Knowing the Health Advantages of Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is one of the simplest chemicals in chemistry. You can easily remember its chemical formula being written as H2O2. Thus, it actually looks like a water molecule with an extra oxygen atom but the addition of an extra O makes a lot of difference. It was the French chemist Louis Jacques Thenard that first reported the chemical in 1818. It was discovered that this peroxide was produced naturally when water droplets mixed with ozone (O3) in the high parts of the atmosphere. Rainwater containing traces of the peroxide has been collected during thunderstorms as corroborated by studies. As a result, scientists believe that the compound may occur naturally and may be present in minute quantities in lakes and streams. In fact, animals produce small amounts of this compound to destroy pathogenic microorganisms.

Although you cannot drink this peroxide, you may find out that some water supplies contain safe doses of the chemical. For instance, water systems in Europe contain some hydrogen peroxide (also known as hydrogen dioxide). The compound may form during the introduction of ozone as part of water disinfection. The production of the peroxide sterilizes drinking water by destroying viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other harmful microorganisms. Some experts say that you can find the peroxide chemical in fruits and vegetables that you eat and it comes from rainwater. Did you know that rainwater with traces of hydrogen dioxide is better absorbed by plants? This compound gives the body more oxygen which is vital for metabolism. Coming across health benefits from a peroxide chemical is a little bit strange for many people because the chemical is known for its limited applications in humans. The only thing we know about it is that it can be used as a mouthwash and antiseptic. No hygienic or healthful purposes have been popularly documented about this compound, but writings about health benefits of ingestion of hydrogen dioxide exist. You don’t need to make your own dilution of this peroxide because you can get a healthy supply from fruits and vegetables which get their peroxide stock from rainwater.

Hardly ever that hydrogen dioxide comes as a pure chemical because it is usually accompanied by water. In fact, the pure substance may dissociate eventually to water and oxygen gas. Thus, you can successfully dilute the solution by letting it stand in the open. Concentrated solutions boil well above a hundred degrees Celsius and freeze below zero degree. It is known as a combustible or flammable substance but it can react violently with combustible materials. While it may be volatile if exposed in air or contaminants, it can display stability under controlled conditions.

As earlier mentioned, small amounts of this compound in water can be a good antiseptic, bleach, oxidizer, and laboratory chemical. Household grade of this compound is a 3% solution which is the one you find in first aid kits as a wound rinsing agent.

We know that this peroxide destroys bacteria but what we don’t know is that it discriminates between good and bad bacteria. According to proponents of hydrogen peroxide therapy, this chemical kills anaerobic bacteria which are usually the disease-causing type. Anaerobes cannot thrive in oxygen rich environments. Proponents of the so-called peroxide therapy have looked into the possible benefits of peroxide enema which is the introduction of peroxide solution into the colon via a tube that drains the fluid into the rectum. There have also been suggestions of introducing a safe concentration of the peroxide into the body orally or intravenously. However, all such suggestions have been turned down by the medical society due to likelihood of adverse effects. Some medical scientists believe that the antiseptic peroxide is present in the body but as a waste product and not as an essential nutrient for cells. This debate on the safety of peroxide therapy shall go on for years to come.

Safely Using 35% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide for Ailments

The use of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide (FGHP) is starting to gain popularity. The biggest mistake I see is that people are running to the drugstore or the department store and grabbing a bunch of this stuff off of the shelf to use internally.

The peroxide you find at the drugstore is full of little nasty additives that you do not want floating around in your system.

Internal use of standard drugstore hydrogen peroxide is very harmful to your body. This practice can cause short and long term effects.

If you make the decision to use 35% FGHP internally, you must obtain a food grade hydrogen peroxide. By acquiring 35% food grade HP, you can dilute the liquid strength and it will last longer.

I bring my own solution down to a 3.0-3.5% solution by mixing ½ Tablespoon (that’s ½ of an ounce) to just a little over 5 ounces of distilled water. Using tap water will basically diminish the usefulness of the solution. The H2O2 will use all of its punch just cleaning up the dirty water. My internal solution is diluted even more before use. I mix four to ten drops (depending on what I’m battling) into four to eight ounces of distilled water.

I use this solution in dark glass bottles with eye droppers and atomizers for inhalation into the lungs. The latter is great for shortening the duration of a cold or flu. In fact, sometimes it stops it before it even gets started. I use the eye dropper to accurately measure drops into clean water for ingestion.

While controversial, food grade hydrogen peroxide is credited in treating colds, flus, internal infections, cysts, acne, and cancer. More people are looking to the substance for a myriad of home remedies. The results are satisfactory enough to keep researching this chemical.

Here’s a list of hydrogen peroxide “do’s and do not’s” I follow as a general rule:

1. Never use store purchased HP internally
2. Never use internally less than two hours after eating
3. Always wait at least one hour after ingesting HP to eat anything
4. Avoid fats, Vitamin C, and iron before taking internally
5. Do use it as a bath soak. External use doesn’t react with what you eat
6. The internal use of hydrogen peroxide raises blood pressure generally. Be aware of this before you take an internal dose.

As I’ve stated before, I am not a doctor. I am not giving you any medical advice. I am only telling you what I have done. Please research this subject completely using all of the medical resources at your disposal before beginning this or any medical protocol.

The Changing Role of Hydrogen Peroxide in Disinfection

Many people believe hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is most often or commonly used as a disinfectant. But that simply isn’t the case. Looking at peroxide use in industry, the highest volume users are textile, paper and pulp producers.

And, while peroxide is used as an algaecide and decontaminant in applications from water gardens to commercial aquariums and aqua culture farms, it has not been a major player in medical, disaster or other disinfection applications for many decades.

Happily, all of that is beginning to change as this non toxic, environmentally friendly and non polluting chemical compound begins to provide new answers for difficult questions.

Medical equipment sterilizing has been done using toxic gases or high heat for many years. The problems with these methods include exposure to carcinogenic compounds and gases, inability to sterilize sensitive equipment, heat damage, and more. In the 1990′s a new medical equipment sterilizing system was introduced by a California company using H2O2 as the sterilizing agent.

Additionally, new research (circa 2004 and since) has proved the efficacy of using hydrogen peroxide in dental sterilizing procedures. While your dentist may use hydrogen peroxide to bleach your teeth, chances are, he or she is not using it to clean their equipment, yet… But that too is beginning to change as more dentists and health professionals seek ways to avoid toxicity and over exposure to strong disinfectants which do not break down easily in the environment or in human beings.

The really exciting news about the latest research with hydrogen peroxide disinfection comes not from the medical community, but from the front lines of environmental disaster response in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

New research has now proven that H2O2 in combination with copper and certain resins can effectively eliminate contaminants from flood water samples taken from New Orleans in the months after Katrina struck.

This research, sponsored by the National Science Foundation has opened a new avenue of discovery and exploration using hydrogen peroxide and various catalysts which “super charge” the oxidizing properties of hydrogen peroxide without producing toxic side effects.

It is the reactive nature of hydrogen peroxide in relationship with certain metals which makes this all possible.

So, as it turns out, the “problem” of H2O2 reaction to specific metals in water or in the environment, has proven to be a solution for the decontamination of flood waters after major disasters.

This new application, while still in its early testing and application stages could lead the way to whole new areas of application for hydrogen peroxide as the oxidizing properties and reactive nature of H2O2 are put to work specifically within controlled conditions to effect specific outcomes.