Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) - Posted by Larry Frieders, POPh - November 16, 2001

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General Information about Peroxide

There are lots of studies that demonstrate that peroxide does the following:

1. Peroxide stimulated the immune system.

2. Peroxide killed a dozen different pathogenic bacteria, killed many viruses, yeast and fungus too.

3. Peroxide even improved circulation and unblocked arteries, like chelation does.

4. It caused debris deep down in the lungs to be expelled.

5. It got rid of all kinds of chronic pains, but nobody was certain why.

6. It oxygenated the body, better than if you got into a $100,000 hyperbaric oxygen chamber.

7. Peroxide even destroyed some cancerous tumors.

There are many thousands of articles in the medical literature about peroxide. So if peroxide does so much good, why arenít doctors using it more? The answer has to do with money and ignorance.

For example, drug companies would like doctors to prescribe a $75 antibiotic, not a few dollars worth of peroxide. You have to understand that the drug companies fill the medical journals with expensive and really slick advertising. Because of these ads, doctors perceive that drugs are the state of the art. Nobody advertises H202. Peroxide is not patentable. Whoís going to promote peroxide when anyone and any drug company can make it?

Then, some doctors are just plain stupid. They donít even wash hands between examining patients, which was proven to reduce hospital infections by Dr. Semilweise a hundred years ago. It took doctors 40 years to accept the electrocardiogram as useful.

Well, itís been over 60 years since peroxide was found to be miraculous. In 1929 there was a worldwide flu epidemic. There was no drug to kill the flu virus (and there still isnít), so some people with poor immune systems died from it. Eighty-four percent (84%) of those that developed influenza pneumonia died.

In 1929 doctors took patients dying from influenza pneumonia, and for the first time in history gave them intravenous hydrogen peroxide, 48% of them lived! Yes, Iím telling you there has been an antiviral remedy for over 60 years, and doctors seem ignorant of it all.

Dr. Charles Farr, who is considered the foremost developer of H202 therapy, did a great clinical study on flu victims just a few years ago. He gave 44 patients with the flu a peroxide treatment, and told them to return the next day if they were no better. Seven returned (note: all seven that returned had a prior history of lung problems). He gave them a second peroxide treatment and told them to return if they were not any better. Two returned, and they required a third dose. Howís that for anti-viral action? You see, if you come early to the doctor with a virus, it can be helped rather easily.

Asthma, Emphysema, and Chronic Lung Disease

What about these diseases? It turns out that peroxide can do something special, something no other substance we know of can do. It can clean the lungs.

Ask a pathologist what color a babyís lungs are. Heíll tell you theyíre pink. At autopsy, 50 or more years later, those lungs are a gray-blackÖfilled with pollution from the air we breath, which could not be eliminated by the body. Itís harder to transfer oxygen from the air you breath through soot-covered air sacks. Hereís the great newsÖintravenous peroxide burns the soot and debris and lifts it off the surface of the air sacks. Then you cough this gunk up, get it out of your body and then you can then breath easier. Nothing else in medicine has this action. This miracle isnít always met with joy. All the patient knows is that they took a peroxide treatment and began coughing more than ever. They've got to understand that this coughing is good. The coughing can start as soon as the IV drip begins or after the IV is finished. This reaction to peroxide may occur for 3 to 6 treatments, after which it ceases. The job is done! The air sacks of the lungs have been cleaned.

The coughing doesnít always occur. Instead of coughing, the loose debris is often brought up in the sputum (the mucous and phlegm in the throat), and then swallowed, without ever being aware of it.

How Many Treatments Are Needed For Lung Problems?

For asthma, emphysema, or chronic lung disease, peroxide treatments should be taken once per week for at least ten treatments. It takes some time for the changes to occur in chronic disease. You must realize that it will take more than 2 or 3 treatments to see results. And frankly, we really donít want to start the peroxide unless you intend to finish a reasonable series. Thatís because we donít want people condemning peroxide therapy unless theyíve given it a proper chance to work. For asthma, emphysema, and chronic lung disease, this means taking at least ten treatments over 10 weeks.

How Many Treatments Are Needed For Most Problems?

Now maybe youíve heard that peroxide could fix you up in just one or two treatments. That can be trueÖit really depends upon what disease weíre talking about. For example, a man came to us who was suffering with temporal arteritis. Temporal arteritis causes terrible, one-sided head pain around the eye and the temple. This man had been to dozens of doctors and top-notch pain centers. He was loaded with many different drugs. A smile came over this manís face as the first IV was dripping. He could feel his pain going away. He took a second treatment, and the pain was gone! That was 6 months ago, and he hasnít been back! So for some things it may take only a couple of treatments. Please give us a chance to meet with you personally and discuss approximately how many treatments are likely to be needed for your condition.

What Diagnosis Respond To Peroxide?

Here are some other random cases, and how peroxide worked. First, letís talk about shingles (also called herpes zoster). Just one or two treatments taken for a couple of days in a row and one more a week later generally does the trick! We had a patient with AIDS and shingles. It took about six treatments over the course of two weeksÖnot bad considering a battered immune system. Sometimes the pains that may linger after shingles (post herpetic neuralgia) responds to a peroxide series. I think itís because thereís still live virus deep in the nerve root.

Some believe that Bellís Palsy (of the face) is also from a virus similar to shingles, because the peroxide treatments have relieved the condition over a week or two.

For colds, or the flu, weíve already told you that one or two treatments are generally sufficient.

A woman with malignant melanoma with metastasis to her lymph nodes was treated. She was in awful pain. She wanted one treatment every day. When she got it, she felt no pain, was active and busy. Without a daily treatment, she was miserable and could not function.

A lot of chronic painful conditions respond to peroxide. We believe that all chronic pain comes ultimately from insufficient oxygen getting into the effected area of the body. Peroxide gets the oxygen into the tissue and the pain leaves. Nevertheless, the official line is that we donít understand why peroxide helps chronic pain. Thereís no telling the best way to give the peroxide for chronic pain. One might need it once a week or once a day. Weíve recently learned that slowly infusing the peroxide all day long, using an infusion pump, can get rid of constant pain much better than just a short IV (our thanks to Dr. Jesse Stoff for that finding).

For disorders of blocked arteries, such as angina pectoris, or peripheral artery blockage in the legs, Dr. Charlie Farr says that one peroxide each week, plus two chelation treatments each week works the best. We think thatís a perfectly fine schedule, and about ten weeks of treatment should be considered minimal. Fifteen to twenty weeks would be really good.

If your immune system is down, and you get sick a lot, take one treatment a week for ten to twenty weeks, (youíll need a variety of nutritional supplements too). Here the peroxide stimulates the production of T-helper cells and causes white cells to make interferon, and lots more.

Letís talk about chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic fatigue is not one disease. It more than likely is a name given to hundreds of not-yet-diagnosed problems in a person. What this means is that there may be someone with undiagnosed parasites, dragging their body around, exhausted. Well thatís chronic fatigue. And so is undiagnosed Epstein-Bar virus infection, and so is malabsorption with mineral deficiency. The point is there is no magic bullet remedy for what is called chronic fatigue, because the causes of chronic fatigue are varied. The underlying cause of each individualís chronic fatigue needs to be determined and treated with the most suitable remedy or remedies. Peroxide is likely to help many chronic fatigue patients, because peroxide has so many actions.

For IBOMís list of diagnoses for which peroxide has been found useful, please see the last page.

Is Peroxide The Magic Bullet?

Well if there were a magic bullet, it might well be IV peroxide, because peroxide has so many different actions. It can kill considerable numbers of viruses, bacteria, fungi, yeast, parasites, and even some tumor cells! It can boost the immune system by improving the number and quality of various blood cells. It can improve circulation, improve heart function, and provide oxygen to the brain. It can relieve pain. It can destroy toxic environmental chemicals inside your body and quiet allergies. Can you think of anything more likely to help an unknown, undiagnosed, hidden illness?

Mixing Other Substances In The Peroxide IV

It was once believed that the doctor could not add any other substance into the peroxide IV bottle. It was believed that either the peroxide would be destroyed, or that the added substance might be destroyed. Recently, however, studies have determined that certain vitamins and minerals can be added into a peroxide infusion. Sadly, vitamin C cannot be added. Fortunately, magnesium can be added.

Magnesium is one of our favorite minerals. Thatís because magnesium lowers pressure, relaxes artery walls and this promotes increased circulation, reduces anginal chest pains, reduces irregular heart rhythms, relaxes muscles, alleviates muscle cramps, reduces anxiety levels, and increases energy production in every cell in youíre your body. Also, for reasons that we as of yet do not fully understand, but magnesium reduces the likelihood of pain at the infusion site. As far as weíre concerned, we will add magnesium to just about every peroxide IV we can.

Other trace minerals can be added to the peroxide IV also. And B-complex Vitamins and B-12 can be added when necessary. With one infusion treatment, the doctor may be able to accomplish more, by providing the body with needed nutrients as well as peroxide.

Isnít Peroxide Harmful?

Peroxide is extremely well tolerated by the human body. This may come as a surprise to you. After all, if peroxide kills so many things, then why doesnít it kill us? The answer is the enzyme CATALASE. Catalase found throughout the human body, causes hydrogen peroxide to change into harmless oxygen and water. Viruses donít have catalase, so the peroxide destroys them. Humans have catalase in their cells, and are not destroyed by peroxide.

When you get an infection, your white blood cells surround the germs and kill them. Exactly HOW do the white blood cell kill germs? Let us tell you something that 9,995 out of 10,000 MDís donít know. Your white blood cells produce a little hydrogen peroxide, and they bathe the germs in the peroxide, and this kills the germs! It has always been peroxide that naturally cured infection in your body!

Did you know that hydrogen peroxide is made in the atmosphere, and that it comes down in our rainwater, and it kills off a certain amount of living organisms in the soil? If it were not for this peroxide, the earthís surface would be putrid from bacterial overgrowth. What weíre trying to say is that peroxide is a wonderfully natural, beneficial molecule.

This is not to say that peroxide cannot be harmful. Humans can tolerate just so much of the stuff, and thatís why you should have peroxide treatments only from a well-trained physician.

Possible Side Effects

There are some POTENTIAL side effects to IV peroxide therapy. We say potential because, in truth, we hardly ever see undesirable side effects. But we want you to know about them. We may give you peroxide treatments, but we must follow all the rules and regulations for doing experimental medicine. Foremost is that you be fully informed about what weíre about to do, and that includes understanding potential side effects.

1. The most common side effect is vein inflammation, right where the IV is going in your arm. There can be pain, and if it occurs, thereís little to do except change the location of the needle. If you have a big vein, such as in the elbow crease thatís a great place to place the IV. The bigger the vein, the less likely any discomfort. Magnesium is added to the IV and this reduces the likelihood of any pain also.

2. You can get a red streak up your arm, starting right where the needle is inserted. There are two kinds of red streaks. One kind of streak is completely harmless and goes away within 20 minutes of finishing the IV. The other red streak means that the vein is getting inflamed, and weíve got to change the needle insertion.

3. A few people get a chest sensation, with a shortness of breath feeling after the infusion has been running for a while. It was thought that this was oxygen bubbling off in the lungsÖ but thatís not so. We donít know what causes this sensation, but we know that itís okay to continue the infusion. We prefer to slow down the infusion, or discontinue it, if youíve had most of the treatment.

4. Another side effect is chills. You can feel a little chilly because peroxide can throw off your body temperature regulation for a short while.

5. The next side effect is called a Herxheimer Reaction, also called a die-off reaction. Actually, itís a good sign, but you donít think so when itís happening. If youíve got a lot of candida (a yeast) or a lot of infection, when the peroxide kills the yeast, your body will react to the dead, disintegrating yeast until it is eliminated from the body. You can have chills, nausea, body aches, weakness and headaches during this time. It can happen following one, two, or three treatments, and then it ceases. You canít predict in whom it will happen. If you get a Herxheimer Reaction, why not look on the bright side, your candida or infection is on the way out! You are about to feel better.

6. Finally, because peroxide intensifies the anti coagulant action of the drug Coumadin, the doctor has to reduce the Coumadin dose if youíre taking it.

Thatís pretty much the downside of peroxide therapy.

Question: If there was nothing wrong with you, and you took peroxide therapy for no obvious disease or condition, would it be harmful? Absolutely not! It would act like a tune-up to your body.

Will insurance or Medicare pay? NO! Paying for large numbers of expensive surgeries and procedures has financially depleted most medical insurance companies, including Medicare.