THE MSM MIRACLE


Stanley W. Jacob M.D., Ronald M. Lawrence M.D., Ph.D. published 1999 by G.P. Putnam's & Sons
“The Miracle of MSM:  The Natural Solution for Pain

This guest essay and review is based on the information contained in the above book. This information is only to inform
and is not meant to be medical advice.  One should always check with their alternative doctor. It is recommended anyone interested in this information
should read the original book and contact the authors for specific medical advice.

what is msm:

METHYLSULONYLMETHANE , AN ORGANIC FORM
OF SULFUR €œ CHEMICAL FORMULA  CH3SO2CH3.
APPEARS IN ALL LIVING  THINGS IN
NATURE AND IS BIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE.
IT IS ODORLESS, WHITE, CRYSTALINE POWDER
HIGHLY SOLUBLE IN HOT WATER & A WIDE
RANGE OF ORGANIC SOLVENTS.

MSM DISCOVERY:

40 YEARS AGO DR. STANLEY JACOB & DR. ROBERT HERSCHIER, CHEMISTS IN THE PULP/PAPER PLANT CROWN ZELIERBACH CORP WORK ON LIGNIN, A WASTE PRODUCT OF THE PLANT.  OXIDATION OF LIGNIN IN A REACTOR  RESULTED IN FORMATION OF
 

DMSO:

DIMETHYLSULFOXIDE , A NATURAL, ORGANIC FORM OF SULFUR; WATER SOLUBLE COMPOUND WITH A  STRONG AND BITTER TASTE, RAPIDLY ABSORBED THROUGH THE SKIN.  WORKERS COMING IN CONTACT WITH WASTEWATER SATURATED DMSO SMELLED LIKE DMSO & TASTED BITTERNESS IN THE MOUTH.  THE WATER HAD SPECIAL MEDICINAL  PROPERTIES ON SCRAPES, CUTS, BURNS, SPRAINS RECOVERING QUICKER, AS WELL AS ARTHRITIS & ASTHMA IMPROVED WITH DMSO WATER.  BECAUSE OF IRRITATION OF SOME TO TOPICALLY APPLIED DMSO, AND THE BITTER TASTE DMSO WAS OXIDIZED AND THE END RESULT WAS MSM.

NATURAL SOURCES OF MSM:
{SULFUR CYCLE- FOOD TO EARTH- TO FOOD}

MSM is in RAINWATER, FRESH FRUITS & VEGETABLES from 1 to 4 mg/kg, raw milk from cows on green pastures with 2-5 mg/kg {but consumables lose MSM is rapidly lost. Pasteurized milk contains less than 0.25 mg/kg MSM same amount found in milk fed artificial food.  MSM is also lost when frozen for a time, or irradiated- People suffer from chronic shortage of MSM.

MSM AND HUMAN HEALTH:

NORMAL ADULT MALE CIRCULATORY HAS ABOUT 0.2 MG/KG. NORMAL ADULTS EXCRETE 4 TO 11 MG/DAY IN URINE.  THERE IS A MINIMUM CONCENTRATION OF MSM THAT MUST BE MAIN-TAINED TO PRESERVE NORMAL PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTION AND MOLECULAR STRUCTURE OF MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEMS. LOW CONCENTRATIONS OF MSM HAVE BEEN LINKED  WITH UNSPECIFIED COMPLAINTS  OF FATIGUE , DEPRESSION, HIGH SENSITIVITY TO PHYSICAL & PYSCHOLOGICAL STRESS & A LARGE NUMBER OF DEGENERATIVE DISEASES.  IT IS BELIEVED THAT A DROP OF THE LEVELS OF MSM CONCENTRATION IN MAMMALS WITH INCREASED AGE, IS PROBABLY DUE TO A CHANGING DIET OR METABOLISM. MSM IS AN IMPORTANT SOURCE OF SULFUR, WITH UNIQUE PROPERTIES AKIN TO CHEMICAL STRUCTURE  AND BIOLOGICAL ACTIVITIES. 

why do humans need SULFUR:

NEXT TO CALCIUM AND PHOSPHORUS, SULFUR IS THE THIRD MOST ABUNDANT MINERAL IN THE BODY.  A GROWN MAN. OF AVERAGE HEIGHT AND WEIGHT HAS ABOUT 140 GRAMS OF SULFUR THROUGHOUT THE BODY.  NEARLY HALF OF THE SULFUR IS IN THE MUSCULAR TISSUE, SKIN, AND BONES.

PROTEIN STRUCTURE

When plants absorb MSM from rainwater, it„¢s converted into sulfur with the amino acids Methionine and Cysteine, Taurine and Cystine, the other two sulfur amino acids are made from Cysteine.  The body makes about 80% of the amino acids it needs, and these are called non=essential.  The remaining 20%, are called essential, must be from food.  Methionine and Cystine are two of them. There are about 28 known amino acids. Each type of protein is made from a unique combination of amino acids in specific combinations.  Two molecules of Cysteine can oxidize and bond through sulfur [-S-S-] bonds [S].  These bonds are key factors holding proteins in shape, and determine form, properties, and biological activities of proteins.

CONNECTIVE TISSUES

Nails and hair consist mostly of tough protein with high sulfur content, called Keratine.  Flexible tissues such as connective tissue and cartilage have proteins with flexible sulfur bonds.  Cartilage is most abundant of the body, and a major component of all connective tissue. In skin, collagen works with fibers of another protein called elastin, that gives skin elasticity.  In cartilage, the sulfur containing proteoglycans glucosamine and condroitin form with collagen, a fibrous protein that gives cartilage the structure and flexibility.

The body connective tissue importance is beyond keeping cells together.  Prof. Pischinger, Prof. Heine, Dr. Popp research showed the importance of electromagnetic fields in bio-formation.  Their research demonstrated that the soft connective tissue,  extra-cellular matrix surrounding cells, serve more than simple structure and connective purposes.  It's also important in transporting nutrients, electrolytes, signal compounds, atomic and subatomic particles.  Therefore, the soft connective tissue forms essential communication networks within the body through transfer of fine matter bio-information.

Later in life as age sets in, flexible tissue lose elastic properties.  A shortage of sulfur is the likely problem.  Consequences are stiffing of muscles and joints, rippling of skin, decreased elasticity of lung tissues and arterial blood vessels.  Thus, the transferring of bio-information the soft tissues decreases too, and occurrence of diseases in advanced age can be linked to decrease in communication between cells and body tissues.

CELL MEMBRANE PERMEABILITY

All cell and their organelles are surrounded by membranes.  Membranes consist of two layers of molecules placed opposite one another and consisting of an essential fatty acid on one end and a sulfur containing amino acid on the other.  The amino acids are interconnected in a manner forming a surface into which proteins and other membrane components are inserted and secured.  These proteins are necessary to transport through the  cell membrane many types of nutrients and waste materials.

Sulfur bridges form flexible connections between cells and surrounding connective tissues, allowing cells to retain elasticity.  When sulfur is in short supply, cell walls harden, and cells lose elasticity.  Transport proteins of membranes become locked, and membranes become less permeable, resulting in reduced transport of oxygen and nutrients into cells and reduced excretion of waste products from cells.  This is a shortage of oxygen and nutrients, and accumulation of toxic metabolic waste products in cells.  Reduced energy and then degenerative disease result.

Free radical pathology has shown that Thio (-SH) groups of sulfur containing amino acids can protect cell membrane protein chains from oxidation.  Also, Dr. Johanna Budwig demonstrated that sulfur containing amino acids in cell membranes resonate with double connections of the fatty acids releasing of electrons.  Electron clouds are formed, which move along fatty acid chains. This way, electrical currents evolve which form the basis of all electrical energy in the body.  This energy can be measured in heartbeat, nerve stimulations and muscle contractions: Thus all chemical and electrical reactions make life possible.

METABOLISM

Enzymes are proteins that control all important life functions.  Regulating all metabolic processes.  Sulfur bridges are responsible for spatial structure of enzymes.  Without sulfur bridges, enzymes lack biological activity due to deviations of spatial structure.  Sulfur shortage causes reduced production of biological active enzymes, resulting in reduction of many metabolic processes.  Sulfur is important for cellular energy production in which glucose is metabolized under the release of energy.

Most important, sulfur plays a role in the electron transport system, as part of iron/sulfur proteins in mitochondria, the energy factory of cells.  Plus, sulfur participates in the vitamin-B Thiamine (B1) and Biotin.  These vitamins are essential for converting carbohydrates into energy, by burning glucose.  Insulin is a hormone excreted by the pancreas, and mainly functions to regulate blood sugar level.  Insulin plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism.  Each insulin molecule contains two amino acid chains, connected to each other by sulfur bridges.  These sulfur bridges are important for proper functioning of insulin.  Without these bridges, the hormone loses bioactivity.

preferred dietary source of sulfur

Previously, science held that the amino acids Methionine and Cystiene were the important sources of sulfur. However since finding of the earth sulfur cycle, the theory is being brought into question.  Hundreds of millions of years ago algae in oceans started producing simple organic sulfur compounds, which led to the formation of MSM.  This biologically active sulfur was probably the most important source of sulfur for all subsequent developing life forms.  This gives the belief that higher forms of life most likely are genetically programmed to use MSM as a primary source of sulfur.  Theory has it, investigated so far, that MSM can be eaten by all organisms, in almost unlimited amounts without causing any toxic effects.  This cannot be said about the sulfur containing amino acids Methionine and Cysteine, which can be eaten in small amounts, which can cause undesired toxic responses in larger doses.

PROTECTION OF THE MUCOSA

Experiments with MSM with radio-labeled sulfur showed that after ingestion MSM is bound to the mucosa. Apparently MSM is binding to receptor sites on the mucous membrane surface in the intestinal and urogenital tracts and respiratory system.  In so doing it shows a blocking interface between host and environment.  There are many health-benefiting implications in such natural interactions; allergens and parasites cannot bind to the mucosa, toxins are oxidized, and free radicals are eliminated.

what can msm do for us

Biological sulfur deficiencies can result in less optimal functioning of cells, tissues and organ in the body.  Inorganic sulfur is poorly assimilated.  Organic, biologically active sulfur is extremely important in that we have through evolution adopted use of MSM with these benefits:

Maybe the most important find of MSM is that it is an {effective pain killer]. MSM works on many types of chronic pain. Stanley W. Jacob M.D., Ronald M. Lawarnce M.D., Ph.D. in 3/99 published “The Miracle of MSM The Natural Solution for Pain .
 International Ass. For the Study of pain and Amer. Ass. For the Study of Headaches.
Together they have over 20 yrs experience fighting pain with MSM.  18,000 patients with chronic pain and 70% had benefits from MSM and pain either diminished or disappeared completely.

The types of pain which were treated successfully with MSM are:
    
. Personal injury from accidents, burns, etc
. Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis
. Fibromyalgia
. Lower back pains
. Headaches, migraines
. Muscle aches
. Bursitis
. Tennis Elbows and other sports injuries
. Carpal syndrome
. Sclerosis
. Whiplash
. RSI (REPITITIVE STRAIN INJURY
. SCARS DUE TO BURNS, OPERATIONS, ACCIDENTS, ETC

The Way MSM Impacts pain is currently explained by the following mechanisms:

            MSM is a natural analgesic: blocks transfer of pain impulses by nerve fibers(C-fibers)
            MSM blocks inflammations and inflammatory processes. Enhances the activity of cortisol, a natural anti-inflammatory hormone produced by the body.
MSM improves the permeability of cell membranes.  This improves the uptake of nutrients and many vitamins and elimination of waste products and excess cellular fluids.
MSM dilates blood vessels, enhancing the blood circulation-This too, helps to eliminate waste products from the body, which speeds up healing.
MSM is a muscle relaxant.  This is important and often overlooked benefit of MSM.  Many chronic pains are aggravated by chronic muscle tension in the body.
MSM aids the natural defense mechanisms in the body by regulating the prostaglandin metabolism, and regulates the formation of antibodies and immune complexes.

MSM slows down and restores cross-linking in collagen.  Cross-linking in collagen is a natural process in scar formation, causing hard and often painful scar tissues.  This may lead to chronic pain, particularly in the case of burn scars, in which large surface areas may be affected.  MSM heals scar tissue, making skin more flexible.  People who have treated burn scars with MSM ointment and seen their scars almost disappear, and have eliminated associated pains, form dramatic examples of MSM, potency in this regard.

 

SYNERGISTIC EFFECT

MSM is considered a potentiator of most vitamins and other nutrients, such as vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10, all B vitamins, vitamin A, D, E, amino acids, selenium, calcium, magnesium and many others.  MSM improves the cellular uptake of these nutrients, and prolongs their lives. The body can better utilize the nutrients, and taking dietary supplements is more efficient.  Plus, fewer dietary supplements need be taken.

ANTIOXIDANT

MSM is a strong antioxidant, capable of binding and inactivating free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules and atoms with unpaired electrons, which, by force of nature, attract electrons from their surrounding environment.  Free radicals are not all harmful: actually, life without free radicals is impossible.  They are needed for cellular energy production.  The liver produces free radicals during the breakdown of harmful substances, and the body„immune system uses free radicals to kill viruses and bacteria.  The body has antioxidants that bind and deactivate free radicals.  The normal production of free radicals can be very harmful.  They can begin a chain reaction that can eventually cause great harm to cell membranes and chromosomes.  Overproduction of free radicals is caused by physical and mental stress, malnutrition, air pollution, heavy metals and organic contaminants in drinking water and food, radiation and cigarette smoke. In such cases the body needs extra antioxidants from food.  MSM is such an antioxidant.

As a major donor, MSM is essential for the proper functioning of the body„¢s antioxidant system.  When neutralizing free radicals, the body uses a variety of antioxidant enzymes that contain sulfuric amino acids.  These derive their structure and biological activity from sulfur bonds (S-S).  MSM provides the sulfur for the amino sulfur acids, Methionine, Cysteine and Taurine, which are considered powerful antioxidants. When split off, the thio (-SH) groups of these amino acids are capable of neutralizing free radicals.  Sulfur is also necessary for the formation of what is considered the most powerful nutritional antioxidant, glutathione (S).  And as stated before, MSM potentiates the effect of well known nutritional antioxidants, such as vitamins C, E, coenzyme Q10, selenium and others. MSM itself also appears to act as an antioxidant.  The mucosa contains a carbon-sulfur bond cleaving enzyme, Termed C-S lyase.  Studies show that when bound to the mucosa, cleavage of MSM provides an electron deficient group CH3SO2 which can neutralize free radicals.

DETOXIFICATION

MSM dissolves in many organic & inorganic compounds.  Bound to the mucosa and split into an electron deficient group (CH3SO4), MSM reacts with toxins, affects inactivation and speeds excretion.  Plus, MSM enhances permeability of cell membranes, making them easier for nutrients to be taken up by the cells, and waste products to be eliminated.  Speaking practically, MSM drastically increases the ability of cells to excrete toxic waste products.  Health practitioners working with MSM state that it is the most powerful detoxifying nutraceutical or pharmaceutical agent they have ever worked with.

Recently a young artist sought help in a psychiatric institution for severe mental complaints.  Antidepressants worsened his problem to a degree that he decided to look for alternative help.  Microscopic exam showed using the Life Blood/HLB test that he was suffering from heavy metal poisoning due to the paints used in his arts.  Patient thus sought  the help of various traditional and alternative medical practitioners, who prescribed pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathic and orthomolecular detoxifiers and bio-resonance therapy.  After 1 ½ yrs of detoxification there was some improvement in the blood, but still exhibited severe toxicity symptoms.    Later, blood work improved somewhat but the basic complaints were unchanged.  On advice of  the authors, he stopped taking medications, and was put on high dosages of MSM [15 grams/day, supported by weekly Ayurvedic sweat baths to stimulate waste discharge.  Two months later showed his blood had returned to normal, and indicated that for the first time since being treated, he noticed a significant improvement in his condition.

NEUROLOGICAL DISEASES

Toxic materials, like heavy metals and organic compounds are extremely sensitive by the brain.  Many of these compounds accumulate in nerve cells where they cause severe oxidative damage.  Neurological disturbances can be the result.  MSM is one of the few antioxidants that can pass easily through the blood-brain barrier. It prevents and repairs oxidative damage and restores cell membrane elasticity and permeability.  This allows nerve cells to begin excretion of waste products.

An older woman suffered from aluminum poisoning.  The heavy metal was in her brain causing neurological damage, confining the woman to 6 yrs in bed unable to communicate with her surroundings, during this time not speaking.  MDs could not help her and gave up.  She was dependent on her husband.  A natural health care practitioner advised 2 tsp MSM( +/- 15 grams) daily. MSM passed the blood-brain barrier and restored the permeability of the brain cell membranes. Brains cells purged the metal toxins.  Two weeks later the orthomolecular physician prescribed a warm bath to aid in eliminating toxins through the skin.  Twenty minutes later in the bath she smiled and said  Gee I feel much better now.  These were the first words spoken in years.  Months later she was able to lead a normal life.  This illustrates the powerful action of MSM.

ALLERGIES

MSM alleviates symptoms of many allergies, including food, contact, inhalation, and others.  The major characteristic of anti-allergic of MSM is the ability to bind to the mucosa and present a natural blocking interface between hosts and allergens. MSM alleviates allergies through detoxification and elimination of free radicals, improvement of cell permeability.  A direct correlation between concentration of MSM used and resistance to allergens has been established.  Some have noted that MSM works as a histamine as good as traditional antihistamines, without negative side effects.

AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

MSM effectively fights inflammation from autoimmune reactions, which is when the immune system turns on itself, i.e. people who suffer from arthritis often benefit from MSM.  Studies have shown that MSM supplementation significantly reduces joint degeneration and inflammation.  A study of 24 people with symptomatic osteoarthritis were treated  with either regular (NSAID) drug or MSM 3 grams daily.  A month later both groups noted equal improvements in pain stiffness. In a different experiment, mice with pre-disposition to rheumatoid arthritis-like joint lesions were studied. It was found that two month old mice that were given 3% MSM water for 3 months did not suffer degeneration of articular cartilage.  With the control group given only tap water, 50% of the mice were found to have focal degeneration of articular cartilige.  Almost all (95%) control group had inflammatory reaction in the synovial tissues, compared to the less severe inflammatory reaction in the 50% MSM group. Beneficial effect is due partly to MSM ability to improve cell permeability, letting harmful substances (lactic acid, toxins) flow out while letting nutrients go in, thus preventing pressure buildup in cells that cause inflammation in joints.

Mice prone to development of Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Disease (ALD) were fed, for one month, a diet including 3% solution MSM drinking water.  The mean life span of the control group was 5.5 months, while the life span of MSM group was 10 months plus.  MSM group showed decreased anti-nuclear antibody responses and significant lessening of lymphadenopathy, spleenomegaly and anemia development of the autoimmune disease ALD.  Other mice bred for their propensity to have autoimmune disease Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) experiments showed MSM to have protective effect before and after the disease. Mice on a diet with MSM water from age one month suffered lower death and liver damage than control groups with tap water. In seven months, 30% of controls died, while the MSM group lived. Also, when 7 months old and showing advanced lupus group were fed MSM diet, 62% of mice were still alive after 9 months compared to 14%  of control group receiving just tap water.

CANCER

Some experiments showed that oral adding of MSM can protect rats against onset of cancer. A study, rats bred susceptible to breast cancer and given certain cancer compounds were fed MSM diet for eight days. Control group was not given MSM for the preliminary period, but all were given cancer causing doses.  There was no statistical difference of tumors developing in them, except the MSM group developed their tumors 100 days later. These tumors became cancers 130 later than the control group.  Taking a two year average (expectancy life of rats), 100 days are equal of 10 years in human life.

In another experiment rats were given 1% MSM water, in the study, and the control had tap water.  One week after dietary diet, all rats were injected with Dimethylhydrazine (colon cancer causer).  In the nine month„experiment the number of bowl tumors occurring was statistically the same on both.  But, the appearance of first tumors took much longer with MSM rats.  Conclusion:  MSM significantly lengthens tumor onset compared to controls.

PARASITES

MSM discovery is the anti-parasitic action against “Giardia, Trichomonas, roundworms, nematodes, Enterobius and other intestinal worms.  Animal studies include mice determined to have pin worms (Enterobius) by fecal cast exam.  They were given commercial food and water, containing 2% MSM by weight. 17 days later, fecal exam showed worm and eggs free.  Blood level of one MSM examined animal exceeded 30 ppm or mg/kg.  Human study with a man with Giardia lambia (primitive area water drunk) was given 500 mg 3 times daily for 14 days.  On 8th day was free from symptoms, and two stool specimens a week later were free of organism.  Another study, Trichomonas Vaginalis was treated successfully by 1 gram MSM orally a day, and daily topical applications 5% aqueous MSM for a week.

The anti-parasitic property of MSM is from its ability to bind to the mucosa and a natural blocking interface between host and parasite.  It„as if a coating is put down on the mucosa, which parasites cannot penetrate or cling to,  being unable to stick are just flushed from the body.  In vitro research shows the anti-parasitic, antifungal, and antibacterial action of MSM concentrations.  MSM concentrations of 1 mg/ml and less demonstrates no inhibition of Giardia lambia, but, at 20 mg/ml it was strongly inhibiting, and at 40 mg/ml above quickly killed organisms. According to Dr. Herschier, up to 1-2 grams MSM /kg body weight daily.  One therefore builds a safety tolerated blood level up to 4000 ppm (mg/kg) level toxic to many infective organisms and harmless to the host.

A growing number of natural physicians are concerned about parasites.  It is becoming more clear that they can be a source of poisoning that can spread in the body and affect the immune system.  It is interesting that MSM may be nature„original way of protecting us against parasites.

DIABETES

Sulfur containing B vitamin C is a critical part of Glucokinase, an enzyme involved in the use of sugar glucose.  Sulfur is part of insulin, the protein hormone secreted by the pancreas that is necessary for carbohydrate metabolism.  Lack of nutritional sulfur in diets can result in low production of insulin.  Studies shows MSM improves cellular glucose uptake by improved cell permeability, and balancing blood sugar level and returning the pancreas to normal function.

MUSCLE SORENESS AND CRAMPS

MSM in combination with Vitamin C demonstrates great ability to lower or eliminate incidence of muscle soreness, leg and back cramps.  MSM is successful with geriatric patients with such cramps in the night or after long periods of inactivity.  People with stiff muscles and joints report an improvement using MSM for some time.  There are cases of people who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome being cured with MSM.  An elderly women was to have surgery on both wrists.  On advice of the author started to use MSM.  A month later her symptoms vanished, therefore needing no operation.

Competing athletes can learn from million-dollar horses before a race how to  prevent muscle soreness.  Trainers administer MSM before races to prevent muscle soreness and later to lessen risk of cramping and improve physical recovery. Physical fatigue syndrome after intense athletic activities in sports, usually persisting for 8-10 days, was gone in 2-3 days by those who took 1-2 grams MSM/day in the preceding six months.

CONSTIPATION and ACIDITY

A study showed that 75% of individuals on one or more ant-acids or H2histamine receptor antagonists for stomach acidity were able to reduce or eliminate such medication within a week with MSM supplementation.  In another study, twenty-one subjects with history of constipation were given MSM 500 mg daily doses with 1 gram ascorbic acid.  All subjects returned to normal and remained such while taking MSM in their diet.  Studies show that MSM often gives relief from stomach acidity and constipation better than prescribed medication.

LUNG DYSFUNCTION

MSM lets the body to take up more oxygen.  Firstly it improves elasticity of lung cells and permeability of lung cell membranes, letting more air in to breath and oxygen to pass through membranes into the blood stream.  Secondly, it prevents and corrects clotting of red blood cells, allowing blood to absorb more oxygen.  Plus, by improving cell membrane permeability, body cells can take up more oxygen producing more energy.  Those suffering from lung dysfunctions may benefit greatly from MSM. In one study with seven humans with respiratory deficiency,  MSM was given from 250-1500 mg/day.  Five had emphysema, two had lung tumors with additional impairment function due to pleural accumulation.  Both were on radiation chemotherapy before MSM in the diet, but without benefit.  Before and during test period, Five with emphysema walked a measured mile, compatible with capabilities.  Within 4 weeks of MSM, all emphysema sufferers doubled their walking distance.  The two with lung tumors, assessed by attending doctors and nurses were more alert and had a better attitude than before testing.  Most importantly, the lung fluid disappeared during the first months testing.

STRESS

People taking MSM report feeling better and stronger and capable of increased endurance. In a group of 14 persons using MSM for periods of 7 months to over a year, none became ill.  One study involved (2) groups of 25 goldfish, removed from a large aquarium and put in two identical small aquariums.  One was fed normal fish food, the other the same food with 2% by weight MSM added. Movement confinement, temperature changes and marginal oxygenation stressed fish in both tanks equally.  After two days, one fish of the MSM group died, verses 11 (50%) of control group.

A common practice in intensive cattle breeding is antibiotics in animal feed, to promote growth and prevent outbreaks of stress-related diseases.  Animal products (meat, milk, eggs) contain antibiotic residues passed on to consumers.  The large usage of antibiotics is largely responsible for the creation of resistant bacteria strains.  Examples MRSA (Meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (Vancomycin resistant enterococci).  Now, increasingly resistant bacteria are considered one of the major threats to human health.  It is intriguing that adding MSM to animal feed might reduce stress and improve animal health to where usage of antibiotics can be strongly reduced.

SKIN

Sulfur is called the beauty mineral because it keeps skin smooth and youthful with hair glossy.  Sulfur is necessary for producing proteins collagen and keratin, necessary for health of skin, nails and hair.  Experiments have shown that dermatological disorders, including allergy €œrelated, respond well to a diet with MSM.  Oral amounts are shown effective to acne, Rosaceae, dry, scaly or itching skin.  MSM in lotion or ointment topically is helpful in skin disorders including acne, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, dandruff, scabies, diaper rash and certain fungal infections.  Scars can heal that are almost invisible.  Old scars too, can improve.

for whom is msm intended?

ANYONE APPRECIATING GOOD HEALTH.  SPORT ENTHUSIASTS AND ATHLETES CAN USE IT TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE AND RECOVERY AFTER WORKOUTS. THOSE WITH DEGENERATIVE DISEASES CAN MARKILY IMPROVE HEALTH AND QUALITY OF LIFE.

MSM is not a cure-all for every health problem.  It is a food supplement that people in pre-modern societies received through diets.  Most people today suffer from chronic MSM deficiencies due to it„inability to endure realities of modern food  and alcohol.  MSM, in sufficient amounts gives the body the tools to cure itself and maintain it„vitality.  MSM cannot do this by itself. The basis for good health is maintaining  healthy living conditions, including a healthy and balanced diet, good lifestyle choices.

DOSAGES AND USAGE

THE BEST DOSAGE DEPENDS ON THE NATURE AND INTENSITY OF COMPLAINTS.  In most cases, it is sufficient to take an initial dose of  “Three 1 gram tablets twice daily.

Children 10 and under should take a tablet twice daily, while those between 10-18 should take 2 tablets twice daily.  After several months adult dosage can be reduced to two tablets twice daily, though maintaining a higher dose certainly won„¢t hurt. People with serious ailments have been shown to benefit from higher dosages, up to (4) 1 gram tablets 3 times daily.  Such a high dosage may be advised to fight parasite infections.  Case studies have been reported that patients did not show noticeable improvement until they received a daily dose of 30 grams.  Such extreme dosages are not generally recommended for most people, although no negative effects were reported.

PEOPLE USING MSM SHOULD MAKE ALL CHANGES TO THEIR DOSAGE GRADUALLY.  THEY SHOULD NOT INCREASE THE DOSE AS LONG AS DETOXIFICATION SYMPTOMS CONTINUE.  ALTHOUGH UNCOMMON, THESE SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE NAUSEA AND HEADACHES*.  MSM IS BEST TAKEN WITH A GLASS OF WATER ½ HR. BEFORE EATING. AS IT TENDS TO STIMULATE ENERGY LEVELS, IT IS GENERALLY ADVISABLE NOT TO TAKE IT BEFORE BED.

 

HOW SAFE IS MSM?

MSM IS LIKE WATER TOXICITY.  ADMINISTERED TO HUMAN VOLUNTEERS NO TOXIC EFFECTS WERE OBSERVED AT INTAKE LEVELS OF 1 GRAM/KG OF BODY WEIGHT/DAY FOR 30 DAYS.  INTERVENOUS INJECTIONS OF 0.5 GRAMS PER KG BODY WEIGHT DAILY FOR 5 DAYS A WEEK PRODUCED NO MEASURABLE TOXICITY IN HUMAN SUBJECTS.  THE LETHAL DOSE FOR MICE IS MORE THAN 29 GMS/KG BODY WEIGHT: THE HUMAN LETHAL DOSE IS MORE THAN 1 KG; ABOUT 6 TIMES THE LETHAL DOSE OF SALT.  MSM HAS BEEN WIDELY TESTED AS A FOOD INGREDIENT WITHOUT ANY REPORTS OF ALLERGIC REACTIONS.  AN UNPUBLISHED OREGON HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY STUDY OF LONG-TERM TOXICITY OF MSM OVER A PERIOD OF 6 MONTHS SHOWED NO TOXIC EFFECTS.  MORE THAN 12,000 PATIENTS WERE TREATED WITH MSM LEVELS ABOVE TWO GRAMS DAILY WITHOUT TOXICITY.

In practice, most people who use MSM notice very little at the onset, or may experience slight detoxification symptoms.  These symptoms usually disappear.  Fewer then 20% users may feel moderately sick in the first few days using MSM.  GENEREALLY, the stronger the symptoms, the more toxins had been stored in the body, and the more MSM was needed for its purification. If more moderate symptoms of detoxification are experienced, it may be advisable to reduce dosage and to gradually rebuild once they disappear.

For a List of sulfur rich foods:

http://www.med-health.net/Foods-High-In-Sulfur.html

 

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