Reprinted from the ECHO Newsletter Published by: ECH2O2 Inc. P.O. Box 126 Delano, MN 55328 HYDROGEN PEROXIDE FACTS Kurt W. Donsbach, D.C., N.D., Ph.D. There have been many incorrect statements regarding the ingestion of hydrogen peroxide and now, magnesium peroxide. I would like to address these so that you as a patient will not be misled and stop using a potentially beneficial product. Myth #1 : Any of the peroxides destroy friendly bacteria in the gut and require that you reintroduce fresh bacteria constantly if you are using the peroxide on a regular basis. The proof offered was that when you put hydrogen peroxide into a yogurt culture, the resultant yogurt was weak and watery. FACTS: THE FRIENDLY BACTERIA IN THE GUT ARE AEROBIC, MEANING THEY LIVE AS AN OXYGEN-USING ORGANISM. If you want the opinion of the bible of bacteriology, check this out in Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology or Clinical Diagnosis By Laboratory Methods by Todd & Sanford. The addition of extra oxygen to the yogurt culture could have altered other factors in the milk used in the culture, rather than destroying the lactobacillus. The reference used by the writer was conspicuously lacking bacteria counts before and after the addition of the hydrogen peroxide! The truth is you help, not hinder, lactobacillus with H2O2. Myth #2 : Oral ingestion of hydrogen peroxide promotes the growth of various viruses, including what has been called the EBV virus, the HIV virus and others. FACTS : HYDROGEN PEROXIDE IS CAPABLE OF DESTROY EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THESE VIRUSES IN LABORATORY TESTS. This does not necessarily mean that the same action occurs in the body, but it is a pretty good indicator. THE MOST IMPORTANT FACT REGARDING THIS ALLEGATION IS NOT WHETHER OR NOT HYDROGEN PEROXIDE KILLS OR STIMULATES A VIRUS, BUT HOW HYDROGEN PEROXIDE IS HANDLED BY THE BODY WHEN IT IS ABSORBED FROM THE GUT, What actually occurs is that the instant hydrogen peroxide crosses the intestinal barrier and enters the blood stream, the enzyme catalase splits the compound into water and free radical oxygen. This takes one molecule of catalase for every 10,000 molecules of hydrogen peroxide and uses up about 1/10,000 of a second. In approximately another 1/10,000 of a second you will see one free radical oxygen (01) join another free radical oxygen to form stable oxyg en (02). Since this all takes approximately 1/5,000 of a second, when does the hydrogen peroxide have time to enter the circulatory channels and end up in the T cells where the HIV virus proliferates? Obviously it doesn't. THIS IS ALSO THE ANSWER TO THE CLAIM THAT FREE RADICAL OXYGEN WILL CAUSE CELLULAR DAMAGE. THE FREE RADICAL OXYGEN HAS AN EXTREMELY SHORT LIFE IN THE BLOOD STREAM ONLY AND NEVER GETS CLOSE TO CELLS !