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by Gérard V. Sunnen, M.D.


Ozone is a natural and crucial component of our atmosphere, and is made up solely of oxygen atoms. Oxygen (02), can be energized by ultraviolet light or electrical activation to adopt a new and potent configuration (03), Ozone.

Ozone, in addition to its essential environmental role, has unique biological properties which are being studied the world over.

"Ozone kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi, as well as improving circulation; it is completely safe when applied in proper low level concentrations, in combination with pure oxygen", according to German physicians R. Viebahn and S. Rilling, authors of "The Use of Ozone in Medicine", Haug Publishers, 1987 (230 references cited), reprinted 1994. The same authors describe external ozone application in the following conditions:

Superficial skin infections

  • Burns
  • Diabetic skin ulcers
  • Slow healing wounds due to immune system deficiencies
  • Herpes simplex and zoster
  • Ulcers due to circulatory insufficiencies
  • Fungal skin and nail problems
  • Post-cancer therapy, as for example in lymph node resection following breast cancer surgery, impairing infection resistance in the affected arm, in which case ozone may assist the clearing of infections and may be utilized in conjunction with antibiotics.

In an article entitled "Ozone in Medicine: Overview and Future Directions", Journal of Advancement in Medicine, Vol. 1, Number 3, Fall 1988 (59 references included), physician G.V. Sunnen states "The most cited explanation of ozone's bactericidal effects centers on disruption of (bacteria's) envelope integrity through peroxidfation of phospholipids and lipoproteins. Lipid-containing viruses are sensitive to treatment with ozone, indicating that disruption or loss of lipids results in impaired or destroyed infectivity".

In the Townsend Letter for Doctors, April 1994, he writes in a communication entitled "Possible Mechanisms of Viral Inactivation by Ozone", that "Viruses are small, denuded of complex defenses, and vulnerable to the oxidative challenge of ozone. Cells, in contrast, are large and incorporate a multiplicity of homeostatic (protective) mechanisms".

Ozone/oxygen provides a complementary/alternative disinfectant modality with the ability to work cooperatively with prescriptive regimens.


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