By Dr. Jessica Corbeille Harris, ND
It’s that time of year! The time of year where we embark on family BBQs, camping trips, and other get-out-town escapes. What do you bring? Here’s a few ideas to add to your checklist!
Enjoy your holiday weekend with your friends, family, and loved ones!
Oh - The Wonders of Ozone!
by Dr. Jessica Corbeille Harris, ND
If you’ve been in for a visit with me, chances are we’ve discussed ozone at some point. Ozone is a type of oxygen – a “super oxygen”, if you will. Oxygen exists in nature as O2, but ozone is oxygen as O3 (three oxygen molecules bound together). O3 is not very stable, but while it is in this form, it can do all kinds of cool things in this world.
Most people know of ozone for its sanitation purposes. Ozone has been used for a long time in America for sewer treatment processes and in air purification devices. Ozone is also that familiar smell when it starts to rain after a lightning storm (the lightning creates ozone gas naturally).
Did you know ozone gas can also be infused into an oil and then applied topically to the skin?
Yes. It’s true. Ozone is one of my favorite topical remedies for….well, almost everything. I commonly recommend topical ozone for things like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and even everyday scrapes and scratches.
How does it work? The ozone gas helps to oxygenate our cells which brings about more healing to the tissue. Cells also require oxygen to replicate and stay “young” thus keeping the skin supple and youthful-looking as well.
What else do we do with ozone? All kinds of things! Ozone can be helpful for sinus issues, cardiovascular health, viral infections, fungal infections, digestive issues, a common cold, bug bites, ear pain/infection, sore or arthritic joints, and more. We also use it in our PRP Facials and Hair Regeneration treatments as well as some of our Pain Treatments at Elevated Natural Health! It’s been safely used for decades in other countries with few (if any) side effects when administered properly.
If you haven’t tried it yet, be sure to grab a jar of ozone oil at your next visit with me. Otherwise, stop by the office any Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday to grab a jar of your own to start today!!
P.S. If you do try it topically on a skin lesion, be sure to take "before" and "after" pictures! You’ll be shocked – I promise!
by Dr. Jessica Corbeille Harris, ND
Many people deal with chronic pain (and I have a lot of remedies both at-home and in-office for helping with that), but what about those recent injuries (i.e. acute injuries)?
What do you do if you sprain your ankle playing soccer tomorrow? Or how about if you tweak your back doing some gardening this evening?
Many people have heard of the R-I-C-E acronym for injuries which promotes the use of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. What if I told you those were the exact opposite of what is actually needed for proper healing of the tissue? Instead, when people are injured, I always say, “Ask for your M-A-M-A” – which promotes the use of massage, alternating hot and cold, movement, and arnica to encourage a healthy inflammatory response to allow for proper tissue healing. Generally speaking, most of these are safe for most people, but as for any of my recommendations, if you have any questions or concerns about the safety of the remedies for you, it’s always best to consult your physician.
On the other hand, if your injury is not improving after a day or two or seems to be getting worse over that period, it’s always best to seek medical attention either at the emergency department or with your primary physician. Similarly, if your injury initially improves but you are left with pain or inflammation weeks or months after the injury occurs, it’s also a good time to seek attention from a trained physician to help with this situation. (This may be a good time for some of the prolotherapy treatments I write about as well - check them out here!)
Questions? Would you like to discuss your acute or chronic pain/injury? I’d love to connect with you! Check out the Contact page on our site or send me an email at email@example.com.
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