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Quack warning!

Postby JFH » Tue Oct 10, 2006 1:08 am

I hadnt seen any references to this particular brand of quackery before and since it is potentially so dangerous I thought I'd post it. From Sunday Times 9 Oct 06

Hydrogen peroxide is a wonder drug to some, lethal to others

Katherine Bibeau was willing to try any treatment that would slow her decline from multiple sclerosis (MS) and keep her out of a wheelchair. In March 2004, after hearing about a “longevity physician” who offered a revolutionary therapy for people with MS and other illnesses, the mother of two from Minnesota travelled to West Columbia in South Carolina to find out more.

At his Health Dimensions Clinic, Dr James Shortt arranged to give the 53-year-old medical technician an infusion of a chemical that he touted as a cutting-edge alternative treatment. It was something dirt cheap and readily available that many of us might find somewhere in our bathrooms: hydrogen peroxide, which is often used as hair dye or mouthwash, and as an antiseptic.

After the first of three planned injections, the doctor’s records report that Bibeau complained of “nausea”, “leg pain” and later “bruises”, with no clear cause. Within days she had died.

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,8123-2392862.html

Give me goat's blood any day :?
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Postby Muu » Tue Oct 10, 2006 7:21 am

I'll skip on the goats blood thanks, John!
Your posting is a sad reflection on how desperate some of us ms'ers become to find a means of recovery or to stop our decline. Sadly, there will always be those who either recklessly or knowingly prey on that vulnerablity.
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Re: Quack warning!

Postby NHE » Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:01 am

Hydrogen peroxide is so counter intuitive for anyone who knows anything about biochemistry that it's inconceivable that someone could recommend this type of treatment to anyone. Hydrogen peroxide is a strong oxidant. When it breaks down it forms free radicals. These free radicals will indiscriminately attack other molecules in the body, everything from DNA to lipids. It's the very thing that biology has evolved antioxidants to get rid of. For example, catalase is a naturally occurring antioxidant enzyme found in liver. It has the highest turnover number of any known enzyme. This means that it reduces dangerous hydrogen peroxide to harmless substances faster than any other known enzyme reaction in the body. This fact exemplifies the importance of getting rid of hydrogen peroxide. Moreover, a quick search through PubMed will yield many articles which report the involvement of various oxidants in MS. Several antioxidants actually have anti-inflammatory activity. These include curcumin, EGCG from green tea, r-lipoic acid and others. Clearly, oxidizing your body isn't a great idea especially for someone with MS.

By the way, if you want to see the fastest known enzymatic reaction in action, then the next time you cook a chicken, save some of the liver, grind it up, and then add some hydrogen peroxide. It'll bubble and foam so put it in a container with adequate room.

Muu wrote:I'll skip on the goats blood thanks, John!

I think he was referring to Aimspro.

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Postby Muu » Fri Oct 13, 2006 9:44 am

Thanks for clearing that up NHE. I guess you figured i thought John was joking- it sounds like something off a witches shopping list...toe of bat, eye of toad and a generous splash of goats blood. The learning curve on this site is pretty steep!
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Postby JFH » Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:46 am

Muu wrote:...toe of bat, eye of toad and a generous splash of goats blood.

... and bee stings :)
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Postby Grumpster » Thu Oct 19, 2006 9:11 pm

I find this topic true to heart. I worked as an field specialist for the FDA for about nine years. Quackery IS everywhere including on some of the advertising links on this very website! The worst ones prey on people in truely dire straights with no other hope.

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