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      Ozone Therapy Summary

      Ozone Therapy is a medical therapy that has been used worldwide for over 50 years with dramatic success and safety. In North America Ozone Therapy has not yet been fully recognized by the medical authorities, however if you review our ever growing list of Ozone Doctors, you will see that it is being adopted more and more by formally 'traditional' medical practitioners. It is clear that Ozone Therapy works, and it is becoming one of the most useful tools in medical clinics across America and around the World. (See "A Review of Ozone Therapy Applications" to learn how ozone is being administered). If you are completely new to Ozone and are wondering what all the fuss is about, read our new section Ozone Therapy Basics and then come back to these articles.

      What does it do? To breifly summarize, ozone accomplishes these very important tasks in your body:

      1. Ozone is AntiAging (some of those AntiAging effects can be attributed to the following list of actions...)
      2. Ozone Increases Oxygenation of your Cells (it has been proven that cancer and disease grow in poorly oxygenated tissues in your body).
      3. Ozone Modulates your Immune System (for those with a weakened immune system, Ozone will boost the immune system. For those with Auto-Immune Disorders, Ozone will modulate the immune system to help to stop it from attacking healthy human cells.)
      4. Ozone Increases Energy Production in your Cells (your cells need energy to be healthy; low energy levels mean that you and your cells will not be healthy and will age)
      5. Ozone Increases the Activity of your "Anti-Oxidant Enzyme Systems". This means ozone will reduce the oxidation levels of your body.
      6. Ozone Reduces the level of acidity of your body (never mind the Alkaline Water...use Ozone!)
      7. Ozone kills Bacteria, Viruses (and virtually all other disease causing organisms) on contact
      8. Ozone Kills Cancer cells on contact
      Ozone Therapy

      The IOA - The International Ozone Association holds International Ozone Congresses every two years in various locations around the world. AEPROMO - The Spanish Association of Medical Professionals in Ozone Therapy also holds World Ozone Congresses every two years. The recent Ozone Congress held June 2012 in Madrid Spain attracted Ozone Therapy Doctors from 25 countries around the world! Countries such as Brazil, Germany, Russia, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Austria, and even the USA all have their own Ozone Therapy Associations which hold yearly conventions (Congresses) where physicians from around the world attend to present their new findings, new procedures, and results of new studies. In 2009 there was a very public announcement in Toronto Canada, an announcement that shook the world when everyday "allopathic" medical doctors openly announced that Ozone not only can ozone be used to successfully treat herniated discs, but the studies indicate that Ozone Therapy works far better than traditional surgery!

      The word is out and the door is open. Whether you are already knowledgeable about Ozone and know its value in medicine, or whether you are a skeptic, you will enjoy this site on Ozone Therapy. Review the articles posted here, learn about how ozone works, take a course from one of our many Ozone Courses. Learn.

      Read the articles in this section to find out how Ozone Therapy may help you!


      Medical Ozone and Cancer

      Medical Ozone Saves Lives in Europe, but the FDA continues to Prevent Formal Testing in the USA

      There are over 3000 medical references in the German literature showing the effectiveness and safety of ozone in over 5 years of applications to humans by way of millions of dosages. The International Ozone Association and the ozone machine manufacturers report over 7000 MD's in Europe using ozone safely and effectively, some for more than 40 years, yet for the past 20 years the FDA has prevented human testing and issuing any ozone-generating device approvals.

      Although 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.

      It's so simple it befuddles the great minds. Unlike human cells that love oxygen, the disease causing viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites – including the HIV and cancer virus, cancer cells, arthritis microbes, colds and flu, and West Nile virus carried by mosquitoes –like most primitive lower life forms, are almost all anaerobic.

      That means these microbes and cancer cells cannot live in high oxygen concentrations. Therefore, what would happen to these anaerobic viruses and bacteria if they were to be completely surrounded with a very energetic form of pure oxygen for a long time? What if enough of this special form of oxygen/ozone was to be slowly and harmlessly introduced into the body daily, over the course of a few months, to eventually saturate all the bodily fluids and every cell, including those of the brain, spine and bone marrow, with it? Wouldn't the disease-causing microbes and cells that can't live in oxygen cease to exist? Why is this so hard to understand? I was speaking to a woman with AIDS in San Francisco who told me her doctor, the head of the largest hospital in that city, said ozone/oxygen won't leave the blood and get into the bone marrow where the immune cells are manufactured, so she shouldn't look into it! How can it be that the head of the largest hospital didn't know that every cell must have oxygen delivered to it constantly, so the body must continually bring oxygen to every cell, even past the blood\brain\spinal barrier, and into the bone marrow? Or was there another agenda, to discredit every treatment except drugs?

      All 30 or so oxygen therapies, including medical ozone (not smog), which breaks down into oxygen, work because they flood the body with Nature's single oxygen atoms. Singlet oxygen and its by-products are very energetic oxidizers - they ‘burn up' waste products, pollution, microbes and weak (cancerous) cells. They can't protect themselves against oxygen, because they either inert, lower life forms, or diseased. Normal body cells protect themselves from the oxidizing effects of oxygen by naturally producing their own protective antioxidant coatings.

      We are 66% water. Most European 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. (See "Inactivation Kinetics of Viruses and Bacteria by use of Ozone," by E. Katzenelson et al., American Waterworks Society, 1974). Everybody 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 a 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 (we are internally permeated with fluids), 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. Nikola Tesla was big on it. 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 rainforests 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 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.

      I have personally witnessed hundreds of cancer and other patients receiving ozone infusion therapy. What I teach is very plainly evident right before your very eyes once you know what to look for. When they start out, the body fluids and blood of most patients are filthy, diseased and so empty of oxygen that the blood is almost black in color from the filth. Toxins and lack of oxygen cause disease! But keep putting the ozone back into them for a few weeks, and the blood turns back to a bright cherry red, full of color, full of life-giving oxygen, and clean again. Keep the blood this clean with medical oxygen/ozone, and the organs and cells quickly follow. Without all the garbage inside us, we usually return to the natural health we had as children, before the dirt piled up inside us with age and gave the bugs and cancer cells a place, and a reason, to grow.


      Where Can You Go To Get Ozone Therapy?

      Despite this dramatic and easy to reproduce proof, top-level human egos protecting power and greed ideologies are presently preventing us from fully exploring medical ozone's use in US medicine without great difficulty. For example, in New York City it is illegal to say any therapy helps AIDS. This law has been used as an excuse to shut down experimental ozone clinical trials in progress before they could produce the documentation. One friend of mine funded an ozone trial in Mexico and advertised in New York for volunteers to get the free treatments. He was immediately attacked by authorities seeking to make a name for themselves by chewing him up. He found himself vilified on TV, and narrowly escaped jail. Years later, doctors in New York and several other states now quietly practice some forms of ozone therapy under new health freedom laws. As of 1998, the following states have such protection: Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington and Minnesota. Naturopaths in Canada and America have always used ozone. The Benedict Lust School of Naturopathy is the oldest school, and offers free naturopathic school grants.


      Ozone and Cancer, Hand In Glove Fit

      I have shown you that oxygen floods the body with oxygen, but why is that important in treating cancer? As I once said in a Canadian lecture: Doctor Otto Warburg is a two-time Nobel Prize winner, in 1931 and 1944 ( Hitler kept him from accepting). He got the Nobel Prize for discovering that the cause of cancer is no longer a mystery to us. We now know what the cause of cancer is. They were so astounded that he figured this out they awarded him the Nobel Prize for discovering these facts. Remember that because you do not have enough oxygen, your cells are constantly filling with toxicity, in some people quicker than in others. The little cell gets covered with garbage, and washed in toxic fluids constantly because it's surrounded by dirty fluids. The garbage piles up until it denies the cell 60 percent or more of its oxygen requirements. This is the root cause of cancer. Picture pouring black paint on an orange. This cell needs oxygen. Hold your breath, and when you feel short on oxygen, breathe. All your cells need oxygen, that bad, all the time. If you cover up the cell with garbage, you block the oxygen from getting into the cell. If you cover it with enough toxicity, so much that 60 percent of the oxygen it needs constantly is not there, then that cell will be so short of breath its respiratory mechanism will be damaged. In other words, if the oxygen's not there and the cell is trying to breathe, it will become so damaged that it can't breath anymore. And when the cell can't breath because of the damaged respiratory mechanism, it mutates to survive. The poor cell drops 31 steps, down to the level of a green plant-type cell that just grows and grows. The cell has lost all its higher functions: it no longer heals or regulates things, it no longer makes hormones, it no longer digests your food. Whatever part of the body this mutating cell is in, it'' dropped down to the level of a plant-type cell that just grows and grows and grows.

      Cancer cells do this because of our DNA-wired instinct to survive. There is not enough oxygen for it to breath, yet the cell wants to survive-since our DNA & RNA has programmed this physical vehicle/body to survive in adverse conditions-so it will stay alive in a lower form by changing to a fermentative respiratory mechanism, meaning that our cells stop breathing oxygen and start fermenting glucose to make energy. Our bodies are full of glucose sugar. Our oxygen and body sugar is where we get our energy from, our adenosine triphosphate, ATP, the energy currency of the body.

      So, normal cells, when denied enough oxygen by toxic slime for long enough, mutate and drop backward, devolving into a lowly plant-type cell that only ferments sugar. Now the ATP energy the cell tries to make at this point is very substandard low oxygen ATP that leaves lots of lactic acid residue. And we get no energy – just pain from lactic acidosis, and other problems, thus damaging more cells. Around and around the damage goes and that makes more cancer cells. It's all from lack of oxygen.

      Cancer is a fermentative disease caused by a compromised robust oxidative mechanism, giving you fermentation and uncontrolled cellular growth. Tumors are walled off toxic waste dumps inside the body. We've seen so many tumors injected directly with ozone melt from the inside out, dry up and fall off.

      Let's ask two-time Nobel Prize winner Dr. Otto Warburg, himself. Here are excerpts from an article based on a lecture delivered at Stuttgart on May 25, 1955 before the German Central Committee for Cancer Control. It was first published in German [Naturwissenschaften 42, 401 (1955)]. This translation was prepared by Dean Burk, Jehu Hunter and W.H. Everhardy of the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

      "The era in which the fermentation of the cancer cells or its importance could be disputed is over, and no-one today can doubt that we understand the origin of cancer cells if we know how their large fermentation originates, or, to express it more fully, if we know how the damaged respiration and the excessive fermentation of the cancer cells originate."

      "But, even for cancer, there is only one primary cause. Summarized in a few words, the main cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by a fermentation of sugar."

      "Because no cancer cell exists, the respiration of which is intact, it cannot be disputed that cancer could be prevented if the respiration of the body cells would be kept intact."

      "But nobody today can say that one does not know what cancer and its prime cause {are}. On the contrary, there is no disease whose prime cause is better known, so that today ignorance is no longer an excuse that one cannot do more about prevention."

      "That the prevention of cancer will come, there is no doubt, for man wishes to survive. But how long prevention will be avoided depends on how long the prophets of agnosticism will success in inhibiting the application of scientific knowledge in the cancer filed. In the meantime, millions of men [and women] must die of cancer unnecessarily."

      There is plenty of further documentation proving "ozone works" to be found in major journals, some in the US but mostly in Europe. (See my publication "O3 vs. AIDS" or my website www.edmccabe.net for hundreds of solid medical references about ozone treatments for all diseases). Here is how ozone is properly delivered to the body.


      Clinical Medical Ozone Usage

      The first thing to keep in mind is that not all ozone treatment is the same, and the effectiveness of any ozone treatment increases with the number of times it is given per day or week, the strength of the concentrations used, the quantities applied, and the delivery methods used. For example, 50 ccs of ozonated blood re-injected into you in a clinic every other week is nowhere near as effective as drinking ozonated water at home every day. Quantity, concentration and frequency are the keys. The aim is to safely and comfortably flood the body with oxygen by slowly building it up as you detoxify.

      General guidelines: For best results during the treatment phase, ozone is applied once or twice daily, or perhaps every other day, in concentrations varying from 1 to 80 micrograms per cubic milliliter (mcg/ml3), in as great a quantity as can be safely and comfortably absorbed by the body. This is continued for as long as it takes, until the problems go away. Mild diseases may take a few treatments; chronic ones, several months. Very weak ozone concentrations of less than 0.05 parts per million by volume of air are commonly and safely inhaled during normal activities by hundreds of thousands of people; in fact, I'm doing it as I am writing this. Ozone air purifiers are very common, but this is a separate discussion.

      The lower concentrations and quantities of ozone will aid healing and stimulate the immune system. Slightly, but these are usually ignored in favor of the real power of medical ozone, which is found to be generally centered around daily applications of 27 mcg/ml for internal work. Higher concentrations are used for external bodywork. The upper range tops out at around 70 mcg/ml3, and beyond that is controversial. These concentrations are never allowed to enter the lungs, which are too sensitive for anything other than concentrations around normal air levels of ozone or slightly higher.

      I have interviewed hundreds of doctors and thousands of patients using oxygen therapy. Here are the three top clinical ozone delivery methods used worldwide, and my ranking of them, the most effective one listed first. These are for seriously ill people. Please only seek out an experienced and competently trained ozone therapist professional if you pursue them. Ozone has many subtleties, and a lot of MD's may act knowledgeable but have little idea what ozone is all about.

      Recirculatory autohemo perfusion: Also known as polyatomic apheresis, recirculatory autohemo perfusion is the crème de la crème of ozone delivery. Dirty, dark, diseased blood is taken out of one arm and ozonated with 27 mcg/ml3 ozone, and filtered outside the body. Then the remaining clean, bright red, freshly sterilized and oxygenated blood is put back in the other arm. It's a complete body blood wash, highly effective in all ailments because the ozone-oxidized leftover garbage of dead microbes, diseased cells and detoxified by-products drops out of the blood into the external filters. The waste products are not sent back through the liver, kidney and lymph systems to irritate and perhaps weaken the body further, as occurs in all other ozone methods. All other methods are handicapped by comparison. This method is so good that the medical industrial complex immediately shuts down any attempts to test it, in any country. I knew of one dying patient who, during the first treatment, got up off the stretcher and walked out after just a few hours of this treatment.

      IV slow injections of the O3 gas: No air, with its non-absorbable nitrogen, just pure, medical grade oxygen turned into medical grade ozone, which is injected through butterfly needles at a rate of 1 cc per minute into the blood, once or twice daily. Ten-cc syringes filled with 27 mcg/ml3 ozone are used, one at a time, and refilled as needed, until you begin to get a chest or throat tickle, or cough. When the body thus indicates it is full to overflowing, you stop the injection immediately. For safety, direct IV's are only given to patients who are lying completely flat before, during and after treatment, so the ozone/oxygen is slowly and evenly distributed throughout the body.

      This was the most advanced and aggressive method around until the recirculatory autohemo perfusion came along, and is far more effective than autohemotherapy (see below). It is cheaper than both due to using less equipment. Direct IV ozone is very effective, but its not found very often because the Germans – and the Americans who learn from them – are reluctant to use direct IV work due to habit and, in some cases, their investment in the machines they already have.

      Autohemotherapy: This involves withdrawing approximately 600 ml of blood and re-infusing it into the body after gently putting 27 mcg/ml3 ozone into it. Fifty years of safe use on millions of patients has a lot of weight. The drawback to its real effectiveness is that it is usually given only once or twice a week, because the patients can only afford that many treatments. If the doctors would switch to direct IV, the patients would pay the same but triple their bang for their bucks.


      Home Ozone Treatments

      In no particular order of effectiveness, since no studies have been done, and treatment times and dosages vary so widely that we can't really compare them, here are the most common home self supplement type ozone treatment methods that I recommend, and use myself:

      Ozone sauna suit/bagging: Any or every body part, except the head, soaks in a bag full of humidified 27 mcg/ml3+ ozone for 15 minutes up to two hours or longer. You can use higher concentrations. Be careful not to breathe it. At a national health expo, a famous futurist's wife was so sick she couldn't leave their hotel room. A friend put her in an ozone sauna suit, and she soaked up the humidified ozone through her skin for an hour. While in the bag she was throwing up from her illness, but one hour later she was well enough to go out to dinner with us!

      Ozone steam cabinets: This involves sitting in a small steam chamber or being washed with hot high concentration ozonated steam/water. This should be done for 20 minutes, up to one hour for the brave. Water carries ozone into the body, where the ozone saturates the body capillary networks transdermally. The entire body absorbs ozone except for the head. If used often enough, this method rivals autohemotherapy in dose loading, and it can be done at home. Be careful not to breathe it.

      Ozone rectal insufflation: There are two methods. In the first an average of 1 ½ liters of 27 mcg/ml O3 gas is infused up to three times a day into the colon and gently held for two minutes; if you're not able to hold it for that long, repeat. You may experience cramps until you clean out. The new "Mr. Oxygen Method" uses two catheters inserted into a clean colon, one way up, the other short. Ozone continually goes into the long one and soaks into the miles of blood vessels around the colon, and any excess oxygen vents out of the short one, for up to an hour.

      Ozone charged drinking water: Bubble O3 into water, which must be imbibed immediately all day long while the O3 is still in the glass. Be careful not to breathe it.

      Ozone vaginal insufflation: Average 5 – 15 minutes of insufflating the body cavity.

      Ozone ear insufflation: Average 5 minutes of letting O3 fall into the ear cavities. Don't put pressure on eardrum.

      Ozone air purification: Continual low levels of ozone sterilize and rejuvenate the room air. O3 breathed in very low ambient concentrations (please seek guidance) slowly cleans the lungs and therefore the blood, over time.

      You need plenty of water and antioxidant support while doing any of the above. Many people often combine two or more of the above methods. Any one of the high-dosage home methods can be better than another if you can safely do it longer stronger, and more often. The trick is to always balance ozone dose loading versus the detoxification process that occurs as ozone moves out the garbage. Keep it mild and gentle, slow and steady, and do not waver.

      I have seen many people sent home to die with cancer, who then used proper ozone therapies and ended up perfectly healthy five years later. But they stuck to a full protocol – getting it daily, in the right dosages and the right concentrations, and combining it with other significant modalities. People who are too far gone, have never tried it, have only ‘dabbled' in it or have gone to a well-meaning but undertrained ozone therapist are the ones who end up being the naysayers.

      Go ahead and ask anyone who is disrespecting ozone: Did you work up to using at least 150 cc (not the starting dosage) of 27-42 mcg/ml concentration strength of only pure medical ozone gas? Was it applied once or twice a day, every single day, for at least six weeks? Was the ozone delivered by IV or better? If anyone said it'' dangerous or ineffective, they're doing it wrong! Ninety-nine percent of the many successful ozone-using people who I have interviewed – and written or spoken about – have received ozone only this proper way. And none were hurt. Those who use ozone correctly continue to come back for more, because they realize the benefits within their own bodies.

      The German Medical Society has published that 384,775 patients were treated with ozone with a minimum of 5,579,238 applications and the side effect rate observed was only .000005 per application! The report also stated "The majority of adverse effects were caused by ignorance about ozone therapy (operator error)." The University of Innsbruck's Forensic Institute published Dr. Zacob's dissertation quoting this in The Empirical Medical Acts of Germany.

      Please only work with competently trained healthcare professionals who are real ozone specialists skilled in the oxidative modalities.

      Copyright 2000 by Ed McCabe. All rights reserved.


      Ozone - Oxygen Therapies

      by Nathaniel Altman, Author of the book Oxygen Healing Therapies

      Although used by an estimated ten million patients in Europe since the early 1960's, the therapeutic use of medical ozone and hydrogen peroxide (technically known as "bio-oxidative therapies") is largely a mystery to North Americans. Hailed as a safe, eff ective and low-cost treatment for a wide spectrum of diseases- including candida, cancer, heart problems and HIV- related infections- in Europe, proponents feel that they can go far in resolving America's health care crisis. However, physicians who have tr ied to utilize these therapies in this country are often harassed by local medical societies and threatened with loss of license. As a result, every year hundreds of patients have been forced to seek out physicians in Germany, Russia and even Cuba where these therapies are an accepted part of the medical mainstream.. Others spend tens of thousands of dollars to receive bogus ozone cures from unlicensed practitioners here and abroad who ignore established protocols. Many end their lives in both poverty and despair.

      What is the truth behind bio-oxidative therapies? Are they a panacea to our health-care crisis, or are ozone and hydrogen peroxide ineffective and even dangerous to health? And despite decades of clinical success, why are they considered "experimental" and not approved by the FDA? On the following pages, let's examine some of the major questions about bio-oxidative therapies and their role in human health care picture.

      Q: Exactly what are bio-oxidative therapies?

      A: Bio-oxidative therapies involve administering small amounts of diluted ozone and hydrogen peroxide into the body for the prevention and treatment of disease. Ozone therapy has been used by licensed physicians in Germany since the early 1960's, while hydrogen peroxide therapy was developed in the United States primarily by Dr. C.H. Farr, nominee for the 1993 Nobel prize in Medicine.

      Q: What is the scientific basis for bio-oxidative therapies?

      A: The philosophy behind bio-oxidative therapies is a simple one. The use of hydrogen peroxide and ozone in medicine is based on the belief that the accumulation of toxins in the body is normally burnt up by the process of oxidation, a process wherein a s ubstance is changed chemically because of the effect of oxygen on it. Oxidation breaks the toxins down into carbon dioxide and water, and eliminates them from the body. However, if the oxygen system of the body is weak or deficient (whether through lack o f exercise, environmental pollution, poor diet, smoking, or improper breathing), our bodies cannot eliminate them adequately and a toxic reaction can occur. In minor cases, a toxic buildup can lead to fatigue, while a wide range of diseases can result when poor oxygenation is chronic.

      Q: Are these considered "new" therapies?

      A: Although few of us have ever heard of them, bio-oxidative therapies have been around for a long time. They have been used clinically by European physicians for over a century, and were first reported by Dr. T.H. Oliver in the British medical publication The Lancet in 1920. (1) Since that time, they have been studied in major medical research centers throughout the world, including Baylor University, Yale University, The University of California (Los Angeles) and Harvard University in the United States, as well as in medical schools and laboratories in Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia, Canada, Japan and Cuba. Today, between fifty and one hundred scientific articles are published each month about the chemical and biological effects of ozone and hydrogen peroxide.

      Q: How do they work?

      A: Bio-oxidative therapies are used to provide the body with active forms of oxygen orally, intravenously or through the skin. Once in the body, the hydrogen peroxide or ozone breaks down into various oxygen subspecies which contact anaerobic viruses and microbes [i.e. viruses and microbes which have the ability to live without air, as well as diseased or deficient tissue cells. It oxidizes these cells while leaving the healthy cells alone. When the body becomes saturated with these special forms of oxygen, it reaches a state of purity wherein disease microorganisms are killed, while the underlying toxicity is oxidized and eliminated.

      According to Frank Shallenberger, M.D., who is best known in the United States for treating AIDS patients with a holistic protocol including ozone, bio-oxidative therapies have affect the human body in the following ways:

      1. They stimulate the production of white blood cells, which are necessary to fight infection.
      2. Ozone and hydrogen peroxide are anti-virucidal.
      3. They increase oxygen and hemoglobin disassociation, thus increasing the delivery of oxygen from the blood to the cells.
      4. Ozone and hydrogen peroxide are anti-neoplastic, which means that they inhibit the growth of new tissues like tumors.
      5. They oxidize and degrade petrochemicals.
      6. They increase red blood cell membrane distensibility, thus enhancing their flexibility and effectiveness.
      7. Bio-oxidative therapies increase the production of interferon and Tumor Necrosis Factor, which the body uses to fight infections and cancers.
      8. They increase the efficiency of the anti-oxidant enzyme system, which scavenges excess free radicals in the body.
      9. They accelerate the Citric Acid Cycle, which is the main cycle for the liberation of energy from sugars. This then stimulates basic metabolism. It also breaks down proteins, carbohydrates and fats to be used as energy.
      10. Bio-oxidative therapies increase tissue oxygenation, thus bringing about patient improvement. (2)

      Q: What exactly is hydrogen peroxide and how is it used therapeutically?

      A: Hydrogen peroxide (H202) is made up of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms. A powerful oxidizer, hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria, viruses and fungi; most of us have used a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide externally to disinfect wounds. Higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide are used extensively in the agricultural, food and chemical industries as a disinfectant, water purifier and bleaching agent. It is also a common ingredient in contact lens cleaners, eye drops and mouthwashes.

      Hydrogen peroxide is involved in all of life's vital processes, and must be present for the immune system to function properly. The cells in the body that fight infection (known as granulocytes) produce hydrogen peroxide as a first line of defense against invading organisms like parasites, viruses, bacteria and yeast. It is also required for the metabolism of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. As a hormonal regulator, hydrogen peroxide is necessary for the body's production of estrogen, progesterone and thyroxin; it also helps regulate blood sugar and the production of energy in cells. Hydrogen peroxide has long been used medically as a disinfectant, antiseptic and oxidizer, but has only recently been found to successfully treat a wide variety of human diseases with a minimum of harmful side effects.

      The most common form of hydrogen peroxide therapy used by doctors calls for small amounts of 30% reagent grade hydrogen peroxide added to purified water and administered as an intravenous drip. However, some individuals like to add a cup of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide to a bathtub of warm water; the hydrogen peroxide is absorbed into the body through the skin while the person soaks in the tub. Others drink a glass of water to which several drops of food or reagent grade hydrogen peroxide have been added. Although there have been reports of improved health with this method, physicians like Dr. Farr believe that taking hydrogen peroxide orally can have a corrosive effect on the stomach and small intestine and advise against using it. (3)

      Q: What about ozone? How is it used medically?

      A: Ozone (O3) is an energized form of oxygen with extra electrons. It forms the protective ozone layer around the planet, yet becomes a pollutant when mixed with hydrocarbons (like carbon dioxide) and nitrogen oxide from automobile and factory emissions. Because scientists have focussed on the negative effects of inhaled ozone, the medicinal aspects of the gas when applied intravenously or through the skin have been largely overlooked.

      Because ozone was found to be an effective bactericide and fungicide during the mid-1800's, it was first used to purify drinking water in a number of European cities. Today, over 2000 municipalities around the world- including Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles and Moscow- purify their drinking water with ozone. However, ozone was not used medically until 1915, when it was found to be an effective disinfectant of wounds and skin diseases in Germany during the First World War. It was later found that ozone has the ability to "blast" holes through the membranes of viruses, yeasts, bacteria and abnormal tissue cells and therefore killing them. Ozone was the focus of considerable research in Germany during the 1930's where it was successfully used to treat patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disorders, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and chronic bacterial diarrhea. The four primary ways to administer medical ozone include:

      1. Autohemotherapy, which involves removing about one half pint of blood from the patient, adding ozone and oxygen to the blood, and infusing the blood back to the patient.
      2. Rectal insufflation, in which ozone and oxygen is administered as a rectal enema. The ozone/oxygen mixture is then absorbed through the large intestine.
      3. Ozone "bagging", which involves having an airtight bag placed around the area to be treated. A mixture of ozone and oxygen is pumped into the bag and absorbed through the skin.
      4. Ozone is also used externally in the form of ozonated olive or sunflower oil.

      Q; What types of diseases can be treated with ozone and hydrogen peroxide?

      A: Bio-oxidative therapies offer a tremendous range of medical applications. According to the International Bio-Oxidative Medical Foundation (IBOMF), an Oklahoma-based organization devoted to research and education about these therapies, the following conditions or diseases have been treated with ozone and hydrogen peroxide with varying degrees of success:

      • Heart and Blood Vessel Diseases
      • Peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation)
      • Cerebral vascular disease (stroke and memory loss)
      • Cardiovascular disease (heart disease)
      • Coronary spasm (angina)
      • Cardioconversion (heart stopped)
      • Cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
      • Gangrene (of fingers and toes)
      • Raynaud's disease ("white finger")
      • Temporal arteritis (inflammation of the temporal artery)
      • Vascular and cluster headaches
      • Pulmonary Diseases
      • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
      • Emphysema
      • Asthma
      • Bronchiectasis (dilatation of bronchus or bronchi)
      • Pneumocystis carinii (PCP or AIDS-related pneumonia)
      • Chronic bronchitis
      • Infectious Diseases
      • Influenza
      • Herpes zoster (shingles)
      • Herpes simplex (fever blister)
      • Systemic chronic candidiasis (candida)
      • Epstein-Barr virus (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
      • HIV-related infections
      • Acute and chronic viral infections
      • Chronic unresponsive bacterial infections
      • Parasitic infections
      • Immune Disorders
      • Multiple sclerosis
      • Rheumatoid arthritis
      • Diabetes mellitus Type II
      • Hypersensitive reactions (environmental and universal reactors)
      • Other Diseases
      • Parkinson's Disease
      • Alzheimer's Disease
      • Migraine headaches
      • Chronic pain syndromes (due to multiple causes)
      • Pain of metastatic carcinoma
      • Cancers of the blood and lymph nodes (4)

      Q: Is it true that ozone cures AIDS?

      A: There is growing evidence that ozone (as well as hydrogen peroxide, since ozone becomes transformed into hydrogen peroxide in the body) can destroy lipid-enveloped viruses both outside and within the body, including those related to hepatitis, Epstein -Barr, cancer, herpes, cytomegalovirus and HIV. The results of a study coordinated by the Canadian Armed Forces and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed that ozone kills HIV, the hepatitis and herpes viruses, and other harmful agents in the blood used for transfusion. The author of the article added, "The systemic use of ozone in the treatment of AIDS could not only reduce the virus load, but also possibly revitalize the immune system." (5)

      Although a related study on AIDS patients proved inconclusive, Cmdr. Michael Shannon, MD, one of the coordinators of the study, wrote that "Of interest, however, the three patients (out of ten volunteers) who responded to minor autohemotherapy in the first trial, are still alive after four years post treatment, with CD4 counts in excess of two hundred. These patients should have theoretically succumbed to AIDS within a year post-treatment." (6) In several clinics in Germany, AIDS patients are being treated successfully with different types of ozone therapies, including rectal insufflation, ozone bagging, and autohemotherapy.

      Bio-oxidative therapies can be an important part of holistic treatment for HIV-related problems, including lower T-cell counts, opportunistic infections, and AIDS-related diarrhea. Dan's was one such case. He was diagnosed HIV-positive and his T-cell count had dropped below 600. After only one month of ozone therapy as part of a protocol including vitamin supplements, anti-viral compounds and intestinal cleansing, his T-cell count rose to 900 and his swollen lymph nodes shrank for the first time in years.

      Although there have been other cases of improvement of AIDS patients after regular ozone treatments (and several documented cases of people who were HIV+ reverting to HIV- status) ozone and hydrogen peroxide should not be considered as a "magic bullet" against HIV and AIDS. According to Frank Shallenberger, M.D. "Ozone therapy works in AIDS by acting as a an immune system modulator. In this capacity, it is very effective, safe, inexpensive and readily available. Proper therapy for AIDS will be directed at early intervention (i.e. CD4 count > 300), ozone plus other synergistic immune-augmented therapy, intestinal cleansing is paramount due to the immuno-suppressive aspect of parasites. (7)

      Dr. Silvia Menendez, the co-founder of Cuba's Department of Ozone Department (part of the prestigious National Center for Scientific Research in Havana), suggested that ozone works best when administered as soon as possible after HIV infection, before the virus has penetrated the lymphatic system and bone marrow. The personal, economic and social ramifications of this possibility cannot be underestimated.

      Q: Are these therapies safe?

      A: Although ozone and hydrogen peroxide are highly toxic in their purified state, they have been found to be both safe and effective when diluted to therapeutic levels for medical use. When administered in prescribed amounts by a qualified practitioner, the chances of experiencing adverse reactions to bio-oxidative therapies are extremely small. For example, a German study on 384,775 patients evaluating the adverse side effects of over five million medically-administered ozone treatments found that the ra te of adverse side effects was only 0.0007 per application. This figure is far lower than any other type of medical therapy. (8)

      It has been estimated that over ten million people (primarily in Germany, Russia and Cuba) have been given bio-oxidative therapies over the past seventy years to treat over fifty different diseases. As cited before, they include heart and blood vessel diseases, diseases of the lungs, infectious diseases, and immune-related disorders. In some cases, bio-oxidative therapies are administered alone, while in others, they are used in addition to traditional medical procedures (such as surgery or chemotherapy) or as adjuncts to alternative health practices like megavitamin therapy, acupuncture or herbal medicine.

      Q: If these therapies are so great, why aren't they used more widely in Canada and The USA?

      A: Despite the fact that both ozone and hydrogen peroxide therapy have been proven in clinical trials (and in regular clinical practice) to be safe and effective in Germany, Austria, Cuba, Mexico, Italy and Russia, very few people have heard about bio-oxidative therapies in the United States and Canada. Although an estimated 15,000 European practitioners legally use bio-oxidative therapies in their practices, the number of physicians using these therapies in North America is probably fewer than 500. This is partly due to the fact that information about medical ozone and hydrogen peroxide is not provided in medical schools, and students simply do not learn about them. In addition, the medical establishment (and especially provincial and state medical boards) often discourages or prevents licensed physicians from using them in their medical practice. Some, like Dr. Robert Atkins, M.D., the author of the popular book Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution, have been threatened with having their licenses revoked if they administer hydrogen peroxide or ozone. Clinics have been closed down and practitioners have been threatened with jail.

      Q: Why is there so much prejudice against these therapies by the medical establishment?

      A: A major reason for this lack of interest in bio-oxidative therapies is that ozone and hydrogen peroxide are non-patentable substances that are very inexpensive to manufacture and use. In Germany, Russia and Cuba, physicians have successfully treated many serious and chronic conditions (including cancer and heart disease) without expensive surgery. The net cost of the materials for a treatment of autohemotherapy or a medical infusion of hydrogen peroxide is under $10. Even though physicians must include professional fees and the use of their offices and equipment, bio-oxidative therapies administered in a medical setting cost up to fifty percent less than traditional therapies, especially for patients suffering from chronic and degenerative diseases. Self-administered treatments by patients themselves, while not recommended, can cost far less. For these reasons, ozone and hydrogen peroxide pose a threat to the continued dominance of the medical establishment: the pharmaceutical industry, medical centers and physicians who are accustomed to providing expensive drugs, complex medical procedures and long hospital stays.

      Q: But why don't agencies like the FDA and Health and Welfare Canada encourage clinical trials on these therapies?

      A: Because government health agencies are often influenced by the pharmaceutical industry and medical lobbies, objective investigation and development of effective protocols for bio-oxidative therapies have been difficult to undertake. However, the Canadian government has shown a greater willingness to investigate these therapies than American government agencies like the FDA or NIH, as shown by the HIV studies cited earlier. However, like the American press, the Canadian media largely ignored the important findings that ozone can completely remove HIV, hepatitis and herpes viruses from the blood supply.

      Q: What is the future of bio-oxidative therapies?

      A: After reviewing the laboratory and clinical evidence regarding the use of ozone and hydrogen peroxide, a recent report by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Alternative Medical Systems and Practices in the United States has recommended that "definitive studies be undertaken to determine whether these treatments have any utility". (10) At the same time, a number of states- including New York and North Carolina- have recently passed "freedom of medicine" laws which allow the use of experimental therapies by licensed practitioners. Many physicians who are members of IBOMF from both Canada and the United States are sharing their clinical data with the goal of presenting their findings to government agencies like the NIH and FDA.

      Medical ozone and hydrogen peroxide form the "cutting edge" of a new healing paradigm, involving safe, effective, natural and less costly forms of medical therapy. As more people discover the value of these therapies, there will be greater consumer demand . Because bio-oxidative therapies like hydrogen peroxide and ozone hold great promise in treating both minor health problems and some of the most devastating diseases confronting humanity today, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and HIV-related problems at low cost, they can help solve our national health care crisis. As more physicians become acquainted with the value of these therapies, they will become a valuable part of mainstream medical practice.

      Notes

      1. Oliver, T.H. and Murphy, D.V., "Influenzal Pneumonia: The Intravenous Use of Hydrogen Peroxide", The Lancet, February 21, 1920, pp. 432-3.
      2. Shallenberger, Frank, "Intravenous Ozone Therapy in HIV-related Disease" Proceedings: Fourth International Bio-Oxidative Medicine Conference, April 1993.
      3. Farr, Charles H., letter to the author, February 4, 1994.
      4. Shallenberger, Frank, letter to the author, December 9, 1993.
      5. Oxidative Therapy, (Oklahoma City: IBOMF, n.d.)
      6. Baggs, A.C., "Are Worry-Free Transfusions Just a Whiff of Ozone Away?" Canadian Medical Association Journal, (April 1, 1993) :1159
      7. Shannon, Cmdr. Michael, letter to the author, 21 January, 1994.
      8. Jacobs, Marie Theres, "Adverse Effects and Typical Complications in Ozone-Oxygen Therapy", Ozonachrichten, 1982: (1), pp. 193-201
      9. Carpendale, M.T., Interview in Ozone and the Politics of Medicine (Vancouver, Threshold Film, 1993).
      10. Alternative Medicine: Expanding Medical Horizons (Washington: U.S. Government Printing office, 1994)

      Nathaniel Altman is the author over fifteen books on diet and health, including Oxygen Healing Therapies , which was published in April by Healing Arts Press, and distributed in Canada by Alive Books.

      [ISBN: 0-89281-527-2, illustrated, 201 pp., trade paper, $12.95].


      Where Does Ozone Come From?

      Ozone is created in nature and can also be created by machines called ozone generators.

      Natural Ozone

      In nature, Ozone is created near the edge up space when Ultraviolet Radiation (UV) coming from the sun makes contact with the oxygen in the atmosphere. The energy from the UV is imparted to the oxygen and turns some of the oxygen (O2) into Ozone (O3). The layer of Ozone that is created is referred to as “The Ozone Layer”. The Ozone Layer is not only created by UV’s interaction with oxygen, but it also protects the Earth from UV rays coming from the sun. If it was not for the Ozone Layer, life as we know it would not exist on planet Earth.

      Ozone is also created here at ground level, in many different places and by different processes. For example Ozone is created when UV light from the sun interacts with water spray and foam in waves. It is also created by water falls. Have you ever wondered why the air smells so fresh by the sea side or by a water fall? It is because there is ozone in the air in these areas.

      Isn’t ozone “smog”? So isn’t ozone toxic?

      On hot days in cities they always report the smog levels. If the smog levels are high they warn elderly and those of ill health to stay indoors. How do they measure the smog levels? The problem with smog is that ‘smog’ is actually a complex ever changing mixture of toxic gasses and particles. Since the constituents of smog are changing all the time, it is very difficult to measure it accurately. Early on it was noted that when smog levels are high, it is accompanied by a high level of ozone in the air. When smog levels are low, there is a low level of ozone in the air. We can all thank Mother Nature for the Ozone, as it is there to destroy (oxidize) the toxic chemicals in smog and return the air to a breathable status. But since ozone is so easy to measure, scientists gave up trying to measure smog and instead rely on ozone levels to indicate how much smog is in the air. Since they are measuring ozone levels, the word “Ozone” became synonymous with ‘smog’ and everyone gets the idea that ozone is toxic (which of course, it is not).

      Ozone is also created by thunderstorms. The lightning you see in the sky is a discharge of energy that had been building in the thundercloud. When the lightning bolt contacts the air, some of the oxygen (O2) in the air is turned into Ozone (O3). That fresh clean smell you experience during and after a thunderstorm is actually the smell of ozone.

      Ozone Made by Machines

      In the late 1800’s it was found that ozone could be made artificially by exposing air to. The more energy you exposed the air to, the more ozone you can create. The machine used to create the ozone was simply referred to as an ‘ozone generator’. There a thousands of different ozone generators on the market, and hundreds of different ways to design and build them. They typically use two different types of technologies to generate the ozone: UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) and an electrical discharge method commonly referred to as Corona Discharge. While UV is simple to understand and use, the applications are limited due to the relatively low ozone output capabilities of a UV ozone generator. Since Medical Ozone Therapy requires relatively high ozone concentrations, the UV Technology is therefore usually reserved for very light water purification or air purification. Higher concentrations of ozone are available from the Corona Discharge technologies, but because there are hundreds of very different Corona Discharge technologies, they are more difficult to understand. The difficulty in understanding how they work, makes it more difficult for the average consumer to know if they are purchasing the proper ozone generator, or not.

      Because of the complexities of ozone generators it would be best if you read as much as you can before making a purchase. If you wish to know more about how an ozone generator works, and which ones are suitable for your application, you should first investigate all of the Corona Discharge technologies, make sure you know if the proper technology is in the ozone generator that you are considering purchasing. You must also ensure that the ozone, when inside the machine, does not come into contact with any components that are plastic, rubber, or metal, otherwise the ozone that is produced could be toxic. You also need to ensure that the ozone generator produces the proper ozone concentrations, or strengths of ozone, otherwise it simply will not work for you.


      What are the advantages of Ozone over more traditional Medical therapies?

      What is the Advantage of Ozone? Why would I use it instead of normal Medical Procedures or Drugs?

      Which medical therapy (or therapies) to use for a medical condition is a very personal choice. Many factors must be taken into consideration as to which therapy, or combination of therapies, will provide the greatest efficacy (effectiveness) while maintaining the safety of the patient and the least trauma or side effects (if any) to the body. This article is not intended to convince the reader to use Ozone instead of other therapies, but to clarify why ozone should be used as a front line treatment for many diseases and to point out the many advantages ozone has over other traditional medical therapies and other integrative medical therapies. Ozone is most often used in conjunction with other therapies, not as a stand-alone treatment.

      Traditional “Medical Therapies” used by allopathic medical doctors tend to treat symptoms, not the disease itself. You may have read this before but most people fail to fully understand the implications of this basic “mistake” of traditional medicine. By simpling addressing the symptoms of a disease, the actual cause of the disease is left untreated. For example, the traditional way to treat high blood pressure is to simply prescribe a drug that lowers the blood pressure; problem solves. Or is it? There must be a reason for why the blood pressure went up in the first place, a mistake or error in the functioning of the body. If one takes drugs to simply push the blood pressure back down aritificially, that mistake or error in the functioning of the body that made the blood pressure rise still exists, it is still there. The high blood pressure is a sign that something is wrong, but it itself is not the underlying problem.

      Ozone on the other hand, as mentioned above, can enhance the basic functions of life that are ongoing in your body every day. This is why ozone affects, in an almost miraculous way, virtually every single disease. Ozone is not treating disease, but instead is supporting the basic functions of life.

      While some people will use ozone alone for their ailments or diseases, most people will use ozone with traditional medical therapy or with other Alternative or Integrative Medical Therapies. You don’t have to use ozone by itself and the suggestion is that you don’t.

      So, what is the advantage of ozone over traditional therapies and other integrative or naturopathic therapies? Ozone has all of the benefits listed above, and many more, yet has absolutely no side effects. None. As a matter of fact most people think of ozone as having “Side Benefits” instead of “Side Effects”. This is because while treating one disease, ailment, or health challenge with ozone, most patients find that other diseases or problems they have been having miraculously go away. Whether you call it a miracle or not, there is no magic or mystery going on here…ozone simple has far more wide and varied beneficial effects than virtually any other single agent being used in medicine today and at the same time no Side Effects. The real question should not be “Why would I use it?”, but instead, Why Wouldn’t I Use It?

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