MSM - Optimal Health
A New Discovery
MSM: An Essential Dietary Sulfur! MSM was first isolated by Robert Herschler, working for Crown Zellerbach in Portland, Oregon. Both he and Dr. Stanley Jacob of the University of Oregon Medical School, have done extensive research and testing on this exciting substance.
MSM, or methylsulfonylmethane, is a natural, organic sulfur compound, found in all living things. This form of organic sulfur is the forth most prevalent mineral in the human body. In his research, Dr. Jacob determined that the sulfur in MSM, called sulfonyl, is as safe and as important as vitamin C in our diet, unlike the bad sulfurs: sulfa, sulfate, sulfite and sulfide.
Sulfur a Major Key To Health:
MSM comes from the ocean and is a prime source of bio-available sulfur, which is lost from our food because of storage, processing, drying, cooking and preserving. MSM is an important food (not a drug or medicine) and plays many roles in the body, including the stimulation of the growth of healthy skin, hair and nails. It is needed by the body for healthy connective tissues and joint function, proper enzyme activity and hormone balance, along with the proper function of the immune system.
Because bio-nutritional sulfur plays such a major role in these healthy body functions and others, Doctors Herschler and Jacob found that supplementation with MSM can improve many conditions such as: allergies, asthma, emphysema, lung disfunction, arthritis, head aches, skin problems, stomach problems, digestive tract problems, circulation, cell osmosis and absorption.
What MSM Does:
MSM makes cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to freely flow into cells and allowing wastes and toxins to properly flow out. The building blocks of the body, amino acids, are all sulfur binders and play a major role in the production of hormones and enzymes which regulate the body's activities.
MSM and vitamin C are used by the body together to build healthy new cells. MSM provides the flexible bond between the cells. Without MSM, the new cell is not permiable, and osmosis is hampered. These cells lose their flexibility, like scar tissue, wrinkles, vericose veins, hardened arteries or the damaged lung tissues of a person with emphysema.
Conditions Aggravated by MSM Deficiency:
Burn victim, Bill Rich, discovered MSM for himself when a veterinarian friend had him try MSM. Bill's explains that his skin was flat, purple and leathery, up and down a majority of the right side of his body. After only a few days of taking MSM, Bill noticed an increase of stamina and energy, and over time an astonishing effect on his scarred skin as it started to turn pink and fill in. Now Bill has little more than a small section of skin that is still barely detectable after having more than 60 feet of skin graft scars. After years of using MSM and helping others, Bill Rich lectures in the benefits of MSM.
When the body replaces old skin cells, if there is a deficiency of MSM, the new cells can be stiff and contribute to wrinkling. MSM supplementation can help the body replace bad cells with good, healthy, elastic cells. Over time, wrinkles can go away, and brown and black spots and skin tumors can flow away as new cells replace the bad.
It is the MSM in Aloe Vera leaves that sooths and repairs skin that has been cut, scraped, burned or damaged. The body then is able to repair the skin with the proper raw materials.
Bill Rich says that emphysema is not caused by smoking. Horses and dogs get emphysema, and they don't smoke! It is a deficiency of MSM that causes this condition, and supplementation of MSM can reverse it.
Even diabetics that have been 'on the needle' for years can benefit from MSM supplementation. Bill Rich sites several examples of his friends that are now self regulating since they have discovered MSM.
Sore Joints and Muscles:
Testimonials of many athletes attest to the ability of MSM to increase athletic stamina and eliminate sore muscles! MSM increases the ability of the body to eliminate wastes and toxins from the cells.
Ulcers, caused by too much stomach acids can be reversed by MSM supplementation. Tagament covers up the symptoms, doing nothing to relieve the problem. MSM corrects the problem.
Women don't have the headaches, hot flashes, cramps and nausia associated with the monthly cycle when they use MSM. Even migrane headaches can melt away.
Bill Rich theorizes that Alzheimers is caused by aluminum and lythium salts that are trapped in the brain causing the electrical impulses to be 'shorted' out, so they aren't going on the right path. Without proper circulation and the detoxification of MSM, this condition robs millions of their golden years. MSM facilitates the body's ability to clean out these toxins.
MSM is an Anti-Venom that can quickly bind up foreign proteins such as snake bites, flea bites, black widow bites, bee stings and mosquitoe bites. MSM is also an anti-oxidant that detoxifies the body.
Candida Infections, Chronic Fatigue:
Candida is a yeast that normally lives in the colon. If body pH gets out of whack, Candida can spread to other areas in the body. If the body pH is right, Candida cannot live outside the colon. Women sometimes get Candida yeast infections. When the doctor prescribes an antibiotic, that can send the body pH further off kilter and the Candida can spread. The white coating on the tongue is Candida. It can even get into the brain, where it is called epilepsy. In the blood, Candida will rob the nutrition and energy away from the body, causing a so called 'incurable' disease called Chronic Fatigue. When the body burns energy it produces toxins, if toxins aren't properly removed, this is the result. Bill Rich explains how MSM can take care of this disease of the 90's.
Bill exclaims that if your body is functioning like it should, cholesterol will not be a problem. Your body will regulate it naturally. By taking MSM as a supplement, Bill can eat what he pleases and his cholesterol count is always normal.
Diverticulosis is where the large intestine gets sluggish, clogged, and quits pulsing properly. The feces stop moving properly, and nutrition is not passed through the intestine walls. MSM smooths the coating of the intestine with a teflon like coating, and the feces start moving properly. Diverticulosis is an MSM and Vitamin C deficiency.
Additional Benefits of MSM:
MSM has been found to improve athletic performance and is a tremendous energy booster. MSM will cause your nails to grow twice as fast, and you will find that your hair will be thicker and healthier. Finger nails have more sulfur in them than any other part of the body!
The Newest Arthritis Cure by Jack Challem
If you suffer from pain or inflammation, or a host of other conditions, MSM, and a related substance called DMSO, may help you on the road to recovery.
Bill Rich, a retired mechanic in Portland, Ore., flashes back to 1970 as he tells the horrifying story of being trapped inside a burning car. "The doctors spent six months trying to put me back together," he says. With a patchwork of keloid scars, from the burns and extensive skin grafts, Rich admits, "I made Frankenstein look handsome."
For years he also suffered excruciating pain. After a couple of walks from the repair bay to the parts department at the car dealership where he worked at the time, he'd practically buckle over and cry from the pain in his knees and ankles.
Then, in the early 1980's a veterinarian suggested that he try a supplement routinely used to treat pain in horses and other animals. The compound was methylsulfoaylmethane, also known as dimethylsulfone, or simply MSM.
"In three days, most of my leg pain was gone," Rich says. An inveterate tinkerer, he eventually developed an MSM-containing cream that he regularly rubbed on his skin. Incredibly, his flat, purple scarring-years old-started to vanish, and was replaced by round, pink skin.
Origins of DMSO and MSM. If Bill Rich's story seems too incredible to be true, there are legions of other people who claim that MSM has relieved their joints and muscle pain, inflammation, pollen allergies and other ailments.
Although there's relatively little published research on MSM, it does have a respectable, if derivative, scientific basis. MSM is a nutrient and a normal metabolite, or byproduct, of dimethylsulfoxide, better known as DMSO. Twenty years ago, DMSO was an alternative "wonder drug," and it still has a strong following.
"It's tale of two cities," says Stanley W. Jacob, M.D., of Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. Both substances, in a manner of speaking, have historically been joined at the hip. To appreciate MSM, it helps to understand a little about DMSO.
In 1961, when Jacob was head of the university's organ -transplant program, he realized that DMSO, a common industrial compound, might help in the cryogenic preservation of organs. It turned out that DMSO had other distinctive properties as well. It's a powerful pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, and it rapidly transports other substances (e.g., nutrients) through the skin and into the bloodstream.
Jacob teamed up with Robert J. Herschler, a biological chemist and inventor, and together they investigated the proper-ties and medicinal uses of DMSO. Although some drug companies showed Interest in DM50 and funded research, the FDA was slow to approve it. It wasn't until 1978, 15 years later-that the FDA approved DMSO as a prescription treatment for severe bladder infections
By that time, DMSO -- relatively inexpensive and available over the counter, had gained a huge public following. In 1980, within days of a 60 Minute TV report on DMSO, Jacob's university office had received 100,000 phone calls. Health food stores, drugstores and even gas stations were selling DMSO to an estimated 23 million people. It eased the pain and inflammation of arthritis and other muscle and skeletal disorders --and appeared safe. The only negative aspect of DMSO was its strong, sulfurous smell and the taste it left even when applied to the skin.
Growing Interest in MSM. By 1978, Jacob and Herschler had also become intrigued with MSM, one of the active forms of DMSO in the body. Fifteen percent of DMSO (whether taken orally, intravenously or applied topically) is converted to MSM. Unlike DMSO, MSM is found in many foods, and it is normally present in the bodies of people and animals. Jacob says, "Unpasteurized milk is a particularly rich dietary source of it, and small amounts of MSM are found in fruits, vegetables and grains. Food refining and processing remove MSM much the way they reduce Vitamins and Minerals.
Jacob believes that MSM, 34 percent sulfur by weight, works in large part by donating the mineral to a broad range of normal biochemical processes in the body. "I think that the whole DMSO complex -DMSO, dimcrthyl sulfid, MSM-provides a good portion of the body's need for sulfur," says Jacob. "Sulfur is an important building block."
That, in fact, is almost an understatement. Sulfur, one of the most abundant minerals in the body, is a component of amino acids (methionine, cystcine, taurine), vitamins (B-1, biotin), hormones insulin coenzymes (coenyrne A) and antioxidants (glutathionc. N-acerylcyattine, alpha lipoic acid). Because sulfur Is necessary to build "disulfide bonds," which hold together tissue, it forms part of the body's physical structure, including protein, collagen, glucosamine, skin and nails.
Yet, ironically, while sulfur is clearly essential for health, it is not officially regarded as such by the U.S. Acaderny of Sciences, which establishes nutritional recommendations, or the FDA. In addition, sulfur per se, has been one of the least researched nutritional minerals
MSM Benefits Many Varied Conditions. Much of what is known about MSM gets back to Jacob's clinical experience in treating a wide range of conditions, as well as animal experience by other researchers. Although only about two dozen scientific studies have been published on MSM, some people suggest that the 55,000 studies on DMSO are "co-studies" on MSM.
Jacob says that DMSO and MSM have very similar effects. DMSO is the more potent pain reliever and an antioxidant. "But MSM is a pain reliever, and it reduces Inflammation clinically," he adds. One of the biggest advantages of MSM is that if doesn't posse or create a pungent, sulfurous odor. That, Jacob adds, increases its social acceptability.
How does he decide which to use in treating patients? In his university clinic, Jacob likes to combine the two, giving patients a little DMSO with MSM. But many people just take MSM.