As our society continues to advance with technological breakthroughs and our healthcare system gets better at life-saving measures and procedures, it appears that chronic, non-life-threatening conditions are becoming more neglected.
Traditional medicine seems to have little to offer millions of people suffering from chronic fatigue or muscle, joint, and nerve pain.
Inflammation: The Common Denominator
No matter what chronic condition affects you, inflammation is always the trigger and the cause.
Inflammation is a normal body response to trauma, infection, and stress. Typically, inflammation is triggered to counter an incoming attack on the body and then is stopped by the body when the attack has been managed.
Problems occur when the cells cannot keep up with the mounting inflammation response and get overwhelmed. The consequence of not being able to control an inflammatory response is tissue injury and development of autoimmunity, a condition in which the body’s immune system goes out of control and attacks its own tissues and organs. Once this happens, the body typically has a very difficult time reversing course, and chronic illness often follows.
The autoimmune process has been implicated in everything from neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, to inflammatory joint diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, to inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. When the individual tissue cells are under a constant immune system attack, their key energy building-blocks become depleted. The cells are typically inefficient in eliminating their own waste and are slow to repair themselves.
The targeted cells are also oxygen deprived and are very bad at being able to extract oxygen from the blood as it passes through with each heartbeat. This autoimmune cellular disease is in fact one of the main reasons why the person is unable to recover from a chronic illness.
What if there were a way to help the cell get its mojo back?
Medical Ozone to the Rescue
Ozone is an unstable molecule made up of three oxygen atoms and is found in nature. Medical ozone is made in the clinic by passing pure medical oxygen through a special electrode. When ozone is inhaled in large amounts it is toxic, but when it is either injected into tissues or mixed with blood, its health benefits are extraordinary. In integrative medical circles, it is known as “the miracle molecule” because of its numerous health benefits and has been used for multiple medical applications for over thirty years in the United States and Europe.
In treating chronic illness, medical ozone is used to address and reverse many of inflammation’s damaging impacts on the cellular metabolism. When mixed with blood, ozone breaks down into oxygen and lipo-peroxides. These lipo-peroxide particles in turn initiate the following positive cascade of beneficial reactions:
- There in an increase in antioxidants and reduction of inflammation;
- This reduction of inflammation reduces the stress on the immune system and by doing so decreases autoimmune system attacks on the body;
- The oxygen supply to the tissues is increased, and cells’ ability to extract oxygen from each pass of blood is enhanced; and
- There is an increased ability of the cell to make energy, eliminate waste products, and repair itself.
In countering all of the ways the cells are negatively impacted by chronic inflammation, medical ozone is actually working on one of the main root causes of chronic illness and not just masking the symptoms, as many conventional medicines do.
At OWM Integrative Wellness, we offer medical ozone therapy as part of a comprehensive integrative medical approach that aims to reduce the burden of chronic illness and improve the quality of life.
For more information on medical ozone applications, please visit our Ozone Therapy page or call our office at (716) 626-6310.