Ozone and Ultraviolet Light Therapy

We are so pleased to now offer Oxidative Medicine at the clinic.  Over the past 10 years, I have been on a professional mission to help patients with their debilitating symptoms caused by Lyme disease.  While I do consider my approach to Lyme disease as being comprehensive, utilizing herbs, diet and anti-biotics, I saw a need for more.  I needed to find a therapy that allowed the body to heal itself, without introducing another chemical (whether it be antibiotics, Vitamin C or Cat’s claw).  I needed to find a therapy for my toughest patients, those who were not responding to the main tools in my toolbox.

Recently I came across the principles and applications of Ozone and UV light for the treatments of infections, and it has changed the way I treat Lyme disease.  I was also surprised at how many other conditions that it can treat, as well as the diversity of applications (Major Auto-Hemotherapy (MAH), minor Auto-Hemotherapy (mAH), Prolozone injections etc).

Oxidative therapies such as ozone therapy and ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy, can be beneficial for treating a wide range of conditions ranging from viral and fungal infections to joint pain and arthritis.  Oxidative therapies work by stimulating your immune system, enhancing mitochondrial processes and facilitating healing with virtually no side effects.

The effects of oxidative medicines work primarily on cytokines and interferons. These are the hormones that white blood cells use to talk to each other. These are immune stimulating, or more correctly, immune modulating.  When you use oxidation therapy – especially when combining ultraviolet with ozone therapy,  you’re stimulating your white cells to come alive and do what your body designed those cells to do, which is to go out and kill infections. Ozone creates super-charged red blood cells. A super-charged red blood cell actively releases its oxygen into the tissues…which is exactly what it should do (but doesn’t allows do, especially in chronic diseases.)

Ultraviolet (UV) light has been known for decades to have a sterilizing effect and has been used in many different industries for such a purpose. Almost all bacteria may be killed or attenuated by ultraviolet rays, but there is considerable variation in the rapidity of their destruction. Those which live in the body are most easily affected, while those in nature adapt to the action of sunlight and become relatively resistant to irradiation.  UV‑sensitive bacteria have not been shown to become resistant and toxins have been found to be very unstable in the presence of UV irradiation (Diphtheria, tetanus, and snake venom are inactivated by ultraviolet rays).

Infection control with UV light

In the 1800s, arguments raged between Pasteur and his rival, Bechamp, over the true cause of infectious disease. Pasteur claimed the cause was the organism alone, while Bechamp claimed the disease rose from organisms already within the body, which had pleomorphic capability (the ability to change). It is rumored that Pasteur, on his deathbed, admitted that Bechamp was correct. Forgotten in the debate was Bernard who argued it was the terrain or fertility of the body, which permitted disease or allowed bacterial infection to take root. Perhaps UV blood irradiation can be explained best in the general effect of the treatment on the physiology and terrain of the body. For example, it is known that the phagocytic respiratory burst, in response to infection, consumes up to 100 times the oxygen that white cells require in the resting state. The improvement in oxidation, rise in red blood cells, and increase in red cell 2,3 DGP may provide a significant boost to the body.

A summary of physiologic changes documented through the 1940s included the following.

1. An inactivation of toxins and viruses

2. Destruction and inhibition of growth of bacteria

3,  Increase in oxygen­-combining power of the blood

4.  Activation of steroids (your body’s naturally occurring steroids)

5.  Increases cell permeability (which helps your mitochondria work more effectively)

6.  Absorption of ultraviolet rays by blood and emanation of secondary irradiations (absorbed UV photons re‑emitted over time by the re‑perfused blood)

7.  Activation of sterols into vitamin D

8. Increases  red blood cells

9.  Normalization of white cell count

Infection produces inflammation, edema, and a significant lowering of oxygen tension and diffusion in the affected tissues, which is critical to immune cell functions. Benefits of higher oxygen tension can be seen in the accepted use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for osteomyelitis, where healthy circulation is already slow. A solid scientific hypothesis would suggest that any rise in oxygen tension would help the body’s immune defenses. Such can be seen in anecdotal reports of hyperbaric oxygen therapy alone resolving necrotizing fascitis.

In effect, UV blood irradiation therapy may be providing an inactivation of bacteria, a more resistant terrain and improved circulation. UV light treatments can provide a  longer‑lasting effect through the secondary emanations of the absorbed ultraviolet rays. Such emissions, which last for many weeks, may account for the observed cumulative effectiveness of the therapy. UV photons, absorbed by hemoglobin, are gradually released over time, continuing the stimulation to the body’s physiology.

 

OZONE THERAPY

Another type of oxidative therapy is called Ozone therapy.  It has been helping a variety of chronic conditions including, but not limited to, rheumatoid diseases, arterial and circula­tory disorders, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis pain, viral and bacterial diseases, and immune deficiencies.

The renowned researcher and author, Velio Bocci, has determined that exposure of blood to ozone at concentrations used by practitioners for years induces cytokines and interferons.[1,2] In fact, he went on to call ozone “an almost ideal cytokine inducer.” He concluded that such immune system modulation could explain the benefits of ozone reported for decades on a very wide variety of conditions.

Mattman has detailed hundreds of reports linking cell wall deficient bacteria to a wide span of disease states.[3] Autoimmune disease may not be autoimmune at all, but rather an immune attack a hidden infection with native tissue being damaged by a prolonged or dysfunctional immune response to these “stealth pathogens.”  I consider Lyme and other Tick-borne infections to be an example of this.

Oxidative Therapies, such as Ozone and Ultraviolet Light Therapy have shown to have superior anti‑infective properties.  However, of possible greater import is its effect on the other various physiologic factors affecting the terrain. The improvement in oxygen delivery and consumption, rise in circulation, blood elements, stimulation of mitochondrial oxidation and shift towards alkalinity, while all nonspecific in themselves, may help hasten the cellular response in very many disease states.

 So, where’s the research?

The use of oxidative therapies clinically was first documented during the great flu outbreak of 1918-1920. During that time a British physician in India was able to cut the death rate of influenza and pneumonia by 50 percent using intravenous hydrogen peroxide therapy. Ultraviolet energy had been applied to skin for skin infections. Then, in the 1930s and ’40s, ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI) treatment began to appear in the literature and a physicist named Knott developed a technique for removing some blood, treating it with ultraviolet light, and putting it back into the patient.

This was before antibiotics, and the therapy was remarkably effective for treating infections that would have otherwise been fatal.

I have had the privilege of studying with Dr. Robert Rowan, who has graciously given me  every American article that was ever published on ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy, and the results are simply stunning in terms of what it could do to bacterial infections, viral infections, and even allergic problems.  Currently, most of the research is coming out of Cuba and Russia, as their health care industry in patient centered, not money  and Pharma centered.  Ozone and UVB is not patentable, therefor no big money is put into research here.  However, PLEASE let me know if there is a particular condition that you would like me to search the archive for.  But know this, if you have a condition, and ozone/UVB therapy has not been studied for it, it is still absolutely worth trying it.  From solid scientific deductive reasoning, we can apply the mechanism of action of Ozone/UVB to your particular condition.

 

What to expect during a treatment?  

Major autohemotherapy (MAH) involves taking a small amount of  blood out of your body, and exposing it to Ozone gas.  After the blood has been thoroughly mixed with gas, it is slowly given back to your body.  On it’s way back into your body (through an IV drip), it is further passed through a UV light machine.  Now your blood has blood has started the cleansing process of UV-sensitive pathogens. If you give that blood a clean slate, and your body can now “see” the antigen structure of those organisms.   It knows that those organisms are there, but the organisms happen to be dead, so they’re not going to hurt you. Your body can then see those organisms and mount a much more efficient immune response.  Simplistically, another way to describe MAH would be as the ultimate, safe vaccination, because you’re getting the proper dose, but you’re not getting any additives that are potentially harmful like preservatives, mercury, aluminum, and all those other components.  Anotehr reason that ozone is effective is because bacteria and viruses don’t have a mechanism to protect themselves from oxidation. Viruses, for example, have lipid envelopes, meaning they’re surrounded by lipids. These lipids are very vulnerable to oxidative damage. If they’re altered, then they’re not functional and the virus might not be able to penetrate the cell.  There has been quite a bit of research on using Oxidative medicine with chronic viral Hepatitis C and HIV infections.

The process of MAH takes about 40 minutes, and is virtually side -effect free. (aside from the small discomfort of the original venipuncture to draw your blood).

Prolozone is the other way in which you may encounter Ozone at the clinic.

Prolozone is a oxygen-ozone injection technique developed and pioneered by Dr. Frank Shallenberger. It is excellent for all forms of musculo-skeletal and joint pain including chronic neck and back pain, rotator cuff injuries, degenerative and arthritic hips and knees, degenerated discs, and shoulder and elbow pain. Because in many cases Prolozone actually corrects the pathology of the disorder, there is a 75% chance for the chronic pain sufferer to becoming permanently pain free.

Prolozone is a form of non-surgical ligament reconstruction and is a permanent treatment for chronic pain. Prolozone therapy is a connective tissue injection of short acting Procain and ozone gas, which can reconstruct damaged or weakened connective tissue in and around joints. By repairing the connective tissue this is all that is needed to permanently reverse chronic pain.

How does Ozone work in the connective tissue and joints?

Ozone is a highly reactive molecule and when injected into a joint capsule it is able to stimulate the fibroblastic joint repairing abilities.

Prolozone is derived from the word ozone and the Latin word “proli” which means to regenerate or re-build. It literally means re-building tissues with ozone. It is important to understand what the word Prolozone actually means. “Prolo” is short for proliferation, because the treatment causes the proliferation (growth, formation) of new ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak.

Ligaments are the structural “rubber bands” that hold bones to bones in joints – acting like the body’s shock absorbers. Ligaments can become weak or injured and may not heal back to their original strength or endurance. Ligaments will also not tighten on their own to their original length once injured. This is largely because the blood supply to ligaments is limited, and therefore healing is slow and not always complete. To further complicate this, ligaments also have many nerve endings, and therefore the person will feel pain at the areas where the ligaments are damaged or loose.

We can think of our joints as the hinge on a door. Until the hinge is fixed the door just isn’t going to open or close right and it’s the same exact story with our joints. If we are athletic or if we are just getting older there is some gradual and natural degeneration of the moving parts of the body due to ongoing recurrent mechanical stress, and failure of tissues to repair. This can come from lack of nutrients, lack of circulation, aging and inflammation. When this happens the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage become dehydrated and weaker. This results in laxity and more abnormal mechanical stress and shearing forces on the joint. Abnormal shearing forces and torsion cause more joint dysfunction. This leads to a progressive separation of the ligaments from the superficial covering on the bone called the periosteum. This pulling on the periosteum creates a space, which the body fills in with new bone. These new parts of bone are called osteophytes. They are the premier signs of degenerative arthritis in & around the joint. Osteophytes and joint laxity result in a reduced range of motion, which causes strain on surrounding muscles which then become either over or under worked leading to more dysfunction & pain.

Prolozone causes repair and tightening of the lax structures, partially torn connective tissue and ligaments. Prolozone halts the pain/inflammation cycle. This allows for better circulation, increased blood flow carrying nutrition, and hydration of the damaged tissues. This allows for a healing environment within the joint to develop and results in increased range of motion and decreased pain.

References:

1.  Bocci, Vielio, Studies on the Biological Effects of Ozone, 1. Induction of Interferon Gamma on Human Leukocytes, Haernatologica, 1990, 75:510‑5

2.  Bocci, Vielio, Ozonization of Blood for the Therapy of Viral Diseases and Immunodeficiencies: A Hypothesis, Medical Hypothesis, 1992, Vol., 39, pp. 30‑34.

3. Douglas, William C., Into the Light, p. 257

If you’d like more information on oxidative therapies:

  • The American Academy of Ozonotherapy1
  • OxygenHealingTherapies.com
  • International College of Integrative Medicine
  • American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM)2 – look for physicians in your area that list the words “oxidation therapies,” “ultraviolet,” or “ozone” in their profile
  • Dr. Rowen’s YouTube Channel “RobertRowenMD
  • Velio Bocci’s book, Ozone: A New Medical Drug
  • Into the Light – Tomorrow’s Medicine Today, by William Campbell Douglass

If you have any questions about Oxidative Therapy, please call the office with any additional questions.  We look forward to speaking with you.

Please note:  Insurance companies WILL NOT reimburse for these procedures, nor do they reimburse for visits pertaining to this therapy.