Health Science

People Are Apparently Drinking Hydrogen Peroxide For ‘Health Benefits’

America, I thought we were past the toxic ingestion thing with Tide Pods. But it seems like we’ve got another problem now, because folks are now drinking hydrogen peroxide because of some ill-perceived “health benefits.”

If you take a look on the internet and social media, there’s plenty of people who claim that hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2, is good for you. Their reasoning behind that claim includes that it “only comes from water and oxygen” and “boosts oxygen levels in the body.” Some even go as far as to say it can cure cancer.

However, there is no scientific evidence to back this up, as Poison Control puts it. Searching for research articles on the subject turns up cases of people who suffered internal damage, including in the brain, upon consuming hydrogen peroxide. Nothing shows up when looking for health benefits.

Even though this has been debunked in the past, it seems that people are keen to keep on trying. The California Poison Control Center just had to put out an alert asking people to stop drinking the poison. According to CBS Sacramento, the department has been getting numerous calls from people asking if it’s okay to consume hydrogen peroxide for health reasons.

Now, the stuff in your medicine cabinet is about 1-3% H2O2, and that can cause some irritation problems. There’s also “food-grade” versions that are much more concentrated, at 35%. You’re supposed to only use a couple of drops with a ton of water according to those that advertise its “benefits,” but unfortunately that doesn’t always happen. Symptoms of ingesting too much range from mild stomach pain and nausea to severe tissue damage and even death.

Don’t make hydrogen peroxide the new Tide Pods, folks, and stay off of it. If you do ingest some on accident, make sure to contact Poison Control.

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The Fascinating, Disgusting Differences Between Pooping And Puking

You’re a human. You poop (nearly) every day, and you puke, sure, but it’s rare, even though your body actually has so many reasons to do so. Pooping and puking are two totally disgusting, sometimes therapeutic body expulsions. But why do you do them and how do they work?

No, we’re going to not lounge about in the high-level explanation (it’s your butt and your mouth, people). Let’s jump right into the cool science stuff!



Pooping is the process of expelling all that stuff inside you that, hey, you don’t need. It’s a periodic upkeep of the body. Though your waste is mostly made up of water, its somewhat solid quality is due to the rest of it being made up of dead and living bacteria, protein, fiber, plenty of bogus things like salts and fats, and a score of things from the intestines and liver. Whatever your porcelain throne-room sit-down schedule is, pooping is normal. Keep it regular, yo.

Diarrhea, on the other hand, is the nasty business of food and fluids passing through your colon way too fast. Your colon typically absorbs liquids, leaving that usual fecal matter you should honestly be accustomed to by now. But sometimes that doesn’t happen for several reasons.

Viruses and bacteria can naturally wreck up your internal pre-poop process, but so can certain medications, as they disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in your intestines. If you can’t digest it, whether it’s fructose or lactose, diarrhea’s on its way. It’s never pretty.



Inside your head, there’s a doctor of sortswell, more of a toxin specialist, reallycalled the area postrema. Your brain, the beautiful complex maniac that it is, walls itself safely away, kind of like a glorious, magnificent kingdom (if it were run by emotionally unstable academics). That protection’s thanks to the blood-brain barrier. That’s except the area postrema, however, which stays exposed to the bloodstream. By doing so, it scans your blood for toxins, and because it’s damn good at its job, it’ll frantically slam the alert button if it finds something it doesn’t trust, forcing your body to spill its guts to prevent any possible future damage.

But that’s just toxin puke. There are other kinds of puke. There’s the gag-reflex puke, which is when you trigger the vagus nerve. There’s the too-full puke, which is when you upset your stomach’s nervous system (likely by overeating). There’s stomach-irritation puke, which is when you legitimately get sick and your stomach just goes scrambly haywire, suddenly unsure how to act. And then, well, there’s emotional puke, where your body has such a hard time determining if the stress you’re rampaging through is physical or emotional, so it goes with the default of puking, just in case.

Sometimes, because it cares so freakin’ much, your body can overreact. So when a very notable chemical change sweeps through you, the body pretty much makes you puke to be on the safe side. Such is the case with pregnancy and chemotherapy (as if the person wasn’t going through enough already).

Fecal Vomiting


Yup, this is a thing that happens to a small segment of the population. It can only occur after substantial constipation, usually due to an intestine-blocking parasite, but it’s not quite feces these unfortunate folks are bringing back up. In reality, the contents of the first section of their small intestine attempts to expel waste/the grubby freeloader(s) in the other direction. If you ask anyone who’s experienced it, however, it’s poop.

And there you have it, the astoundingly gross wonders of your resilient body! 


The Dangers of Artificial Food Coloring, From Candy to Orange Peels [INFOGRAPHIC]


Food coloring is a tactic the food industry has utilized for decades. From those marshmallows floating in your bowl of milk to brightly colored oranges, even the most common household foods contain ingredients such as Red #40 (the most widely consumed artificial dye) and Yellow #5.

However, the dangers of artificial dyes are often an issue in food safety, with many claiming them to be toxic and a factor to the rise of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) in recent years. Curiously enough, many natural colors previously used to color food contained toxins such as mercury, and at the turn of the 20th century, companies began to create synthetic solutions to replace harmful natural dyes.

Unfortunately, these new artificial dyes came with their own set of issues. Colors to Die For breaks down the most common artificial dyes, featuring which countries ban them, which foods they’re found in, and their accompanying health concerns.

Take a peek at the illuminating infographic below.




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Infographic Ruins Our Favorite Childhood Foods by Linking them to Cancer


We know, we know, we know. Preservatives are bad for us. Our snack food is saturated with chemicals. If we keep eating pesticides our organs will turn into cancerous lumps of toxic goo . . . or something like that. We’ll be honest, we’ve never really listened to the health food lecture because that double sleeve of Oreos just kept calling our name. Besides, how much damage could a few cookies and some artificial food coloring actually do? Turns out, kind of a lot of damage. Like, big, cancer-causing, brain-toxifying, you’re-really-gonna-need-that-health-insurance damage. And American kids are ingesting more and more of it every day.

The organization Healthy Child broke down exactly how much of our food contains additives and chemicals, how many of our plate-bound farm animals are fed manure and plastic, and explains why the oranges in our orange juice were probably bathed in acid. Let’s just say it’s not exactly uplifting.

By the time you get to the bottom of the infographic and see how many of your favorite childhood foods are linked to cancer or neurodevelopmental deficits, you’ll probably just want to lock yourself in a room with some organic kale and cry until it’s all over. But just remember that pretty much everything (including boba) has been linked to cancer. It can’t hurt to keep track of the more chemically laden foods in our diets, but a few cookies or acid-bathed oranges probably won’t kill you any more than breathing the air in most major cities will.

Peep the infographic below (click for larger view):


H/T HealthyChild