(NaturalHealth365) You probably have used hydrogen peroxide many times to treat mild external infections or treat minor cuts. But, ‘food-grade’ hydrogen peroxide actually has a number of additional benefits beyond first aid – although not all uses are recognized by the medical community.
Technically speaking, food grade hydrogen peroxide range from 8 to 35 percent solutions – which shouldn’t be confused with your typical drugstore varieties that get diluted down to about 3.5 percent.
Can food grade hydrogen peroxide help cancer patitents?
One of the most exciting potential uses for hydrogen peroxide, as well as one of the most controversial, involves its use as a cancer therapy. While hydrogen peroxide has not been recognized as a cancer treatment by the mainstream medical profession, there are alternative cancer treatment centers where it is being used.
The science behind its use stems from the fact that cancer cells behave in a similar fashion to (most) unwanted pathogens. They prefer consistently acidic environments of low oxygen and plenty of simple sugars. If the biological terrain is rich in oxygen and surrounded by plenty of antioxidants, cancer cells tend to have a poor survival rate.
How does hydrogen peroxide kill infections?
To understand why this occurs, it’s helpful to know that hydrogen peroxide is labeled as “singlet oxygen therapy,” meaning that when it comes into contact with other substances, it release a single atom of oxygen as a part of an oxidation reaction. Once this occurs, the remaining hydrogen peroxide breaks down into water or H2O – since it is now left with only a single oxygen atom for every two hydrogen atoms.
But that’s not all that is going on during the oxidative reaction. Once that singlet oxygen atom has been released and is roaming around the body, it remains extremely reactive, oxidizing or reducing the molecular structures of a range of contaminants, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, as well as attacking foreign proteins and parasites.
Best of all, hydrogen peroxide also has the ability to target diseased tissues.
What do cancer experts say about hydrogen peroxide?
It’s easy to understand why many believe food-grade hydrogen peroxide has a place in cancer treatment. In fact, some experts, like R. Webster Kehr, a researcher for the Independent Cancer Research Foundation goes so far as to say that food-grade hydrogen peroxide may kill cancer cells.
His conclusion is also based on the fact that cancer cells tend to multiply when little oxygen is available, but when exposed to oxygen repeatedly, the expansion of new cells is greatly hindered and the cells may even die, since it appears that cancer cells do not have the ability to break down the oxygen atoms in hydrogen peroxide.
One word of caution: do not try to self-medicate with hydrogen peroxide if you are a cancer patient. Doing so can lead to great harm or even death. Discuss the potential of incorporating hydrogen peroxide therapy into your cancer treatment with your primary doctor or cancer care specialist.
Hydrogen peroxide improves lung function
Just as it has been used to treat mild infections in the body, there is some evidence that highly diluted, food-grade hydrogen peroxide can also be used to break up mucous in the lungs and reduce some of the symptoms of emphysema.
Just an ounce of 35 percent concentrated hydrogen peroxide in a gallon of unchlorinated water can be used in a vaporizer every night. Hydrogen peroxide may also be administered intravenously. Before using hydrogen peroxide, discuss its use and your emphysema symptoms with your physician.
Is hydrogen peroxide useful in any other conditions?
Food-grade hydrogen peroxide therapy has also been used to treat other conditions, particularly those related to a lack of adequate oxygen reaching cells, such as asthma and allergies, as well as a laundry list of other ailments including diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease.
While most scientific research is lacking in the treatment of these ailments with hydrogen peroxide therapy, the ability of food-grade hydrogen peroxide to improve oxygen levels – at the cellular level – provide some basis for proving that such treatment may indeed work.