Ozone Therapy – Moncton & Dieppe

Dr. Melissa Blake is certified in ozone therapy. She received her advanced training at the certification course offered by world leader in the field, Dr. Frank Shallenberger, MD.

The following is an excerpt from Dr. Shallenberger’s website:

Ozone therapy is a unique form of therapy that both heals and detoxifies at the same time. It is used to treat a variety of chronic diseases, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer (as part of an integrative plan, ozone has been shown to improve response to conventional treatments, reduce side effects, and improve outcomes)
  • Diabetes
  • Lyme disease
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Herpes and other stubborn viral infections
  • Chronic fatigue states
  • Chemical sensitivity
  • Macular degeneration
  • Chronic bladder conditions
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Auto-immune diseases

What is Ozone?

The oxygen you breathe is present in the air as a pair of oxygen atoms. This is the most stable form of oxygen, and it’s colorless. Ozone is a blue colored form of oxygen (it’s what makes the sky blue), and unlike regular oxygen, it is composed of three oxygen atoms instead of two.It is the addition of the third oxygen atom that makes ozone “supercharged” oxygen, and gives it all of its remarkable medical properties.

The use of ozone to treat various medical conditions was first developed in Germany in the early 1950’s. Today, medical ozone therapy is common throughout Europe, and its use has gradually been spreading in America over the last 25 years.

Ozone is toxic, isn’t it?

Anything, including water and oxygen, is toxic if given in amounts that exceed the body’s capacity to utilize it. Ozone is found naturally in the body. The white cells make it as part of the immune response.Pure medical grade ozone, when it is used according to the established medical guidelines, has a safety record that is unparalleled.

Medical properties of ozone:

Ozone has five properties that account for why it works so well not only for macular degeneration, but also for most other chronic age related conditions as well:

  1. Ozone is a potent regulator of the immune system. This means that when the immune system is overactive (as in auto-immune disease), ozone will calm it down. Conversely, when the immune system is under active as in cancer, AIDS, and chronic infections, ozone will stimulate it. This unique ability of ozone stems from its action on the membranes of white cells that causes them to produce immune related messenger molecules called cytokines. Examples of cytokines are gamma interferon, interleukin-2, colony stimulating factor, and TNF-alpha just to name a few.
  2. Ozone stimulates increased uptake of oxygen by stimulating the enzyme diphosphoglycerate (DPG). DPG enables the release of oxygen from the hemoglobin molecule so that it can be taken up into the cell.In the absence of an adequate amount of DPG, our cells become starved for oxygen.This is a common problem in diabetics.
  3. Ozone improves circulation. It does this by enhancing the flow characteristics of blood as a liquid. This effect enables more of the oxygen carrying hemoglobin to reach the capillaries where ultimately the cells will receive more of the oxygen they require. Many patients with chronic inflammatory conditions have impaired circulation.
  4. Ozone increases antioxidant protection more than any other therapy including vitamin C. Most people with chronic disease have deficient antioxidant defenses.
  5. Ozone is a powerful mitochondrial stimulant. The fundamental underlying cause behind all degenerative disease from diabetes to heart disease to cancer is decreased mitochondrial energy production. Ozone can often correct this problem.

How is ozone used medically?

Ozone therapy should only be used by professionals who have been fully trained in its use. Doctors who want such training can receive it from Dr. Shallenberger, who offers training sessions twice a year in the United States and internationally.

Autotherapy is the most common, and in most cases the most effective way ozone is administered. The patient sits in a chair and has from 6-12 ounces of blood removed into a sterilized bottle.Then ozone is injected into the bottle, and the bottle is gently shaken, allowing the red and white blood cells to take up the ozone. The ozonated blood is then returned to the body. The entire procedure takes about 30-40 minutes.

Is ozone for me?

This is a decision for a doctor who is trained and experienced in the medical use of ozone. Some conditions simply will not clear up unless ozone is used, and of course many conditions will clear up without ozone. Because of its many therapeutic properties, ozone can be used as part of a therapeutic plan for almost every disease.

It is invaluable in the treatment of heart disease and circulatory disorders.Chronic infections such as hepatitis-C, herpes, Lyme, and AIDS respond very favorably to ozone.It is also very helpful in chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune diseases.

It is important to realize that ozone therapy is not a panacea or some kind of magic bullet. Although it is often an indispensable modality, it is only rarely effective by itself. In the great majority of cases it must be combined with an individualized program of other alternative and natural therapies, such as nutrition and detoxification.

 

For more information or to book a consultation to discuss your medical options, please call 506-857-1300.

The Nutritional Change You Can’t Live Without

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I often tell my patients when it comes to things that are good for you more is not necessarily better….except when it comes to veggies!

If there is one nutritional recommendation that outlasts all the crazy diet fads and fits into every tailored nutritional plan it is to EAT MORE VEGGIES!

Eating more vegetables is one of the simplest dietary choices with the most profound health benefits.

Vegetables are nutrient dense – providing a good dose of vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients in every serving. The plant chemicals not only prevent disease but promote optimal health!

Veggies also tend to be high fibre foods. Fibre helps to reduce blood sugar spikes, promotes healthy bowel movements, and balances cholesterol levels.

Studies have shown that people who eat more veggies have lower rates of stroke, diabetes and heart disease. These same veggie loving folks are more likely to maintain healthy body weight, which is linked to a reduction of several different chronic disease rates.

When it comes to cancer, veggies pack a preventative punch. Sarah Toule, from the World Cancer Research Fund, says: “Research shows just how incredibly important vegetables and fruit are as part of a healthy diet. In fact, they’re essential for maintaining a healthy weight, which our own evidence has shown reduces the risk of 11 common cancers.”

Here are a few suggestions to help you increase your veggie intake to help you feel your best and stay that way!


#1.

Soups and Stews: When vegetables are in chili, soups, and stews, they get really soft and the flavours all blend together. Think about a pot of chicken noodle soup: there are loads of vegetables in this soup and even the pickiest eaters love it. So when you’re making your next batch of chilli, soup, or stew why not throw in an extra serving of veggies (or two). The idea is to get creative, cut veggies up small and add in a variety of different veggies or consider pureed options like this delicious cauliflower soup!

 

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 #2.

Availability: Make sure the veggies are on hand and available. When you or your child is hungry and open the fridge to get a snack and there are baby carrots, celery sticks, salsa and guacamole, you’ll be more tempted to eat veggies for your snack!

 


#3.

Super Sneaky Smoothies: Hide vegetables in smoothies. Leafy greens blend up nicely and, if paired with berries and 1/2 banana, they won’t change the taste – only the health benefits! Cooked greens are also a great addition to smoothies! Why not have some fun with your blender. A few to try: cucumber, cooked kale, baby spinach, and beets.


#4.

Change the Texture! Dehydrate or bake veggies so that they are crunchy and chip or french fry-like. Kale chips are always a hit, but you also make homemade sweet potato fries, cauliflower steaks, plantain chips, and even green bean fries. We love turnip fries at our house and you could use this recipe for any root veggie 🙂

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#5.

Sauces and Dips Galore: If you or your child don’t like vegetables plain, consider them instead as a vehicle for awesome dips and sauces. Hummus is versatile and tasty, but rather than eat it with pita or crackers, try baby carrots, cucumber, or red bell peppers. If salads are boring you to death, maybe you need to explore some new salad dressings to jazz up the salad scene. You can also make your own pasta sauce with lots of yummy veggies. Chunky or pureed, mild or spicy are options that can be made depending on what you like.

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#6.

Weekly New Veggie Challenge: Commit to one new vegetable a week. Baby steps, right? One veggie at a time might be a good way to ease into a more vegetable-rich diet. They say that kids need to be exposed to a new food ten times before they really know if they like it or not (and most of the time after ten tries they end up liking it)! So don’t give up if you don’t like something on the first try 😉


#7.

Pureed Power: When a vegetable is pureed, you can easily “sneak it” in to increase the nutritional value of the dishes you normally like. Pureed veggies obviously can be added to soups and stews, but also pasta sauces, gravies, salad dressings, casseroles, and even used in baking. One of our family favourites is a take on the Oh She Glows cheese sauce which we made a couple of tweaks to and love it in a mac’n cheese. Serve it with a tossed salad and your getting a few servings of veggies in one meal!

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#8.

Drink your veggies: One super efficient way to get in a good dose of veggies is to drink ’em! When you consume fresh-made juice, it’s like getting an infusion of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole plant. Make juicing part of your regular diet to benefit from a wide variety of plant nutrients.

*If you live in the Moncton area, check out JUICD! They are currently offering weekly delivery of fresh-made juices to your door.


#9.

More of what you do like: If you really, really can’t seem to eat more veggies and you’ve tried all of my suggestions, then focus on which vegetables you or your child actually do like and increase the consumption of those veggies. Even if the veggie diet isn’t varied, the benefit will come from having more vegetables on a regular basis.


#10.

Focus on Fruits: And my last suggestion, if it’s a constant fight to eat vegetables but you or your child love fruits, then focus on eating a wide variety of fruits. The one downside to eating too many fruit is the high sugar content (even though it is ‘natural’ sugar, sugar is still sugar and contributes to health concerns when consumed in excess). But, fruits are still loaded in vitamins, water, and fiber, so if you can’t do a lot of vegetables, try to at least get some more fruit in the diet…and maybe start working on blending in some veggies using the suggestions above 😉


#11 (cause who could stop at 10??)

Buy Local. Imagine bitting into a crunchy carrot and the smell alone makes your mouth water..Or a crisp cucumber that leaves juice running down your chin..How about making a delicious salad and the lettuce is so crisp and tasty you don’t even need dressing? Those are the kinds of flavours and textures you get when your food is fresh. BUY LOCAL. It’s just better!

IV Vitamin C for Cancer Care

*Modified from OICC Patient Resource*

 

Did you know IV Vitamin C therapy can be combined with conventional cancer treatments?

What is intravenous vitamin C (IVC)?

High doses of vitamin C are administered via an intravenous (IV) drip. The IV route allows much larger concentrations of vitamin C to circulate in the blood than is possible by taking oral vitamin C supplements. Often high doses of oral vitamin C cause digestive upset and diarrhea and cannot achieve high enough blood levels to have a cancer benefit.

What is IVC used for?

IVC is most commonly prescribed to:

  •   improve quality of life
  •   reduce cancer-treatment related symptoms including fatigue, nausea and lack of appetite
  •   slow cancer progression

Does IVC work?

Most research has been conducted in the lab, using cells and animal models. Human studies are limited. Preliminary human studies, however, consistently show that IVC, alone or in combination with standard treatments, can reduce cancer symptoms, treatment side effects and improve quality of life. IVC should not be considered as a cure for cancer but as a powerfully beneficial aspect of an integrative plan.

A few small studies have looked at IVC in combination with standard care. In line with results from lab studies, these human studies show that IVC plus chemotherapy can slow cancer progression by reducing tumour size and decreasing tumour growth rate, as compared to chemotherapy alone.

How does IVC work?

Studies indicate IVC increases the production of hydrogen peroxide in the blood stream, which has been shown to cause cancer cell death while leaving normal cells unharmed. As opposed to vitamin C taken orally, vitamin C administered through an IV behaves as a pro-oxidant rather than an anti-oxidant and leads to the generation of free-radicals. Cancer cells do not have the necessary enzymes to breakdown hydrogen peroxide, causing the cancer cell to die.

Cancer cell lines that have exhibited sensitivity to the high doses of vitamin C that are possible through IV delivery include lymphoma, glioblastoma, bladder, prostate, liver, breast, cervix, ovary, colon and pancreas.

What are the side effects of IVC?

Side effects are mild and rare in most patients. Possible examples include diarrhea, loss of appetite, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache or mouth.

Is IVC safe?

Under most conditions, absolutely yes. However, IVC should not be administered to patients with renal failure, a history of kidney stone formation or those with a deficiency of the G6PD enzyme. Please contact Dr. Melissa Blake to discuss whether you are a good candidate for IVC therapy.

What is the recommended dose of IVC?

The goal of IVC treatment is to achieve a level of vitamin C in the blood stream of approximately 22mM (400mg/dL). My patients typically receive between 30g and 80g per infusion to achieve these levels. Extensive data show that doses up to 1.5g/kg of body weight are safe in a professionally monitored environment.

Treatments are generally administered 2-3 times per week during active treatment, and less often during a maintenance phase. Each treatment can last between 1 and 2 hours, depending on the dose.

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Disclaimer
The OICC has prepared this monograph, as part of a series of monographs being developed to share results of a review of the research evidence related to common therapies and products used within cancer patient care. The monograph is designed to summarize evidence-based research and does not advocate for or against the use of a particular therapy. Every effort is made to ensure the information included in this monograph is accurate at the time it is published. Please note that this monograph does not include an exhaustive list of all potential adverse events; individuals may experience unique side effects. The information in this monograph should not be interpreted as medical advice nor should it replace the advice of a licensed health care provider.

The Power of Nebulized Glutathione

 

What is glutathione? (pronounced “gloota-thigh-own”)

Glutathione is a major antioxidant and cellular protector found throughout the body. A high amount can be found in the lining of the respiratory tract and nasal cavities making it a useful nutrient in the treatment and management of conditions affected the respiratory system.

Glutathione acts to prevent damage from reactive oxygen species such as free radicals and peroxides. Dr. Mark Hyman, MD calls it “the mother of all anti- oxidants, the master detoxifier and maestro of the immune system”.

Below, is an excerpt from his article called, Glutathione: The Mother of all Antioxidants

“The good news is that your body produces its own glutathione. The bad news is that poor diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections and radiation all deplete your glutathione.

Glutathione is a very simple molecule that is produced naturally all the time in your body. It is a combination of three simple building blocks of protein or amino acids – cysteine, glycine and glutamine.

The secret of its power is the sulfur (SH) chemical groups it contains. Sulfur is a sticky, smelly molecule. It acts like fly paper and all the bad things in the body stick onto it, including free radicals and toxins like mercury and other heavy metals. Normally glutathione is recycled in the body – except when the toxic load becomes too great. And that explains why we are in such trouble …”

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What is a nebulizer?

In medicine, a nebulizer is a drug delivery device used to administer medication in the form of a mist inhaled into the lungs.

What is nebulized glutathione used for?

GSH (reduced glutathione) inhalation is an effective treatment for a variety of pulmonary diseases and respiratory related conditions. Even very serious and difficult to treat diseases yield benefits from this effective treatment. Conditions include:

  • Acute respiratory infections
  • Sinus conditions
  • Recurring ear infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic cough
  • Irritation from toxic exposure (fumes, cigarette smoke, allergens)

GSH inhalation is very safe. Because many pulmonary diseases and respiratory related conditions are affected by deficient antioxidant status, poor oxygenation and/or impaired host defenses, glutathione remains an excellent choice for correcting these imbalances. In addition, glutathione is only beneficial for lung conditions when it is delivered directly to the pulmonary tissue – something that can only be achieved using a nebulizer.

 

How long does a treatment take?

Each nebulizer treatment takes between 15-25 minutes, during which time you can relax in a comfy chair with the mask on, taking deep breathes to ensure the glutathione gets into the lungs.

How much do treatments cost?

Our in-office treatments are $35. Machines can be taken home for more frequent treatments, which range from $15-$25 depending on the dose of glutathione. The number of treatments depends on the extent of the condition, but many people experience relief with 3-4 treatments per week during acute flare ups and 1-4 treatments per month for maintenance.

For more information on the benefits of glutathione, please call to schedule a consultation.

8 Stress-Busting Superfoods

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Did you know you can use nutrition to increase your stress resilience.

Here are a few of our stress-busting superfoods:

1. Omega 3s

Animal-based omega-3 fats, EPA and DHA, play an important role in your emotional well-being.

Studies show omega 3s reduce signs of depression and anxiety. They also have anti-inflammatory benefits that help to counteract the negative effects of stress hormones.

Good sources include wild salmon, sardines, and good quality supplements.

2. Green Leafy Veggies

Green leafy veggies, such as spinach, kale, and swiss chard are packed with essential minerals that help your body cope with stress.

Another great thing about green leafy veggies is how versatile they are! They can easily be added to smoothies, tossed in with your morning eggs, or used in sandwiches and salads.

Eat like Popeye for stress-busting benefits!

3. Avocado

We need B vitamins for healthy nerves and brain cells. If you often suffer from feelings of anxiety or depression – you may have a B vitamin deficiency.

Avocados are rich in stress-relieving B vitamins. They’re also high in monounsaturated fat and potassium, which have been associated with lower risk of heart disease. That’s something to feel stress-free about!

4. Berries

Berries have very high levels of antioxidants and have been linked to all kinds of positive health outcomes.

Vitamin C is an especially important stress buster that is high in all berries including blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

The power of vitamin C was put to the test when German researchers asked 120 people to give a speech, then do hard math problems. Those who had been given vitamin C prior to performing had lower blood pressure and lower levels of cortisol afterwards.

Make berries your fruit of choice and reap the stress resilience benefits!

5. Nuts

All nuts contain beneficial fats, B vitamins and magnesium for a healthy mood but a couple stand out when it comes to their stress-busting superpowers.

Cashews, due to their exceptionally high content of tryptophan and magnesium, have been linked to improved stress response, as well as lower levels of anxiety and depression.

Walnuts are also a good source of the serotonin precursor, tryptophan. In addition, these nuts are high in omega 3 and other vitamins and minerals that help to reduce inflammation and stabilize blood sugar – making them the ideal stress relieving snack.

6. Green Tea

Good quality green tea is an amazing source of antioxidants that help quench and protect the body from the negative effects of stress.

Every cup of green tea also provides a dose of an amino acid called theanine. This amazing nutrient helps even out brain waves – leading to a more relaxed mind and body.

7. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a good source of magnesium and zinc — which play a role in fending off anxiety. They are also rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which helps build the happy hormone, serotonin.

Roasted pumpkin seeds are excellent additions to salads or homemade granola.

8. Dark Chocolate

You didn’t think I’d leave this one out, did you?

Dark chocolate (72% or higher) is rich in flavonoids that are heart healthy but it also helps to blunt the stress response significantly, according to science.

Chocolate has been shown to cause lower levels of stress hormones to be released after a stressful event. Lower levels of stress hormones means that people experience, or perceive, less stress.

Let them eat chocolate!

….in moderation, and the dark kind 🙂

 

 

Elderberry Syrup for Cold & Flu

Sambucus canadensis, or Elderberry, is one of our favourite herbs this time of year.

  • It acts deeply on the respiratory tract, decreasing congestion (quickly at that!)
  • promotes detoxification through our pores and digestive tract – helping us prevent and recover from the flu!

It’s powerful but gentle and safe – and a definite go-to if you have children in the house. When we start see runny noses and coughs with mucus 1 tbsp of Elderberry syrup 2-3x a day is a must.

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Recipe: 

In a small pot add…

  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of honey
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of Elderberries (We have ordered them in at The Pear Tree just for you!)*
  • 1 tsp of ginger

Let it simmer for 30 minutes. Strain out the elderberries and store in airtight container (if you’re anything like us, mason jars are all over the house and these work perfectly!).

Store in fridge. Use 1 tbsp/day preventatively or 2-3tbsp/day at first signs of cold and flu.

Happy Healing!

Your Sensational Health Experts.

*You can pick up elderberries from The Pear Tree, call ahead to make sure we’re open! 857-1300