Our health is one of the most precious things we have. After all, it is hard to replace once we lose it and the discomfort from failing health tends to make life miserable. That’s why we’re willing to go to such lengths to stay healthy. Things don’t always work out like we’d hope though. We inevitably end up trying to find ways to get healthy after falling ill. Some illnesses are even more terrifying than a cold though. Diseases with names of the same weight as cancer tend to make us all pause and want to do just about anything we can do to restore our health. Unfortunately, that creates an area between which desperation and the market meet. That’s where treatments like ozone therapy thrive. This treatment is frequently marketed to people looking for any solution as the true, hidden treatment for things such as cancer and AIDs all while having little backing. That’s why we’re going to take a closer look at it today. We’ll all be better informed and know how to explain things to anyone we know seeking this therapy.
What Is It?
Ozone therapy is the use of ozone, a chemical made of three oxygen molecules, to hyperoxygenate the body or blood in one form or another. The goal of the therapy is to create an environment in which bacteria or hostile cells are unable to survive while healthy cells and bacteria thrive. It sounds like a highly attractive idea on the surface. The unfortunate truth is that also every use of ozone therapy is lacking in any scientific support, runs the risk of harming your health, and tends to be founded upon flawed reasoning. We do need to pause and note here that right now we’re just touching on the most commonly advocated for forms of ozone therapy. Technically, ozone therapy is itself a subsection of the many oxygen therapies that are popular in alternative medicine circles. All of them focus on the misleading concept of hyperoxygenation being beneficial to human health. Let’s take a quick look at how some of these procedures are performed.
One of the most common forms of ozone therapy in existence is autohemotherapy. What this translates to is drawing blood from a patient’s body, allowing ozone to pass through as bubbles, and then returning the treated blood to a patient’s body. The very idea is enough to make many of us feel a little uncomfortable thinking about it. It gets worse though. When you introduce ozone to blood, it reacts with it. The water in your blood commonly ends up binding to the extra oxygen in ozone and actually forming hydrogen peroxide in your blood. Yes, the same kind of hydrogen peroxide you apply to external wounds that has the warning label to never ingest it. Internal hydrogen peroxide, outside of any included in tiny amounts within some medications, can lead to gas bubbles in the blood, degradation of organs, and even lowered oxygen transfer in the blood. It isn’t safe by any stretch of the imagination. Other forms can end up having your breathe in ozone or otherwise have a high concentration put in your body. This also has negative effects. Internal ozone therapies are a bad idea and ineffective.
What It All Means
Ultimately no matter what people tell you about the supposed benefits of ozone therapy for any internal issues, the fact that the FDA does not endorse any such uses says a lot. It is considered a toxic gas with no known, the reputable treatment uses. Some cosmetic uses of ozone do exist, but it is worth taking a moment to consider that ground level ozone pollution, which is ozone formed because of chemicals in the air, is frequently credited as being a major source of pollution damage to the skin that introduces free radicals and potentially dries out the skin. That leaves us with a clear pattern. There are no clear uses for ozone in medical or cosmetic circles that can pass the necessary rigor to be considered useful. Internal ozone therapies can introduce countless problems that cause long term health damage. Topical ozone is a debatable proposition at best. Consequently, there is nothing to recommend any form of ozone therapy.
Ozone therapy, as a form of oxygen therapy, isn’t that reliable of a proposition. Most forms of these treatments are little more than pseudoscience that runs a great risk of harming patients. This is worth remembering the next time a vulnerable friend or family member is told ozone therapy will help them with a debilitating condition. Certain diseases can be very troubling, but adding more damage on top of those diseases will not improve their health.