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Fibromyalgia – what is it?

You could be suffering from fibromyalgia and you don’t know it. Many people suffer from this illness and they’re not sure what it is because the symptoms are basically pain, tenderness and stiffness in a variety of muscles and bones throughout your body.

The term fibromyalgia is used when people find they have generalised pain and stiffness in their body. Other common symptoms of fibromyalgia include extreme tiredness and poor-quality sleep. Some people also find they feel vague and confused at times.

Here are more of the possible symptoms of fibromyalgia:

  • Pain in many different muscles and bones, muscle weakness and cramps
  • Tenderness or stiffness in the muscles or bones which has been there for some time
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Difficulty in sleeping, frequent waking during night, restless leg syndrome
  • Poor concentration and memory loss, inability to multi-task, slow to get going
  • Emotional issues such as anxiety and depression
  • Digestive problems including irritable bowel syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Some numbness and tingling in the arms and legs
  • Possibly cardiac arrhythmias, vertigo, temperature instability, respiratory disturbances, irritable bowel or bladder dysfunction, dysmenorrhea

How do you find out if you have fibromyalgia?

Because the symptoms of fibromyalgia are fairly general, it can be hard to diagnose so often people do a lot of other tests to eliminate other possible causes of your muscle and bone pain.

Once you’ve done all of these tests and x-rays and nothing else has shown up, sometimes the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is given.

How is fibromyalgia treated?

There’s no ‘cure’ for fibromyalgia at this stage but there are many ways to ease the symptoms and most people find they can get relief from their symptoms via medical or natural treatments.

To read more about fibromyalgia, take a look at our blog here or read about our Ozone Therapy here.

Disclaimer: In Australia, some of the therapies offered at the Ozone Clinic are not officially recognised as a part of mainstream medical practice. These therapies are known as complementary therapies and are considered to be useful as an additional treatment to those offered by your medical practitioner.The Ozone Clinic and its personnel are fully trained in the application of these complementary therapies but they’re not registered medical practitioners and are considered to be complementary therapists.

You can call The Ozone Clinic Australia on 61291580555 or email us at info@ozoneclinic.com.au

Lyme-like conditions and chronic infections can utlilise the healing properties of gas therapies such as ozone and xenon to rehabilitate your body from these crippling disorders. (See our Research post here)

The government in Australia says Lyme disease doesn’t exist in Australia but we do know there are well over 2000 medically confirmed cases of Lyme disease in Australia. (See info here from the Lyme Disease Association of Australia)

With this number of confirmed cases, it’s suspected there are probably many more undiagnosed cases – perhaps in the order of hundreds of thousands.

Borrelia – found on every continent except Antarctica

Borrelia – the bacteria which causes Lyme disease and Lyme-like conditions – has been found on every continent, except Antarctica, and can be spread via ticks carried by migrating sea birds. Borrelia causes Lyme-like conditions which are often called Borreliosis or Lyme Borreliosis.

Borrelia is a spirochete, which is transmitted when a person is bitten by a vector usually a tick. Lyme-like conditions can impact many bodily systems and can, in some cases, mimic other illnesses such as lupus.

People with Lyme-like conditions are often found to have other co-infections as well such as Babesia, Bartonella, Rickettsia, Mycoplasma and Ehrlichia.

Why are these conditions called Lyme disease?

The name ‘Lyme disease’ was coined in the United States of America when an outbreak of juvenile arthritis occurred in the town of Lyme, Connecticut, and the outbreak was subsequently found to be caused by the Borrelia bacteria.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease and Lyme-like conditions?

Lyme-like conditions often manifest as a multi-systemic illness which can affect different parts of the body including the muscles, joints, organs, brain, gastro-intestinal and neurological systems.

Lyme-like conditions are generally categorised into acute (early) and chronic (late) stages of the condition. Most diagnosed cases in Australia have progressed to the late stage because there are no early intervention strategies in place to ensure appropriate treatment following tick bites.

Symptoms in early stage Lyme-like conditions (close to the time of the bite) commonly include: flu-like symptoms, headaches, fever, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, muscle aches and joint pain.

Symptoms in late stage Lyme-like conditions (extending to many months, or even years, following tick bite) often manifests as multi-systemic illness, which may include: gastrointestinal problems, neurological problems, balance problems, chronic fatigue and random muscle and joint pain. Late stage Lyme-like conditions can be mild, moderate or severe and, if left untreated, an cause severe disability or become fatal.

How can the Ozone Clinic treat Lyme-like conditions and chronic infections?

Ozone therapy has been used in complementary clinics throughout the world and has been shown to be an effective treatment for Lyme-like conditions and chronic infections (see this study here).

When a patient combines Ozone Therapy with Xenon Therapy, the results for these types of chronic infections has been seen to be very effective. As Mr Dulitsky quoted in his presentation at a recent Lyme Conference in the US: The study found a high percentage of people were much better after receiving this treatment. Mr Dulitsky explained how the combination of ozone and xenon is able to target most of the existing infections a patient has including intra-cellular parasites, mould, fungus, bacteria and viruses. He said the detoxifying effect of the treatment helps with general recovery.

According to multiple studies in Russia, xenon has demonstrated the number of therapeutic properties: analgesic, anti-hypoxic, immune-modulatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-viral, antibacterial, neuroprotective, anti-depressive etc,” he added. This broad spectrum of therapeutic effects, combined with the ptional safety of xenon, make it an ideal therapeutic agent. At the same time, multiple publications have shown that medical ozone has powerful antibacterial, anti-viral, and immune-modulating properties as well. Ozone therapy already has shown itself to be a powerful tool against tick-born infections so when you combine it with xenon, the treatment becomes even more powerful.”

For more on this treatment for Lyme-like conditions and chronic infections, see our story under our Research tab here.

Disclaimer: In Australia, some of the therapies offered at the Ozone Clinic are not officially recognised as a part of mainstream medical practice. These therapies are known as complementary therapies and are considered to be useful as an additional treatment to those offered by your medical practitioner.The Ozone Clinic and its personnel are fully trained in the application of these complementary therapies but they’re not registered medical practitioners and are considered to be complementary therapists.

You can call The Ozone Clinic Australia on 61291580555 or email us at info@ozoneclinic.com.au

 

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is an illness which affects your nervous system and so it’s sometimes referred to as a neurological illness. It’s a complex illness and it’s exact cause is not known except that it can be triggered by a viral infection, toxic exposure or traumatic events. It can occur at any age and can affect children as well as adults.

As well as chronic fatigue syndrome, some people refer to this illness as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) which means pain in the muscles and inflammation in the brain and spinal cord. It’s been shown that both CFS and ME may develop slowly over time until people find they can’t operate normally. They often have to give up work or stop going to school until they find some respite from this illness.

About a quarter of those affected by CFS/ME have a mild form and are still able to attend school or work, either on a part-time or full-time basis, while reducing their other activities. About half those with CFS/ME have a moderate to severe form of the illness and are not able to go to school or work. Another quarter of those affected will experience a severe form of the illness and they’ll need to stay at home or in bed.

Symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome

One of the main symptoms of CFS/ME is experiencing flu-like symptoms after exercising and not having enough energy for daily activities. People often experience a worsening of symptoms after any form of exertion and this response can be delayed as well.

Other symptoms of CFS/ME include: 

  • problems with thinking, concentrating, memory loss, vision, clumsiness, muscle twitching or tingling
  • poor quality sleep
  • pain or aches in the muscles, joints or head
  • a drop in blood pressure, feeling dizzy or pale
  • palpitations, increased heart rate or shortness of breath with exertion or on standing
  • allergies or sensitivities to light, smells, touch, sound, foods, chemicals and medications
  • gastrointestinal changes such as nausea, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea
  • urinary problems
  • sore throat, tender lymph nodes and a flu-like feeling
  • marked weight change – extreme loss or gain
  • inability to cope with temperature changes.

Someone with CFS/ME can experience symptoms which change and fluctuate over short periods of time, even from hour to hour.

Diagnosis and treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome

There’s no single test for CFS/ME. Usually, all other illnesses are tested for and if these are all excluded and a patient still has the same symptoms for six months, the diagnosis of CFS/ME is given.

In traditional medicine, there’s no cure for CFS/ME but there are many alternative treatments which have been seen to be effective – even to the point where patients have made full recoveries. The combination of Ozone Therapy and Xenon Therapy have been used for patients with CFS/ME with favourable results. (See this study here)

These therapies include ozone and xenon treatments which can be carried out at The Ozone Clinic at Castle Hill in Sydney. Check our Ozone and Xenon treatments in our services tab here to learn more.

Disclaimer: In Australia, some of the therapies offered at the Ozone Clinic are not officially recognised as a part of mainstream medical practice. These therapies are known as complementary therapies and are considered to be useful as an additional treatment to those offered by your medical practitioner.The Ozone Clinic and its personnel are fully trained in the application of these complementary therapies but they’re not registered medical practitioners and are considered to be complementary therapists.

You can call The Ozone Clinic Australia on 61291580555 or email us at info@ozoneclinic.com.au

 

Many people, including children, suffer from chronic respiratory problems including asthma, chronic bronchitis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – or some other issue with their respiratory system.

Asthma is a medical condition which affects the airways (the breathing tubes that carry air into our lungs). From time to time, people with asthma find it harder to breathe in and out, because the airways in their lungs become narrower – like trying to breathe through a thin straw. But then at other times their breathing is normal.

Chronic bronchitis is a condition where your airways become filled with thick mucus. The small hairs which normally move phlegm out of your lungs are damaged and this makes you cough. As the disease progresses, it can become harder to breathe. Other signs of chronic bronchitis can include: persistent cough; wheezing; a tight chest; shortness of breath; and feeling tired.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease which causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include: breathing difficulty; persistent cough; mucus (sputum) production and wheezing. This condition is caused by long-term exposure to irritating gases or particulate matter, most often cigarette smoke. People with COPD are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer and a variety of other conditions.

What can we do about these conditions?

At the Ozone Clinic, we’ve developed a therapy to alleviate and remedy chronic respiratory problems. Using our Breathing System Therapy, we’ve found we can cleanse the lungs and boost the respiratory system of people with these conditions so they’re breathing much better and this means they’re functioning better. (For more information on our Breathing System Therapy, click here.)

The unique method we use as part of our Breathing System Therapy is called Inhalation Therapy. Developed over the last decade by Russian/Ukraine scientists, this therapy has become increasingly popular and it’s been used in various countries around the world.

Patients are able to utilise this Inhalation Therapy and they find they get the benefits of the treatment without any side effects. For more information on our Breathing System Therapy, click here.

Disclaimer: In Australia, some of the therapies offered at the Ozone Clinic are not officially recognised as a part of mainstream medical practice. These therapies are known as complementary therapies and are considered to be useful as an additional treatment to those offered by your medical practitioner.The Ozone Clinic and its personnel are fully trained in the application of these complementary therapies but they’re not registered medical practitioners and are considered to be complementary therapists.

You can call The Ozone Clinic Australia on 61291580555 or email us at info@ozoneclinic.com.au

 

Cancer rehabilitation is about treating people who have all types and stages of cancer. This treatment can be carried about before, during or after you have treatment for your cancer.

Cancer rehabilitation involves treatments at the Ozone Clinic which will help you experience a fuller and possibly quicker recovery.

Trained therapists at the Ozone Clinic can offer cancer rehabilitation treatment which can help you improve your endurance and mobility and at the same time, reduce some of the fatigue and pain you could be experiencing from your cancer treatment.

Why do you need to do cancer rehabilitation?

It is a good idea to do some cancer rehabilitation because your cancer treatment may have brought up some pain or fatigue which you didn’t previously have. You could also have some difficulty speaking or swallowing – or some mobility and balance issues.

Studies have found it’s important to address these issues because when patients do this, they’re more likely to heal quicker overall. (See this study here)

What can the Ozone Clinic do for cancer rehabilitation?

The Ozone Clinic can offer therapies for pain management and boosting your immune system. There are a number of different therapies the Ozone Clinic can offer, so call to book a time to talk to a therapist about these now.

Disclaimer: In Australia, some of the therapies offered at the Ozone Clinic are not officially recognised as a part of mainstream medical practice. These therapies are known as complementary therapies and are considered to be useful as an additional treatment to those offered by your medical practitioner.The Ozone Clinic and its personnel are fully trained in the application of these complementary therapies but they’re not registered medical practitioners and are considered to be complementary therapists.

You can call The Ozone Clinic Australia on 61291580555 or email us at info@ozoneclinic.com.au

 

When your immune system is working as it should be, it’s a lifesaver. But for some of us, it may not be functioning as optimally as we need and this can lead to health problems.

For example, sometimes your immune system kicks into action too often and this causes allergies, asthma and eczema. Your immune system can also start attacking your own body instead of protecting it and if this happens you could have an autoimmune disorder such as Lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

There are at least 80 illnesses which are caused by immune system problems and they can potentially lead to inflammation which is not good for your overall health.

White blood cells, antibodies and other components, including organs and lymph nodes, make up the body’s immune system. Many disorders can weaken the immune system and cause a person to become immuno-compromised.

So what should you look out for to check how your immune system is going?

Here’s a list of some symptoms which could point to immune system problems:

  • Cold hands
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Mild fever
  • Rashes
  • Patchy hair loss
  • Joints aching
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Yellowing of your skin or eyes
  • Repeated infections
  • Digestive problems

What can the Ozone Clinic do for Immune System Problems?

Your immune system is the key to good health, so the more you can do to protect it, the better. The Ozone Clinic can help you boost your immune system with a number of different therapies.

Both Ozone Therapy and Xenon Therapy will help with Immune System Problems because they rid the body of viruses and parasites and this in turn, gives your body a break from fighting any unwanted infections.

Check our Ozone and Xenon treatments in our services tab here to learn more. 

As well, you can do Thymus Therapy to help boost your immune system. Take a look here at our Integrative Immune Therapy service.

Disclaimer: In Australia, some of the therapies offered at the Ozone Clinic are not officially recognised as a part of mainstream medical practice. These therapies are known as complementary therapies and are considered to be useful as an additional treatment to those offered by your medical practitioner.The Ozone Clinic and its personnel are fully trained in the application of these complementary therapies but they’re not registered medical practitioners and are considered to be complementary therapists.

You can call The Ozone Clinic Australia on 61291580555 or email us at info@ozoneclinic.com.au

Many people are affected by chronic digestive conditions and they often suffer in silence. But there’s no need to do this when there the Ozone Clinic has treatments can help you to restore your microbiome to working order and minimise your digestive problems over time. Ask a therapist at The Ozone Clinic for the available therapies now.

You can call The Ozone Clinic Australia on 61291580555 or email us at info@ozoneclinic.com.au

Here’s a list of some of the most common digestive conditions:

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

This occurs when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus so you get acid reflux. If you have this you often feel a burning pain in the middle of your chest after eating. Most people find relief by avoiding the foods and beverages which trigger their symptoms and by taking over-the-counter antacids which reduce stomach acid.

Gallstones

Gallstones are hard deposits which form in your gallbladder – the organ which stores and secretes bile for digestion. Many people have gallstones and they often notice them by a sharp pain they feel in their upper-right abdomen.

The Ozone Clinic has treatments for gallstones so speak to the medical professionals at the Ozone Clinic if you have gallstones. Other doctors will advise you to have your gallbladder removed but before you do this, talk to us at the Ozone Clinic.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a serious sensitivity to gluten – the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. If you have Celiac disease and you eat gluten, your immune system will start to damage your villi which line your small intestines and help you absorb nutrients.

Symptoms of Celiac disease can include abdominal pain and bloating, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, and weight loss. You may also experience anemia, fatigue, bone loss, depression and seizures. The main treatment for celiac disease is to avoid eating any gluten.

Crohn’s Disease

Chrohn’s disease is part of a group of digestive conditions called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Crohn’s most commonly affects the terminal ileum, which connects the end of the small bowel and the beginning of the colon but it can affect any part of the digestive tract.

The most common symptoms of Crohn’s disease are abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss and fever.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis is another inflammatory bowel disease and the symptoms for it are very similar to those of Crohn’s, but the part of the digestive tract affected is solely the large intestine, also known as the colon.

With ulcerative colitis, your immune system can mistake food as an invader and so it attacks the food which causes ulcers to develop in the colon’s lining. Symptoms include frequent and urgent bowel movements, pain with diarrhea, blood in your stool and abdominal cramps.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

If you experience stomach pain or discomfort at least three times a month for several months, it could be irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), another common digestive condition.

Symptoms include constipation, diarrhea and bloating. People have found changing their diet, relieving stress and supplementing with probiotics has helped them reduce these symptoms.

Hemorrhoids

If you find you’re passing red blood when you move your bowels, you could have haemorrhoids. This is a very common condition and other symptoms include chronic constipation and straining during bowel movements.

Hemorrhoids are an inflammation of the blood vessels at the end of your digestive tract and they can be painful and itchy. People find they can alleviate the symptoms of their haemorrhoids by eating more fibre in their diet, drinking more water and exercising.

Diverticulitis

Diverticulitis is caused when small pouches called diverticula form where there are weak spots in the lining of your digestive system. The most common place to find them is in your colon.

Symptoms of diverticulitis include fever and abdominal pain. Often people become overweight when suffering from diverticulitis. Again, a high fibre diet can help with this condition.

Anal Fissures

Anal fissures are tiny, oval-shaped tears in the lining of the very end of your digestive tract called your anus. The symptoms are similar to those of hemorrhoids, such as bleeding and pain after moving your bowels. Straining and hard bowel movements can cause fissures, but so can soft stools and diarrhea.

For this condition, a high fibre diet can help make the stools easier to pass. There are other treatments for this condition which the Ozone Clinic can offer.

Disclaimer: In Australia, some of the therapies offered at the Ozone Clinic are not officially recognised as a part of mainstream medical practice. These therapies are known as complementary therapies and are considered to be useful as an additional treatment to those offered by your medical practitioner.The Ozone Clinic and its personnel are fully trained in the application of these complementary therapies but they’re not registered medical practitioners and are considered to be complementary therapists.

You can call The Ozone Clinic Australia on 61291580555 or email us at info@ozoneclinic.com.au

What is Dementia?

Dementia is a syndrome, not a specific disease so the symptoms of dementia can originate from a large group of injuries or diseases. The symptoms of dementia can include one or more of these: memory failure; diminished ability to keep multiple tasks in mind simultaneously; problems with language comprehension or expression; trouble understanding spatial orientation; impaired executive function; and inaccurate decoding of others’ nonverbal cues.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia among older adults and it is an irreversible degeneration of the brain which causes disruptions in memory, cognition, personality, and other functions. These can eventually lead to death from complete brain failure.

Genetic and environmental factors including diet, activity, smoking, traumatic brain injury, diabetes, and other medical diseases contribute to the risk of developing this form of the disease. The hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease are the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques between nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and neurofibrillary tangles, which are twisted fibers found inside the brain’s cells).

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) was described by James Parkinson nearly 100 years before Dr. Alois Alzheimer described the dementia later named Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Called the “shaking palsy” by Parkinson, PD is diagnosed when a person shows at least two of these three symptoms: slowed movements (bradykinesia), muscle rigidity, and tremor (at rest). We recognise other associated signs of PD, including expressionless face, quiet speech, cramped handwriting, shuffling gait, trouble getting out of a chair, and difficulty swallowing.

Most cases of PD are referred to as ‘idiopathic’ meaning the cause remains unknown, although a small number of cases are linked with poisoning (certain pesticides, manganese, carbon monoxide), head trauma, more complex PD-like neurological disorders (such as vascular Parkinsonism, progressive supra-nuclear palsy, and multiple system atrophy), or reversible toxic medication effects (anti-psychotics and some anti-vomiting medications),

Age of Onset for each of these diseases

The majority of people with AD have the late-onset type and this is where symptoms first appear after people get to their mid-60s.

PD begins earlier than AD, typically between ages 50 and 65, with an average age of onset of around 62 years, and only a few cases begin before age 40. PD is less common than AD but still an important cause of neurological illness among older adults.

Cognitive Decline

Cognitive decline is common in both AD and PD, though significantly less common in PD. As many as half of the people with PD, develop cognitive difficulties, which can range from mild forgetfulness to full-blown dementia.

Behavioral Symptoms

Just like people with AD, people with PD can also develop behavioral problems. Apathy is a common development in both diseases and so is depression. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell these syndromes apart but it’s important to try because they are managed differently.

Anxiety is common to both PD and AD, and may require some treatment. Psychotic symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations, too, can occur in both AD and PD.

Finally, the quality of sleep deteriorates in both AD and PD. AD patients often have fragmented sleep, while PD patients experience a different problem called REM (rapid eye movement) behavior disorder, in which physical activity occurs during the normally motionless period of REM sleep.

Lewy Body Dementia

Some older adults develop movement symptoms similar to those of PD after, or only shortly before, developing cognitive difficulties that look like AD. This combination of movement and cognitive changes is characteristic of the disease considered by some to be the second most common dementia: Lewy Body Dementia (LBD).

Whether LBD is truly a different condition than PD with dementia or is a variant of the same disorder, remains a topic under debate.

Distinguishing between different types of neuro-degenerative conditions is important because it helps in determining the best treatment approach. The Ozone Clinic has a range of therapies which can help with AD and PD.

Disclaimer: In Australia, some of the therapies offered at the Ozone Clinic are not officially recognised as a part of mainstream medical practice. These therapies are known as complementary therapies and are considered to be useful as an additional treatment to those offered by your medical practitioner.The Ozone Clinic and its personnel are fully trained in the application of these complementary therapies but they’re not registered medical practitioners and are considered to be complementary therapists.

You can call The Ozone Clinic Australia on 61291580555 or email us at info@ozoneclinic.com.au

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