Follow up on my last post about hydrogen peroxide for the purpose of preventing cold sores.
I mentioned that some people drink the stuff in order to “oxygenate the body”, because “hydrogen peroxide is like water but with an extra atom of oxygen” (their words, not mine).
And apparently, all that extra oxygen in the body will somehow help you fight off the herpes virus and thus, help you prevent cold sores.
Again, I think this is so far past stupid it’s not even funny.
Not because it will do absolutely nothing to help your cold sores. Not because you can potentially burn your esophagus. Not because it can trigger nausea and vomiting.
No, the reason it’s the dumbest thing ever is because it’s pointless.
That extra oxygen molecule doesn’t make it into your bloodstream. Not even close.
Why you ask?
Because physics. Because basic chemistry.
Don’t believe me?
Let’s look at what happens when you mix H2O2 with acid (i.e. free hydrogen ions, represented as H+ in the equation below)? You get the following reduction:
If you’re not a nerd like me and aren’t sure what this means, in plain English it means that when you mix hydrogen peroxide with acid, you get water.
And what’s that stuff inside your stomach (you know, the place the hydrogen peroxide goes to after you swallow it)? I think it’s the stuff that helps you digest your food or something…?
Oh, that’s right, stomach ACID. i.e. H+, free hydrogen ions
So really, as soon as you swallow hydrogen peroxide, it instantly turns to water in your stomach.
No oxygen gets released.
So, drinking that stuff seems pretty silly, right?
But let’s say for the sake of argument that oxygen DOES get released when you drink hydrogen peroxide.
Let’s forgo the laws of physics for a minute (I mean, who have THEY ever helped…) and pretend that as soon as the hydrogen peroxide hits your stomach, it reacts in a way where gaseous oxygen (O2) IS released.
What would happen then?
Well, let’s think about it for like 2 seconds.
A buildup of gas, inside your stomach. Does it get “digested” and somehow absorbed in the bloodstream?
Nope. It leaves the way it came in.
i.e. it makes you burp.
So there you have it. Drinking hydrogen peroxide is dumb and a huge waste of time and I’m pretty sure sir Albert of Einstein would agree.
Just drink water, the end result is the same.
Besides, there are much more effective ways to prevent cold sores.
My daily cold sore newsletter can show you how.
It’ll show you how tweaking a few diet and lifestyle habits gives your immune system the boost it needs to stop cold sores from coming back.
Plus, I never suggest you use treatments based on pseudo mumbo-dumbo-jumbo that flat out ignores the laws of physics.
Chris “the Cold Sore Killer” Mueller