MSM Glossary

Acid Reflux is stomach acid coming back up the throat, causing pain, and sometimes causing tissue damage.

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles in which breakouts of reddened "pustules" occur generally on the face, neck and shoulders.

Allergies is a sensitivity to a substance which does not normally cause people any problems. The immune system protects the body from foreign substances - known as antigens - by producing antibodies and other chemicals to fight against them. Usually, the immune system ignores benign substances, such as food, and fights only dangerous ones, such as bacteria. A person develops an allergic reaction when the immune system cannot tell the good from the bad and releases a type of chemical called histamine to attack the harmless substance as if it were a threat. Histamine produces many of the symptoms associated with allergies. Substances that may trigger allergic reactions, known as allergens, range from pollen to pet feces to penicillin.

Alzheimer's disease is a disorder in which there is a progressive decaying of brain tissue. It is characterized by a decline in mental and emotional capabilities. The brain is made up of billions of nerve cells, intricately connected with each other like electrons in a electrical circuit. When you think you send electrical impulses throughout your brain. Alzheimer's disease is a condition where the brain is coated with aluminum, causing it to short circuit and send brain impulses to the wrong synapse creating confusion. MSM opens the membrane that contains the aluminum, and allows the unwanted deposits to be flushed into the blood stream. A hot bath with chlorine bleach makes the body sweat and release the aluminum, thus leeching it off of your body. People who take MSM on a daily basis reported increased alertness, that it enhanced their ability to concentrate, msm reduced their mood changes, depressed people observed that MSM relieved depression within hours rather than days.

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and it’s causes are varied.

Asthma is a condition that is caused by inflammation and narrowing of the airways. This results from the contraction of the muscles lining them and causes breathing difficulties particularly in breathing out.

Bones, Joints, and Ligaments - sulfur is necessary for the formation of all healthy body tissues including bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons.

Calcium Calcium is the mineral in your body that makes up your bones and keeps them strong. Ninety-nine percent of the calcium in your body is stored in your bones and teeth. The remaining 1% is in your blood and soft tissues and is essential for life and health. Without this tiny 1% of calcium, your muscles wouldn’t contract correctly, your blood wouldn’t clot and your nerves wouldn’t carry messages.

Candida - yeast infections- is a fungal disease which affects many parts of the body, but is particularly likely to affect warm, damp areas.

Carbohydrate Metabolism - sulfur is needed to produce insulin and other vital components that contribute to healthy carbohydrate metabolism.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that can cause pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in your fingers and thumbs. CTS results from pressure on the median nerve in your wrist.

Cholesterol is a crystalline fatty alcohol found especially in animal fats, blood and nerve tissue and bile.

Chronic pain is considered chronic if it last over 6 months. The condition may include weakness, numbness, tingling, or other sensations, along with sleeping difficulties, a lack of energy, and depression. The state of your mind has a lot to do with your perception of pain. And your state of mind is influenced by the surroundings you find yourself in and your attitudes as well. The psychological effect pain can have on us is substantial. Persistent severe pain can erode our natural threshold to pain and cause our personality to alter as a result. We can tend to perceive the pain as worse than it actually is or that it is becoming worse and worse. The immune system may also become affected adversely from persistent pain.

Chondroitin is a naturally occurring nutrient found in the connective tissue of all mammals, draws fluid into the cartilage tissues that lubricate, cushion and support joints. This fluid plays two important roles: it attracts essential nutrients to the area, and it makes the cartilage more elastic and better able to absorb shocks. Chondroitin also performs roles in joint health that glucosamine cannot do, such as maintaining healthy levels of enzymes that remodel cartilage. Chondroitin is also an important part of the structure of blood vessels, and helps support cardiovascular health. Benefits from chondroitin become evident after four to eight weeks of use.

Circulatory Problems This is problems to do with circulation. Is the closed network of blood vessels in the body.

Collagen The protein that is the main component of your body's connective tissues. This remarkable substance has greater tensile strength than a comparable strand of steel.

Common cold The common cold is a respiratory infection which is very contagious usually caused by a virus. It is characterized by a slight fever, streaming nasal passage, sore throat and aching joints.

Constipation refers to hard, inadequate, incomplete, or infrequent bowel movements.

Crohn's Disease is a severe inflammation of the lower bowel.

Diabetes is a condition where there is an abnormally high level of sugar in the blood. The cells in the body have become rigid and non-permeable. The insulin carries the blood sugar to your cells but do not become absorbed because the cell walls are not permeable and prevent all the blood sugar to penetrate the cell walls. The pancreas works to hard and fast to compensate for the deficiency, but becomes injured and stops working correctly. The blood sugars that are not being used saturate the blood stream, creating a high level of blood sugar. By taking MSM regularly, your cells become permeable and the pancreas begins to be repaired. The blood sugars are now being absorbed by through cell walls and the body becomes healthier. After a few months on MSM, the pancreas should become self regulating, balancing your sugar levels.

Dosage is a prescribed amount of medications or supplements needed to be taken in order to help the current situation.

DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) is a therapeutic agent derived from trees.

Eczema is a skin complaint characterized by redness, itch, dryness with pimples or blisters.

Emphysema is a serious lung disease where the alveoli and the narrow passages leading to these air sacs become permanently swollen air. Emphysema is not caused by smoking. But the smoking burns the tissue in the lungs so that the cells are dying faster than the body is able to replace them with new cells. When cells are dying in a hurry and you're not giving your body enough building materials, you start losing the flexibility in the lungs and they tear. If this happens too often, and you still don't provide the necessary building materials, you start to build a type of scar tissue.

Enzyme is a substance that speeds chemical reactions, catalyst.

Epilepsy is a chronic disease of the nervous system characterized by fits or seizures.

Fibromyalgia is a common form of generalized muscular pain and fatigue. The name fibromyalgia means pain in the muscles and fibrous connective tissues (ligaments and tendons). Fibromyalgia is not a disease; rather it is a clinical invention to describe a chronic pain syndrome. No biopsy, laboratory test, or any other so-called objective measure can establish this diagnosis unequivocally.

Free Radical is a negatively charged molecule (often oxygen) that will attach itself to an electron from a tissue in your body, damaging it much like metals rust.

Gastrointestinal - msm promotes proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. MSM supports healthy metabolism and digestion of starches, fats and proteins.

Gerd is a disorder in which there is recurrent return of stomach contents back up into the esophagus, frequently causing heartburn, a symptom of irritation of the esophagus by stomach acid.

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums of the mouth. Gingivitis associated with bony changes is referred to as periodontitis. MSM is known to help with gingivitis.

Glucosamine is a substance that is needed for the making of the cartilage in our body. It is manufactured in our body from glucose and an amine. Its main role in the body is in the joints where it stimulates manufacture of glycosaminoglycan which is a main structural component of cartilage. Glucosamine, a natural sugar derivative produced by the body, is processed from the shells of shellfish as a supplement source. Glucosamine stimulates the production of collagen and proteoglycans, two essential building blocks of cartilage. There are three types of commercially available glucosamine: glucosamine hydrochloride, N-Acetyl D-glucosamine and glucosamine sulfate. Glucosamine helps keep water in cartilage and joint fluid to promote joint lubrication. Benefits from glucosamine generally become evident after four to eight weeks of use. Continued supplementation is needed in order to maintain benefits.

Gout is the inflammation of the joints caused by too much uric acid in the system. Gout is a form of arthritis in a joint, leading to the sudden development of pain and inflammation. People with gout either overproduce uric acid or are less efficient than other people, at eliminating it. The joint of the big toe is the most common site to accumulate uric acid crystals, although the joints may be affected.

Hair loss is made up of a protein called keratin, produced in hair follicles in the outer layer of skin. As follicles produce new hair cells, old cells are being pushed out through the surface of the skin. The average adult head has about 100,000 hairs, and loses up to 100 of them a day; so finding a few stray hairs on your hairbrush is not necessarily a problem.

Hair, Skin, and Nails - sulfur is necessary for the production of collagen and keratin. These are the primary proteins that make up hair, skin, and nails. MSM supports tissue pliability and encourages the body's ability to repair damaged skin.

Headaches Very common headaches are tension headaches and they are brought on by an increase in the tension in the scalp muscle.

Heartburn is a burning sensation experienced under your breastbone after you’ve eaten something that may not have agreed with you.

Hives is raised, itchy, red, welts on the skin which may take on many shapes and sizes. Hives can be quite irritating as they are usually itchy and last from a few minutes to a few days. They are usually caused by allergies or emotional stress.

Indigestion is a type of pain and sick feeling after eating food.

Inflammation - MSM works on aches and pains associated with systematic inflammatory disorders.

Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas to lower blood sugar levels.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis is the most common form of arthritis in children. It may be a mild condition that causes few problems over time, but it can be much more persistent and cause joint and tissue damage in other children.

Lichan Planus is a condition where hardening of the mucous membrane tissue in the oral cavity. Mix MSM in a glass and use as a mouthwash. You will see great improvement but it may take up to 2 months so be patient.

Lung Dysfunction - Emphysema is not always 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 with MSM can reverse it.

Lupus is a disease of the immune system in which the body fights part of itself instead of concentrating on the invaders only. Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE), causes a skin rash that is particularly sensitive to sunlight. The other kind, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is more serious. It affects the skin and other vital organs, often causing a raised, scaly butterfly-shaped rash across the bridge of the nose and cheeks that can leave scars if it goes untreated. This type of lupus may also damage the connective tissue in the joints, muscles, and skin, as well as the membranes surrounding the lungs, heart, kidneys, and brain.

MSM - Methylsulfonylmethane MSM is a naturally occurring sulfur compound found in our bodies as wells as in many common beverages and foods, including milk, coffee, tea and green vegetables. In its purified chemical form, it is odorless, white, water soluble crystalline solid. It is one of the least toxic substances in biology, similar in toxicity to water.

Methylsulfonylmethane - MSM, is an organic sulfur compound.

Migraines are the worst type of headaches. This headache can usually be preceded by a sick feeling or a blurring of vision or flashing lights in front of the eyes. A migraine will usually begin with a fierce, throbbing pain on one side of the head. This pain may spread and is often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. A migraine can last for hours or days. Migraines are caused by the dilation and contraction of the blood vessels on one side of the brain.

Muscle Cramps are spasms or tight muscles. Usually in the legs. Sometimes occurring when a muscle contracts with great intensity and stays contracted, refusing to stretch out again. MSM has the ability to reduce the number of muscle cramps, or get rid of them all together in muscle cramps, night leg cramps, muscle spasms, leg and back cramps after long periods of inactivity or in athletes especially runners, who experience cramps during the participation in their sport. The MSM disallows the crystallization and build up of lactic acid. The MSM flushes the lactic acid out, along with all the other bad toxins in your system. By taking large amounts of MSM, more toxins that cause soreness are flushed out of your system.

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Osteoarthritis - a chronic degenerative joint disease that generally affects older people. Osteoporosis is a condition that causes a person’s bones to become thin and weak. Possible problems to watch for are hip fractures, blood clots or pneumonia. Osteoarthritis usually affects one joint at a time, gradually destroying the cartilage. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, affects tens of millions of Americans. This disease is found in many different joints in the body, but particularly in the knees, neck, back, hips and fingers. It commonly causes pain, inflammation and decreased range of motion.

Psoriasis is a skin condition whereby areas are covered in pink or red colored patches with white scales. The skin cells multiply much faster than normal, healthy cells and the overproduction of these cells is what causes the raised patches of skin. Psoriasis tends to run in families. It is not contagious and is common among people with fair skin. Outbreaks are triggered by the immune system and can affect other parts of the body, particularly the joints. This condition is usually not dangerous although it may be stressful and embarrassing and with appropriate treatment, symptoms generally subside within weeks. A variety of factors, ranging from emotional stress to infection, can accelerate an episode of psoriasis.

Respiratory System - MSM assists healthy lung function by supporting the cell membranes involved in oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange.

Rheumatoid arthritis - a chronic inflammation of the tissue surrounding the joints.

Side effects of msm are energy and your hair and nails grow.

Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of the sinuses. The sinuses are the air-filled pockets in the bones of the face. The four pairs of sinuses are usually hollow and filled with air and light mucus. The mucus traps dirt brought in by the air we breathe; then the mucus is pushed out through tiny openings that serve as drains. These openings, known as ostia, are very small and are mostly at the bottom of the cavities where mucus can drain out easily. However there are a few cavities with the openings at the top which makes draining mucus more difficult. When the small openings, called ostia, become blocked, the sinuses become inflamed and this is usually the cause of sinusitis. The mucus can no longer escape, pressure builds up as a consequence and the infection in the sinuses is trapped. The bacteria multiply and the symptoms of sinus start.

Sore Joints and Muscles - Testimonials of many athletes point to the ability of MSM to increase athletic stamina and eliminate sore muscles. This is because MSM increases the ability of the body to eliminate wastes and toxins at the cellular level, where good health begins.

Sulfur is an important body component. It is essential to life, and a major component of all living things. Sulfur is in the proteins which constitute basic hair, nails and skin. The sulfur-containing structural protein keratin is found throughout the body, from the epidermis to the hair follicle to the bronchial epithelium of the lungs to the intestinal mucosa.

Tendonitis is an inflammation in or around tendons, bands of strong fibrous tissue that holds muscle to bone. Tendons are strong and can usually take whatever we do to them but occasionally they can become swollen because of overexertion, disease, or injuries. The fibers can become damaged and torn and consequently the pain we feel can be enormous. The more we use a damaged tendon after it has been damaged, the worse the pain will become and the longer it will take to heal. Usually tendonitis will take about 2 weeks to resume normal functioning.

Tooth Whiteness - As we age or teeth begin to become darker. Msm is starting to appear in toothpaste. Brush your teeth as normal then brush again using msm powder or crystals or flakes. Allow yourself two weeks for a noticeable change.

Ulcers - Your amino acids are all sulfur bonders, without the sulfur they are not complete. When they build a gland, the gland puts out hormones and enzymes that work as thermostats for chemical production in your body. Without the sulfur the glands do not work right and they produce too much stomach acids then you get ulcers.

Vitamin C - Vitamin C maintains the integrity of capillary walls; is used in wound healing; allergic responses; has anti-inflammatory action; decreases the duration and intensity of the common cold; enhances the absorption of non-heme iron, is involved in cholesterol metabolism, protects vitamin A and of course, serves as an antioxidant. MSM and vitamin C can be taken together without any problems.

Wrinkles - When the body replaces old skin cells, if there is a deficiency of MSM, the new cells are stiff and contribute to wrinkling. MSM supplementation helps the body replace bad cells with good, healthy, elastic cells. In time, wrinkles go away. Brown and black spots and skin tumors can be arrested and reversed as new cells replace the insufficient cells.

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