Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- General Feedback
- MSM Reader Feedback
- Multiple Cures
- Nasal Rinse, Tea Tree Oil
- Side Effects and Warnings
- Side Effects And Warnings
- Side Effects and Warnings
- Skin Pigmentation
- Tennis Elbow
- Urinary Incontinence
- Where to Buy
MSM Reader Feedback
[YEA] 02/23/2007: JoJean from La Grande, OR: "I also take MSM, however, if you read the literature...it tells you not to take it after 2 pm as it may cause sleeplessness. I have never experienced anxiety. I take 4 100 mg caps in the morning and 4 at noon with no problems. It does help my arthritis and my hair and nails grow like crazy."
[YEA] 01/14/2007: GG from Houston, TX: "MY X PASTOR USED MSM WHEN SHE WAS A SEVERLY ASTHMATIC PERSON/ SHE HAD ASTHMA FOR YEARS FROM BEING ALERGIC TO ALL GRASSES, SHE ENDED UP TO 300 LBS IN THE HOSPITAL ON PREDIZONE AND DIEING CONSTANTLY ON ALBUTEROL ETC, IN THE HOSPITAL A NURSE GRABBED HER AND SAID YOU NEED MSM, SHE STARTED TAKING LIKE 6 PILLS A DAY, LOST ALL THE WEIGHT IT RESTORED ALL HER ORGANS FROM THE DESTRUCTION OF PREDIZONE AND IS NOW COMPLETELY OF ALBUTEROL IT SAVED HER LIFE!! JUST WANTED TO LET YALL KNOW, SHE HAS BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS AND NO ONE CAN TELL HER DIFFERENT!"
[YEA] 07/23/2006: Charlie from Ft. Smith, AR: "I used both Apple Cider Vinegar and MSM to cure a "trigger finger". ' A big knot appeared on the inside of my thumb joint. It was EXTREMELY painful. I couldn't write or do anything with that hand. I didn't realize how important my thumb was. The dr. gave me a cortisone shot in it (ouch) and said if that didn't help, he would have to do surgery and cut the tendons in my thumb to try and relieve the pain. The cortisone shot didn't help. I received a magazine in the mail shortly after this talking about MSM. I decided I had nothing to lose by trying it. After a few weeks of using MSM, ALL the pain went away. (This all happened about 5 years ago). The knot was still there even though the pain was gone (it was a very obvious knot). I then started taking apple cider vinegar tablets and WOW, the knot disappeared!! It is still gone and so is the pain."
[YEA] 01/06/2006: Aujah from Huntington Beach, CA: "When i was a child my right hip would make a popping sound when i walked. Later on in life, after having a full pain in my hips i found out that my legs are different lengths and was on my way to having arthritis at the age of 21. A friend recommended MSM to help with my nail and hair growth (i can't keep up with how fast my hair and nails grow now). After a week of taking MSM my joint pain was completely gone!!! i was not expecting it at all. Every once in a wile i will forget to take MSM for a few days and my hip pain is back in full swing. I am hooked and it sure is nice to have such strong nail's and healthy long hair."
[YEA] Jane from Poulsbo, WA: "I have found that taking MSM seems to reduce pain from old injuries and arthritis. Also, MSM seems to add an essential nutrient to the system. It would be good to read one of the books written about this ingredient, nutritional sulphur, since it will answer many questions that people will have. I told a friend about MSM and he started to take it, and found he felt immensely less pain in his back."
[YEA] Belle from Los Angeles, CA: "I recently started to take MSM to help with neck pain. While it's too soon to tell if it is helping, I can report that it is making my nails grow like crazy!!"
07/26/2012: Plumhappy from Eugene, Oregon: "I have some interesting results from taking MSM. I am gluten intolerant (not celiac). Normally when I get into gluten, I get sores in my mouth, on my tongue, my tummy hurts bit, left side hurts, gas, bloating, burping, etc. Very loose stools the morning after. Last night, as I was making hamburgers, I decided to through caution out the door and have a bun with mine instead of wrapping in lettuce. HMMMM, none of the usual except for some slight roughness in my mouth and some sinuses plugged up.
I have been taking MSM since May for my knees (works like a charm). I started with 500mg 3x a day and am up to 10,000 per day( not all at once). I also went off coffee in may and started drinking Yerba Matte (a lot, lol. With a tad of stevia in it). I take Vit. C with the msm and nothing more for supplements. I never thought this might help my stomach troubles but it has. Also dairy has been a issue and is better. I don't plan on going hog wild with gluten but was wondering if anyone else noticed this when taking MSM. I have also lost 14lbs. Yeah, I am not a big gal, 5' 3" and usually wear size 8/10 so am very pleased since I needed to drop a few. Would like to hear from others on this. The tea has curbed my appetite nicely. I did the research on Yerba Matte and it seems that some of the bad hype on it is because they don't tell you that the research done was on native south americans who also smoke. Hard to trust all research since some of it is so biased."Replies
[YEA] 08/05/2012: Cate from Melbourne, Vic., Australia replies: "Hey Plumhappy. To some extent or another most people are gluten-intolerant. Go to marks daily apple dot com and learn about how destructive all grains are on the gut.
I've found relief after two days of 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day of MSM in water or juice for a chronic shoulder problem. It would ache sitting here at the comp. Desk, lying in bed, cooking, doing dishes and driving, even walking around. Constant irritation, now gone. I'm so excited about this stuff.
Deidre, infinite blessings! : )"
[YEA] 11/08/2010: Lois from Quanah, Texas, Usa: "I had a bad shoulder pain in the joint. My elbow throbbed and my last three fingers were numb. I saw the Dr. I got a shot in the joint of the shoulder and after a couple of months I still hurt. I bought some MSM and took 4000 milligrams that morning, by afternoon it had stopped hurting. My fingers are no longer numb. I have copd and it has helped my breathing. I had a pulse ox of 90 sitting down and I noticed my pulse ox is 97 now. I find I can walk further. I have been on msm a month. I am so thankful for msm."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 01/15/2010: John from Nyc, Ny: "I have been in the healing profession (practitioner, researcher, advocate) for 30 years, nothing comes close to my experience with MSM, I am so sorry it took this long to try it. My chronic asthma gone in 3 days!! On albuterol for almost 40 years. I am in shock. Some side effects which I consider to be cleansing symptoms. Nausea, sleeplessness and skin breakouts, but I did start on a high dose of 20 grams a day. After three weeks no more 'side effects'. My energy has greatly increased, I feel quite euphoric every day now. The only time I had that kind of euphoria was by drinking three glasses of organic green juices a day. I think people on heavy medications, mercury fillings, toxic diet are going to have more difficulties with it, so building up from a small dose with extra vitamin C and plenty of pure water will help.
The other supplement that really helps is Vitamin D3, I take 16,000iu liquid daily, no colds for two years now and my chronic bronchitis of 20 years has disappeared. Some years it was mild others, severe triggering serious asthma attacks. So the combination of Vitamin and MSM has been miraculous for me. This great website encouraged me to try MSM. Thanks so much.
p.s. Brushing my teeth with MSM has whitened them."Replies
01/17/2010: Ivory Coast from Loco, Ca replies: "THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS. I HAVE THE MSM AND MY CAT HAS ASTHMA. LORD KNOWS I'VE SPENT A LOT OF MONEY ON HER TO NO AVAIL. SHE THROWS UP THE ANTIBIOTIC. SHE ALSO HAS CONSTANT EYE INFECTIONS. UNFORTUNATELY SHE IS A MIDGET AND I CAN'T GET A LARGE PILL DOWN HER LITTLE THROAT. WHERE CAN I GET MSM IN SMALL PILLS?"
EC: MSM comes in powder form as well. See google shopping: http://www.google.com/products?q=MSM+powder&hl=en&aq=f
01/17/2010: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hello Ivory Coast from Loco, Ca.
Look in the Yellow pages for a local farmers co-op store and go there to buy the MSM crystals for your little kitty. They will probably have it at a very reasonable rate.
Your kitty probably won't even realize she is getting it if you sprinkle it over some sardines or tuna. Sardines is probably healthier eating."
01/18/2010: Maz from Sydney, Australia replies: "I have started using 3000mg of pure MSM (capsule form) and also found my energy levels are through the roof! I'm taking msm for melasma but this is a fantastic side effect
Sorry for all the posts but I think this website has changed my life!
10/13/2010: Kini from Tallahassee, Florida replies: "Try giving your cat a tablespoon of plain yogurt 1-2 times a day and it should help clear up the reoccurring eye infections (it did for my dog). I also give him 1 tablet of chewable acidopholis daily.. We haven't had any eye infections for 2yrs now!"
[YEA] 03/30/2012: Sheila from Norwalk, Oh replies: "For the cat, I always put the crystals in a liter of water. You shake it up for awhile until it dissolves and it is like nothing at all is in there. Give the kitty a liter of water with that in it and she will drink it, no problem.
You should be drinking a lot of water anyway. The pure MSM in crystal form is recommended. Start with a quarter teaspoon a day then work up to a full teaspoon. If you need more for your symptoms, it is ok to take much more. Your body will take what it needs and eliminate the rest.
I love the stuff. Don't take it after 2pm if it makes you jittery."
Nasal Rinse, Tea Tree Oil
[YEA] 03/31/2013: Artfox13 from Los Angeles, Ca: "My allergies were really bad today, woke up with tears coming out of my eyes and snot oozing out of my nose. I have tried up to 3,000mg of MSM to no avail (maybe it's the wrong dosage?) What did work was:
1. Using a Neti pot to clean my nose first.
2. Took a q-tip and dipped it in tea tree oil and lined the inside of my nose with it. Not deep, just around the very opening. It seems to ease the nasal issues for me. The oil is actually very gentle, however you still want to be careful about putting it in too deep. I think the drying mechanism of the oil could be responsible for the relief. There was a period I would get staph infections in and around my nose and I would always dab the tea tree oil on it and after about 2-4 days it would subside."
Side Effects and Warnings
[SIDE EFFECTS] 07/27/2013: William from Colorado: "Seeking information and assistance on the following:
I started on MSM several months ago hoping to alleviate a trigger finger and thumb condition. I took it in the morning along with fruit and high quality Kefir that I make myself.
After some two months the trigger problem finger diminished, however one day after an increased dose of the msm I developed an inability to urinate. I stopped the MSM and Kefir and the dysuria condition abated. When I resumed the MSM and Kefir it came back. I've done this three times so I believe I have established the connection.
Now that I've been off the MSM a few weeks the trigger finger has shown up again. Please share your thoughts with me. William"Replies
09/13/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "One time I couldn't go and had to drive to town to get some cranberry juice.... One cup and my urine was back to normal. Now I keep cranberry tabs and extra bottles of juice in the pantry, save an expensive trip to town during the night.... Love, Joy"
Side Effects And Warnings
[SIDE EFFECTS] 04/21/2013: Ellen from London , Uk: "I am one of those people for whom MSM did not work. I had insomnia. What does this mean? Do I need to detox? My joints are very creaky and noisy but are less painful than they used to be. MSM might not be an option for me. Any advice? Thank you!"Replies
05/07/2013: Cb from Blaricum, Netherlands replies: "Hi, you can try Paida and Lajin, it is introduced by Hongchi Xiao. You 'clear' the meridians with Lajin (streching) and toxins will be expelled by Paida (slapping on the joints). It's is a holistic approach and is good for your overall health."
11/08/2013: Alike from Wales, Uk replies: "The body does a lot of healing and cleansing at night, so taking elements that help this process can trigger insomnia.
Some say that taking MSM late can keep them awake, but it's more likely the healing and detox response. Also some people may be unaware they have parasites. They become active at night. Taking MSM can help to deal with them, but initially it may make them very aggravated, and trigger a lot more activity.
Persevering with the MSM will usually find those detox or other issues resolving. Sulphur (MSM) aids the detox process and helps the body assimilate and use nutrition far better, so healing responses are often enhanced."
Side Effects and Warnings
[SIDE EFFECTS] 04/13/2013: Joyce from Manteca, Ca Usa: "I was so happy to find this site. I took 2 tsp MSM for 2 days and 1/2 tsp for 2 days and 3 weeks later I'm still having reactions. I wake in the middle of the night with my body buzzing and I'm having headaches (which I've never had in my life). My energy level is very low. I'm 75 and very healthy otherwise; I'm still working as a substiture teacher. I'm allergic to sulfa and that may be the problem since some others on the site said they were unable to take MSM because of that. I was really hoping it would help with my shoulder problems. I have a damaged rotator cuff (inoperable) from hairstyling for 34 years."Replies
04/29/2013: Linda from New Haven, Ct, United States replies: "Joyce, regarding your shoulder issue, both my husband and myself have rotator cuff issues. We have had very good results with turmeric powder. We take 1 teaspoon 2 or 3 times a day. We either mix it with a glass of milk or scramble it into our eggs. Add a dash of black pepper and some fat (we use coconut oil or butter) for better absorption.
We both noticed improvement starting on the 3rd day or so. It's marvelous!
09/21/2013: Little Wing from Boston replies: "Instead of MSM for your shoulder issues, I highly recommend and praise to the sky MAGNESIUM OIL. Try it, rub on every night, see if you see a difference within a week or so. It can be drying and make your skin itchy, so I usually follow up after about 20 minutes with coconut oil, which can also help with joint and muscle issues."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 01/15/2011: Karen from Seligman, Mo, Usa: "Could someone help. This is strange. I started talking MSM a couple days ago and after second dose had palpitations and they don't stop and have been going on 24 hours now. I stopped taking MSM after it began and its still happening. Breath is hard to catch sometimes and I do not have these but maybe 2 a month and it's usually once. My BP is spiked at times and I have always had LOW LOW blood pressure. This is really creepy. I am also getting off white sugar at the same time and using brown for 4 days. So what's going on here? Don't yang about going to a Dr. If I hadn't already I wouldn't be here. They say nothing wrong but anemia."Replies
01/16/2011: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Karen: It souns like you are having a reaction not due to allergy, but simply from the almost unique beneficial effect MSM has in greatly increasing cell membrane porosity throughout the entire body!
As such, any toxins will be mobilized in greater amounts, and that includes any Rx drugs or their metabolites.
MSM thus has the effect of amplifying the drug dose! So you have to increase the dose of MSM slowly over several weeks, and/or do not be on any Rx drugs when you do, if possible.
Drink lots of water to aid in flushing them out.
For the anemia, you are on the right track in that it can be caused by a lack of essential minerals, which can be had from things like a complete cane sugar, as near to unprocessed as possible:
To make demerara sugar, sugar producers press sugar cane and steam the juice of the first pressing to form thick cane syrup. The cane syrup is allowed to dehydrate, leaving behind large golden brown crystals of sugar. Because demerara sugar is not heavily refined, it has a rich, creamy, molasses-like flavor which enhances baked goods. The large grains also remain crunchy through cooking, which makes demerara sugar a great choice of sprinkled topping on scones and similar dishes which might otherwise have a uniform texture.
As such, you might want to move up from the "brown sugar", since it is merely white table sugar (sucrose) sprayed with molasses to turn it just dark enough!"
10/29/2012: Steve from Centennial, Co replies: "I have been taking MSM for the past week or so. I had heart palpitations yesterday. One thing that msm appears to do is purge the body of heavy metals. I suspect it may also take with it some of the necessary minerals that are key for the electrical signaling of the heart to function properly (like some other heavy metal detoxes I have taken before). As soon as I became aware of what was happening, I took a general overall mineral supplement and the palpitations ceased immediately. I will have to monitor this point forward. Less MSM. More minerals. For detox the key is not to take them together as then it is just sweeping out the minerals you took, rather than the heavy metals deeply imbedded in fat and bones. For detox it appears there needs to be 6-8 hours in between the taking of the minerals and the taking of the msm. Hope this helps in your own research."
11/26/2010: Kathy from Covington, Virginia: "I HAVE READ ALL THE FEEDBACK ON MSM. NOW I AM CONFUSED. I AM HAVING PAIN IN MY KNEES AND LEGS. HAVE FOR SOMETIME. I MIX 2 CAPSULES OF MSM IN LOTION AND APPLY AS MUCH AS NEEDED. THIS SEEMS TO HELP, BUT NOT FOR LONG. I WOULD LIKE TO START TAKING MSM BY MOUTH, BUT NOW IF IT CAUSES ANXIETY I CAN'T DO THAT. I ALREADY HAVE CHRONIC ANXIETY AND AM TAKING ZOLOFT, HAVE BEEN FOR TEN YEARS. THE MSM I USE IS PURE. WHAT CAN I DO?"Replies
11/26/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Kathy: Again, any 'anxiety' reaction to the MSM is not seen in the majority, and even when it is it is likely simply the reaction to the body having too many waste products moving around at the same time due to MSM's nearly unique property of opening up cell membrane porosity for better efficiency moving things in and out across that membrane. This is for ALL organs and tissues, so in fact one minor problem but one to note well is that in addition to this temporary condition, there may well be a reaction ALSO caused by taking RX meds at the same time as being on a MSM regimen, because the increased porosity will cause the RX drug dose to be in effect multiplied, maybe 25%, 50%, or even double or triple! And what is one symptom of too high a dose of anti-depressant/anxiety medication? Why, it's ANXIETY! (Just do a Search. )
Also, remember it takes days at least even once stopped taking any RX drug for it to be really well cleared out by the liver and kidneys. So even if one goes off the drug in order to take MSM, it is best to wait several days at least before starting MSM. (one can lessen this down to non-existent by simply slowly increasing the daily MSM dosage, a week at a time, starting at the lowest dose for body weight and then after a month or two getting up to the highest). BTW, the antidepressant RX drugs have what must be the highest placebo effect of any drug class, at least for 'depression'(placebo effect for this drug class on other prescribed conditions like OCD, anxiety, etc. not given):www.newsweek.com/2010/01/28/the-depressing-news-about-antidepressants.html
It seems I am not alone in having moral qualms about blowing the whistle on antidepressants. That first analysis, in 1998, examined 38 manufacturer-sponsored studies involving just over 3,000 depressed patients. The authors, psychology researchers Irving Kirsch and Guy Sapirstein of the University of Connecticut, saw as everyone else had that patients did improve, often substantially, on SSRIs, tricyclics, and even MAO inhibitors, a class of antidepressants that dates from the 1950s. This improvement, demonstrated in scores of clinical trials, is the basis for the ubiquitous claim that antidepressants work. But when Kirsch compared the improvement in patients taking the drugs with the improvement in those taking dummy pills clinical trials typically compare an experimental drug with a placebo he saw that the difference was minuscule. Patients on a placebo improved about 75 percent as much as those on drugs. Put another way, three quarters of the benefit from antidepressants seems to be a placebo effect. Remember this is NEWSWEEK talking, THE Establishment mass news outlet, so for them to put it out there means it's already long obvious to most.
Did you read over the ANXIETY section?:
If anything, there's too many things there you can try! So pick one that's cheap, easily available, and has some YAYS behind it."