns on the production of antioxidant enzymes such as Catalase, Glutathione and Superoxide Dismutase (SOD). Studies suggest that Nrf2 plays an important role in apoptosis (cell death) of damaged cells.
The top 10 reasons you might consider adding ozone into your treatment regimen:
- Ozone improves your immune function.
- Ozone kills things on contact – bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites
- Ozone increases oxygenation of tissues
- Ozone reduces inflammation
- Ozone helps prevent and treat cancer
- Ozone increases energy production
- Ozone is anti-aging
- Ozone helps the body detox
- Ozone reduces/eliminates pain
- Ozone helps antioxidants to rid the body of free radicals
- Ozone helps red blood cells travel through clogged arteries
- Ozone increase the production of interferon, interleukin-2 and tumor necrosis factor which help fight infection and cancer
- Ozone is used in dental procedures
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Oxidative Therapies are important components of any comprehensive treatment program for chronic degenerative diseases, immune disorders and cancer. As already outlined, these treatments help to increase blood and tissue oxygenation, stimulate metabolic processes and enhance immune functions. With very few side effects, ozone therapy is an exceptional treatment modality for aiding in the reversal of chronic disease as well as prevention of disease.
Ozone can be administered through many different routes. Here are some of the more popular means of administration:
- Major auto-hemotherapy – A patient’s own anticoagulated blood is mixed with ozone and is infused into a vessel.
- Rectal/vaginal insufflation – Ozone is administered by catheter into the rectum or vagina.
- Limb or body bagging – Body or parts are bathed in humidified ozone.
- Ozonated water – Dissolves easily in water to be used topically or consumed.
- Intra-articular or subcutaneous administration (Prolozone) – For wound and joint healing and prolotherapy.
- Ozone sauna – Steam sauna with ozone administered during the treatment.
- Ozonated olive oil – Ozone is bubbled through oil until the oil is thickened. This will produce ozonides that are not irritating and thus is applied topically even to eyes.
- Gingival and tooth apex injection – Can eliminate infection.
- Urinary bladder insufflation – For chronic inflammation.
As an anticancer, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agent, ozone is an exceptional treatment option, especially since there are almost no negative side effects.
Read more about the benefits of ozone HERE.
Ozone therapy has been utilized and heavily studied for more than a century. As an anticancer, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agent, ozone is unsurpassed. Its effects are proven, consistent, safe and without significant side effects.