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History of H2O2

Extract from this publication in British Journal of Pharmacology

Therapeutic potential of targeting hydrogen peroxide metabolism in the treatment of brain ischaemia

Marta Armogida,1 Robert Nisticò,1,2 and Nicola Biagio Mercuri1,3

"The history of H2O2 began in 1818 when it was discovered by Thénard who named it eau oxygénée  (Thénard, 1818).  Since the mid-1800s, H2O2 has been marketed for a wide variety of uses, including non-polluting bleaching, oxidizing agent, disinfectant in food processing and even fuel for rockets.


The presence of H2O2 in living systems was identified in 1856 (Schoenbein, 1856).  However, it was only in 1894 that 100% pure H2O2 was first extracted from H2O by Wolffenstein through vacuum distillation (Wolffenstein, 1894).  In 1888, the first medical use of H2O2 was described by Love as efficacious in treating numerous diseases, including scarlet fever, diphtheria, nasal catarrh, acute coryza, whooping cough, asthma hay fever and tonsillitis (Love, 1888).


Similarly, Oliver and collaborators reported that intravenous injection of H2O2 was efficacious in treating influenza pneumonia in the epidemic following World War I (Oliver et al., 1920).  OH Note: This was the Spanish Flu that estimates put the death toll between 20 -50 million. 


Despite its beneficial effects, in the 1940s medical interest in further research on H2O2 was slowed down by the emerging development of new prescription medicines.


In the early 1960s, Urschel, and later Finney and co-workers, conducted several studies on myocardial ischaemia demonstrating a rescue afforded by H2O2, thereby suggesting an important protective action of H2O2 against ischaemia-reperfusion (IR) injury (Finney et al., 1967Urschel, 1967).


Notably, Farr is generally considered to be the pioneer of ‘oxidative therapy’ by proposing intravenous infusion of H2O2 to treat a wide variety of diseases (Farr, 1988). 


Later, Willhelm promoted the therapeutic use of H2O2 to treat cancer, skin diseases, polio and bacteria-related mental illness.  He defined H2O2 as ‘God's given immune system’ (Willhelm, 1989Green, 1998).  Another player in the H2O2 story was Grotz, who obtained pain relief by testing H2O2 on himself to treat his arthritis pain (Green, 1998)".

In the last 25 years, over 7,700 articles relating to hydrogen peroxide have been written in the standard medical journals. Thousands more, involving its therapeutic use, have appeared in alternative health publications. The number of conditions helped by hydrogen peroxide is astounding. The reported dangers and side effects are few and often conflicting.


In today's world, it's obvious that our oxygen needs are not being met. Several of the most common ailments now affecting our population are directly related to oxygen starvation. Asthma, emphysema, and lung disease are on the rise, especially in the polluted metropolitan areas.


Cases of constipation, diarrhea, intestinal parasites and bowel cancer are all on the upswing. Periodontal disease is endemic in the adult population of this country. Cancer of all forms continues to increase. Chronic Immune system disorders are sweeping the globe. Chronic fatigue, "Yuppie Flu" and hundreds of other strange bacterial and viral diseases have begun to surface. 

The closer you look at hydrogen peroxide, the less surprising it becomes that it can help such a wide variety of conditions.


Currently the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted us all and "Long Covid" symptoms are experienced by many.  In some cases people have experienced "vaccine injuries".  Many of these symptoms have been previously treated with hydrogen peroxide as can be seen below.

Please view the e books found in our menu for additional information on the wonders of hydrogen peroxide.  In particular "The Truth About Hydrogen Peroxide". 

Partial list of conditions in which Hydrogen Peroxide has reportedly been used successfully.  Allergies, Alzheimers, Anemia, Arrhythmia, Asthma, Bacterial infections, Bronchitis, Cancer, Candida, Cardio Vascular Disease, Cerebral Vascular Disease, Chronic Pain, Diabetes Type II,  Diabetic Gangrene, Diabetic Retinopathy, Digestion Problems, Epstein Barr Infections, Emphysema, Food Allergies, Fungal Infections, Gingivitis, Herpes Simplex, Herpes Zoster, HIV Infection, Influenza, Insect Bites, Liver Cirrhosis, Lupus Erythematosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Parasitic Infections, Parkinsonism, Prostatitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Shingles, Sinusitis, Sore Throat, Ulcers, Viral Infections, Warts, Yeast infections.

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