Reader says, I’ve taken MSM and found that it doesn’t provide any material benefit or relief for my health issue. Mine has to do with my eyesight, which is subpar.

My response

When assessing the potency and effectiveness of MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), it is vitally important to answer a fundamental question: Are you taking MSM or organic sulfur?

While organic sulfur is also MSM, many MSM supplements have been processed in a manner that negates many of the health benefits provided by pure organic sulfur.


Sulfur is a highly reactive mineral with 16 electrons in its outer shell that readily combines with flow agents and fillers such as calcium stearate and silicon dioxide to the point where the MSM becomes biologically inert. Many manufacturers heat their MSM crystals above sulfur’s melting point of 235 degrees Fahrenheit (some websites give this melting point as 239 degrees) that destroys much of its potency and natural health benefits. In addition, some forms of MSM have been crushed into a powdered form to prevent production slowdowns caused by equipment jamming. When MSM is converted into a powder, it becomes even less potent.

What customers are left with is an MSM supplement that provides a mild laxative effect on the body and not much else.


The suggested dosage for generally healthy individuals who weigh 200 pounds (90.7 kg) or less is one teaspoon (5 grams) twice a day. If you take MSM by mixing your supplement in water, what is the source of your drinking water?

Cold tap water from a municipal source invariably contains chlorine which blocks the uptake of sulfur. If your only source of drinking water is from the tap (as it is in many countries), be sure to dispense the water from the hot faucet side – which doesn’t contain chlorine – and let the mixture cool down for 10 minutes or more before drinking.


Issues that may occur from taking this food supplement can often be linked to dehydration. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, and diarrhea which result as the body releases toxins through the bloodstream at a faster rate than it can handle, triggering a Herxheimer-like response. If that happens, you are advised to immediately consume another dose of the product with food and allow the detoxification phase to pass.

In addition, take note of the amount of water that you’re consuming on a daily basis. Many people are unaware that they are failing to drink enough water so that they become susceptible to the symptoms associated with dehydration. When following the organic sulfur protocol, drink one ounce (30 ml) of water for every two pounds (0.9 kg) of body weight. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, drink about 80 ounces of water each day.

The importance of drinking water should not be overlooked, for it’s the oxygen in water that organic sulfur transports throughout your body to help your cells regenerate and repair themselves in a healthy manner.


While you may be tempted to take your organic sulfur dosage at the same time as your prescribed medications and supplements, please refrain from doing so, for the additives and anti-caking ingredients that manufacturers typically include in those products will reduce sulfur’s effectiveness. Instead, take your organic sulfur dosage first (either with food or on an empty stomach), then wait 30 minutes to take those other products. By following this sequence, you will gain the benefits of your medications and supplements and provide organic sulfur with sufficient time to become incorporated into your lymphatic system.


In addition to taking organic sulfur internally, you can also benefit by applying a water-soluble solution of the product directly on your eyes. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of organic sulfur in 4 oz of hot water, then let the mixture cool down sufficiently before applying it directly onto your eyes. You can apply the sulfur water using an eyedropper or spray bottle as often as you wish. Avoid applying cold water directly onto your eyes by keeping your sulfur eye drops at room temperature, rather than in your refrigerator. Your sulfur eye drop mixture is unlikely to last longer than the product’s shelf life, which officially is 3 years from the manufacturing date.


• Does your MSM reduce or eliminate scars?
Over a period of several weeks or months, take photographs of your scars and see whether they grow smaller in size or disappear.

• Are you a light sleeper?
Because many MSM products do not do an adequate job of opening up the cell membranes, they do not provide enough oxygenation to stimulate a person to the point where they can’t sleep at night. Light sleepers are advised to avoid taking their second dosage of organic sulfur after 4pm because the oxygenation is so strong that it can overstimulate the body to where they can have trouble sleeping.

• When a dissolved mixture of MSM evaporates, does it form distinct crystals at the bottom of a glass?
Put a teaspoon of our organic sulfur and a teaspoon of theirs in an identical cup or shot glass and add 2-3 ounces of hot water to get the mixture to dissolve. Pour off most of the water, leaving only a sixteenth of an inch film at the bottom of the container. Let the water in the two cups evaporate overnight.

The next day you should see well-formed crystals in the glass containing our organic sulfur. Its crystalline structure opens up the cell membranes so oxygen can flood the cells, pushing the toxins out. Compare that result to the other glass, which is likely to display an indistinct blob rather than well-formed crystals.

Do not buy MSM unless you are certain it is pure organic sulfur and contains no fillers or chemicals.


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