The use of ozone steam sauna therapy as a holistic cancer treatment modality is based on the premise that cancer cells, and indeed most microbes, are anaerobic and therefore cannot thrive in an oxygen-rich environment. Enriching the blood stream with oxygen decreases the chance that cancer cells will survive. In addition to creating an inhospitable environment for cancer cells, enriching the blood with activated oxygen (or ozone) has the added benefit of oxidizing free radicals in the body, thereby serving as a natural cleansing agent.
Although ozone steam sauna therapy is relatively new and its potential effects remain unknown, long-term use of this alternative cancer treatment modality could potentially slow or stop cancer cell growth, but only when combined with other alternative and/or traditional cancer treatments and only when administered in a strictly controlled setting. At the EuroMed Foundation, a Phoenix, Arizona, alternative cancer treatment center, patients receive a careful evaluation and customized treatment protocol to meet their unique health needs.
Ozone therapy is based on the concept that nature produces ozone to purify the air and to destroy the organic decay upon which disease pathogens and bacteria thrive. In the environment, ozone occurs naturally and is made up of the ordinary oxygen (O2) we breathe. During photosynthesis, plants release oxygen (O2) into the atmosphere. When those molecules come into contact with solar rays, ultraviolet radiation converts the oxygen into a heavier molecule, ozone (O3), also known as "activated oxygen" because of its additional oxygen atom. Ozone is unstable, and its extra oxygen atom combines readily with other atoms, oxidizing and purifying them. Once the extra oxygen atom has been used, ozone reverts back to its original form, oxygen. Ozone is oxygen in its most active state, containing a generous supply of oxygen.
Potential Benefits of Ozone Therapy
Ozone is one of nature's most powerful oxidants, purifying and cleansing. Because healthy cells thrive in an oxygen-rich environment, and ozone provides a rich source of oxygen, clinicians have been administering ozone therapeutically for many years, beginning in the mid-1800s, although they have reached no consensus about its efficacy. Since the 1990s, many articles have been published in international peer-reviewed journals, reporting positive outcomes of medical ozone research and its application for a wide range of pathologies. Studies include animal experiments, patient case histories, placebo-controlled blinded human trials, and reviews. Traditional ozone therapies include intravenous autohaemotransfusion; intramuscular, intra-articular, and intradiscal injections; ozonated water consumption; and transdermal ozone gas sauna.
Some of the more commonly cited benefits of ozone therapy include the following:
1. Inactivates bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, and protozoa
2. Stimulates the immune system
3. Purifies the blood and lymph systems
4. Enhances circulation and removes arterial plaque
5. Simulates oxygen metabolism
6. Forms peroxides
7. Dissolves malignant tumors
Ozone Steam Sauna Therapy: An Overview
Ozone steam sauna chambers can be used in conjunction with other alternative and/or traditional therapies to fight cancer. The chambers are constructed of ozone-resistant materials, and they deliver an optimal ozone concentration ranging from 3% to 5%. The ozone is created by an ozone generator and then dispersed into the sauna chamber, which is designed to envelop the body while leaving the patient's head open and exposed to ambient, well-ventilated air. This prevents a patient from breathing ozone at a high concentration, which can be dangerous and should be avoided.
Ozone degrades rapidly, usually beginning within 30 minutes, so an enclosed sauna unit enables the technician to quickly saturate the small chamber with therapeutic levels of ozone and to prevent it from accumulating in the ambient breathing air.
While the ozone is pumped into the sauna chamber, hot steam is introduced into the sauna chamber as well. Utilizing both heat and moisture with ozone therapy has several potential advantages:
• The steam and heat cause pores to open, initiating the detoxification process and increasing the body's ability to absorb ozone and excrete toxic substances.
• The ozone reacts with toxic substances, neutralizing and breaking them down, creating organic peroxides in the oils excreted from the pores. A small amount of ozone becomes trapped within these natural oils and newly created peroxides, which prolongs the effect of activated oxygen.
• Evidence suggests that the body is quite capable of utilizing these organic peroxides, as researchers have demonstrated that a byproduct of ozone steam sauna therapy is increased "fixed" free oxygen in the blood stream. The benefits of a single ozone sauna session have been documented to last as long as three weeks. Therefore, the highly reactive O3 molecule is eventually formed into stabilized oxygen molecules by the natural processes of the body.
• The entire lymphatic system is stimulated during therapy.
• The skin is deeply cleansed.
• If enough heat is used for a long enough time, a hyperthermic response occurs in the body, and the body's internal temperature begins to rise.
Ozone Steam Sauna Therapy Protocol
The effect of ozone steam sauna therapy is cumulative, so although occasional use will provide some residual "maintenance" benefit, it will not address chronic illness. Long-term, regular use of this alternative cancer treatment modality could potentially slow or stop cancer cell growth, but only when combined with other alternative and/or traditional cancer treatments and only when administered in a strictly controlled setting.
Ozone steam sauna therapy immediately prompts the body to begin eliminating toxic waste accumulated in the body, but does not assist the body in its actual elimination process. Regular therapy can place considerable stress on the body's lymphatic and elimination systems, including the liver, colon, and skin. Therefore, successful therapy depends upon the body's ability to continuously eliminate the toxic burden, while at the same time preventing "oxidative stress" in the body.
Oxidative stress can be extremely dangerous to the body. It occurs when the body's delicate oxygen cycle of oxidation and anti-oxidation is thrown out of balance. In a healthy individual, this metabolic process occurs naturally and effortlessly, but in a person with a chronic or degenerative condition, it does not. For this reason, when we re-introduce activated oxygen into the body, we must be able to "clean up" its effects. Antioxidants, therefore, should be a mandatory component to all ozone therapy to aid the body in preventing oxidative stress. Because of the potentially damaging effect of ozone saturation in the body, interested individuals should seek treatment only from a reputable center.