Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy

What is Oxidation?

Most biochemical reactions in the body are balanced through redox mechanisms. Redox means reduction-oxidation. Anytime a substance is reduced (chemically changed) something else must be oxidized so that the reactions stay in balance. As an example, oxidation is the process that causes rust (slow oxidation) or fire (rapid oxidation). In the body, some types of oxidation are thought to be harmful by producing free radicals. We know there can be no life if oxidation does not occur. Oxidation is the process through which the body converts sugar into energy. Even breathing oxygen is an oxidative process. When we use the principal of oxidation to bring about improvements in the body, it is called a therapy, referred to as Oxidative Therapy. 

 

 

What Drugs are Utilized in Oxidative Therapy?

A number of substances are known to cause oxidation in the body but the most important of these is hydrogen peroxide. Although a natural substance made in the body, it is still considered a drug when used in Oxidative Therapy. Hydrogen Peroxide, when exposed to blood or other body fluids containing the enzyme catalase, is chemically split into oxygen and water. Remember how hydrogen peroxide foams when it is put into a wound? The foam is oxygen being produced by the action of catalase on the hydrogen peroxide. A small amount of hydrogen peroxide can supply large amounts of oxygen in the tissue. 

Is Oxidation Therapy a New Form of Treatment?

Injections of hydrogen peroxide are not new. The intravenous use  of hydrogen peroxide was first reported by Dr. T.H. Oliver in Lancet, the British Medical Journal, in 1920. Patients with influenza pneumonia were treated with hydrogen peroxide infusions with very good results. The use of hydrogen peroxide injections to generate oxygen in the body has been studied at many major medical research centers throughout the world. Today, between 50 and 100 scientific articles are published each month about the chemical and biological effects of hydrogen peroxide. More recently, the "Therapeutic Use of Intravenous Hydrogen Peroxide" was reported by Charles H. Farr, M.D. Ph.D., at the International Medical Symposium in Czechoslovakia attended by representatives from 26 different countries. Oxidative Therapy, as introduced by Dr. Farr, is the rediscovery of an old treatment first reported in 1920. 

How Does the Treatment Work?

There are many theories regarding the different functions of hydrogen peroxide in the body. There is also a great deal of scientific material to support every one of them. Hydrogen peroxide is produced in the body in different amounts for different purposes. It is part of a system that helps you use the oxygen you breathe; it is part of a system that helps your body regulate all living cell membranes. It is necessary for your body to produce several hormonal substances, such as; estrogen, progesterone, and thyroxin. It is important in the regulation of blood sugar and the production of energy in all cells. It helps regulate certain chemicals necessary to operate the brain and nervous system. In the immune system it is used in the defense system of the body to kill bacteria, virus, yeast, and parasites. Scientists are discovering that the function of hydrogen peroxide in the body is far more complex and important than previously realized. 

How is This Therapy Administered?

Weak, very pure hydrogen peroxide (0.0375% or lower concentration) is added to a sugar or salt-water solution, the same as used for intravenous feeding in hospitals. This is injected in doses from 50 to 500 ml into a large vein, usually in the arm, slowly over a period of 1-2 hours, depending on the amount given and the condition of the patient. It is painless, excluding the very small needle stick. Treatments are usually given once a week in chronic illness, but can be given daily in patients with acute illness, such as pneumonia or flu.

Physicians may recommend anywhere from 1 to 20 treatments, depending on the condition of the patient and the illness being treated. The patient is rechecked usually in 1 to 3 months to evaluate the benefit and to determine whether additional treatments may needed.  As many as 50 treatments have been administered to patients without complications. An experienced physician must decide how many treatments are necessary in each individual patient.

What About the Safety or Side Effects of This Therapy?

Over the past 50 years, hundreds of patients have received hydrogen peroxide therapy without reported serious side effects. Early use of hydrogen peroxide was noted to occasionally cause irritation of the vein being infused. This troublesome side effect was eliminated after the concentration and rate of infusion were adjusted downward. The IBOM (International Boardof Oxidative Medicine) Foundation publishes and distributes an official protocol on the proper administration of hydrogen peroxide. Any licensed physician may administer this therapy. However, the IBOM Foundation recognizes only trained and experienced physicians. Interested physicians may write the IBOM Foundation for information regarding training seminars.

Is This Therapy Expensive?

The expense of this treatment is relative to each patient's unique conditions and needs. Persons with chronic diseases pay thousands of dollars annually to physicians, pharmacies, and hospitals for drugs and therapies that do little more than maintain them at their current level of sickness. If oxidative therapy could save you half to three-quarters of your current expenses, would you consider it expensive? The expense of any therapy varies more with the type of illness than the type of therapy. Persons with serious complicated illnesses require more costly tests to diagnose and monitor them than do patients with less complicated illnesses. Much of today's medical cost is in the testing rather than treatment. Don't be afraid to ask your physician, in advance, about cost. 

What Conditions Does Oxidative Therapy Treat?

Heart & Blood Vessel Diseases                                   

  • Cardiovascular Disease                                                      

  • Bronchiectasis

  • Coronary Spasm (Angina)

  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (Poor Circulation)

  • Vascular and Cluster Headaches

  • Cerebral Vascular Disease (Stroke/Memory)

 

Infectious Diseases

  • Influenza

  • Herpes Zosters (Shingles)

  • Herpes Simplex (Fever Blister)

  • Systematic Chronic Candidiasis (Candida)

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Epstein-Barr)

  • HIV/AID Infections

  • Acute and Chronic Viral Infections

  • Chronic Unresponsive Bacterial Infections

  • Parasite Infections

 

Miscellaneous 

  • Parkinsonism

  • Alzheimer's

  • Chronic Pain Syndrome

  • Pain of Metastatic Carcinoma

  • Migraine Headaches

  • Blood and Lymph Node Cancers

  • Temporal Arteritis

  • Raynaud's Syndrome

  • Heart Arrhythmia

  • Gangrene of fingers and toes

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Lung)

  • Cardioconversion (Heart Stopped)

Pulmonary Diseases

  • Asthma (Allergy, Lung)

  • Chronic Bronchitis

  • PCP (Pneumonia in AIDS)

 

Immune Disorders

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Diabetes Mellitus Type I and II

  • Hypersensitive Persons 

Oxidative therapy using hydrogen peroxide has been reported in scientific literature and by physicians in the treatment of the following conditions or diseases, with varying degrees of success: 
 

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