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What is Ozone?

Ozone (O3) is an energized form of oxygen with extra electrons. It forms the protective ozone layer around the planet, yet becomes a pollutant when mixed with hydrocarbons (like carbon dioxide) and nitrogen oxide from automobile and factory emissions. Because scientists have focused on the negative effects of inhaled ozone, the medicinal aspects of the gas when applied intravenously or through the skin have been largely overlooked.

Ozone was found to be an effective bactericide and fungicide during the mid-1800’s and was first used to purify drinking water in a number of European cities. Today, over 2000 municipalities around the world- including Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles and Moscow- purify their drinking water with ozone.

 

However, ozone was not used medically until 1915, when it was found to be an effective disinfectant of wounds and skin diseases in Germany during the First World War. It was later found that ozone has the ability to “blast” holes through the membranes of viruses, yeasts, bacteria and abnormal tissue cells and therefore killing them. Ozone was the focus of considerable research in Germany during the 1930’s where it was successfully used to treat patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disorders, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and chronic bacterial diarrhea.

Medical ozone is made by passing oxygen O2 through an electrical coil, giving it three atoms, which changes it into ozone (O3).  Unlike oxygen, this supercharged molecule is extremely unstable - once in the body it breaks down into various oxygen subspecies which contact anaerobic viruses and microbes to create oxidized cells while leaving the healthy cells alone. When the body becomes saturated with these special forms of oxygen, it reaches a state of purity wherein disease microorganisms are killed, while the underlying toxicity is oxidized and eliminated. 

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Health benefits

Ozone therapies have been shown to boost the immune system; kill bacteria, fungus, and viruses; lower inflammation; reverse brain damage; lower the risk for repeat heart attacks; improve joint mobility; detox the body; heal wounds; provide pain relief; activate stem cells and induce repair; oxygenate cells; and rejuvenate skin. 

Learn about conditions that can be treated with ozone below...

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