Does ozone therapy cause oxidative stress and is that always bad?

Ozone is one heck of a molecule. Consisting of three oxygen atoms, it is known as the highly unstable free radical, O3. There is hardly a bacteria or virus which can withstand it. It can supposedly even kill the Ebola virus. Ozone is so reactive that just burns through any living thing if the concentration is high enough. Bed bugs, fleas, and even cockroaches. That’s right, what a nuclear bomb won’t accomplish, ozone will. (OK, that last bit is not entirely true, but I put it in for extra effect). So for a substance that can be so destructive, it stands to reason that it must also be dangerous to humans, right? So logically, exposing a human being to this molecule must cause some damage, even during ozone therapy? Well, let’s take a look

Consider the source

The effects of oxidative stress depend upon where it comes from.

For example, although hydrogen peroxide molecules may be elevated in someone exposed to toxic metals, just as they would be temporarily elevated in a patient during an ozone therapy session, toxic metals don’t have the same effect on someone as an ozone treatment would have. Ozone therapy consists of injecting between 95 and 99% of pure oxygen into a patient.

So it all depends: what is the level of the oxidative stress, what exactly is the source, and how does the body respond to it?

The human body does not respond in equal measure to a 10 pass ozone treatment as to a closed artery (which causes ischemia and hence hypoxia and hence free oxygen radicals and hence damage). On the contrary: a 10 pass (or other forms of ozone therapy) could actually prevent arteriosclerosis.

So oxidative stress can be good.

But many have a hard time grasping the idea. Why is that?

Antioxidants are good, oxidation is bad — or the power of marketing In order to understand why people nowadays have a hard time believing that oxidation is not always bad and that it can be even beneficial, is to understand that the idea about oxidative stress took hold in a larger population’s consciousness because of — marketing. It was mostly one man’s determined campaign spanning many years, to be precise.

The goal was to sell more blueberries.
Until then, many people had a hard time imagining that anything that’s against oxygen could be.