It’s possible to purchase 35% hydrogen peroxide over the Internet and use it to treat AIDS, cancer, emphysema, and other serious and life-threatening diseases. But is it a good idea?
This high-strength hydrogen peroxide is more than 10 times stronger than the solution in the brown bottle at the local pharmacy. At the 35% concentration, it is highly corrosive. If swallowed, it can cause gastrointestinal irritation or ulceration. If injected into a vein it can cause inflammation of the blood vessel at the injection site, as well as bubbles in blood vessels, and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has never approved the use of 35% hydrogen peroxide to be taken internally and considers it dangerous. At least one death and several injuries requiring hospitalization have been reported.
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.