Oxygen Therapies have been used for more
than 100 years, and have been used commonly for more than 80
years. We know this because a wealth of references and the old
books that have been around can still be sought out. As a
therapy, during the early 1900s ozone began to flourish here in
America, but like many other successful natural remedies of the
time it was discredited here by its chemical competitors, so
ozone flourished in Germany where it was accorded wider
When ozone gas was used for the first time
in 1856 as a means of disinfecting operating rooms, it made its
mark in medical history. Four years later, in 1860, ozonated
water was put into use with the building of a municipal ozone
water purification plant in the principality of Monaco, France.
We now meet an interesting phase in history where the medical
application of ozone begins to surface.
The Medical Pioneers in Ozone
Dr. Day - In
1878, Australia, Dr. Day wrote the first edition
of papers on Ozone Treatment and Scarlatina and Smallpox.
Charles J. Kenworthy MD -
In 1885, the Florida Medical Association
published Ozone by Charles J. Kenworthy M.R.S.V a doctor from
Jacksonville, Florida who used ozone in his medical practice.
Think about it, by 1885, this doctor was actually using ozone as
medicine in America!
Dr. Charles O. Linder - In
1902, Dr. Linder was featured in Centennial
Magazine for injecting ozone and using state of the art ozone
equipment in his Spokane, Washington clinic.
[Linder and Kenworthy's and Tesla's
use of ozone proves ozone was in regular usage in the U.S. before
1885, and predating the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, its
subsequent revisions, and the FDA as well. Therefore ozone's
medical usage should be grandfathered in the U.S.]
Institute for Oxygen Therapy
Healing - In 1898 the institute was
started in Berlin by Thauerkauf & Luth, and the originator
and founder of naturopathy Dr. Benedict Lust was practicing in
(1876-1946) - Payr learned of ozone, sitting as
a patient in Fisch's dental chair. He immediately saw great
possibilities for ozone in medicine. Payr and French physician
Paul Aubourg were the first medical doctors to use ozone in
rectal insufflation to treat mucous, colitis, and fistulae. He
presented his 290-page publication, On Treatment with Ozone in
Surgery at the 59th Congress of the German Surgical Society, in
Berlin, 1935. In 1945, Payr's interest in ozone led him to
inject ozone intravenously.
E. A. Fisch (1899-1966) -
This dental physician and surgeon is credited with using ozone as
a disinfectant in his dental work and called it 'Ozone
Therapy.' Fisch had a wide range of experience with ozone and
this was recorded in a large number of publications including
Italian, French and German.
(1908-1981) - Working together with Hans Wolff, he took
up medical work with ozone and designed a generator named the
'Ozonosan.' The large Haensler Ozone Company got its
Hans Wolff (1924-1980) -
After being a WWII American prisoner of war, Wolff started his
ozone based medical practice in 1953 and devoted the rest of his
life to it. In 1972, with Joachim Haensler, he formed the German
Medical Ozone Society [Since 1993 renamed the Medical Society for
Ozone Application in Prevention and Therapy]. He wrote the book
Medical Ozone [Das medizinische Ozon] in 1979.
Ozone Begins to Take
In 1900, Tesla was using
and teaching others to use ozone medically in the U.S. He was the
first to use high voltage, high frequency, low amperage AC to
make ozone. He was granted many ozone patents.
In Germany, Werner Von Siemens constructed a
waterworks using ozone in Wiesbaden in 1901. This was followed
one year later by another waterworks in the Westphalian city of
Paderborn. In due course, Germany was to become one of the most
prolific countries in the research and application of ozone.
In the 1900s, J.H.
Clarke's London Dictionary of Practical Materia
Medica described the successful use of
'Oxygenium' (ozone charged water) in treating anemia,
cough, cancer, diabetes, influenza, morphine poisoning, canker
sores, strychnine poisoning, and whooping-cough.
Recognizing its medicinal value, the Berlin
physician Albert Wolff, first used ozone in 1915 to treat skin
diseases. Ozone became available for the German army during World
War I, and was used extensively to treat infected battle wounds
and anaerobic infections.
Erwin Payr now involved greatly with ozone
publishes Ozone Treatment in Surgery and presents it to the
German Surgical Society in 1935. At the same time Paul Aubourg
established the use of ozone enemas or rectal insufflation in the
Not to be outdone, America was now selling
all sorts of big cabinet type medical ozone generators to
practitioners all over the U.S. It was rapidly becoming big
business, the 'talk of the town' and slowly becoming the
'in' thing to have. [Note: American naturopaths have used
ozone continually since the 1800's.]
By the time of the Second World War, Germany
was filled with ozone institutes. Everybody was using it.
However, as I explained earlier, the allied bombers then came
along and blew up all the German ozone institutes, leaving only
one building left standing, the IG Farben drug works. What a
The IG Farben drug works company was the
largest chemical manufacturing enterprise in the world on the eve
of WWII wielding extraordinary political and economical power.
Its representatives sit on the controlling boards of every
pharmaceutical house of the world at this moment in time.
Due to the persecution by the drug trusts
(pharmaceutical companies) at home, and the European destruction
that the wars caused, ozone therefore disappeared from the public
[medical doctor] scene around the 1940s. The Germans still
continued to use it, but the world in general no longer had such
extensive access to this therapy.
Although the spread of German ozone
institutes and the practice of Ozone Therapy was interrupted,
medical ozone began to re-surface in other ways. During the
Second World War the FBI would go to Brazil, seize Nazis and
bring them to Ellis Island. As I already mentioned, Dr. Robert
Mayer was a physician at the Ellis Island, New York prisoner of
war camp. On becoming sick, one of the prisoners, a German
engineer and chemist, went to Dr. Mayer and said, "Doc,
I'm sick. Give me some ozone." Mayer declared,
"Ozone, what's ozone?" That was the start of this
German chemist teaching Dr. Mayer all about its medicinal
Because it worked better than anything else,
Dr. Mayer continued to use ozone He specialized as a pediatrician
using ozone for over 50 years on more than 14,000 children in his
career before coming out of retirement to treat AIDS patients.
That's when I met him. Before his retirement, he was working
at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital and giving ozone to all
the children as he made his daily rounds. After many years of
this, the powers that be finally came by, and said, "Dr.
Mayer please stop giving ozone to the children." He asked,
"Why? It doesn't hurt them." The reply came,
"I know, but nobody else is doing it, so you have to
stop." Despite Dr. Mayer's success and by now expertise
with ozone, he was thereafter prevented from giving ozone to sick
children and curing them. Many Germans have retired to the U.S.
and brought their knowledge of ozone with them, but Dr. Mayer was
one of the few historical U.S. ozone doctors.
Ozone's safety when properly
administered is proven. Remember the 1980 study by the German
Medical Society for Ozone Therapy showed that out of all the
millions of dosages given, the side effect rate was so low that
only 32 of 5.5 million people had slight problems? The cleansing
side effects of a few days of Ozone Therapy are sometimes; runny
nose, a fever, diarrhea, some swelling, or some nausea, but
always something that goes away in a couple of days. There's
no permanent harm from the correct application of the proper
protocols given at the right dosages.
Ozone was once limited until the advent of
plastics in the 1950's because ozone gas attacks dead organic
rubber hoses. It will eat up rubber surgical gloves and rubber
bands, and that limited its usage in the old days. Today, the use
of ozone resistant plastic components such as silicone or
norprene in delivery hoses makes ozone easier to handle.
During the unfamiliarity days of ozone in
the U.S., in 1958 Haensler introduced the first successful
commercial ozone generator that produced specific therapeutic
level ozone concentrations while using plastics in the design. In
The Use of Ozone in Medicine, Renate Viebahn-Haensler stated
"Haensler and Wolff paved the way for Ozone Therapy as we
know it today." She further wrote "Constantly basing
his research on the considerable number of publications by Payr
and Aubourg, it was H. Wolff who subsequently introduced
extracorporeal blood treatment [autohemotherapy] into medical
practice; Werkmeister developed local treatment methods in the
form of 'sub atmospheric ozone gas application', and
Rokitansky-as a surgeon-presented the first comprehensive studies
on the topical and systemic treatment of diabetic gangrene. Knoch
then introduced rectal ozone insufflation into proctology, once
more confirming its value in a controlled proctitis