Inflammation is the single greatest cause of tissue damage in the human body, followed closely by free radical damage. It is pointless, and even sometimes counter-productive, to try to promote tissue regeneration without properly hydrating the body, correcting the soft tissue pH levels, and correcting digestion. I recommend that interested individuals view my previous posts in chronological order before attempting some of the suggestions here!
Inflammation, no matter the “official” diagnosis, is usually caused by a few very specific factors:
1. Toxic waste buildup in the tissues
2. Mitochondria failure (a short-circuit in the energy conversion process of the body)
3. Pathogenic organisms
4. Trauma (scar tissue build up, adhesions, cross-linked tissues and emotional energy held in-tissue)
There are always co-factors involved in the expression of inflammation. For example, cardiac conditions reduce circulation depriving tissue of both proper nutrition, cleansing, and oxygen. Another example is a clogged and sluggish lymphatic system. A third example is reduced cellular antioxidant levels… these will be addressed in future posts!
However, chasing co-factors is not as important as good recovery protocols. At least, not when viewed through the lens of natural medicine. Once the body’s metabolism starts functioning normally, many of these co-factors start to disappear on their own.
One method of flushing remaining acids out of the body and stimulating tissue repair and proper tissue growth is with the use of MSM. However, an individual, for example, who still cannot easily eliminate the acidic waste being produced daily by the body can end up bed-ridden if attempting to use therapeutic doses of MSM!
It is best that an individual first restore the alkalinity of the soft tissue before attempting to use large doses of MSM, and even then, it is wise to chart the soft tissue pH on a daily basis. An individual who has a saliva reading of 7.0 who first starts an MSM protocol may notice that the pH will start to drop. This is due to MSM’s powerful action which starts to strip acidic waste from the body. MSM is an acidic substance, but its effect over the long-term is alkalizing. The body handles it best when it is prepared for the cleansing!
Individuals with chronic pain of any sort can benefit from utilizing clay therapy, alkalizing the body, and then using MSM to flush out acidic waste stored in-tissue. Wherever there is inflammation, there is usually acidic waste (or an over-abundance of alkaline minerals deposited in-tissue as the result of the body attempting to neutralize acidic waste). Wherever there is excessive acidic waste, there is tissue damage.
When an individual begins an MSM protocol, even if they have a saliva pH reading of 7.0 to begin with, pH can drop to below 6.0… As it approaches the 5.5 mark, one will experience extreme fatigue and may lose the ability to function normally. Stopping the MSM will result in recovery, but it can take two to three days.
Individuals who attempt to start taking large amounts of MSM without first correcting electrolytes and hydrating the body can easily overload an already taxed liver with MSM use.
With all of that said, there are very few substances capable of promoting healthy tissue and helping with tissue repair than MSM. With a little bit of good information to start with, MSM can be used safely and to great effect, and with minimal discomfort.
Another unfortunate fact, which is true of many supplements, is that manufacturers give incorrect effective dosing information. Since many retailers only sell small amounts of product in capsules, it appears that they are afraid that their customers won’t buy their product if they realize how much may be needed in order to achieve the desired result. How many retail bottles read as follows: “Take thirty capsules daily.” Not many!
The minimum effective therapeutic dose for MSM is five grams. That’s not to say that healthy people won’t experience some benefit from taking a few capsules of MSM daily. However, for a recovery protocol, much more is needed.
MSM is something that needs to be used on a gradient. For best results, an individual should start with one gram daily. Every three days or so, provided one does not experience a too-significant drop in pH or extreme fatigue, increase the dose by one gram.
Having reached a five gram dose, either taken at once or split into two daily doses, an individual can hold at this dosage level, or continue to increase. It takes about three weeks to a month to start to see and feel the results with MSM. Those will severe tissue damage, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and related conditions may need as much as thirty grams daily, divided into two fifteen gram doses.
PLEASE NOTE: High dose MSM therapy is not without its pitfalls. While most people, once adjusting to five gram doses, won’t have issues slowly increasing the amounts consumed, it is possible– and for a million different reasons– that a person might experience retention toxicity. Retention toxicity occurs any time the body, for whatever reason, isn’t able to keep up with purging (usually) acidic waste. Therefore, always carefully self monitor and only increase dosage slowly. If experiencing any strong detox reaction after the initial adjustment period, pause use. Don’t take any MSM until you are symptom-free for two days, plus 72 hours. Then, resume use at half the dose. Meanwhile, examine your diet and make sure that your nutritional state is good.
30 grams! That’s a lot of MSM! One possible side effect of using this much MSM is loose stools. Similar to Vitamin C therapy, if loose stools occur, reduce the current dosage until normal bowel function returns. Don’t continue to use MSM at the elevated dosage if any unpleasant symptoms continue.
If one’s pH starts to drop too much, it is better to hold at the current dosage level and increase lemon water consumption than to stop using the MSM, which will result in having to start all over again, or worse yet, abandonment of such a valuable therapy. When the soft tissues return to a balanced state (saliva measurement of pH 7.0), then one can again increase the dosage.
It can take a year or more with individuals who are in a great deal of chronic pain to completely reverse the degeneration. There are who individuals who at one point have been bed-ridden with fibromyalgia, who elected to use natural sulfur for a little over a year and completely reversed their condition. Too many people try a substance for a few weeks and abandon it, simply because they don’t realize that in some cases, healing can take a long time, especially if a complete recovery protocol is not being implemented.
Individuals who successfully reach therapeutic levels of MSM will no doubt start to notice improvements in skin, nails, hair, and soft tissues in about thirty days.
One of the second most potent substances for tissue formation and regeneration is silica. There are some very unique colloidal silica products on the market that certainly warrant further investigation.
One product that many people greatly enjoy is diatomaceous earth. Fresh water diatomaceous earth is an excellent supplement. There is a controversy surrounding its use: Some believe that the silica content in the diatoms isn’t bio-available. However, I’ve seen enough positive feedback from users to believe that at least some of the silica is bio-available. Its use a unique digestive cleanser also makes it a useful supplement, and it is well tolerated by most people. Due to the sharp edges of the diatoms, it acts differently than clays in the digestive system, which is one reason why we offer an DE option with our internal use three clay blend. It is also far more affordable to use than some of the more exotic colloidal silica supplements.
A third substance which really deserves mentioning, especially considering conditions involving inflammation, is organic boswellia, which is a tree resin. There is certainly a strong correlation between inflammatory bowel disorder and generalized inflammation in the body. In many cases, the two go hand in hand. Along with a complete program for digestive correction, organic boswellia can make a significant impact in calming inflamed bowels when used three times daily. Using boswellia in this manner also impacts lung inflammation and general tissue inflammation. While it is not extremely effective as a stand alone protocol, it can provide the exact extra support one is looking for to help reduce inflammation and support healthy tissue healing and regeneration!
For more generalized information about using MSM, view: MSM: A Natural Sulfur Supplement