Dr. Klinghardt and the doctors he’s trained at Sophia Health Institute® and other clinics have been using ozone therapeutically for years. It’s an interesting but puzzling treatment for patients to encounter at first, because a relatively small number of doctors use it worldwide, so many don’t know why you would use it. It costs very little after initial equipment investments and labor/educational costs, and because it’s a simple gaseous molecule, it cannot be patented. Therefore, it is unlikely to see mainstream use, or to be widely advertised, in the current medical climate.

What ozone does in the body is not a one word answer. It has different actions depending on its concentration and how it’s administered. As a detox agent, it stimulates the body’s antioxidant systems by offering a mild prooxidant challenge. The challenge is not enough to cause oxidant damage, but enough that the body increases its production of the enzymes: glutathione peroxidase, reductase, super oxide dismutase, and catalase, setting off a response where free radicals are swept away all over the body, even though the ozone may have introduced into only one area. Bacteria, viruses, and some types of unhealthy cells don’t have that same enzymatic protection from oxidation, so they are made non-viable, while human cells survive.

Several doctors in the country are having remarkably fast results with chronic complex infections, like Lyme, by following intensive intravenous (IV) ozone protocols, with individualized and systemic support. It is the prime treatment for infections, especially viral. Dr. Robert Rowen and Dr. Howard Robins showed an up to 100% success rate (depending on which route of administering it was used) in the ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. Their story and updates can be found on Dr. Rowen’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Another exciting and recent development is that doctors have observed that IV glutathione in the middle of an oxidizing IV treatment, like ozone or high dose vitamin C, improves clinical results, even though oxidative science says that the effects of the glutathione should be canceled out by the ozone. A limited scientific understanding should not white out a clinical observation just because we don’t understand yet why an observation is scientifically sound. Everything now well-established as “scientific” was once an observation. At the recent annual conference of the American Association of Ozone Therapy, Christopher Shade, PhD. of Quicksilver Scientific proposed the answer that the injected glutathione does become oxidized, but that the presence of increased oxidized glutathione triggers the body to produce reduced glutathione in response.

Ozone does not need to be used IV only. It has a similar effect when applied topically and internally in the form of ozonated oils (first developed and sold to medical professionals by Nikola Tesla), drinking and bathing in ozonated water, limb bagging (ozone-filled bags sealed around an extremity), ozone saunas, and the insufflation of body cavities. Often times, as in the ebola example, there is no treatment for a given malady as effective as ozone.

Producing and using ozone safely requires some education from a reputable source, including how to choose a safe and effective ozone generator—this is one case where purchasing the cheapest option, based on advertisement or the information provided by the dealer, or misusing any ozone generated, can be toxic and potentially fatal. No part of this discussion about ozone can or should be interpreted as medical advice. Please see http://aaot.us/ to find a qualified practitioner or instructor.