Oxygen therapies have been around for a long time. They were first reported by Dr. T.H. Oliver in The Lancet in 1920 and since that time they have been studied in major medical research centers throughout the world. Over 5000 physicians worldwide use ozone in their medical practice. Specific therapeutic applications of ozone include the treatment of vascular disease such as stroke, obstructive arteriopathy, venous insufficiency, cancer, acute and chronic viral diseases, ulcers, infected wounds, gangrenes, burns, inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and spinal disc problems. Ozone is also excellent for topical treatment of bacterial, fungal and viral infections, wounds, decubitus ulcers, lymphatic diseases, nail afflictions, radiodermatitis, frostbite and burns, especially those that are difficult to heal.
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 substance is changed chemically because of the effect of oxygen on it. Oxidation breaks the toxins down and eliminates them from the body.
Oxygen therapies are used to provide the body with active forms of oxygen 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 (viruses and microbes that 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. author of The Principles and Applications of Ozone Therapy, oxygen therapies affect the human body in the following ways:
- They stimulate the production of white blood cells, which are necessary to fight infection.
- Ozone and hydrogen peroxide are virucidal.
- They increase oxygen and hemoglobin disassociation, thus increasing the delivery of oxygen from the blood to the cells.
- Ozone and hydrogen peroxide are anti-neoplastic, which means that they inhibit the growth of new tissues such as tumors.
- They oxidize and degrade petrochemicals.
- They increase red blood cell membrane flexibility and effectiveness.
- Oxygen therapies increase the production of interferon and Tumor Necrosis Factor, which the body uses to fight infections and cancers.
- They increase the efficiency of the anti-oxidant enzyme system, which scavenges excess free radicals in the body.
- They accelerate the citric acid cycle, which is the main cycle for the liberation of energy from sugars. This then stimulates basic metabolism.
- Oxygen therapies increase tissue oxygenation, thus bringing about patient improvement.
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 and nitrogen oxide from automobile and factory emissions. Because ozone is an effective bactericide and fungicide, over 2000 municipalities around the world purify their drinking water with ozone. Ozone is a bactericidal, virucidal, antifungal and antiprotozoan therapeutic agent.
The five primary ways to administer medical ozone, sometimes in combination, include:
- Autohemotherapy (remove blood from the body, ozonate it, return it by injection into muscle or vein)
- Rectal insufflation (like an enema, but with ozonated oxygen)
- Ozone “bagging” body, except for head, or body part placed in a bag, then filled with ozonated air)
- Ozonated oil (used externally, and sometimes internally)
- Injection into/near painful joints.
Hydrogen peroxide (H202) is made up of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms. A powerful oxidizer, hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria, viruses and fungi. A 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide is commonly used to externally 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, virii, bacteria and yeast. 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 is as an intravenous drip. For use at home, some individuals add a cup of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide to a bathtub of warm water and soak for 20 to 30 minutes as the hydrogen peroxide is absorbed through the skin. Others drink a glass of water to which several drops or more of food or reagent grade hydrogen peroxide have been added. Although there have been reports of improved health with oral use, physicians like Dr. Farr believed that taking hydrogen peroxide orally could have a corrosive and tumorous effect on the stomach and small intestine and advised against using it. There is animal research supporting this caution.
Instructions for oral use. Use under supervision.
Food grade (35%) H2O2 is used internally since the common OTC USP 3% H2O2 contains small amounts of chemical stabilizers and other impurities. It can still be used if food grade is unavailable. Be careful in handling high concentrations as they can irritate the skin and induce vomiting when ingested.
A typical starting dosage is one ounce of 0.5% (1/70 dilution of 35%) H2O2 in water although some people find they need to start with less. As the peroxide contacts pathogens in the stomach it liberates free oxygen and some people experience slight nausea while the reaction is occurring. The dosage is increased by an ounce per day, up to five ounces on the fifth day, then finally up to 5 ounces tid for a week (or until disease is no longer present). The dosage is then tapered back down to nothing over a five week period.
An alternate dosage regimen uses 3 drops of 35% H2O2 in at least 4 ounces (120ml) of water 3 times daily, which is then increased by a drop per dose, per day, up to 25 drops per dose in extreme cases. Candidiasis victims should start at one drop per dose, and build their tolerance gradually. Some find that the ‘chlorine’ taste is unpleasant and may wish to chase it with plain water or fruit juice. Citrus juices, in particular, mask the taste fairly well.
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 in widely accepted procedures. When administered in prescribed amounts by a qualified practitioner, the chances of experiencing adverse reactions to oxygen 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 rate of adverse side effects was only 0.0007 per application. This figure is far lower than any other type of medical therapy.
It has been estimated that over ten million people (primarily in Germany, Russia and Cuba) have been given oxygen therapies over the past seventy years to treat over fifty different diseases. In some cases, oxygen 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.
Even plants grow better when watered with an ounce of 3% H2O2 added per quart. You can spray the same concentration on their leaves as well. Seeds germinate faster, with bigger sprouts, when they are first soaked in 1 ounce of 3% H2O2 per pint of water. Instead of cutting trees that are diseased or otherwise struggling, consider spraying them also.
Adding seven drops of 35% H2O2 to a gallon of drinking water and shaking well purifies it and gives it a pleasant flavor.
Ozonated Olive Oil should be available in the US and Canada (and possibly from other countries) from Seacoast Vitamins. Their order number is 1-800-555-6792.
Ozone / Oxidative Therapy can help with the following
There are many testimonies of the anti-aging benefits of oxidation therapies as simple as the hydrogen peroxide bath.
Rectal insufflation of ozone can hasten tissue repair and kill bacteria that may be slowing the healing process.
Ozone topical therapy, applied repeatedly, offers the opportunity to inactivate most, if not all, offending pathogens which may be contributing to ulceration and poor wound healing. In addition, circulatory stimulation aids the healing process.
In cases of lymphatic congestion due to prior surgery, topical ozone treatment should be applied as soon as an injury is noted in the affected area to help prevent a secondary infection.
Varicose ulcers, associated or not with diabetes mellitus, are frequent. This disease usually becomes chronic and with a relapsing tendency creates an important social problem. Having tested the germicide power of the ozonized oil, and its effect on stimulation and regeneration of tissues, it was used for the treatment of this disease. 120 patients with ulcer of the inferior limbs were treated, 60 patients with ozonized oil and the other 60 with conventional therapy. 100% of the patients treated with ozonized oil recovered in 15-30 days. In the group treated with conventional therapy a great majority needed a longer time to recover. Some cases were dealt at home. [T.De las Cagigas, V.Bastard, S.Menèndez, M.Gomez y L.Eng Consultorio del Medico de Famiglia del Policlinico “Luis Pasteur “, Centro Nacional De Investigaciones Cientificas]
Capsules filled with ozonated oil and used as suppositories, or rectal insufflation of ozone gas have proven useful in treating inflamed hemorrhoids. Ozone can kill bacteria which may slow tissue healing. Some companies offer ozonated oil which can be used as a suppository. You may need to fill your own capsules if frozen ozontaed olive oil in one ounce jars is all that is available.
20 female patients suffering from hemorrhoid were treated with ozonized oil in the anal zone. This therapy made pain stop in a short time, and stopped the itching and the feeling of anal tension. [G.Morris, S.Menèndez y Clinical M.Gomez Central ” Cira Garcia ” Centro Nacional De Investigaciones Cientificas]
Cuban doctors are using capsules filled with ozonated oil to treat gastroduodenal ulcers, gastritis, giardia and peptic ulcers.
Clinical findings for damaged skin depend upon the the type, amount, and duration of radiation exposure. Several clinical syndromes have been delineated, including radiation erythema, acute radiodermatitis, and chronic radiodermatitis.
While DNA damage cannot be easily repaired, secondary infections made more likely by decreased tissue resistance may be countered by topical ozone therapy. This ensures protection against a wide range of pathogens.
This quote is from an article printed in Alternative Medicine Digest, Issue 10, January, 1996. This article reports on a new detoxification protocol developed by Lee Cowden, M.D., a cardiologist from Dallas, Texas, to deal with breast implants.
Of the 36 women who have followed Dr. Cowden’s program by the date of this publication, all have experienced improvement. “Many women who take Body Soak Gold ozonated baths once daily will notice little white flecks floating in the bath water; these appear to be related to the implants.”
Dr. Cowden states, “Women going through this detoxification program see white powdery flakes coming out in their urine and stools, usually in a matter of days to weeks, after which their symptoms start to lift and dramatically improve. Then their autoimmune disease, (lupus, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis-like symptoms) starts to resolve. Many women, once dependent on wheelchairs, crutches or canes, find they can walk and run again.”
Dr. Cowden was placed on disciplinary probation by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners in 1996 and 2002. However, many pioneers of alternative medicine have been faced with similar actions against them, primarily by state medical boards, so we should be careful not to jump to the wrong conclusion. It is especially interesting how in many cases, it is less like ‘prosecution’ and more like ‘persecution’ when it isn’t patients who are making the complaints, only other ‘doctors’ serving on such boards..
Serial topical ozone applications have shown marked success in eradicating the most chronic and stubborn fungal skin conditions. Ozonated olive oil can be used topically for fungal infections in general.
Topical ozone therapy for nail infections offers a unique treatment opportunity for these recalcitrant infections. Ozone penetrates the affected areas, including the nails proper, and with repeated administration, is capable of inactivating all species of fungi involved in nail infections. Healing occurs slowly yet consistently, and skin integrity along with nail anatomy, gradually regain their normal configuration.
When using ozonated oil, it should be applied nightly, including under the nail. A finger cot or cut finger from a latex/vinyl glove can be place over the toe to keep the oil present on the toe and encourage penetration during the night. Greater effect will occur if done during the day also.
The use of ozonized oil in the treatment of onychomycosis is basing on its proven antifungal action, good tolerance on skin and absence of secondary effects. In the studied sample, the ozonized oil turns out to be one effective therapy. Clinical and mycologic tests were effected. [R.Grillo, L.Falcon, W.Lorenzo, R.Daniel, S.Mendez M. Gomez y L.A.Fernàndez Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas]
Dr. R. Mattassi of Italy in his 1982 study found that 24 out of 27 people with Herpes simplex stayed in remission with up to a 3 year follow-up after ozone treatments. He also showed that all lesions went into remission after a maximum of 5 ozone injections.
Two Cuban studies were done with Ozonated Oil. Ozonated oil was given to a group of 10 female patients suffering from Herpes simplex on the lips. Lesions healed in a short time.
Another study was effected on 50 patients suffering from Herpes Simplex. They were treated topically applying ozonized oil. The regression of the local symptomatology was obtained just a few hours after the treatment, and healing came the third day. The advantages in comparison to other traditional treatments were noticed, in particular its antiviral effect and its capability of eliminating the relapse of the disease. [J.Delgado, R.Wong, M.Gòmez y S.Menèndez Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirurgicas, Centro Nacional De Investigaciones Cientificas]
In herpetic lesions, fluid accumulates between the dermis and epidermis, producing vesicles which rupture, thus releasing more virions. They then become easily infected by secondary organisms.
Herpes lesions have been extensively studied with reference to topical ozone administration. Ozone in these cases will (I) directly inactivate herpes viruses which are lipid-enveloped (2) act as a pan-bactericidal agent in cases involving secondary infections, and (3) promote healing of tissues through circulatory enhancement. It is also postulated that ozone may have beneficial effects upon the peripheral neurons which harbor these viruses.
Dr. H. Konrad of Brazil published his results in treating genital herpes. Out of 20 patients, all but 3 cleared and stayed in remission after ozone injections during the 2.5 year follow-up period.
A preliminary study was done with ozonized oil applied topically for relapsing genital Herpes simplex, based on its antiviral action, good tolerance to tissues and absence of secondary effects. The results of this therapeutic test on 20 patients were satisfactory, as 8 patients did not relapse for 9 months, another 8 patients relapsed at intervals, and 12 diminished the duration of relapse. [R.Grillo, L.Falòon, S.Menèndez, M.Gomez, S.Carbonell y L.Eng Hopital Militar ” Dr.Carlos Finlay ” Centro Nacional De Investigaciones Cientificas]
The inactivation of viral particles by ozone may take place by a variety of mechanisms which range from direct physical-chemical effects to a more indirect immunological effect. Viruses coated by a lipid glycoprotein envelope such as Epstein-Barr are vulnerable to the influence of ozone by its intense oxidizing properties.
According to doctors who have used ozone in mononucleosis, resolution of symptoms is accomplished more quickly.
Using ozone at home requires an aggressive program to reverse active CMV. Usually, a doctor will recommend autohemotherapy when dealing with viruses like CMV.
Ozonated olive oil can be used to kill the bacteria causing sore throats. A small amount of the frozen product can be melted and held in the mouth as needed.
Ozonated olive oil is used for fungal infections in general, including athlete’s foot. Having seen the property of the ozonized oil and also its great germicide power, the patients of the Policlinico “Pasteur”, suffering from athletes foot and sensitive to classic treatments, underwent treatment. The sample was of 100 patients, 50 were treated topically tid with ozonized oil and 50 were treated with the conventional methods. 96% of patients in the group dealt with ozonized oil recovered in 10 to 15 days. In the group treated with conventional theraphy, 20% of patients were cured in 15 days. [Las Cagigas, V.Bastard, S.Menèndez, M.Gomèz y L. Eng Consultorio del Medico de la Famiglia del Policlinico ” Luis Pasteur “, Centro de Investigaciones Cientificas ]
A therapeutic test was made with all patients who came to the external consult or to the medical guard with otitis externa. The treatment with ozonized oil was applied regardless of type of germ and symptomatology, and results compared with the habitually used treatments for this purpose. Treatment with ozonated oil was effective. [L.Arias, R.Jimènez, P.Beauballet y S.Menèndez Instituto Superior de Medicina Militar ” Dr.Luis Diaz Soto “, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas]
At the Center of Medical and Surgical Research in Havana, 15 adult patients suffering from herpes zoster were treated with injections of ozone/oxygen for a period of 15 days. All patients were completely symptom-free after the treatment and follow-up examinations a year later showed no relapse.
One analysis of the behavior of Herpes Zoster was carried out with topical ozonized oil therapy and intramuscular application of ozone (0.8mg per day) to patients suffering from this disease. Comforting results and relief of the local symptomatology were obtained just after a few hours from the beginning of the topical use of the ozonized oil, with regression of the cutaneous lesions after 5 days. The pain stopped after 24 hours from the beginning of the therapy, without secondary effects. [J.Delgado, F.Wong, M.Gòmez y S.Menèndez Centro De Investigaciones Mèdico Quirurgicas, Centro Nacional De Investigaciones Cientificas]
Chlamydia is one of the many infections that have been treated successfully with ozone. Vaginal insufflation in females is the usual route of administration.
Although antibiotics as well as herbal and orthomolecular therapies are generally effective for acute cystitis, injecting ozone into the bladder offers yet another approach. It is in the treatment of chronic cystitis that ozone therapy really shines.
Cuban doctors are using capsules filled with ozonated oil to treat gastroduodenal ulcers, gastritis, giardia and peptic ulcers.
In 50 cases of giardiasis which did not respond to conventional treatment, ozonated water was administered. Each patient drank four glasses of ozonated water per day for ten days, followed by a 7-day period without treatment. This cycle was then repeated a second time. 46% experienced a remission during the first cycle of treatment while an additional 48% became asymptomatic by the end of the second cycle. There were no adverse side-effects reported. [Revista CENIC Ciencias Biologicas, pp. 61-4]
Dr. Charles Farr, MD popularized oxidative therapy with intravenous hydrogen peroxide claiming that it was helpful in fighting viral infections. Blood irradiation with ultraviolet light and ozone purification may also be helpful.
Some have claimed results in curing the flu and cold within hours by administering a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) into each infected ear. Here, prevention is better than cure, and the drops should be used at the first indication of illness. The H2O2 causes some bubbling and in some cases mild stinging or cold sensation occurs. Wait until the bubbling subsides (usually 5 to 10 minutes) then drain onto tissue and repeat with the other ear. Hydrogen Peroxide in 3% solution is available at any drug store. Although this method is safe for the infant or child to use, the loud bubbling and stinging may frighten them, and require comforting contact with a parent. Avoid contact with the eyes, flushing with water if contacted.
Toxoplasmosis is one of the conditions typically listed as being responsive to ozone therapies. Ozone promptly reverses AIDS-related opportunist infections like toxoplasmosis.
Various ozone therapies have been used successfully to fight both known and hidden bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
Those who work with ozone claim that Meniere’s is one of those conditions which may respond to ozone treatments.
Many people with arthritis report that the hydrogen peroxide bath has helped them greatly.
International studies are finding that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is markedly superior to the routine treatment of RA. In 1995, the Proceedings of the Eleventh International Congress on Hyperbaric Medicine published the results of one particular study. These results indicated the following effects of hyperbaric oxygen on the disease.
Obvious effect: 51.4%
No effect: 8.1%
The total summarized effective rate of hyperbaric oxygen in treating RA was 91.9%. The authors of the study concluded, “In the treatment we find that hyperbaric oxygen is markedly superior to the routine treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.” From PatientsMedical.com.
Some viruses are much more susceptible to ozone’s action than others. It has been found that lipid-enveloped viruses such as HBV and HCV are among the most sensitive. While many doctors are reporting good success in treating Hepatitis with ozone, there have been limited studies performed.
In a small trial of 8 patients in which post treatment follow-up information was available, viral loads by Polymerase Chain Reaction, taken at the onset of ozone therapy, then repeated following completion of the therapy, were compared. An average viral load reduction of 99.96% was achieved. At the onset of treatment 7 of the 8 patients also had elevated liver enzyme levels – SGOT (AST) and SGPT (ALT). Following ozone therapy these measures fell into the normal range.
“Major autohemotherapy has been demonstrated countless times as being effective in hepatitis B and C. By doing this procedure, at least 15-21 days, we’ve been able to see hepatitis completely wiped out,” claims pioneering physician Dr. John Pittman.
Rectal insufflation with ozone is considered to be effective for prostatitis. Daily use, after a warm enema, is recommended. Rectal implant suppository sticks of ozonated olive oil (OOO) are also available, though may be hard to find. Filling a gelatin capsule with OOO and quickly inserting into the rectum should provide a similar effect.
One patient reports:
I had ozone therapy in Atlanta, Georgia, USA for retinitis pigmentosa. The results were impressive and I would love to continue with the therapy. The results were improved vision at night and in dimly lit places, restaurants, theaters and such. Major autohemotherapy was the form used. This was done for 15 consecutive days. When I had to move, my doctor suggested the use of rectal suppositories, but it is not known how well this will work. The effect of major autohemotherapy in retinitis pigmentosa seems to wear off as red blood cells are regenerated over a 3 – 4 month period.
If infection is present, selected antibiotic therapies such as UV blood irradiation or oxidative therapies (H2O2/ozone) can reduce the risk associated with certain infections.
Ozonated olive oil used topically has a reputation for benefiting acne.
Ozonated olive oil used topically has a reputation for benefiting acne.
Food grade hydrogen peroxide (36%) can be applied directly to the wart with a Q Tip, while being very careful not to contact normal skin. Continue applying twice per day until the wart becomes white and the surrounding skin becomes somewhat white. After a few days to two or three weeks, depending on location, it will start to blacken. Continue applying until wart falls off. Any skin damage to normal skin is temporary. Hydrogen peroxide is dangerous around children, who may consume it or get it in their eyes.
There have been some testimonies regarding partial restoration of hair color during the long-term use of hydrogen peroxide baths. Head hair color may move slightly away from white toward its earlier color. Men’s chest hairs may recover their natural color to a greater degree than head hair. We do not know if any study has investigated this possible benefit.
There have been a few reports of psoriasis improvement with the use of ozonated oil applied topically. Further evidence to support this claim could not be found.
Ozone assists in reversing opportunist malignancies such as non-Hogkins lymphoma (especially if pulmonary) and lymphadenopathy-associated viruses.
Trichomona, Candida albicans and Gardenela Vaginali are present nearly in 97% of the vulvovaginitis. Ozonized oil was applied, considering its estimated capability in eliminating fungus and micro-organisms. They studied 60 patients dividing them in 3 different groups: 30 were treated putting drops of ozonized oil, 20 patients were treated with conventional methods and 10 patients were treated with placebo oil without ozonization. The results were proven by colposcopia. All the patients treated with ozonized oil recovered in 5-7 days. In the group treated with habitual methods, 20% of patients recovered in 10-16 days. In the placebo group symptoms got worse. In the group treated with ozonized oil the pain was eliminated in 24 hours and itch was eliminated in 48-72 hours. [T. de las Cagigas, V.Bastard, S.Menendez, M.Gomez, L.Eng Consultorio del Medico de la Famiglia del Policlinico “Luis Pasteur”, Centro de Investigaciones Cientificas]
12 patients with vulvovaginitis were studied who could not tolerate carbohydrates. These patients had suffered from vulvovaginitis due to Candida Albicans for years and did several therapies without results, even if they had a normal blood sugar control. They were prescribed vaginal washings with ozonized oil for 5 days. This cycle had to be repeated twice after an interval of two days from one another. The results were the recovery from vulvovaginitis and the cessation of itching. Abundant secretion normalized after the therapy. Only one patient had problems after 18 months, but without having a new infection of Candida Albicans. [G.Morris, M.Gomez, S.Menèndez, M.Correa, M.Pèrez. L.A. Fernandez Clinica Central “Cira Garcia”, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas]
Vaginal infections lead to a reduction in beneficial vaginal microflora. A study showed that the vaginas of 47 of 53 healthy women, but only 30 of 102 women with bacterial vaginosis, contained predominantly L. acidophilus and L. plantarum. Additionally it showed that 72% of the healthy women and 77% of those with vaginosis produced hydrogen peroxide for its bactericidal effect. Vaginal douching 3 tablespoons of 3% H202 in 1 quart of distilled water will reduce the population causing the infection. Vaginal implants of ozone gas will have this beneficial effect also.
Both of these therapies should be followed with some kind of microflora repopulation either orally or by implant.
When used in conjunction with major autohemotherapy and a neural therapy technique known as the Frankenhauser injection, bladder insufflations of ozone have been very helpful. Interstitial cystitis should be approached with caution as overly aggressive treatment my irritate the bladder mucosa, often causing the patient extreme pain. This means that the dose should start out being low with a frequency of every 2-3 days decreasing to every 1-4 weeks. These cases frequently require 6-12 months of therapy before complete resolution is achieved.
“For the last couple of years, I have conducted a small clinical study using ozone bladder instillation to treat women who suffer from recalcitrant interstitial cystitis/chronic pelvic pain — pain that did not respond to traditional treatments. The results of this study are quite encouraging, and I would like to share them with my readers, just as I have with my colleagues at the International Pelvic Pain Society annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.
The idea of using ozone to treat IC/CPP came to me after reading about European doctors successfully using this treatment modality for patients with radiation cystitis. In the United States, Dr. Frank Shallenberger has also been using ozone for over a decade to treat Interstitial cystitis — with good success and minimal side effects. Dr. Shallenberger is a co-investigator in the ongoing study I presented in Orlando.”Dr. Emilia A. Ripoll, M.D..
The basic methods for ozone use in urethritis include general ozone therapy (may be in combination with vaginal or bladder insufflations of an ozone-oxygen mixture or ozonated saline or distilled water) and the topical application of ozonized olive oil.
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A sudden loss of brain function caused by a blockage or rupture of a blood vessel that supplies the brain, characterized by loss of muscular control, complete or partial loss of sensation or consciousness, dizziness, slurred speech, or other symptoms that vary with the extent and severity of the damage to the brain. The most common manifestation is some degree of paralysis, but small strokes may occur without symptoms. Usually caused by arteriosclerosis, it often results in brain damage.
Refers to the various types of malignant neoplasms that contain cells growing out of control and invading adjacent tissues, which may metastasize to distant tissues.
An illness or symptom of sudden onset, which generally has a short duration.
Usually Chronic illness: Illness extending over a long period of time.
Lesion on the skin or mucous membrane.
Chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract. The most common symptoms are abdominal pain, often in the lower right area, and diarrhea. Rectal bleeding, weight loss, and fever may also occur. Bleeding may be serious and persistent, leading to anemia.
(Colitis ulcerosa): Ulceration of the colon and rectum, usually long-term and characterized by rectal bleeding or blood in the stool, frequent urgent diarrhea/bowel movements each day, abdominal pain.
Most commonly 'topical application': Administration to the skin.
Located in the lymph vessels of the body, these glands trap foreign material and produce lymphocytes. These glands act as filters in the lymph system, and contain and form lymphocytes and permit lymphatic cells to destroy certain foreign agents.
Free radicals that are by-products formed in our bodies when molecules of fat react with oxygen.
Of, relating to, or being activity in which the body incurs an oxygen debt (for example weight training or resistive exercises) and does not immediately burn off a lot of calories and fat.
Any of a vast group of minute structures composed of a protein coat and a core of DNA and/or RNA that reproduces in the cells of the infected host. Capable of infecting all animals and plants, causing devastating disease in immunocompromised individuals. Viruses are not affected by antibiotics, and are completely dependent upon the cells of the infected host for the ability to reproduce.
White Blood Cell
(WBC): A blood cell that does not contain hemoglobin: a blood corpuscle responsible for maintaining the body's immune surveillance system against invasion by foreign substances such as viruses or bacteria. White cells become specifically programmed against foreign invaders and work to inactivate and rid the body of a foreign substance. Also known as a leukocyte.
The oxygen-carrying protein of the blood found in red blood cells.
Red Blood Cell
Any of the hemoglobin-containing cells that carry oxygen to the tissues and are responsible for the red color of blood.
A protein formed by the cells of the immune system in the presence of a virus, etc. It prevents viral reproduction, and is capable of protecting noninfected cells from viral infection. Several kinds of interferon exist including alpha, beta, and gamma.
Death of one or more cells, or of a portion of a tissue or organ.
Specific protein catalysts produced by the cells that are crucial in chemical reactions and in building up or synthesizing most compounds in the body. Each enzyme performs a specific function without itself being consumed. For example, the digestive enzyme amylase acts on carbohydrates in foods to break them down.
A free radical is an atom or group of atoms that has at least one unpaired electron. Because another element can easily pick up this free electron and cause a chemical reaction, these free radicals can effect dramatic and destructive changes in the body. Free radicals are activated in heated and rancid oils and by radiation in the atmosphere, among other things.
The chemical processes of living cells in which energy is produced in order to replace and repair tissues and maintain a healthy body. Responsible for the production of energy, biosynthesis of important substances, and degradation of various compounds.
Microscopic germs. Some bacteria are "harmful" and can cause disease, while other "friendly" bacteria protect the body from harmful invading organisms.
A complex that protects the body from disease organisms and other foreign bodies. The system includes the humoral immune response and the cell-mediated response. The immune system also protects the body from invasion by making local barriers and inflammation.
An organism living in or on another organism.
A single-cell organism that may cause infection in the mouth, vagina, gastrointestinal tract, and any or all bodily parts. Common yeast infections include candidiasis and thrush.
Inhibiting growth of infectious organisms.
A hollow, muscular, J-shaped pouch located in the upper part of the abdomen to the left of the midline. The upper end (fundus) is large and dome-shaped; the area just below the fundus is called the body of the stomach. The fundus and the body are often referred to as the cardiac portion of the stomach. The lower (pyloric) portion curves downward and to the right and includes the antrum and the pylorus. The function of the stomach is to begin digestion by physically breaking down food received from the esophagus. The tissues of the stomach wall are composed of three types of muscle fibers: circular, longitudinal and oblique. These fibers create structural elasticity and contractibility, both of which are needed for digestion. The stomach mucosa contains cells which secrete hydrochloric acid and this in turn activates the other gastric enzymes pepsin and rennin. To protect itself from being destroyed by its own enzymes, the stomach’s mucous lining must constantly regenerate itself.
A drug or medication that can legally be bought without a doctor's prescription being required.
Symptoms resulting from an inclination to vomit.
Three times a day.
Infection of the skin or mucous membrane with any species of candida, usually Candida albicans. The infection is usually localized to the skin, nails, mouth, vagina, bronchi, or lungs, but may invade the bloodstream. It is a common inhabitant of the GI tract, only becoming a problem when it multiplies excessively and invades local tissues. Growth is encouraged by a weakened immune system, as in AIDS, or with the prolonged administration of antibiotics. Vaginal symptoms include itching in the genital area, pain when urinating, and a thick odorless vaginal discharge.
A treatment of disease by any chemicals. Used most often to refer to the chemical treatments used to combat cancer cells.