Posted by Shelby (Sf) on 07/30/2015
Thank you very much for your prompt reply, and, yes, the BHT/ascorbyl palmitate mixture is apparently the product from Pearson and Shaw. I just looked at the bottle closely, and, sure enough, in extremely small red print, it says "Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw's" above the boldly printed name "BHT Plus". I was not familiar with their names or their book until you wrote me about it. (As I wrote before, I took that form because that was all my health food store carried.)
I just ordered BHT 250mg from Lifelinks over the phone. Thank you so very much for that recommendation. The man who took my order was very nice and said it should be here in two days. I will begin taking 250 mg with water only on an empty stomach once daily as soon as it arrives.
I do have one concern. The Lifelinks product contains 500 capsules which will last 500 days taking one a day. (My old product with 100 capsules and my taking 4 a day only lasted 25 days). With the new product, I am concerned as to how to store it for such a long time. I don't want the BHT to somehow lose potency by being exposed to air and or moisture--I live by the water and it is very damp in my apartment. Perhaps I should take out a month's worth at a time and keep the bulk of the capsules in a sealed glass jar (perhaps with a desiccant). In fact, my old product had a little package of desiccant in the bottle. I'm sorry to trouble you with such a tedious question, but I have never experienced storing a supplement for so long, and I would like to preserve it as best I can.
Again, thank you so much for your response. I now have new hope that the switch to the BHT-only treatment will have positive results. I was in a bike accident resulting in a shattered shoulder and thus a 3-hour operation (including a bone graft) on July 1st. It is the worst injury I have ever had and I am in a tremendous amount of pain. The only bright spot in this horrible ordeal is my communication with you. Being bed-ridden, my friend, who is good at chemistry, has been acting as caregiver and giving me my BHT every day. He questioned the efficacy of the "mixture" as soon as he read the ingredients on the bottle. (I had erroneously thought that the ascorbyl palmitate was simply adding a little extra Vitamin C to my regimen.) Once I was alerted to the possibility that the ascorbyl palmitate could be a problem, I immediately wanted to ask you, and, luckily, my friend is also a computer expert, so he was able to help me communicate with you. I have wanted to communicate with you since late 2013, so I feel very fortunate to finally be able to do. The horrendous accident, major surgery and painful recovery have been awful, but, ironically, it has resulted in new hope for me as far as the Hep C goes.
One last question, once I have started the 250 mg daily dose, how long should I wait to go and have my viral load tested?