The FDA is quite clear about ozone:
Ozone is a toxic gas with no known useful medical application in specific, adjunctive, or preventive therapy.
In fact, ozone is the primary ingredient of the air pollution known as smog. It’s a highly reactive gas that can do harm to the human body.
Those who have become convinced they have chronic Lyme or other fake diseases often pursue harmful treatments in desperate attempts to feel better. In a 2015 scientific review, ozone therapy was among 30 “unorthodox” Lyme therapies without evidence for efficacy.
The CDC warns:
Antibiotics are the only known effective treatment for Lyme disease, but a quick search on the internet will introduce you to other untested remedies that claim to cure Lyme disease or chronic Lyme disease. These products—available online or from some health care providers—may be dangerous, deadly, or simply a waste of money.
What is ozone therapy?
Ozone therapy can mean different things. Some quacks become convinced ozone gas is magic. They will tell people to breathe it in or even administer it vaginally or rectally. Some will dissolve tiny amounts in oil or water and drink it.
The most dangerous type of ozone therapy involves removing blood from a patient, exposing it to ozone, and then re-injecting it. Sometimes they also expose the blood to ultraviolet light. This is called autohemotherapy and involves risks but no known benefit, especially for Lyme disease.
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Ozone therapy is advertised by quacks on the Internet:
Chemist Myles Power debunks Ozone therapy:
American Lung Association: Ozone
European Environment Agency: Health effects of exposure to ozone
California Air Resources Board: Hazardous Ozone-Generating “Air Purifiers”
Dr. Jen Gunter: Vaginal ozone therapy is dangerous. Just don’t do it.
Former naturopath Britt Hermes: Ozone therapy in naturopathic medicine
Former naturopath Britt Hermes: Naturopathic Medicine Week And The Problem Of Endemic Quackery, Like Ozone Therapy
What’s the Harm: People harmed with Ozone Therapy
RationalWiki: Ozone Therapy
Lantos PM, et al. Unorthodox alternative therapies marketed to treat Lyme disease. Clin Infect Dis. 2015;60(12):1776-82.
The Independent: Women are pumping toxic ‘ozone’ gas into their vaginas as a cure-all
Marchetti D, La monaca G. An unexpected death during oxygen-ozone therapy. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2000;21(2):144-7.
Üreyen ÇM, Baş CY, Arslan Ş. Myocardial Infarction after Ozone Therapy: Is Ozone Therapy Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde? Cardiology. 2015;132(2):101-104.