Ozone blood therapy for breast cancer?

Please I look for a place (better around Miami) for : ozone blood therapy
- for my wife with breast cancer with metastasis - liver and bones.

Thank you very much
Pedro Lazaro

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Read some of the articles here to begin:
http://www.encognitive.com/taxonomy/term/111


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First, I would not give any credence to anything www.quackwatch.com has to say: http://www.encognitive.com/node/1213

The pharmaceutical industry is out discredit Nobel Prize winning scientists as being wrong in their discoveries. This campaign of discrediting scientists such Dr Otto Warburg, Dr Linus Pauling, Dr Everett Storey , Dr Karl Muller, and many others, including doctors, is an attempt to do away with natural therapies that don't involve drugs, chemotherapy, and surgery.

Do your own research and draw your own conclusion.


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What is Oxygen Therapy?

Oxygen therapy is a form of treatment based upon the premise that all harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi (e.g. flu, colds, AIDs, candida albicans and cancerous cells) are anaerobic - they can only thrive in low oxygen environments. Conversely, to maintain good health, the human body requires a rich supply of oxygen.

Dr Otto Warburg, twice Nobel laureate was able to prove that cancer cannot grow in an high oxygen environment. He states: ‘Cancer, above all diseases, has countless secondary causes, but there is only one prime cause: the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of body cells by anaerobic respiration’. In other words, lack of oxygen. His research revealed that when a cell is denied 60% of its normal requirement of oxygen, it switches to a fermentation mechanism and grows out of control. Researchers have since shown that cancerous growths contract and even disappear when oxygen saturation is sufficiently raised in the fluids surrounding them.

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How does it work?

According to Dr Warburg, both normal cells and cancer cells derive energy from glucose, but normal cells require oxygen to combine with the glucose, while cancer cells break down glucose without oxygen, yielding only 1/15 the energy per glucose molecule that a normal cell produces. (This explains why people who consume excessive quantities of sugar may be more at risk from cancer).

The anaerobic breakdown of glucose by cancer cells forms large amounts of lactic acid. Some of this is converted back into glucose by the liver which in so doing uses one fifth of the energy per glucose molecule that a normal cell can, but that still leaves three times more available energy for cancer cells. This wasteful metabolism becomes self-sustaining and dominant unless (a) the cancer’s energy supply is eliminated or (b) oxygen or energy levels to normal cells are significantly increased.

In essence, therefore, advocates of oxygen therapy claim that it is the lack of oxygen on a cellular level that is responsible for disease. The greater oxygen levels in our bodies, the more resistant we become to viruses and harmful bacteria. This is the principle upon which oxygen therapy is based.

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Causes of oxygen depletion

There are a number of reasons why oxygen levels are restricted to human tissue.

Environmental:
At sea level, approximately 20 per cent of the atmosphere is supposed to be oxygen, but due to the high levels of smog and low numbers of trees in cities, the available amount of oxygen can reduced to 10 per cent.

Carbon monoxide fumes from cars strip oxygen molecules from the blood.

Tap water is very low in oxygen because its journey through lead pipes and the addition of chlorine and other chemical contaminants prevent it from being aerated.

Dietary:
Cooking or heating food reduces the oxygen content in vegetables and fruits, and processed foods have little or no oxygen content. In 1961, Dr R.A. Holman M.D., senior lecturer in Bacteriology, School of Medicine at the University of Wales stated that the answer to cancer lies in ‘the fundamental catalase-peroxide mechanism of our own cells’... ‘to this end, it is urgently required that a concerted effort be made at an international level to curtail the intake of catalase-inhibiting agents, whether in the air, food, drink, drugs or radiation to which we are exposed.’ He went on to suggest that ‘this plan should be coupled with a campaign to increase the intake of catalase by the consumption of fresh, living foodstuffs together with a re-education of man to use his animal body in the way for which it was designed’.(1)

This, of course, supports the current day notion that a diet high in fibre made up largely from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables together with moderate aerobic exercise and adequate rest and relaxation is the best prescription for health. However, once the body’s natural defence systems have been broken down through an unhealthy lifestyle, there comes a point when patients are unable to obtain sufficient oxygen through diet and lifestyle to regain health. And, perhaps this is where oxygen therapy offers potential help.

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What is involved in Oxygen therapy?

There are two main methods of Oxygen therapy is through Hydogen Peroxide and Ozone treatment.

Ozone treatment
Ozone treatment involves forcing oxygen through a metal tube carrying a 300 volt charge. A pint of blood is then drawn from the patient and placed into an infusion bottle. Ozone is then forced int the bottle and mixed so that the ozone molecues dissolve into the blood and, in so doing, destroy all lipid-envelope virus and many disease organisms, but leave the blood unharmed. The treated blood is then returned to the patient. It is claimed that the treated blood transfers its virucidal properties to the rest of the patient’s blood as it disperses.

Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide, when exposed to your blood or other body fluids containing the enzyme ‘catalase’ is chemically split into oxygen and water. Many people have experienced the foaming effect produced by putting hydrogen peroxide on a wound; the foam is oxygen being produced by the action of catalase on the hydrogen peroxide.

Hydrogen peroxide may be injected directly into the bloodstream or taken orally. In the USA, licenced physicians administer injections. However, a much simpler method of oxygen therapy is oral administration, the only drawback being the somewhat bleachy, unpleasant taste.

Did you know...

that, in Nature, rain, snow and droplets on plants have all been shown to contain small concentrations of Hydrogen peroxide. The rishest natural source of peroxidase in plants are horseradish, potatoes and chestnuts.

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Glossary of terms used in Oxygen therapy

Many people are confused over the meanings of very similar sounding terms relating to Oxygen Therapy so we have listed below a brief glossary:

Oxygen: A colourless, odourless gas, forming about 20% of the atmosphere. It supports combustion and is indispensable to life. Inhalations are given in cases of cyanosis and shock. Applied also in the form of hydrogen peroxide to ulcers and septic wounds.
Ozone: O3. An oxidizing agent sometimes used as a disinfectant.
Oxidant: An oxidising agent.
Antioxidant: A Chemical which neutralise an oxidising agent.
Oxidize: Cause to combine with oxygen.
Oxidation, Oxidisation:The chemical combination of oxygen with a substance producing oxides, etc. Can also denote a reduction in the hydrogen content of a molecule, or a loss of electrons from an atom or molecule resulting in an increased ability to take up oxygen.
Hydrogen peroxide: A valuable non-irritating and non-poisonous antiseptic. It effervesces in the presence of pus due to the liberation of oxygen. Usual strength 10 volumes, i.e. it contains ten times its volume of available oxygen.

Important Notice: Just as vitamin A is essential for our health and well-being but in too high amounts can be toxic to the liver and, in extreme cases, life-threatening, high doses of Hydrogen Peroxide can also be extremely dangerous - it comes in a number of different grades containing various stabilizing agents. It is therefore extremely important not to self administer Hydrogen Peroxide without seeking professional advice.

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For more information about Oxygen Therapy
including a list of clinics offering Ozone treatment please contact:
Echo (UK),
The Centre of Information for Oxygen Therapies, Woodside, Melmerby, Ripon, N.Yorks HG4 5EZ.
Tel: (01765) 640798

References:

(1) Cancer & Civilisation. paper given to the International Conference on Nutrition and Vital Substances at Aachen and Liege, Sept 1961.

(2) Oliver T.H. , Murphy D.V. Influenzal pneumonia: The intravenous injection of Hydrogen Peroxide. The Lancet Feb 21 1920 p432.

(3) There are a number of animal studiies, but Alternatives in health™ does not keep or search for such studies as information from these cannot be scientifically extrapolated to humans and we have a strict policy opposing animal-based research as it is, at best, of dubious value.

(4) Wells K.H.,Latino J, Gavalchin and Poiesz. Inactivation of Human Immunodeficiency virus type 1 by ozone in vitro. Blood. 78 Oct 1, 1991 pp1882-1890

http://www.internethealthlibrary.com/Therapies/OxygenTherapy.htm


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By blood, I hope you mean oxygen therapy to purify or clean the blood. I don't know of any practitioners in the Miami area who specializes in oxygen therapy.

Oxygen Therapy

Other common name(s): oxygenation therapy, hyperoxygenation, bio-oxidative therapy, oxidative therapy, ozone therapy, autohemotherapy, hydrogen peroxide therapy, oxidology, oxymedicine, germanium sesquioxide

Scientific/medical name(s): O3 (ozone), H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide)

Description

Oxygen therapy introduces substances into the body that are supposed to release oxygen. The extra oxygen is believed to increase the body's ability to destroy disease-causing cells. Two of the most common compounds used in oxygen therapy are hydrogen peroxide and ozone—a chemically active form of oxygen. This type of treatment is different from the common medical uses of oxygen, which involve increasing the amount of oxygen gas in inhaled air. It is also different from hyperbaric oxygen, which involves the use of pressurized oxygen gas (see our document on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy).

Overview

Available scientific evidence does not support claims that putting oxygen-releasing chemicals into a person's body is effective in treating cancer. It may even be dangerous. There have been reports of patient deaths from this method.

How is it promoted for use?

Different varieties of oxygen therapy are promoted as alternative treatments for dozens of diseases, including certain types of cancer, asthma, emphysema, AIDS, arthritis, heart and vascular diseases, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Some supporters claim that cancer cells thrive in low-oxygen environments. They believe adding oxygen to the body creates an oxygen-rich condition in which cancer cells cannot survive. Supporters of this type of treatment claim that it increases the efficiency of all cells in the body and increases energy, promotes the production of antioxidants, and enhances the immune system. Available scientific evidence does not support these claims.

What does it involve?

Ozone gas may be mixed with air or liquids and introduced into the body. It may be given under pressure into the rectum, vagina, or other body opening or injected into a muscle or under the skin. In an approach called autohemotherapy, the practitioner uses a special device to force ozone into a pint of blood that has been drawn from the patient. The blood is then returned to the patient's body.

In conventional medicine and first aid, a dilute solution of hydrogen peroxide is applied to skin wounds. As an alternative therapy, hydrogen peroxide is usually taken by mouth or injected into a vein. Some practitioners promote it for use rectally, vaginally, as a nasal spray, and as eardrops. It is often used to soak affected parts of the body. The stronger solutions (about 35 percent) recommended by alternative medicine practitioners are sold in some health food stores.

The frequency of treatments varies widely, from three times a day over several weeks to once a week for several months.

What is the history behind it?

The history of putting oxygen-releasing substances into the body follows several tracks. Interest in ozone dates back to the mid-1800s in Germany, where it was claimed to purify blood. During World War I, doctors used ozone to treat wounds, trench foot, and the effects of poison gas. In the 1920s, ozone and hydrogen peroxide were used experimentally to treat the flu.

One of the earliest accounts of the medical use of hydrogen peroxide was a short article by I.N. Love, MD, in 1888 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Love described one case in which he felt hydrogen peroxide had been useful in removing pus from the nose and throat of a child with diphtheria, and also recommended using hydrogen peroxide for "cancer of the womb… as a cleanser, deodorizer, and stimulator of healing." Unlike most current articles in that prestigious journal, the 1888 report did not include details that would be required today, such as whether patients treated with peroxide lived longer than those receiving placebo, or even whether there was any evidence that peroxide caused cancers of the womb to shrink or disappear. In 1920, hydrogen peroxide injections were used to treat patients during an epidemic of viral pneumonia.

In 1919, William F. Koch, MD, a Detroit physician, proposed that cancer was caused by a single toxin and that the disease could be prevented or reversed by removing that toxin. To achieve this goal, Dr. Koch claimed he had developed glyoxylide, an oxygen compound that could be injected into patients’ muscles. Dr. Koch and his followers claimed that glyoxylide forced cancer cells to absorb oxygen, which helped to rid the body of the cancer-causing toxin. In 1942, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) charged Dr. Koch with making false claims about glyoxylide. The courts upheld the accusations, and in 1963 the California Cancer Advisory Council reported that glyoxylide therapy had "no value in the diagnosis, treatment, alleviation, or cure of cancer." Later researchers were unable to confirm that glyoxylide ever existed, and studies by theoretical physical chemists showed that the chemical structure that Koch claimed to be glyoxylide cannot possibly exist. (Even so, a number of alternative medicine Web sites still promote glyoxylide as a cancer cure.)

During the 1930s, Otto Warburg, MD, a winner of the Nobel Prize in 1931 for his research on respiratory enzymes, discovered that cancer cells have a lower respiration rate than normal cells. He reasoned that cancer cells thrived in a low-oxygen environment and that increased oxygen levels might therefore harm and even kill them. Many of the beliefs held by oxygen therapy practitioners are based on Dr. Warburg’s theories concerning cancer, even though technical advances have since offered a great deal more information about how cancer cells really use oxygen. Even if more oxygen is available, it does not cause the cancer cell to switch back to normal oxygen use. And, a higher oxygen level does not seem to hurt cancer cells any more than it hurts healthy cells.

Much of the more recent use of hydrogen peroxide can be traced to Father Richard Wilhelm, a retired high school teacher and former Army chaplain. He claimed to have discovered the healing potential of hydrogen peroxide through acquaintance with a doctor who headed the Mayo Clinic's division of experimental bacteriology, Edward Carl Rosenow, MD. Wilhelm promoted drinking hydrogen peroxide for a host of human ailments.

What is the evidence?

Available scientific evidence does not support claims that increasing oxygen levels in the body will harm or kill cancer cells. It is difficult to get the oxygen level around the cancer cells in the middle of a tumor higher because the blood supply tends to be poor. But there are differences in the way cancer cells use oxygen that may allow new treatments to better target cancer cells.

According to Dr. Stephen Barrett, who writes about health fraud, a researcher from the Dominican Republic claimed that his clinic had used ozone gas to cure thirteen people with cancer. An investigative news group later learned that two of the patients had died of cancer, three could not be found, two refused to be interviewed, three were alive but still had cancer, and in three cases it was not clear that the patients had actually ever had cancer.

Some researchers have studied hydrogen peroxide as an addition to radiation therapy. Although some patients appeared to benefit, many did not. Some laboratory tests have looked at the combined effects of hydrogen peroxide and certain chemotherapy drugs against cancer cells, but it is still too early to tell if this will be of any benefit. According to a review article in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, attempts to treat patients by injecting hydrogen peroxide directly into solid tumors or into the blood system have generally been ineffective. In one study, mice were injected with glucose oxidase (an enzyme that breaks down glucose, with one of the byproducts being hydrogen peroxide) bound to microspheres, a technique that caused hydrogen peroxide to be released directly at the tumor site. Mice that received injections lived longer than those that did not. The researchers in this study concluded that more research on the use of hydrogen peroxide with other anti-tumor drugs was needed.

In one 2008 study, some tumors in rabbits disappeared without any treatment, but more disappeared after treatment with ordinary oxygen, and even more disappeared after ozone treatment. In this study, the oxygen and ozone were injected into the rabbits' abdomens (peritoneal space). However, the relevance of such tumors to cancer in humans remains unproven.

A 2001 review of ozone therapy concluded that "… few rigorous clinical trials of the treatment exist. Those that have been published demonstrated no evidence of effect… Until more positive evidence emerges, ozone therapy should be avoided."

Are there any possible problems or complications?

The medical literature contains several accounts of patient deaths attributed directly to putting oxygen-releasing substances into the body.

Hydrogen peroxide can be harmful if swallowed, especially the concentrated solutions sold in some health food stores. "Food grade" peroxide is very concentrated. It contains 35 percent hydrogen peroxide, a concentration that is more than ten times stronger than the 3 percent peroxide approved for use on the skin. Food grade hydrogen peroxide is approved by the FDA to clean food surfaces and for certain bleaching tasks in food production. The FDA requires that any peroxide that might remain in food be broken down into oxygen and water before the food reaches the consumer. Drinking food grade hydrogen peroxide can cause vomiting, severe burns of the throat and stomach, and even death. If it gets in the eyes, it can damage the corneas and cause blindness. Direct skin contact with food grade hydrogen peroxide can cause blistering or burns, and breathing its vapors can also be harmful.

Hydrogen peroxide injections can have dangerous side effects. High blood levels of hydrogen peroxide can create oxygen bubbles that block blood flow and cause gangrene and death. Destruction of blood cells has also been reported after intravenous injection of hydrogen peroxide. Some people can also have serious allergic reactions to hydrogen peroxide. A 1993 review article also found some research evidence that too much oxygen in the body's tissues may damage genetic material and promote abnormal growth.

A 2001 review of ozone therapy warned that "The risks of ozone therapy are played down by its proponents. Yet, numerous reports of serious complications, including hepatitis, and at least five fatalities have been reported."

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use this method, as its possible effects on a fetus are unknown. Relying on this type of treatment alone and avoiding or delaying conventional medical care for cancer may have serious health consequences.

Additional resources

More information from your American Cancer Society

The following information on complementary and alternative therapies may also be helpful to you. These materials may be found on our Web site (www.cancer.org) or ordered from our toll-free number (1-800-ACS-2345).

Guidelines for Using Complementary and Alternative Methods
Dietary Supplements: How to Use Them Safely
American Cancer Society Operational Statement on Complementary and Alternative Methods of Cancer Management
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