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Treating Lyme Disease with Ozone

Aug 29, 2017 11:40AM ● By Dr. David Minkoff

Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness and is becoming more commonly diagnosed every year. According to the CDC, on average, there are approximately 20,000 to 25,000 new cases of Lyme each year, which have been steadily growing since 1995 (i). Lyme is found not only in North America but all across Europe as well.
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is primarily spread by deer ticks. Deer ticks are small blacklegged ticks who feed on human blood. Infected deer ticks can spread the disease via deer, birds, mammals and even pets. Other insects like mosquitoes have also been known to spread the disease. According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc. (ALDF), 90 percent of cases will present with the bullseye rash (ii). It is important to know that not all patients will present with this rash but may still have been infected with Lyme.
 
Detection. Lyme is a great imitator and its symptoms vary significantly. Patients all over the world have been wrongly diagnosed with other illnesses. Most blood tests are not an accurate form of testing for the Lyme bacterium because they only test for the antibodies that the body has made in response to the infection. These antibodies may not yet have developed when the blood test is performed; a weakened immune system or a bacteria not included in the test can give a negative result (iii). If a patient presented to their doctor with symptoms similar to Lyme and have felt no improvement or perhaps feel worse, it is recommended that they make an appointment to see a doctor who specializes in Lyme disease.
 
How does it affect the body? Lyme can affect the body in many ways. Symptoms include severe joint pain, body aches, brain fog and depression. The list of symptoms is extensive which is why many doctors who are not familiar with Lyme disease will misinterpret these for other illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.
 
How is Lyme treated with conventional medicine? Conventional doctors treat Lyme disease with a course of antibiotics for up to four weeks. If someone is experiencing Lyme symptoms after a tick bite, it is essential that they see their doctor as soon as possible. Symptoms develop within a few days or weeks and antibiotics can be effective at this stage. It is imperative to get treatment right away to try and prevent the development of the disease. In some cases, patients won’t experience any symptoms relating to Lyme for years when the disease is misdiagnosed due to its imitation of other illnesses. At this stage, conventional doctors may prescribe antibiotics but their effectiveness to kill the bacteria will be greatly reduced.
 
LifeWorks’ Ozone Solution. Ozone therapy is an excellent treatment to help heal a body that is infected with Lyme. The reason for this is ozone increases the amount of oxygen in the body. Since oxygen (O2) is made up of two atoms, the three atoms in ozone (O3) supercharge the oxygen in the body to help it heal. Some of the benefits of ozone are:
Liver detoxification
Reduction of uric acid
Immune boosting
Killing viruses and bacteria
 
LifeWorks has been treating patients with Lyme disease for more than 15 years. Most of their patients had been suffering with the disease for many years, with many misdiagnosed and therefore never really treated. LifeWorks uses a lab that specializes in testing for Lyme with results that are most accurate. They offer ozone therapy as part of the healing program with ozone treatments including HOCATT, MAH IVs and UVBI IVs.
 
HOCATT
Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Therapy, also known as HOCATT, is one of LifeWorks’ favorite treatments for Lyme patients. The HOCATT is an ozone steam sauna where a patient sits inside with their head exposed to the air. This is a 30-minute treatment where the patient relaxes while the machine does all the hard work. The sauna heats up to a comfortable temperature and carbonic acid (carbon dioxide) is infused into the sauna. This opens up the body’s pores to allow the ozone to penetrate. After a few minutes, the carbonic acid is removed and the sauna is infused with ozone. As the sauna fills with steam, the photon infrared light helps to increase blood flow and circulation in the body. This enables the body to accelerate its healing and provide faster pain relief. The HOCATT also helps the body detox, increases the patient’s blood oxygen level and metabolism and overall increases energy.
 
MAH IVs
Major Autohemotherapy is an ozone IV which takes about 30 to 60 minutes to administer. The patient will have 100 to 250ml of blood removed into a sterilized IV bag while they are relaxing in the IV Room. The IV bag which now has the patient’s blood will be injected with ozone. With each treatment and depending on the patient’s symptoms, there may be an increase in the dosage of ozone in the IV bag. The bag is gently shaken to enable the blood cells to absorb the ozone. The ozonated blood is then administered back into the body via an IV drip.
 
UVBI IVs
UVBI Therapy (also known as Biophoton Light Therapy) utilizes ultraviolet (UV) light. UV light has been used to treat diseases way back to the 1870s. However, since the 1950s, more and more mainstream doctors have used antibiotics and vaccines to treat patients but a lot of infections and viruses are resistant to these. Consequently, practitioners around the world have had to find other forms of treatment. Photo-oxidation therapy has become more prevalent in treating patients. The UVBI IV is similar to the MAH. A patient will have a small amount of blood removed into a sterilized IV bag. The bag will be mixed with saline and ozone. As the blood is administered back into the patient’s body, it will be exposed to the UV light.
 
 
Dr. David Minkoff is co-founder and medical director of LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the foremost alternative health clinics in the U.S. For more information, call 727-466-6789 or visit LifeWorksWellnessCenter.com. See ad page 2.
 
(i) cdc.gov/lyme/stats/index.html
(ii) aldf.com/lyme-disease/#whatIsLyme http://www.aldf.com/lyme-disease/
(iii) lymedisease.org/lyme-basics/lyme-disease/diagnosis/