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Hydrogen History

Published on December 5, 2018

Eons ago the universe was born filling up physical space with hydrogen. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. Hydrogen is found in the sun and all stars, and the planet Jupiter is composed mostly of hydrogen. On Earth, hydrogen is found in the greatest quantities as water. Thus, hydrogen is the most abundant atom in our bodies.

The first reported use of hydrogen seems to be by Antoine Lavoisier (1743–1794), who had guinea pigs breathe it.

In 1923, British geneticist J.B.S. Haldane imagined a network of hydrogen-generating windmills powering Britain, but nothing came of it.

The first uses of this gas in deep sea diving is attributed to trials by the Swedish engineer, Arne Zetterström in 1945. Breathing a mixture of 96% hydrogen and 4% oxygen he was able to dive deeper than anyone before. Nothing like breathing hydrogen when under great stress.

In 1970, South African-born electrochemist John Bockris first used the term “hydrogen economy” in a speech, and later published a book describing what a solar-hydrogen-powered world might look like. But again, nothing.

In 1975, an impressive study demonstrated that hyperbaric molecular hydrogen therapy could be a possible treatment for cancer. In this study, the researchers showed that exposing mice with skin cancer (tumors) to 2.5 percent oxygen (O2) and 97.5 hydrogen (H2) for two weeks produced a dramatic and significant regression of the mice tumors.

Effect of hyperbaric hydrogen on leukemia was reported in 1978.

An anti-inflammatory effect of hyperbaric hydrogen on a mouse model of schistosomiasis-associated chronic liver inflammation was also reported in 2001.

In 2002, American economic and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin argued that hydrogen could take over from oil and that the future of energy lay in hydrogen-powered fuel cells.

The story of Hydrogen Medicine officially began in 2007 when Ohsawa and colleagues discovered that H2 had antioxidant properties that protected the brain against I/R injury and stroke by selectively neutralizing hydroxyl radicals.

Hundreds of studies in the years since have been published showing hydrogen as a safe and effective medicine for over 150 disease models.

Today many countries are getting officially into hydrogen using it for cars, trains, busses and trucks.

For the future, Japan is planning to use the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games to showcase its vision for a hydrogen society and has invested US$348 million in establishing hydrogen refuelling stations and other infrastructure.


Hydrogen, as the simplest and smallest element in the known universe is going to lead to “a brighter, more intellectual, and healthier way of living,” write Xuejun Sun, Shigeo Ohta, and Atsunori Nakao in their foundational book Hydrogen Molecular Biology and Medicine. They say this because hydrogen is a medicine, the safest one we have. Aspirin is hundreds if not thousands of times more toxic than hydrogen.

We can gain hydrogen by eating salads, fruit, uncooked or slightly cooked vegetables. We can drink hydrogen water by adding tablets to it. For sure we get lots of necessary hydrogen by drinking enough water, after all water is two parts hydrogen to one-part oxygen. Dehydration is a hydrogen deficiency and is very telling on the body. Acidity is an excess of H+ ions and a deficiency in oxygen.

Most of the above have to do with health but when it comes to medicine, we must pump molecular hydrogen (H2) in as a gas using hydrogen inhalation therapy, which can be combined with oxygen inhalation therapy, to help people with all kinds of diseases. If one does not have a disease such therapies become strong protocols for the antiaging crowd as well as an important part of sports medicine protocols.

Hydrogen is perfect for Intensive Care, for emergency rooms, ambulances, and for sure H2 belongs in every cancer patient’s home. Every diabetic would benefit enormously from hydrogen therapy. They would experience much less neuropathy and amputation would be a thing of the past. Add bicarbonate and magnesium and we have the beginning of a solid protocol for such patients.

When we say that hydrogen is perfect for intensive care, we mean it is the gas of choice for those approaching deaths door. Oxygen alone is not enough and can even be dangerous, so intelligent medicine in the future will always include hydrogen gas mixed with oxygen.

Would be nice if someone told the FDA and CDC before Flu season bites the public hard because it would be much more difficult to die of severe flu and sepsis if hydrogen was inhaled.

Roberts BJ, Fife WP, Corbett TH, Schabel Jr FM. Response of five established solid transplantable mouse tumors and one mouse leukemia to hyperbaric hydrogen. Cancer Treat Rep. 1978;62(7):1077–9.

Gharib B, Hanna S, Abdallahi OM, Lepidi H, Gardette B, De Reggi M. Anti-inflammatory properties of molecular hydrogen: investigation on parasite-induced liver inflammation. C R Acad Sci III. 2001;324(8):719–24.

Hydrogen acts as a therapeutic antioxidant by selectively reducing cytotoxic oxygen radicals.

Ohsawa I, Ishikawa M, Takahashi K, Watanabe M, Nishimaki K, Yamagata K, Katsura K, Katayama Y, Asoh S, Ohta S. Nat Med. 2007 Jun; 13(6):688-94.

Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)

Professor of Natural Oncology, Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Founder of Natural Allopathic Medicine

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