Are two therapies stronger than one?

The healing potential of ozone therapy (IVC Journal, Fall 2013) is greatly enhanced by combining it with biophotonic therapy (UVC). This combination, termed “O3UV”, is now being used to successfully treat a wide variety of illnesses in both large and small animals, ranging from infections and allergic reactions to organ and metabolic diseases, as well as cancer (even helping the body tolerate conventional cancer treatments). O3UV boosts the immune system, while decreasing pain and inflammation.

The process is simple – a small amount of blood is withdrawn from the patient, mixed with saline, treated with ozone gas and then re-infused past UV light and injected back into the patient.

A brief history

In 1856, just 16 years after its discovery, ozone was used to sterilize instruments in a health care facility and practitioners soon recognized it could be utlilized for much more. From its earliest years up until today, physicians and veterinarians alike have used ozone to treat a range of illnesses, from non-healing wounds to tuberculosis. The ease, efficacy and cost of bringing increased oxygen to tissues make it a no-brainer in the treatment of diseases.

In 1923, Emmitt K. Knott, DSc, of Seattle, Washington expanded on the efforts of previous scientists to harness ultraviolet light. He built an apparatus (the Knott Hemo-Irradiator) that would remove blood from the body through a tube, citrate it to avoid coagulation, expose it in a small chamber to calibrated UV, and then pump it through a tube back into the body. His goal was to use the bactericidal property of ultraviolet rays in order to treat infectious diseases of the blood. In 1928, he was able to successfully treat a woman near death from sepsis (from an abortion) by exposing her blood to UVC rays.

In other experiments, Knott infected dogs with bacteria, then tried to treat their entire blood volume. While it initially cleared the bacteria in the blood, the dogs died shortly thereafter. Upon further investigation, Knott discovered that removing and treating 1.5 cc of blood per pound of body weight was sufficient to clear the blood of bacteria and bring the dogs to a full recovery1.

Knott continued his work, and after he successfully treated a patient with advanced hemolytic streptococcus septicemia in 1933, doctors often used biophotonic therapy, or ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI), in hospitals across the US. In the 1950s, the excitement over antibiotics, vaccines and steroids caused hospitals to shelve their biophotonic devices in favor of these “wonder drugs”, despite the fact that for certain indications (hepatitis, viral pneumonia, shingles, etc.), UBI treatment was demonstrably superior.

Currently, veterinary and human medicial communities around the world utilize both ozone and biophotonic therapy, although its popularity is much more widespread in Europe and other countries than in the US. While there are 3,000 practitioners of UBI in Europe, only 250 practitioners exist in the U.S. Ozone therapy is more prevalent; there are over 26,000 ozone therapists around the world and over 40 countries have ozone organizations. Many of these also promote biophotonic therapy.

The best of both worlds

While ozone and biophotonic therapy are often used separately, Dr. Backus’ practice began to see that using them in conjunction provided a way to treat the patient more comprehensively. Thus the term O3UV was coined. O3UV combines what has traditionally been known as Major Autohemotherapy (MAHT) and biophotonic therapy (aka ultraviolet blood irradiation) into one “Super Therapy”.

O3UV’s ability to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanism is the basis for its use as an adjunctive to treat almost any known illness. The following is a short list of illnesses that can be treated: Bacterial Cancer Viral Auto-immune Circulatory Inflammatory Respiratory Any ailment may benefit

A closer look at the benefits

1. Modulating the Immune system

In essence, clinical evidence has shown that the functions of the immune system are brought into balance, although the mechanism is still theoretical. The ability of this therapy to calm the immune system when it is unnecessarily overreacting has been well documented. In fact, in one study done on dogs that underwent bone marrow transfusions, biophotonic therapy was administered and successfully reduced the occurrence of graft-versus-host disease. On the flip side, other autoimmune issues such as MS, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus have seen dramatic, positive effects.

What we have come to understand, then, is that O3UV can take a compromised immune system that is not able to fight off disease, and stimulate it into action, or in the case of a hyperactive immune system, calm it down.

With O3UV we have a history of efficacy and safety that is unparalleled.

2. Fighting off bacteria and viruses

O3UV can specifically stimulate the immune system to fight bacteria and viruses, as well as some fungi and yeasts. The effect is similar in concept to that of a vaccine. When viruses or bacteria in the blood are treated with ozone and UV light, then reintroduced into the patient’s blood stream, it kicks off a cascade effect that ultimately helps the body rid itself of the harmful pathogens.

3. Providing pain relief and general health

In addition to its immune modulating and antibacterial effects, O3UV provides oxygenation and increased circulation, promotes antioxidant buffering enzymes, and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Thousands of studies on both medical ozone and biophotonic therapy are available3.

Procedure and protocol

Training sessions are available from companies selling UV/ ozone devices. Here is an overview of treatment:

1. Draw blood. The amount is proportionate to weight.

2. Mix with saline – four parts saline to one part blood.

3. Run the blood/saline through the ultraviolet machine for about 90 minutes.

4. Inject the ozone into the treated blood/saline bag.

5. Then inject about 1.5 ml per pound body weight back into the blood stream using a blood pump or direct drip.

There are protocols for any given therapy, and the number of therapy sessions required to heal a specific illness will vary depending on the animal and his overall health, whether the condition is chronic or acute, and the efficacy of concurrent therapies. Acute illnesses usually can be remedied within one to three treatments while chronic illnesses may take up to ten or 12. You should see a response from most illnesses within four or five treatments. If no response is seen by that point, the clinician should evaluate whether O3UV will be an effective method of treatment for the given animal illness2.

Summary Dr. Backus feels that the combination of ozone and biophotonic therapy is a much more powerful healing modality than either on its own. It is a cost effective treatment that is acceptable to most clients. Her practice is now predominately holistic, and considers one of these three – ozone, UVC or O3UV – as foundational treatments for any condition, along with other holistic modalities.



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Dr. Kathy Backus graduated from Ohio State University in 1996. She has been a solo practice owner for ten years, and treats multiple species. Although she sold her practice in 2012, moving to Kaysville with her new husband, their farm allows for veterinary services and they are renovating part of their home to create a sacred healing space for a holistic approach. Dr. Backus is certified in chiropractic through AVCA; acupuncture through IVAS; and ozone therapy though She uses prolozone and is working on her certification for animal communication through the Gurney Institute.