Ozone Therapy

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Ozone therapy is the use of medical grade ozone, a highly reactive form of pure oxygen, to create a curative response in the body. The body has the potential to renew and regenerate itself. When it becomes sick it is because this potential has been blocked. The reactive properties of ozone stimulate the body to remove many of these impediments thus allowing the body to do what it does best – heal itself.

From a biomedical perspective, the therapeutic benefits of ozone may be broadly understood as: oxygenation, sterilization/detoxification and regeneration.

From a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) perspective, oxygenation relates to the treatment of Blood Stasis. Sterilization relates to the treatment of Toxic Heat. And thirdly, regeneration relates to the treatment of Deficiency of Qi.

How is medical ozone therapy delivered?

Ozone is generated, in office, using an ozone generator which turns pure oxygen into ozone of a particular concentration.

Injection therapies are an acupuncture system that incorporates neuroscience and European medical science into its clinical applications for pain management, orthopedic conditions, and internal medicine. Ozone applied by injection into joints and muscles is called Prolozone.

Inhaled Ozone: Inhaled ozone is bubbled through olive oil prior to inhalation via nasal tubing that inserts into the nostrils. The gas released after passing through the bubbler no longer contains ozone gas, but contains a high percentage of ozonides. Ozonides react with the lung and nasal/sinus membranes and have a strong sterilization effect on fungal and bacterial infection in the sinuses and lungs. The ozonides are also absorbed into the blood stream for a systemic effect. The effects of inhaled ozone on dental pain are outstanding and indicates that sinus issues and infection have a major role in dental pain.

Ear Ozone Application: Ear ozone is applied by means of an ear ozone stethoscope. The ozone is run through a bubbler system filled with water prior to being introduced to the ear canal. The ear application is very effective for dental issues, ear infections, sinus infections, swollen tonsils and throat infections. Also, tinnitus, meniere’s, brain ‘fog’, brain cancer are treated with ear ozone applications.

Dr. Sterling Desmond Dr. TCM, Reg. Acupuncturist, is accepting patients for ozone and prolozone therapy

Hidden Food Sensitivities

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You may also be wondering what is a food sensitivity or intolerance? This is a term used to group any abnormal reaction to foods. This may include:

  • IgG sensitivities: Slow acting immune reactions leading to gut problems, mental fog and much more. This is in contrast to the true allergy which can be an emergency situation.

  • Lack of enzymes to break down a food as seen in a lactose intolerance. This can be due to genetics or problems with the liver, gallbladder or pancreas.

  • Histamine Intolerance: Build up of histamine or other byproduct found in food. This can produce skin rashes, flushing anxiety, and vertigo symptoms.

  • Abnormal reactions to food additives like pesticides, sulfites, amines and nitrates.

  • Abnormal reactions due to underlying Candida or bacterial overgrowth. Some bacteria will feed off food producing gas or acid reflux.

The above are called hidden food sensitivities because they are often hard to uncover. They can also be a complicating factor in many chronic health conditions.

In adults I often see these contributing to leaky gut and inflammation. In kids, I often see skin rashes like eczema and behavior/mood improvements. I have also seen weight loss and even improvement in blood sugar control. 

Certain dietary practices can lead to food sensitivities as well.  You may have heard me talk about the ketogenic diet. It can be a fantastic diet when planned well. After a few months, however, we find that many develop a food sensitivity to coconut oil or other popular foods on the ketogenic diet. This can lead to a feeling a little laggy after a few months on the diet. So if you plateau on keto this is an avenue to look further into!

As you can see food sensitivities include a vast collection of challenges. Addressing your food sensitivities can have far-reaching benefits to both our gut and overall wellness.

New blood test could help prevent heart attacks | Fox Business Video

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Heart disease is a silent illness and often the first symptom is a heart attack. You can use lifestyle and family history as a predictor of a future cardiac event. To make this even more confusing half of those that experience a heart attack will have normal cholesterol. We need better ways to evaluate for heart disease and future risk. The PULS cardiac test looks at biomarkers in your blood at are present early in the development of heart disease. When elevated you can determine the degree of risk and establish a nutritionally based program to reduce the numbers. Over time you can monitor these markers giving you unbiased feedback on your treatment. Follow the link to a fox news video that explains the PLUS cardiac test that we use at our clinic.