3 Reasons Why I Use Ozone

If you follow me on IG or YouTube, you may have noticed that I use something called ozone therapy.

 

Ozone therapy was a key factor in my transformation into becoming a Self-healer for Life.

 

It activates your body’s own self-healing mechanism.

 

It’s a myth that we “fight” disease and aging.

 

You don’t kill of disease and then no longer have it… you actually balance your immune system so that the components that cause disease doesn’t affect you negatively.

 

Like when a lizard loses his tail, then grows a new one.

 

He didn’t fight the loss of his tail, he just regenerated a new one in its place. That’s kind of how immune cells work.

 

For a more detailed look at 10 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Ozone, click here. 

 

However, this post is for those who are interested in learning more about how ozone works.

 

It’s a little heavy on the science, but I tried to break it down well enough for even a novice to follow.

 

… we all start as novices, right?

 

So, let’s dive in!

 

3 Mechanisms of How Ozone Therapy Works

 

Ozone (O3) is a gas, similar to oxygen (O2). In fact, it’s also known as trioxygen or activated oxygen.

 

There are some pretty major differences between oxygen and ozone, though.

 

Ozone has a very notable smell to it, kind of a clean smell, whereas oxygen is odorless. In terms of chemical structure, ozone is a polar molecule that is bent in shape (similar to a water molecule) and has diamagnetic properties, whereas oxygen contains two unpaired electrons (that’s important).

 

Ozone also has 18 electrons, whereas oxygen only has 6 (also important).

 

Ozone can oxidize most metals, including copper, to their highest oxidation state.

 

Ozone can oxidize ammonia to ammonium nitrate and oxidizes sulfides to sulfates.

 

You may have some prior knowledge of ozone in relation to the atmosphere.

 

However, ozone in the atmosphere is different than the ozone that is used for health purposes.

 

Ozone used on or in the body as a therapy is a form of ozone that is produced from pure oxygen (just O2), whereas ozone in the atmosphere is formed using impure oxygen like the kind we breathe every day that is full of pollution.

 

The distinction is important.

 

So, now that you have a quick and dirty background on the properties of ozone, let’s talk about its health applications.

 

Ozone’s affect health is not as much of a mystery as it was 10 years ago.

 

However, in the US we are used to thinking of the human body in purely biochemical terms.

 

That makes it hard for some western medicine practitioners to understand the various mechanisms through which ozone therapy works.

 

{In fact, there are a lot of uninformed/misinformed nay-sayers}

 

The thing about ozone therapy is that it works in ways beyond biochemical action. There is a major bioenergetic (think electronic donation/negative charge) component to ozone therapy.

 

We’ll start with the easy stuff, though.

 

Antimicrobial Properties

 

Ozone therapy is used in clinical practice to help heal people suffering from Bartonella (also known as Lyme) and co-infections, as well as dental and skin infections (especially antibiotic resistant staph infections, like MRSA), to name a few.

 

It’s been proven efficacious in disinfecting homes contaminated with MRSA, speeding the healing of diabetic foot ulcers, and healing dental cavitations left over from root canals.

 

In fact, ozone has been well-documented in the scientific literature to be bactericidal, yeasticidal and has the ability to inactivate viruses and protozoa.

 

Ozone’s antimicrobial function has been proven effective in many different forms. Studies have investigated the use of ozonated water, IV ozone, ozone injections into bone and cartilage, rectal ozone, ozone steam saunas, and other topical methods of ozone. All showing effectiveness where conventional forms of treatment with antibiotics and antifungals failed.

 

{I’ve personally used every application of ozone imaginable with the exception of ozone injections into bone and cartilage… I look forward to trying this on my bulging and herniated discs one day, though.}

 

Ozone’s antimicrobial properties are just the tip of its health benefits, though.

 

Hormesis/Hermetic Stress Effect

 

One of the coolest mechanisms through which ozone works its magic is hormesis.

 

If you’ve never heard the term, it’s the same mechanism as doing a strenuous workout.

 

Hermetic stress is when your body is introduced to just enough stress to activate your body’s own ability to rebuild itself à your body’s “self-healing” mechanism.

 

It’s the “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” principle.

 

For example, you break down your muscle tissue through the injury process that takes place during intense physical activity, then your body repairs the muscle to be stronger than before.

 

Another common therapy used in alternative medicine that utilizes the same mechanism is Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), a medication that’s been proven to lower inflammatory markers such as TGF beta-1.

 

LDN has been used in the treatment of autoimmune and neuroimmune disorders, such as lupus and autism, respectively. It has also been used in chronic idiopathic pain disorders and multiple sclerosis, both diseases of (somewhat) unknown origin.

 

LDN is the low-dose version of the opioid receptor-blocker, Naltrexone. The difference is about 4 mg (maximum) for LDN to about 100 mg for Naltrexone. In the lower dose, it just blocks opioid receptors for a couple of hours, then your body bounces back by way of its own mechanisms for producing opioid-like compounds.

 

You can see why this would be beneficial for those with chronic pain. It basically reminds your body how to respond appropriately.

 

Back to ozone, though.

 

Ozone is a strong oxidant.

 

It enters your body or comes in contact with your body and causes stress that, at just the right dose, prompts your body to initiate its own built-in antioxidant pathways.

 

It basically reminds your body how to heal itself. In other words, it triggers your body’s self-healing mechanism, the PGC1 alpha pathway –> NRF2 pathway.

 

As I eluded to, though, it is dose-dependent. You have to get the exact right amount for it to be therapeutic, and that can be a highly individualized process.

 

Most practitioners will start you at a low dose and see what happens before proceeding to increase it to the therapeutic dose.

 

As a safe-guard, some evidence suggests that adding vitamin C after ozone therapy can help protect against unnecessarily high oxidation that may exceed the therapeutic dose.

 

However, some practitioners believe that using vitamin C after ozone therapy potentiates ozone’s affect by signaling to your antioxidant feedback system to halt antioxidant production, temporarily.

 

Whatever the reason, most practitioners will recommend vitamin C immediately following ozone treatment.

 

My practitioner uses IV glutathione and Meyer’s Cocktail afterwards. I am not sure I’m a fan of IV glutathione, personally, but Meyer’s Cocktail does contain about 20 g of vitamin C.

 

Glutathione and vitamin C work by similar antioxidant mechanisms, and I have long been weary of using both together, as research shows they can actually cancel each other out when given intravenously in the same solution. Since my practitioner’s office does them in separate bags, one after the other, I don’t make too big of a fuss about it. However, I may nix the glutathione in the future.

 

Let’s talk more about the PGC1 alpha protein-signaled Nrf2 Pathway, which falls under the umbrella of hermetic stress, but warrants its own mention.

 

The Nrf2 pathway is a subject of much buzz, right now.

 

You may have heard of Protandim, a supplement marketed to activate the Nrf2 pathway. Well, ozone therapy, while much more expensive and time-consuming than taking an oral supplement, does the same thing… and probably more effectively.

 

Another supplement system you may be familiar with that activates PGC1 alpha, which activates NRF2 (as well as NRF1) is this one that I take called Thrive.

 

I prefer Thrive to Protandim, personally, but have taken both.

 

For more info on Thrive you can go here to make a free account and read/watch some things about it or click here to set up a 15 minute discovery call with me to determine if it may be a less expensive, but effective alternative to ozone therapy.

 

Severe oxidative stress activates a pathway that produces inflammatory cytokines, which have a negative effect on health. Moderate oxidative stress, however, activates the Nrf2 pathway through activation of PGC1 alpha.

 

Therefore, ozone therapy, through inflicting moderate oxidative stress, activates the Nrf2 pathway, your “self-healing” mechanism.

 

This is a mechanism associated with the ability to balance neurotransmitter action and may improve the outcome of individuals with addictive behaviors, chronic illness, as well as slow the process of aging.

 

For more on your body’s “self-healing” mechanism and how YOU can become a #SelfHealerForLife, click here to register for my free webinar!

 

How Ozone Works Through Bioenergetics

 

As I mentioned earlier, ozone has more electrons than oxygen.

 

That means that it has more negative energy to provide your body with. In this case, the word negative is a misnomer because it’s actually really beneficial to introduce negatively charged ions into your body.

 

According to experts in the field of bioenergetics research, high-performance individuals such as advanced athletes have a more negative charge.

 

The earth has a negative charge.

 

Spring water has a negative charge.

 

The sicker you become, the less negative your charge becomes.

 

Therefore, by donating electrons through the process of oxidation, ozone makes your body’s charge more negative and more resilient to stress.

 

Since ozone has three oxygen molecules it is less stable than oxygen and can easily donate its extra oxygen molecule to your body’s tissues, oxygenating your body.

 

The benefits of this action can be seen with respect to metabolism and detoxification.

 

What Ozone has Done for Me

 

Ozone therapy has many therapeutic applications and many proposed mechanisms of action, some which have probably not even been discovered (I am even a part of a research study at the clinic where I receive IV and sauna ozone treatment.)

 

I used it to overcome mold illness, Epstein-Barre Virus, and parasites (in conjunction with other therapies), this past year.

 

It was even used on me in the form of injection and topical ozonated water during the process of removing an abscessed dental implant of mine.

 

I discontinued use of it during the last rotation of my dietetic internship because I was worried it would make me more sensitive to my environment, temporarily.

 

After becoming sick from mold exposure during that period of time, I resumed ozone IV treatment, briefly, then switched to home ozone treatments.

 

You can see my nightly ozone routine, here, that I’m using to overcome nasal MARCoNS, earaches, a jaw infection, and how I used it to overcome a mysterious rash on my cheek!

 

I just recently worked up the courage to begin home rozone treatment (rectal ozone), as well.

 

The Recap

 

The three main mechanisms of action for ozone therapy can be summarized to include antimicrobial function, hermetic stress/PCG1 alpha –> Nrf2 pathway activation, and bioenergetic healing.

 

There are, however, other modalities and therapies that can produce the same effects, but none that can produce all simultaneously and as effectively, as it is believed to be the case with ozone therapy.

 

Some of the best therapies that mimic the function of ozone, as mentioned above, include:

 

 

I probably won’t do IV ozone therapy forever, but it has worked for me time and time again.

 

Even during periods of time when I’m undergoing ozone therapy, I still utilize some of the other options for antimicrobial, hermetic stress, and bioenergetic healing.

 

Timing them so that they don’t interfere with the intended effect of the ozone is key, I believe, but I will continue to search for the right combination of therapies to sustain my health and protect my energy level.

 

If you found this helpful or have a question, drop me a line below in the comments!

 

… and to see what I’m up to, be sure to follow me on Instagram @Experimental_Betty and Facebook –> Experimental Betty.

 

DON’T FORGET: I’m hosting a FREE webinar Wednesday, October 17th @6:00pm EST.

 

 

 

 

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