I started researching oxygen because my adventurous fiancé is having ozone gas injected into her blood as a therapy. The woman knows no fear. I have to admire her faith in alternative therapies, but at the same time, WTH!??!
After some research, I’m concerned about her risk of death from an embolism in the lungs, general oxidative damage to her epithelial cell membranes, potential vasculitis and death by aneurism. I think ozone therapy will age her more quickly from the inside for the same reason meditation ages us slower: 0yxgen rusts us.
Many people promote ozone therapy. I think I now understand why: She felt bad at first, but plans on 10 to 15 treatments after surviving the first one and feeling good for a day. Why?
When the extra oxygen starts rusting you, T-cells are mobilized as the immune system starts to clean up all the damage. At the right concentration you get an increase in the production of interferon and interleukin-2 which launches a cascade of immunological reactions. – link. This is because your body is under attack from the extra oxygen which creates highly reactive free radicals. In addition to other free radicals, the extra oxygen in your blood reacts to quickly form hydrogen peroxide which is an irritant. Your cells have protective barriers, cell membrades made of lipids. Hydrogen peroxide in your blood results in lipid peroxidation where electrons are stolen from the cell membrane damaging the cell and creating more free radicals. This damage constricts your blood vessels and you then get less oxygen and nutrients to your cells, so you get a “high”, like right before you black out from holding your breath.
Another result is the release of neurotransmitters, some of which elevate the mood. If it feels good, it must be good for you? Not in this case.
Ozone IV or Direct Injection is generally done with a 27g butterfly needle and 20 – 50 cc’s of ozone gas infused directly in a vein at a normal rate of 1 – 2 cc’s a minute. – link
My fiance laughs this off. The treatment is being given by a pre-med microbiology major who went to UCLA. She was told that IV Ozone is legal here and that doctors and naturopaths can administer it. What is a naturopath?
Naturopathy, or naturopathic medicine, is a form of alternative medicine based on a belief in vitalism, which posits that a special energy called vital energy or vital force guides bodily processes such as metabolism, reproduction, growth, and adaptation. Naturopathy favors a holistic approach with non-invasive treatment and generally avoids the use of surgery and drugs. Among naturopaths, complete rejection of biomedicine and modern science is common. – wiki
Interesting. So it is legal for a person who rejects modern science, a person without a medical license of any kind, to injecting a gas into someone’s vein while making a claim that this will have a positive medical benefit? Even if this is legal, it seems like a mind bogglingly bad move. People take anti-oxidants and even sleep on earthing sheets to prevent oxidative stress. Why would anyone introduce oxidation stress directly into the body?
Remember that song by the band Sweet titled “Love is like Oxygen“? The main hook says it well: “You get too much you get too high, not enough and you’re going to die.”
As I said, ozone injected into the bloodstream quickly forms hydrogen peroxide when it reacts with water in your blood. A serious complication can result: Intravenous hydrogen peroxide’s rampage can cause vasculitis.
Vasculitis occurs when your immune system mistakenly sees blood vessel cells as foreign. The immune system then attacks those cells as if they were an invader, such as a bacteria or virus. It’s not always clear why this happens, but an infection, some cancers, certain immune system disorders or an allergic reaction may serve as the trigger.
Blood vessels affected by vasculitis become inflamed, which can cause the layers of the blood vessel wall to thicken. This narrows the blood vessels, reducing the amount of blood — and therefore oxygen and vital nutrients — that reaches your body’s tissues. In some cases, a blood clot may form in an affected blood vessel, obstructing blood flow. Sometimes instead of becoming narrower, a blood vessel may weaken and form a bulge (aneurysm), a potentially life-threatening condition.
Here’s more on the damages of hydrogen peroxide. Some people have that injected or they drink it. Bad idea. Don’t be fooled by the term “Food grade” hydrogen peroxide. That doesn’t mean you can drink it! It means it is strong enough to use on cooking surfaces to kill germs. It will also cause serious damage if you try to drink it. Don’t.
Hydrogen peroxide can be harmful if swallowed, especially the concentrated solutions sold in some health food stores. “Food grade” peroxide is a very strong corrosive solution. It contains 35% hydrogen peroxide, a concentration that is more than ten times stronger than the 3% peroxide approved for use on the skin. Food grade hydrogen peroxide is approved by the FDA to clean food surfaces and for certain bleaching and disinfecting tasks in food production. The FDA requires that any peroxide that might remain in food be broken down into oxygen and water before the food reaches the consumer. Drinking food grade hydrogen peroxide can cause vomiting, severe burns of the throat and stomach, trouble breathing, bleeding in the stomach or intestine, symptoms of stroke, and even death. As it absorbs from the stomach or intestine, it can sometimes form bubbles in the blood vessels and block blood flow to parts of the body or brain. If it gets in the eyes, it can damage the corneas and even cause blindness. Direct skin contact with food grade hydrogen peroxide can cause blistering or burns, and breathing its vapors can cause serious breathing problems up to 72 hours later.
Hydrogen peroxide injections can have dangerous side effects. High blood levels of hydrogen peroxide can create oxygen bubbles that block blood flow and cause gangrene and death. Destruction of blood cells has also been reported after intravenous injection of hydrogen peroxide. A few people can also have serious allergic reactions to hydrogen peroxide. A 1993 review article also found some research evidence that too much oxygen in the body’s tissues may damage genetic material and promote abnormal growth. – link
Claims that diluted hydrogen peroxide may be taken intravenously or even orally for treating various sicknesses, including cancer, have been shown to be fraudulent, dangerous, and illegal, using “misbranding” and language explicitly prohibited by the Code of Federal Regulations, and have caused several deaths. – link
So, if you want to age quickly from the inside or possibly die from a blood clot in your lung or a burst blood vessel, try some IV ozone therapy! Hey, it might cure you of something. Might.