Reader writes: There has been much concern over the past few years regarding the potential health effects of nuclear radiation coming from Fukushima. I seem to recall that organic sulfur may be beneficial. Can you confirm whether sulfur is helpful in this regard or provide feedback?
Highly reactive, sulfur readily combines with other elements to form organic or inorganic compounds. Inorganic forms of sulfur are synthetic compounds like sulfa drugs or the sulfites that are commonly added to dried fruits and wines that cause allergies in many people. On the other hand, sulfur in its organic form can be found in vitamins such as biotin and thiamine and plays a vital role in the formation and function of many enzymes and the master antioxidant, glutathione.
The natural sources of organic sulfur that we used to derive from the foods we eat have been greatly diminished in recent decades by modern food processing methods, the over-reliance of petrochemical fertilizers, and the depleted mineral content of our once-rich soil. Even organically grown produce like fresh garlic and onions lose much of their sulfur content if not consumed immediately.
Because of the way in which sulfur has been removed from our diet, many people around the world have resorted to supplementing their intake in the form of organic sulfur or, as it is more commonly known, MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). The caveat here is that most MSM supplements have been heated to very high temperatures or include additives or anti-caking ingredients that restrict the body’s uptake of sulfur.
Patrick McGean, my organic sulfur supplier, says that he has tested virtually all the MSM products on the market and that most of them don’t work nearly as well as the version that he promotes through his team of distributors. Moreover, he contends that taking organic sulfur twice a day will enable the body to detoxify all radioactive compounds except for iodine, although I do not have any scientific proof or documentation to support his belief. Consuming a source of potassium iodide (such as Lugol’s or Iodoral) prior to exposure to radioactive iodine would be necessary to protect the thyroid gland from this toxin.