At The American Center for Biological Medicine we are lucky enough to have consulting Naturopathic Doctor Shaun Riddle on our team. Last month we interviewed Dr. Riddle in our Introduction to Lyme Disease blog to help our readers and health conscious individuals alike gain a greater understanding of this sometimes elusive and mysterious disease.
Dr. Riddle completed the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) Physician Training Program. He also specializes in chronic illnesses with a focus in chronic infections and how they relate to autoimmune disease, digestive disease, neurologic disorders as well as chronic pain.
This month we consulted with Dr. Riddle again about Ozone Therapy and how this can help treat Lyme disease.
How can Ozone Therapy help treat Lyme disease?
Dr. Riddle says Ozone Therapy can help treat Lyme disease in the following ways:
- Ozone is an antimicrobial and when ozone comes into contact with chronic infections within the bloodstream, it deactivates them.
- Ozone Therapy improves red blood cell membrane flexibility allowing red blood cells to deliver oxygen to the peripheral tissue better. This also allows red blood cells to pick up carbon dioxide waste in the periphery, which leads to less acidic tissues often translating into less pain.
- Ozone Therapy increases the activity of an enzyme in red blood cells that allows the hemoglobin to release oxygen.
- It modulates the immune system–meaning Ozone Therapy can upregulate or downregulate the immune system as is appropriate.
- Ozone Therapy increases mitochondrial consumption of oxygen which means the body produces more of its energy currency–adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
What are the benefits of Ozone Therapy?
Dr. Riddle says that most of the residual benefits include increased energy production, immune system modulation, direct bacteria and viral killing, and increased tissue healing.
Who would you recommend Ozone Therapy treatment to?
“Most patients with chronic illness can benefit from this therapy,” says Dr. Riddle. He continues, “It is better in patients that do not have a profound heavy metal burden or excess iron.”
Are there any side effects to Ozone Therapy?
There are very few side effects to Ozone Therapy, but it depends on how the therapy is administered. Dr. Riddle says that you cannot directly inhale ozone as it is harmful to the sensitive tissues in the lungs. While not recommended, some practitioners will inject ozone directly into a vein and this can cause some chest discomfort. Blood ozonation requires the use of heparin in small doses which can cause side effects for some that are sensitive to it. Ozone can also be insufflated rectally or vaginally which can cause some initial bloating.
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About Dr. Shaun Riddle, ND
Dr. Shaun Riddle completed his naturopathic medical training at Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. He has been practicing naturopathic medicine since 2004. While Dr. Riddle sees patients with a variety of chronic illnesses, he has a special interest in chronic infections and how they relate to autoimmune disease, digestive disease, neurologic disorders as well as chronic pain. He completed the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) Physician Training Program to learn the leading-edge assessment and treatment strategies being employed for chronic infections. Dr. Riddle works with patients to knock out infections while simultaneously correcting the underlying terrain issues that are preventing the body from recovering from illness. Prior to attending naturopathic medical school, Dr. Riddle completed a master’s degree in teaching in addition to an undergraduate degree in biology.