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You’d better be very, very careful with hydrogen peroxide!

Sure, it kills bacteria and funghi – it does this simply by being a powerful oxidant. But that same fact means that it will kill anything, including your body’s own cells, and including the beneficial bacteria in your mouth and gut!

The link that was posted by Julia links to a page with book excerpts. I’ll quote a few of those excerpts here:

Book Excerpts wrote: Hydrogen peroxide is a naturally-occurring substance that is made by Mother Nature and is also made by every cell in your body.

This is true. Every cell in your body produces hydrogen peroxide – as a dangerous waste material that must be neutralised as soon as possible. The waste hydrogen peroxide is a byproduct of the cell’s functioning. This poisonous byproduct will attack anything with which it makes contact. This is the main reason why antioxidants are so important to your health: the antioxidants neutralise dangerous oxidants like hydrogen peroxide.

Book Excerpts wrote: hydrogen peroxide is a necessary NUTRIENT that your body desperately needs

The book just told that hydrogen peroxide is produced by every cell. If they say the body produces its own hydrogen peroxide, how can they say the body needs hydrogen peroxide in the next sentence? Looks like an inconsistency to me…

Book Excerpts wrote: Hydrogen peroxide can act as an anti-cancer drug

This is simply not true. Hydrogen peroxide, like all oxidants, is a major cause of cancer.

Sure, it can kill cancer, but only if injected directly into a tumor. Then it will kill the tumor cells, simply because it would kill any cell.

Book Excerpts wrote: Intra-arterial infusion of hydrogen peroxide has been noted to reverse the atherosclerotic process.

Correct. The hydrogen peroxide, being a potent oxidant, will chemically attack the atherosclerotic plaques inside the arteries. It’s comparable to putting sodium hydroxide in your kitchen sink to make the water flow again.

That’s also the reason why hydrogen peroxide, if used for this purpose, must be injected intra-arterially, as the Book Excerpts correctly states. It’s abrasive, so you only want to inject it directly at the place where it must do its chemical work. If injected in just any vein, it will probably attack that vein and cause internal bleeding. It would never reach the plaque that should be removed, because it will have attacked other tissues before it ever reaches its destination, and hydrogen peroxide (luckily) self-destructs when it attacks something.

Book Excerpts wrote: Neutrophils have multiple systems available for killing ingested bacteria. Nearly all of these incorporates hydrogen peroxide, indicating its essential nature.

Correct. Neutrophils kill bacteria by destroying their structures and their proteins by potent oxidants. One of these oxidants is hydrogen peroxide. But hydrogen peroxide is not specific, it attacks everything, including the neutrophil itself. Therefore, the ingested bacteria are wrapped inside a special intra-cellular membrane. Thus, the bacteria reside in a kind of “pocket” inside the neutrophil. The neutrophil cannot produce hydrogen peroxide directly, because that would endanger itself. Thus, it produces a harmless precursor material. It injects this precursor material into the lysosome. The pH (acidity) inside the lysosome is such that it causes the precursor to release hydrogen peroxide. This hydrogen peroxide will then kill the bacterium, because the bacterium has no defence against this attack.

So the book is right: neutrophils produce hydrogen peroxide. They use it as a killing agent.

Julia mentions that hydrogen peroxide makes your hair turn lighter. That’s a well-known, and often-used, effect. The decoloration occurs because the hydrogen peroxide attacks (destroys) the color molecules inside your hair, thus turning your hair into some yellowish color. The hydrogen peroxide also attacks the hairs themselves. But the material from which hairs are made is much more sturdy than the colorants inside the hairs, so the colorants are destroyed first while the hairs suffer only minor damage. If you frequently use hydrogen peroxide in your hair, the damage done to the hairs themselves will accumulate, and you will see the ill effects.

By the way, I could comment on more parts of the book excerpts, or on the e-book itself, but I think the above quotes are sufficient. If not, please let me know, and I can provide more comments on which parts of this book are wrong, and which parts are right.