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THE HISTORY OF MEDICAL OZONE
THE HISTORY OF MEDICAL OZONE
A brief history of the development and implementation of ozone and ozone therapies:
(adapted from The Story of Ozone, Saul Pressman.)
- 1840 Ozone first discovered and named by German scientist C.F. Schonbein.
- 1857 The first ozone generators developed by Werner von Siemens in Germany.
- 1870 The first report of ozone being used to purify blood in test tubes by the German, Dr. C. Lender.
- 1880 The first American therapeutic use of ozone by Dr. John H. Kellogg in ozone steam saunas at his Battle Creek, Michigan sanitarium, as he wrote in his book, "Diphtheria: Its Nature, Causes, Prevention and Treatment".
- 1893 The world's first water treatment plant using ozone was installed in Ousbaden, Holland, and today there are over 3000 municipalities around the world that use ozone to clean their water and sewage, including all the great cities.
- 1885 The Florida Medical Association published "Ozone" by Dr. Charles J. Kenworthy, MD, detailing the use of ozone for therapeutic purposes.
- 1896 The electrical genius Nikola Tesla patented his first ozone generator, and in 1900 he formed the Tesla Ozone Co. Tesla sold ozone machines and ozonated olive oil to doctors for medical use.
- 1898 The Institute for Oxygen Therapy Healing was started in Berlin by Thauerkauf and Luth. They experimented with injecting ozone. Ozone was bonded to magnesium in a catalytic process to produce Homozon by Dr. Eugene Blass in 1898. Beginning in 1898, Dr. Benedict Lust, a German doctor practicing in New York, established the practice of Naturopathy, based on ozone therapy. Also in 1898, homeopathic Dr. S.R. Beckwith, of New York, published his booklet describing the use of his invention, the Thermo-Ozone Generator, in the treatment of a wide variety of diseases.
- 1902 J.H. Clarke's "A Dictionary of Practical Materia Medica", London, describes the successful use of ozonated water ("Oxygenium") in treating anaemia, cancer, diabetes, influenza, morphine poisoning, canker sores, strychnine poisoning and whooping cough. In 1902, Dr. Charles Linder, MD, of Spokane, Washington was written up in an article in a local paper that stated that he injected ozone as part of his standard medical practice.
- 1904 "The Medical Uses of Hydrozone (ozonated water) and Glycozone (ozonated olive oil)" by Charles Marchand, a New York chemist appeared in its 19th edition. The book is in the Library of Congress with the US Surgeon General's stamp of approval on it.
- 1906 The FDA established in America. The active use of therapeutic ozone predates the establishment of the FDA, and therefore qualifies ozone therapy to be grandfathered into acceptance.
- 1911 "A Working Manual of High Frequency Currents" was published by Dr. Noble Eberhart, MD, the head of the Dept. of Physiologic Therapeutics at Loyola University, Chicago. In Chapter 9, he details the use of ozone to treat tuberculosis, anaemia, chlorosis, tinnitus, whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis, hay fever, insomnia, pneumonia, diabetes, gout and syphilis.
- 1912 Dr. H.C. Bennett published "Electro-Therapeutic Guide". He described the use of Ozol, ozone breathed after running through eucalyptus, pine or thyme oils.
- 1913 The Eastern Association for Oxygen Therapy was formed by Dr. Eugene Blass and some German associates.
- 1914 During World War I, (1914-1918 ) ozone was used to treat wounds, trench foot, gangrene and the effects of poison gas.
- 1915 Dr. Albert Wolff of Berlin used ozone for colon cancer, cervical cancer and decubitus ulcers.
- 1920 Dr. Charles Neiswanger, MD, President of the Chicago Hospital College of Medicine published "Electro Therapeutical Practice". Chapter 32 was entitled "Ozone as a Therapeutic Agent". In the 1920s, Nikola Tesla allowed licensed production of an ozone air purifier in Canada, based on his cold plasma design.
- 1926 Dr. Otto Warburg of the Kaiser Institute in Berlin announced that he had found that the cause of cancer is a lack of oxygen at the cellular level. For his discovery, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1931 and again in 1944, the only person ever to receive two Nobel Prizes for medicine. He was also nominated for a third.
- 1929 A book called "Ozone and Its Therapeutic Action" was published in the US listing 114 diseases and how to treat them with ozone. Its 40 authors were the heads of all the leading American hospitals.
- 1930 The Swiss dentist, Dr. E. A. Fisch was using ozone in dentistry, and wrote many papers on it. He also introduced it to the Austrian surgeon Dr. Erwin Payr in 1932.
- 1933 The American Medical Association, headed up by Morris Fishbein, set out to eliminate all medical treatments that were competitive to drug therapy. The suppression of ozone therapy in the US began then, and continues to this day, except in ten US states, where doctors are protected by state laws. At the behest of the AMA, the FDA began seizing generators in the 1940s.
- 1935 M. Sourdeau published a paper on "Ozone in Therapy" in France.
- 1938 Dr. Aubourg and Dr. Lacoste were French physicians using ozone insufflation 1934-1938. Aubourg wrote "Medical Ozone: Production, Dosage and Methods of Clinical Application" in 1938. He gave ozone rectally, vaginally, injected into wounds, and by breathing. In 8000 applications, there were no harmful side effects.
- 1940 Dr. Hans Wolff wrote the book "Medical Ozone" in the 1940s.
- 1942 "Gordon Detoxification and Hydro Surgery: Theory and Practice" was published, covering the medical uses of ozone as a colon cleanser. During World War II, Dr. Robert Mayer learned of ozone therapy from German prisoners of war at Ellis Island, and used ozone in his practice for the next 45 years.
- 1944 Dr. Otto Warburg earned his second Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of the basic cause of cancer in damaged cell respiration.
- 1948 Dr. William Turska of Oregon began using an ozone machine of his own design (Aethozone). In 1951, Dr. Turska wrote the article "Oxidation", still appropriate today.
- 1952 The National Cancer Institute verified Dr. Otto Warburg's findings regarding lack of oxygen being the cause of cancer.
- 1953 German Dr. Hans Wolff began training many doctors in ozone therapy.
- 1954 Frank Totney published "Oxygen : Master of Cancer".
- 1956 Dr. Otto Warburg published "On the Origin of Cancer Cells" in Science, 24 February 1956, Vol. 123, Num. 3191.
- 1957 Dr. J. Hansler patented an ozone generator which has formed the basis of the expansion in German ozone therapy over the last 40 years. Today, over 8000 German doctors use ozone therapy daily.
- 1961 The Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology stated: "During the 80 year history of the large scale usage of ozone, there has never been a human death attributed to it". In 1961, Dr. Hans Wolff introduced the techniques of major and minor autohaemotherapy.
- 1966 Dr. Otto Warburg, now director of the Max Planck Institute for Cell Physiology, delivered a lecture on "The Prime Cause and Prevention of Cancer" to a meeting of Nobel laureates at Lake Constance, Germany.
- 1971 Dr. Hans Wolff and Prof. Dr. Siegfried Rilling founded The German Medical Society for Ozone Therapy.
- 1972 The International Association for Oxygen Therapy was founded by Dr. George Freibott as the successor to the Eastern Association for Oxygen Therapy of 1913.
- 1977 Dr. Renate Viebahn provided an overview of ozone's biological action.
- 1979 Dr. George Freibott successfully treated a Haitian AIDS patient suffering Kaposi's sarcoma with ozone.
- 1980 Dr. Horst Kief also reported success with ozone therapy for AIDS patients. In 1980, F. Sweet, et al, publish "Ozone Selectively Inhibits Human Cancer Cell Growth" in the peer-reviewed journal, Science, Vol. 209.
- 1982 The German medical textbook "Medical Ozone" is published by Dr. E. Fischer Medical Publications in Heidelberg.
- 1983 The first International Ozone Association medical ozone conference was held, in Washington, D.C., USA. The abstracts were published in the book "Medical Applications of Ozone", compiled and edited by Julius Laraus.
- 1985 Dr. Renate Viebahn published "The Biochemical Process Underlying Ozone Therapy". Dr. Siegfried Rilling published "Basic Clinical Applications of Ozone Therapy".
- 1987 Dr. Siegfried Rilling and Dr. Renate Viebahn collaborated on the publication of "The Use of Ozone in Medicine", now the standard medical text on ozone application.
- 1990 The Cubans reported success in treating glaucoma, conjunctivitis and retinitis pigmentosa with ozone.
- 1992 The Russians reported the successful use of ozone in a brine bath to treat burns.
- 1994 Plasmafire Intl sponsored an ozone symposium in Vancouver, with 160 attendees, and as a direct result, ozone therapy is recognized as an accepted modality by the Naturopathic Association of BC, with over 40 naturopaths treating patients with ozone therapy currently.
- Present After 125 years of usage, ozone therapy is recognized in Germany, Italy, France, Russia, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, 4 Canadian provinces and 14 US states (Alaska, Washington, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Minnesota).