Ozone --- the neglected germ fighter 
By Dr. Gary Robbins, D.P.M.
Augmented by Walter Sorochan


Source:  Ozone germ fighter

The video presenter, Gary Robbins, discusses the use of ozone as a medical therapy.  But we should not overlook the impact of ozone in industry and public health. 

ozone hole-in-ozone-layerMost persons are familiar with the claims that industrial chemicals have damaged the ozone layer that surrounds the arctic north pole of our plant earth.  Illustration on the right simulates a hole in the ozone layer.

The ozone layer protects us from ultra-violet light that can  cause skin cancer.  In this article we look at ozone on the planet itself and how ozone is used. 

Ozone or O3 is a highly charged oxygen molecule with increased oxygenating properties. [ refer to footnote for more information ] Ozone is used in homes and hot tubs to kill bacteria in the water and to reduce the amount of chlorine or bromine required by reactivating them to their free state. Since ozone does not remain in the water long enough, ozone by itself is ineffective at preventing cross-contamination among bathers and must be used in conjunction with halogensWiki: Ozone 

Industrial uses of ozone:   In 1856, just 16 years after its discovery, ozone was first used in a health care setting to disinfect operating rooms and sterilize surgical instruments.  By the end of the 19th century the use of ozone to disinfect drinking water of bacteria and viruses was well established in mainland Europe.

"The largest use of ozone is in the preparation of pharmaceuticals, synthetic lubricants, and many other commercially useful organic compounds, where it is used to sever carbon-carbon bonds. It can also be used for bleaching substances and for killing microorganisms in air and water sources.  Many municipal drinking water systems kill bacteria with ozone instead of the more common chlorine.  Ozone has a very high oxidation potential.  Ozone does not form organochlorine compounds, nor does it remain in the water after treatment. Ozone can form the suspected carcinogen bromate in source water with high bromide concentrations. The Safe Drinking Water Act mandates that these systems introduce an amount of chlorine to maintain a minimum of 0.2 μmol/mol residual free chlorine in the pipes, based on results of regular testing. Where electrical power is abundant, ozone is a cost-effective method of treating water, since it is produced on demand and does not require transportation and storage of hazardous chemicals. Once it has decayed, it leaves no taste or odor in drinking water."  Wiki: Ozone

FDA is "amending the food additive regulations to provide for the safe use of ozone in gaseous and aqueous phases as an antimicrobial agent on food, including meat and poultry." Studies at California Polytechnic University demonstrated that 0.3 μmol/mol levels of ozone dissolved in filtered tap water can produce a reduction of more than 99.99% in such food-borne microorganisms as salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7 and Campylobacter. This quantity is 20,000 times the WHO-recommended limits stated above.  Ozone can also be used to remove pesticide residues from fruits and vegetables. Wiki: Ozone

Ozone therapy is a form of alternative medicine treatment that purports to increase the amount of oxygen to the body through the introduction of ozone into the body. Various methods have been suggested on the method of introducing the ozone into the body, and the purported benefits of this therapy include the treatment of various diseases including cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, among others. Wiki: Ozone therapy  Shallenberger ozone therapy paperback 2011

This therapy is currently used safely, effectively, and openly to treat various human ailments in Germany, Russia, and Cuba, but suppressed in United States. Confusion exists about the process and application of ozone into the body.  However, in spite of the FDA suppressing ozone therapy, many therapists in United States do administer ozone therapy. Shallenberger ozone therapy paperback 2011   Ozone Therapy Doctors Around The World  

Ozone therapy Ozone therapy is not without some peril!  There are numerous variations of ozone therapy that can be dangerous and hence, have lead to controversy.  The alternative medicine approach claims to use a safe approach while conventional medicine has used questionable therapeutic methodologies.  The point of view advocated by the medical and drug establishments can be found in the Quackwatch article by Saul Green.  Green: Medical rebuttal of ozone therapy 1998  There are also testimonials claiming that a few persons died from ozone therapy in Australia.   

There is hypocrisy by the FDA about ozone as used in public health and industry and ozone therapy as used in the medical field.  Despite FDA sanctions restricting ozone therapy, many healers are using it. Shallenberger ozone therapy paperback 2011  Ozone Therapy Doctors Around The World  There has been little independent scientific study of ozone therapy.  Ozone is overlooked in United States as a very good germ fighter and good substitute for hazardous chlorination of drinking water!  

References: 

Fassa Paul, "The FDA Continues to Suppress Ozone Therapy Despite Proven Efficacy," Natural News, February 19, 2010.   Fassa: FDA suppresses ozone 2010

Green Saul, "Oxygenation Therapy: Unproven Treatments for Cancer and AIDS," Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, Spring/Summer 1998; Quackwatch.   Green: Medical rebuttal of ozone therapy 1988

Oxygen Health Therapies, "Ozone Therapy Doctors Around The World!" Oxygen Health Therapies. Last Updated: January 28, 2013.   Ozone Therapy Doctors Around The World

Ozone is considered to be an oxygen but in an energized form. Oxygen has two molecules O2, which is stable. What we breathe is this O2 Oxygen. If this oxygen is charged to a great extent through lightning, direct sunlight, or more importantly by a machine manufactured to produce ozone, it gets into 3,4,5,6,7 or more molecules. This is excessively charged oxygen, which is unstable and bound to lose its free molecules. In other words the process of getting back to its original O2 form begins. It sheds free molecules one by one and are known as ‘single oxygen molecules’. They are by nature reactive. Comprises of protons and electrons, though the single oxygen molecules have only one charge. As they have only electron with no proton to balance, they normally seek out something to mix with. Fortunately, healthy human cells are protected by an anti-oxidant layer encapsulating them, which provides protection against these O1 atoms. However, unhealthy cells, viruses etc., do not have an effective protective layer, as their electrical charge is distinctly different from healthy human beings and therefore attract O1 molecules electrically. This combination with such virus or unhealthy cell kills the virus or unhealthy cell by a process of oxidization.

Shallenberger Frank, "Principles and Applications of ozone therapy - a practical guideline for physicians," TowerBooks, Paperback, April 26, 2011.   Shallenberger ozone therapy paperback 2011

Wikipedia, "Ozone."  Wiki: Ozone

Wikipedia, "Ozone therapy."  Wiki: Ozone therapy