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Over the years I have heard so much about BHT for this and BHT for that and especially about BHT to treat Herpes. As you can see from the title of this page, BHT does stand for Butylated Hydroxytoluene. It almost sounds like something that people might use as a weight loss supplement. Well, it's not. If you do some Googling of BHT you will find that it has been banned in some countries because it poses a very real health risk. Why the food and drug administration would even approve its use as a food additive ever is beyond my comprehension. Perhaps they know something that I don't. I don't know about you but I have never heard of people using mutagen or carcinogens to treat their herpes outbreaks. Furthermore, any site offering BHT as a herpes cure all is kind of full of it since to date there is no way to wipe out the herpes virus from any individuals body.

In spite of all the controversy surrounding BHT some people insist that it has worked to treat and heal their herpes outbreaks. I say - whatever! In spite of my strong opinions I will go ahead and accept BHT comments from those that have actually tried the stuff. As you can see from all my comment and feedback pages, I am open to both positive AND negative comments surrounding the stuff. As soon as I receive input from real people I will be happy to post them here for your convenience. ~Yoshi2me

BHT is a food additive that is synthesized from two organic compounds called p-cresol and isobutylene. It cannot be dissolved in water but is easily dissolved in organic solvents such as alcohol and gasoline. BHT is literally everywhere. In 1976, Americans consumed, by mouth, nearly nine million pounds of the stuff. BHT hides in margarine, instant potatoes, and chewing gum, to mention only a few examples. It is fed to chickens and other animals. Americans consume 1 to 2 mg each per day. Each American has on the average 1.3 to 0.82 parts per million in body fat.

BHT kills herpes simplex virus in the laboratory. When dissolved in mineral oil at a concentration of 5 percent or 15 percent and applied to the skin of hairless mice infected with herpes simplex virus type 1, BHT is better than mineral oil alone at reducing the number of herpes lesions. BHT is probably a virus envelope interrupter: it probably kills viruses that depend on having an envelope by dissolving the envelope. Other mechanisms are also possible. Two important criteria in drug testing have been satisfied in the testing of BHT as an antiherpes treatment:

1. It kills herpes simplex virus in the test tube.

2. It is effective at speeding the healing of sores in mice when applied to the skin in mineral oil, although not all investigators agree.

As a topically applied mixture in mineral oil, BHT therapy also resulted in skin reddening and some skin sloughing. This agent has never been reported to have been given by mouth to animals for treatment of herpes. Despite this, it was extensively advanced by a book that was very popular in the 1980's, at doses ranging from 250 mg to 2,000 mg per day in the treatment of herpes. There are no published data anywhere in the scientific literature on the safety of BHT administered in these doses to humans. Because we take BHT every day as a food additive, it is presumed safe. However, these doses are as much as 1,000 times the usual daily intake. At even high doses, the following things happen to animals in experiments (not a complete list):

1. Mice given an otherwise improper and incomplete synthetic diet lived longer if the diet was supplemented with BHT.

2. BHT did not affect the life span of mice who were given proper nutrition, although it did seem to partially reverse the hazardous effects of inadequate nutrition.

3. BHT prolonged the life span of mice whose diets began to be supplemented with BHT when they were eleven weeks old. It was of less benefit if started earlier in life.

4. At higher doses, it can cause animals to bleed into the brain or even bleed to death.

5. It can damage heart cells.

6. It can stunt weight gain.

7. It can decrease the metabolism of the adrenal glands.

8. It can cause disorganization and destructive changes of lunch cells and can lead to serious lung damage.

9. The liver becomes enlarged, a phenomenon that disappears when the agent is stopped. A system of liver enzymes called the P-450 system is induced. If this system stays induced for long periods, it changes the way other drugs and natural products are metabolized. For example, if vitamin D is metabolized more quickly by induced enzymes, over a period of time a vitamin deficiency may develop that can lead to a bone disease called osteomalacia.

Most of the effects of BHT, both good and bad, occur at high doses, much higher than the amounts we ingest incidentally every day. However, the long-term effects of even the small doses that we use are poorly understood, and the wisdom of ingesting even these small amounts might well be questioned. There have been no human studies at these doses with BHT for herpes treatment or for safety. On the other hand, this chemical has passed the preliminaries of developing a new antiherpes drug - it works in the test tube and, at least in some investigators' hands, on the skin of animals. It was next tried on the skin of humans in a trial conducted by Dr. S. Spruance from the University of Utah. This double-blind, placebo-controlled trial failed to show any significant benefit. At this point, there is no precedent for humans to ingest BHT orally in these doses. Orally, it should be avoided until more information becomes available. Topically, it is not helpful. ~X

Hmmm, bet he thinks the moon landings were taped in Death Valley and that aluminum foil hats keep the CIA at bay. Well, of course BHT kills the viruses. It kills pretty much anything it comes across. ~Jim

BHT is not safe and not effective against herpes
See Toxicity from BHT Ingestion
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Read this quotation at the end: "fortunately for our patient, follow-up at six months and one year showed no long-term toxicity. However, she has had outbreaks of her herpes."

The comments here about aspartame forming "toxic" formaldehyde and that both are the root of all evil are absolutely bogus. Formaldehyde is a natural substance required for the proper methylation of DNA and biomolecules (specifically, formyltetrahydrofolate is converted to a methyltetrahydrofolate and used in conjunction with vitamin B12 to methylate homocysteine and form the vital amino acid methionine, which methylates many molecules including DNA). Many seemingly innocuous drugs and chemicals produce formaldehyde (science has had a test for formaldehyde for 30 years!); in fact, one caffeine molecule is degraded to three molecules of formaldehyde, which is three times more formaldehyde than from the same number of molecules of aspartame. The government is right. Don't believe the profiteering MDs behind this conspiracy theory, who evidently couldn't read a biochemistry or toxicology text if their life depended on it.

~John E. Garst, Ph.D.
Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Toxicology

Well that was interesting! First of all Aspartame, is the same thing that's in Equal right? I've been using Equal products for years and nothing has happened to me. I don't know much about BHT, but based on what I have read I don't think I want to know anymore about it. I'd rather have herpes and be healthy than have some weird health problems from using a poisonous chemical compound. ~Al

You trust the FDA? The people who approved the poison Aspartame? Amazing! BHT has been proven safe and affective repeatedly in curing Herpes. You just don't get it. The giant pharmaceutical companies will loose money if BHT is recognized as safe. They will not be able to sell their deadly products that don't work. Of course they are going to tell lies about safe and affective products that cure herpes cheaply. ~Alan

Did you know that the whole aspartame controversy is an Urban Legend? Apparently you have not checked SNOPES lately. BHT has NOT been proven safe OR effective in doing squat for herpes. If BHT were recognized as safe for herpes then it would have been crystal clear to everybody ages ago. Where is this so called "proof" that some keep screaming about? It's not enough to say that it works if you don't have the clinical proof to back it up. ~A

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