Written by Dr. David Brownstein
Mary is a 48-year-old patient suffering with a long history of rheumatoid arthritis. I have seen Mary for many years before she moved out of state and then, I began to see her infrequently. It had been a few years since I had last seen her but she came to me complaining of severe swelling in her ankle joint. “I feel like I won’t be able to walk soon as the pain and swelling just get worse and worse. Mary had seen a rheumatologist who recommended that she go on a new rheumatoid drug such as Enbrel. Mary did not to take this medication because of the adverse effects which include increasing the risk for serious infections and cancer.
When I saw Mary, she had a very swollen right ankle. It was visibly swollen as you can see below. It was also very painful when I was examining it.
The conventional approach to treating an ankle like this is to prescribe potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs followed by steroids and then medications like Enbrel. These therapies are all associated with serious adverse reactions.
I suggested that Mary try an ozone shot directly into her ankle joint. Ozone is a gas which consists of three atoms of oxygen (O3). I have found ozone injections extremely helpful for most arthritic conditions, sciatica, disc problems, as well as many other conditions. I injected Mary with 10 cc ozone gas (40 gamma) directly into her ankle joint. I told Mary that I thought ozone would help get rid of the swelling but that it may take a couple of injections. Since she was only in town for a few days, I asked her to return the next day for an evaluation and perhaps another ozone shot.
The next day I saw Mary walking down the hall. She had a big smile on her face and she was no longer limping. She gave me hug and said the ankle pain went away a few hours after the shot and the swelling resolved shortly thereafter. “It is so wonderful to be able to walk again,” she stated.
Here is a picture of Mary’s ankle 24 hours after one ozone injection.
Twenty-four hours post-injection, May had minimal swelling—I estimated that over 95% of the swelling was resolved. She was pain free upon physical exam.
Folks, the medical use of ozone has transformed my practice. Ozone has many positive effects for the human body including improving blood circulation and oxygenation to all the tissues and organs of the body, upregulating cellular antioxidant enzymes and stimulating neuroendocrine pathways
Ozone therapy should be taught in all medical schools. All doctors should be knowledgeable about how to use ozone in the human body. It truly is a wonderful therapy to employ. If you are interested in more information about ozone, I refer you to my newest book, Ozone: The Miracle Therapy.
Original blog post by Dr. Brownstein can be found here.
Dr. David Brownstein is a Board-Certified family physician and is one of the foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, MI. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success in using natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Brownstein is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College for the Advancement in Medicine. He is the father of two beautiful girls, Hailey and Jessica, and is a retired soccer coach.
Dr. Brownstein has received two prestigious awards by his colleagues. The first was given by the American College for the Advancement in Medicine at the 2005 annual meeting. The award was the Norman E. Clarke Sr. Award for Science and Practice. The second award was given by the American Academy of Integrative Medicine at their 2005 annual meeting in Florida. This was titled, 2005 ARC Excellence Award for Distinguished Clinician for his “Advancement in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Diseases.”
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