By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MN When Delano’s Walter “Wally” Grotz developed arthritis in his legs more than 30 years ago, his wife convinced him a warm Caribbean cruise might lessen his pain.
Little did they know that the trip would lead to Walter’s passion for researching the uses for hydrogen peroxide.
“Hydrogen peroxide is made only out of oxygen and water,” Walter said. “It’s a very natural thing it’s in our atmosphere and in our waters.”
Becky Mundt of Oregon recently dedicated the fifth edition of her book, “101 Home Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide,” to Walter and his efforts.
In her dedication, Mundt states that Walter has “taught me more about hydrogen peroxide . . . than I ever even vaguely imagined was possible.”
Walter’s interest in hydrogen peroxide began in the Caribbean, when he happened to meet Father Wilhelm, a hydrogen peroxide enthusiast. Wilhelm convinced Walter to ingest small amounts of food-grade hydrogen peroxide each day for his arthritis. About a month later, Walter started noticing positive results.
Encouraged by the improvement in his health, Walter began sharing his experience with others. One person who began taking hydrogen peroxide was Dr. Christiaan Barnard, who is famed for performing the world’s first successful human heart transplant in 1967. In 1983, Barnard was diagnosed with arthritis in his hands.
“He called me four times,” Walter said. “On one call, he said he didn’t like the taste of it. But on the next call, he said ‘It’s working.’”
Walter enjoys researching other uses for hydrogen peroxide, as well.
He adds a small amount of hydrogen peroxide when watering house plants, and has also talked to people about its impact on crops.
The substance is used in some mouthwashes, contact lens solutions, hair dyes, and sterile packaging. One aseptic packaging method puts heated hydrogen peroxide on the packing material, and then eliminates the hydrogen peroxide using pressure rollers or hot air.
Mundt’s book details the home uses she’s found for hydrogen peroxide, including general cleaning, bleach for clothing, weed killer, and more.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, hydrogen peroxide at room temperature is a clear liquid commonly used to fight germs. When large amounts come in contact with the lungs or eyes, poisoning can occur. Symptoms include abdominal pain, breathing difficulty, body aches, vomiting, etc.
To learn more about hydrogen peroxide, or to purchase Mundt’s book, Walter recommends the following website: www.foodgrade-hydrogenperoxide.com.