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Methyl Sulfonal Methane

MSM is the active ingredient in DMSO. You might have heard of DMSO, still, let’s look at two dictionary definitions.

"[d(i)m(ethyl s(ulf)o(ide)] a colorless liquid, ... that diffuses very rapidly through the skin; used as a solvent and experimentally in medicine." (Webster’s New World Dictionary, Third College Edition, 1958 edition).

"dimethyl sulfoxide; ... approved for topical use to reduce inflammation and diffuse drugs into the bloodstream." (Random House Webster’s College Dictionary, 1991 edition).

Tens and hundreds of thousands of people have been helped by using DMSO for inflammation and pain relief.

The healing agent in DMSO was discovered and extracted and is known as MSM, methylsulfoaylmethane. It is a natural-occurring compound. It has been found to have multiple functions and benefits for the physical human body.

bulletMSM is an extremely important and beneficial part of DMSO.
bulletThis sulfur bearing molecule is found in all living organisms and is considered to be essential to life.
bulletOur bodies utilize vitamins better in its presence.
bulletA big number of cases show that it has helped with the reduction or elimination of allergies.
bulletIt assists to detoxify the body and increase blood circulation.
bulletInflammation have been significantly reduced.


In the 1960's, the renowned Dr. Stanley Jacob of Oregon Health Sciences University, started to experiment with DMSO and finally discovered and then successfully isolated an extremely important and beneficial part of DMSO - METHYL SULFONAL METHANE. It is now mostly known as MSM. It has been found that it is the MSM part of DMSO that brings the many health benefits to those who suffer from various ailments and diseases. MSM is a natural form of organic sulfur. It is found in all living organisms and is essential to health.

The crude DMSO has a strong unpleasant odor is a by-product of the timber industry. As such it is available in big quantities in the mills waste water but needs to be refined for medial use.

Dr. Jacob’s interest in DMSO started because of the incredible stories of the mill workers who had puzzling cures for various health problems when they came into contact with the waste water. He learned of this miraculous substance from the research chemist Robert Herschler who had been studying it for his employer, Crown Zellerbach, the world’s largest paper processing company. Workers, touching the mills waste water, would immediately taste the garlic, clammy taste and perspire it through their pores but they never got sick. They would go away on vacation for a long period of time and aches, pains and allergies would flare up. When they got back to their work the problems would go away.

When an employee or logger was injured from cuts, bruises, burns or just plain sore they would get the water and put it on themselves for immediate pain relief and aid for faster healing. Dr. Jacob as the dedicated physician, and the chemist Robert Herschler became intrigued by this substance and delivered to mankind what has been referred to as the therapeutic principle of this century. An excellent book is available on this subject is called DMSO, The True Story of a Remarkable Pain-Killing Drug, by Barry Tarshis. It is out of print, but it can be found in used bookstores; and if the author of this book finds this web site and gets in touch with us, we are very willing to publish his book here.

The book tells the story, that t one time Crown Zellerbach attempted to get rid of the wastewater by spraying it on dirt roads to compact the dirt. They were not successful because animals would come and lap it up. A deer would lick six-inch potholes in the road because they had such a craving for something in the wastewater. Dr. Jacob and Mr. Herschler became curious about this and succeeded to identify the substance as DMSO: a healing penetrant that instantly eases pain when applied to the skin. For years he wondered what it might be that the animals were after. The crude DMSO they were spraying was vile tasting and smelling and surely no animal or human would voluntarily drink it. Jacob and Herschler continued their research, believing the animals knew something they did not. They discovered the healing agent hidden within DMSO. It is  known today as MSM.

MSM is found in all living organisms. It is in the grass your dog eats, in the Aloe-Vera plant, in apple you eat and it is the essence of any tree. Today no animal or human gets enough of it in the diet alone, because our Earth’s soil is so depleted of MSM. Even vegetarians, who watch their diets closely to get optimum nutrition, can be deficient in this precious nutrient. Much of the food we eat has the MSM processed out because of chemical processing. MSM is found in high concentrations in rainwater, unfortunately, we can’t drink our rainwater because of airborne pollutants.

Supplementing the diet with MSM is similar to eating the perfect food. If it were to be over eaten, it would be processed out of the body much like over eating any favorite fruit or vegetable. Medical research suggests that a minimum concentration of MSM in the body may be critical to both function and structure in both animals and man. Research studies also suggest that a body system’s concentration of MSM drops in mammals with increasing age. This could be due to dietary habits of eating foods which contain lower amounts of MSM or possibly the amount of waste material and water that kidney’s can process has been lowered.


There have been reports of cases where, through the dietary use of MSM, the body has actually been able to reverse diseases that doctors considered to be irreversible, such as emphysema. This condition happens when the flexibility of the cells is lost in the lungs and they are not functioning to the required capacity.

Smoking contributes to emphysema, but may not be the cause of emphysema. Smoking burns the tissue so the cells are being replaced in a hurry and the body cannot replace the damaged cells with healthy cells fast enough. If the body is deficient in nutritional support to the cells, it cannot build healthy cells as needed, then things like emphysema can happen.

MSM, a sulfur-bearing molecule, available in the foods we eat and now in a supplement form. It attaches to the cell and creates a flexible bond. When we do not get enough MSM the cells become rigid and lose the ability to flex back. A wrinkle is cells that have become rigid and lost the ability to flex back and stay bent. This is known as the aging process! Sulfur has a vital relationship with protein since sulfur is found in the amino acids, methionine, cystine, and cysteine. These amino acids are known as the sulfur-bearing amino acids and are considered the building blocks of protein. Sulfur acts as a synthesizer and an activator with the B vitamins; thiamine, biotin, vitamin C and pantothenic acid. These are needed for healthy nerves and proper brain function. Sulfur aids the liver in bile secretion and helps maintain overall body balance between acidity and alkalinity. Sulfur plays a role in carbohydrate metabolism which is significant for an abnormally low concentration of sugar in the blood (hypoglycemics) and any of several disorders characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood and increased urine production (diabetics). Sulfur is a component of insulin, the protein secreted by the pancreas that is essential to the metabolism of carbohydrates. The lack of nutritional sulfur in the body can result in low insulin production. Sulfur plays an important part in tissue breathing, which is the process where oxygen and other substances are used to build cells and release energy. Nutritional sulfur helps keep the hair, nails and skin healthy.


The MSM available to us in our diets goes to the vital organs that need it the most. If we are only getting small amounts of MSM because of food choices with limited MSM potential, it then becomes obvious why we age and become diseased. With MSM in the diet, the body now has the opportunity, through additional nutritional support, to rejuvenate and be brought into a healthy balance and kept that way.


Here we have to say "no"! Comparable to eating an apple, the nutrients in that apple are going to the cells in the area that need the most attention, regardless of where we think it should go. When that area of the body is balanced, it will go to other areas, the body’s own natural intelligence will dictate where. If I were a person with a serious disease, I would take at least two teaspoons of MSM daily, with my food supplements or medications.


Bill, in the 'MSM Miracle Tape' describes that he was in an accident in 1970 where the seat belt wasn’t released and the engine caught on fire and cooked him for 20 minutes. He is grafted from the armpit down on the right side of his body and you can imagine what old burned tissue looks like. His body was a mass of scar tissue and he rubbed vitamin E oil into it for seventeen years. He says it made him smell like linseed oil but other than that it didn’t do anything. His knee, because of adhesions, hurt so bad when he walked more than a block he almost cried at night. Have you ever been at a dog show for 12 hours or stood at a video game long enough that when you went to walk away your knees locked up and they hurt so bad you wanted a wheelchair? He hurt every night and he wouldn’t take the drugs the doctors wanted to give him for pain relief because he felt they did more harm than good.

Five years ago veterinarian recommended he try the MSM powder, three days later he was marching his troops - he is a first sergeant in the Oregon State defense forces.


There are ways we can achieve optimum health even today. By asking ourselves questions about how we can improve our personal air, water and food quality, we can find creative solutions. One sure way to improve health is to add MSM to the diet. Foods that have a high MSM potential are natural and unprocessed such as fresh vegetables and fruits, fresh raw milk and wheat grass juice.


Women that have had monthly menstruation problems often no longer experience the headaches, cramps or muscle pain. Many women have had these problems because the hormones are out of balance. The monthly cycle can be a shock to the system. When the hormones are brought into balance, the body functions normally and the problems are usually eliminated.


There have been reports of long term diabetics injecting insulin daily for years who have in five weeks to two months become self-regulating and stopped having mood swings. The blood sugar had stabilized. There are people who have had bad emphysema, who used a little atomizer for breathing and could hardly get out of the chair to walk across the room, who, after about a week, walked about a half mile, rested, and then walked another half mile. Now that is not because emphysema had been reversed that fast but because the MSM detoxifies and increases blood circulation. MSM gets OXYGEN into the blood a lot more efficiently with the same amount of work


MSM is found in high concentration in mother’s milk unless the mother herself is deficient in it. If the mother is deficient in MSM, the baby cannot but to also be deficient and can be born with health problems and may even be allergic to his own mother’s milk.


Go into any drug store or super market and look at the shelf space allocation for products. This will give you an immediate impression that indigestion IS in fact big problem.

When MSM is added to the diet, anti-allergy medication may be sharply reduced or eliminated. MSM controls hyperacidity in the stomach. People who are chronic users of antacids report relief almost immediately after taking MSM. MSM can control chronic constipation. Many older people seem to have this problem and it can be a real medical concern. Reportedly many people suffering with constipation can have prompt and continuing relief by supplementing the diet with MSM. MSM seems to have activity against a variety of parasites. Tests show that MSM is active against Giardia, Trichomonads, and roundworms. Parasites lose the ability to hang on and then are flushed out of the body. MSM takes inflammation out of soft tissue and since pain comes from nerves in soft tissue, there is often relief from arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism and hip dysplasia. MSM can help get the flexibility back into the tissues very rapidly - some people have pain relief in 20 minutes; for some it takes longer.

It must be remembered that MSM will go to work where it’s needed most; not necessarily where a person wants it to work first. A protein layer binds every cell in the body. When the water pressure inside the cell is greater than the water pressure on the outside of the cell, there is inflammation and swelling. MSM affects the protein layer so the water freely transfers in and out equalizing pressure so inflammation goes away. It takes the toxins out and increases the nutrition into the cell. It detoxifies so rapidly that if someone has a hangover, he can take a half teaspoon of MSM and within twenty minutes, it’s gone.


Co-enzyme Q10 locks with MSM, which means that in order for the body to fully utilize this nutrient, it must have MSM with it. Pantothenic acid, vitamins A, D & E, inter-enzymes, amino acids, selenium, calcium, germanium, collagnol and dismuzyme are just some of the things we know the body does not utilize properly - unless it has MSM to lock with. A lot of the vitamins we take go through the body without being fully used.

With more MSM in the body vitamins can be used more effectively and therefore become much more beneficial.

Jokingly it is said that Americans have the most expensive urine in the world because of all the vitamins that go down the drain. But there is truth to it and many of the vitamins feed other hosts than the intended. Vitamin C does a lot of healing but without MSM to lock with it doesn’t toughen capillary walls. When MSM is added to the diet and taken with Vitamin C, chronic nosebleeds, easy bruising and varicose veins could be relieved. It is important when taking Vitamin C to make certain it has the bioflavinoid because it is then a complete food. Nature’s vitamins are the best because they contain the whole complexes without which the body can not do its job and that is to maintain and repair the bodily systems. Without enough MSM, which makes up approximately 1/4 of the body’s chemistry, the body can’t do its job properly.




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