Discovering the Health Benefits of BHT: New Research and Findings

BHT Overview
Posted by Swfowkes (Cupertino, California) on 12/09/2015 46 posts


There is a general attenuation of BHT's effects in most people over time. This is a homeostatic adaptation mechanism and it works on all manner of things. The body automatically compensates for any "deviation" from homeostasis.

BHT works by altering the balance between metabolic states that I'll call catabolic-aerobic-acidic (the antiviral side of the balance) and anabolic-anaerobic-alkaline (the pro-viral side). So if you think of a teeter totter, the viral-susceptible person has their teeter totter naturally (or not) tipped towards proviral dominance. BHT puts weight on the other side of the teeter totter to tip it away from that pro-viral state.

But there is strength and depth for the anabolic-anaerobic-alkaline state. There is also compensation. The body can defend the pro-viral state for many reasons, many of which are hard to figure out, and others of which may seem nonsensical. There can be involvement of heavy metal toxicity, mitochondrial problems, hypothyroidism, chemical toxicities, epigenetic influences, genetic polymorphisms, primary nutritional deficiencies, secondary "sequestration" deficiencies of copper, iron and zinc, and more.

BHT is not a remedy for any of these. It is a general catabolic-aerobic-acidic agent, and an antioxidant. BHT can no more compensate for a magnesium-and-D3 deficiency than a beta-blocker drug can. All it can do is "balance" the imbalance. Most of the time, the underlying factors that may be "causing" the pro-viral imbalance remain in effect. Not always, but often.

There can be an entrainment effect. For example, some people who are given anesthetics for surgeries or traumas entrain to a lower basal metabolic rate. This further lowers their body temperature and aggravates their symptoms of cold hands and feet, constipation, loss of vagal tone, sleeping problems and depression. And increases their viral susceptibility. But BHT can break this entrainment. So can a few doses of thyroid hormone, some exercise, and/or a series of biofeedback trainings.

The pro-viral metabolic state (anabolic-anaerobic-alkaline) is also pro-autoimmune, pro-allergy, pro-depression, pro-fibromyalgia, pro-inflammatory. This is why people with such conditions have a higher risk of viral diseases.

Even though the dynamics of this kind of metabolic balance are complicated, the core concept is simple. There is a linear continuum between anabolic and catabolic and you are too far on one side. The strategy is equally simple: move towards the other side.

There are a hundred ways to do this; BHT is only one.

If this sounds intriguing enough that you want to follow up, read the BHT Book. It's free. It's a PDF document posted on the "steve" page at Project Wellbeing (dot com). And while you are there, feel free to download the thyroid one-pager, which discusses one of the most likely medical misdiagnoses associated with viral susceptibility.

If you want a more timely response to a posting here, copy the post and send it to me at Project Wellbeing. Steve at projectwellbeing dot com. It really helps me to know which page to search.

The interface here may poor, but the information is world class. Keep on posting.

BHT Overview
Posted by Jimster (Thailand) on 10/25/2015

I am responding to Oscar's request 25.10.2013 in the thread at for details of treatments with BHT.
I have been suffering with chronic HSV1 in the pelvic region for several years, the result of which is that it has lead to worsening and debilitating symptoms of constant daily nerve pain, prostatitis, burning, itching, hip-pain, lack of balance, paraesthesia, bladder difficulties, back ache and many others. The list of symptoms I have recorded over time, almost seems incredible, even when I now review it myself. In addition, there has also been male-dysfunction due to its effect on the autonomic nervous system and also neuromuscular control. I have been self-treating with valacyclovir and acyclovir, which mediates almost all of the symptoms, at least those which have not suffered long-term damage and this has enabled me to prove to myself that HSV has been causative in these symptoms.

None of the doctors I have seen in Thailand have been helpful and as is usual here, unwilling to do any research or go out of their way to help. So I have spent the last three years at least, carrying out my own research using herbal remedies, energy medicine, Rife-therapy, ozone therapy, cold-laser, Bob Beck protocol and some others. In doing so, I have made several overseas trips in order to obtain treatment in other countries, which isn't available in Thailand. I have learned a great deal and feel that I have gained a sufficient amount of information to be able to help others (at least to a limited extent) but most of the treatment, with the possible exception of ozone therapy, has not helped me very much, although it has often at first responded to the treatments.

My condition is slightly unusual in that there never was very much in terms of classic herpes lesions - instead the skin remained erythmatous and sore for several years - but the virus's effect on my nerves has been enormous and quite shocking. I have read many other posters' comments online (on Medhelp for example), suggesting that I am by no means alone and also suggesting that HSV1, in contrast to HSV2, may contribute to more chronic symptoms in the pelvic region. Many others for example have indicated that HSV1 has not always caused open lesions, but nevertheless has caused considerable ongoing nerve pain.

The condition has sometimes caused me great distress and depression, to the extent that I have been unable to face life sometimes. It has also caused me to become reclusive and almost stop work completely. Not only has there been the inconvenience of the condition itself, but the fact that it never goes into remission, as it is reported to do and that it has caused so much damage physiologically. I can never get the problem out of my mind, unfortunately. The impact it has had on my life for the past seven years has been almost implausible.

Whenever I attempt to treat the condition, whether it may be using L-lysine, high-dose vitamin C, St. John's Wort, coconut oil, intravenous ozone, Rife-therapy or others, the symptoms usually improve for a day or two, then return to normal. This has been the hallmark of my condition. It appears that my case is unusual and the level of virulence is such that treatment is largely ineffective. I now have a supply of BHT here at home (after a very long wait) and began treatment three days ago, injesting it with heated olive oil. During the following morning after the first dose of 180mg, my pain had reduced to almost zero. This follows a recent claim from a neurologist at Samitivej Hospital in Bangkok, claiming that the virus had probably caused permanent lesions in my nerves and that recovery could not therefore be expected - and that he could do nothing for me. He refuted the idea that the virus is permanently active but was rather fond of telling me "what was indicated for treatment and what was not". Yet after taking BHT, the nerves were quietened. I have not been completely pain-free since beginning this therapy last week, but it appears to have contributed very well. I am still taking daily acyclovir - I do not know whether to stop it. But since using BHT three days ago, I have been able to reduce acyclovir from 400mg x 4 per day, to only x 2 per day, without suffering the usual worsening pain some 4 hours after dosage.

I am however somewhat confused by the advice given in some of the posts by Oscar and others, relating to BHT - they suggest taking BHT with water only, on an empty stomach, while Steven Fowkes seems to highly recommend taking it with oil, given that it is oil-soluable. In other posts, the use of vitamin B12 is suggested, while in another Oscar mentions that it may not be good to do so. Similarly, vitamin E is suggested in Steven Fowkes' book, while in other places, vitamin E is discouraged.

This is what I am taking at the moment, per day, although I'm cognisant that Oscar suggests taking as little supplementation as possible, in order to help BHT do its work.

Acyclovir 400mg x 3Vitamin C powdered form, several grams x 2 times per day
Zinc 50mg
Alpha R-Lipoic acid, 400mg - nerve repair
Folic acid, 50 mg
Selenium 200mcg x 2 times per day
Bee Propolis 500g x 2 times per day
Omega 3 fish oil, 2 grams x 2 times per day
Hypericum (St. John's Wort), regularly chewed
L-Carnitine Fumarate, 3.42 grams - nerve repair
BHT 720mg
Vitamin A, 10,000 IU (with each BHT dose)
Vitamin D3,5,000 IU (with each BHT dose)
Q10,29mg (a poor quality Thai product unfortunately)

I also inject intramuscularly, the following, once per day.

Vitamin B6,100mgVitamin B12,2000mcg

Naturally, I would of course like to reduce this preposterous amount of supplementation. I will post further on results, but appreciate likewise any suggestions for refining this treatment.

BHT Overview
Posted by Oscar (Syracuse, New York) on 08/13/2014

Dear Leanne from Australia, The BHT works very well for all types of herpes virus, genital and non-genital. Many thousands of people have been using it to treat herpes successfully since at least the early 1980s. It [ BHT ] works best if taken with water only on an empty stomach. Also: keep this treatment simple for best results. Do NOT be using other supplements. The only supplement I consider OK to use with BHT as an anti-viral is a standard multivitamin and mineral supplement. I ran a BHT CURES group for about two years and keeping the treatment simple is what works best based on the substantial feedback I received. As far as how long it takes to truly CURE a herpes infection: It is different for each person. Usually at least 2 or 3 years. The results are often immediate, within a few days the sores disappear. But, if you stop taking the BHT the outbreaks reoccur. This BHT does not cost very much. About 40 to 50 dollars a YEAR or less. Also BHT has been proven to extend the average lifespan of mice by as much as 50%. That is because BHT prevents cancer and viral diseases if used in sensible dosages. No more than 500mg of BHT per day for most people. The less you weigh the less you need or desire. And the more you weigh the more you need. The same is true of any medicine. The reason is obvious and needs no explanation. There is MORE or less of you depending on how much you weigh. Also because BHT acummilates in fat tissues, lean, thin people need less and fatter people need more. For a person who weighs 125 pounds or less about 250mg of BHT per day is about right. You may have to play around with the dosage a bit to learn what works best for you....Oscar

BHT Overview
Posted by Oscar (Syracuse, New York) on 10/25/2013

This is Oscar and I am asking people using the BHT treatment to report in to this forum and let us know how the treatment is working. I hope you are using the BHT as recommended by me. Keeping it simple and NOT mixing it with other treatments. Here is my updated recommendations:

BHT treatment as recommended by Oscar is:

100mg to 350mg of BHT taken with water on an empty stomach once or twice a day. The dosage varies for each person. 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 result 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 is the treatment that works consistently well based on the substantial feedback available....Oscar

So, like I said: If you are trying the BHT treatment report in and let us know how it is working....Oscar