Light and Ozone Therapies

The recent CoVid-19 pandemic has led to much interest in alternative medicine since no vaccines or widely proven therapies are yet available. This week’s topic is covered by guest writer Emily Ulrey, R.N. (nea.ulrey@gmail.com). She welcomes correspondence on this topic. She also suggests that those who desire to know more about ozone therapy can follow Dr. Robert Rowen  at https://www.facebook.com/DrRobertJRowen/ or www.DrRowenDrSu.com. You are warmly invited to comment on and share this post and to thank Emily for her knowledge of and passion for this topic.

UBI and ozone therapies have been studied and utilized for their wide variety of applications and benefits, the most notable being fighting viral, bacterial and fungal infections.

Functional medicine has effectively altered the course of my nursing career, which initially began in mainstream medicine. I have been a Registered Nurse since 2006 and had experience working in a local area hospital for 10 years in positions including Med-Surgical, Orthopedics, Case Management and ER. After the birth of my third child, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (an autoimmune disease that causes gradual destruction of the  thyroid gland) and soon began investigating potential root causes and alternative therapies. After experiencing burn-out in the ER, I found a job working at a local functional medicine practice as an IV nurse, where I have worked for the past four and a half years. I recently completed a Bachelor degree in Nursing and plan to further my education to become a Certified Nurse Practitioner with a focus in functional/alternative medicine. I live in NW Ohio with my husband and three children and have a passion for alternative therapies, essential oils, photography, and medical freedom.

The world of functional medicine has been eye-opening and educational. Focusing on the root cause of illness and disease is vital in the journey to maximize health and wellness. My work in the functional medicine clinic has led me to the world of alternative medicine and a variety of treatments that I would have otherwise not been exposed to, including chelation therapy, IV Vitamin C, neurofeedback, and Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UBI) with ozone. I am not an expert in ozone or ultraviolet blood irradiation but can share some of what I have learned about these therapies. I encourage anyone reading this to look further into existing research studies for more in-depth information.

The human immune system is a well-designed part of our defense against invading threats which can lead to inflammation and infection. Despite this, intervention is sometimes necessary to provide additional immune support and to combat infection and disease. Although in some cases antibiotics or antiviral medications might be considered best practice, there are issues with over-prescribing of these medications as well as adverse effects associated with them which must be considered.

Does Light Therapy really help?

Alternative treatments including various types of light therapies have been researched and utilized over the past century to manage and treat numerous conditions such as: skin conditions, depression, chronic fatigue, infections, allergies, autoimmune conditions, and pain syndromes.

Examples of documented effects of light therapy including UBI (Ultraluxuv website, n.d.):

      • increase in white blood cells
      • increase in circulating blood volume
      • increase in arterial and venous oxygen and modulation of the immune system

Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation is a safe and effective procedure that has been utilized successfully for many years, primarily in alternative medicine practices. UBI treatments involve intravenous removal of a small volume of blood that is then added to a bag of saline and cycled through a machine that exposes the blood to UV light, and then infuses it back into the patient. Studies have shown that exposure to even a small portion of an individual’s blood volume will be effective systemically. Although the use of Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation (UBI) has been researched and shown to be beneficial in treating a multitude of conditions over the years, its growing popularity was overshadowed in the 1950’s with the rise of antibiotics and vaccines as immunotherapies, which coincidentally are more financially profitable. Although it is extremely beneficial, it is not considered to be profitable, and is considered to be the “cure that time forgot” (Wu, Hu, & Hamblin, 2016). A patient receiving UBI therapy at our clinic would often report improved energy and associated symptoms, and a decrease in duration of acute illness.

Autohemotherapy is a treatment that utilizes low concentrations of ozone gas (O3) which is added to the blood and infused back into the patient, providing a variety of systemic benefits. Ozone has been studied and found to be beneficial by increasing oxygenation of the blood and by stimulating the immune system through its ability to stimulate production of antioxidant enzymes, and its oxidizing effects against microbes and bacteria (Elvis & Ekta, 2011). Ozone has been commonly used for wound care and healing in addition to combating infections and for disinfecting. Ozone can be utilized independently or administered with UBI treatments for increased effectiveness and benefit.

Major autohemotherapy (treating 40-200ml of blood) takes at least an hour, since it involves several cycles using a Zotzmann machine (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm-AxhUmMKw). Minor autohemotherapy treatments are typically done with a syringe, involve less blood volume, and involve a much shorter procedure. When used in conjunction with UBI, the blood volume (40-60ml) is removed, added to saline solution with a small amount of Heparin, and passed through the UBI machine where it is exposed to the UV light and infused back into the patient. Although UBI can be administered independently without the addition of ozone, our clinical practice standard was to administer it with ozone for added benefit to the patient.

Dr. Vellio Bocci is a well-known researcher and expert on the benefits of ozone and suggests (Sagai & Bocci, 2011) that its mechanism of action makes it beneficial in:

      • improving blood circulation and oxygen delivery
      • metabolism
      • upregulating antioxidant enzymes
      • mildly activating the immune system
      • disinfecting and providing improved overall wellness

Because of these benefits, ozone can be used to benefit individuals with heart disease, allergies, autoimmune diseases, cancer, arthritis, neurological conditions, inflammatory processes, infections and chronic fatigue. Ozone is a relatively safe treatment when administered appropriately, and there are few adverse effects. There are only a small number of contraindications to utilizing this treatment which should be considered (drsozone.com website, n.d.). More extensive descriptions of the mechanisms of action can be discovered through further investigation of the existing research.

Although mainstream treatments are available for treating illness and disease, it is important to consider alternative treatments that are not only effective but offer solutions with fewer adverse reactions. As a nurse, I have seen first-hand the benefits and improvements in the conditions of patients utilizing these treatments. As a patient, my experience with UBI/ozone treatments resulted in increased energy, improved sleep, and decrease in fatigue and widespread joint and muscle pain.

For anyone considering treatment utilizing UBI or ozone, I highly recommend finding a knowledgeable alternative medicine physician or practitioner who is well educated and trained in administering such treatments safely.

If you are interested in finding a qualified practitioner near you, these two websites can get you started:
https://ozonewithoutborders.ngo
https://icimed.com

REFERENCES

    1. drsozone.com website. (n.d.). http://drsozone.com
    2. Elvis, A. M., & Ekta, J. S. (2011, Jan-June). Ozone therapy: A clinical review. Journal of Natural Science, Biology and Medicine, 2(1), 66-70. https://doi.org/10.4103/0976-9668.82319
    3. Sagai, M., & Bocci, V. (2011, December 20). Mechanisms of action involved in ozone therapy: is healing induced via a mild oxidative stress? Medical Gas Research, 1(29). https://doi.org/10.1186/2045-9912-1-29
    4. Ultraluxuv website. (n.d.). https://ultraluxuv.com/current-studiesreviews
    5. Wu, X., Hu, X., & Hamblin, M. R. (2016, April). Ultraviolet blood irradiation: Is it time to remember “the cure that time forgot?”. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 157, 89-96.
    6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2016.02.007

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If you have experienced light or ozone therapy, please comment below and let us know where you had the treatments and what your results were. We are dedicated to sharing information about natural therapies that are both safe and effective.

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