Health Notes

DMSO and MSM
The Biochemical Oxygen Transport Pair

by David W. Gregg, Ph.D.
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Moraga, CA 94556
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October, 1998

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This paper is for information only. It represents the observations, views and opinions of the author, but is not a recommendation for treatment. Anyone reading it should consult his/her physician before considering treatment.

DMSO is a widely used commercial solvent derived from trees (living plants) as a byproduct from the production of paper.  There are so many claimed health benefits from its use, one has to wonder if it doesn’t perform a similar vital function in the biochemistry of plants. If so, it may be no accident that it can provide such broad ranging health benefits to us. It has been written up in many places such as the recent book “DMSO, Nature’s Healer” by Dr. Morton Walker (1993), and by Dr. Julian Whitaker in his newsletter “Health and Healing” in the August, 1995 issue.  It is sold in many if not most health food stores in the US and in most countries around the world. Apparently it is used by millions of people for its health benefit properties. I have also found it has a profound beneficial effect in the treatment of Crohn’s Disease as discussed in an earlier Health Note. It is commonly used for treating animals, horses in particular, but the FDA has approved it for only one use for humans, the treatment of interstitial cystitis. Since so many people use it anyway, this has made it a controversial subject. Possibly one reason for this is that no one has ever explained how it works biochemically. If that can be done, it should take it out of the controversial “magic” health benefit classification, and put it on a sound technical foundation. It is the pur