Please remember that medical ozone is a treatment tool. Nothing is a cure-all
Ozone is far-and-above the most useful treatment tool I have encountered in my almost half-a-century as medical student and doctor and I have flown a lot of air miles travelling to learn from medical innovators in Europe and North America. Just because Ozone is potentially so useful it does not mean one can be lazy or slipshod or corner-cutting about making as good a diagnosis as possible.
Before you embark on any medical treatment please follow these steps- and I say this so often I should have it running on a looped tape!
- Establish a diagnosis. Now I mean a proper, layered, cause and effect functional medicine diagnosis. Not just a tick-box, algorithmic diagnosis like ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’ or ‘fibromyalgia’ which really tell the patient nothing about the cause of their misery.
- See if the root cause(s) can be identified and treat that root cause.
- When seeking a root cause in the individuals who do me the honour of coming to consult me: I pay very careful attention to hormonal imbalances, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, disordered digestive function, autonomic nervous system dysfunction, any trauma in the history whether it might be trauma with a big, capital ‘T’ or repeated minor trauma with a small ‘t’ , heavy metal intoxication, intoxication with chemicals or pesticides, bacterial dysbiosis, other unrecognised bacterial infections, mycotoxin issues, mast cell disorder. In ‘real life’ medicine It usually is a combination of several of the above.
Provided any of the above contributory causes are addressed as appropriate then with the addition of medical ozone therapy if indicated the treatment outcome can be incredibly satisfying and sometimes, indeed, far beyond what could be imagined.
Please do not get me wrong : ozone may also be a very useful stand-alone treatment in some circumstances. However if the clinician constantly takes the lazy approach of just doing ozone …..ozone……and even more ozone without investigating and offering a comprehensive approach the outcome is likely to be far impressive and any improvement likely to be shorter-lived. The patient ends up being re-treated on a very frequent basis which very few people can afford.
So I am not in favour of the the revolving-door high-patient turnover ozone clinic concept. Revolving-door clinics are fantastic revenue generator for their owners but the root cause is not investigated and thus to goes untreated. Medicine as far as possible, is about finding out what has gone wrong and fixing it.
A Case of the rare disease dermatomyositis.
The above detailed investigative and treatment approach is what was implemented and used in the treatment of the 40 year-old male with dermatomyositis.
Dermatomyositis is a severe and often life-threatening autoimmune illness for which there is no known cure. There are further details in the next section.
Conditions Where Oxone Therapy May Be Helpful
Some of these conditions we will have treated here ourselves, and some we will have learned about from medical colleagues abroad:
Persistent infections, for example:
- Someone who is having difficulty recovering from a flu, chest infection, an unresolving viral infection or post Covid 19.
- Someone who has a Cellulitis/Soft tissue infection which is not responding well to treatment, or an ulcerated area.
- Diabetic feet, Diabetic foot ulcers.
- Infections such as herpes simplex or herpes zoster (shingles).
Non-healing surgical wounds:
Recently we had a lady in her 50s who had undergone extensive foot surgery 8 weeks previously, and despite all the therapies available in a large teaching hospital,she had a non-healing wound. She was referred to me by her orthopaedic surgeon. The patient was unable to bear any weight on her foot, hence she could not use crutches, and had to use a ‘knee scooter’. The foot surgeon referred this lady for Myers intravenous infusions, because she had very significantly benefited from intravenous infusions previously.
As a courtesy to the referring colleague I administered a few intravenous infusions, but the real game-changer was a very small number (2-3) ten-pass ozone treatment sessions. Within seven days this lady was back on her crutches, the stubborn wound was closed and very shortly afterwards she was able to begin to weight-bear on the troubled foot. The persistent scab disappeared, and her foot became pain free again.
There also was an excellent cosmetic outcome enabling this lady to wear sandals open footwear and sandals without, in any way, feeling self-conscious.
As an unexpected bonus, which I do not understand to this day, a long-term problem with urinary incontinence also cleared up at the same time.
Inflammatory Musculoskeletal Disorders including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosis spondylitis
- General ‘rheumatism’/ rheumatics.
- Plantar fasciitis (pain on the sole of the foot, nearer to the heel area).
Joint Pains (in these situations ozone is injected directly into the joints affected) including:
- Frozen shoulder unresponsive to physiotherapy
- Tendonitis of the shoulder
- Knee pain including osteoarthritis
- Ankle pain including osteoarthritis
- Morton’s Neuroma (pain on the sole of the foot, usually just a little posterior to where the first and second toes meet)
- Plantar fasciitis (pain on the sole of the foot, nearer to the heel area).
Connective tissue and autoimmune disorders – a severe case of dermatomyositis:
In the past year we had a patient in his forties with very severe dermatomyositis who had almost died at one stage of his stay in hospital, prior to coming to see us. Even walking around his house, this gentleman needed continuous oxygen. The goal of his treating consultant was that at some time in the future he hopefully might be able to walk without supplementary oxygen. Last time I spoke with this gentleman, a year after he first came to me, he was totally off oxygen (a decision made by his respiratory consultant) and was negotiating a graded return to employment. This gentleman had a full comprehensive Functional Medicine programme tailored for him, which he followed carefully and enthusiastically, and the ozone therapy was a critical and very helpful part of this gentleman’s treatment programme.
Update September 26th, 2022:This gentleman is now back to work three days per week and is doing well with lung capacity. He is now in the normal range(the low end). FEV1 88%, FVC(L) 80% – both of these results have increased by 10% in the last 4 months.Oxygen transfer TLCO is now up at 73% which is up from 67% 4months ago, and his respiratory consultant considers he was in the low 30s at one stage. This gent has now been cleared to start swimming and cycling again.
Professor Lahodny in Vienna reports excellent results with scleroderma.
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Ischemic Heart Disease
- Macular Degeneration –there is some very good research data on the use of ozone in macular degeneration.
Miscellaneous conditions including:
Leg and Arm pain at night:
A 70 year old gentleman who could not tolerate sleeping on his back under any circumstances. When this gentleman lay on his right hand side, after 20 minutes he would get pain in his right arm and leg and then he would switch to lying on his left arm and left leg. Then after a further 20 minutes he would have to switch back again. End result: No decent sleep. Additionally, he was visiting the bathroom many times each night to pass urine. Ozone treatment resulted in a disappearance of the pain, and as a result, sleeping through the night and a dramatic reduction in visits to the bathroom.
Professor Lahodny (from near Vienna) reports very good results in Parkinson’s disease. We have not had the opportunity to treat any patients with Parkinson’s but in my clinical opinion, toxic influences also need to be identified and addressed in any case of Parkinson’s.