Green peas are a source of molybdenumReader says, As I was conducting my own research on the efficacy of dietary supplements, I came across an article that included a health claim attributed to a Dr. Jonathan Wright who contends that taking MSM on a long-term basis could cause a molybdenum deficiency. Is that true? Dr. Wright believes that consuming MSM in supplement form can create an excess pool of sulfur which then must drain molybdenum in order to be metabolized. He recommends getting our daily intake of sulfur from natural food sources such as raw cabbage, garlic, and onions.

My response

Molybdenum is a trace mineral that activates enzymes in the body and aids in promoting dental health. The amount of molybdenum that we consume is dependent upon the presence of this mineral in our soil. Top food sources of molybdenum include green peas and small white beans, while the recommended daily allowance is 2 milligrams for both adult men and women.

While I wholeheartedly agree that we should strive to obtain as much of our essential nutrients from raw and natural food sources, we also need to consider that much of our commercial farmland is deficient in sulfur and various trace minerals due, in part, to the heavy deployment of petrochemical fertilizers. Unless crops are grown organically and are consumed soon after being picked using a minimal amount of processing, much of their sulfur content will be lost.

Moreover, while organic sulfur consists of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), many commercial brands of MSM are not organic. For instance, if the MSM that you’re taking is in pill or capsule form, it typically contains additives such as silicon dioxide or magnesium stearate that interfere with the body’s uptake of sulfur.

With regards to whether long-term use of MSM can cause a molybdenum deficiency, here is what Patrick McGean, my organic sulfur supplier, had to say about this suggestion:

Jonathan Wright MD has no idea about organic sulfur. As for the moly deficiency, not one study member who does compressive blood and tissue screening has ever demonstrated a molybdenum deficiency.

It is important to remember Big Pharma has done everything possible to inform people sulfur is bad because it replaces every single advertised drug.

Of the 20,000 MDs who have communicated with us, only six had even the slightest idea what sulfur is about and none were aware of the moly deficiency which Jonathan Wright refers.

In the world of information, moly deficiency is a red herring.


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6 thoughts on “Can taking organic sulfur on a long-term basis cause a molybdenum deficiency?

  • 2017-10-18 at 6:36 pm

    This article is not entirely correct. Dr. Wright does make a good point. I’ve been getting headaches since I started taking MSM. I just found out from another web site that if you don’t have enough molybdenum in your system, the MSM will not be properly metabolized by the body and can cause adverse effects such as the headaches. So Dr. Wright’s concern is NOT a Red Herring. Molybdenum is needed in supplement form twice daily or from eating a lot of foods rich in it if supplementing with MSM.

    • 2017-10-19 at 4:36 pm

      Hi BuddhaBoy’sMom – How much water are your drinking daily with MSM and what type of water is it? Is it filtered water and what brand of MSM are you taking? Are you also drinking one ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight? Experiencing headaches has been linked to being dehydrated.

  • 2017-12-18 at 9:43 pm

    Patrick is not a doctor and I doubt that he is sane. He continues to deny this posibility of a Molybdenum deficiency, yet doesn’t have anything to back up his claim that such a thing is imaginary. I had a headache for about 6 months while taking high dose MSM. When I stopped MSMM for about a week, the headache subsided. I did not make any other changes at the onset or tail end of this months-long headache. When I resumed MSM (the sane brand you use), the headache returned UNTIL I began taking molybdenm. 500ug of Moly was enough to balance 1/2 tsp BID of MSM. I would like to see some records showing that Patrich McGean’s “patients'” records to show that any have been tested for molybdenum deficiency. Unless they are taking brain tissue biopsies, I am not sure how they’d prove this isn’t the cause of the headaches. Supplementing molybdum certainly seems to be the remedy for the headaches. Patrick encourages people to just take more sulfur if they get a headache. I would rather people talked to a nutritionist about a possible Moly deficiency.

    • 2017-12-18 at 10:41 pm

      This is the doctor who is regularly trotted out as a health expert on TV. How trustworthy is his advice?

      Dr. Paul Offit EXPOSED as the “Skeptical Raptor” internet troll and science bully — exclusive inside story
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      (Natural News) Imagine if you found out from your doctor that you had breast cancer, or that your child developed autism after the pediatrician administered too many chemical medications too close together. What if, immediately after you asked him a few important questions, he ran to his computer and bad-mouthed you in an incessant rant for thousands of readers to see? Consider this carefully.

      “It is a serious matter when a medical doctor abuses the trusted status of a licensed medical professional to abuse, bully, disparage, and attack others. It is worse when he uses that status and trusted position to lie about published medical research to make false claims intended to mislead and actively spread deliberate misinformation about medical knowledge whilst doing so to make false claims about others. It is even worse when he does it so publicly and routinely, publishing to mislead people worldwide and on a daily basis on the internet.” This quote comes from Child Health Safety blog published on November 2, 2014 in regards to David H. Gorski, an elusive and secretive internet troll

  • 2017-12-18 at 10:28 pm

    I think someone is taking too much MSM. Plus his claims that nobody ages on MSM seem quite false. Look him up and see how he has aged.

    I feel badly for him because he wants good things for people and for the world to be a better place. I just think he may litterally be taking too much sulfur and may be ignoring other things he needs, nutritionally speaking. I hope he finds the help he needs.
    This is not meant to be a commen on your page, just a note to you. Maybe you can help Patrick in some way if you are connected to him.

    • 2017-12-18 at 10:47 pm

      Doc Mike has appeared as a guest on Patrick McGean’s radio show to discuss the positive results he achieves from working with his clients.

      Wake Up Well
      “Doc” Mike’s Web Videos ARE APPROVED by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. “Doc” is a nickname. Mike Witort is not a medical doctor, has no formal medical training, and makes no claim to treat or cure disease. No information contained on this website should be considered a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis by a healthcare professional.


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