Sepsis Cure Found: Here's Why Skeptics Discourage Others From Using Same Treatment [VIDEO]
Sepsis is a silent killer. This condition has been the the reason for deaths in hospitals more than any other disease. But critical care doctor, Paul Marik of the East Virginia Medical School, believes he has found a cure for the deadly condition.
Scepticemia, as it is formally known, occurs when the body is trying to fight off a severe infection. When bacterial poisons enter the bloodstream the body's immune system goes into overdrive and causes severe inflammation of the organs.
Dr. Marik claims that he was inspired by the study published by researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University. He first combined Vitamin C and steroids when he ran out of options to treat patients in the ICU of a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, the 9 News reported.
He injected the cocktail to patients who responded positively from the treatment. He has since administered the infusion of Vitamin C, thiamine and a low dose of steroids to 150 patients who had sepsis.
While Dr. Marik's treatment only had one casualty, other experts have cautioned healthcare workers from using or replicating the treatment. The results in larger samples may have a very different outcome than what have been seen in the study done by Dr. Marik.
There needs to be further testing because the study Dr. Marik and Old Dominion University have done has a very small population sample to draw conclusive results, The Independent reported.
While the experts frown upon the way Dr. Marik had pieced together small pieces of researches together to come up with a conclusion, they believe that it can help greatly in the future if proven effective. The ways that hospitals handle sepsis treatment will change significantly because the materials are readily available and affordable.
The National Institutes of health have also started looking into the effectiveness of other treatments of the condition. The NIH has released a $3.2 million grant to a different group of researchers to conduct a carefully controlled study of vitamin C to treat it. This study may once and for all end the skepticism or the reliance on vitamin C in treating the deadly inflammatory condition.