Volume 3 - Issue 8

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Welcome to the August 2003 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
  2. DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide)
  3. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center


  1. Osteoarthritis: Explained Simply
  2. Glucosamine and Osteoarthritis
  3. A Guide to Glucosamine Products
  4. Eight Tips to Control Arthritic Pain
  5. What You Need to Know Before Buying A Glucosamine Product
  6. Arthritis in Dogs and Cats
  7. Arthritis Message Board Community
  8. Liquid Glucosamine Formula Syn-flex®

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DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide)


By J.R. Rogers

Arthritis Pain Reliever or What?
Occasionally, someone will ask for an opinion about DMSO as an arthritis pain reliever. Although most who use high-quality glucosamine formulas know that clinically and practically they are on the right track, a few will explore DMSO. Before considering the use of DMSO, there are a few facts you should be made aware of.

Quality and Usage
DMSO is an industrial solvent that is used in antifreeze as well as paint thinner. That is of course, DMSO in its "industrial" form. However, there is a type of DMSO that is "medical-grade" which is touted for its anti-inflammatory qualities in treating osteoarthritis.

How it is Used
In clear liquid form, DMSO can be externally applied, injected, or ingested orally--understanding of course, that this is a "purified" form. However if taken, (if you are inclined to try it) it has some rather unpleasant side effects. The most notable "side effect" is that it leaves you with a very bad taste in your mouth and your breath will have a pronounced odor of garlic and oysters.

The Studies
When it was first introduced in the 1960's, studies on animals indicated that it was causing damage to the lens of the eye. Admittedly, there is no evidence that the same holds true of humans but these findings quickly caused DMSO to fall from favor. As most of you know, the bodies of animals are (in many cases) nearly identical to that of humans.

With the limited use as a treatment for a medical condition called interstitial cystitis (a bladder problem), it is rarely used for treating osteoarthritis today. Of course when used to treat that condition, it is done so under the supervision of a physician.

Over-the-counter DMSO (And of course, on the internet)
There are still companies that tout the benefits of using DMSO; so it is available. However, if you insist on trying it you should be aware of two facts. First, the "over-the-counter" variety is likely not powerful enough to really be of any benefit. Secondly, it may be too powerful and cause adverse consequences.

The DMSO-MSM Connection
Once DMSO is introduced into your system, about 15% will turn into MSM. Of course, there are many who are sold on using MSM and admittedly (even lacking clinical findings) it has some beneficial qualities.

Blood Thinning
The use of DMSO and MSM can produce blood-thinning. This becomes an issue if you are using aspirin, heparin, as well as certain groups of herbs. When the blood is thinned, you are at risk of either prolonged clotting or excessive bleeding. Given that potential risk, it is something that should be discussed with your physician.

See you next time.

Have Questions? Email me
I hope these tips have helped. Do not give up on the fight against your arthritis. I know pain can be extremely difficult, exhausting, and depressing. Please email me if you have any questions. I can be reached at jr@arthritis-glucosamine.net. I will do my best to answer all questions within two weekdays.

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8 Tips to Control Arthritic Pain


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This concludes the August Issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on September 1st! Please forward to any friends you know who have arthritis and would be interested.

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Please note:
As readers of this Chronicle are aware, prudent exercise benefits those who suffer from arthritis. Most of the exercise recommendations made here are low impact in nature and designed to assist those who suffer from arthritis. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you consult with your physician before engaging in any type of exercise program.

 

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