What’s the value of a life well-lived?
What does it mean to live life well?
Is death the end?
Do we ever recover from losing someone we love?
The questions are endless, but we are not, and that is why I am writing this blog.
I knew Dr. Bennett as an innovative, bold veterinarian with a love for what he did. The interest that he took in ozone therapy was where we connected, but this was just a small part of who he was.
He was a husband, a father and a son, and I am sure that I can say he will be missed immensely by his family. We, as those who knew him professionally, will also miss him, and yet the memory of what he stood for will continue on.
This blog may be read by many people who I don’t know personally, and because of that, there is the very real chance that I will offend some, but that is a risk I feel I must take at times. Business and success in business must take a back seat to what truly is important in life.
For some, family is the most important thing.
For others, it’s their career…
Some want only to enjoy life to its fullest…
Whatever it is, we all pursue something, and we pursue it relentlessly. I want to go back to one question that I asked at the beginning.
What does it mean to live life well?
Yesterday, I finished reading the Book of Ecclesiastes and it ends like this:
I will boldly state that I believe a life well-lived is a life lived not for myself, my career or my family, but for the One who created me. Let me also state that I do a pretty poor job of this…which is why the gospel of Jesus Christ as laid out in the Bible is so crucial.
Essentially, it’s this: Christ died for my sins and was raised to life to pay the debt that I owed to God but would never in a thousand lifetimes be able to pay. The good news is that, through turning from my own way to faith in Christ and what He did, His goodness is credited to me, and He takes my sin upon Himself. This transforms how I live.
So, there it is. We remember Dr. Bennett and his legacy and are also prompted to consider our own state.
May this blog be a blessing for you today.
If you would like to read Dr. Bennett’s obituary, please click here.
Dr. Arthur Guyton wrote the textbook on medical physiology and he had this to say about the importance of oxygen utilization,
“All chronic pain, suffering and diseases are caused by a lack of oxygen at the cell level.”
We now have an easy, fast and effective way to address that. Ozone therapy is a safe, easy treatment that we’re using in a lot of our protocols now because it improves oxygen levels and strengthens the immune system. It has been successfully used as a front line or adjunctive treatment for a range of conditions including infections, autoimmune, circulatory and cancer.
Ozone is a very powerful form of oxygen…it’s actually an energized, unstable form of oxygen. We also know that ozone is a highly reactive gas. It’s a molecule made up of three oxygen atoms that are sharing electrons. Because it’s reactive, it reverts fairly quickly back into oxygen which means that we can’t store it very long…but that reactivity also makes it powerful. In fact, it’s one of the most powerful sterilizers on earth and when used properly, this is a good thing.
Now when we talk about ozone therapy, we’re talking about a therapeutic way to utilize ozone gas. And to do that, we are going to need an ozone generator. So unlike ozone that is created in the atmosphere or in our troposphere here near the earth’s surface, we use an ozone generator designed for medical use along with pure medical-grade oxygen to produce the ozone that we’ll treat our animals with.
Let me give you a functional definition of ozone therapy that will help us understand it.
“Ozone therapy is a medical treatment that uses activated oxygen (ozone) to treat many chronic and acute diseases. It is a biological response modifier that increases oxygen utilization, optimizes mitochondrial function and improves cellular health. It can be applied topically, infused into the blood and tissue through various means or introduced into a fluid or oil which acts as a carrier.”
One of the reasons that ozone therapy is so valuable, is because of its versatility. It can be applied in many ways including:
It’s tempting to write off a treatment that you’ve never heard of but that would be a mistake. Ozone therapy has thousands of research articles and studies that have been done to prove that it works. Besides that, thousands of animals have experienced the benefit of ozone.
If you would like to find out more about this treatment, you can visit this YouTube channel.
“Bella was diagnosed with hemangioma sarcoma 7 months ago and seems to be doing very well…. as I said ozone has been a miracle for Bella.” – Kris Ilkov
“Ozone therapy was one of the recommended treatments and so we started using it with Baja and noticed a difference almost right away. I think it’s been a major contributor to having him around a year longer.” – Jeff Sharp
“I think the ozone gives you an opportunity to enhance your pet’s health and prevent bad things from happening….it just keeps giving you hope.” – Darcy Buller
Something is just not right with your beloved pet. You dread the appointment you just made with your veterinarian and you pray that the news you hear will not include the big “C” word — Cancer.
These days, it seems most pets are being diagnosed with some sort of cancer, whether it be a rare or common form. But, does cancer have to result in euthanizing a beloved pet? Absolutely not! Ozone therapy is a little known treatment that can help your pet’s body attack cancer cells and restore his/her health.
Animals, like humans, are living longer than their ancestors, but living longer exposes animals to more diseases and other consequences of aging.
According to the Animal Cancer Foundation, there are an estimated 65 million dogs and 32 million cats in the United States. Of these, approximately 12 million are diagnosed with cancer each year.
An organization named FETCH a Cure published an article indicating that cancer is the leading cause of death in 47% of dogs and 32% of cats. Some of the more common types of cancer in pets include:
Mitochondria are tiny cellular structures that help create energy for cells. Although small, they make up 10% of an animal’s total body weight. Healthy mitochondria are crucial to the health of our pets. If you do a quick search on PubMed for “mitochondria” AND “oxygen” you’ll get 44,609 results. That’s because there is a direct link between mitochondrial health and oxygen utilization.
The formula goes like this: Optimal Oxygen Utilization = Healthy Mitochondria = Healthy Pet
Dr. Otto Warburg, winner of the Nobel Prize for cancer research, said, “Cancer has only one prime cause. It is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of the cells of the body by an anaerobic (i.e., oxygen-deficient) cell respiration.”
In essence, Dr. Warburg was saying that, if we can correct the breathing patterns of cells, we can eliminate cancer.
If you purchase a box of Kellogg’s Smart Startâ cereal, you will see “Original Antioxidants” printed in bold letters on the front. Everyone knows the importance of antioxidants, but we really have no clue as to why they are important. Antioxidants are important because they protect us and our pets from too much oxidation.
Picture a rusty nail. The rusting is the process of oxidation at work. Oxidation breaks down the steel that makes up the nail, and, if given enough time, oxidation will cause it to disintegrate completely. The same is true of cells. While they need oxygen to live, too much oxidation will ultimately destroy them. It’s a balancing act. Like a tightrope walker, your pet’s body must use oxygen efficiently without allowing it to overwhelm your beloved’s antioxidant defense system.
The antioxidant system is ultimately stimulated through the use of ozone therapy. A small, controlled dose of ozone applied to the body will produce an ideal amount of oxidative stress. This stress will produce antioxidant enzymes, which are critical to optimizing oxygen utilization.
That is what ozone therapy is all about–Optimizing Oxygen Utilization!
Oxygen is the single most important nutrient that animals need. In fact, Dr. Arthur Guyton who wrote The Textbook on Medical Physiology said, “All chronic pain, suffering and diseases are caused by a lack of oxygen at the cell level.”
A pet with a disease ALWAYS has a decreased ability to utilize oxygen. If we can improve the ability of an animal’s body to utilize oxygen, better health will follow. It’s that simple.
“Whether they are being managed strictly with holistic care or concurrently with conventional care, my cancer patients’ quality of life is far superior to the average cancer patient….in fact I can’t think of one that hasn’t far exceeded their prognosis for length and quality of life.” – Dr. Judith Shoemaker
The IVC Journal published an article entitled Ozone Therapy for Cancer in Veterinary Medicine. The article explains that ozone contributes to the formation of healthy cells AND destroys unhealthy cells. This combination is the key to helping animals diagnosed with any type of cancer.
In her insightful book entitled Ozone Therapy in Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Zullyt Rodriguez reviews various studies that have successfully observed the effects of ozone therapy when it comes to cancer. In fact, an entire chapter is devoted to this subject and to understanding the mechanisms of action that may be involved.
The types of cancer discussed in the book include:
Major Autohemotherapy (MAHT), rectal insufflation, intratumor gas injections and intraperitoneal gas injections were the methods of ozone administration used in these studies.
Some of the effects that were observed as result of ozone therapy include:
Beyond what ozone therapy can do for cancer, a section of that chapter in Dr. Rodriguez’s book was also dedicated to showing how ozone therapy can be used as a complement treatment to radiation and chemotherapy. When animals undergo radiation and/or chemotherapy, they are prone to numerous side effects, which can lead to their deterioration.
The studies proved that ozone therapy can effectively lower inflammation, reduce long-term oxidative stress (this does not contradict what we mentioned earlier), protect the tissues and organs, increase appetite and improve quality of life of a cancer patient. In some cases, ozone therapy allowed traditional treatments to continue where negative side effects would have definitely put a halt to them.
That same chapter concludes with two tables that summarize the data contained in the chapter. Those tables are combined into one chart below.
|STUDY||TREATMENT, APPLICATION ROUTE
Ehrlich’s Ascites (TAE), Lung Tumor RL-67, L1210 Leukemia and L-P388 Leukemia
|Rectal and intratumoral routes (6, 12 and 49 mg/L)||Tumors were not reduced. Only lung metastasis decreased||Rodriguez et al., 1998|
|Mice with TAE and Sarcoma-37||Rectal route, OOP (19, 26 and 42 mg/L) 1 ml per animal, 12 days||Reduced the number of disseminated cells in the lung, dependent dose||Menendez et al., 2008|
|Lewis Lung Carcinoma (Mice)||OOP 4, 11, 20 and 35 mg/L,
i.p route, 15 applications
|Significantly reduced tumor size of Lewis Lung carcinoma cells||Menendez et al., 2008|
|Rabbits, VX2 Tumor, Head and Neck||OOP (50 mg/ml of OOM 80 ml/kg volume of weight) intraperitoneally, during 5 days||50% survival and 85% had regression of the tumor with no metastasis. Increased leukocytes and prostacyclin||Schultz et al., 2008
Schultz et al., 2012
|Rabbits, VX2 Tumor, Head and Neck||OOP (50 mg/ml of OOM 80 ml/kg volume of weight) intraperitoneally, during 5 days||Regression of the tumor mass, associated with the increase of the CD3 white cells and its infiltration to the tumor tissue and COX-2||Rossman et al., 2014|
|Proctitis Induced by Irradiation in Rats||Treatment with OOO, rectal 1 ml, during 10 days||Reduced inflammation and histological changes||Gultekin et al., 2013|
|Radiation Damage to Liver, Lung and Intestine in Rats||OOP (60 mg/ml of OOM) vol. 2, 3 ml/ animal, for a 0,7 mg/kg dose intraperitoneally, during 5 days prior to the injury||Reduced FNT, IL1 and AST and ALAT levels. Increased SOD activity and preserved tissue structure||Bakkal et al., 2013 Gultekin et al., 2013|
|Damage to Methotrexate-Induced Ileum, Liver and Kidneys in Rats||OOP at 0,72 mg/kg dose, applied intraperitoneally for 15 days||Increased GSH content in renal tissue and reduced levels of proinflammatory cytokines||Kesik et al., 2009
Aslaner et al., 2015
|Kidney Damage by Cisplatin in Rats||OOM treatment (10, 30 and 50 mg/L) applied rectally for 5 consecutive days||Attenuated renal histological damage and restored levels of GSH, CAT, SOD and GPx depleted by CDDP||Gonzalez et al., 2004|
|Kidney Damage by Cisplatin in Rats||OOP applied rectally for 15 days in the model of CDDP-induced renal damage. OM at the same doses as the previous one||Protected kidney tissue by restoring the enzymatic antioxidant system (SOD, CAT, GPx) of renal tissue, thus preserving both renal structure and function. Reduced Apoptosis||Borrego et al., 2004
Borrego et al., 2006
When it comes to your beloved pet, ozone therapy could be the difference between life and death. We’ve had some pretty amazing testimonies, and here are just a few of them.
“We had a real miracle case and now ozone is something that we use in all of our cancer cases. One particular case that got us excited was a Golden Retriever that came in in respiratory distress. She received a diagnosis of cardiac cancer that had metastasized to the lungs and liver. It was recommended for the dog to just go home, get comfortable and then be euthanized when the fluid recurred in the next 7-10 days. She came in and we did ozone therapy (MAHT and mAHT) with UV. We did it daily for five days and then we did it twice the second week. We then had it ultra-sounded by a specialty ultrasound practitioner from Texas A&M. She could find no cancer. We’ve had it ultra-sounded and radiographed two more times. We’re now six months into this and completely cancer free.” – Dr. Dan Ahrens
Cancer Treatments at Home
“Woo hoo! I just did my first ozone treatments with my girls all by myself! I opened the front door, placed some pureed beef on the screen door glass and while each one was licking it off, in went the catheter, pushed the plunger on the syringe, held their tail down and all was happy! Treats after for all! I made it a celebration! Thank-you O3 vets for being so kind this morning and walking me through what I thought would be something I could never do! Ozone is for both of my girls who have cancer. It has made a tremendous difference in their lives!” – Julie Hoffman, Pet Parent
“I remember the first day we actually did the ozone here at the vet. She had so much energy when we left even that evening. The next day we could definitely see a difference because that was right after she’d been diagnosed, and we didn’t have her on a protocol of herbals or anything like that at the time.
We’re doing the subcutaneous when we come to the vet. We actually purchased a device that we can do at home, so we do it almost daily, and it’s a really quick treatment. Cierra tolerates it really, really well. We give her a treat while we’re administering the ozone, and she doesn’t mind it. We set an alarm pretty much every day. We both work from home so it’s easy, and we think it’s definitely helping. Now she can walk a half to a mile without any limping. She seems to have more energy. Her personality is pretty much the same. I would say she’s more playful than she’s been in a while.” – Laurie and Jan Hageman, Pet Parents
“I see tons of cruciate cases here that I do either PRP or blood therapy. Since I incorporated ozone therapy, they heal 50% faster sometimes after the first treatment!!!! I inject the gas after the treatment, so I’m a true believer.” – Dr. Sasan Haghighat
Malignant Tumor in Thoracic Cavity
“Predominantly she has received ozone therapies, fecal transfers, and recently UV blood treatments. She has responded miraculously!! The blood ultraviolet treatments have, to date, provided the most significant improvement. Imperative to me at the onset was the fact Olivia have, at the very least, a good quality to every day I attempted to keep her alive. There have been a handful (three, maybe four) of days where it was clear she was not feeling well, did not want to eat, was having difficulty breathing. But those have been far and few between.” – Elizabeth E. Wallace, Pet Parent
If your pet has cancer, the only obvious conclusion is to make sure they are receiving ozone therapy.
We recommend finding a veterinary ozone practitioner and getting started right away. Here’s a list of all the ozone veterinarians that we know of.
If you can’t find an ozone vet near you, there’s always the option to treat your pet on your own at home. If you choose to do this, we recommend that you have some sort of veterinary oversight.
We truly hope that you will benefit from the information in this article! And, we would love to hear from you. Please comment below or drop us an email at [email protected].
If you would like more information about ozone therapy and cancer in animals than what this article contains, you can watch this video.