We specialize in the oxidative therapy modalities of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and chlorine dioxide (ClO2). Oxidative therapy, when dosed properly, is broad-spectrum and does no harm.
Oxidative therapy provides supplemental oxygen to the body. All cells in the body (but for red blood cells, which simply carry oxygen), require oxygen for cellular respiration. Cellular respiration, or aerobic respiration, occurs in the mitochondria and is the body's method of producing energy. The enhanced energy enjoyed by all tissues and organs during oxidative therapy results in systemic increases in productivity and vitality!
Oxygen-containing molecules (aka oxidants) cause oxidation, or the loss of electrons, through oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions, a process of removing electrons from other molecules to render them inactive. Each oxygen molecule supplied via hyperbaric oxygen can oxidize 2 molecules through electron removal. Chlorine dioxide has the highest oxidative capacity, or potential to remove electrons, as it can effectively oxidize 5 molecules. Therefore, each molecule of ClO2 is able to neutralize 5 targeted pathogens, doing so by sequestering electrons from the microorganism's vital structures such as cell walls, membranes, organelles, and genetic materials, which causes a molecular imbalance leading to the organism's death.
Toxins and substances such as heavy metals are also subject to oxidation, which frees them from tissues and makes them available for removal via the body's drainage pathways. ClO2 has a unique ability to reach the deepest tissues where these toxins are often stored, as other oxidizers usually maximize their oxidative capacity prior to traveling far enough to reach these areas, but ClO2's remarkable oxidative capacity enables it to continue oxidizing when others can't. Beneficial bacteria and other supportive cells are resistant to the effects of oxidation, and the lower the oxidative capacity, the less osmotic pressure is exerted on healthy/supportive cells, resulting in less oxidation risk.
The ability of oxygen to remove unwanted microbes or other substances is similar to the body's natural process of phagocytosis, which used by defense cells such as neutrophils. Oxygen can neutralize substances within a wider pH range than other disinfectants or pharmaceuticals. Most importantly, oxidative therapy is superior to many other medicines because it leaves no harmful biproducts.
As we can see in Figure 1 below, ClO2's low oxidative potential and high oxidative capacity make it a remarkably safe and effective oxidant.
The ClO2 redox reaction looks like this:
Step 1: ClO2 is reduced to a chlorite ion after the acceptance of 1 electron.
Step 2: The chlorite atom is further reduced by accepting an additional 4 electrons and 4 hydrogen atoms.
Chlorine Dioxide vs. Bleach
Is chlorine dioxide the same as bleach?
Although it is often portrayed in the media as such, it is not factual. As shown in Figure 2 above, bleach and chlorine dioxide both contain the element chlorine. So does table salt. Bleach and chlorine dioxide are both oxidizers as well. But they have a different chemical structure and, therefore, different properties. Anybody who is purporting that ingestion of chlorine dioxide is akin to ingestion of bleach needs a chemistry review.
The human body is designed to beautifully co-exist with our natural environment, and microbes such as bacteria, fungus, and parasites work symbiotically with us to maintain homeostasis. However, toxins and xenobiotics we are exposed to on a daily basis serve as a food source for many microbes, and their presence leads to microbial imbalances, causing the uncomfortable symptoms we associate with disease. Therefore, these microbes are not pathogenic in nature but become pathogenic when they over-proliferate. Protocols such as parasite cleanses can be helpful in temporarily reducing symptoms, but in order to truly return to homeostasis and allow our bodies to heal as they are designed to, we must address the root cause by detoxing from the substances causing the imbalance.
Detoxification should be the first step in any healing regimen, as drastic improvement will be experienced and many symptoms will cease. Only then can it be determined what the body still needs to heal itself and return to its full potential.
Is Oxidative Therapy Right for You?
Nearly any bodily dysregulation can be improved by oxidative therapy. Conditions known to benefit from it are numerous, and include: cancer, systemic infection/dysbiosis, surgery recovery/wound healing, traumatic brain injury/concussion, mental health struggles (anxiety, depression, etc.), multiple sclerosis/neurological deficiencies, spectrum disorders, pathogen elimination (mold/fungus, candida, bacteria, parasites), environmental toxicity, bioweapon/vaccine injury, etc.
HBOT and a chlorine dioxide protocol are often combined for a powerful and synergistic effect. Prior to beginning any detoxification regimen with oxidative therapy, a preparatory program, to include cleansing/fortification of the detox pathways and organs, is ideally undertaken. For details about our transformational 10-week cleanse and detox, check out our Protocols.
Further, an assessment of diet and nutritional status are a foundationally important component of any healing program. We will work with you to determine the best approach for your body.
The Chlorine Dioxide Controversy - Weston A. Price Foundation
Hyperbaric Oxygen Research Database