Medical Ozone Part 1

Description, Benefits and Ozone Generators

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Jill was suffering. Over the years she visited scores of physicians. “They had no answer,” Jill commented sadly. Where can you go when there is nowhere else to turn? Day in and day out her exhaustion was followed by sickness allowed by lowered immunities. Despair was equally as debilitating as the sickness. “When and how can I overcome this?” she thought.

After continued suffering under conventional treatment, Jill decided to consider an alternative health clinic. Jill was surprised to learn how the clinic was educated with conventional techniques and a lot more. The staff explained how pharmaceutical drugs were not the first line of defense, and reserved for when it best suited the patient. For the first time, Jill experienced a glimmer of hope. She was ready for something new, she had listened to all the regular doctor’s suggestions. Rounds of drugs, limited success, and scads of money. But as the case with many, “Often it is a last resort that people turn to alternative physicians” said the doctor.

Jill’s words resound many who have sought alternatives, “A friend had recommended for me a round of ozone therapy. I came to this clinic after being sick for over a year. After just four rounds of ozone therapy, I feel alive, regaining energy more and more each week! ...and my digestive tract has begun to function again! I am so thankful for all the staff and the kindness when they see me.” Finally, an attempt with a physician paid off for Jill! And non-conventional nonetheless.

In the United States, we face a host of evolving disease and illness. Crohn’s disease has about 700,000 cases per year. Irritable bowel encompasses another 1.2 million suffering people. Few conventional therapies help but many individuals are told there is little chance of recovery. According to one conventional physician, “Treatment depends on the symptoms and can include topical pain relievers, immunosuppressants, and surgery.”

These kinds of conventional treatments do little to find the underlying cause. However, alternatives exist.

Welcome to our world. Alternative treatments are not just dispensed from a pharmacy. Many therapies, common to the rest of the world, are not implemented in American medical education. Ozone therapy is one of many ignored by conventional medical education. There are over 40,000 doctors in the world that use ozone therapy regularly. They utilize ozone as an effective tool against several disorders each day. Many of the 40,000 physicians belong to one of the 38 different international ozone organizations. These organizations meet yearly to explore new research, teach, and expand on ozone therapy.

“The great part about ozone is that the therapy is non-specific,” states an ozone doctor from California. “For chronic diseases that have a suppressed immune system, this therapy works to stimulate it into activity. On the other hand, it can quiet down an overactive immune response which is what happens for autoimmune diseases.” If the body is healthy and functioning well, it is capable of much more than any drug. And that is the purpose of ozone therapy, to jump-start bodily functions back into working order. Ozone therapy acts synergistically with the body and promotes the body’s natural functions.

Fortune had it that Jill found ozone therapy and experienced the radical benefits. If you or a friend echo the story of Jill, finding few results at the mercy of traditional healthcare, perhaps ozone therapy is an option. The purpose of this article is to give a brief education on what ozone therapy is, who it's for, how it's used, and why it works. Continue to read to find if ozone therapy can help recover your health.

Lyme

“After over 8 years, I am finally feeling Terrific!! Both, the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic said there was nothing wrong. I knew there was.... I was finally being diagnosed with Lyme and treated with ozone IV therapy. This has been a true Blessing!! I am so thankful to have a life again! This clinic works to help patients who are very ill and without hope! It’s been a miracle! It is a wonderful gift to have renewed life again!”

~ Deborah S., California

E. coli

“After years of pain from osteoarthritis, I finally feel relief. A few months before a major neck surgery, I experienced a terrible infection. I was treated with strong antibiotics which seemed to knock it out. I had the surgery which was completely successful but my recovery was long and painful. A year and a few months later, I lost all of my energy, memory, and could not get out of bed. No one could diagnose my condition. I came to the alternative health clinic and was diagnosed with intestinal E. coli and low white blood cell count. Ozone therapy, along with some IV supplements have healed me.”

~ Matt B., Washington

Hip pain

“My left hip had regular pain on the top and bottom of the pelvic bone which seemed to connect with pain behind my left knee. I would constantly be rubbing behind my left knee especially after sitting for more than 30 minutes. After three treatments of Ozone therapy in the joint, first the “bottom of the bone” pain went away, then about 50% of the “top of the bone” pain, but with the third treatment the top got better (probably 70% better) and the behind the knee pain has gone completely! Plus, with two further shots, my incontinence improved at least 50% and we weren't even thinking about that!”

~ Dianne M., Florida

Introduction to ozone and ozone therapy

Ozone is a gas that can be used medically for its therapeutic properties. In low concentrations, ozone has been proven safe and effective in treating and preventing a variety of diseases. The invention of medical grade generators has made ozone an inexpensive and accessible therapy that can be used at home.

What is ozone?

Ozone, or O3, is a gas consisting of three atoms of oxygen. It is chemically quite unstable.1 O3 is not to be confused with the oxygen needed to breathe, known as O2, which consists of two atoms and is very stable. Because of its third oxygen atom, ozone can be useful as an agent of reaction. Essentially, in order to achieve the more stable form, an ozone molecule is desperate to give away an atom of oxygen, a process called oxidation. The free oxygen atom has the ability to combine and alter other substances, which is the basis for ozone’s reactivity.2

You’ve probably heard of the ozone layer as it relates to the Earth’s stratosphere. Here ozone gas exists in high concentrations. Ozone is formed when oxygen reacts with ultraviolet light or when oxygen encounters electrical discharges in the atmosphere. The ozone layer protects the earth from ultraviolet radiation, which is damaging to living things.

What are the benefits of ozone?

Ozone is a potent oxidant. Let’s put this in terms of something more familiar. The process of oxidation (ozone’s primary mechanism) can be illustrated as it applies to industrial treatments, for example, the oxidation of metals which cause rust. As you probably know, rusty metal is far more brittle than non-oxidized metal. But oxidation is also an important process when it comes to cellular or microbial activity. In vitro, ozone has been shown to weaken or damage the cellular integrity of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and yeast, common culprits in spreading disease. While ozone does not oxidize microbiota inside the body, it has been used successfully as a disinfectant and to purify water.3

As you can imagine, ozone can be extremely reactive in high concentrations or in the presence of easily oxidized substances, such as metals. But in lower concentrations, ozone can be harnessed for its therapeutic effects. Ozone’s antimicrobial qualities may be used for topical therapy or for dental indications. Ozone introduced into the body can optimize oxygen levels or stimulate the immune system. In fact, ozone therapy is best used for treatments that require immunomodulation or oxygen efficiency. The practice of ozone therapy has been deemed safe by researchers and clinicians alike, and has proven to be a valid treatment with minimal and preventable side effects.4

Lyme

“While rectal ozone isn’t my most favorite treatment, it has been something that changed my life! I have struggled with GI issues and up to 30 food allergies for the past eight years. Intestinal pain was part of my everyday life. By my third rectal ozone treatment, the pain started subsiding. After one week of rectal ozone, most of the pain was gone. I can now tolerate some oils/fats and protein in my diet. I feel like my digestion has improved. I forgot how good it is to feel well! The rectal ozone has been a huge blessing as I progress in recovering from chronic Lyme disease.”

~ Jessica A., Wisconsin

How is ozone produced?

While ozone was proving its potential as a valid medical treatment, scientists were energized to find a way to produce and administer precise and safe therapeutic doses of O3. Only with an ozone generator could scientists perform consistent research in a controlled environment, studying ozone’s toxic effects as well as its potential medical properties. In 1896, famed engineer, physicist, and futurist Nikola Tesla patented the first ozone generator in the United States. Of course, most early generators were geared toward commercial applications. Today, ozone generators have a variety of uses from cleaning air pollutants to administering medical O3 at home.

How do medical ozone generators work?

An oxygen tank is attached to a device that converts oxygen into ozone. Two methods are typically used: ultraviolet and corona discharge. Ultraviolet (UV) generators expose the oxygen to specific UV wavelengths; corona discharge generators apply a high voltage to the oxygen in the device.5 Not long after ozone is formed in the generator, it will begin to revert back to oxygen. Remember, ozone has an extremely short half-life (about half an hour). Every 30 minutes ozone’s potency will be reduced by 50% at room temperature. As long as concentrations are controlled, ozone is considered an environmentally friendly oxidant.6

What are the different types of ozone generators?

Commercial ozone generators

These are used in wastewater treatment, agriculture, and air purification. They typically cost over $10,000 and are used for purifying massive quantities of water and air.

Home purification ozone generators

These small units are portable and use ambient air. They are great for getting rid of the smoke smell after fires, garbage odors, and mold. There are even some household purification units that help with allergies and other pollutants in the air.

Ozone generators for produce

These generators use ozone to strip off 95% of the bacteria and pesticides on the surface of produce. A good option for individuals concerned with healthy eating. It bubbles ozone gas through water filled with produce.

Home-user medical ozone generator

There are a number of available home-user generators on the internet. A generator of this category is often sufficient for any ozone therapy at home. If you’re looking for a good unit contact your physician and follow these criteria:

  • United States based company
  • Uses 100% ozone resistant materials
  • Accurate ozone output
  • United States service and repair
  • Requires pure oxygen (not just ambient air)

Laboratory and research grade ozone generators

These units are what your doctor or research facility may have. For the home-user these are usually overkill. Usually a generator of this category costs between $1,000 to $10,000 per unit. The price variance depends on the features and uses. They have ozone compatible parts and consistently produce levels of ozone that are used for therapy or research.

References

  1. A. M. Elvis, J. S. Ekta. Ozone therapy: A clinical review. J Nat Sci Biol Med. 2011 Jan-Jun; 2(1): 66–70. doi: 10.4103/0976-9668.82319. PMCID: PMC3312702.
  2. United States Environmental Protection Agency: Ozone Generators that are Sold as Air Cleaners
  3. A. M. Elvis and J. S. Ekta. Ozone therapy: A clinical review.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ozone Solutions: FAQ About Ozone
  6. Ibid.

Other resources

  1. Drs. Ozone: Introduction to Medical Ozone Therapy
  2. SportsMedWeb: Antioxidants and Free radicals
  3. Thomas Marshall-Manifold. Ozone as an oxidant and its influence on free radical activity and antioxidant levels in the human environment in disease and health
  4. interleukin-2, NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  5. Naturopathic Physicians Group: Ozone IV Therapy
  6. Drs. Ozone: Safety of Ozone
  7. Masaru Sagai, Velio Bocci. Mechanisms of Action Involved in Ozone Therapy: Is healing induced via a mild oxidative stress? Med Gas Res. 2011; 1: 29. Published online 2011 Dec 20. doi: 10.1186/2045-9912-1-29, PMCID: PMC3298518
  8. Drs. Ozone: Contraindications to Ozone Therapy

About the Author

Micah Lowe

Micah started his medical journey in emergency medicine and pharmaceuticals.  During school, he developed an interest in integrative medicine and took a job working with UBI for his father, Tom Lowe.

His growing passion drove him to start a business in the ozone industry. He was integral in making homeRead more