Hydrogen peroxide hucksterism exposed

Posted 30 August 2018

According to a new investigative report: 

  • “35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide” is widely available in health food stores and promoted with numerous testimonials on Web sites to treat Lyme disease, skin problems, leukemia, brain tumors, and other ailments.
  • Health benefits are often promised from drinking a few drops of hydrogen peroxide diluted in a glass of water.
  • According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is no official definition for “food-grade.”
  • Following reports of injuries and death, FDA issued warnings about internal use of hydrogen peroxide in 1989 and 2006.
  • No scientific evidence supports the use of hydrogen peroxide as a remedy.
  • Two individuals ended up at Detroit Receiving Hospital with gas blockages in the bloodstream caused by hydrogen peroxide and would have died or likely been permanently disabled without emergency intervention with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  • Nearly 300 cases of poisoning caused by the ingestion of high-concentration hydrogen peroxide were reported to the National Poison Data System between 2001 and 2011. Among them were 41 life-threatening gas blockages in the bloodstream.

  • Hydrogen peroxide poisoning may be confused with other medical problems and not get reported.
  • Serious health problems have resulted from accidental ingestion of hydrogen peroxide.
  • The Illinois Poison Center advises consumers regarding solutions of greater than 12% hydrogen peroxide: “Don’t buy it! Don’t try it! Don’t bring it in your house! End of discussion.”
  • Concentrated (at least 35%) hydrogen peroxide is considered a “chemical of interest” by the Department of Homeland Security, a high-priority precursor chemical that can be used to build improvised explosive devices.
  • The thwarted bomber in a 2016 New York City terror plot was found to have ordered 40 pounds of concentrated hydrogen peroxide.
  • The U.S. Postal Service considers hydrogen peroxide a hazardous material and doesn’t accept shipments of hydrogen peroxide at greater than 20% concentrations.
  • The sale of anything greater than 12% hydrogen peroxide is banned in the U.K. to individuals without a license.
  • The Texas State Board of Pharmacy and the Texas Department of State Health Services both received copies of an FDA warning letter in November 2006 to hydrogen peroxide marketer Mark Ovard, then of Wolfe, Texas, but neither state agency appears to have taken any action after Ovard failed to make changes FDA requested. Ovard now works out of Crystal River, Florida and is associated with a network of companies that promote hydrogen peroxide.

Reference: Savage K. How peddlers of ‘food-grade’ hydrogen peroxide exploit the sick and the desperate. Undark. August 20, 2018

Source: Consumer Health Digest #18-34, August 26, 2018

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