Last year, I nearly lost a family member. After days of not feeling well, she went to the hospital with extremely low blood pressure and was admitted to the ICU. She needed multiple medications to keep her blood pressure up and was pumped full of antibiotics.
Thankfully, she survived… but it was touch-and-go for days.
She had developed sepsis, a life-threatening condition that affects millions – especially those over 65.
Sepsis kills hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. each year and millions around the world. With a 50% survival rate, it is a leading cause of death in hospitals.1
It develops when you have an infection. Your immune system releases chemicals that tell your body to start attacking itself.
Symptoms include fever, fatigue, shortness of breath, mental fogginess and an overall poor feeling. Nausea and vomiting are another clue.
Sepsis can lead to overwhelming pulmonary complications and multisystem organ failure… causing long-term disability… or death.
As you can imagine, sepsis costs the U.S. billions of dollars each year.
The most common treatment is to pump the body full of antibiotics, fluids and blood pressure-improving drugs. But with the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, this is quickly becoming inadequate.
Fortunately, there’s a lifesaving protocol that’s been created by Dr. Paul Marik, the chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. It works in concert with antibiotics and helps improve their effectiveness.
He stumbled across his revolutionary treatment.
Years ago, he had a very sick patient with sepsis. He gave her vitamin C intravenously.
The next day, her condition improved remarkably and unexpectedly.
That result led him to extensive research. He created what he calls the mHAT protocol. It combines ascorbic acid (vitamin C), hydrocortisone and thiamine (vitamin B1) with melatonin.
Here’s why this specific combination works.
Most folks who get sepsis are quite deficient in vitamin C. In the fight against sepsis, your body does better if you have more of this vitamin. It helps create the hormones needed to fight shock to the body. We can’t make vitamin C ourselves, so it must come from an external source.
The body naturally produces about 30 to 40 milligrams of hydrocortisone daily in the adrenal gland. It is a steroid hormone that helps fight inflammation and plays an important role in regulating body functions.2
Vitamin B1 is used to convert carbohydrates to energy. It allows nerves (think brain) and muscles (think heart) to work correctly. It’s required for cellular metabolism and helps improve organ function.3
Melatonin, the final piece, is a critical antioxidant for brain and gut health. Our natural melatonin levels go down dramatically as we age. This hormone helps fight inflammation and also supports organ function.4
Dr. Marik conducted a before and after study using his protocol, and the results were stunning.
Death rates plummeted from 40% down to just 8%.5
Randomized trials are now being planned to further study the lifesaving potential of this treatment.
Odds are you or someone close to you will be affected by sepsis in the future. This protocol could save hundreds of thousands of lives and cut medical costs to the tune of billions of dollars annually.
Talk to your doctor about this standard of care and express your desire for it to be available in your local hospital should you or a loved one become stricken with sepsis.
To optimal living,
Dr. Phil Roberts, M.D.