BHT - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for BHT. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.


Posted by Swfowkes (Cupertino, California) on 06/10/2022 46 posts

I can second Lisa's reply. BHT is extremely effective for shingles and can cause pain reduction in hours when used topically.

If you have shingles and want to test this, apply 10-15% BHT by weight dissolved in refined coconut oil (the most stable preparation, shelf-life-wise) to only one side and leave the shingles on the other side untreated. The untreated side is then a control. The BHT from the treated side will distribute to the other side (and through the palm of your hand in applying the BHT/oil solution), but it will take sufficient time for you to see a blatant difference.


Posted by Deirdre (LA) on 11/23/2019

BHT flu update: Used the BHT remedy about twice a year since I posted in 2017. It has worked each time and I never got sick. Used just one dose per day, two days maximum. Still my favorite flu remedy!

Where to Buy

Posted by Swfowkes (Cupertino, California) on 02/15/2018 46 posts

Vitamin Research Products is no longer selling BHT. They are under new management and have discontinued several products, and switched other product's formulations without notice. If you are reacting to an encapsulated BHT product, try buying BHT in bulk. It's cheaper, and if you dislike the taste, you can put it into capsules knowing that there are no excipients, fillers, anti-caking agents or flow facilitators.


Posted by Oscar (Syracuse, New York) on 05/12/2017

BHT does slow down aging. I ran out of BHT about 1 month ago and can see and feel the difference in how rapidly I am aging. I am now 68 years old. And as you get older the aging process speeds up as all of us elderly people know all too well.

It has been proven many times over that BHT extends the freshness of all foods greatly. Also products such as tires and other rubber products. Also fuels such as gasoline. Myself and many others believe this is the result of BHT`s ability to squelch free radical reactions. It does so by adding a hydrogen atom to a free radical such as OH. and H. that both occur when water is split. I believe that when BHT emits hydrogen atoms it does so in pairs. If this was not true the BHT molecules would become free radicals. So when BHT emits 2 hydrogen atoms closest to each other on the BHT molecule a carbon to carbon bond occurs between those carbons, satisfing the octet rule resulting in a stable molecule.

That BHT is an excellent preservative in non-living substances is NOT in question. BHT`s ability to do so in living organisms is still debated.

I will close this posting by stating that even though the BHT available for sale is made artificially, it is EXACTLY the same compound found in nature so to speak. In fresh water algae, salt water plants that occur along the shores. A growing number of such plants continue to be found.

In my opinion: BHT does slow down aging in the way I just described. I just ordered some BHT. I will try hard to never run out again.

My Best to All,


BHT Brands to Avoid

Posted by Oscar (Syracuse, Ny) on 09/27/2016


BHT sold by 'Wholesale Nutrition ' is CRAP. It lists: cellulose [ some cheap filler ] magnesium steorote, and silicon dioxide as " other ingredients".

Do not buy or use this product. It is a mixture and NOT pure BHT. I opened a capsule to taste it. It tastes like BHT but is powdery as opposed to crystals. This is NOT pure BHT and contains other compounds and says so on it`s bottle. As far as I know cellulose is some cheap filler.

Stick with the pure BHT products sold by VRP and LifeLinks and maybe some others. I bought this by way of AMAZON. What a disappointment....Oscar

BHT and Coconut Oil

Posted by Oscar (Syracuse, New York) on 10/04/2015

Dear Daniela [ California ], Why not at least give the much lower dose BHT treatment I have discussed here so VERY many times now a try?

In my opinion: BHT taken with water only on an empty stomach is MUCH more effective than mixing BHT in ANY and ALL OILS. Also: 2,000mg per day is way TOO much BHT. BHT is not safe at such large doses.

I don`t know how much you weigh. The dosage I have discussed is 250mg of BHT per day for people who weigh 125 pounds or less. For those who weigh 150 pounds or more a second dose of 250mg of BHT MIGHT be required. Also: Any time adverse reactions occur LOWER the amount of BHT used.

Why not at least TRY the BHT with water only on an empty stomach method a try at the much lower doses I have discussed? That is what worked for me and others....Oscar

BHT and Coconut Oil
Posted by Swfowkes (Cupertino, California) on 09/23/2015 46 posts

I have been using BHT dissolved in coconut oil for years. I use the refined coconut oil exclusively because the traces of water, minerals and proteins in the raw coconut oil are catalysts for oxidation reactions and will shorten its shelf life. I use it primarily for topical applications (10% by weight, up to 15% by weight in warm climates) because I have good bile and can absorb oral BHT efficiently without need for pre-dissolving it. But if you are missing your gall bladder, have problems with higher-fat diets and difficulty absorbing fat-soluble nutrients, or just do not get good results with BHT in capsules or crystals, there is no reason why you couldn't use coconut oil to take oral BHT. I prefer it because of its low level of unsaturation. I even brush my teeth with it.

BHT as Anti-Viral

Posted by Oscar (Syracuse, New York) on 07/04/2015

This is my concept on exactly how BHT works. It is my hope that by understanding the fairly simple concepts and principles I discuss people who are interested in the BHT treatment can best use it.

I wish to start with the images provided by wikipedia of the ways in which lipids arrange themselves in water here:

The reasons why these arrangements occur are discussed at the above link. The lipids that encase the different lipid coated viruses also are embedded with certain protein structures that are involved in the infection processes. It is enough to know that for the purposes of this discussion.

So if you can strip away the different lipid coatings the different viruses can no longer infect uninfected cells. Also the natural processes involved in recognizing and destroying the RNA and DNA of said viruses take over and occur.

It is my proposal that the metabolites of BHT are the right size. Small enough to penetrate but large enough to readily disrupt said lipid coatings. Also and importantly said metabolites of BHT are compelled to move about very rapidly because the metabolites of BHT discussed in the different WHO BHT toxicology reports have [ O-H ] groups occur in those tert-butyl groups. When oxygen is bonded to hydrogen a PARTIAL ELECTRICAL CHARGE at both the hydrogen atom [ a partial positive charge ] and a [ partial negative charge ] on that oxygen atom. The very same forces that make water a dipolar liquid.

And, very importantly: Those BHT metabolites though somewhat water soluble because of those [ O-H ] groups are still VERY lipophyllic [ lipid seekers ].

To work, to destroy those lipid coated viruses, those BHT metabolites must both readily seek out those lipid coated viruses and then still be small enough to penetrate said viral coatings. If you screw up that process you degrade the BHT treatment.

IMPORTANT: BHT is power stuff. Careful dosing is required. For people who weigh 125 pounds or less use only 250mg of BHT per day or LESS. For people who weigh up to 200 pounds 500mg per day is the recommended dosage. For people who weigh more than 200 pounds some more BHT may be required. And those are ONLY rough guidelines. Age, fat content of a person`s weight are factors.

My rule is: If adverse reactions to BHT occur, LOWER the dosage used. MORE is NOT better. You have to find out what is the right amount for you. And even that can change especially for people over 50 and very lean people.

I try very hard to explain all this as best I can. But if you choose try this treatment always lower the amount of BHT used if adverse reactions occur....Oscar

BHT Vs Monolaurin

Posted by Oscar (Syracuse, New York) on 07/04/2015

Monolaurin - a Safer Treatment Than BHT for Lipid Coated Viruses?

I am giving this monolaurin my attention. I just recently posted a discussion about how I think [ do NOT know with certainty ] BHT works to destroy the lipid coatings of lipid coated viruses.

If I am right about that [ a BIG if ], it does follow that the same forces I discussed would be at work with the monolaurin.

Think of it this way: BHT and its metabolites are like a granular shaped molecule rapidly spinning about rapidly and grinding through lipid coatings.

Monolaurin is a rod like molecular entity rapidly teeter tottering and spinning about in these same lipid coatings. A different shape doing the same thing. Tearing apart said lipid coatings.

Both BHT and monolaurin are lipid seekers and for the same reasons. Relatively [ compared to water ] nonpolar entities. Whereas water is VERY dipolar. Everything is relative.

What is so very different about monolaurin compared to other lipids? It is a zig zagged but straight line overall. A rod like shape. Most lipids have a head group that is dipolar and two or three so called tail groups.

Also and importantly monolaurin`s dipolar head group is 6 atoms long. significantly longer than most lipids with two [ O-H ] hydroxy groups. As I explained in my earlier posting: When an oxygen atom is bonded to a hydrogen atom the [ O-H ] group has partial electric charges that compel it to move about very rapidly.

And monolaurin is a component of human mother`s milk.

I do NOT know about dosages of monolaurin. Some feedback from those who do would be appreciated by me.

Jay, are you out there ? Any who knows about monolaurin dosages please reply. Oscar

Oscar's 15 Year BHT Protocol

Posted by Oscar (Syracuse, New York) on 10/24/2014

In response to:

Posted by Shawn (Florida, US) on 09/21/2014:

"Hi Oscar, do you know of anyone that has tried a combination of coconut oil and bht? The coconut oil dissolves the lipid coating of viruses. Then the bht may be more effective. I have read about a study done in the Philippines in which coconut oil got rid of hiv virus."

Dear Shawn from Florida: I am not sure of how best to respond to your question. This is because I only used the BHT with water on an empty stomach method. I had such a spectacular response using this method to treat my hepatitis C infection I saw no reason for mixing BHT with any oil or anything else.

In only 4 weeks on the BHT with water only on an empty stomach I went from being seriously sick with all the usual symptoms of a failing liver: yellow eyes, dark urine, inability to digest most foods to normal liver function and NO VIRUS DETECTED. I started with only 200mg of BHT per day and quickly ramped up to 400mg to 600mg of BHT per day. I was using 200mg of BHT capsules.

This was back in early 1997. I know of NO drug or compound that has ever been shown to produce better results than that.

You asked me if I knew of people who achieved as good or better results mixing BHT with coconut oil. My answer is NO. They may be out there but I do not know of them.

From the extensive research I have done it appears to me that once BHT is dissolved in coconut oil the way it is digested and metabolized differs from the way BHT is metabolized when taken with water only on an empty stomach. The with water only method results in altered forms of BHT interring the bloodstream from the intestines and even the mouth itself if you chew the BHT crystals. With the BHT dissolved in oil mixture it seems to me that BHT is picked up by structures called lipoproteins and distributed in that way to the different cells. In my opinion this defeats the purpose. It makes it so that BHT and it`s metabolites are NOT readily drawn to those viral lipid coatings and the viruses so coated in the bloodstream.

There are people who disagree with me. I have given you my opinion....Oscar

Oscar's BHT Recommendations

Posted by Oscar (Syracuse, New York) on 11/24/2013

I am no longer available regarding BHT. But this need not be a problem. For those interested in the BHT treatment there is the REMEDIES TAB HERE:

So, if you are interested in the BHT treatment for Hepatitis C and B and other viral diseases the information is available for you. I will post MY recommendations regarding BHT here once again:

Weight is an important factor in determining dosage. Fat content of a person`s body is another. Generally the more you weigh and the higher the fat content of your body the more BHT you need to effectively treat a viral infection. Many average size men have done very well with 250mg of BHT taken twice a day. If adverse side effects occur and persist, LOWER the dosage of BHT used. That is the treatment.

Supplements that have been shown to work well with the BHT treatment are:

1. A regular type multi-vitamin and mineral pill once a day.
2. A regular type vitamin B complex pill.once a day.
3. Vitamin B12 in a dosage of 1mg [ milligrams ] per day. 1mg is the same as 1, 000mcg { micrograms ].
4. Vitamin C in a daily dosage of between 500mg and 1, 000mg per day.
5. The lipid monolaurin. Unsure about dosage.
6. The herb chianca piedra seems especially helpful in treating hepatitis B. Unsure of dosage.
7. Sodium selenite in a daily dosage of 50mcg [ micrograms ].

Also, and importantly: Continue taking any doctor prescribed medicines or drugs. Very many of the people who have had dramatic improvement with this BHT treatment are taking a doctor prescribed medicine of one type or another.


1. Milk Thistle and it`s extracts. Degrades the treatment to the point that it no longer works.
2. Grapefruit juice. Degrades the treatment to the point it no longer works.
3. Colloidal silver
4. Hydrogen peroxide taken internally. Hydrogen peroxide is a REACTIVE OXYGEN SPECIES. It will make the BHT treatment NOT work.
5. MMS [ Miracle Mineral Supplement ]. MMS is chlorine bleach, a very powerful oxidizer that will react with BHT in such a way as to make the treatment not work.
6. Vitamin E supplements. Yes, you NEED some vitamin E. But a normal diet provides plenty. Vitamin E supplements have been shown to enhance lipid coated viruses ability to replicate and should be avoided for that reason.


For best results, stick with those supplements I listed that have been shown to work well with the BHT treatment. Vitamin B12 is an especially good one.

That treatment works consistently well based on the substantial feedback available....

My VERY BEST to all forum members and especially the dedicated staff here at THE EARTH CLINIC....Oscar