Ingested oxygen therapy
Michelle Berriedale-Johnson describes her own experiences with ingested oxygen.
Although I have known of oxygen therapy for years (I had commissioned Jane Dean to write about the hyperbaric oxygen treatment that they used in her Breath for Life charity back in 2005), I only learnt about ingested oxygen when seeking some way to reduce my own sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation.
It was, of course, our prolific contributor John Scott (who has largely ‘cured’ his total food intolerance and crippling rhinitis with helminthic therapy) who pointed me, four years ago, in the direction of oxygen therapy via an American book by Madison Cavanaugh called The One-Minute Cure: The Secret to Healing Virtually All Diseases.
The premise of the book – and the therapy – is very simple. What is the element without which we cannot survive for more than 15 minutes, which makes up nearly 70% of the body and provides us with 90% of our biological energy – that is, effectively, our ‘life force’? It is, of course, oxygen.
Madison Cavanaugh touches on ozone machines and hyperbaric oxygen chambers as other ways to deliver extra oxygen but his preferred delivery system is food grade hydrogen peroxide.
Can it work?
I have discussed Madison Cavanaugh's theories with a number of medical practitioners, the majority of whom did not believe that the active constituents of the H2O2 – the oxygen molecules – could have survived the acidic environment of the stomach for long enough to reach the blood stream and achieve anything useful.
The two exceptions were Dr Natasha Campbell McBride, originator of the GAPS diet, and Dr Andrew Goldsworthy of Imperial College (retired), an expert on electrosensitivity. Dr Goldsworthy wrote:
Now, four years later, I can live a more or less normal, if electrically 'clean' life. This means that I do not use wifi, I do use a smartphone but only to text or on speakaphone and I have it on airplane mode whenever I am not actually 'connecting', I do not use a hands free telephone and I avoid, whenever possible, low energy light bulbs, fluorescent lights, the London underground and parts of the city where wifi is ubiquitous. I also work from home (where I have not allowed a smart meter to be installed) and 'shield' my workplace from the nearby mobile phone masts. All precautions that I would suggest that everyone should adopt if they wish to avoid becoming electrosensitive!
But I can travel, go to the theatre, concerts, meetings, other people's houses, shopping, walking and all of the stuff that most of us do on a daily basis. Compared to my situation at the start of the oxygen therapy when, apart from regular trips to remote parts of the country which were wifi and electricity free, I was virtually a prisoner in the back half of my house, unable even to use the garden as it was directly in path of the local phone mast's beams – I am completely cured!
Hydrogen peroxide has been given a GRAS designation by the US FDA (eg Generally Recognised As Safe). However, it should be treated with respect – it is a ‘reactive’ chemical which can cause health hazards if not used properly and is toxic when concentrated. For those who are interested:
I also found that over about 10 drops per glass it became unacceptably bleachy tasting and made me feel slightly ill.
I had used the hydrogen peroxide therapy very successfully for about a year when I came across a fascinating article in an old (2000) copy of Positive Health on the history of oxygen therapies. In the course of the article it also explained why it was that all my medics had refused to accept that the H2O2 therapy actually worked.
'...although hydrogen peroxide, chlorine dioxide and ozone will carry oxygen for a short time, which can be shown by adding them to water, they are unstable forms of oxygen. In a water test, the oxygen content increases for a short time initially, but will drop within a matter of hours and cease to be effective.'
Frustratingly, the Canadian Aerobic Oxygen site offers a number of articles and endless testimonials but only two laboratory analyses, one showing that adding 10 drops of Aerobic oxygen to 240ml of dionised water increased its oxygen content by 442%, the other showing a significant increase in blood level of oxygen after the ingestion of Aerobic Oxygen. One would have liked to see a somewhat more scientific approach – and some serious medical studies or trials would certainly have been nice. But although oxygen is very widely used in conventional medical practice as an inhaled or even injected therapy, ingesting oxygen does not seem to feature at all.
However, assuming that what Positive Health and the Good For You Corp (the makers of the aerobic oxygen) are right, and assuming that you wish to boost your oxygen levels by 'drinking' oxygen rather than sitting in a hyperbaric chamber, using Aerobic Oxygen is certainly a lot easier and a lot less scary than using hydrogen peroxide. So I went for it.
Heeding the warnings that ' Aerobic Oxygen made by the Good For You Corp' was the best and that I should not be tempted by other, possibly cheaper, products, I ordered some from the Finchley Clinic at roughly £16 for 60ml - a good few weeks' supply. (If you live outside the UK, I am sure that Google will discover you other sources of supply around the world.) And I have been using it ever since. I have certainly suffered no discernible ill effects and, as I described above, my electrosensitivity is massively improved.
I have always been pretty healthy but certainly, over the course of the last four years I think I have logged two colds, two or three stomach upsets (quite possibly due to something I ate) and a few headaches. Whether the absence of any more serious illnesses has anything to do with the oxygen or is down to a combination of good genes and relatively healthy living I have no way of telling. But I am not about to give it up!
If anyone has any comments or questions on any of the above, bearing in mind that neither I nor FoodsMatter have any medical training and are therefore unable to give medical advice, please email us and we will add your contribution as a comment.
A long time ago I enquired about hyperbaric oxygen beause the centre was moved from Gosport to Chichester. Got very negative replies and the pressure would not suit my ears. Instead we bought an Airnergy machine which we do daily. Used by athletes and good for chests and eyes but haven't had any other miracle cures.
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