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.