Ozone is a fascinating molecule, an activated form of molecular oxygen containing one extra oxygen atom and called O3. It a highly active unstable gas, which must be utilized within minutes of its production. Ozone has a multitude of medical uses, as an antibiotic effective against bacteria, viruses, molds and parasites, and as an anti-inflammatory agent to promote healing in orthopedic conditions and autoimmune diseases.
Last month I went to the first international congress for ozone use in dentistry and medicine. Presenters came from the US, Germany, South Africa, Egypt, Cuba and Brazil. Their research was remarkable.
Ozone has been adopted for dental application by 100,000 dentists around the world, but few in the United States. Because of its highly potent antibacterial properties, it is highly effective in treating periodontal disease, dental abscesses and root canals. Difficult to manage problems can be rapidly resolved using ozone. Aseptic necrosis of the mandible, a serious complication of bisphosphonate drugs used for osteoporosis, can heal with ozone. Children’s cavities can be treated without anesthetic injections and without drilling, with a topical application of ozone, leaving the kids smiling and with thumbs up.
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Prolozone, or prolotherapy combined with ozone, is a highly effective treatment for painful, injured or degenerating joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. In prolotherapy, sugar water containing vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, is injected into the involved area through a slender needle. This stimulates lymphocytes, cells of the immune system, to enter and promote the growth of new tissue. Over the last year, we have been adding ozone to the injection, with even better results in handling pain and disability.
Ozone is a gas produced from oxygen in a special machine. It is an activated form of oxygen, and works through several mechanisms to heal and grow new tissues, mainly through the enhanced production of energy within cells. Ozone diffuses easily throughout the area where it is injected, so a single injection can treat several damaged points in the same space. Even severely degenerated joints may respond, so it is worthwhile to attempt prolozone therapy when surgery is the only other option.
Government agencies have become obsessed with requirements for universally accessible medical records. They will enforce this requirement by law within the next two years. I shudder to think what this will do to individual privacy. Already I have seen the shadow of the computer come between the individual and the physician, interfering with communication as the physician fiddles with screens while ostensibly listening to the patient. Eye to eye contact is becoming a thing of the past. I deplore this, since it detracts immensely from the physician-patient relationship.
Recently I requested a patient’s records, and was sent an E-mail containing 300 pages of notes, largely illegible and mostly irrelevant. It took me half an hour to obtain a few bits of useful information that could have been expressed in one paragraph. Read the rest of this entry »
A New England Journal of Medicine article casts doubt on the value of screening mammography in preventing death from breast cancer. (Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast-Cancer Incidence, November 22, 2012, pp 1998-2005).
Screening mammography, or mammography performed in the absence of symptoms, has doubled the frequency of detection of early-stage breast cancer, from 112 to 234 cases per 100,000 women each year. However, the rate at which women have presented with advanced breast cancer has only slightly declined, by 8 cases per 100,000 women. This suggests that many of the cancers detected by mammography are not aggressive, and would never lead to symptomatic disease. Detection of these inactive cancers represent overdiagnosis, the discovery of cancers that would not cause illness. The authors estimate that in 2008, breast cancer was overdiagnosed in over 70,000 women, representing 31% of all diagnosed breast cancers. In the last three decades, breast cancer overdiagnosis has affected over one million women.
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At the Institute for Progressive Medicine we were involved in a number of new protocols this last year.
We began using ozone therapy, with excellent results in several areas.
Ozone is a gas, produced in a generator through the activation of oxygen. It is highly effective at killing bacteria, fungi and viruses. It can be applied to the skin in olive or neem oil to heal skin infections including herpes and shingles, to improve acne, and to suppress onychomycosis, or toenail fungus. It can help to heal mouthsores and skin ulcers. Ozone may be infused intravenously in saline to treat infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia, or to improve chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis by enhancing immune function. Research performed in Cuba documents improvements in macular degeneration and other eye disorders with intravenous therapy.
Ozone can also be given by enema to heal intestinal inflammatory disorders, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
This last year we have been using ozone as a component of injections for treating joint, ligament and muscle injuries and degeneration, including osteoarthritis. It can be given in the same injection with prolotherapy, which is a combination of glucose and procaine, use for many years as an alternative treatment for joint, muscle and tendon problems . This combination, called prolozone, can be injected into shoulders, hips, knees, lower backs, necks and forearms, and almost all other affected jonts. Injections may be given every two weeks. Prolozone works to strengthen tissue while reducing pain, sometimes avoiding the need for surgery. We also have a new technique for injecting platelet rich plasma, or PRP, along with prolozone, to provide even more effective healing. Platelet rich plasma is extracted from a patient’s blood and injected into affected areas. Platelets contain powerful growth factors that stimulate the healing process.
These injections can be applied as part of a comprehensive treatment program along with physical therapy, chiropractic, massage and acupuncture, and therapeutic exercises like Pilates, yoga or tai chi, to promote healing without the need for surgery. Read the rest of this entry »
Dr. Julie Harden recently spoke about different aspects of thyroid health, as well as The Institute for Progressive Medicine’s approach in treating and preventing hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. See the playlist of the 4 videos below:
As a result of vigorous drug company advertising and recommendations made by several health organizations, many patients have come to me asking if I advise getting the shingles vaccine.
Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is a painful rash occurring on one side of the body only. It usually involves the chest or abdomen, but may affect any area, including the face. Direct involvement of the eye, though uncommon, is a medical emergency, since vision may be permanently impaired.
Shingles is due only to reactivation of the chickenpox virus that has been dormant in the body, usually for years. It does not occur by transmission from other individuals. Factors that impair immune function, such as physical or emotional stress, nutritional deficiency or steroid use, may activate the virus from its location within nerve cells, where it resides.
A new study of acupuncture — the most rigorous and detailed analysis of the treatment to date — found that it can ease migraines and arthritis and other forms of chronic pain.
The findings provide strong scientific support for an age-old therapy used by an estimated three million Americans each year. Though acupuncture has been studied for decades, the body of medical research on it has been mixed and mired to some extent by small and poor-quality studies. Financed by the National Institutes of Health and carried out over about half a decade, the new research was a detailed analysis of earlier research that involved data on nearly 18,000 patients.
“This has been a controversial subject for a long time,” said Dr. Andrew J. Vickers, attending research methodologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the lead author of the study. “But when you try to answer the question the right way, as we did, you get very clear answers.
“We think there’s firm evidence supporting acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain.”
Acupuncture, which involves inserting needles at various places on the body to stimulate so-called acupoints, is among the most widely practiced forms of alternative medicine in the country and is offered by many hospitals. Most commonly the treatment is sought by adults looking for relief from chronic pain, though it is also used with growing frequency in children. According to government estimates, about 150,000 children in the United States underwent acupuncture in 2007.
But for all its popularity, questions about its efficacy have long been commonplace. Are those who swear by it experiencing true relief or the psychological balm of the placebo effect? Read the rest of this entry »
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