OxyFile #335


WHAT IS OXIDATIVE THERAPY?

Most biochemical reactions in the body are 'Balanced' through 
'Redox' mechanisms. Redox means (red)uction (ox)idation. Anytime a 
substance is reduced (chemically changed) something else must be 
oxidized (chemically changed the other way) for the reactions to 
stay in balance. As an example, oxidation is the process which 
causes rust on metals (slow oxidation) or fire (rapid oxidation). 
In the body, some types of oxidation is thought to be harmful by 
producing Free Radicals. (We also suggest people take Vitamin E, 
an antioxidant to help reduce Free Radical formation.) We know 
there can be no life if oxidation does not occur. Oxidation is the 
process through which the body converts sugar into energy.  The 
body also uses oxidation as the first line of defense against 
bacteria, virus, yeast and parasites. Even breathing OXYGEN is an 
oxidative process.  Without OXYGEN for more than a few seconds, 
serious consequences follow. Without oxidation we die very 
quickly. When we use the principals of oxidation to bring about 
improvements in the body, it is called a therapy, herein referred 
to Oxidative Therapy.


WHAT DRUGS ARE USED IN OXIDATIVE THERAPY? 

A number of substances are known to cause oxidation in the body 
but the most important of these is Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2). 
Although a natural substance made in the body, it is still 
considered a drug when used in Oxidative Therapy. Hydrogen 
Peroxide, when exposed to your blood or other body fluids, 
containing the enzyme CATALASE, is chemically split into OXYGEN 
and water. Remember how Hydrogen Peroxide foams when you put it on 
a wound? The foam is OXYGEN being produced by the action of 
catalase on the Hydrogen Peroxide. A small amount of Hydrogen 
Peroxide can supply large amounts of OXYGEN to the tissue. 


IS THIS A NEW FORM OF THERAPY? 

Injections of Hydrogen Peroxide are not new. The intravenous use 
was first reported by Dr. T.H. Oliver in Lancet, the British 
Medical Journal, in 1920. Patients with influenzal pneumonia were 
treated with Hydrogen Peroxide infusions with very good results. 
The use of Hydrogen Peroxide injections to generate OXYGEN in the 
body has been studied at many major medical research centers 
throughout the world. Research reports have come from Baylor, 
Yale, Harvard, UCLA, Boston, England, Japan, Germany, Sweden, 
Russia, Canada, Nova Scotia and other countries. Today, between 20 
and 100 scientific articles are published each month about the 
chemical and biological effects of Hydrogen Peroxide. More 
recently, the "Therapeutic Use of Intravenous Hydrogen Peroxide" 
was reported by Dr. C.H. Farr, M.D., Ph.D., at an International 
Medical Symposium in Czechoslovakia attended by representatives 
from 26 different countries. Oxidative Therapy, introduced by Dr. 
Farr, is the rediscovery of an old treatment first reported almost 
70 years ago. 


HOW DOES IT WORK IN THE BODY? 

There are many theories regarding the different functions of 
Hydrogen Peroxide in the body.  There is also a great deal of 
scientific material to support almost every one. Hydrogen Peroxide 
is produced in the body in different amounts for different 
purposes. It is part of a system which helps you use the OXYGEN 
you breathe. It is part of a system which helps your body regulate 
all living cell membranes. A hormonal regulator, it is necessary 
for your body to produce several hormonal substances such as; 
estrogen, progesterone and thyroid. It is important in the 
regulation of blood sugar and the production of energy in all 
cells. It helps regulate certain chemicals necessary to operate 
the brain and nervous system. It is used in the defense system of 
the body to kill bacteria, virus, yeast, and parasites. It is 
important in regulating the immune system. Scientists are 
discovering the function of Hydrogen Peroxide in the body is far 
more complex and important than previously realized. 


WHAT CONDITIONS ARE BEING TREATED WITH THIS THERAPY?

Oxidative therapy, using Hydrogen Peroxide, has been reported in 
the scientific literature and by physicians in the treatment of 
the following conditions or diseases, with varying degrees of 
success:


Heart and Blood Vessel Diseases 
* Peripheral Vascular Disease (Poor circulation)
* Cerebral Vascular Disease (stroke and memory)
* Cardiovascular Disease (heart disease) 
* Coronary Spasm (Angina) 
* Cardioconversion (heart stopped) 
* Heart Arrhythmias (irregular heart beat) 
* Gangrene of Fingers and Toes 
* Raynaud's Syndrome 
* Temporal Arteritis 
* Vascular and Cluster Headaches 


Pulmonary Diseases 
* Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (lung)
* Emphysema (lung disease) 
* Asthma (allergy, lung) 
* Bronchiectasis 
* PCP (Pneumonia in AIDS) 
* Chronic Bronchitis 


Infectious Diseases 
* Influenza 
* Herpes Zoster (shingles) 
* Herpes Simplex (fever blister) 
* Systemic Chronic Candidiasis (Candida) 
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Ebstein-Barr Virus) 
* HIV (AIDS) Infections 
* Acute and Chronic Viral Infections 
* Chronic Unresponsive Bacterial Infections 
* Parasitic Infections 


Immune Disorders 
* Multiple Sclerosis 
* Rheumatoid Arthritis 
* Diabetes Mellitus Type II 
* Hypersensitive Persons (Environmental and Universal 
     Reactors) 


Miscellaneous 
* Parkinsonism 
* Alzheimer 
* Migraine Headaches 
* Chronic Pain Syndromes (Multiple Etiologies)
* Pain of Metastatic Carcinoma 
* Blood and Lymph Node Cancers 


Physicians from around the world constantly share knowledge and 
experience and the list of uses for Oxidative Therapy is growing 
every day. Since Hydrogen Peroxide is a natural substance produced 
and used in body chemistry, there will be discoveries about it's 
importance in biochemistry for years to come. 


WOULD I BENEFIT FROM OXIDATIVE THERAPY? 

Only a physician trained in the administration of Oxidative 
Therapy can answer that question for you. You may or may not, 
depending upon your condition or illness. If treatment of your 
condition or illness has been unsatisfactory in the past you may 
wish to learn more about Oxidative Therapy. The IBOM Foundation 
can supply you with the names of trained physicians in your area. 


HOW IS THIS THERAPY ADMINISTERED? 

Weak, very pure Hydrogen Peroxide (0.0375% or lower concentration) 
is added to a sugar or salt water solution, the same as used for 
intravenous feeding in hospitals. This is injected in doses from 
50 to 500 mL into a large vein usually in the arm, slowly over a 
period of 1 to 3 hours depending on the amount given and the 
condition of the patient. It is painless, excluding the very small 
needle stick. Treatments are usually given about once a week in 
chronic illness, but can be given daily in patients with acute 
illness such as pneumonia or flu. Physicians may recommend 1 to 20 
treatments depending on the condition of the patient and the 
illness being treated. The patient is rechecked in 1 and 3 months 
to evaluate the benefit and determine if additional treatments are 
may be necessary. Some patients, especially with chronic illness, 
may need to take follow up treatments in series of 5 to 10 
treatments, or may need maintained indefinitely on a regular 
monthly schedule. As many as 50 treatments have been administered 
to several patients, without complications. An experienced 
physician must decide how many treatments are necessary in your 
individual case. 


WHAT ABOUT THE SAFETY OR SIDE EFFECTS OF THIS THERAPY? 

Over the past 50 years hundreds of patients have received Hydrogen 
Peroxide without serious side effects. Early use of Hydrogen 
Peroxide was reported to occasionally cause irritation of the vein 
being infused. This troublesome side effect was eliminated after 
the concentration and rate of infusion were adjusted downward. The 
IBOM Foundation publishes and distributes a Protocol (Physician 
Instruction Book) on the proper administration of Hydrogen 
Peroxide. A Protocol is the best way for physicians to properly 
learn about any new therapy. Also, regular training workshops are 
offered.  Any interested physician can contact the IBOM foundation 
for information.


IS THIS THERAPY EXPENSIVE? 

Expense is a relative term. Persons with chronic diseases pay 
thousands of dollars annually to physicians, pharmacies and 
hospitals for drugs and therapies which do little more than 
maintain them at their current level of sickness. If Oxidative 
Therapy could save you 1/2 to 3/4 of your current expense, would 
you consider it expensive? The expense of any therapy varies more 
with the type of illness than type of therapy. Persons with 
serious complicated illnesses require more costly tests to 
diagnose and monitor than do patients with less complicated 
illnesses. Much of toady's medical cost is in the testing rather 
than treatment. Don't be afraid to ask your physician, in advance, 
about cost. 


DOES INSURANCE PAY FOR OXIDATIVE THERAPY? 

This usually depends on your insurance company and type of policy. 
Generally, insurance companies will not pay for medical service or 
care which may be classified as "not usual and customary". "Usual 
and customary" simply means that most physicians are providing the 
same service or treatment for the same disease. Since the average 
physician is not using Oxidative Therapy and most are not even 
familiar with the therapy, it is not considered "usual and 
customary". A qualified physician can more easily answer this 
question on an individual basis. 


CAN MY PHYSICIAN ADMINISTER THIS THERAPY? 

Any licensed physician may administer this therapy. However, only 
trained and experienced physicians are recognized by the IBOM 
Foundation. Interested physicians can write the IBOM Foundation 
for information regarding training seminars.


HOW DO I LOCATE A PHYSICIAN EXPERIENCED IN OXIDATIVE THERAPY? 

Send a written request and $5.00 U.S. to cover cost to:

International Bio-Oxidative Medicine Foundation
P.O. Box 891954
Oklahoma City, OK.
73189-2954

This consumer information is provided by the International Bio-
Oxidative Medicine Foundation, a 501 C 3 not-for-profit 
educational and research foundation.  All contributions are 
eligible for tax deductions.