MSM was discovered by
Stanley Jacob MD., and a research chemist for a paper manufacturing
company, Robert Herschler. It is not classified as a drug, medicine,
herb, stimulant or additive. Though it comes from the sulphur
family, it does not have the same allergic properties as sulfa
If you are allergic to sulfa
drugs, then that is irrelevant when taking MSM, because they are
completely different products. It is made up of sulphur which is
necessary for living. It is a sulphur compound but not a sulphite.
Sulfa drugs are synthetic, meaning they do not occur naturally,
whereas the compound is organic, with 2.5% of each person’s
body weight being made up of the substance.
DMSO was used many years ago
to alleviate pain. When DMSO is oxidized, MSM is the result. This
has caused a lot of unsubstantiated rumours about its effects. DMSO
causes breathing difficulties, itchy and red skin, and excess gas,
so it assumed that the new version of it is the same. DMSO has been
proven to be harmful and is now only sold for industrial use, or for
animals. With it, there is a possibility of allergic side effects,
and it can leave a strange taste in one’s
mouth. Really, the only similarities between the two is that they
both derive from sulphur.
This chemical is vital,
because without it, the body cannot replace damaged tissue quickly
enough, to stop it producing harmful cells in compensation which can
cause illness. Also, you will become more sensitive to pain. Memory
loss, acne, arthritis and a deficient immune system can all result
from a lack of sulphur.
Although you should take it
consistently, if you are having surgery, you should stop using MSM
about 4 days before the procedure, just to ensure that it is not to
blame for any complications. It can also interfere with liver enzyme
test results, so cease taking it for the same number of days as you
would with a surgical procedure, to ensure that it does not cause a
It is easy to store and does
not go bad in a container, though you will probably notice it
sticking together. This is normal, simply shake the vessel or sift
it with your hand. Do not store it in your fridge as it will
crystallize. Instead, store it at about 80 degrees with the lid on.
However, even if you were to leave the lid off at room temperature,
no harm will come of the produce, as it does not absorb moisture. It
can be stored without loss of effectiveness for up to five years.
It may take as long as two
months to feel any benefits. In this timeframe, resist the
temptation to consume huge amounts per day, in the hope that it may
work. The body will distribute the MSM where it is needed. Though it
is advised that you start off with a small dose, in cases of extreme
pain, it may be permissible to start off with a large amount.
As the compound is not
recommended by the American Medical Association, there are not many
doctors who will recommend its use. What this means, is that they
are instructed to tell you there is no definite cure for your
illness, because MSM has not been certified and tested to the
standards which satisfy them. This should in no way dissuade you
from using it and benefiting from its results.