Date: November 8, 2015
Source: American College of Rheumatology (ACR)
Summary: Injecting ozone gas into the knee reduces pain and improves functioning and quality of life in people with knee osteoarthritis, according to new research.
Injecting ozone gas into the knee reduces pain and improves functioning and quality of life in people with knee osteoarthritis, according to research presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Osteoarthritis, sometimes called degenerative joint disease, is a slowly progressive disease in which joint cartilage breaks down. Normally, cartilage on the ends of bones allows smooth, pain-free joint movements. In OA, cartilage becomes thin and irregular, resulting in symptoms of joint pain and stiffness. Grinding or cracking sensations may occur. Joints that are under high stress due to repeated activity or weight bearing are most susceptible to OA. The hips, knees, hands and spine are commonly affected. OA becomes more common with aging.
OA is often the cause of severe pain, disability, reduction in quality of life and significant social and economic burdens. So, researchers from Brazil recently looked at an alternative therapy of injecting ozone gas — a naturally-occurring gas that consists of three atoms of oxygen and shows promise to reduce inflammation and balance free radicals in the body — into the knee to determine if that could reduce pain and improve functioning and quality of life for these patients.
The researchers, led by Carlos César Lopes de Jesus and Virginia Fernandes Moça Trevisani, PhD followed 98 people through the course of the study. Sixty-three of the participants received 10ml injections of ozone throughout the study, and 35 received 10ml injections of air as a placebo. All of the participants had similar socioeconomic backgrounds, and only two participants (both in the ozone group) did not finish the study.
The researchers performed several evaluations of the participants at the beginning of the study as well as after their fourth and eight injections and eight weeks after their last injection. They were looking at changes in pain; function; ability to sit, stand and walk; as well as other quality of life indicators.
Timed up and go tests (TUG tests) were performed to evaluate the time it takes a participant to stand up, walk a set distance, return and sit, and there were no significant differences in how the two groups performed in these tests. The group on ozone therapy, however, had significantly better results in tests that measured pain, function, and overall health, which showed significant improvements in the ozone group throughout the course of the study.
Finally, an evaluation of quality of life (obtained using the Short Form-36 Health Survey) showed participants in the ozone group reported improvement in all areas that pertain to quality of life after their fourth injection.
“We think the work means that ozone can give the patient a better quality of life with less pain and more independence in daily life activities, explains de Jesus and Dr. Trevisani, a PhD student and professor at Federal University of São Paulo — Paulista School of Medicine in Brazil, respectively. “Ozone is also capable of delaying the need for joint replacement surgery. It is a tool for the clinician to reduce pain or to help control it.” The researchers believe that more studies are needed to confirm their results and to show that ozone may be an alternative treatment option for patients who suffer with osteoarthritis. Their next step is to initiate a similar study evaluating the patients with a CT scan or ultrasound.
Citation: American College of Rheumatology (ACR). “Ozone gas injections may do the trick for knee osteoarthritis sufferers.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 November 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151108084632.htm>.
Article by Howard F. Robins, D.P.M. Founding member AAO, IAOHD
Article by Dr.William D. Nordquist and Dr. William C. Domb
The mouth is an ecosystem constantly being bombarded with microorganisms that carry multiple types of bacteria. Routing this bacteria and keeping potential, damaging, diseases away is a constant effort for the dental community and its patients. The most beneficial strategy for both practitioners and patients is a preventative one. As a holistic practice, we strongly suggest the use of ozonated olive oil as a preventative measure. It is a high quality, cold pressed olive oil put through ozone injection. It is minimally invasive, much more cost efficient than its counterparts, has shorter treatment times and above all else, it is painless. Applying it is very simple. Dab the gingival stimulator with the ozonated olive oil and run the tip along the gum line. This should be done once per day right before bed.
The true nature and side effects of a root canal procedure have been under heavy debate for the past century. On one side you have scientists protesting its efficacy and on the other, dentists strongly encouraging its use. This debate started a century ago with Dr. Weston A. Price. His work demonstrated a strong correlation between root canal-treated teeth and dangerous conditions such as heart disease, cancer and many other chronic degenerative diseases. He hypothesized that teeth remained infected even after the procedure. Unfortunately, his work was buried for 70 yrs until 1993 when Dr. Meinig published Root Canal Cover-Up. To this day, Dr. Meinig’s publication is the most comprehensive reference on this topic.
Both Price and Meinig’s work were based on the idea that it is not possible to completely sterilize a tooth of all bacteria. That being said, what happens to the remaining bacteria? When a root canal is performed, the dentist will hallow out the infected tooth and fill it with guttapercha which cuts off the tooth from any blood supply effectively nullifying the pain. However, this process also seals off the infected area, protecting any remaining bacteria from antibiotics, leaving it free to travel. This also cuts off the bacteria from any oxygen causing them to mutate into stronger, more virulent anaerobes that produce a variety of potent toxins. The roots of each tooth house anywhere from one to four major canals, and each of these canals have accessory canals or tubules that if stretched out could span for miles. After a root canal procedure, these canals remain intact, becoming perfect pathways for the remaining bacteria to spread. If at any point your immune system is weakened, these bacteria will begin to travel away from the mouth potentially initiating severe illnesses. The strongest correlation that price found with root canalled teeth is the persistence of heart disease. He found that he could, via a root canalled tooth fragment, transfer heart disease from one living organism to the next with a 100% success rate. Other conditions that could manifest include kidney disease, arthritis, neurological disease and autoimmune diseases. Currently, many doctors are researching the connection between root canals and cancer. Dr. Josef Issels reported that, in his 40 year career tending to terminal cancer patients, 97% of them had root canals. In both cases, doctors validate this assumption by identifying the types of bacteria that are housed within the dead tooth. The Toxic Element Research Foundation (TERF) used DNA analysis to gauge the amount and identify the types of bacteria in root-canalled teeth. They located 42 different species of anaerobic bacteria in 43 samples. Two types of bacteria found were capnocytophagaochracea and fusobacteriumnucleatum. The first has been linked to neurological disease and second to heart disease.
All of this can be looked at with one question in mind. What other medical procedure involves leaving a dead body part intact? The answer is none.
Our bodies are full of sensitive ecosystems that must maintain a balance in order to stay healthy. As we age, these ecosystems are constantly exposed to threats that may disrupt this balance. The most consistent threat is bacteria and the ecosystem that is most susceptible is our mouths. Most of us harbor 250-500 species of bacteria in our mouths at any one time. Most of these are not harmful but some individuals harbor toxic or aggressive bacteria from genetics, environment or inoculation from others. We are constantly exposing it to bacteria, and without proper care, this bacteria can cause significant damage in the form of bone loss. Large amounts of bacteria become rooted in the gum and eat away at the underlying structure. This condition is classified as periodontal disease or gum disease. To prevent continued bone loss, you must fight the bacteria. The damaging effects of this bacteria can also spread to other parts of the body.
In the past five years, ozone has become a miracle molecule for many dental practices. Specifically for its antimicrobial properties. Decontamination of the mouth and gums is possible because the infection is positively charged (acidic) and the ozone is negatively charged (basic). As a result, the infection attracts the ozone gas to the area. Dentists can detect the early stages of a cavity and apply ozone to it to reverse the decay of the tooth. Ozone can also be used to prevent continued damage from periodontal disease but is done on a much broader scale. Unlike a cavity, with periodontal disease, the bacteria has spread throughout the mouth. It is cultivating deep within periodontal pockets, carious dentin and dentinal tubules that normally cannot be reached by a standard teeth cleaning from a hygienist. Antibiotic and disinfectant are also unable to reach these areas. In order to reach all the infected areas, the teeth and gum must be immersed in an environment where ozone gas can circulate throughout. This is the only way that the ozone can reach the bacteria manifesting in the soft and hard tissue. This environment is achieved with hyperbaric trays. Glove like impressions are made which are used to create these specialized trays. The trays are placed over the teeth and gums as negative pressure is applied so the ozone gas can circulate through tubing attached to the base of the trays without any leakage leading to total saturation. This also prevents breathing the gas in. This therapeutic procedure can be used after other procedures and during maintenance appointments.