Peroxide ( H2O2 ): Oxygen Therapy
This document is designed to explore the experimental combination of colloidal silver and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as a possible means to improve the effectiveness of colloidal silver. It also includes some general information about the use of H2O2 for human health.
his landmark book, Body Electric, Dr. Robert O Becker documents the
re-discovery of silver for use in modern medicine. As well as demonstrating
silver's antibacterial properties, Dr. Becker discovered that silver
ions have the potential to eliminate cancerous cells. View our overview of Dr.
Robert O. Becker's research conclusions,
and then explore our document on silver iontophoresis.
In his landmark book, Body Electric, Dr. Robert O Becker documents the re-discovery of silver for use in modern medicine. As well as demonstrating silver's antibacterial properties, Dr. Becker discovered that silver ions have the potential to eliminate cancerous cells.
View our overview of Dr. Robert O. Becker's research conclusions, and then explore our document on silver iontophoresis.
Hydrogen Peroxide ( H2O2 ) Therapy
Hydrogen peroxide therapy, as well as other oxygen-based treatments, is rapidly gaining in popularity within the alternative medicine community. Mounting evidence suggests that H2O2 properly utilized holistically effects the body; it acts as a catalyst for various needed body processes as well as directly reducing anaerobic bacterial infections. H2O2 oxidizes body waste products and diseased tissue. It has been shown to dissolve calcium and cholesterol deposits in the body, and it stimulates peroxidase production. Oxygen content in the blood and tissues increases with oral and IV use, and hydrogen peroxide stimulates the body's enzyme systems as well. Even so, the effects of hydrogen peroxide in the body are wide,varied and still not completely understood.
One of the greatest benefits of using Hydrogen Peroxide for therapy is that it falls in the natural treatments category. H2O2 breaks down as H2O ( water ) + O-, completely nontoxic. Hydrogen Peroxide is not a foreign agent introduced into the body. In fact, H2O2 is produced within the body in cellular and other key metabolic reactions.
The greatest concern with use is the powerful oxidation which results in the explosive liberation of the extra oxygen molecule. This effect can be safely managed by varying the H2O2 concentration in any solution used. However, not everyone is in agreement that hydrogen peroxide therapy is safe when used orally.
Opponents of hydrogen peroxide therapy claim that usage results in organ and tissue damage. They believe that using H2O2 increases any and all conditions associated with free radicals in the body. Delving into this subject, at present, is outside the scope of our work. If one is unfamiliar with H2O2 use, then the best suggestion is to research both sides of the issue thoroughly before using it internally.
For internal use, a USP "food grade" 35% hydrogen peroxide is recommended, although ALL caution MUST be used when handling H2O2 in concentrations above 12%. For external use, a standard 3% store purchased solution is fine, and in reality there is no direct evidence that the commonly sold 3% solution cannot be used orally. Please remember that a 35% H2O2 solution is HIGHLY caustic and should be stored in a safe freezer, clearly labeled and out of the reach of children.
The 35% solution MUST always be diluted when used internally. Three drops of H2O2 per six to eight ounces of water is starting point that is often suggested, although our approach is far more conservative.
In particular, hydrogen peroxide administered by an MD intravenously has been reported to be extremely effective in the treatment of emphesyma.
H2O2 and Colloidal Silver
Colloidal silver combined with Hydrogen Peroxide is quickly proving to be an effective combination. This combination can be used in oral, IV and external treatments. Please keep in mind that IV treatments should be considered highly experimental and should only be performed by an experienced medical staff.
Adding hydrogen peroxide to a completed batch of colloidal silver atomizes and ionizes any metallic silver particles remaining in the solution. If enough hydrogen peroxide is used, the end result is a product with little if any actual silver particle content.
This process is readily observed by careful attention to the tyndall effect before, during, and after the H2O2 addition and subsequent reaction. Although we have demonstrated that once all of the silver particle content is ionized, some hydrogen peroxide can stabilize in the colloidal silver, it is generally considered that the H2O2 content has a relatively short shelf life. Our experience to date suggests that the greatest action ( in the treatment of readily accessible infections ) occurs within 5 - 30 minutes of combining the hydrogen peroxide with the colloidal silver, during the period where the catalyst reaction produced by the H2O2 is still occuring.
Increased bioavailability is likely one of the results of the hydrogen peroxide ( H2O2 ) colloidal silver combination. It is possible that that the reaction between silver and H2O2 results in an actual delivery mechanism that increases adsorption of silver directly into tissues that come in direct contact with the colloidal silver. However, this is only one possible explanation for the increased effectiveness.
According to Water and Science Technology, Volume 31 5-6, a 1:1000 solution of colloidal silver to H2O2 increased the efficacy of colloidal silver by up to 100 times under some circumstances ( which remain unknown ) against bacteria. This indicates that an extremely small amount of colloidal silver with hydrogen peroxide is beneficial, and we see no reason to believe that the opposite is not true, in that extremely small amounts of H2O2 and colloidal silver were used in the study.
High H2O2 / colloidal silver strengths can be used externally with fine results. A 3% H2O2 colloidal silver solution can be mixed and used as an excellent disinfectant and water treatment method, and can be used as a skin cleanser/conditioner for healthy skin tissues.
Hydrogen peroxide as an addition to colloidal silver is not very well documented although the mechanisms at work are. Two treatment philosophies prevail:
1) Using colloidal silver to augment H2O2 therapy. A small amount of colloidal silver is added to an H2O2 solution. It is wise to dilute the H2O2 down to the desired concentration, and then add the colloidal silver to the end solution. Then, one uses this end solution as one normally would in H2O2 therapy ( but NOT for use in inhalation therapy ). Adding three drops of a 35% H2O2 solution to six to eight ounces of water for internal use, as previously mentioned, is the standard recommended starting point ( see section below for more information ). For external use and for use as a mouthwash, the 3% end solution need not be diluted. The H2O2/colloidal silver external solution is EXCELLENT to treat ear conditions and infections that use the inner ear as an "incubation chamber". CAUTION: A 3% H2O2 solution created from colloidal silver is much more reactive than a standard 3% H2O2 solution. If one has experienced chronic ear or other tissue infections, unpleasantness can be avoided by using a 1.5% dilution. Simply take the 3% end solution, and dilute it further.
2) Using H2O2 to augment colloidal silver therapy. Adding small amounts of H2O2 to a final colloidal silver batch prior to use both enhances the colloidal silver and provides the benefits associated with hydrogen peroxide use. All dosage levels for hydrogen peroxide should be tailored to personal tolerance levels and used with informed caution.
The amounts of hydrogen peroxide to use will depend on the type and quality of colloidal silver. The higher the particle content, the more hydrogen peroxide will need to be used. Peroxide strips can be purchased to measure the end PPM of hydrogen peroxide.
When using colloidal silver and H2O2 internally, it is extremely important to hold the solution in the mouth for at least 60 seconds, or longer, to avoid the famed stomach upset that is sometimes associated with hydrogen peroxide therapy. Doing so will prevent any discomfort associated with use.
H2O2 as used in the mouth may cause discomfort and tissue damage considering any actual lesions located in the mouth ( as apposed to more common infections ). In such a case, it is wise to start with a very diluted solution.
There are many unique protocols combining the use of silver and hydrogen peroxide. For example, Dr. John Apsley (while doing research with research with the Immunogenic Research Foundation) developed a very interested IV protocol. After administering a silver hydrosol by IV, an H2O2 drip was then administered, which reactived "used" silver still in the bloodstream.
Uses for Silver and H2O2
Used in Inhalation Therapy
ALL CAUTION must be used when considering using H2O2 combined with colloidal silver delivered directly into the lungs. The danger lies in the commonly held belief that few adverse effects are possible. This conclusion has been drawn based on the fact that many people use dilutions as high as 3% hydrogen peroxide with no ill effects.
However, certain conditions in the lungs can cause extremely harmful and potentially lethal reactions. Furthermore, less noticeable reactions are possible that have long term implications on health.
Smokers and individuals who have used prescription and nonprescription drugs delivered into the lungs are well advised to seriously reconsider H2O2 inhalation therapy used with silver. Upon entering the lungs, the oxidation reaction dislodges and delivers some substances directly into the bloodstream. In the case of smokers, this results in a possible extreme nicotine overdose that can cause heart failure.
Both substances, when used responsibly, can be used for inhalation therapy, but we do not recommend using both together. Remember that you can power a race car with H2O2 and silver; the reaction is very explosive, and under the wrong circumstances, can be very harmful in the lungs.
Furthermore, certain anaerobic bacterial conditions in the lungs can also spark an intensified H2O2 / silver reaction causing possible extreme damage to lung tissues themselves. Again, the danger is that these conditions are not prevalent, and it is easy for one to be lulled into false sense of safety, thereby putting others at uniformed risk.
Even with H2O2 inhalation therapy alone, a new user would be very wise to start slowly and build up to a therapeutic dose.
Taking the High Road - Benefit without Risk
Despite the unknown and varied nature of H2O2, the possible profound benefits from using the H2O2 and colloidal silver combination cannot be ignored. On the other hand, reckless disregard for consequences in search of a quick fix is seldom wise. Patience, perseverance and caution are certainly called for, and on an individual to individual basis.
Although the following suggestions contradict most of the mainstream information presented by very well qualified oxygen-based therapy researchers, they have been developed with the idea: First and foremost, cause no harm!
Approaching any type of H2O2 therapy with an extremist philosophy is not necessary. Careful thought about what one is trying to accomplish will lead to extremely wise choices.
If one is attempting to treat a chronic and very severe condition ( such as emphysema, diabetes II, hepatitis, HIV... ) the best recommendation is to approach H2O2 therapy through a qualified doctor that can administer IV treatment. Through education, such a doctor would be quick to experiment with and thus recognize the benefits associate with colloidal silver as a part of the H2O2 protocol.
However, if one is considering H2O2/CS as health advancing substance and to augment one's natural immune system, then the following suggestions may prove to be an excellent starting point.
Internal Use: Start with one drop of a 3% H2O2 and CS solution added to ten ounces of water. This results in a .0007% end solution. At this dilution, one will avoid the unpleasant side effects often associated with H2O2 when taken orally. The H2O2 IS still active at this concentration. While there is no solid data on the benefits of such a solution, it will become evident to the observant user that the hydrogen peroxide / colloidal silver combination does indeed act as a catalyst, inducing a metabolic reaction in the body. The operative idea is to slowly correct the bacterial balance in the digestive system without risking unpleasant side effects. A user may then increase the amount of H2O2 used to tolerance, or simply maintain the drinking water supply at this level.
External Use: As previously mentioned, a 3% H2O2 colloidal silver solution is an excellent topical mixture for healthy skin tissues. However, with sensitive skin, damaged skin, wounds, or otherwise blemished skin, the 3% mixture is too strong ( unless one is attempting to arrest an infection that is out of control ). While hydrogen peroxide does not react strongly with healthy skin, the oxidation that occurs when H2O2 comes in contact with bacteria can damage the underlying tissue and significantly slow the healing process. When using colloidal silver, only a small of H2O2 need be used to achieve good results. The operative idea is to include just enough to maintain an increased colloidal silver potency and oxidize diseased tissues, without the severe reaction that slows the healing process. We are currently working on some dosage suggestions, and they will be posted after further experimentation.
Nebulizer / Humidifier Use: All caution must be applied when using H2O2 delivered directly into the lungs. We are currently trying to identify the safest effective starting point, and will post further information as it is available.
We currently have one program online that simplify calculating accurate hydrogen peroxide mixtures Use the hydrogen peroxide dilution calculator form to calculate the end strength based on the amounts of H2O2 and distilled water/CS used. The form is versatile and may be used for many calculations as it includes choices for units of measure and gives a PPM result.
Creating Highly Oxygenated and Safe Drinking Water
Creating a highly oxygenated water is a very simple and safe task. By harnessing the reaction between silver and H2O2, activated oxygen (O -) can slowly and consistantly be made in drinking water.
On page 105 of the book "Upon a Clay Tablet, Volume I", in a chapter entitled "Not all Water is Created Equal", the author describes a method involving the addition of one teaspoonful of 10 PPM colloidal silver to five gallons of purified water. Then, as little as two drops of 35% H2O2 is added to the five gallons of water.
Even this small amount of hydrogen peroxide and silver is enough to fully oxygenate the five gallons of water. The amount of H2O2 in the water is negligble and decreases with time as it reacts with the silver. The amount of silver used in the water is also negligible and well within the drinking water limits established by the EPA. The H2O2 content is nowhere near strong enough to have a potentially dangerous oxidizing reaction in the body.
Hydrogen Peroxide ( 35% Food Grade ) - Food grade hydrogen peroxide, 35%.
For individuals that would like a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide but don't want to work with the more dangerous 35%, here is a convenient source for 12% H2O2: Hydrogen Peroxide 12%
Another source for 8% Food Grade H2O2: H2O2 - 8%
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