Ozone therapy is one of the most exciting therapeutics I have experienced in the course of my career. Why? Because this one therapy can help treat just about any disease condition, as well help heal traumas and slow the aging process. This may seem hard to believe at first, but let me offer some reasoning behind why it is so effective.
Ozone therapy is simply providing more oxygen for the body to use, and helping it use the oxygen more efficiently. It is so effective because oxygen is an essential nutrient for every cell in the body. How long can you go without breathing? It takes only a few minutes for cells to feel the effects of oxygen deprivation.
Are wondering how your pet could be oxygen deprived? Cells can effectively become deprived of oxygen not only when the oxygen levels in the blood are low, but also when they lose the ability to utilize the oxygen properly. There is a good deal of cellular biochemistry involved in this process, but, simply put, there are processes that allow oxygen to enter the cell and be utilized that must be functional in order for the oxygen to be properly utilized. Without the proper ability to use oxygen, cells cannot produce enough energy to function optimally and will default to other pathways of energy production with potentially toxic by-products.
What about ozone in the atmosphere? Ozone is produced by either lightening or UV radiation splitting oxygen molecules, causing a single oxygen atom to join with O2 to make O3. It gets a bad reputation on smoggy days, so is it safe to use in your pet? There is a layer of ozone far above the earth in the stratosphere, which exits 5-11 miles about the surface of the planet. This layer protects us from UV radiation so it is dangerous to us if this layer gets depleted. Closer in, there is some ozone mixed in with the pollution that we see and smell, but it is a very small amount compared to the other pollutants that we breathe in. The reason you hear so much about it is that ozone is easier to measure than the other components of the smog layer. When the ozone level goes up, so do the hydrocarbons and other toxins, but these are in much larger amounts and consequently much more toxic. It is true that ozone is not safe to breathe in large amounts, but it is not as toxic as some of the other chemicals produced by cars and factories and sprayed on the earth.
Ozone can be administered in a number of different ways. The gas is made by passing pure, medical grade oxygen through a generator that uses an electrical spark to split an oxygen atom off of the O2 molecules. This free oxygen atom will combine with other O2 molecules and produce O3, which is ozone. The gas is removed and can be given either by:
1) Drawing blood, mixing the ozone with the blood and re-injecting it either in the vein or muscle
2) Direct rectal insufflation
3) Injecting under the skin directly around lesions such as tumors or infections. Ozone can also be injected under the gumline during dental procedures to treat infected teeth.
4) Breathing in ozone that has been perculated through olive oil first. This method makes the ozone safe to breathe
5) Bagging an affected area of the body with the ozone gas to allow for a direct external effect on the area needing treatment.
Ozone canaslso be infused into olive oil to provide a safe wound ointment.
Once in the body, the ozone will combine with small protein and fat molecules to form substances called ozonides that can readily enter the cells. Straight ozone is unstable and will react quickly with the tissues it comes in contact with. Ozonides, however, are more stable and can provide benefit for days or even weeks after a treatment.
Ozone is nothing new. The first generator was created by Nikola Tesla in 1896. It took some time for it to be more widely used as a medical treatment, but it was used in humans as early at 1911 at the Loyola Chicago University to treat tuberculosis, anemia, chlorosis, tinnitus, whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis, hay fever, insomnia, pneumonia, diabetes, gout and syphilis. In other parts of the world it is a mainstay treatment in human hospitals.
So which ozone protocol is best for your pet? This will vary a great deal with the condition we are treating and your pet’s willingness to take the treatments.
Listen to a discussion with Dr Judy on A2zen radio with Dr Andi Harper: ozone podcast
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