Some facts from the Fact Sheet - on the use of DMSO
is DMSO? DMSO or dimethyl sulfoxide is a colorless slightly oily fluid
that is derived from trees as a by-product of the production of paper.
Its crystalline derivative, MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane) shares almost
the same properties, as DMSO except it does not produce the garlic-like
breath and body odor so commonly seen with DMSO use. MSM is also known
as dimethyl sulfone, crystalline DMSO, DMSO2 or Vibrant Life.
What is DMSO used for? DMSO is primarily used as an
industrial solvent for things such as paint thinners. It is definitely
not an essential nutrient and is not required for the functioning of a
Health Canada has approved the use of DMSO only for the
relief of chronic genitourinary problems such as cystitis,
interstitial cystitis, radiation cystitis, trigonitis and prostatitis.
DMSO is also approved for use as a preservative for bone marrow and stem
cells that are being held for future transplantation. Despite a lack of
supporting scientific evidence, the list of unapproved uses for DMSO has
grown to include such things as: osteoarthritis, tendonitis, bursitis,
synovitis, mental illnesses, Down's Syndrome, emphysema, cancer,
scleroderma, Raynaud's phenomenon, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's
disease, peripheral neuropathies, spinal cord injuries, brain trauma,
strains, sprains, bruises, burns, wounds, etc. In highly active
populations such as athletes and military personnel, DMSO is especially
popular as a treatment for musculoskeletal injuries.....and so on..
How can DMSO be taken? DMSO can be taken orally,
topically, intravenously, intramuscularly and intervesically (injected
into the bladder).
What are the major concerns with DMSO use? There are
a number of significant concerns with regard to DMSO use:
1. DMSO has not undergone the rigorous clinical
testing that is required to establish if and how it may be safely used;
if there are any health consequences from its prolonged use and how it
interacts with other medications. We also do not know how it may affect
children, the elderly, people with specific medical problems and woman
who are pregnant or breast feeding. Without this basic research, it is
uncertain if DMSO's potential benefits out weight the potential harm it
2. DMSO is an excellent solvent and as such is very
rapidly absorbed across the skin. As a solvent it is also able to
dissolve a wide spectrum of compounds and carry them across the skin and
deposit them into the body. This would include such things as the insect
repellent you apply to your skin. This can have potentially serious
consequences if the dissolved compounds happened to be highly toxic
substances such a pesticides.
3. DMSO is made in three different grades -
industrial, veterinary and medical. Medical grade DMSO is the highest
quality and should be free of all contaminants. Industrial grade DMSO is
not intended for human use and may contain many contaminants - some of
which could cause serious side effects in people. The companies that
produce industrial grade DMSO often use the same equipment to produce
toxic substances such as pesticides and so contamination is inevitable.
Unfortunately, much of the DMSO sold on the black market is industrial
grade and could cause serious short and long-term problems in its users.....and
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