Thursday, January 3, 2008

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) Tidbits!

You would think that extra inspired oxygen, which is almost routine in hospitals with severely ill patients, would enhance hydrogen peroxide therapy and therefore, oxygen consumption. After all, peroxide converts to oxygen, so more oxygen should be even better.

It doesn't seem to work that way, and the oxygen by nasal cannula or face mask may be doing more harm than good. It seems to interfere with the "respiratory burst" (is sometimes called oxidative burst) is the rapid release of reactive oxygen species (superoxide radical and hydrogen peroxide) from different types of cells.

Most of us drink coffee in the morning becasue it makes us feel good. But it's not jsut the caffeine that gives the boost. Roasting coffee beans gives them the hydrogen peroxide generating system. Prepared in the ususal manner, coffee will produce seven hundred fifty micrograms of H2O2. The longer it sits, the more peroxide it produces for up to twenty-four hours! I always said coffee wasn't so bad.

Peroxide may be the greatest breakthrough for brain tumors. Surgery destroys brain tissues and chemotherapy for brain neoplasms is just plain quackery. Neuroblastoma cells, a virulent brain cancer, were inhibited by H2O2 in lab expirements. For some reason, the addition of copper to peroxide increases the lethality of peroxide on bacteria by three thousand-fold. It would be interesting to give a little copper with peroxide in a case of severe infection.

An indication that peroxide therapy may help luekemia patients. Patients with leukemia had a seventy percent reduction in H2O2 production by their white blood cells. Maybe cancer is a perioxide deficiency.

I came across with a statement: "Negligence at best and malpractice at worst not to use hydrogen peroxide in urinary drainage bags following surgery". Catheters in the bladder are notorious for causing infection. The bacteria multiply in the drainage bag and migrate up the tube into the bladder. This bacterial invasion can lead to many complications including bacteremia and death. I often wondered if this was the reason of my mentor/bestfriend's death - he was with a catheter after a kidney surgery. He passed away a month after he was discharged from the hospital.

Studies have shown that the addition for thirty milliliters of three percent H2O2 to the collection bag will keep the urine bacteria-free for eight hours. If you are facing surgery and will need a catheter, ask your doctor if he/she orders peroxide for the collection bag.

Hydrogen perioxide has led the way, but modern science may have produced something even better. The japanese have invented a blood substitute called Flusol that may replace H2O2 therapy. Flusol is being used experimentally for cancer radiation therapy in place of peroxide.

No other chemical compound comes even close to hydrogen peroxide in its importance to life. H2O2 is involved in all of life's vital processes. It is truly the wonder molecule. The cells in the body that fight infection, called granulocytes, produces H2O2 as a first line of defense against every type of invading organism ---parasites, viruses, bacteria and yeast. The presence of this amazing substance is required for the metabolism of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. It must be present for the immune system to function properly.

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