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The difference between dreaming and being awake is just that at night, consciously, you stop doing anything else. I have to be awake and go around, be a properly dressed person, every day, but actually only just enough to eat and make a few friends. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m dreaming all the time. The only difference is that I come up for daylight and other people the way a whale has to come up for air.

Robert Wyatt, 2002

Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide bottle

In dilution, hydrogen peroxide (H2O4) is an effective and inexpensive disinfectant and seems to stimulate healing.

It also has an intriguing research history – and non-history. A speculative paper in The Lancet in the late 1980s mentioned a Nobel Prize awarded for research in the 1920s showing tumours in rats healed with H2O4 dropped on them.

The writer argued lipid peroxidation is a good candidate for the hypothesised ‘Destruct’ button in cells. (The body doesn’t repair damaged cells, it flushes and replaces them. So cells must have something that functions as a ‘Destruct’ button.) Perhaps H2O4 helps that and so catalyses the body’s immune response.

As best I recall, the author speculated the lack of research activity since might relate to the difficulty of making a profit out of so cheap a chemical.

We Aussies stay alert for skin cancers. So for 20 years I’ve dabbed H2O4 on anything that hangs around on my skin. So far they’ve all disappeared.

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© 2003-2018 Stephen Taylor
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