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A single atom of oxygen, however, is very reactive and is referred to as a free radical. Over the past several years, we've continually read that these free radicals are responsible for all types of ailments and even premature aging. What many writers seem to forget, however, is that our bodies create and use free radicals to destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
In fact, the cells responsible for fighting infection and foreign invaders in the body (your white blood cells) make hydrogen peroxide and use it to oxidize any offending culprits. The intense bubbling you see when hydrogen peroxide comes in contact with a bacteria-laden cut or wound is the oxygen being released and bacteria being destroyed. The ability of our cells to produce hydrogen peroxide is essential for life. FG-H2O2 is not some undesirable by-product or toxin, but instead a basic requirement for good health.
Originally posted by YourForever Just what does an extra oxygen molecule have to do with the immune response?
The immune system is fortitifed with nutrients not rocket fuel.
Hydrogen Peroxide is known the break down viruses, bacteria, and fungi. When in contact, HP will change the structural make-up and create oxygen and water molecules. All other components would be removed from the compound. After removing H and O molecules from a compound, the complete structure of the virus, bacteria, or fungi would be destroyed and therefore, as a whole, die off.
I'll drink plenty of water & eat vegetables as I try to find out which food(s) trigger allergic-reactions in my body.
Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy
Basic overview of hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a liquid made up of two atoms of hydrogen and two of oxygen (H2O2). As a molecule, it is similar in structure to water (H2O), but less stable. It readily breaks down into water and oxygen when placed in contact with something it can react with. For example, if you pour hydrogen peroxide on a wound you will see a fizzle similar to bubbles that appear when soda pop is poured into a glass. Those bubbles on the wound are oxygen.
Hydrogen peroxide is not only found at the drug store...it is also produced in the human body by cells of the immune system, for example. These cells (eg. neutrophils) make H2O2 to combat infection during the inflammatory process. Hydrogen peroxide kills cells by disrupting/destroying their cell membranes. This is a non-specific process. In other words, H2O2 can, and does cause harm to the human body. The biochemistry of hydrogen peroxide is complex and widely researched. It is an essential molecule for our survival. However, our bodies are pretty smart; they use this reactive molecule under controlled conditions to prevent damaging normal structures. As a liquid, hydrogen peroxide is used in conventional western medicine and alternative medicine to treat patients. In conventional medicine, it is mixed with sterile water and used topically (on the skin) to wash infected or dirty wounds. It is also an ingredient of dental whitening kits and strips. Several links below will connect the reader to Harper's Biochemistry Textbook on-line version. There are a few chapters that will help better understand this simple, yet complex molecule.
I must report on this promising therapy, as so many physicians and patients have given me good tidings from its use. What is probably not so well known by the general public, and many practicing physicians, is that hydrogen peroxide has been used for more than a century, the abstracts of articles published from 1966 through 1988 alone reaches 2" high when printed on 8-1/2"X11" paper.
Before scoffing, keep in mind that one of the very first lines of defense against any and all microorganisms recognized as invaders by our immunological system are macrophages and leucocytes, one of which uses hydrogen peroxide to oxidize the foreigners; and that vitamin C is effective principally by its ability to promote hydrogen peroxide use against foreign invaders, including parasites, viruses, bacteria, yeast/fungus; and that all body tissues contain catalase and that hydrogen peroxide in the presence of catalase is reduced to oxygen and water. So, there is strong reason to believe that added hydrogen peroxide, used properly, may be both effective against certain organisms and safe.