Ozone therapy is not widely available yet, or even approved for medical use this side of the Atlantic, but it shows promise as a healing modality.

You’ve probably heard of swimming pool companies and municipalities using ozone to purify pools, spas and drinking water. It works because it kills bacteria, fungi, mold and even some viruses. It also breaks down waste products to sterilize water without the use of chemicals like chlorine or bromine. But have you ever heard of ozone being used in or on the body to kill pathogens? Ozone therapy, also called Activated Oxygen Therapy (AOT), is showing a lot of promise as an effective medical modality for both companion animals and humans.

What is ozone and how does it heal?

Oxygen as you know it makes all life possible. It’s the molecule from which all cellular energy, and thus function and healing, is derived. What you may not know is when “activated” through an ozone generating machine, oxygen turns from O2 (oxygen) into O3 (ozone). This creation of a third oxygen atom is very special and does two things:

1. It puts “extra” oxygen in diseased, cancerous, inflamed or infected tissue. Typically, these areas are low in oxygen, thereby decreasing the chances for healthy cells to survive and/or defend themselves. Upon injecting ozone into the bloodstream or a tumor, the O3 molecule breaks down again into oxygen (O2) and an oxygen atom (O1). The O2 increases oxygen in these areas, greatly boosting the body’s healing powers.

2. The third oxygen atom (O1), meanwhile, negatively affects abnormal cells (such as cancer cells) as well as pathogens like bacteria, yeast, fungus and viruses. This ozone breakdown creates what is called a “free radical” – in this case the O1 atom. This free radical breaks through the outer “wall” that surrounds an abnormal cell or pathogen. Normal cells have a way of protecting themselves against this effect (via mitochondria), so normal cells get a boost of oxygen to help them heal, while abnormal cells and pathogens have their “walls” broken and die.

This non-toxic therapy can be used for most any resistant or degenerative disease process, such as cancer, antibiotic-resistant infections, and severe yeast infections of the skin and ears. It is also helpful in the treatment of arthritis, colitis, or any other inflammatory condition.

How is it administered?

A special machine called an ozone generator is needed to take medical grade oxygen (O2) and activate it. It does this by putting an electrostatic charge to the oxygen molecule as it passes through the machine, thus creating ozone. The O3 molecule is stable for only short periods, which is why it does not occur in nature except in the upper atmosphere that protects the Earth from many harmful things.

There are a variety of ways to administer activated oxygen. The number of treatments vary, depending on the condition we’re treating. We can:

• Mix it with saline and inject it intravenously.

• Infuse it rectally for a variety of gastrointestinal diseases.

• Mix it with olive oil and use it as a topical gel for wounds.

• Wrap a shampooed animal in plastic (except for the head, of course) and infuse the ozone into the bag to treat skin conditions.

• Flush infected ears with it.

• Inject cancerous tumors with it for great results.

People often report an increase in energy in their companions following a treatment. At my practice, we also often make ozone water for people to take home; they can soak an animal’s infected feet with it, and/or have the dog drink it. At present, not a lot of veterinarians offer ozone therapy, nor is it approved by the FDA for medical use. Nevertheless, I have seen it help animals that are severely ill and/or have been given no other chance. Hopefully, with time, it will become more widely accepted and available.