What Diseases Does Ozone Cure?
Majid Ali, M.D.
What diseases does ozone cure? None. If that is true, why do I prescribe ozone infusions for some of my patients? Because it is a valuable oxygen therapy. But saying that zone has clinical benefits is altogether different than saying ozone cures anything. The first statement is fully supported b scientific facts. The second statement is unture and regrettably is made by individuals not well-versed with the science of healing.
I offer this article in light of a recent experience I had with a woman who has been chronically ill for more than ten years, been disabled for some years, has seen more than ten doctors, and received multiple courses of antibiotics therapy for throat infections, sinusitis, pelvic infections, and chronic Lyme disease. Her previous treatments included a large number of ozone infusions. I listened to her over 15 minutes describing her previous and mostly negative experiences with various specialists. She insisted that only zone could cure her and that is the only treatment that she wanted. I told her that I had never seen that. She became angry and spoke more about her need to get cured by ozone. I explained again that I had not seen that happen and it would be a mistake to ignore other crucial issues. That seemed to fan her anger.
I spent considerable time explaining to her why I have not seen ozone therapy cure anything let alone a serious illness such as her. I failed in my explanations and that made things worse. Finally, I respectfully suggested that she seek care from other physicians who had a different experience with ozone than me.
Here is a brief outline of ozone infusion therapies which I fully described in the 10th volume of my textbook entitled “The Principles and Practice of Integrative Medicine.”
Ozone by injection can be a potent oxygen therapy valauble in the treatment of all chronic inflammatory-immune disorders, viral infections, degenerative diseases and cancer. When infused improperly, ozone harmful. This, of course, is true of all oxygen therapies.
Ozone (O3) can be visualized as three atoms of oxygen dancing together, like three little girls holding each other’s hands in ring-around-the-rosie. When I first saw Botticelli’s Primavera in Florence museaum many years ago, I saw zone’s three oxygen atoms as the master’s three muses in his painting.
Ozone after infusion in the body rapidly turns into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Its biologic effects in living systems are essentially those of peroxide.
Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde Ozone
Oxygen, the king of human biology, is the ultimate molecular Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde. And so are its preeminent lieutenants: hydrogen peroxide, nitric oxide, ozone, and singlet oxygen.
Ozone is a good player. Ozone is a bad player. I read articles published by public health officials warning readers about the dangers of rising levels of ozone in smog. They write about ozone toxicity and consider it as one of the important factors in the rising incidence of lung disorders, including asthma, in polluted cities. That makes ozone bad. Then I hear scientists on TV forecasting doom because there is not enough ozone up in the sky. They show maps of gaping holes in the ozone layer. They teach us that ozone in the sky protects us from cancer-causing ultraviolet rays in sunlight, and that we get skin cancer when holes in the ozone layer fail to block those rays. That makes ozone a good player. Many people do not seem to realize that ozone in pure form and ozone mixed with pollutants behave differently. (Furthermore, the ozone layer in the stratosphere has a different impact on humans than that on a beach.)
Ozone is an oxidant. Ozone is an antioxidant. “Of course, ozone is an oxidant. That’s basic chemistry,” the chemists chime, in supporting drug doctors. “Don’t those quacks who inject ozone into the blood understand something that simple? Doesn’t everyone know we need antioxidants such as vitamin C and E to protect our tissues from oxidative injury? Don’t they know anything about science?” That shows ozone is an oxidant. “Yes, ozone is an oxidant in a test tube,” the ozone therapists refuse to yield. “The point is that ozone works for the chronically ill, whether it is oxidant or antioxidant.” So the proponents of ozone therapy are steadfast in their defense of the empirical value of their chosen therapy.
For several years, I sided with the chemists on the above issue. How could I reject established chemistry? So I stayed clear of ozone and hydrogen peroxide therapies. But then I conducted some other experiments and, to my great surprise, found that ozone and hydrogen peroxide serve as antioxidant therapies in patients with fibromyalgia and CFS, even though both substances are potent oxidants in a test tube. This phenomenon thus demonstrates another aspect of the amazing dual roles of oxygen. In 1998, I published my observations about the apparent paradox of an in vitro (in the laboratory) oxidant serving as a powerful in vivo (in the body) antioxidant therapy in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome in The Journal of Integrative Medicine.12 The abstract of that paper is included in the appendix of this book, and the full article is included in the companion volume, Canary Three: Fibromyalgia Is an Oxidative-Dysoxygenative Disorder ( ODD).