According to an article in the Daily Press, physician Paul Marik believes he’s found a better way to treat sepsis with a combination therapy of vitamins C, B and corticosteroids.

The professor coordinated with other doctors to study the drug combination in a lab, which confirmed it was effective against sepsis. His results — positive outcomes for 50 patients — were recently published in CHEST, a medical journal from the American College of Chest Physicians.

“My intention was never to discover the cure for sepsis,” said Marik, chief of pulmonary and critical medicine and professor of internal medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. “It just kind of happened by mistake.”

Other physicians have been cautious about the new treatment, suggesting it needs more testing.

“It is research, but it is a very small study,” Dr Jim O’Brien, chairman of the board of directors for the Sepsis Alliance said in an interview with Health News Review. “It’s an observational study, not a blinded and randomized clinical trial. So we need more rigorous, larger and well-designed studies to see if the results hold up.”