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Oxidation Therapy

Oxidation Therapy

Oxidation therapies are designed to produce a transient oxidative stress for the individual. This is what happens when we do exercise as well. Oxidative therapies are particularly valuable for people who are unable to exercise vigorously because of physical impairment of other acute or chronic illness. This has a variety of beneficial actions.

The Major Effects of Oxidation Therapies 

  1. Oxidation therapy (OxTx) stimulates the production of white blood cells. These cells protect the body from viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer. Deprived of oxygen, these cells malfunction. They fail to eliminate invaders and even turn against normal, healthy cells (allergic reactions). OxTx significantly raises the oxygen levels in the blood for extended periods (1-3 hours); as a result, allergies have a tendency to become desensitized.
  2. After OxTx, interferon levels are significantly increased. Interferons are globular proteins that 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, inhibiting 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 O3xT. This interferon is involved in the control of phagocytic cells that engulf and kill pathogens and abnormal cells. Synthetic interferons are FDA approved for the treatment of Chronic Hepatitis B and C, Genital Warts (caused by Papilloma virus, Hairy-cell Leukemia, Kaposi’s Sarcoma, Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis and Chronic Granulomatous Disease). Interferon’s are currently in clinical trials for throat warts (caused by Papilloma virus), HIV infection, chronic Myelogenous 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.
  3. OxTx stimulates the production of Tumor Necrosis Factor. TNF is produced by the body when a tumor is growing. The greater the mass of the tumor the more tumor necrosis factor is produced (up to a point). When a tumor has turned metastatic, cancer cells are breaking off and being carried away by the blood and lymph, allowing the tumor to take up residence elsewhere in the body. These lone cancer cells have little chance of growing due to the TNF produced to inhibit the original tumor. When the tumor is removed surgically TNF levels drop dramatically and new tumors emerge from seemingly healthy tissue.
  4. OxTx stimulates the secretion of IL-2. Interleukin-2 is one of the cornerstones of the immune system, secreted by T-helpers. In a process known as auto stimulation, 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 and T-memory cells.
  5. OxTx creates an environment that supports the defense from bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
  6. OxTx increases the flexibility and elasticity of red blood cells. When one views a red blood cell under a microscope, it looks like a disc. In the capillaries, where they pick-up (lungs) and release (tissue) oxygen, these discs stretch out into the shape of an oval or umbrella. This aids their passage through the tiny capillaries and makes the exchange of gas more efficient. The increase in flexibility of the RBC’s allows oxygen levels to stay elevated for days, or even weeks after treatment with ozone.
  7. OxTx accelerates the citric acid cycle. Also known as the Krebs’s Cycle or TCA Cycle, this is a very important step in the production of energy. This takes place in the mitochondria of the cell. The citric acid cycle is the most efficient way that our cells produce energy.
  8. OxTx makes the anti-oxidant enzyme system more efficient. Cells respond to the beneficial oxidative stress by increasing their production of the protective enzymes such as glutathione synthetase and superoxide dismutase. While antioxidant supplements are important, they will not be effective (and may even be harmful), if these enzyme systems are not adequate.

How is Oxidation Therapy Done?
There are a variety of ways to safely produce a transient oxidative stress or challenge. They all appear to be effective when done appropriately.  We will be doing this with intravenous D5W (a 5 percent solution of glucose in water) to which is added a small amount of medical grade hydrogen peroxide.

This type of therapy is best done with a frequency of 2-3 times per week for a total of 12 sessions. Each infusion takes about 15-20 minutes. There is then a 4-6 week rest period. At the end of that period the therapy can be resumed if indicated.

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