OXIDATION AND OXYGENATION IN HEALTH AND DISEASE
by: Farr, Charles, Ph.D., M.D.
Dr. Farr is a research pioneer in the therapeutic use of intravenous hydrogen peroxide. He has authored 31 scientific publications and was one of the speakers at the very first international conference of bio-oxidated medicine
in Dallas in 1989. Since 1929, hydrogen peroxide has been reported to kill bacteria, parasites, yeast, protozoa, inhibit viruses and oxidize immunal complexes. According to Dr. Farr, hydrogen peroxide is an essential metabolite necessary to life processes. His major interest in recent years has been in free radical bio-chemistry. In an effort to publicize the validity of hydrogen peroxide therapy to physicians, he formed the International Bio-oxidative Medicine Foundation, an international non-profit foundation which teaches physicians about these new therapies. About 25 countries around the world send doctors to these conferences. Unfortunately, there have not been any doctors from Canada yet.
We have the best medicine in the world when it comes to accidents, gun shot wounds, acute types of injuries, but when it comes to chronic illness, most of us physicians fail. The body is a living mechanism, and it requires certain things in order to function. I am sure you are aware that oxygen is the most important nutrient there is. Without oxygen, you live only a few minutes.
OXIDATION VERSUS OXYGENATION
Hydrogen peroxide is a very small molecule. It is water and oxygen. Your body needs both, oxygen and water. In every cell in your body, except one, you have catalase. When hydrogen peroxide comes in contact with catalase, the catalase breaks it down and produces oxygen and water. Because of its simplicity, it diffuses, passes right on through things. The enzyme catalase in the blood converts the hydrogen peroxide into oxygen and water, but the catalase is not used up and the blood is not used up. That's typical of the enzyme reaction.
It is very important that you understand the difference between oxidation and oxygenation. Oxidation is the transfer of electrons. In your body, molecules have electrons going around in a state of balance, just like the planets in the solar system which revolve and are kept in balance by gravitational forces. If we remove Mars from our solar system, the whole universe would have difficulty in trying to rebalance itself. Think of those planets as being electrons. In your body, if an electron is removed from an atom, it is like an atom bomb going off; that is a free radical. Vitamin C becomes a free radical on degradation. One of the principle effects of vitamin C is the production of hydrogen peroxide - it increases your body's ability to produce hydrogen peroxide.
When we breathe oxygen, that's oxygenation. What is the problem when you have chronic diseases? You are not getting an adequate flow of blood obviously. What is in the blood? Oxygen and nutrients. So hydrogen peroxide therapy is an effort to deliver oxygen for the purpose of oxygenation, not oxidation.
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE RESEARCH
The intravenous injection of hydrogen peroxide was first described in scientific literature in 1920 by Oliver in the British medical journal, Lancet. This physician had a number of patients dying of influenza and pneumonia. The death rate for influenza and pneumonia was 80% back in 1919. He rationalized that these people were dying because they could get enough oxygen into their lungs. He injected hydrogen peroxide in the vein. He had to improvise because this took place in India where they didn't have oxygen tanks and tents in the hospitals, so he had to improvise. He took only hopeless people who were going to die. He treated 25 cases, and 13 recovered. That reduced the death rate from 80% down to 48%. That is pretty great. He cut the death rate in half. He made some very interesting observations. He said that hydrogen peroxide in the blood releases oxygen. But there is not enough oxygen in those few drops of hydrogen peroxide to create this marvellous recovery. So he concluded that since it is an oxidizer, it must burn up the poisons, the toxins. That probably was what saved their lives.
There is no secret about the way hydrogen peroxide works. There are 6,000 or more scientific documents available about hydrogen peroxide that have been conducted at major universities throughout the world. These are all peer reviews. Some are good, some are bad. Most of them are intra-arterial, meaning hydrogen peroxide is injected into an artery. Most of the studies were interested in the oxidizing ability of hydrogen peroxide to open up a blood vessel that is clogged up and dissolve the cholesterol. Their results showed that it indeed opened up the vessels and dissolved the plaque deposits. These studies also found that the oxygen saturation of biological fluids using hydrogen peroxide is independent of pulmonary function. In other words, the lungs can be stopped up, but you can still absorb the oxygen from the vein. You don't need the oxygen absorption from the lungs in order to get it from the vein.
When hydrogen peroxide is injected in the vein, it goes out to the extremities, comes back in the veins and right back into the heart, then goes from the heart through the lungs, and out through the circulation again. The hydrogen peroxide starts breaking down and releasing oxygen, and bubbles are released in the blood. When we measured the oxygen coming out, we did not find an increase of oxygen. If you have a lot of oxygen going in and much less coming out, you have a very high metabolic rate, because that oxygen is being converted into energy. You are burning up the carbohydrates. If you have the same amount of oxygen coming out as going in, you would be dead. In this case, the metabolic rate increases significantly.
There is also a dilation of the blood vessels. When hydrogen peroxide is infused the effect on the blood vessels is rather remarkable. The cerebral arteries dilate. and believe me, this is good for headaches. Migraines and vascular headaches can be relieved in a few minutes. People who are having transient strokes improve also. I have had people coming into the office literally in the process of having a stroke. They are practically unconscious. We hook them up to the hydrogen peroxide, and an hour or two later, they walk out feeling fine.
We have found that the effect of hydrogen peroxide on the blood vessels is indirect . It dilates the blood vessels, but when we take the lining off the blood vessels there is no effect, which tells us that the effects of hydrogen peroxide in the body are directly on the lining of the blood vessels which in turn stabilizes the acetylcholine and that causes the vasoconstriction and dilation effects.
FREE RADICALS, THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND HEALING
In the 6,000 research articles on hydrogen peroxide, 4,000 of these concern free radical chemistry. Every cell in the body with the exception of one, produces hydrogen peroxide. So the idea that hydrogen peroxide is extremely dangerous because it produces free radicals is both true and false. This depends on both concentrations and conditions. When we give hydrogen peroxide in the vein, we administer it in very very small amounts, and our intention is to destroy weak cells. The body's efforts will be duplicated, and the immune system will also be stimulated. For normal metabolism in the body, it is necessary for every cell to produce hydrogen peroxide, your white cells in particular. It's the body's natural way to heal. The body produces hydrogen peroxide specifically to kill weak cells. When you have infections such as viral, bacterial, parasitic, fungal, your white cells engulf the invaders and squirt them with hydrogen peroxide. That is the way it kills them. Without hydrogen peroxide, your body would be defenseless. This is a normal, natural process. Hydrogen peroxide stimulates T-helper cells. Oxidated T-helper cells cause you to produce gamma interferon. That is not bad stuff. It helps support the cell and make it work harder, increases its activity five times. Hydrogen peroxide produced by the cells kills bacteria. Viruses, yeast and parasites can be inhibited or destroyed if they do not produce catalase. Some species of bacteria produce catalase which blocks the breakdown of hydrogen peroxide. That is why some infections clear right up and some of them don't.
Free radicals are important in destroying cells. When you expose blood cells, hydrogen peroxide kills a lot of them. Does this sound like a good thing? Do you think your old sick cells get well? No. When a cell becomes ill, nature destroys it, absolutely. If you want to get well, you have to get rid of sick cells, and in doing that you stimulate the growth of healthy cells. So health really is a process of death and replacement.
Q: Can you take it orally?
A: I don't recommend it for a very simple reason. When hydrogen peroxide is present, and you have iron and fatty acids present, you have a furnace of free radicals being formed. It is a very dangerous situation. The laboratory studies on animals have proved this without a doubt. You know that hydrogen peroxide drops in water is horrible tasting stuff, and the more you take it, the sicker you get. You'll reach a point where you can't stand it any more. That's because your free radical production is really great.
Q: How quickly does it cure cancer?
A: There is no reason to think that hydrogen peroxide will work in cancer. I have never seen it happen. Cancer is not a disease. It is a modification of a healthy process. That is why there is so much difficulty in trying to treat it.
If you are interested in hydrogen peroxide therapy, regardless of where you may be in the world, you may call 1-817-481-9772 in Dallas, Texas, and they will direct you to a doctor in your area.