He began his story in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet, stating, “This will be the most phenomenal article you will ever read.” He claims to have healed his own cancer, removed his own warts, and is the healthiest. 82 years old on this planet – since he discovered a magical solution known as hydrogen peroxide.
I immediately saw Bill Munro with a story called H2O2 Gardening in Acres USA, a highly respected agricultural magazine in Austin, Texas. Munro declared hydrogen peroxide in his garden for 13 years and said he had better results, faster seed germination and insect attack.
“Try it,” he said during our telephone interview from his home in Michigan. “Peroxide will change the way you build forever. Leaving it will even change your life.”
If you enter the phrase “Bill Munros Peroxide” into Google on the Internet, you will soon find all kinds of articles that talk about his experience in treating his cancer by inhaling hydrogen peroxide several times. He quoted a book called Hydrogen Peroxide: The Medical Miracle by Dr. William Campbell Douglas and give detailed instructions on how to use this publicly available liquid to improve your health.
Many traditional medical communities don’t seem to provide a lot of hydrogen peroxide as a health aid other than antiseptic, but white blood cells are known to produce small amounts of hydrogen peroxide in our body to help fight infections and diseases. Skeptics say that breathing in hydrogen peroxide won’t do you any harm if you try.
However, for our purposes, we are most interested in Munro’s claim to gardening, which all seems to be true.
Additional oxygen has a magical effect
Hydrogen peroxide is easily available in pharmacies and supermarkets in famous chocolate bottles that block light. This is only water (H2O) with additional oxygen molecules that are bound to H2O2. This additional oxygen is very unstable in solution and volatile when in contact with other substances.
This takes into account the physicality that occurs every time hydrogen peroxide touches your skin. The 3 percent solution, most commonly sold in stores, is widely used to clean wounds and abrasions in pets and humans, as well as many other household cleaning and sterilization applications. The Federal Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of hydrogen peroxide for “aseptic” packaging in the food industry, and many people use H2O2 as an environmentally friendly alternative to chlorine in swimming pools, and especially in hot tubs.
The same oxidizing effect that makes clean water naturally has a positive effect on gardening. Many hydrogen peroxide growers recommend placing seeds in H2O2 before planting to accelerate the rate of germination. Irrigation with hydrogen peroxide is also recommended to prevent fungal and bacterial diseases. Most instructions require diluting a 3 percent solution to several tablespoons per liter of water before soaking the seeds or spraying your plants.
Munro’s instructions are very different. An 8 percent solution is used that is made by diluting the 40 percent solution purchased at a hairdressing salon.
“It was just a trial and error on my part,” he said. “Without knowing what strength to use, I started my experiment at 8 percent and plants did not die. Since then, I have 8 percent. Percent can safely burn plants as a percentage, but I can assure you that this did not happen to 8 percent “”
Munro said he soaked many seeds in peroxide before planting and found that the germination rate was 50 percent faster. Depending on the seeds, he will soak them between several hours and one night. He said he sprayed all the roots for their seeds and planting holes and also sprayed all the trees, bushes and grass. He said the only fertilizer was ash from wood stoves and water from his own well.
Soaking seeds doesn’t work for everyone – especially beans – but he says it works very well for potatoes, corn, pumpkin, cucumbers, and turnips.
“I have one of the best gardens,” he said. “You can ask anyone who sees it.”
Munro has many fans, including Charles Walters, founder of Acres USA, and Joyce Morrison, author of http://NewsWithViews.com.
“Although we have never met face to face, Bill Munro and I have been calling and sending e-mails for several years, and I never knew Bill told me something that was not well studied,” Morrison said.
Recent experiments in Australia also support some of Munro’s theories about hydrogen peroxide. The researchers reportedly included peroxide in the zucchini drip irrigation system, which in turn produced 29 percent more fruit and weighed 25 percent more than fruit produced without hydrogen peroxide treatment. Soybean yields increased 82 to 96 percent compared to plants not treated with hydrogen peroxide.
Fewer insects in the garden
Aside from yield and germination rate, Munro’s most convincing claim about hydrogen peroxide in the garden is related to insect infestation.
“I started spraying almost everything green in my garden with peroxide, and the result was a big surprise for me and my wife,” Munro said. “There are no mosquitoes or other flying insects in our garden. There are a few ladybugs, but a few and far away. I don’t think that peroxides harm the ladybugs, but because there are so few other insects that can eat, come Ladybugs don’t exist.”
According to Renee Larose, a retired microbiologist in Manchester, United States, hydrogen peroxide reduces insect populations – not by eliminating adult insects, but by oxidizing and killing their eggs and larvae. Larose was developed and holds US Patent No. 6,455,075, are defined as “insect control methods in plant tissues where a solution containing hydrogen peroxide is applied to plant tissues”.
Hydrogen peroxide in the Larose composition has a concentration of 0.05 to 3 percent and contains other patented components such as acetic acid and phosphoric acid.
“These other ingredients contribute to the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide,” said Larose, who founded a company called BioSafe Systems LLC in Glastonbury, Connecticut, which is now run by his son Robert. “Hydrogen peroxide can do everything (Munro) he says. Our product only increases efficiency. I can tell you that it is not snake oil. It’s as good as it sounds.”
BioSafe produces various products for the horticulture, agriculture, grass, food and sanitation industries. All products are classified as environmentally friendly, and many are certified organic by the Institute for Organic Material Verification (OMRI), which now approves the majority of basic organic grass and garden products. For example, oxides are sold as broad-spectrum bactericides and fungicides, but peroxide-based products also have the side effect of adding oxygen to the leaves and soil of plants.
“We are not really talking about the beneficial side effects of these products because the FDA is very strict about the claims you can make,” Larose said. “But in the presence of extra oxygen, everything grows better. This is basic botany. In Latin America, farmers spray this product from airplanes as fungicides on plants and can stand on the field when airplanes are above them. They don’t use pesticides and produce their harvest will increase significantly. “”
Where was that all my life?
The obvious question is why if a common product such as hydrogen peroxide in a garden offers many benefits, why doesn’t everyone use it for years? Why isn’t BioSafe a well-known brand after 11 years on the market?
“We want to know,” Larose said with a laugh. “I can tell you that EPA loves us because its products are 100 percent a really safe alternative. I can tell you that science gives you a fully rational explanation of how it works. But I can also tell you that chemical companies don’t like it because of course it’s in accordance with what they do. Universities don’t like it because they haven’t developed the concept yet. “
Munro agreed. He suspects that in a profit-oriented world, economic power has little motivation to promote something as cheap and easy as hydrogen peroxide.
Our refusal is that we have no personal experience with peroxide in the garden. We will try to dilute our own H2O2, several BioSafe products this season, and many of you, and report to readers in future editions. We will experiment with different percentages of peroxide when immersing seeds and also when spraying plants, and comparing the results with seeds and plants that have not been treated with peroxide. We also hope to hear directly from anyone who has personal experience with peroxide and related products.
It is important to use hydrogen peroxide with caution, test for limited plants before spraying the entire yard and garden, and only use pure H2O2 or “food products”. Some peroxide brands may contain harmful by-products.
Another important consideration is the peroxide dilution if the percentage is higher than 8 percent. Peroxide concentrated 35 or 40 percent is very caustic and will definitely damage plants and soil.
“Everyone has to see what suits him,” said Munro, an outspoken eighty-year-old whose instructions can be found online. “I think people should see that this works for themselves.”