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Man says hot sauce made with Carolina peppers saved his life

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — A man claims hot sauce saved his life, according to ABC News.

Randy Schmitz has always loved hot sauce. So when he was vacationing in Myrtle Beach last summer, he decided to stop at a hot sauce store and take their challenge.

Contestants dip a toothpick in the hot sauce and put it on their tongues. One of the hot sauces is so incredibly hot people are required to sign waivers before sampling it.

It’s called “Flashbang” and combines Carolina Reaper, scorpion, Jolokia and habanero peppers, according to the Huffington Post. The Carolina Reaper was crowed the world’s hottest pepper a few years ago.

The sauce caused him to pass out. Doctors said he had a seizure and his family members remember him twitching and shaking.

“The next thing I knew I had woken up on a stretcher in a hospital room, covered in vomit,” he said in the letter he sent to the Pepper Palace, the business that hosted the challenge.

Schmitz was rushed to an emergency room for an MRI scan of his brain. That’s when they discovered a cancerous tumor in its early stages.

Within a few days, he had the tumor removed and the treatment was complete. The tumor would not have been discovered had it not been for the hot sauce.

Schmitz said the following in a letter to the Pepper Palace:

I had surgery, got the tumor removed, went on radiation and chemotherapy, and I am now cancer free!! Your Flashbang Pepper Sauce SAVED MY LIFE!!!!

Schmitz was recently married.

Craig Migawa, founder and CEO of Pepper Palace Inc., said the following in a statement:

“We are honored to have been a part of this story and we are humbled to know something as simple as a hot sauce can make such a difference.”