By Dr Joseph Mercola
Dr Robert Rowen was board-certified and recertified by the American Boards of Family Practice and Emergency Medicine; he’s currently also certified by the American Board of Clinical Medical Toxicology.
He’s also a leader in medical freedom, primarily with his pioneering work in 1990 in Alaska, where he was instrumental in creating the first statutory protection for natural medicine in the United States. Alaska’s governor appointed him to the state medical board in 1992.
I’ve interviewed Dr Rowen before on the topics of natural health, cholesterol and statin drugs. This discussion will review the fascinating uses for oxidative medicine and oxidation therapies.
What is Oxidative Medicine?
When most people consider oxidation, they think about free radicals and the need to protect themselves using antioxidants. However, when used therapeutically, oxidants can be beneficial for treating a wide range of conditions ranging from viral and fungal infections to joint pain and arthritis.
Dr Rowen explained:
“Oxidation medicine is any number of therapies that uses oxidants. Oxidants are electron receptors. Oxygen is typically the final electron receptor of oxidants, which facilitate and stimulate body processes.
The three that are most commonly used parenterally – meaning intravenously or by other injection – would be ozone therapy, ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy, and intravenous hydrogen peroxide therapy. Believe it or not, a high dose of vitamin C has now been proven to work through oxidation medicines, because it stimulates the production of hydrogen peroxide in the tissues.”
A Cure for Staph Infections Discovered in 1943
The use of oxidative therapies clinically was first documented during the great flu outbreak of 1918-1920. During that time a British physician in India was able to cut the death rate of influenza and pneumonia by 50 percent using intravenous hydrogen peroxide therapy. Ultraviolet energy had been applied to skin for skin infections. Then, in the 1930s and ’40s, ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI) treatment began to appear in the literature and a physicist named Knott developed a technique for removing some blood, treating it with ultraviolet light, and putting it back into the patient.
Remember, this was before antibiotics, and the therapy was remarkably effective for treating infections that would have otherwise been fatal.
“I have every American article that was ever published on ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy, and the results were simply stunning in terms of what it could do to bacterial infections, viral infections, and even allergic problems,” Dr Rowen said.
Now, more than half a century later we’re facing an epidemic of antibiotic-resistant diseases like MRSA staph infections. Dr Rowen continued:
“In 1943, I believe it was the American Journal of Surgery, they had an article showing that the Knott technique was used for staph infections. We have a crisis in this country today with staph. People are dying. They (UBI clinicians) started using UBI on a series of staph infections and patients died. But they happened to notice that the patients that died… had also simultaneously been given the new ‘wonder drug,’ sulfa. They thought that maybe that (sulfa) could be interfering.
So they did another series of patients with staph. Every one of them lived with just a couple of sessions of UBI. These patients were denied the use of sulfa. Sulfa actually happens to absorb ultraviolet energy. So yes, it would interfere.
But going back to 1943, we have a cure for staph. It doesn’t matter whether it’s MRSA or not. MRSA means methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. That germ is no more pathogenic or pathological than any other common staph. The only difference is it happens to be resistant to the relatively (I said relatively) safe antibiotic, methicillin.
So you have to use extraordinarily toxic antibiotics, if you’re able to treat it at all. Remember, that germ is not any different in terms of its pathogenicity, meaning its risk of hurting you. And it’s no more or less susceptible today to ultraviolet energy than it was four billion years ago, because organisms have had years to get used to the sun’s energy and they haven’t, because they can’t.”
The Ultimate Safe “Vaccination”?
So how, specifically, does UBI work? When you take several ounces of blood out of your body and expose it to ultraviolet energy, it becomes cleansed of UV-sensitive pathogens. What about the rest of the blood that’s infected?
Dr Rowen explained:
“If you give that blood a clean slate, you inactivate the organisms with the ultraviolet, and give it back to the body, the body can now see the antigen structure of those organisms, or in other words, the three dimensional structure. It knows that those organisms are there, but the organisms happen to be dead, so they’re not going to hurt you. Your body can then see those organisms and mount a much more efficient immune response.”
Simplistically, another way to describe that would be as the ultimate, safe vaccination, because you’re getting the proper dose, but you’re not getting any additives that are potentially harmful like preservatives, mercury, aluminium, and all those other components.
Dr Rowen continued:
“All the toxins could be inactivated by ultraviolet presumably because it carries so much energy, it can actually break linkages. That’s one of the things that it’s doing. Also, we know that bacteria and viruses don’t have a mechanism to protect themselves from oxidation. Viruses, for example, have what’s called lipid envelopes, meaning they’re surrounded by lipids. These lipids could be very vulnerable to oxidative damage. If they’re altered, then they’re not functional and the virus might not be able to penetrate the cell.”
Interestingly, in Germany they have been using a similar process known as minor autohemotherapy for decades. During this process, a small portion of blood, such as 5-10 cc’s, are removed, ozonated or exposed to UV light, shaken up and then given back as a “vaccine” in the hip, to stimulate the immune system. Major autohemotherapy involves taking six to seven ounces of blood and undergoing the same process, for similar immune-boosting benefits. The same process can be done with ozone instead of ultraviolet.
Dr Rowen says that these therapies are the ultimate modern treatment for influenza. Rather than take a shot in the dark on a potentially dangerous vaccine, he uses oxidation. These techniques are his first choice for treating influenza and viruses. Research and experience indicates they will cut recovery time about in half. In fact, intravenous hydrogen peroxide was published in 1920 in Lancet to cut by 50% the death rate from the horrible Spanish flu epidemic in India, and UBI cured viral pneumonia quite quickly in American hospitals in the 1940’s.