The 14 most important things to keep in mind when doing ozone

by | Oct 10, 2016 | 14 comments

1. Protect yourself from breathing ozone

Ozone can be of great therapeutic value when given intravenously, as an insufflation, or as a sauna. Breathing raw ozone on the other hand, can result in an EXTREMELY uncomfortable experience. If you happen to accidentally breathe ozone in too high concentrations, it can be dangerous.

When exposed to ozone in the air, you can experience some chest tightness, difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, or even the need to sit or crouch down.

Whenever you use an ozone generator at home, you should be careful and avoid exposing your lungs to the gas as much as possible.

Here are the most important ways to protect yourself from ozone:

MASK

One great way is to use a mask which filters ozone out. This will allow you to be in a room filled with ozone without exposing your lungs to it. Just be aware that depending on how tight the mask sits, some ozone can still pass through. It is important to have filters with the following numbers: #2097 and #2128.

You can wear it when you’re in the sauna, when you do insufflations or if when you ozonate your water and don’t want to leave the room.

3M mask 7500 series, filter #2097 removes ozone

3M mask 7500 series, filter #2097 removes ozone

 

FAN

Use a fan. Put it right in front of you at full speed. You want the fan to blow all the ozone away from your face. Use it when you sit in the sauna. Fan plus a towel around your neck: a great combination to keep ozone fumes away. Also great during ear insufflations.

Fan

 

VENTILATION

Open all windows and doors. Do you have a big balcony or a patio which offers sufficient privacy? Great! Just put your ozone gear outside.

 

NEVER BREATHE OZONE STRAIGHT FROM THE OUTPUT

Many people make this mistake at some point during their ozone adventures. They move the ozone output hose close to their nose to smell if the machine produces any ozone. WRONG! Don’t do it! Instead, keep the hose a good foot away from you and use your other hand to gently fan the ozone coming out of the output hose towards your nose. Do not take any deep breaths.

How to properly check for ozone

Left: This is the correct way to check for ozone. Hold the ozone output hose a foot or more away from your nose and gently fan towards you with the other hand. Right: This is the wrong way. Never keep the ozone hose right under your nose.

 

2. Protect your ozone generator

You’ve paid hard-earned money for your generator, you do not want it to get damaged. Or maybe you depend on daily ozone treatments to get through the day. You don’t want to have to go a week or more without your ozone gear.

Here I show you how to make sure that your ozone equipment will serve you a long time.

TRAP

If you ozonate liquids like water or oil, you want to use a trap. A trap is your generator’s best friend. It keeps your machine safe.

What is a trap and why do you need it?

A trap is an empty container between your ozone generator and the liquid. So, if the liquid travels back through the tubing, it will get trapped inside the empty container and never reach your machine. That way your ozone generator stays protected.

When you ozonate liquids a strange thing happens: some of the liquids will travel back through the tubing. If one allows this to go on for a long time, the liquids can reach the ozone generator. If water enters your machine it could burn it out. Although, some generators (like Promolife’s) can be easily dried out if the liquid is water. 

Oil is another matter though. If oil enters your ozone machine, you can scrap it. It’s toast. No warranty will cover that type of damage. This applies to all types of ozone generators.

Home ozone set up with the HTU 500 ozone generator for Breathing Ozonated Oil

“Paul’s Machine” aka HTU 500 ozone generator with two gas washing bottles. One is empty and serves as a trap. The other contains olive oil. It’s connected to an oxygen mask to perform Ozonated Oil Breathing. To the outer left you see a Kröber oxygen concentrator.

Using a trap with ozone generator HTU 500 for Ozonated Oil Breating

A close-up of the set-up.

Gas washing bottles used as a trap for home ozone treatments

If you decide to buy gas washing bottles, keep in mind that the inlets/outlets of different bottles can have different diameters. Here you can find great quality silicone tubing to match your bottle.

PLACE WATER BELOW THE OZONE GENERATOR

Place the container with liquid below your ozone generator.

Make sure the water stands below your ozone generator

Use gravity to protect your ozone generator, here a O3Elite Dual Cell, from getting damaged by liquids. If you place the container with water or oil well below your ozone machine, they will have a harder time reaching your machine.

CHECK VALVE

Use a check valve, it provides a good additional safety mechanism. A check valve is a little gadget which you put in the ozone line between the ozone generator and the container with the liquid. Should water travel back through the tubing, it will first end up in the check valve. It offers protection against minor amounts of liquids. If the volume is excessive, a check valve will not be able to stop them. Still, it gives you a good adjunct safety mechanism.

Check valve in line during water ozonation

The orange arrow points towards a check valve which has been placed in line between ozone generator and the water containing bubbler. The water bubbler is well below the ozone generator, there is a double protection in place.

Promolife's humidifier / bubbler combo with a destructor

This bubbler has an attached destructor. The destructor prevents ozone from escaping into the room. This allows you to stay in the same space while ozonating your water.

Promolife's check valve

Make sure you connect your check valve the right way. And don’t confuse it with a filter!

The best solution? Use all three: trap, check valve, and place the liquid below the ozone generator.

 

3. Keep Vit C handy

Lemon serves home ozone safety

You were careful not to breathe ozone but somehow not careful enough and some O3 got into your lungs? Or, you used a too high concentration or did too much ozone? Now you feel drained, your lungs hurt, you have trouble breathing? Quickly dissolve Vitamin C and drink it right away. If the problems persist, drink more Vitamin C. A glass of freshly squeezed lemon, lime, or orange juice will also do the trick.

Vitamin C, being an antioxidant, will counteract ozone’s actions right away and provide relief.

For that purpose, if you are using ozone at home you should always keep some Vitamin C handy.

Lypo-spheric or liposomal Vitamin C supposedly has an absorption rate of up to 98%. Buy it here or learn how to make your own!

 

4. Don’t do glutathione!

In the past few decades, ozone therapy has become more and more popular. Unfortunately, so has the flawed “oxidative radical theory”.

This results in the paradoxical situation where many ozone doctors hold two contrary opinions in their minds about oxidation. They embrace it in the form of ozone therapy, but are at the same time afraid of it. This translates into the practice of administering two therapies that cancel each other out: ozone and antioxidants. Regrettably, the antioxidant of choice is in most cases glutathione.

It is one of the most potent and most popular anti-oxidative agents, produced in minimal amounts by every cell in our bodies. Ozone doctors who do not use glutathione – this seems to be nowadays the exception.

Doctors think that it helps reduce the ozone induced Herxheimer reaction, helps the body to detox, or prevent oxidative stress.

The problem with glutathione is that it produces drastic adverse reactions in mercury toxic people, as previously described. It can redistribute mercury and lead to such symptoms like unrelenting headaches, crushing neuropathy, depression, suicidal thoughts, feeling “like dying”, anxiety, panic attacks and many more.

It’s important to keep the following things in mind when doing ozone therapy:

Ozone is an excellent stimulant of antioxidants, especially of glutathione. It will make the body produce just enough for things to be in balance.

Update: after further research, it looks like this statement is NOT correct. Ozone will deplete glutathione levels, but increase glutathione dependent enzymes like glutathione reductase, transferase and peroxidase, and other antioxidant enzymes like superoxide oxidase. All in all, the administration of ozone does NOT seem to significantly increase overall antioxidant activity. See Renate Viehbahn-Hänsler “Ozon-Sauerstoff-Therapie”, Olga Sonia Leon Fernandez “Ozone Therapy”, Hans H. Wolff “Das medizinische Ozon”. 

– Oxygen radicals are one of the most abundant and most important molecules in our cells. Oxygen treatments supply those life sustaining molecules with the necessary building blocks. The destruction of oxygen through antioxidants leads to the destruction of life.

One cannot elicit any known disease by properly administered oxygen or ozone therapies. So, there is no reason to administer counter-agents to “protect” the patient from ozone therapy.

– Ozone therapy (alone, without the addition of antioxidants) is known to relief symptoms of a wide range of conditions which have been associated with (NOT caused by) elevated levels of oxidative stress. Just a few examples: arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, or diabetes.

There is no such medical condition as “oxidative stress” due to too many oxygen radicals. It’s not a pathology in any medical book. There are no symptoms based upon which your doctor could unequivocally diagnose you with too many oxidative radicals from oxygen therapies.

Yes, there is such a thing as dangerous oxidative stress, but it stems from toxic metals, NOT from oxidative therapies. Suggested further reading: Amalgam Illness, Diagnosis and Treatment : What You Can Do to Get Better, How Your Doctor Can Help by Dr. Andrew Cutler.

Other treatments which should never be performed because they can mobilize mercury are: intravenous ALA / DMSA / DMPS / DMSO / EDTA, cilantro, chlorella, MSM, or a diet high in thiols.

 

5. Do not use machines intended for industrial purposes

… to treat your body.

Ozone is used industrially in wastewater treatment, to clean water of hotels, hospitals, restaurants. It is often utilized in construction to remove odors from smoke or cigarettes, or mold. High amounts of ozone at very high concentrations are used for those purposes. Such concentrations could permanently damage a person’s lungs, or worse.

Ozone will kill every living thing if the concentration is high enough. Be it bacteria, bugs or mammals. It will just burn right through sensitive tissue. What makes ozone therapy safe is the low concentration of maximum 5% (which amounts to around 70 ug/ml) and how it’s used.

Raw ozone should never be inhaled directly, see point #1.

How to find out if your machine is intended for industrial purposes? Join the Facebook group “Ozone to Health” and go to the files section. There, you will find a document explaining the difference.

Industrial ozone generators

Ozone generators for industrial water treatments. Don’t use them to clean your veggies 😉 !

 

6. Only use oxygen fed generators

When you use an oxygen source, either an oxygen concentrator or an oxygen tank, the flow is regulated. You can read how fast the oxygen flows (measured in ‘LPM’ or Liters Per Minute). By knowing the oxygen’s flow rate, you are now able to tell how much ozone the generator produces (measured in ‘gamma’ or ‘ug/ml’ or micrograms per milliliter). This allows you to use the ozone generator in a controlled way. You can determine the total dosage of ozone you want or the CT Value.

Being able to use your generator in a controlled, measurable way is an important part of home ozone safety.

O3Elite Dual Stage Promolife

The O3Elite Dual Stage has its output chart printed on top. The ozone concentration depends on how fast the oxygen flows through the ozone chamber.

A2Z Ozone Aqua 6 Multi Purpose Ozone Generator

The airfed A2Z Ozone Generator is great for ozonating drinking water or washing your vegetables, but not much else.

7. Secure your oxygen tank!

An oxygen tank contains oxygen under extreme pressure, around 200 bar or more. If the tank is not secured and the valve opens abruptly, the tank could turn into a missile and travel around the room uncontrollably.

This could potentially cause severe damage to property and even people.

You have to make sure that your tank is secured properly and that children do not have access to it. Only people instructed in how to correctly use an oxygen tank should be allowed to handle it.

 

Oxygen cart for home ozone safety

This cart will fit medical aluminum tank. If you use industrial oxygen tanks, make sure to buy a cart which will fit the diameter of your cylinder.

8. Educate yourself

Read about how to perform ozone protocols safely. Learn (from reliable sources) the right amounts and concentrations recommended for each ozone therapy. Do not undergo ozone treatments without doing your due diligence.

Once you start using ozone at home, you become your own doctor. Which is your right. You have the right to treat yourself any way you want.

When you treat yourself, you also take on the responsibilities of a doctor. You need to learn about risks, contraindications, and the correct way to administer ozone. You also need to be prepared to know what to do in case of having any adverse reaction.

Recommended reading:

www.thepowerofozone.com

Facebook groups “Ozone, Chelation, and Paleo Diet”, “Ozone to Health”

The Story of Ozone” by Saul Pressman

Flood Your Body with Oxygen”, Ed McCabe

Principles and Applications of ozone therapy“, by Frank Shallenberger, MD

The Oxygen Prescription“, by Nathaniel Altman

Medical Ozone a Hidden Source of Disease Prevention and Treatment” by Dr. Jacob Swilling Ph.

Ozone, A New Medical Drug” Prof. Velio Bocci

 

9. Herxheimer reactions

Ozone Herxheimer reaction home ozone safety

Ozone induced Herxheimer reaction: you will feel worse before you feel better.

When talking about ozone I sometimes encounter people who tell me “I had no idea that ozone could create a Herxheimer reaction”. To me this sounds as if someone said “I had no idea water could quench thirst.”

Ozone is THE creator of Herxheimer reactions per excellence. It is the king of all Herxheimer inducing kings. This is the most important thing to know about ozone: you will get sick before you get better. You can take that to the bank.

And of course, you WANT this to happen. A Herx means toxins are coming out. And you want them out. It is not fun, but it is part of healing. One can minimize it to some degree or another, but rarely completely eliminate it.

Ozone induced Herxes can be pretty dramatic. It can be anything from feeling like having the flu, feeling run down and fatigued, to developing an extremely itchy red rash and having fluids pouring out of every bodily orifice. You can experience draining fluid from your ears, nose, coughing up phlegm, vaginal discharges and goo like stuff coming out of your rectum.

Yes, some ozone modalities tend to produce lesser Herxes or they happen less frequently (for example with ozone IVs). But, Herxes cannot be completely excluded with any ozone modality.

You want to know how to deal with an ozone Herx? Join the Facebook groups “Ozone, Chelation, and Paleo Diet” or “Ozone to Health”. In the files you will find ideas how to deal with ozone induced Herxes in the document “Risks of ozone therapy and how to avoid them”.

 

10. Don’t use ozone concentrations higher than 70 ug/ml

Zotzmann Ozon 2000

The German Zotzmann Ozon 2000 is the best ozone machine in the world with the most accurate ozone output. Its maximum ozone concentration is 70 ug/ml, see the number in the picture to the lower right of the dial.

As mentioned, ozone, when used in high enough concentrations can kill every living thing, from a plant to a mammal. What makes ozone treatments safe is the low concentration and how it’s administered.

Although ozone recommendations vary from country to country and sometimes from one practitioner to another, for certain ozone applications a safe ozone range has been established. If you stay in the maximum 40 to 50 ug/ml range, there is little that can go wrong.

When ozone is used intravenously, it has been shown that red blood cells can be damaged if the ozone concentration is above 70 ug/ml.

When used topically, ozone concentrations of up to 100 ug/ml can be used.

When using ozone at home, stay in the safe zone.

 

11. Make sure you eat before you do ozone

Eat well before you do ozone

It doesn’t have to be steak every time, but you want to make sure you have eaten before you do ozone. It doesn’t mean you have to have a full belly, just make sure your last meal was not too long ago. Exception: drinking ozonated water which should only be consumed on an empty stomach.

Doing ozone is like a workout for the human body. You do not want to be fasting when using ozone. Just like you would not run a marathon when undergoing a juice or water fast.

Ozone increases the body’s metabolism. You burn more energy. You do not want to become hypoglycemic, feel depleted, or weak during an ozone treatment. Make sure you don’t do ozone when you feel week because your last meal was a long time ago. Best to eat something before you start ozonating yourself.

An exception to this rule is drinking ozonated water. This should be done either on an empty stomach or at least 3 hours after eating something.

So, when you eat, you wait 3 hours, then you can drink ozonated water. After you drink O3 water, wait 15 to 20 minutes before eating again.

When to drink ozonated water

 

12. Space apart ozone and antioxidants

Many people use ozone to treat infections. Ozone can be extremely effective with bacteria and viruses because of a multitude of actions it triggers:

  • It stimulates the body’s immune system. Our immune system is largely based on the production of beneficial oxygen radicals by white blood cells and antibodies. Molecules like H2O2, HO-, O-, O¯2, and nitric oxides. They reliably kill bacteria, viruses, mold. This is also called the “Oxidative Burst“.
  • It creates ozonides, which are ozone-lipid connections. Those have direct bactericidal and virucidal properties. Ozonides are able to burn through viral shells and bacterial membranes without damaging healthy cells.
  • It activates leukocytes which in turn produce ozone.

All of those oxygen based beneficial radicals are able to literally burn holes through all sorts of pathogens, reliably helping people overcome infectious diseases.

Ozone stimulates the production of this multitude of oxygen radicals.

The same beneficial oxygen radicals can be easily destroyed by antioxidants. Experiments have shown that levels of oxygen radicals in the human body can be reliably diminished by exposing a person to high doses of antioxidants. Consequently, one can expect immune system suppression and even cancer proliferation in a person with a high intake of antioxidants. And indeed this is something which has been observed in a number of studies, here, here, here or here.

Pairing antioxidants and ozone will cancel out ozone’s actions, at least to some degree. Which does not mean that someone who combines oxidative and antioxidant treatments cannot experience benefits. Vitamin C IVs can have profound beneficial effects, also because Vitamin C is regarded as a pro-oxidant in high dosages.

At the same time Vitamin C is such a reliable ozone killer that it is often kept handy at doctor’s offices to give it to patients who are experiencing an ozone adverse reaction (chest tightness from too much ozone, etc.). Vitamin C can stop those symptoms right away.

Ozone itself stimulates antioxidant production. Just so that things are in balance. So, it simply makes no sense to give antioxidants to people who undergo ozone therapy. The only person benefiting from it, is the practitioner who can bill the patient more money for more interventions.

It is best to educate yourself, save money, save your health, and stay clear from antioxidants.

If you nevertheless want to use antioxidants, take them several hours before you use ozone.  Also, wait at least one hour after using an ozone modality before taking an antioxidants.

Which antioxidants are powerful enough to counteract ozone?

  • Vit C,
  • Vit E
  • Vit A
  • ALA, Alpha Lipoic Acid (should NEVER be taken as a supplement, read here.)
  • NAC,
  • Co Q 10,
  • Astaxanthin
  • Glutathione (should NEVER be taken as a supplement, read about the dramatic side effects it can induce.)

Foods like berries or coffee can be safely taken during ozone therapy.

 

13. Ozone is not a wonder drug

… although it is darn close.

Ozone is a fantastic remedy for many people. From cancer, to pulmonary fibrosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme disease, cancelling hip replacements, chronic fatigue, and many more, the success stories often defy prognoses of medical professionals.

Yet, it does not work for everyone.

Like with any other healing modality, ozone can also have some limitations. Keep that in mind when you undergo home treatments. If you have been doing weeks or months worth of regular ozone treatments, you have used the right concentration and the right frequency and you are not seeing results – it might be time to consider that what you are dealing with cannot be fixed with ozone.

What could that be? The most likely culprit are toxic metals.

Ozone will reliably kill bacteria, viruses, mold, and parasites, but it is unable to remove metals. For this you need chelators taken according to their half lives, see the Andrew Cutler chelation method.

This woman eliminated most of her Multiple Sclerosis symptoms by using ozone saunas.

 

14. Listen to your body

No one understands your body better than you. No one knows how you react to certain things better than yourself. Both your reactions and signs of progress should be the main yardstick to go by when you are doing ozone treatments.

If something doesn’t seem right, stop doing what you are doing. Regroup, research, rethink.

Take the opinions of others into account, observe yourself, but always stay vigilant.

 

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14 Comments

  1. TeresaC.

    great article – anyone thinking about doing ozone therapy needs to read this!

    Reply
  2. martin soto

    Excellent information, all of it is very important. Thank you for your contribution to this exciting and important field in science and medicine.

    Reply
  3. polla

    Thank you, Paola! This is very helpful and I learned a lot!
    I encourage new and old ozone users to read this article.

    Reply
    • paola d

      Thank you dear!

  4. laura maritz

    wow ive been treating patients with ozone for two years, and you never stop learning
    can you do glutathione the net day

    Reply
    • paola d

      Hi Laura,
      thank you for being open minded.
      The problem with glutathione is not so much the possible counter-reaction to ozone, but the fact that it can mobilize and redistribute mercury into the brain and other sensitive organs.
      So the best time to do glutathione is: never.

  5. doug

    I read an article that stated temperatures above 40 degrees F would destroy ozone. Any truth to this?

    Reply
    • paola d

      Yes, heat destroys ozone. That is why you need to produce it continuously during ozone treatments, since it breaks down quickly.
      At 40 degrees F the breaking down would happen very slowly though.

  6. Shannon

    which types of ozone produce the least herxing, fron least to most.
    Which type of ozone treatment should one start with if they have tick borne illness?
    Thank you.
    Shannon W
    Canada

    Reply
    • paola d

      Hi Shannon,

      here are my answers to your questions:
      “which types of ozone produce the least herxing, fron least to most.” – Herx reactions are quite individual. Different people get different types and levels of herxes with different ozone treatments. In general intravenous ozone applications create the least herxes, with ozone saunas and ear insufflations the most.

      “Which type of ozone treatment should one start with if they have tick borne illness?” – You should consult with your doctor or ozone practitioner who can do a full exam on you before recommending a therapy. In general, systemic ozone treatments are used like intravenous ozone methods or ozone saunas. Which one one starts with is mostly inconsequential. More important is to find the ozone treatment which gives the most benefit and sticking with it throughout the herx.

      Hope this helps.

  7. Alexander

    Hi Paola,

    Thank you for the extensive guideline-overview for safe ozone use. I see you mentioned ALA as an antioxidant that is strong enough to counteract ozone.
    Can you use ozone when you do the Andrew Cutler protocol?
    Thank you in advance and love your work.

    Best regards
    Alexander

    Reply
    • paola d

      Hi Alexander,
      yes, you can do ozone and chelation at the same time.
      The only thing where I would make sure that it is spaced apart is drinking ozonated water and taking chelators. I would make sure there is a good one hour room between those two things.
      Also I would abstain from supplements like Oxy-Powder or Homozon while on round and only take them off round.
      With other applications I don’t see a problem during chelation.

      Hope this helps!
      Thank you for reading my website 😀

  8. Tony

    I have been chelating for heavy metals, on round 11, following Andy Cutler protocol and also doing intravenous ozone once a week for Lyme disease, on ozone treatment days I do feel more nerve pain than normal, I have been getting ozone treatments for over two months now and can’t say I have noticed any positive results is his long enough? Wondering if I would benefit more by consentrating on chelating only.

    Reply
    • paola d

      Hi Tony,
      I would stop the ozone in your case, and concentrate on chelating only.

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