Too often, mesothelioma patients are given poor and pessimistic prognoses. Because the cancer is not often detected until its latest stage, victims are given an average of 4 to 18 months to live, and are faced with difficult and debilitating chemotherapy and radiation regimens. Ozone therapy has been utilized by mesothelioma patients seeking alternatives to conventional cancer treatments.
The first report of ozone used clinically was in Germany in the late 1800s, where it was used to purify blood. Holland was the first country to use ozone as a water purifier, and today, over 3,000 municipalities use ozone to clean their water.
Ozone therapy involves an extremely active form of oxygen. In 1926, Dr. Otto Warburg was the first to announce that the cause of cancer was the lack of oxygen at the cellular level. Today, Dr. Warburg’s assertion is still maintained, not as an end-all cause but as an underlying cause of cancer. Low levels of oxygenation results from carcinogen buildup in the body’s cells. Asbestos is a proven human carcinogen, and is the direct cause of nearly all mesothelioma cases. Inhaling asbestos fibers causes them to implant in the lining of the lungs, heart or abdominal cavity, which blocks the lining cells and damages the oxygen respiration mechanisms.
Mesothelioma attorneys would like to highlight the cases of patients who survived years after initial diagnosis using ozone therapy in conjunction with other alternative mesothelioma treatments. Paul Kraus exemplifies one such case. Kraus was exposed to asbestos occupationally, and was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, given less than a year to live. Three months after his prognosis, Kraus visited a holistic doctor, who suggested he try a combination of ozone therapy and intravenous vitamin C. Kraus also enacted other lifestyle changes, altering his diet, supplement intakes, and practicing meditation, affirmations and prayer.
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Kraus received the ozone through autohemotherapy, which means that blood was drawn from him, infused with ozone, and then transfused back into his body. There are four additional modes through which patients can be administered ozone: externally, in which streams of ozone are passed over exposed tumors; injection, in which a mixture of oxygen and ozone are inserted into a muscle or in the area of the tumor; through an IV; and through the rectum. Kraus is still alive more than a decade after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, and he still receives ozone therapy on a regular basis. Kraus authored the book Surviving Mesothelioma and Other Cancers: A Patient’s Guide.
Another significant benefit of ozone therapy is its lack of side effects and complications. Ozone is palpably non-toxic; one study conducted in 1980 polled doctors responsible for over 5 million ozone treatments. Among those treated, only 40 cases of notable side effects were reported. Of course, as with any alternative treatment, there is much discussion and controversy surrounding ozone therapy, even amongst those backing the technique.
Some argue that high concentrations are initially necessary to jump-start the immune system, followed by lower dosages. Others maintain that initial medium doses should be administered, followed by lower concentrations for as long as necessary. As in the case of Paul Kraus, there is no significant evidence suggesting that long term treatment has any substantial adverse health effects. It is almost universally agreed that ozone treatment should be administered at a very slow rate, at about 10 cc per minute.
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Many doctors argue for the use of ozone therapy not only in helping cure diseases but in helping prevent them as well. Ozone has been used to prevent such illnesses as tropical fevers and measles, and to directly combat degenerative disease like arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatism. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma and are considering alternative medicines and techniques, consult a holistic doctor about the possibility of ozone therapy. Believers advocate for its immense abilities to stimulate the immune system, purify blood, reduce pain, and reverse degenerative diseases, among other benefits.
If you suspect that you developed mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos, it is important to consult a mesothelioma lawyer that has extensive experience in this field. Significant research has been conducted on alternative medicine, and specifically on ozone therapy. Consulting with a mesothelioma attorney will help you make the best decision for you and your loved ones.