Hydrogen peroxide has become known as a medical marvel. Its ability to kill germs and viruses on contact make it highly useful in preventing infections when applied externally. In the 1800’s doctors began to research the possible medical benefits of also using it internally for infectious diseases and terminal illnesses such as cancer. This research lead to intravenous hydrogen peroxide treatments still being used today.
The list of possible benefits of intravenous hydrogen peroxide is long. Some say that it can cure Multiple Sclerosis and Lyme disease. There are also many claims that it is a cure for different cancers because it increases oxygen levels. Promises of clearer skin and a detoxified body falsely lead many to believe it is also a beauty treatment that prevents aging and free radical accumulation. Because it can kill bacteria on contact, people with infectious diseases such as HIV often start treatments hoping it will cure them completely.
Safety of Treatments
There are conflicting opinions from medical experts as far as the safety of receiving this treatment because there are several worrisome hydrogen peroxide IV therapy side effects. Though each individual is different in their responses to medical treatments, there are some similarities as to how many people’s bodies react in adverse ways to this treatment. Some of these hydrogen peroxide therapy side effects include:
- Pain and swelling at site of intravenous injection
- Death from repeated injections
- Organ failure
Desperate patients with chronic illnesses are often charged upwards of thousands of dollars for intravenous hydrogen peroxide. The liquid itself costs only pennies to buy which leads many experts to say that it is fraudulently misrepresented to patients to con them out of money. The patient is given intravenous hydrogen peroxide treatments for 90 minutes at a time and encouraged to get the treatments up to five days a week. People unable to afford the costly procedure have even attempted to do their own alternative treatments at home. Many have begun drinking hydrogen peroxide straight from bottle, and some try pouring it in to their body crevices thinking it will heal them. Because of the dangerous side effects that can occur, people are strongly encouraged to talk to a licensed medical physician to see if it is right for them.