Ozone is one of the most beneficial substances
on this planet, and the BAD science you may
have heard quoted on the news may be causing
you to subconsciously be afraid of nature, and
therefore, a part of life itself. They tell you that
somehow hydrogen plus nitrogen or sulfur
equals ozone. H + N + S = 03? Not on this
planet it doesn't!
What is ozone? Simply put, oxygen. Three atoms
of nature's oxygen. It exists in a very active form
for about 30 minutes before breaking down into
two atoms of regular oxygen - by giving up one
atom of singlet oxygen.
Where does ozone come from? Nature, and nature is efficient. The new growth in the forests, the trees, the grass on your front lawn, and the plankton in the ocean are continually creating oxygen. As you read this, this oxygen is rising up into the atmosphere where the ozone layer is. In the region of the ozone layer, our rising oxygen is bombarded by the sun's photo chemical energy in the form of ultraviolet (UV rays). The UV energy bombardment changes the oxygen from 02 - two atoms of stable oxygen, into 03 - three atoms of unstable active oxygen. We call this pure form of oxygen "ozone." The using up of the UV rays to create ozone is how the ozone layer shields us from their harmful effects. This is all part of the natural process of life on this living biosphere called earth. The chemical formula for this is 3O2 > UV > 203.
Being heavier than the oxygen in the atmosphere, this newly created ozone falls back to earth, eventually giving us one atom of oxygen, it changes back to 02, and is immediately replaced by more rising oxygen which is also soon changed into ozone by the sun. The ozone falls to earth and is all around us purifying our water and air, decomposing bacteria, molds and fungi. It is the fresh smell of laundry dried outdoors in the country. It is the fresh air by a clean seashore, and the sweet smell of the air after a lightning storm. Lightning, also possessing photo chemical and electrical energy, creates ozone as well.
Ozone has always been with us in nature, and the fact that ozone gives off that single oxygen atom is a significant factor in toxic waste cleanup technology.
03 Ozone is not as stable as regular 02 oxygen because it has that extra atom of 01 attached to it. Ozone will readily give up this extra atom of 01 and revert it back to stable oxygen again. This giving off of the 01 is the reason why ozone has been used. It has been proven extensively that 03 will kill bacteria, viruses, fungi and molds by attaching, oxidizing and eliminating them. Oxidizing means to burn without giving off light or heat. These bacteria, etcetera, are lower life form organisms, and are mostly anaerobic. That means they can't live around activated oxygen / ozone.
Most European and several major US cities have been purifying water, sewage and toxic dump sites with ozone, some for over 70 years. Ozone based systems can even break down PCB's and all other industrial chemical wastes both organic and inorganic. This is possible because ozone based systems are able to create enough of these singlet oxygen atoms to oxidize anything unnatural found in our air, water, sewage, and sediment. Ozone can do this yet is so safe that it is used on humans and animals as the water purifier at Marine World and in the Olympic swimming pools.
Ozone based systems are able to purify 99% of every liquid, gas or toxic substance coming out of any industrial operation. The engineers even tell me we can include radiation in the list since the radiation is carried by something. Why isn't some type of ozone system being used?
Nature constantly works through the balancing out of different electrical, magnetic, and chemical charges. When pollutants into the air, nature tries to clean it up by in effect creating and "sending" ozone into the affected areas to oxidize and clean up the pollution. What got us into this mess was the old idea that the earth and water and air magically combined into one giant "sponge," where we could just "toss it out" and it would all disappear. Well our sponge is full now, and although nature still tries, ocean polluting and rainforest clear cuting have significantly choked off nature's means of cleanup - Ozone!
THE MORE CHEMICALS DUMPED IN THE AIR, THE HARDER NATURE TRIES TO CLEAN IT UP, THEREFORE THE REPORTED OZONE LEVELS WILL BE HIGHER.
At times, an isolated and questionable report will surface in the scientific literature, telling of animals exposed to ozone who developed lung irritation. These studies were usually done at SUPER HIGH concentrations, way beyond the suggested typical medical Protocols!
Industrially, ozone air purifies have been in use for decades. There have been no problems associated with their use, as long as they are used in average sized rooms, at the recommended government established safe healthy levels. Enlightened hospital operating rooms commonly use ozone air purifiers to keep everything sterile The doctors and nurses aren't falling over dead are they?
Ozone air sterilizer/purifiers/deodorizers are commonly used: by hotel chains to remove odors; by used car dealers to give old cars that "new car smell"; by morgues to get ride of formaldehyde odors; by schools when they refinish a floor, so they don't have to close the school because of the dangerous refinishing chemical odors; in bars, comedy clubs, and restaurants - so the majority non-smokers can patronize them again and go home without stinking like an ashtray; in fitness/exercise clubs and gymnasiums where patrons don't smell body odor, they only smell fresh air and report increased endurance and strength; by grain storage building owners who report an end to mold and rot.
Owners of animal excretion soiled stable, barns, veterinary kennels, and professional dog and horse racing paddocks love them. If the animals could talk, they would probably echo this sentiment, and describe the air as fresh as a day in the country.
Do you have any smoke damaged goods? Fire damaged furniture? Stick it in a room with an ozone air purifier running full tilt, and in a few days the useless items are restored. The applications are endless, wherever stale, polluted and toxic odors are encountered.
Factory and closed-up-tight office workers could ask management to install ozone air purifiers. Management would benefit at the bottom line, because happy oxygenated workers are more efficient workers, cheerier to customers, and don't need as many sick days. In the fifties, ozone air lamps were placed in schools, and absenteeism dropped. Commercial clothes dryers came with UV ozone lamps in them. The federal government required their use in all government restrooms. If your home or work air stinks, think of ozone solutions!
If a foolish person sat only inches from an ozone generator on full blast and breathed deeply for a long period of time, they might have cell lysis (destruction) problems. But no one is advocating doing that and anyone who does this has too much time on their hands!
"Ozone is smog" is a great, quick, one liner for the media to hype, but it is far from reality! This "instant journalism created hysteria" is so bad that the "Earth Day" environmental organizations even emblem their signs with well meaning but uninformed slogans. In a twisted way, people subconsciously are made to fear the very act of breathing, so that every breath taken on a hot summer day in the city is tainted with a fear of life itself.
At the home level, many thousands of people are now exploring these pollution control devices. One of the simplest methods of using ozone at home is by installing a home ozone air or water purifier. They do a fine job for what they were designed for, general air and water purification.