In the latest, Australian Lyme: A Global View series, Dr Robert Rowen talks to Sharon Whiteman, CEO, LDAA about ozone treatment and its history. Dr Rowen has been practising for over 3 decades. He graduated a Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University before attending medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. In the 1980s, Dr Rowen made the leap to integrative medicine and now he has developed an international reputation for pioneering work in oxidation and other innovative medical treatment. He was appointed to the Alaska State Medical Board and gives frequent lectures on oxidation, food and nutrition, the limitations of conventional Western medicine and other topics. The ozone treatment in Australia may be far from reality, yet his message for all Lyme patients is to have a clean diet by eating right (raw food) and regular detoxification.
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Excerpts of the interview
Let’s start with how you became associated with integrative medicine?
Traditional medicine really is the medicine we’re trying to do. Traditional medicine helps the body heal. Western medicine is pharmacological medicine and I’d say it’s synthetic petrochemical pharmaceuticals because that’s really what they are. They are not made by God; nature doesn’t make them and we’re using them to suppress symptoms. They are all antis – antihypertensive, anti-acid, anti-pain, which is analgesic, anti-biotic, anti- this and anti- that. Something that helps the body to actually heal doesn’t really exist.
I look for ways not to use synthetic chemicals and then I got into acupuncture that got me started in this field. Then by 1982, I attended a course that blew my mind open to other worlds of nutrition, acupuncture, and homeopathy. In 1986, I got involved in ozone. Initially, I questioned it because it was an oxidant and we were trying to be wary about oxidants. I treated some people in Alaska, who probably were Lyme patients, using this machine. We didn’t know what we were doing at the time, and the results were so phenomenal that it became the standard there of what we did.
“That’s the problem with Western medicine, if they can’t see it, they don’t believe it”
What drew you to ozone?
In 1986, there was an ozone machine where I was working in Alaska, I read the German literature that came with it and that’s what drew me to it. I knew there was a lot of research going on during the time about how ozone works in Europe and my clinical results in Anchorage, Alaska, were unbelievable. It drew people from all over the state for a variety of things from chemical poisoning to what I believe we would call Lyme today because we didn’t know what it was back then, but I had people like you with brain fog, fatigue, all kinds of nondescript symptoms that no one could put their finger on and they were miserable, they couldn’t even work and after ozone treatment, they were back to work and living a normal life within 8 to 12 weeks. Nowadays it’s even faster because we’ve refined our ozone methods.
Do you use ozone for everybody?
Mostly. Most people come and ultimately find me because they know my work with ozone, so they’re open to it. But I don’t use it for everything. Sometimes people come in and we can work with them, and just do some simple things that they need to get their health back in order. But let’s say you come to me with a deranged knee, it’s arthritic, I want to shoot ozone into it only if the patient will let me. If they have heart disease, I’m probably going to do it with ozone and some other IVs.
When we give ozone, the ozone reacts with the blood instantly even before it reaches where the infection might be. So, the ozone itself is gone but the ozone reacts with the blood and creates downstream molecules called ozonite, and they’re still reactive oxygen species. They’re the messenger molecules through the workhorses and they’ll tell the body, hey, this is going on. It’s like a cascade of messengers to help balance the immune system and they might be toxic to bacteria and viruses as well.
When I looked at all these mechanisms, I said, ozone might be a reasonable treatment for Ebola. But the ozone project for Ebola was formerly scuttled because we were being shut down by the government. However, some people who already knew about it got to the people who we trained, and three were tested positive, one was a doctor. He got treated with ozone, he got better right away, and we got five more people treated. I published it. The world doesn’t know because it doesn’t want to know.
As you might know, here in Australia, we don’t have access to ozone. What can our most vulnerable do in this situation?
I’d be eating right, I’d be detoxifying, I’d be doing everything that I could to get my hands on it because that’s the only thing that can help you. There are nutritional supplements. I use several. I’ll tell you what I use the most, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to work for everyone because I do muscle testing kinesiology to get an idea of what supplements my patients would need. I like a supplement called Carnivora, I like oil of oregano, aloe vera in the form of a product called aloe immune, olive leaf extract, grapefruit and grape seed extract – all these have antimicrobial properties. I use a product called MesoSilver, and all of these are common immune boosters.
Also, better to keep a good diet, the diet that I just spoke about and saunas and sweats might help you detoxify the chemicals. I think the toxin situation in Australia is as bad as ours because governments are bought out by chemical and pharmacological interests, so we’re being farmed for profit, that’s how I see it.
“The things that you can do immediately is to clean up your diet. Eat what grows around you; ripe, raw, organic and when in season, if the latter is possible.”
Finally Dr Rowen, to the interested family or impacted patients or doctors listening today, what would you like to leave people with today?
I think we’ve covered it all, but the things that you can do immediately is to clean up your diet. If God didn’t make it, don’t eat it. The old Chinese philosophy says eat what grows around you; ripe, raw, organic and when in season, if the latter is possible. Treat your body as the temple of God because it truly is the temple of God. You should treat your body exactly with the respect and dignity the way you would treat God because it is the temple of God.
Do what you can to reduce stress – it is detoxifying. There’re all kinds of detoxification and many places where you can start. That’s the best I can tell you under your circumstances right now.
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Here are the rest of the interviews in our series: Australian Lyme – A global View