Ozone therapy has been utilized and heavily studied for more than a century. Its effects are proven, consistent, safe and with minimal and preventable side effects. Medical O3 is used to disinfect and treat disease. Mechanism of actions is by inactivation of bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and protozoa, stimulation of oxygen metabolism, activation of the immune system. Medication forms in a gaseous state are somewhat unusual, and it is for this reason that special application techniques have had to be developed for the safe use of O3.
In local applications as in the treatment of external wounds, its application in the form of a transcutaneous O3 gas bath has established itself as being the most practical and useful method, for example at low (sub-atmospheric) pressure in a closed system guaranteeing no escape of O3 into the surrounding air. Ozonated water, whose use is particularly known in dental medicine, is optimally applied as a spray or compress. Diseases treated are infected wounds, circulatory disorders, geriatric conditions, macular degeneration, viral diseases, rheumatism/arthritis, cancer, SARS and AIDS.
Inactivation of bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and protozoa: Ozone therapy disrupts the integrity of the bacterial cell envelope through oxidation of the phospholipids and lipoproteins. In fungi, O3 inhibits cell growth at certain stages. With viruses, the O3 damages the viral capsid and upsets the reproductive cycle by disrupting the virus-to-cell contact with peroxidation. The weak enzyme coatings on cells which make them vulnerable to invasion by viruses make them susceptible to oxidation and elimination from the body, which then replaces them with healthy cells.
Stimulation of oxygen metabolism: Ozone therapy causes an increase in the red blood cell glycolysis rate. This leads to the stimulation of 2, 3-diphosphoglycerate which leads to an increase in the amount of oxygen released to the tissues. Ozone activates the Krebs cycle by enhancing oxidative carboxylation of Pyruvate, stimulating production of ATP. It also causes a significant reduction in NADH and helps to oxidize cytochrome C. There is a stimulation of production of enzymes which act as free radical scavengers and cell-wall protectors: glutathione peroxidase, catalase and superoxide dismutase. Production of prostacyline, a vasodilator, is also induced by O3.
Activation of the immune system: Ozone administered at a concentration of between 30 and 55 μg/cc causes the greatest increase in the production of interferon and the greatest output of tumour necrosis factor and interleukin-2. The production of interleukin-2 launches an entire cascade of subsequent immunological reactions.
Mechanism of action of O3 on the human lung: Ozone exposure induces a significant mean decrement in vital capacity. It significantly increases mean airway resistance and specific airway resistance but does not change dynamic or static pulmonary compliance or viscous or elastic work. It also significantly reduces maximal transpulmonary pressure. And further more significantly increases respiratory rate and decreased tidal volume.” (Ozone therapy: A clinical review A. M. Elvis and J. S. Ekta)
According to Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Otto Warburg, “The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of oxygen (oxidation of sugar) in normal body cells by fermentation of sugar.” Our healthy cells use oxygen to breakdown our prime energy source (sugars) into chemical energy (ATP) that is used throughout the body to fuel its function. Cancer cells use glycolysis – part of the fermentation process – to breakdown sugars and create lactic acid. This process thrives in low oxygen (or hypoxic) state and creates acidic, pathogen-ridden conditions that make it impossible for healthy cells to survive. Ozone therapy seeks to reverse hypoxic conditions in the body, supporting healthy body environments that disfavour tumour growth.
Compared to the air we breathe (O2), ozone (O3) is another form of oxygen with one extra molecule. Introducing it to low-oxygen cellular environments stimulates the DPG enzyme, which in turn releases oxygen to be used by the cell. Ozone therapy can be delivered in many different ways. (Cited from HOPE4CANCER)
At Apothec Naturals and Wellness Clinic we prefer to use rectal insufflations as the primary method for delivering ozone to the blood stream. This is a daily therapy in both our Cancer and Lyme Wellness Programs.
We also use whole body ozone and ozone water as part of our Wellness Programs.