Glendale, CA, July 04, 2014 - An estimated 50 million U.S. adults (about 1 of 5) have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, arthritis is the #1 cause of disability among adults. It is defined as painful inflammation, aching, stiffness and swelling in or around the joints. Arthritis can occur in any joint, but usually it affects the hands, knees, hips, neck or spine. Common limitations from arthritis include difficulty with climbing stairs, walking, lifting, reaching, bending or kneeling.
MSM sulfur (methyl-sulphonyl-methane) is a white, odorless, water-soluble element found in nature and in foods such as milk, fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat. Food processing methods such as heating, washing and freezing, all deplete MSM in foods, which makes daily replenishment beneficial. Many people with joint pain may be deficient in MSM. In a 1995 study, sulfur concentration in arthritic cartilage was shown to be about one-third the level of normal cartilage.
The Arthritis Foundation’s web site lists the most common side effects of those medications used to treat arthritis. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen can create edema (swelling of the feet) heartburn, stomach ulcers and possibly increased risk of blood clots and heart attack. Corticosteroids (cortisone) may contribute to cataracts, elevated blood sugar levels, increased appetite and bone loss. Injections at the arthritis site can create redness and swelling and increased risk of infections.
In the breakthrough book called "The Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution for Pain," Stanley Jacob, M.D., the co-discoverer and 'Father of MSM', and Ronald Lawrence, M.D., share their experiences with successfully treating people with MSM. Together they have treated over 12,000 people with MSM for a variety of conditions at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland Oregon.
Dr. Jacob says: "MSM is a surprising supplement. When you start taking it, you may notice a number of good things happening in your life in addition to pain and allergy relief: More energy, cosmetic benefits such as softer skin, thicker hair, stronger nails; decreased scar tissue; and relief of constipation.”
Ellen N. of Littleton, Colorado says: "I had developed painful arthritis in both knees. The orthopedist prescribed physical therapy, knee braces, ibuprofen daily and an eventual surgery. Someone I know who works for a nutritional supplement company offered me a sample of MSM. I started taking it, I began noticing improvement, and this continued. Soon I had the same spring back in my legs just like before all this started. I was feeling major relief. Now I'm walking faster and even climbed on my roof to trim some trees. I feel like a new woman."
In one research study, patients suffering from degenerative arthritis were treated with either 2,250 mg per day of MSM or placebo. Sixteen patients were enrolled in the study. With the MSM group, the researchers reported "A better than 80 percent control of pain within six weeks of beginning the study."
There is no known cure for arthritis. According to Dr. Stanley Jacob, "Steroidal drugs such as cortisone are widely prescribed to reduce the inflammation associated with a wide array of painful conditions. These frequently lead to unhealthy weight gain, high blood pressure and even diabetes.....MSM offers a natural way to reduce pain and inflammation without serious side effects."
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