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Old 01-16-2004, 10:15 AM   #1
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has anyone had any success with using hydrogen peroxide in the ear to prevent the flu? It sounds weird but a lot of what Dr. Mercola says may sound that way. Also, is there any damage from the hydrogen peroxide.

http://www.mercola.com/2002/mar/13/h...n_peroxide.htm
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Old 01-16-2004, 05:26 PM   #2
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I don't know about damage. Hydrogen peroxide is pretty innocuous externally. We've used it to disinfect wounds for years. (It's also great for removing blood stains from clothes . . . don't ask how we learned this!)

I've been doing this as a daily swab-out with a Q-tip dipped in H2O2 since I saw his re-post of this link about a month ago. I figured it couldn't hurt . . . haven't been sick since. (Of course, I haven't been sick in two years, so I'm not sure this means much.)

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Old 01-17-2004, 03:19 PM   #3
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Oxygen therapy has been around for some time and has some interesting research behind it. It MAY be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of diseases but there is suprisingly little interest as the profit margin is small (look up hyperbaric oxygen for more info). The fact that H2O2 (peroxide) degrades to H2O and O2 has led some to speculate that INTERNAL peroxide therapy could be of benefit. I think it might have some limited application for intestional parasites and GI infections fut that is about it.

I know this is not addressing the question above but invariably discussions of peroxide go to this place so I thought I would go ahead and mention my thoughts.

The application of peroxide as discussed in the article seems reasonable.
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Old 01-18-2004, 08:13 AM   #4
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Everytime I feel a cold coming on, I put a drop of peroxide in my ears (for about 3-5 min. each), and by the next day I feel great.
I would think it would dry your ears out if you did this daily.

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Old 01-18-2004, 08:35 AM   #5
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Im not so sure about Dr. Mercola after reading his article glorifying Coconut oil. He says that Olive oil has Trans-fat, which I absolutely think is BS.

Any thoughts on Coconut oil?

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Old 01-20-2004, 01:56 PM   #6
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I like coconut oil. lots of interesting info on it on the web.
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Old 01-20-2004, 03:16 PM   #7
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I know nothing about whether or not this works, but here's a chem perspective.

H2O2 is extraordinarilly reactive. In solid form it's explosive. The over the counter bottled stuff is quite diluted. It does much of what it does through radical reactions. Radical in the technical sense, not radical as in (with surfer accent) "whoa, radical dude". This is why it's a good antibiotic to recent injuries, it basically decimates all bacteria on the surface to which it is applied. It does damage to your cells as well, but the benifit in most cases outweighs the cost. This being the case, I wouldn't put it in my ear. But I've worked with concentrated solutions of the stuff so might have a skewed perception.
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Old 01-22-2004, 04:27 AM   #8
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Olive oil containing trans fat..?? Oh, that's why everybody in the mediteranian is dying because of cardiovascular disease. I'd better start buying Mercola's brand of coconut oil from now on.

Sorry for the sarcasme.
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Old 01-22-2004, 06:04 AM   #9
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Olive oil is the stuff of Gods!
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Old 01-27-2004, 04:43 PM   #10
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I could be wrong here, but I think mercola says that olive oil when exposed to high heat developes transfats. Olive oil has alot of poly and mono unsaturates, and the poly's are especially vulnerable to heat, and they can degrade to transfats. He says cooking with coconut oil is good because it almost all saturated fat, which is stable at high heats, and cannot become a trans-fat. I don't think he says olive oil is bad to top things with or to use as a dressing, just bad to cook things with.

There is something about mercola that I don't like, but I can't really place it. His info on coconut vs. olive oil makes sense however.
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