Dr Philip David Alan Jack, 79, administered ‘ozone therapy’ to treat a rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in rooms rented from a company in Staffordshire.
The patient had more than 120 consultations with Dr Jack and underwent ‘major ozone autohaemotherapy’ around 80 or 90 times, whereby blood is taken out of the patient, mixed with ozone and re-injected into the vein.
The controversial alternative therapy purports to increase the amount of oxygen in the body by introducing ozone into the blood.
The medic, who retired from general practice in 1988, but is still fully registered, is facing allegations of misconduct at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester.
The GMC say the treatment exposed Patient A to the ‘hazard of fatal septicaemia’ and that the doctor, who also goes by the names Dr Mathew Jack and Dr David Jack, failed to provide effective treatment as it was of no proven benefit.
Practitioners of the treatment believe that flooding cancerous cells with oxygen can be effective in treating a tumour.
But Dr Earnest Allen, an expert witness on behalf of the GMC who has 30 years experience in oncology, told the panel this flies in the face of conventional medicine, whose doctors strive to find ways to cut off oxygen tumours.
This ozone/oxygen therapy treatment is claimed to be helpful in treating such serious illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer, and even AIDS. There is even a push for use in pet care. As Dr. Ben Goldacre wonders: “What is it with alternative therapists and oxygen?” It’s nothing special. When I see stories like this, I immediately check my special sources of non-woo and I came up with a bunch on this one.
What is ozone anyway? According to FDA regulations: Ozone is a toxic gas with no known useful medical application in specific, adjunctive, or preventive therapy. In order for ozone to be effective as a germicide, it must be present in a concentration far greater than that which can be safely tolerated by man and animals.
Quackwatch gives us the history of its use.
The cornerstone of oxygenation therapy is the presumption that human disease, including cancer, is caused by a deficit of tissue oxygen. According to proponents, hypoxia results in anaerobic fermentation, a loss of capacity for oxidative detoxification of toxins and metabolic products, and failure of immune killing of invading bacteria and viruses. To restore ability to carry out these functions, oxygenation promoters propose using chemicals they claim will release oxygen in tissue or act as germicides in vivo. Some of the claims are based on the concepts of William F. Koch (1885-1962) and Otto Warburg (1883-1970).
Don’t fall for this nonsense. It’s dangerous. What’s the harm in ozone therapy? Here are some examples.
But the ultimate bottom line, which I will place here at the bottom:
NO ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT IS KNOWN TO WORK BETTER THAN CONVENTIONAL TREATMENTS. Don’t go to a alternative practitioner for treatment. If it worked, it would be conventional treatment.