The COVID-19 pandemic has now been raging around the world for over 6 months, with no end in sight. There has not emerged a successful treatment, and a viable vaccine may still be years away, with no certainty it will even work.
The conventional response to treatment in the US has been to “throw” all sorts of unproven, untried and unsuccessful drugs and combinations at patients with the blind hope that something will work. So far nothing has.
In other countries such as Spain, Italy and China success in treating COVID-19 with Ozone therapy has been reported in over 20 recently published medical articles. There are currently multiple clinical trials going on in those countries involving dozens of hospitals and thousands of patients.
So far preliminary results reveal that for moderately ill patients 94% completely recover in as little as 5 days after only 3 or 4 ozone treatments and up to 73% of severely ill patients intubated in the hospital recover as opposed to only 20% of the same group of patients in NYC.
I have received anecdotal reports from my colleagues who have treated confirmed COVID positive patients by nasal swab, recovering after only one ozone treatment with their swab becoming negative and resolution of all symptoms.
Yet it still remains in the USA, supposedly the most advanced medical country in the world, as an FDA unapproved treatment despite over 20 articles reporting successful outcomes in scientific and medical journals around the world.
The FDA’s policy statement on ozone therapy hasn’t been amended in over 20 years. It states that Ozone therapy has no known medical benefits.
This is clearly wrong on many levels!
Ozone therapy has been shown to be eﬀective in the skin manifestations of T-Cell lymphoma and is reported as such on the American Cancer Society website.
Ozone has also been proven eﬀective in treating lumbar radiculopathy, and is reported in respected Orthopedic journals.
Ozone therapy has been used for over 100 years for numerous medical conditions with great success. There are literally thousands of articles written about Ozone benefits in medicine. So how can the FDA continue to substantiate their policy statement on Ozone therapy when the evidence to the contrary is so overwhelming?
In addition, adding insult to injury, the various state Medical Boards subscribe to this false position by sanctioning and threatening physicians who provide Ozone treatments to their patients.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sheila Hemphill, CEO of Texas Right to Know, submitted a request to the Texas Medical Board (TMB) to amend the “Violation Guidelines” for physicians.
Board rule 190.8 (1)(A) reads “failure to treat a patient according to the generally accepted standard of care” is a violation.
Currently the Center for Disease Control states there is no treatment for COVID-19; and, the only standard of care is infection control, supportive oxygen and ventilation. Therefore, any other treatment of COVID-19 by physicians would be a violation of this rule.
This statement creates a dilemma for State Medical boards. If there is no standard of care for a treatment of COVID-19, how could treating someone with Ozone for COVID-19 be a violation?
Furthermore, the World Medical Association’s Declaration of Helsinki – Ethics Principals Regarding Unproven Interventions in Clinical Practice. Principal #37 states,
“In the treatment of an individual patient, where proven interventions do not exist or other known interventions have been ineﬀective, the physician, after seeking expert advice, with informed consent from the patient or a legally authorized representative, may use an unproven intervention if in the physician’s judgement it oﬀers hope of saving life, re-establishing health or alleviating suﬀering…”
(This rule allows for classifying a treatment as Complementary and Alternative CAM)
This statement is known as “Compassionate Care”!
Under the CAM rule as long as the physician documents that he or she has tried other conventional methods, if any exist, they can certainly move on to an alternative therapy and that is exactly where we felt this ozone therapy was and that rule 200 created the ability for physicians to use that as long as they documented it. So that is why we felt that the generally accepted standard of care rule that exists under board rule 190.8 did not need to be amended.
Patients seek the care of Complementary and Alternative practitioners and treatments primarily because conventional treatments have been tried and don’t work, conventional treatments are unacceptable due to side eﬀects, or there is no known conventional treatment for a condition.
Patients seeking Ozone therapy for COVID-19 clearly can legitimately receive treatments since No Known Treatment Currently Exists.
Therefore, there is no violation of any Medical Board or the FDA for using Ozone to treat COVID-19 and many other illnesses that fit into the same category.
Another perplexing and confounding question: WHY IS OUR GOVERNMENT NOT EXPLORING THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF OZONE THERAPY FOR COVID-19 WHILE PEOPLE ARE DYING AND THE ECONOMY IS DETERIORATING?
All the best in Radiant Health, Howard Liebowitz, M.D.