HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (H2O2)
The dramatic advances over the past 50 years in medical science’s understanding of physiology and in its ability to monitor disease states are so profound that it is now possible to achieve a better grasp of how Light Therapy works. In turn, this provides better insight into various physiological processes as well as an opportunity to fine-tune the therapy and apply it to new indications. This allows Medical Science to achieve significantly better results than the pioneers of UVBI were able to achieve or even dreamed of achieving.
We know that without oxygen for more than a few minutes, serious consequences follow. Without oxygen, we die very quickly. Breathing oxygen is an oxidative process. There can be no life if oxidation does not occur. The body uses oxidation as the first line of defense against bacteria, virus, yeast and parasites. When we use the principals of oxidation to bring about improvements in the body, it is called a therapy, herein referred to as Oxidative Therapy.
Most biochemical reactions in the body are “Balanced” through “Redox” mechanisms. Redox means (red)duction (ox)idation. Anytime a substance is reduced (chemically changed), something else must be oxidized (chemically changed the other way) for the reactions to stay in balance. As an example, oxidation is the process that causes rust on metals (slow oxidation) or fire (rapid oxidation). In the body, some types of oxidation are thought to be harmful by producing Free Radicals. (It is suggested people take Vitamin E, an antioxidant to help reduce Free Radical formation.) We know there can be no life if oxidation does not occur. Oxidation is the process through which the body converts sugar into energy. The body also uses oxidation as the first line of defense against bacteria, virus, yeast and parasites. Even breathing OXYGEN is an oxidative process. Without OXYGEN for more than a few minutes, serious consequences follow. Without oxidation, we die very quickly. When we use the principals of oxidation to bring about improvements in the body, it is called a therapy, herein referred to as Oxidative Therapy.
A number of substances are known to cause oxidation in the body but the most important of these is Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2). Although a natural substance made in the body, it is still considered a drug when used in Oxidative Therapy. Hydrogen Peroxide, when exposed to your blood or other body fluids, containing the enzyme CATALASE, is chemically split into OXYGEN and water. Remember how Hydrogen Peroxide foams when you put it on 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 to the tissue.
This therapy is administered as follows: 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 to 3 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 about once a week in chronic illness, but can be given daily in patients with acute illness such as pneumonia or flu.
Physicians may recommend 1 to 20 treatments depending on the condition of the patient and the illness being treated. The patient is rechecked in 1 to 3 months to evaluate the benefit and determine if additional treatments may be necessary. Some patients, especially with chronic illness, may need to take follow up treatments in series of 5 to 10 treatments, or may need maintenance indefinitely on a regular monthly schedule. Several patients have been administered as many as 50 treatments without complications. An experienced physician must decide how many treatments are necessary in your individual case.
Over the past 50 years, hundreds of patients have received Hydrogen Peroxide without serious side effects. Early use of Hydrogen Peroxide was reported 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.
Oxidative therapy, using Hydrogen Peroxide, has been reported in scientific literature and by physicians in the treatment of many conditions or diseases, with varying degrees of success.
Physicians from around the world constantly share knowledge and experience and the list of uses for Oxidative Therapy is growing everyday. Since Hydrogen Peroxide is a natural substance produced and used in body chemistry, there will be discoveries about its importance in biochemistry for years to come.