Volume 12, Issue 16
Is this the only way to
reverse dementia?
I've often said that the best treatment for any disease is not to get it. And that philosophy is definitely true for Alzheimer's disease and many other forms of dementia. While it seems fairly easy to reduce the chance of getting these diseases, once you get them, it is often impossible to turn them around. There are certainly situations where you can reverse dementia. But these are way too few. The best approach is just to not get it in the first place. And to that extent a recent animal study is showing what may very well be the most effective way to prevent dementias of every kind.

The various factors between the different kinds of dementia all have one thing in common. The brain cells show a decrease in their ability to use oxygen to produce energy. This leads to increased free-radical production, along with decreased free-radical control. And that deadly combination kills brain cells.

So what if there was a way to prevent all that from happening? What if we could improve the way our brain cells use oxygen and at the same time decrease free-radical production and increase free-radical control? If that were possible, it might be the end for almost every case of dementia. Well, this study says we might have a way to do just that.

One therapy that is used all over the world as well as in the U.S. is ozone therapy. Ozone therapy is unique. That's because it uses a highly reactive form of oxygen called ozone to create changes in the cells. Ozone therapy causes many positive changes in the cells, but two of them are: an increase in the ability of the cells to use oxygen for energy production and a decrease in the amount of free radicals in the cells. And that sounds like just what the doctor ordered for dementia. At least that's what some researchers thought.

So to test the theory, they took a group of three-month-old rats and gave half of them ozone therapy. For the doctors in the audience, they gave them a dose of 0.6 mg of ozone per kilogram of weight. They did this twice a week for three months and then once a week until the rats were 15 months old. Keep in mind that the normal lifespan for a rat is about 24 months.

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At the 15th month they examined the brains of all the rats. Specifically they measured their antioxidant enzyme levels and their free- radical levels. They also measured their ability to use oxygen to produce energy. They did that by measuring their ATP to ADP ratio, their electron transport complex activity, and their mitochondrial nitric oxide levels. In short, they spared no expense in performing extensive testing on our furry little friends. At the end of the experiment, they compared the ozone rats with their no-ozone colleagues. Here's what they found.

The no-ozone rats showed decreased antioxidant enzymes and increased free-radical levels. They also had a decrease in their ability to use oxygen to produce energy. Both of these findings are normal for aging rats (and aging humans for that matter). But what about the ozone rats? The results were astounding. Every one of them maintained healthy, youthful levels of antioxidant enzymes, free radicals, and energy production from oxygen. No change at all from the aging process. What's the likelihood that these rats would develop dementia? I'd say about zero!

I'm 68 years old. I have a full-time schedule, and I routinely handle some fairly complex problems. My energy is great. When I test my oxygen utilization using Bio-Energy Testing®, I have the same level of efficiency that is common for young people. I can ride my bike up a 12 mile mountain pass that goes from 5,400 feet to 7,200 feet in under 75 minutes. But I'm not going to fool myself. I am not invincible. So this March, I am going to start taking the time to get an ozone treatment every week. I plan on doing this every week for five months and then every third week for as long as I shall live. If you want to join me on this anti-aging mission you can.

Go to the website of the American Academy of Ozonotherapy (www.aaot.us) and find a doctor in your area to give you a major auto-hemotherapy ozone treatment according to the academy guidelines. If there is no doctor close to you, try to convince your own doctor to learn this incredible therapy. He/she can sign up for the next training through the academy website. He can also learn more about all the many applications of ozone therapy by reading my book, The Principles and Applications of Ozone Therapy, available at Amazon.com. Let's all live long and well.

Yours for better health,

Shehata NI, Abd-Elgawad HM, Mawsouf MN, Shaheen AA. The potential role of ozone in ameliorating the age-related biochemical changes in male rat cerebral cortex. Biogerontology. 2012 Dec;13(6):565-81.

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