Scientist tests novel theory of radiation protection

Can ingesting hydrogen peroxide in small quantities protect the body from exposure to ionizing radiation? An Israeli scientist is testing that controversial theory, but may be running out of funds to continue her work.

Brenda Laster, PhD, so far has shown no signs of harm from a regimen of regularly drinking small doses of hydrogen peroxide, according to an article in the Independent. Laster bases her theory on the fact that the body produces large quantities of hydrogen peroxide after exposure to high doses of radiation, like that caused by a nuclear accident -- such as the Chernobyl disaster.

Laster, a former radiology lab director in the department of nuclear engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is testing the theory on herself and mice, hypothesizing that the body can be taught to react to the excess hydrogen peroxide in ways that aren't harmful, therefore avoiding harm during a much larger nuclear event. She says she has documented an immune response among mice exposed to the agent, which can be fatal to humans in large doses.

However, the initial $500,000 donation she received to conduct basic research is now gone, and she needs more money to buy more mice, according to the article.

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