What is MSM (bio-available sulfur, sulfonyl)?


Sulfur Hot mineral springs are a result of volcanic activity, from deep underground. Though we haven’t investigated the terminology, it is reasonable to assume that the name “Sulfur Hot” is reference to trace minerals/sulfur, brought to surface through the mineral springs. With this in mind, if Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM) were to be placed in a hot mineral spring, the heat would literally kill or evaporate the Methyl Sulfonyl Methane. Thus, the mineral springs are without the organic Sulfur.

Interestingly, the human body can absorb small amounts of Sulfur through the epidermis of your skin. This explains the small concentrations found in our bodies, and is why the body receives healing affects from hot mineral springs--without the overdosing side affects.

For further discussion on the topic of "where MSM actually comes from", we recommend listening to "The MSM Miracle" (CD or DVD).

What is the difference between Glucosamine HCl and Chondroitin Sulfate?

· The theory behind Chondroitin is that if you have bad cartilage, eating good cartilage can be very beneficial. The ingredients in the good should repair and rebuild the bad cartilage.

· There are three main sources of cartilage, other than the human body. One is from sharks called shark cartilage, or Chondroitin. Another is from shrimp shells called Glucosamine. The third is from horse hooves, called gelatin. Any of these three will do the same. But the products we buy in the health food store, called Glucosamine Sulfate or Chondroitin Sulfate, may not work, as many people are allergic to sulfates.

To elaborate, our tendons, ligaments and the collagen between the joints do not have many blood vessels. In developing Glucosamine Sulfate and Chondroitin Sulfate, scientists knew that they needed a sulfur to make it leak into the joints to allow toxins to exit while allowing nutrition to enter.

The foundation of their mistake, however, can be found at least in part in the results of their study on sulfur. In these studies they found our foods to contain a lot of sulfa, sulfites, and sulfates. But these things are not good for us. As a matter of fact, here are a few illustrations to support this:
· In the Army they’ve opened packages of sulfa powder and dumped it on wounds to burn and cauterize them.

· Manufacturers put sulfites in Corn Flakes. This poisons them so that you can leave them out for months, and nothing will eat them, except people of course.

· They put sulfates into sausages. The result is that sausages can be left out until they petrify, and nothing green will grow on them. This also keeps sausage from molding.

The reality is that the body is allergic to sulfa, sulfites and sulfates. These three fight the body.

What our bodies really need is Sulfonyl "MSM", which is the natural sulfur and third-largest solid component of all living things. This is why we need to remember that every time our food is washed, dried, or steamed, the Sulfonyl (MSM) is gone—it goes with the moisture.

What about animals with hip dysplasia or arthritis?

As far as animals with hip dysplasia or arthritis are concerned, the two most helpful ingredients are vitamin C / MSM. Here’s a real life example of the benefits vitamin C / MSM can provide in these circumstances:

We have a customer in Portland, OR that makes canine carriages. He would get into a carriage, which was hooked to his dog and say giddy up. His dog, a German shepherd, pulled him all around. Unfortunately the dog developed hip dysphasia, and the pain grew so bad that he was going to put her to sleep. But then he finally heard about MSM / vitamin C. One year later the miniature horse club challenged them to a race. The stable uses a sulky to attach to the horse. His German shepherd won three out of three races. His German shepherd is not ready to be put down yet.

For more information on this topic, please ask for the CD’s titled, "An evening with Bill Rich", "A lecture on MSM" and "Bill Rich on ionic minerals".
More frequently asked questions below...
What is a general description of MSM’s value to our bodies?

First, the body wants to heal itself, if it can get the proper nourishment. Remember that the body also uses up to 1/8 teaspoon of MSM each day. So a little extra MSM on a daily basis can be extremely beneficial.

We have been told that the Creator made our bodies so that they make new cells every day of our lives. Additionally, we have been told that it is very important for our glands to put out the right enzymes and hormones to help regulate and keep our bodies healthy. But without the proper amount of nutritional Sulfonyl, or MSM, in our system, the body cannot regulate itself to produce healthy cells.

Ironically, we could get this essential nutritional Sulfonyl from some of our foods such as milk, fruits, vegetables, meat and fish, but we lose most of this important nutrient by heating, drying and processing our food. The result is that when our system is deficient in “MSM”, our bodies cannot make enough healthy cells to overcome the affects of the unhealthy cells. We are then subject to various illnesses, aches, pains and allergies until we correct the problem with good healthy cells.
What is the difference between MSM and Sulfur?

· M.S.M. stands for Methyl Sulfonyl Methane. The S in the ingredient is Sulfonyl, an Organic compound.
· To discuss the difference between Sulfur and Sulfonyl as they pertain to the human body, we need to understand Sulfur, its characteristics and origin. It is found in many different ways, and is a mineral created by years of compression in the ground. It is often dug up and processed. Although partially water-soluble, Sulfur is toxic and the body can be sensitive to large amounts of it (Liver).
· On the other hand, Sulfonyl is a naturally growing component of nature found in plants, animals and in the soil. Its largest concentrations are actually found in pine trees. It is also commonly referred to as Methyl Sulfonyl Methane, or " MSM ". Unlike Sulfur, MSM is completely water-soluble and non-toxic. Large concentrations have not been found to do any harm to the human body.