by Dr. David G. Williams
PEROXIDE -- CURSE OR CURE?
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Dr. David G. Williams discusses the merits of intravenous administration and
oral consumption of hydrogen peroxide therapy.
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When it comes to hydrogen peroxide therapy there
seems to be only two points of view. Supporters consider it one of the greatest
healing miracles of all time. Those opposed feel its ingestion is exceptionally
dangerous, and only the foolhardy could think of engaging in such behavior.
Before either condemning or endorsing hydrogen peroxide, let´s take a real close
look at what we´re dealing with.
If any substance is interesting, it´s hydrogen
peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide should really be called hydrogen dioxide. Its
chemical formula is H2O2. It contains one more atom of oxygen that does water
By now everyone´s aware of the ozone layer that
surrounds the earth. Ozone consists of three atoms of oxygen (03). This
protective layer of ozone is created when ultraviolet light from the sun splits
an atmospheric oxygen molecule (02) into two single, unstable oxygen atoms.
These single molecules combine with others to
form ozone (03). Ozone isn´t very stable. In fact, it will quickly give up that
extra atom of oxygen to falling rainwater to form hydrogen peroxide (H202).
(Bear with me: all this chemistry mumbo jumbo I´m going through actually will
help you understand the importance of hydrogen peroxide.)
It is this hydrogen peroxide in rainwater that
makes it so much more effective than tap water when given to plants. With the
increased levels of atmospheric pollution, however, greater amounts of H202
react with air-borne toxins and never reach the ground.
To compensate for this, many farmers have been
increasing crop yields by spraying them with diluted hydrogen peroxide (5 to 16
ounces of 35% mixed with 20 gallons of water per acre).
You can achieve the same beneficial effect with
your house plants by adding 1 ounce of 3% hydrogen peroxide (or 16 drops of 35%
solution) to every quart of water you give your plants. (It can also be made
into an excellent safe insecticide. Simply spray your plants with 8 ounces of 3%
peroxide mixed with 8 ounces of white sugar and one gallon of water.)
Hydrogen peroxide is odorless and colorless, but
not tasteless. When stored under the proper conditions, it is a very stable
compound. When kept in the absence of light and contaminants, it dismutates
(breaks down) very slowly at the rate of about 10% a year.
(This can be slowed even further by storing the
liquid in the freezer.) It boils at 152 degrees C and freezes at minus 2 degrees
When exposed to other compounds hydrogen peroxide
dismutates readily. The extra oxygen atom is released leaving H20 (water). In
nature oxygen (02) consists of two atoms--a very stable combination.
A single atom of oxygen, however, is very
reactive and is referred to as a free radical. Over the past several years,
we´ve continually read that these free radicals are responsible for all types of
ailments and even premature aging. What many writers seem to forget, however, is
that our bodies create and use free radicals to destroy harmful bacteria,
viruses, and fungi.
In fact, the cells responsible for fighting
infection and foreign invaders in the body (your white blood cells) make
hydrogen peroxide and use it to oxidize any offending culprits.
The intense bubbling you see when hydrogen
peroxide comes in contact with a bacteria-laden cut or wound is the oxygen being
released and bacteria being destroyed. The ability of our cells to produce
hydrogen peroxide is essential for life. H202 is not some undesirable by-product
or toxin, but instead a basic requirement for good health.
Newer research indicates we need hydrogen
peroxide for a multitude of other chemical reactions that take place throughout
For example, we now know that vitamin C helps
fight infections by producing hydrogen peroxide, which in turn stimulates the
production of prostaglandins.
Also lactobacillus found in the colon and vagina
produce hydrogen peroxide. This destroys harmful bacteria and viruses,
preventing colon disease, vaginitis, bladder infections and a host of other
common ailments. (Infect Dis News Aug.8,91:5).
When lactobacillus in the colon or vaginal tract
have been overrun with harmful viruses, yeast, or bacteria, an effective douche
or enema solution can be made using 3 tablespoons of 3% H202 in 1 quart of
distilled water. Keep in mind, however, that a good bacterial flora must always
be re-established in theses areas to achieve lasting results.
While we are discussing enemas and douches, there
is another misconception about H202 I need to address. The friendly bacteria in
the colon and vagina are aerobic. In other words, they flourish in high oxygen
environments and thrive in the presence of oxygen rich H202.
On the other hand, most strains of harmful
bacteria (and cancer cells) are anaerobic and cannot survive in the presence of
oxygen or H202.
We can agree that hydrogen peroxide produced
within individual body cells is essential for life. And no one doubts its
effectiveness when it comes to treating infections topically. The controversy
deals with ingesting the substance orally or introducing it into the body
The dispute has been going on for decades, and
considering the attitude of our medical community, it will continue for many
more decades to come.
I´ll admit I was skeptical when I first learned
about using H202 orally or intravenously. This healthy dose of skepticism,
however, lead to a great deal of investigation, clinical work and
experimentation. And while I realize a large majority of readers will probably
never be convinced that H202 is a safe and effective compound, I am. Hydrogen
peroxide is safe, readily available and dirt cheap. And best of all, it works!
No one yet fully understands the complete
workings of hydrogen peroxide. We do know that it is loaded with oxygen. (A pint
of the food-grade 35% solution contains the equivalent of 130 pints of oxygen.
A pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide found at the local
drugstore contains 10 pints of oxygen. And a pint of the 6% solution used to
bleach hair contains 20 pints of oxygen.) We also know that when H202 is taken
into the body (orally or intravenously) the oxygen content of the blood and body
tissues increases dramatically.
Early researchers felt these increases were
simply due to the extra oxygen molecule being released. This doesn´t however,
appear to be the case.
Only very diluted amounts of H202 are ever
introduced into the body. The small amount of oxygen present couldn´t be solely
responsible for the dramatic changes that take place. Dr. Charles Farr, a strong
proponent of intravenous use, has discovered another possible answer.
Dr. Farr has shown that hydrogen peroxide
stimulates enzyme systems throughout the body. This triggers an increase in the
metabolic rate, causes small arteries to dilate and increase blood flow,
enhances the body´s distribution and consumption of oxygen and raises body
temperature (Proceedings of the International Conference on Bio-Oxidative
Medicine 1989, 1990, 1991).
We are just beginning to learn exactly how H202
works. It was reported to work as far back as 1920. The English medical journal,
Lancet, then reported that intravenous infusion was used successfully to treat
pneumonia in the epidemic following World War I. In the 1940´s Father Richard
Willhelm, the pioneer in promoting peroxide use, reported on the compound being
used extensively to treat everything from bacterial-related mental illness to
skin disease and polio.
Father Willhelm is the founder of
"Educational Concern for Hydrogen Peroxide" (ECHO, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to educating the public on the safe use and therapeutic
benefits of hydrogen peroxide.)
Much of the interest in hydrogen peroxide waned
in the 1940´s when prescription medications came on the scene. Since that time
there has been little economic interest in funding peroxide research. After all,
it is dirt cheap and non-patentable.
Even still, in the last 25 years, over 7,700
articles relating to hydrogen peroxide have been written in the standard medical
journals. Thousands more, involving its therapeutic use, have appeared in
alternative health publications. The number of conditions helped by hydrogen
peroxide is astounding. The reported dangers and side effects are few and often
Let´s look at several conditions that seem to
respond especially well to H202 therapy. First, keep in mind that there are two
methods of administering the peroxide-orally and intravenously. While most
conditions respond remarkably to oral ingestion, emphysema is one condition in
which intravenous infusion can be a godsend.
Emphysema involves destruction of the alveoli
(the small air sacs in the lungs). Although chemical fumes and other irritants
can cause the destruction, it is most often the result of smoking. As the
disease progresses, the patient finds it more and more difficult to breathe.
A wheel chair and supplemental oxygen become
necessary as the disease progresses. Lack of adequate oxygen reaching the
tissues forces the heart to pump more forcefully. This leads to high blood
pressure, enlargement of the heart itself and eventually heart failure.
Conventional medicine offers little help for
emphysema. There is no cure. The best that can be hoped for is symptomatic
relief and the prevention of any serious complications that might result in
death. H202 therapy can offer more.
Using 1 ounce of 35% peroxide per 1 gallon of
non-chlorinated water in a vaporizer improves nighttime breathing tremendously.
But intravenous infusion holds the real key to relief. It has the ability to
cleanse the inner lining of the lungs and restore the ability to breathe.
We continue to hear the same story from Dr. Farr
and others who use intravenous infusion for emphysema and congestive lung
problems. Within minutes oxygen from hydrogen peroxide begins to bubble up
between the membrane lining the lungs sacs and the accumulated mucus. (Dr. Farr
refers to this as the "Alka-Seltzer effect.")
The patient begins to cough and expel the
material that has accumulated in the lungs. The amount of bubbling, coughing,
and cleansing can be regulated by simply turning the H202 on and off.
As the peroxide clears the lung surface and
destroys the bacterial infections, the patient regains the ability to breath
more normally. We continue to receive reports from patients for whom the
technique has improved breathing so much that a wheelchair and supplemental
oxygen are no longer needed.
If you would like to find a doctor in your area
trained in the use of intravenous H202 infusion, contact the International
Bio-Oxidative Medicine Foundation (IBOM), P.O. Box 13205, Oklahoma City, OK
73113 at (405) 478-4266. They can provide names and addresses of doctors using
the procedure in your area.
If emphysema were the only ailment successfully
treated with H202 therapy, it would still rank as one of the top health
discoveries of all time. Fortunately, H202 works wonders on a multitude of
health problems. It does so by increasing tissue oxygen levels. A closer look at
how we have decreased the availability of external and internal oxygen, will
show you just how important this can be.
If you were not too occupied with trying to hide
dissection specimens in the other student´s desks, you might remember from
elementary science courses that our atmosphere contains about 20% oxygen. That
is under ideal circumstances.
It has recently been reported that in many of our
more polluted cities, there levels have dropped to around 10%! (I have already
mentioned how less hydrogen peroxide-containing rain is reaching the earth´s
With increased pollution it is reacting with
airborne toxins before it even reaches the ground.) And everyone, by now, knows
the oxygen-generating rain forests are being destroyed worldwide, which further
reduces available oxygen. Internal oxygen availability is also under attack.
Chlorination of drinking water removes oxygen.
Cooking and over-processing of our foods lowers their oxygen content.
Unrestrained antibiotic use destroys beneficial oxygen-creating bacteria in the
Dr. Johanna Budwig of Germany has shown that for
proper cellular utilization of oxygen to take place, our diets must contain
adequate amounts of unsaturated fatty acids. Unfortunately, the oils rich in
these fatty acids have become less and less popular with the food industry.
Their very nature makes them more biologically
active, which requires more careful processing and gives them a shorter
shelf-life. Rather than deal with these challenges, the food industry has turned
to the use of synthetic fats and dangerous processes like hydrogenation.
It´s obvious that our oxygen needs are not being
met. Several of the most common ailments now affecting our population are
directly related to oxygen starvation. Asthma, emphysema, and lung disease are
on the rise, especially in the polluted metropolitan areas.
Cases of constipation, diarrhea, intestinal
parasites and bowel cancer are all on the upswing. Periodontal disease is
endemic in the adult population of this country. Cancer of all forms continues
to increase. Immune system disorders are sweeping the globe. Chronic fatigue,
"Yuppie Flu" and hundreds of other strange viral diseases have begun
Ironically, many of the new "miracle"
drugs and nutritional supplements used to treat these conditions work by
increasing cellular oxygen (oftentimes through H202 formation). For example, the
miracle nutrient, Coenzyme Q10, helps regulate intercellular oxidation.
Organic germanium, which received considerable
publicity not too long ago, also increases oxygen levels at the cellular level.
And even substances like niacin and vitamin E promote tissue oxidation through
their dilation of blood vessels.
Hydrogen peroxide is only one of the many
components that help regulate the amount of oxygen getting to your cells. Its
presence is vital for many other functions as well.
It is required for the production of thyroid
hormone and sexual hormones. (Mol Cell Endocrinol 86;46(2): 149-154) (Steroids
82;40(5):5690579). It stimulates the production of interferon (J Immunol
85;134(4):24492455). It dilates blood vessels in the heart and brain (Am J
Physiol 86;250 (5 pt 2): H815-821 and (2 pt 2):H157-162). It improves glucose
utilization in diabetics (Proceedings of the IBOM Conference 1989, 1990, 1991).
The closer you look at hydrogen peroxide, the
less surprising it becomes that it can help such a wide variety of conditions.
The following is only a partial listing of
conditions in which H202 therapy has been used successfully. (Many of these
conditions are serious, if not life-threatening. As always, I would highly
recommend seeking the advice and guidance of a doctor experienced in the use of
Altitude Sickness Herpes Simplex
Alzheimer´s Herpes Zoster
Anemia HIV Infection
Asthma Insect Bites
Bacterial Infections Liver Cirrhosis
Bronchitis Lupus Erythematosis
Cancer Multiple Sclerosis
Candida Parasitic Infections
Cardiovascular Disease Parkinsonism
Cerebral Vascular Disease Periodontal Disease
Chronic Pain Prostatitis
Diabetes Type 11 Rheumatoid Arthritis
Diabetic Gangrene Shingles
Diabetic Retinopahty Sinusitis
Digestion Problems Sore Throat
Epstein-Barr Infection Ulcers
Emphysema Viral Infections
Food Allergies Warts
Fungal Infections Yeast Infections
GRADES OF HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
Hydrogen peroxide is available in various
strengths and grades.
3% Pharmaceutical Grade:
This is the grade sold at your local drugstore or supermarket. This product is
not recommended for internal use. It contains an assortment of stabilizers which
shouldn´t be ingested. Various stabilizers include: acetanilide, phenol, sodium
stanate and tertrasodium phosphate.
6% Beautician Grade:
This is used in beauty shops to color hair and is not recommended for internal
30% Reagent Grade:
This is used for various scientific experimentation and also contains
stabilizers. It is also not for internal use.
30% to 32% Electronic
Grade: This is used to clean electronic parts and not for internal use.
35% Technical Grade:
This is a more concentrated product than the Reagent Grade and differs slightly
in that phosphorus is added to help neutralize any chlorine from the water used
to dilute it.
35% Food Grade: This
is used in the production of foods like cheese, eggs, and whey-containing
products. It is also sprayed on the foil lining of aseptic packages containing
fruit juices and milk products. THIS IS THE ONLY GRADE RECOMMENDED FOR INTERNAL
USE. It is available in pints, quarts, gallons or even drums. Various suppliers
are mentioned later in this article.
90%: This is used as an oxygen source for rocket
Only 35% Food Grade hydrogen peroxide is
recommended for internal use. At this concentration, however, hydrogen peroxide
is a very strong oxidizer and if not diluted, it can be extremely dangerous or
even fatal. Any concentrations over 10% can cause neurological reactions and
damage to the upper gastrointestinal tract.
There have been two known fatalities in children
who ingested 27% and 40% concentrations of H202.
Recently, a 26 month old female swallowed one
mouthful of 35% H202. She immediately began vomiting, followed by fainting and
respiratory arrest. Fortunately, she was under emergency room care and although
she experienced erosion and bleeding of the stomach and esophagus, she survived
the incident. When she was re-examined 12 days later, the areas involved had
healed (J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 90;28(1):95-100).
35% Food Grade H202 must be 1) handled carefully
(direct contact will burn the skin--immediate flushing with water is
recommended). 2) diluted properly before use. 3) stored safely and properly
(after making a dilution the remainder should be stored tightly sealed in the
One of the most convenient methods of dispensing
35% H202 is from a small glass eye dropper bottle. These can be purchased at
your local drugstore. Fill this with the 35% H202 and store the larger container
in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator until more is needed. Store the
eye dropper bottle in the refrigerator.
The generally recommended dosage is outlined in
the chart below. The drops are mixed with either 6 to 8 ounces of distilled
water, juice, milk or even aloe vera juice or gel. (Don´t use chlorinated tap
water to dilute the peroxide!)
The program outlined is only a suggestion, but it
is based on years of experience, and reports from thousands of users. Those who
choose to go at a slower pace can expect to progress more slowly, but that
certainly is an option. The program is not carved in stone and keep in mind that
it can be adapted to fit individual needs.
Individuals who have had transplants should not
undertake an H202 program. H202 stimulates the immune system and could possibly
cause a rejection of the organ.
Day # Number of Drops Times Per Day
1 - 3 3
2 - 4 3
3 - 5 3
4 - 6 3
5 - 7 3
6 - 8 3
7 - 9 3
8 -10 3
9 -12 3
10 -14 3
11 -16 3
12 -18 3
13 -20 3
14 -22 3
15 -24 3
In most situations after the above 21 day
program, the amount of H202 can be tapered off gradually as follows:
25 drops once every other day for 1 week
25 drops once every third day for 2 weeks
25 drops once every fourth day for 3 weeks
This can then be reduced to between 5 and 15
drops per week based on how one feels.
Those with more serious problems will often
benefit from staying on 25 drops three times a day for one to three weeks, then
tapering down to 25 drops two times daily until the problem is resolved
(possibly as long as six months).
Those with chronic systemic Candidiasis may need
to start with 1 drop three times a day, then 2 drops three times a day before
starting the above schedule.
It is important that H202 be taken on an empty
stomach. This is best accomplished by taking it either one hour before meals or
three hours after meals. If there is food in the stomach, the reaction of H202
on any bacteria present may cause excess foaming, indigestion, and possibly even
Additionally, some animal research indicates that
when H202 given orally combines with iron and small amounts of vitamin C in the
stomach, hydroxyl radicals are created (J Inorg Biochem 89;35(1):55-69).
The bleach-like aftertaste of H202 can be
lessened by chewing one of the sugar-free cinnamon gums.
Some individuals taking H202 immediately before
bedtime have a difficult time getting to sleep. This is probably due to a sense
of alertness triggered by an increase of oxygen at the cellular level.
The oral dosage schedule is basically the same
for all conditions. There are several points to keep in mind, however.
Some individuals may experience upset stomach. If
this occurs it is recommended that one not stop the program, but rather remain
at the current dosage level or reduce it to the previous level until the problem
stops. (Some patients have been able to solve the nausea problem by taking three
or four lecithin capsules at the same time they take the H202.)
During the program it´s not uncommon to
experience what is known as a healing crisis. As dead bacteria and toxins are
released from your body it may temporarily exceed your capacity to eliminate
them quickly enough.
In some individuals this overload may cause
fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, skin eruptions, cold or flu-like symptoms, and/or
nausea. One should not discontinue using the peroxide to stop this cleansing. By
continuing the program, toxins will clear the body sooner and this healing
crisis will pass rather quickly.
If you are not already taking vitamin E and an
acidophilus product, I recommend starting them before going on H202. Vitamin E
can make more efficient use of any oxygen available and acidophilus will help
re-establish the beneficial bacterial flora in the lower bowel and also help in
the internal production of hydrogen peroxide.
Making and Using 3% Solutions of
A 3% solution can be made quite easily by first
pouring 1 ounce of 35% H202 into a pint jar. To this add 11 ounces of distilled
water. This will make 12 ounces of 3% H202. 3% H202 has a variety of medicinal
Three tablespoons mixed with a quart of
non-chlorinated water makes a good enema or douche formula.
It can be used full strength as a mouthwash or
mixed with baking soda for toothpaste.
It can be used full strength as a foot bath for
athlete´s foot. (Diabetics have found relief from circulation problems by
soaking their feet in 1 pint of 3% peroxide mixed with 1 gallon of warm,
non-chlorinated water for 30 minutes nightly.)
A tablespoon added to 1 cup of non-chlorinated
water can be used as a nasal spray. Depending on the degree of sinus
involvement, one will have to adjust the amount of peroxide used. I have seen
some who can use it at the full 3% strength and others who had difficulty with
using a few drops and mixed with a cup of water.
3% H202 can be added to pets drinking water at
the rate of 1 ounce per quart of non-chlorinated water. Sick cattle reportedly
benefit from 1 pint (of 3%) to each 5 gallons of water. (Chickens and cows have
remained healthy by using 8 ounces of 35% H202 per 1,000 gallons of drinking
There are two sources you should contact if you
have an interest in using hydrogen peroxide therapy. The first, ECHO, was
founded by Father Richard Willhelm and is run by Walter Grotz. Their information
packet includes a sample newsletter, a list of H202 distributors and several
other items. The packet is being made available to interested ALTERNATIVES
readers for only $3. Their address is ECHO Box 126, Delano, MN 55328
If you have an interest in contacting doctors who
provide intravenous hydrogen peroxide therapy you can write to the International
Bio-Oxidative Medicine Foundation (IBOM) at the address listed earlier in this
You should also be aware that there are now
numerous hydrogen peroxide products on the market. Some are simply peroxide that
has been flavored and mixed with sea minerals, aloe vera, inner tree bark or
other ingredients to make the peroxide more palatable (Superoxy, Oxy Toddy,
Others claim to have developed products that
deliver more oxygen than does simple hydrogen peroxide (Aerox, Anti-Oxid-10,
Di-Oxychloride, Aerobic 07, Aqua Pure, etc.). Basically you´ll end up paying a
small fortune and at best achieving the same results you can get for pennies by
using hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide is one of the few simple
miracle substances still available to the public. Its safety and multiple uses
ranks it right up there with DMSO. If you´ve never used either of these
compounds you are overlooking two of the most powerful healing tools ever
Most of us started on hydrogen peroxide shortly
after birth. Not only does mother´s milk contain high amounts of H202, the
amount contained in the first milk (colostrum) is even higher. This seems only
reasonable now that we know one of its main functions is to activate and
stimulate the immune system.
Although I am a strong supporter of H202 therapy,
I am not suggesting that everyone needs to be using it. There are probably some
individuals whose health and well-being would not be enhanced with hydrogen
peroxide. But there are also millions of others who are suffering needlessly
because they either do not know about hydrogen peroxide or they have been
misinformed about its use.
The above copyrighted article
has been reprinted with permission from Mountain House Publishing, P.O. Box 829,
Ingram, TX 78025. It appeared in a recent issue of the health newsletter,
ALTERNATIVES ($39.00/yr. 12 issues). Subscription information and/or a sample
issue can be obtained by writing to the above address.