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Last November I initially
posted this information, and then pulled it after it was on the site for
a few hours as I had reason to believe the source was flawed. I replaced
the article with another related one.
I recently re-postedthis
article which you can review for the original peroxide article.
Others have written in to
share their positive experiences with this inexpensive and practical solution
for a common problem that many face.
However, I continue to maintain
that it Is far more effective to be proactive and not get colds in the
first place. It seems the major reasons why one gets them to begin with
So clearly the first approach
is be careful and avoid food choices that will sabotage your
health. If you are stressed please consider EFT,
which is an amazingly effective tool to address the foundational
and core reasons as to how the stress is impairing your immune
If, for whatever reason,
you have come down with a cold my personal recommendation would be to
use zinc lozenges. I have been using zinc in my practice for over 15 years,
far before it was popular.
When using zinc lozenges
it is important to recognize that they need to be sucked on, NOT swallowed,
and smaller doses more frequently seem to work better. I usually advise
patients to suck on a quarter lozenge every 30 minutes. If started early,
this approach seems to work well for the clear majority of patients.
Two cautions should be heeded
though; if the lozenges make one nauseous they should be stopped immediately
as that is a sign of zinc toxicity. If you follow this guideline and listen
to your body you will avoid the copper imbalance referenced in the study.
I too was one of the ones that
caught your original post on the subject of peroxide in the ears and then
went back to review it only to find it had been changed. I am so glad
that you have restored the information.
Now for my story that happened within two days after I read your original
I went to the ENT specialist all the time and they were always giving
me hearing tests. The last test the nurse remarked that my hearing was
more diminished then ever because the Eustachian tube was so blocked.
They wanted to give me the usual antibiotics and other stuff (which never
worked anyway) and I just took the scripts like a good girl and went my
way -- rather disgusted with the whole scenario.
I came home and applied the peroxide in a laying down position. I didn't
hear any bubbling -- that's because the tube was just about totally blocked
and the liquid wasn't even going down into the right place.
After a few minutes I felt
a little trickle and heard a little something that sounded like bubbling.
On the next application...the process didn't take so many minutes but
on the third application the liquid went swooshing down into my ear the
minute I squeezed the drops in.
I shook a quick shake when
the peroxide hit the bottom of the canal. I heard a lot of bubbling. That
day I started to hear again especially in my right ear and the pressure
in my head left. I felt balanced as if the Eustachian tube had opened.
I heard things in stereo instead of just from my left ear. I was ecstatic!
I thank you from the bottom
of my heart.
I have lots of bottles of peroxide in my medicine cabinet now. What a
wonderful natural remedy.
It's interesting that the experts at the specialist office failed to see
the problem or offer correcting solutions. They even wanted me to take
powerful drugs that work systemically when all I really needed was something
you might call topical or local.
I hope that people will give serious consideration to this remedy, because
it really, really works.
My Wife and Daughter and I
have been using Hydrogen Peroxide for colds for three years. The majority
of times it aborts the cold. The few other instances, it substantially
reduced the length and severity of the symptoms. We don't get the flu,
so can't comment. We haven't used antibiotics in years.
Thanks so much for your news
letter, it's great!
I have used peroxide mixed
with some fresh garlic juice in one of my children's ears. My six year
old son recently had ear pain that got so bad the he was screaming and
crying. Shortly after putting a few drops of the peroxide and garlic in
his ears he began to get some relief and could sleep! Then my eight year-old
daughter popped up with ear pain, and she instantly got relief from the
This is a very old remedy,
my mother told me that, it was used in British India with great success
and caused quite a racket. To debunk it, the mainstream came up with a
scare tactic claiming the peroxide would drive the infection into the
Imagine! Well it worked and
people got scared and eventually stopped using it.
I can vouch for Wendy Fyfe's
experience mentioned on your web page. For the last 2 years, my family
and I have been using the commonly available 3% Hydrogen peroxide to cure
the common cold and flu.
Nothing is as effective!
Every time we traveled to India
we came down with very painful strep throat, gargling with Hydrogen peroxide
frequently always cured strep throat in a matter of hours, however, when used
in the ears it's even a bigger miracle and simply prevented these strep
Its great for ear infections
particularly in children even if the ear is slightly perforated.
It is also the best earwax
cleaner, and is safe to boot, unlike less effective petroleum based, plus
god knows what else, over the counter and prescription based remedies.
The only things to watch out
Speaking form personal experience
one should never travel without it (H2O2). A convenient way to dispense
it is via a small dropper bottle this save all the fuss and muss of a
Vitamin C is also useful as
explained by Dr. Linus Pauling in his last interview:
"There is no doubt now
that vitamin C in large doses has value against the common cold. My recommendation
is not 1 gram a day, or 2 grams a day of vitamin C but at the first sign
of a cold, take a gram of vitamin C or 2 grams and then an hour later,
if the symptoms still exist - if you're still sneezing, or your nose is
running or feel shivery, take another 1 or 2 grams of vitamin C. Keep
doing that until you forget because the symptoms have gone away and this
will stop a cold in almost every person who follows the regimen."
Full interview is at: http://www.internetwks.com/pauling/lastpinv.html
Dear Dr. Mercola
I read about your peroxide
therapy via ears for colds, flu, etc. and have tried it for about 5 days
and am amazed and thrilled. My constant allergy/asthma symptoms of nasal
drainage and scratchy sore throat, swollen glands, and low-grade infection-like
symptoms have cleared up almost overnight!!!
My doctor has prescribed a
shoe-box full of Azmacort, Serevent, Flovent, Guiatussin, Albuterol, Claritin
(a real waste of time and money), Singulair, Flumadine, Prednisone, Guiafed,
and Rhinocort. Really nothing was working except the prednisone, and not
very well at that. Plus I am concerned about taking prednisone with my
I look forward to my emancipation
celebration by dumping the contents and recycling all of the cardboard
and plastic packaging.
Thank you again.
so much for the peroxide cure. When I read it, I figured it was just one
more hoax, but I wrote it down somewhere and promptly forgot about it.
The second time you posted
it, I decided it must be worth remembering so I wrote it down again. A
couple of days later I came down with the flu. I was at work, and started
feeling achey all over, and blowing up buckets of snot, feverish, ect.
I was going on vacation to Branson MO for a long weekend and I just knew
I was not gonna get to go. I decided to try the peroxide "cure".
I asked our company nurse for
some peroxide and a couple of swabs. I went to the bathroom and poured
it into each ear in turn and let it bubble a couple of minutes, dumped
it out and swabbed out my ears (gently of course). In a few minutes 90%
of my symptoms were gone. I could not believe it!!!
I started to feel bad again
that nite, so, I did the peroxide again and no more flu!!
Ive told alot of people since then, I wish I had known this years ago,
cause I have a cold and the flu every year at least once.
Thanx again Dr. You are one
of the few doctors that really has a grip on how medical treatments should
be. Also thanx for the cookbook, Im just starting to experiment with some
of the recipes.
Janet Turner, Nashville TN USA