Ozone therapy in infections
What are infections and who is at risk?
When germs (also called microbes or microorganisms) enter the body, multiply, and cause harm or illness the result is an infection. The main types of germs are bacteria, viruses, protozoa (some of which act as parasites), and fungal organisms (also called fungi), worms, and insects such as mites (which cause scabies) and lice. These entities enter the body, attach to cells, and multiply. To do this, they must evade or overcome the body's natural defenses at each step. Infections have the potential to cause illness, but in many cases the infected person does not get sick.Infections can be contagious or Non-contagious, can be acute or chronic, can be localized or systemic .
What are body's natural defenses?
Your body has many ways to protect itself from infections. It helps to understand the normal ways your body does this, and how cancer and cancer treatment change this process. This may help you better understand why infections can develop so easily and be so serious in people with cancer.
Skin and mucous membranes
The skin is your body’s largest organ and its most important barrier against infections. It’s your first line of defense in protecting internal tissues from harmful germs. It also keeps body tissues from drying out (dehydrating). When there’s a break in your skin, germs can enter your body and cause infection.
Mucous membranes, which form the moist, pink lining layer of the mouth, throat, nose, eyelids, urethra, vagina, and digestive (gastrointestinal) system, also act as a partial barrier against infection. These membranes normally help protect us from germs in the air we breathe, our environment, and in our food and drink.
The immune system and blood cells
If germs get through the skin or mucous membranes, the job of protecting the body shifts to your immune system and some of its special cells. Your immune system is a complex network of cells, signals, and organs that work together to help kill germs that cause infections. Many of these are special blood cells that travel in the blood until they find germs to attack. Others spend part of their time in the blood and the rest of their time in immune system organs.
White blood cells are part of the immune system. (Red cells and platelets are not.) There are different types of white blood cells, and they each have a key role in the body’s defense against germs:
• Lymphocytes (which include T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes)
Normally, most of our white blood cells are neutrophils. Neutrophils form a very important defense against most types of infection. For most people with cancer, having a low neutrophil count, a condition called neutropenia, is the biggest risk factor for getting a serious infection.
Inflammatory response: This is produced by the body's immune system. Certain kinds of white blood cells—including macrophages and neutrophils—surround and destroy or otherwise attack any kind of germs, often causing fever, redness, and swelling.
Antibodies: These are proteins produced by the immune system. Some are targeted to attack specific microbes. This response is also called humoral immunity. Usually these antibodies are produced after a person is infected by or exposed to the microbe
Lymphocytes, monocytes, and macrophages have special roles, too
Some treatments, most often those given during bone marrow transplant, can cause a shortage of lymphocytes. B and T lymphocytes help fight viruses, but have different jobs:
- B-lymphocytes make special proteins called antibodies that recognize and kill certain germs. They also can mark germs to be destroyed.
- T-lymphocytes make signaling substances called cytokines that tell other cells what to do. They also destroy cells infected by viruses.
Monocytes and macrophages have special jobs, too:
- They help lymphocytes recognize germs.
- They can surround and digest germs that have been coated by antibodies (the proteins made by B-lymphocytes).
- They help fight bacteria, fungi, and parasites.
Coughing deeply: This expels germs from the lungs and breathing passages but may be less effective for weak, sick, or injured people.
How Do Infections Lead to Illness?
Bacteria: Called "resident flora," harmless bacteria normally are present in some parts of the body. They compete with harmful germs and crowd them out. But they can be weakened or killed by medications, allowing harmful germs to thrive and cause illness.
Bacteria can release toxins, or poisons. Viruses can take over cells and prevent them from doing their normal work. Bacteria and fungi—and larger infective agents like worms or other parasites—can multiply so rapidly that they physically interfere with the functioning of the lungs, heart, or other organs. The immune response itself—which can bring fever, pain, swelling, and fatigue—often is the major cause of the sick feelings an infected person gets.
How Do Infections Spread?
Of people infected with tuberculosis bacteria, for instance, only about one in ten will ever get sick. Some viruses and parasites, too, can remain in the body a lifetime without causing illness. In such cases, called latent infection, people usually get sick only if the immune system weakens.
The organisms that cause infections may spread through water, soil, food, or air; through contact with an infected person's blood, skin, or mucus; through sexual contact; or through insect bites. Most germs spread by a couple of these routes; no one microbe spreads in all these ways. In addition, many disease-causing microbes can spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus. When this happens, we say the baby is born with a congenital infection.
What Are the Symptoms of Infection
The symptoms vary greatly depending on the part of the body and type of organism involved. The first sign of bacterial infection is often inflammation: fever, pain, swelling, redness, and pus. By contrast, viral infections less commonly cause inflammation but may cause a variety of other symptoms, from a runny nose or sore throat to a rash or swollen lymph nodes * .
How ozone theraphy helps in treating/preventing infections?
Modes of ozone tratments in infections
- lethal effects of ozone on pathogenic organisms have been observed since the latter part of the 19th century. Ozone is a strong germicide needing only a few micrograms per liter for measurable action. Viruses differ in their susceptibility to destruction by ozone.
- The most cited explanation for ozone's bactericidal effects centers on disruption of envelope integrity through peroxidation of phospholipids and lipoproteins. There is evidence for interaction with proteins as well.
- Lipid-containing viruses are sensitive to treatment with ozone, indicating that disruption or loss of lipids results in impaired or destroyed infectivity. Viruses containing lipid envelopes include the Herpes viridae a large family grouping the Simplex, Varicella-Zoster, Cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr viruses; the Paramyxoviridae (mumps, measles); the Orthonyxoviridae (influenza); the Rhabdoviridae (rabies); and the Retroviridae (HIV). The HIV virus has an outer envelope made of a double layer of lipids penetrated by proteins of several types encasing two molecules of RNA.
- Ozone stimulates the production of white blood cells These cells protect the body from viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer. Deprived oxygen, these cells malfunction. They fail to eliminate invaders and even turn against normal, healthy cells (allergic reactions). Ozone significantly raises oxygen levels in the blood for long periods after ozone administration; as a result, allergies have a tendency to become desensitized.
- Interferon levels are significantly increased Interferons are globular proteins. Interferons orchestrate every aspect of the immune system. Some interferons are produced by cells infected by viruses. These interferons warn adjacent, healthy cells of the likelihood of infection; in turn, they are rendered nonpermissive host cells. In other words, they inhibit viral replication. Other interferons are produced in the muscles, connective tissue and by white blood cells. Levels of gamma interferon can be elevated 400-900% by ozone. This interferon is involved in the control of phagocytic cells that engulf and kill pathogens and abnormal cells.
- Interferons are FDA approved for the treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B and C, Genital Warts (caused by Papillomavirus), Hairy-cell Leukemia, Karposi’s Sarcoma, Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and Chronic Granulomatous Disease. Interferons are currently in clinical trials for Throat Warts (caused by Papillomavirus), HIV infection, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Leukemia, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Colon tumors, Kidney tumors, Bladder Cancer, Malignant Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma and Leishmaniasis. While levels induced by ozone remain safe, interferon levels that are FDA approved (and in clinical trials) are extremely toxic.
- Ozone stimulates the secretion of IL-2. Interluekin-2 is one of the cornerstones of the immune system. It is secreted by T-helpers. In a process known as autostimulation, the IL-2 then binds to a receptor on the T-helper and causes it to produce more IL-2. Its main duty is to induce lymphocytes to differentiate and proliferate, yielding more T-helpers, T-suppressors, cytotoxic T’s, T-delayed’s and T-memory cells.
- Ozone kills most bacteria at low concentrations. The metabolism of most bacteria is on average one-seventeenth as efficient as our own. Because of this, most cannot afford to produce disposable antioxidant enzymes such as catalase. Very few types of bacteria can live in an environment composed of more than two percent ozone.
- Ozone is effective against all types of fungi This includes systemic Candida albicans, athletes foot, molds, mildews, yeasts and even mushrooms.
- Ozone fights viruses in a variety of ways. As discussed above, ozone also goes after the viral particles directly. The part of the virus most sensitive to oxidation is the “reproductive structure.” This is how the virions enter the cell. With this structure inactivated, the virus is essentially “dead.” Cells already infected have a natural weakness to ozone. Due to the metabolic burden of infection, the cells can no longer produce enzymes necessary to deal with the ozone and repair the cell.
- Ozone makes the antioxidant enzyme system more efficient.
Ozone therapy can be given alone or with other medications for infections. Ozone will enhances the results of medicines(antibiotics,antifungals..) and minimizes their(medical) side effects
Prevention is always important in infections!!
- Ozone ear in infections of ear, nose ,throat, brain( sinusitis, MASTOIDITIS; HEARING PROBLEMS CAUSED BY CANDIDA;; HEAD COLDS; UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTIONS; SORE THROAT; FLU; ALLERGIC RHINITIS; BRONCHITIS; AASTHMA, , encephalitis etc..)
- Ozone rectal in ENTERITIS; CROHN’S DISEASE; ANAL FISSURES; ULCERATIVE COLITIS; PROCTITIS(HIGHER CONC.)
- ozone vaginal in VAGINITIS; ENDOMETRITIS; ENDOMETRIOSIS; REPRODUCTIVE TRACT PATHOLOGIES; PELVIC INFLAMATORY DISEASE, PERITONITIs
- ozone major auto in SYSTEMIC VIREMIA; GENERALISED SEPSIS; PERITONITIS; IMMUNODEFICIENCY CELLULAR & HUMORAL ; RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
- ozone minor auto in AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES; RHINOSINUSITIS; ALLERGY; NONSPECIFIC IMMUNE STIMULATION IN VIRAL DISEASES,FEVERS; REVITALIZATION; IMOROVING BODY’S INHERENT RESISTANCE; INFECTIVE TB; HERPES ZOSTER, HERPES SIMPLEX, POST HERPETIC NEURALGIA;
- ozonated saline in immune stimulation in all systemic infections
- ozone bladder insufflation in urinary tract infections
- ozone steam in NON HEALING WOUNDS; ADJUVANT TO SYSTEMIC OZONE THERAPY; TOTAL BODY PURIFICATION/DETOXIFICATION; SYSTEMIC SKIN DISEASES
- ozone oil can be applied externally in all local infections like INFECTED WOUNDS; BEE STINGS; INSECT BITES; RASHES; GINGIVITIS.,PYODERMA;ACNE; HERPES SIMPLEX;HERPES ZOSTER; FURUNCLES; CONSTITUTIONAL ECZEMA; PSORIASIS; WARTS;GENITAL WARTS;MYCOTIC ECZEMA; ATHLETE`S FOOT; NAIL MYCOSIS;FIBROTIC SCARS&KELOIDS; PRURIGO; CANDIDIASIS; SOLAR KERATOSIS;DIABETIC FOOT; BED SORES; FIRST& SECOND DEGREE BURNS; INTRACTABLE FISTULAS,FISSURES,SINUSES; NONHEALING ULCERS&WOUNDS; VARICOSE VEINS,VENOUS ULCERS; PREVENTION OF SCAR FORMATION; VULVOVAGINITIS; EXTERNAL EAR ECZEMA; HEMORRHOIDS
Many systemic infectious diseases can be prevented by immunization. Among them are chickenpox, cholera, diphtheria, hepatitis A and hepatitis B, influenza, Lyme disease, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumococcal pneumonia, polio, rabies, rubella (German measles), tetanus, typhoid fever, and yellow fever.
Hygiene, sanitation, and public health
Many other systemic infections can be prevented by having a clean public water supply and a sanitary system for disposing of human wastes; by washing hands before handling food; by cooking meats thoroughly; by abstaining from sexual contact; and by controlling or avoiding ticks and mosquitos.
Ozonate your body once in 6 months or 1year to modulate immune system and prevent infection.