How Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide Helps COPD and Emphysema
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, COPD, is a very common lung diseases that makes it difficult to breathe, can cause chronic bronchitis, and includes the illness emphysema. Smoking is usually the cause for this condition; however, exposure to certain gases or fumes at work or heavy amounts of secondhand smoke and pollution can also contribute. COPD’s symptoms include coughing, fatigue, respiratory infections, shortness of breath, and wheezing.
COPD vs. Emphysema
COPD is the umbrella term covering conditions like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The difference between COPD and emphysema is based on severity. People with emphysema have COPD that has progressed causing permanent damage to the lungs. The lung damage with emphysema is deep in the lungs, damaging the alveoli and preventing oxygen from being absorbed into the blood. The alveoli move mucus and debris out of the lungs and also move carbon dioxide out of the blood stream, ridding the body of waste gasses. When these alveoli are damaged they lose their elasticity and their ability to move oxygen into the body supporting all major organs and their proper functioning, hence the shortness of breath. The heart is forced to pump vigorously, leading to high blood pressure and even heart failure.
At best, conventional medicine provides relief from the symptoms of emphysema and prevents serious complications associated with the illness. Conventional treatment includes:
- Inhaled steroids
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Supplemental oxygen
- Lung volume reduction
- Lung transplant
These conventional treatments have side effects including:
- Lowered immune system
- High blood sugar
- Weight gain
- Easy bruising
- Reduced bone density
- Muscle breakdown and weakness
- Adrenal insufficiency
- Yeast infection in mouth
- Muscle cramps
- Slow uterine contractions
How Does Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide Help?
Medical researcher, biochemist and chiropractor, Dr. David G. Williams believes that H2O2 therapy can offer more benefits than traditional medicine with less side effects,
“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.”
Oxygen from the hydrogen peroxide bubbles in the lining of the lungs, removing the mucus and debris accumulated and the patients coughs it up. The peroxide cleans the surfaces of the lungs and kills any bacterial infections present. This improves breathing and in some cases oxygen therapy and wheelchair use are no longer needed.
A History of H2O2 Therapy
This is not a new idea. During the 60s, Dr. Charles H. Farr, often referred to as the “Father of Oxidative Medicine” discovered the curing abilities of hydrogen peroxide, specifically through intravenous use. Dr. Farr presents his case for intravenous infusions of hydrogen peroxide as follows:
“Its ability to oxidize almost any physiologic or pathologic substance, in addition to producing increased tissue and cellular oxygen tensions, has proven it to have therapeutic value… Because of its importance in regulating multiple metabolic functions, hydrogen peroxide could best be described as the ‘Master Regulating Molecule’ of the body.”
Dr. Farr confirmed his theory by giving intravenous H2O2 to patients with “Type A/Shanghai influenza” in a study during the winter of 1989–1990. Twenty of the patients treated with H2O2 only missed 0.25 days from work, whereas the control group lost two entire work days. Dr. Farr recommended H2O2 therapy as treatment in the following:
- Herpes zoster
- Asthmatic reactions
- Epstein-Barr virus
- Type II diabetes
- Vascular disease
- Chronic pain
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Toxic dementia
- Migraine headaches
- Immune regulation
- Hypothyroidism to euthyroidism
- Remove atheromatous plaques
- Protect ischemic myocardium
- Convert ventricular fibrillation
- Abort an impending stroke
- And destroy tumorous cells
Through his extensive research, he found intravenous infusion of hydrogen peroxide to be, “an important therapeutic tool for every physician” without any signs of toxicity or side effects to note. Dr. Farr founded the International Bio-Oxidative Medical Foundation (IBOMF) and the International Oxidative Medicine Association (IOMA) to share his findings with others.
But H2O2 therapy dates back farther than this, as far back as the 1920s. Its use to treat the pneumonia epidemic after World War I was written in medical journals and in the 40s Father Richard Willhelm advocated the use of hydrogen peroxide to treat bacterial-related mental illness, skin disease, polio and more. He founded a non-profit organization to share his findings called, Educational Concern for Hydrogen Peroxide (ECHO), but as there wasn’t much financial gain in hydrogen peroxide therapy compared to that of prescription drugs which can be patented, its popularity fizzled out and little research on the topic is funded today even though its therapeutic uses are well documented.
H2O2: Increasing Tissue Oxygen Levels
It is common knowledge that our oxygen needs are not being met. Chlorinated water decreases our oxygen levels in our bodies. Processed food contains less oxygen to feed our organs. Antibiotic use, hydrogenation, and pollution all contribute to our body’s lack of available oxygen. It is also supported by years of research that the most common illnesses currently plaguing our society are directly correlated with oxygen deprivation including, but not limited to:
- Lung disease
- Intestinal parasites
- Bowel cancer
- Periodontal disease
- Cancer of all forms
- Immune system disorders
- And chronic fatigue
Dr. David G. Williams states, “hydrogen peroxide is one of the few simple miracle substances still available to the public.” Many other professionals agree that H2O2 therapy should be looked into and could very well be the “miracle” cure for many ailments because if its ability to oxidize. Unfortunately, current health care systems do not support funding peroxide research simply because big pharmaceutical companies can not capitalize on the sale of hydrogen peroxide as they can not patent a naturally occurring substance… yet.
This article was written by Kate Hunter. She enjoys organic gardening, whole food cooking, and following up on the latest health food news. Katie obtained B.A. in English with an emphasis on writing from Southern Oregon University and has been writing about nutrition, healthy living, cooking, and gardening for over nine years. She is a mother of three and spends her time baking, canning, growing and drying herbs, and reading food labels of course.