The Body's Battle for Oxygen: Bio-Oxidative Therapies for Prevention and Treatment of Cancer

Bio-oxidative therapies are sometimes called "oxygen therapies." They involve introducing small amounts of medical ozone, or 30 per cent reagent-grade hydrogen peroxide into the body for prevention and treatment of disease.
Oxidative therapies accelerate oxygen metabolism and stimulate the release of oxygen atoms from the bloodstream to the body's cells. Advocates believe that when the level of oxygen in the body increases, the potential for disease decreases.

They work in two basic ways: as oxidizers, they produce certain species of free radicals which destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, yeasts and parasites without harming healthy cells. As oxygenators, they deliver life-giving oxygen to the body at a cellular level.

Although the mechanism is not totally understood, bio-oxidation also stimulates the body's production of white blood cells (needed to fight infection), helps dissolve cholesterol and stimulates production of tumor necrosis factor, a cancer-inhibitor.

Because they enhance the body's immune system on a fundamental level, they enable the body to heal itself of over 50 diseases, including candida, dermatitis, gynecological infections, diabetes, HIV-related problems, asthma, Epstein-Barr and cancer. Cancer has been treated with hydrogen peroxide and ozone therapy for decades. The rationale behind the use of these therapies to treat cancer is based on three important discoveries:

In 1966, Nobel prize-winner Dr Otto Warburg, director of the Max Planck Institute for Cell Physiology in Berlin, confirmed that the key precondition for the development of cancer is a lack of oxygen at the cellular level.

Nobel laureate Dr James D. Watson, the co-discoverer of the DNA double Helix found that "among the most useful carcinogenic agents known at present are several viruses."

Thus, the development of cancer has a viral component that was not recognized before.

3. The third discovery, which was first reported by the German surgeon Joaquim Varro revealed a peroxide intolerance in tumor cells, suggesting that ozone and hydrogen peroxide may induce metabolic inhibition in certain types of cancerous growths. This was not confirmed in an English language publication until 1980, when an article by Dr Frederick Sweet and his colleagues in the journal Science, introduced laboratory evidence proving that ozone selectively inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Exposure to ozone at .8 parts per million inhibited cancer cell growth more than 90 per cent and controlled cell growth to less than 50 per cent. They also noted that there was no growth inhibition of normal cells. They felt this was due to the fact that "cancer cells are less able to compensate for the oxidative burden than normal cells."

Hydrogen Peroxide

Early cancer research at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas began in the early 1960s. It revealed the value of hydrogen peroxide as an adjunct to radiation therapy for treating cancerous tumors. The antitumor effect of hydrogen peroxide was also studied at Rockefeller University in New York City, which showed that hydrogen peroxide destroys tumor cells by stimulating the growth of macrophages (immune cells that devour pathogens and other intruders) and granulocytes (a type of white blood cell that acts as scavenger to combat infection).

The results of a study undertaken at the University of California at Irvine examined the ability of hydrogen peroxide to kill cancer cells associated with Hodgkin's disease. Cell suspensions taken from 23 lymph nodes of living patients were subjected to low concentrations of hydrogen peroxide. The researchers found that a substantial killing of the infected cells took place after only 15 minutes of incubation. They concluded that the findings provide a rationale for investigating new therapeutic modalities to treat Hodgkin's disease with hydrogen peroxide.


Like hydrogen peroxide, it is believed that ozone's anti-cancer effects are connected to its ability to induce the body's release of tumor necrosis factor, which is involved in killing cancerous tumors. In an article published in Lymphokine And Cytokine Research in 1991, doctors at the Department of General Physiology at the University of Siena in Italy found that most of the tumor necrosis factor was released immediately after ozonization took place.
The researchers concluded that "this is of obvious importance not only for the treatment of viral diseases but also for immuno-depressed and tumor bearing patients."

One of the first reports on the successful use of ozone therapy with actual patients was reported by Dr Joaquim Varro at the Sixth World Congress on Ozone in 1983.

Dr Varro is considered a pioneer in the use of medical ozone to treat cancer. He found that side effects and after effects of surgery and radiation can frequently be diminished and even completely eliminated with ozone therapy, offering patients an overall improved quality of life. He also reported that patients are often free of metastasis and tumor relapses for remarkably long periods of time, and the survival time of patients can be prolonged even in cases of inoperability, radiation resistance, or chemotherapy non-tolerance.

Intravenous hydrogen peroxide is used extensively as part of a holistic cancer treatment in Europe and North America. The Hospital Santa Monica near Tijuana, Mexico, founded by Dr Kurt W. Donsbach, treats thousands of patients who come to the hospital as a last resort when traditional medical therapy failed. Dr Donsbach claims that "approximately 70 per cent of our patients are alive three years after their first visit to our facility. Some are cured, some are in remission and some are slowly dying. However, according to their doctors, very few of these patients had more than months to live when they arrived."

Typical Treatments

A typical hydrogen peroxide treatment takes place in the doctor's office. It calls for 30 per cent reagent-grade hydrogen peroxide (at a 0.15 per cent concentration) added to purified water and given as an IV drip for an hour or more. With ozone therapy, the practitioner removes about one-half pint of blood from the patient, applies a mixture of approximately 0.05 parts ozone per 99.95 parts oxygen to the blood with a syringe, and then infuses the blood back into the patient.
Ozone can also be given via rectal insufflation and absorbed into the bloodstream by the intestine, or applied externally as ozonated oil. Some physicians recommend antioxidants like vitamin C or vitamin E to help control what they believe to be excessive post-treatment production of free radicals.

It is hoped that more clinical studies can be done with cancer patients treated by ozone and hydrogen peroxide. The research that has been performed shows that these therapies can be of significant value, either alone or in conjunction with other therapies.

Canadian Health Reform Products Ltd.
By Nathaniel Altman

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