It’s referred to as “Rectal Insufflation”, which is a fancy way of injecting ozone gas up your butt. Yup, that’s not a joke. And ozone generator machines are sold online to help you with these ersatz ozone enemas. There’s also “major autohemotherapy”, where your blood is removed into an IV bag, mixed with ozone gas and re-injected back into you. Is it a scam? Perhaps not. But it should be approached with optimal caution. One reason is because the science behind using ozone (O3) for medicinal purposes is not very well developed. And second, because ozone is a deadly gas — if it gets in your lungs, it’ll kill you. So you are playing with medicinal dynamite when you start infusing your body with ozone. The Environmental Protection Administration even warns against buying ozone generators that allegedly clean the air in your home. This is a very volatile and life-threatening gas that should be treated with respect and research.
What is Oxygen/Ozone Therapy?
The concept behind O2 and O3 (ozonides) therapy is that they boost the human immune system, increase delivery of oxygen to cells and improve heart and circulatory health. They are also alleged to stimulate antioxidant enzymes. The problem, of course, is that both gases are extremely unstable and ingestion must be done as soon as the gas is “manufacturered” in order to get the full benefit.
Sadly, while the claims are promising, the science is not. The Federal Drug Administration’s assessment of ozone therapy as of 2018 is stark: “a toxic gas with no known useful medical application”. There have been few credible studies and it isn’t clear as to what exactly the ozone does to the human body. Exposure to ozone is associated with a significant increase in the risk of death from a respiratory disease, and it has well-known toxic effects on people’s lungs when present with nitrogen dioxide in smog.
One published study was even starker in its warning: “An array of ill-effects are observed owing to the reactivity of O3 viz oxidation, peroxidation or generation of free radicals and giving rise to cascade of reactions…”
So is Ozonides Therapy Bogus and Unsafe?
However, because the scientific support for ozone therapy is so weak, there are a number of detractors who properly warn consumers to be cautious when considering it. British chemist Myles Power makes some very strong cases against many of the more outrageous therapeutic claims.
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