6 Reasons Why I Don't Like Rectal Ozone Insufflations
Wouldn’t it be great if news outlets had a disclaimer next to each article informing the reader about the author’s political bias?
Something like: “John has never met a Democrat politician he didn’t like. He believes socialism is good for one's health, and in his spare time he learns how to breathe less to restrict his CO2 output.”
Or: “Jessica is a registered Republican, she voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020, and is planning on doing so again in 2024, 2028, and 2032, irrelevant on whether he will run for president or not.”
(OK, I admit I wrote the last paragraph before the implementation of the one party system in the US, when such a joke would have been still permitted. Now, the mentioning of Trump without immediately denouncing him as a totalitarian insurrectionist and leader of a Russian white supremacist domestic terrorist group, amounts to a thought crime punishable with a travel ban, being put on a no-fly list, having all one's social media accounts closed, including Paypal and Venmo, being prohibited from holding a job, or having an agent, or being able to raise money online. So, it should be understood that I herewith diligently and thoroughly denounce him as being much much, like infinitely, like totally, horrendously worse than this guy.)
Such a disclaimer would make things so much clearer, no?
Instead, the news channels bombard us with highly biased narratives based on cherry-picked data taken out of context and claim to do so in the name of “neutrality”.
So, in the name of full disclosure and transparency, let me unveil my bias: I don’t like rectal insufflations (and I’m also against all types of government, doesn’t matter wether left, right, or center, in case you were wondering).
No matter how much information you will put in front of me trying to convince me that rectal insufflations are The Shit (sorry, I had to) and a great systemic treatment, I will dig through it and mercilessly sniff out all the weak points of the argument.
And no matter how many doctors you’ll present who swear all sorts of miraculous effects, and no matter how many people rave about them, I will still remain skeptical.
That’s because my bias, unlike the bias of everyone else, is the only one which is truly justified. Which is something I'm sure no other biased person thinks about their bias. [sarcasm alert].
So, here are the six truly and totally justified reasons why I don't like rectal ozone insufflations:
Reason #1: Pain, cramps, and bloating
Whenever I do rectal ozone insufflations, instead of seeing my digestion improve, I experience pain, cramps, and bloating.
There tends to be an uncomfortable sensation of soreness right below the stomach, which could possibly be the transverse colon.
Sometimes it’s also a sudden onset of cramps.
Some say that this could be a Herxheimer reaction, but I don’t buy it. It is possible, unlikely in my opinion, but possible. Or it could be gas byproducts from ozone reacting with stool leftovers in my colon.
Or it could be an irritation of the colon lining.
Whatever it is, I am not a fan of it and I’d rather not deal with it.
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Reason #2: Feeling of trapped gas
This can last for days after a rectal ozone treatment. It results in a crampy, painful, sharp feeling of fullness in my gut.
Is it because the ozone reacts with feces leftovers producing putrid gaseous byproducts? Possible. I hear there is at least one other therapist who came up with this type of theory.
Is it maybe because I don't do an enema before a rectal insufflation? Again possible, but since I don't have a bathtub, the prospect of having to deal with the liquid mess in my apartment is not appealing to me. Plus, I would risk losing a reason for my anti-RI bias. Definitely don't wanna do that. [sarcasm alert #2]
Whatever it is, it’s quite uncomfortable and it can last for days.
This phenomenon also debunks the idea for me that the ozone/oxygen gas is instantly absorbed by the colon. No, not in my case.
Reason #3: Zits
Whenever I do rectal insufflations I get zits – on my shoulders! Some of you may scream: Hurray! Detox reaction, it’s the toxins coming out! Keep it up!
Yes, maybe. Or maybe it’s the above theorized putrid gases created from ozone and leftover feces which are being re-absorbed and are re-poisoning me?
Who knows, no one has ever researched this.
But there is a well established connection between the gallbladder and shoulders. It’s used in medicine during the diagnosis of cholelisthiasis (gallbladder stones), it’s called the Collins' sign: over 50% of patients with gallbladder stones experience a pain in the shoulder blade.
What does it mean for my zits? I have no idea, but it’s something I can reproduce at will. So there seems to be a clear connection between shooting ozone up my bum and the skin eruption on my shoulders. Whether it’s good or bad, I don’t know, it's definitely not sexy. And being sexy is very important to me [sarcasm alert #3].
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Reason #4: Unknown effect on the gut biome
Given that ozone is an excellent anti-bacterial agent which indiscriminately kills both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, as I laid out in an earlier article, (and by the way 99% of good gut bacteria are anaerobic and live in the large intestine which is where your rectal insufflation goes), it is fair to assume that it could have a negative impact in that area. Whether this is something that really happens or not, is unknown since it’s never been researched.
(And no, please do not quote this paper to prove me wrong. They did NOT test the microbiome of the study participants, neither before nor after. So, no there is no research which proves that rectal ozone insufflations do not harm the gut bacteria.)
So, it seems that bacteria in our gut play an important role and that you don't want to disturb them too much, unless it's absolutely necessary.
Unfortunately, my good gut critters had experienced a fair share of profound disturbance in the past thanks to several quite serious food poisonings which wiped out a significant portion of them, as confirmed by stool tests.
This had triggered a severe histamine intolerance which I’ve since managed to overcome (thanks largely to this product – doesn't seem to be available in the US, unfortunately).
I have worked hard on keeping my gut healthy and I have come a long way. I can now eat smoked fish and even sauerkraut without being completely zonked out of my mind! Actually, I'm not even minimally zonked out of my mind when I eat it.
I would hate losing the gains I've made, so I tend to stay away from rectal ozone insufflations if possible. When I do do them, then only at minimal amounts.
Having said all that, I believe that there are certain prostate conditions where the benefits likely outweigh the potential risks.
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Reason #5: It’s a mess!
Dealing with feces is not my favorite past time activity, and yet during rectal ozone treatments this becomes unavoidable. One needs to be extra careful: one wrong move and some of the brown juice may drip on your couch. Do you have vintage Persian carpets lying around? Or furs of exotic animals? As I know many people do nowadays. [Yes, that'd be another one of those alerts again.]
In such a case you need to be especially attentive, since one moment of absentmindedness and you'll have thousands of dollars going down the shitter (sorry, can't help myself).
Dealing with rectal insufflation paraphernalia results also in added logistics for me, since I prefer to keep the supplies for rectal treatments separate from my other ozone supplies. Meaning: I use a dedicated syringe and bag for rectal insufflations, and separate ones for ear insufflations. This is to avoid transferring some of the bacteria from “down under” to other parts of my body and risking an infection.
I don’t know if this is at all possible, but I’m not eager to find out the hard way.
What syringe is she talking about? I mean this 200 ml one (although you can use any other, smaller syringes, you may just have to refill them more often.) If you absolutely have to do rectal ozone insufflations (and I admit there are conditions where the rectal route would be the best approach), then in my opinion the syringe method is the most convenient and most precise one.
Reason #6: They don’t do anything for me
Ok, that’s not entirely true. They are a fantastic constipation remedy. I mean instant evacuation. Like wham, bam, done! During my worst histamine days, this was a blessing.
But as far as a systemic effect is concerned, like a surge in energy, or a better mood, or improvement in joint pain (not that I have any now, but I did in the past) – they don’t do anything for me in that regard.
This was different 12 years ago, when I was on a horrendous diet: I was stuffing my face with carbs and gluten every day and regularly ate sweets (my favorite were vegan cakes at a place on 145th Street in Harlem which I regularly indulged in after getting off the subway and before heading home).
Back then, I was suffering from fatigue, joint pain, stiffness, digestive problems, brain fog, and all sorts of other issues, and I think to remember that rectal insufflations did provide me with a nice energy kick a number of times.
But then I switched to a meat based, anti-inflammatory way of eating (only meat and veggies), removed all sugars, grains, and most carbs and that took care of the pain, the inflammation, and most of the brain fog and fatigue. At which point I didn’t need much ozone anymore.
And this is what I suspect happens in other people as well: those who experience an improvement in overall well-being after rectal insufflations tend to still indulge in foods which trigger inflammation. In those cases, I assume that the rectal ozone treatments are able to remove or reduce the intestinal inflammation, which has a positive systemic effect. People then mistake this to mean that the ozone was transported into the blood through the portal vein. But in reality it may have just reduced some inflammatory processes in the digestive tract.
So, if not rectal insufflations, what do I do instead?
It depends what I am treating. If it’s some form of a systemic infection, then I go for any type of intravenous ozone treatment, my favorite is DIV. It’s the simplest and one of the most effective intravenous ozone methods.
For digestive issues: it depends what issues those are exactly, but drinking ozonated water, taking Oxy-powder, or vaginal insufflations can be helpful. I believe that if they’re done in a continuous fashion long enough (for at least 10 min) that they can penetrate the whole lower abdomen and help with bowel movements, bloating, pain, and other digestive problems.
Rectal insufflations have their place as well: they are a direct administration route to treat the prostate. So, they could potentially help with prostatitis, prostate cancer, or benign prostate hyperplasia.
But, you may not have to do ozone therapy at all. Out of all the people who consult with me, I estimate that in 50% of the cases or more I recommend people try other, less costly, simpler, or more appropriate interventions than ozone therapy first.
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I’m Paola the Crazy Old Ozone Lady behind The Power of Ozone. I’m a licensed naturopathic practitioner, natural health consultant, ozone therapy enthusiast, researcher, and ozone therapy analyst. I hold certificates in ozone therapy, hyperbaric ozone applications, Oxyvenierung, and the Andrew Cutler chelation. I own several ozone generators including a German hyperbaric 10 Pass machine. I have been using ozone for over 13 years, I’ve chelated with the ACC program for close to 5 years and I’ve been carnivore for nearly 1.5 years. This website serves as a resource for those who are interested in ozone therapy and other approaches to successfully manage chronic conditions.
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