There has been much talk about the ozone layer in the atmosphere. It’s the layer that absorbs almost all the sun’s harmful ultraviolet light. The Environmental Protection Agency describes it as the earth’s sunscreen. Making up the protective layer is ozone, a form of oxygen. Although some claim it has a pale blue tint, it is odorless and colorless. While it may benefit the earth, it can be unhealthy for humans to ingest high ozone levels. One way this can happen is by living in areas with high amounts of smog and pollution. This has also influenced high dose ozone therapy.
Oxygen is made of three atoms, with ozone being the third. Ozone, or O3, has been used in treating medical conditions for many years. It boosts the immune system to aid in finding and eliminating bacteria from the body. It is categorized as oxidative medicine but is more commonly called ozone therapy.
What is Ozone Therapy?
Unlike antibiotics, ozone acts as an antiseptic when given in therapeutic doses. Ozone helps eradicate bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. It is one of the few germicides that bacteria, like the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria associated with Lyme disease, haven’t developed a resistance.
Therapy involves a healthcare professional, preferably an infectious diseases specialist, administering it in their clinic. Since the 1980s, the use of ozone therapy as an alternative treatment has grown. Treatment use examples include:
- Wound healing
- Joint dystrophy
- Tumor cells
- FibromyalgiaAutoimmune disorders, like Lyme disease
This sampling is a much more extensive list of ozone therapy treatments. Not only is it practical, but it is also easy to administer.
How is Ozone Administered?
Ozone therapies can be administered in various ways, including intravenous, intramuscular, inserted into body cavities, the abdomen, or soft tissue. Ozone therapy, if inhaled, can cause lung irritation. Therefore, doctors never administer it this way.
Your doctor will complete a comprehensive evaluation to determine the best method of administration for you.
Does Ozone Therapy Work?
Recent research suggests ozone therapies are beneficial. However, the Food and Drug Administration claims ozone therapy has no medical benefits. They even classified it as a toxic agent. However, they contradict themselves as ozone has been used in dentist offices since the 1930s to prevent infections. Its discovery can be traced to 1840 by a German chemist.
Researchers know that when ozone interacts with bodily fluids, such as blood, an increase in proteins and red blood cells occurs. The result is an increase in oxygen supply. The more oxygen you have flowing through the body, the better it can function and fight bacteria and viruses. It stimulates the immune system, making it practical for treating autoimmune disorders.
Researchers have also proven that when bacteria, or spirochetes, meet ozone, it makes them less malignant. Eventually, they are no longer toxic.
Ozone Therapy and Oxidative Stress
In the body, atoms are surrounded by electrons. They are like shells that protect the fraction, helping the body maintain stability. Electrons like to pair with other electrons. Oxygen in the body sometimes splits into atoms with unpaired electrons, or free radicals, which then hunt to find other electrons to form a pair. In their search, they damage cells and DNA, causing oxidative stress.
Depending on how many free radicals you have, they can lead to severe physical and psychological problems, including early aging, cataracts, degenerative diseases, autoimmune diseases, and central nervous system disorders.
Certain foods, drinks, medicines, and the environment contribute to the development of free radicals and oxidative stress. You may experience headaches, brain fog, wrinkles, greying hair, fatigue, and a weakened immune system.
Antioxidant therapy neutralizes free radicals, reducing oxidative stress so the body can repair the damage. Another way to reduce oxidative stress is through ozone therapy.
Types of High Dose Ozone Therapy
Doctors have multiple options when choosing a type of ozone therapy. The severity of your symptoms
Also known as autohemotherapy, ozone hemotherapy is a blood transfusion using either your blood that has been medically treated or blood from a donor. This process is a form of apheresis and can be performed on blood cells and plasma.
Ozone Suit or Bagging
This therapy involves soaking various body parts in a bag filled with ozone for at least fifteen minutes.
These treatments are like oxygen enemas that can be inserted into the nasal, anus, vagina, and ear cavities. For nasal, doctors use a spray. For anal and vaginal use, most doctors use a catheter to insert oxygen.
Ozone-Charged Drinking Water
This is a purified version of regular water. It has been sterilized, and when consumed, it travels through the body, killing bacteria.
Ozone Joints and Spine Infiltrations
This refers to injections directly into the area causing pain. Your doctor will first clean and numb the site of the injection. After receiving the medicine, you will notice a reduction in oxidative stress.
UV light Blood Irradiation
This sends your blood into a clear tube exposed to antiseptic ultraviolet light, killing pathogens like Lyme bacteria.
Benefits of Ozone Therapy
As ozone therapy continues to gain in popularity, doctors discover new benefits, including the following:
- Reduces oxidative stress, which causes aging and inflammation, by increasing natural antioxidants
- Improves athletic performance and recovery
- Increases energy
- Decreases brain fog while it increases cognitive abilities
- Reduces inflammation
- Enhances metabolism
- Balances the immune system
- Reverts brain tissue damage
- Detoxes the body
- Repairs stem cells
High Dose Ozone Therapy and Lyme Disease
High-dose ozone therapy refers to the number of times your blood passes through the ozone machine. Multiple-pass ozone therapies benefit those with Lyme disease, especially those with chronic or late-stage conditions. Ozone therapy helps detox the liver, cleans blood cells, improves circulation, kills Lyme bacteria, and strengthens the immune system. It also reduces the negative symptoms in the various Lyme disease stages.
If you have Lyme disease, reach out to our doctor to learn how high-dose ozone therapy can help you.