Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy For Cancer
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012, more than 1500 Americans will die from various forms of cancer each day. The most common treatment is the use of radiation to kill the cancerous or malignant cells, but this often kills the healthy cells in patients as well.
Traditional Cancer Treatments
Common types of cancer treatments include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Surgery is a popular option for curing cancer especially if it has not spread and is concentrated in one area. Chemotherapy uses medicine or drugs to treat the disease. Radiation uses high-energy particles to destroy or damage malignant cells. All of these treatments are not without risk. Chemotherapy and radiation not only kills cancer cells; it also kills healthy cells. Risks of surgery include complications from anesthesia, blood clots and death.
Many alternative and holistic practitioners believe hydrogen peroxide therapy is an effective use and an alternative treatment for cancer. Intravenous hydrogen peroxide releases pure oxygen atoms in the body. The use of hydrogen peroxide to treat cancer offers an effective cancer treatment option without the side effects caused by more conventional methods such as radiation or chemotherapy.
In 1919, Dr. William F. Koch proposed that a single toxin caused cancer and that the disease could be prevented or reversed by removing that toxin by injecting an oxygen-rich compound he developed into a patient’s muscle. Dr. Otto Warburg further explored the theory of combating cancer with oxygen. In the 1930s, Dr Warburg discovered that cancer cells have a lower respiration rate than normal cells. Dr. Warburg, who earned a Nobel Prize for his discovery on understanding cancer’s different metabolic properties, reasoned that cancer cells thrived in a low-oxygen environment and that increased oxygen can harm and even kill them.
Cancer cells survive better in an acidic system. Hydrogen peroxide therapy aids in changing the chemistry of the body from reduction reactions and an acid pH to oxidative reactions. This results in stabilizing the pH to more neutral levels of between 7.35 and 7.45. The malignant cells do not like the extra oxygen created with hydrogen peroxide therapy or the change of the acid base chemistry as the pH of the body returns to normal.
Some researchers have studied hydrogen peroxide as an alternative to radiation therapy. Although it was noted some patients appeared to benefit from the treatment, many did not. Laboratory tests exploring the combined effects of hydrogen peroxide and certain chemotherapy drugs against cancer cells have been inconclusive. According to a review article in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, “attempts to treat patients by injecting hydrogen peroxide directly into solid tumors or into the blood system have generally been ineffective.”
Cancer cells thrive in low-oxygen environments. The addition of oxygen into the body from hydrogen peroxide therapy creates an oxygen-rich condition in which cancer cells cannot survive. Supporters believe that it increases the efficiency of all cells in the body and increases energy, promotes the production of antioxidants, and enhances the immune system.