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About Injecting Aluminum

In the early 90s, a mysterious muscular disease began to surface among multiple patients in France. A team of doctors in Paris discovered that these patients had developed a new disease called Macrophagic Myofascitis, or MMF, which occurs when the aluminum hydroxide adjuvant from a vaccine remains embedded in the muscle tissue.

Note: This film was released in France under the title L’Aluminum, les vaccins and les deux lapins (translated: “Aluminum, vaccines and two rabbits”). The aluminum adjuvant was only tested for 28 days, on two rabbits, and their remains have mysteriously disappeared.

Injecting Aluminum features groundbreaking interviews with leading aluminum specialists such as:


Dr. Romain Gherardi, the Director of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research


Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld, founder of the leading Centre for Autoimmune Diseases at the Sheba Medical Center


“Mr. Aluminum”, Dr. Christopher Exley, biologist at the University of Stirling with a PhD in the Ecotoxicology of Aluminum (Aluminum in brain tissue in Autism)


Dr. Jérôme Authier, neurologist and head of the Center of Reference of neuromuscular diseases of the Henri Mondor Hospital in Créteil, France.

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Note: This film was released in France under the title L’Aluminum, les vaccins and les deux lapins (translated: “Aluminum, vaccines and two rabbits”). The aluminum adjuvant was only tested for 28 days, on two rabbits, and their remains have mysteriously disappeared.

CMSRI (Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute) helped fund the grants for several scientists featured in Injecting Aluminum, to do research, specifically Dr. Christopher Exley as well as Dr. Romain Gherardi, Dr. Jerome Authier. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to funding independent research at leading universities and medical facilities worldwide to identify the causal factors behind today’s epidemic of chronic illness and disabilities.

More on Vaccines:  I highlight a 9 part series on vaccines.




Lyme/MSIDS patients are always looking for relief.  The pain we endure is indescribable.  We clearly understand most of the pathogens we are dealing with are persistent, despite the CDC/IDSA/NIH denial. Our experience shows that we function well off treatment for a while and then the dreaded symptoms return. We cycle in and out of treatments which are expensive, time consuming, and often have significant blow-back. While antibiotics kill or disable bacteria, we all know they disrupt the microflora of the gut and damage mitochondria. Similarly to other treatments for other diseases, say cancer for instance, sometimes the treatment is as bad as the disease and some are affected more negatively than others.

This article is about two substances that you should learn about and discuss with your medical practitioner. These two substances are described as “therapeutic principles,” – not drugs.  In many aspects they are quite similar and one is derived from the other.

It’s important to condense and overlap treatment modalities as much as possible for two reasons:  time and money.  Another lesson Lyme/MSIDS patients learn is this disease can take over your life and cost you everything you have since it’s a long-term treatment – perhaps life-long.  I believe the substances in this article to be worth real consideration as they do so many things simultaneously, and are cheap & effective for most who use them.

As always, this article is meant for educational purposes only and not meant in any way to diagnose or treat.


Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) is a colorless, odorless, transparent substance obtained from wood; however, small amounts are naturally present in common foods such as milk, tomatoes, tea, coffee, & beer, among others.

First discovered by Russian chemist, Alexander Mikhaylovich Zaitsev in 1867, today DMSO is obtained as an industrial by-product from lignin in paper manufacturing. Because of its polarity and low acidity, it is a highly aprotic (doesn’t yield protons) solvent that can be mixed with other substances to increase their effect. It’s ability to penetrate biological membranes and transport other substances with it has also made it an excellent carrier.

Hartmut P.S. Fischer has explained in great detail in his groundbreaking book, “The DMSO Handbook: A New Paradigm in Healthcare,” the structure of DMSO and its chemical properties as well as the following brief summary of pharmacological properties on humans and animals:

*regenerator *anti-inflammatory *analgesic *diuretic *loosens connective tissue *penetrator *carrier *protector *modulator *relaxant *vasodilatory *antioxidant *anticoagulant *healing *anti-sclerotic *oxygenator *anti-anaemic *induces histamine release by mast cells

These qualities play out in reducing pain, alleviating inflammation, diuresis, vascular dilation, free radical scavenging, wound healing, and muscle relaxation. All issues Lyme/MSIDS patients deal with at some point.

The father of the medical use of DMSO, Dr. Stanley Jacob, enjoyed notoriety in the 60’s but admits the reception was short-lived due to DMSO’s long list of pharmacological properties and its being labelled a “miracle medicine.”  In other words it did too many things to be taken seriously.  The FDA approved DMSO for preservation of stem cells, bone marrow cells and organs for transplant, as well as for therapy of interstitial cystitis and cancer radiation protection – by prescription.  It’s also used under medical supervision to treat several other conditions, including shingles.  DMSO is available without a prescription in gel, cream, or liquid forms. It can be purchased in health food stores, by mail order, and on the Internet. Sixth, MSM is considered a methyl donor and reduces homocysteine levels suggesting a role in the methylation process and in reducing oxidative stress.  Since many patients struggle with high homocysteine which leads to inflammation and neurological problems, this is another boon for Lyme/MSIDS.  Great article explaining MTHFR & its relation to Lyme/MSIDS and the fact some patients can not properly detox.  Here’s another:

Speaking of Methyl donors, I would be amiss if I didn’t mention their importance in the issues of mood & energy:  (I have no affiliation with any products)

For an excellent list of DMSO studies:

A “60-Minutes” interview with Jacob on DMSO, one of the most researched drugs in history:

Approx. 16 Min.

A 2014 video by Integrative Medicine Orlando on DMSO IV Therapy

Approx. 2 Min

DMSO has been used for cancer and an article by Camelot Cancer Care states the reason it protects against radiation damage and side-effects of traditional cancer treatments is due to how it stimulates parts of the immune system and scavenges hydroxyl radicals that promote tumor growth.  Since this usage is considered “off label,” insurance companies can not be billed for it.  Go to link for more info on how it’s used for cancer.  Review Article:  Medicinal Use of DMSO

  • Cutaneous manifestations of scleroderma (an autoimmune rheumatic disease) appear to revolve following topical applications
  • IV DMSO may benefit amyloidosis (an abnormal protein builds up in tissues & organs)
  • Dermal application provides rapid, temporary, relief of pain in arthritis and connective tissue injuries
  • Animal studies indicate IV DMSO is as effective as mannitol & dexamethasone in reversing cerebral edema (brain swelling) and intracranial hypertension (a neurological disorder where cerebrospinal fluid pressure is high in the skull)– a human clinical trail in 11 patients supports this
  • DMSO is used with mixtures of idoxuridine in the UK for topical treatment of herpes zoster
  • Adverse reactions are related to the concentration of DMSO and are usually minor  This article explains how DMSO helps head trauma:

According to Dr. Jacob, “DMSO is a potent free-radical scavenger and diuretic that reduces swelling and improves blood supply to the brain… “we observed that when the human brain was treated with intravenously administered DMSO after a head injury, the swelling could be reduced within five minutes.  No other treatment comes close to acting that quickly.

Astonishingly, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any new pharmacological agent of significance for the treatment of traumatic brain injury in more than three decades. With so much attention focused on the plight of severely injured soldiers returning home from war, Dr. Jacob is leading the charge to gain FDA approval of DMSO to treat this type of injury. He believes that DMSO would be more effective than some current therapies such as removing parts of the brain to reduce swelling.

Dr. Jacob and his colleagues previously sponsored preliminary clinical trials of DMSO on traumatic brain injury patients in Europe. The results of the trial were remarkable, with an 80% survival rate (about twice the historical rate of 30-40%) and 70% of the patients experiencing a favorable outcome (far higher than the historical rate of less than 10%).1  The effects of DMSO make it potentially useful in the treatment of medical disorders involving head and spinal cord injury, stroke, memory dysfunction, and ischemic heart disease.

How’s all this relate to Lyme/MSIDS?  Glad you asked.

First, many with neuro-Lyme have brain swelling.  Excruciating head pain is a hallmark symptom – often worsened with Babesia & other coinfections.  Second, many Lyme/MSIDS patients suffer with various viruses – the herpes virus being one.  Some patients struggle with dermal issues such as Morgellons and various rashes.  Third, nearly all patients suffer with inflammationpain.  Pain, pain, pain and more pain.  Fourth, DMSO is a strong anti-oxidant and powerful free radical scavenger.  Both are helpful for immune health and fighting pathogens.  Fifth, DMSO is known as the “Supreme detoxifier,” and assists in heavy metal detoxification.  If patients can’t detox all they are killing, they will not improve.

Fischer has a section in his book about DMSO usage and Lyme. He, unlike the CDC/IDSA/NIH, acknowledges that the borrelia bacteria is very persistent and that standard treatment is either very long and/or mostly unsuccessful.  He recommends a combination of an oxidative bactericide (MMS, MMS2, or hydrogen peroxide) and DMSO as a carrier to ensure penetration into the favorite hiding places of borrelia as well as deals with the various forms and stages of the pathogen.  DMSO is an excellent detoxifier which is a boon for eliminating the endotoxins caused by borrelia when it is destroyed.  This last element is just as important as killing organisms as the die-off can make patients miserable and cause significant symptoms.  Whatever bactericide is used needs to be pure as DMSO will take it directly into the body.

IF your brain works like mine you are thinking, “If DMSO is such a great carrier, why don’t we use this with antibiotics to make them more effective?”  Great question.  Ask your doctor.  It could also be said that it could take essential oils into the body as well…..  See where this is going?  It also penetrates the blood, brain barrier.

While Fischer recommends combining DMSO with an oxidizer for Lyme, DMSO alone is bacteriostatic, antiviral, and antifungal.  Between 30-40% aqueous solutions have inhibited the growth of Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli.  Other tests have proven diluted DMSO fight bacteria, viruses, and fungi and improves distribution of other antimicrobial substances and enhance their effects.

Safety:  DMSO has a LD50 value and is safer than ibuprofen, aspirin, caffeine, and cooking salt!  Study after study has proven its safety record on both animals and humans.  If you search for DMSO on the U.S. National Library of Medicine (, you’ll get almost 30,000 indexed results, making it one of the most studied compounds of our time. Yet, we are led to believe that DMSO can’t pass the required regulations for its approval in other medical conditions even though its effectiveness and low toxicity profile is unquestionable.

The above link also completely refutes a 1960 animal study that DMSO caused eye lens trouble.  In fact:

As far as eyes are concerned, the evidence on DMSO is quite to the contrary. When several patients treated with DMSO for muscular problems reported to Dr. Jacob that their vision had improved, he sent them to Dr. Robert O. Hill, ophthalmologist at the University of Oregon Medical School. Confirming the favorable changes, Dr. Hill began his own experiments with DMSO (after it was known that the lens changes did not happen in humans). His research showed drops of 50% DMSO to be effective in retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration, and presented a report on this at the New York Academy of Sciences symposium in 1971. (Haley, 2000)  Great read on the importance of purity and cleanliness.  Please read.

Regarding pregnancy:

Dimethyl sulfoxide caused teratogenic responses in animals when administered intraperitoneally at high doses. Oral doses did not cause problems of reproduction in animals. In one study topical doses produced terata in animals, but in another study topical dose failed to produce any abnormalities. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. FDA pregnancy category C: Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.

Contraindications:  According to Jacob in “The Miracle of MSM The Natural Solution For Pain,” DMSO has been found to counteract platelet aggregation.  He advises caution for those taking blood thinning agents such as heparin, aspirin, or dicumarol.  Accelerated blood thinning can not be ruled out.  Indications that that is occurring would be bruising or increased bleeding from hemorrhoids.

Now for the tricky part…….

When applied externally DMSO opens capillaries.  This can lead to temporary redness of the skin.  It can also burn and itch.  Evidently, not everyone experiences this but I did.  To me it felt a lot like taking niacin.  Wowza, but worth it.


The reduction in pain and swelling will be dramatic.  It’s worth the initial discomfort.  For me the pain went away in seconds.  Other patients have told me it took a number of days for noticeable improvement.

The next tricky part is understanding how DMSO breaks down into components.  Most of the DMSO will be broken down to MSM in the body; however, there is a small part (about 1%) that breaks down into a substance that causes a temporary odor.  Some say it smells like garlic.  I say it smells like oysters.

The viscosity of DMSO is double that of water which means it drips off the skin easily which is why many like gels and lotions; however, Fischer cautions that gels/lotions are made from raw materials such as polyacrylic acid derivatives which will be taken directly into the body.  He recommends the pure DMSO liquid that will  take a tad longer to be absorbed than the lotions.  If you choose gels or creams make sure you are confident about ALL the ingredients as they will go directly into your body.  Please keep this in mind.  Essential oils, antibiotics, anything applied with DMSO needs to be PURE.  Also, many EO’s can cause skin irritation so you need to work with a knowledgable practitioner.  I include a recipe on how to make your own DMSO gel.

And that’s another point that needs to be made.  DMSO MUST COMPLETELY DRY before anything touches it.  Again, because DMSO is a solvent/carrier, it will take everything and anything directly into your body such as perfumes, dyes, germs, etc.  So application must be done over an unbleached white towel, with clean hands and instruments and allowed to completely dry before covering with clothing or anything else.  Also note what the DMSO is stored in.  I would only get DMSO stored in glass as immune disruptors in plastics can leach into your body.

The next tricky part: Just like you will find detractors for DMSO, you will find detractors on MMS and the other oxidizers Fischer recommends for Lyme/MSIDS.  This is where you need to do your own research, talk to plenty of health professionals and make up your own mind.  Perhaps I’ll take on the subject of oxidizers in another article, but for now I’m just going to cover DMSO and MSM.

For a great read on why some put DMSO down:

In essence, between the fact it does so many things which would interfere with the sale of many other drugs, and the fact it smells a bit, which makes it virtually impossible to complete double blind studies as the smell would give it away, big pharma tossed it to the sidelines.  But read the article for yourself as there’s great info in it, including what it can do for you.


by Gabriela Segura, M.D.

Quick Guide and Ailments

DMSO is generally applied to the skin in a gel, cream, or liquid. It can be taken by mouth or as an intravenous injection, in many cases along with other drugs. It has also been administered subcutaneously, intramuscularly, intraperitoneally, intrathecally, by inhalation, instilled into the eye, on the mucous membranes, and into the urinary bladder. Strenghs and dosages vary widely.

If you are just dealing with pain or an injury, use a topical application. Don’t drink it. Drinking it is for serious detoxing and other internal necessities. If you use a rose scented DMSO cream, chances are that nobody will be able to smell DMSO’s garlic-like smell. (My comment:  Be careful here – unless you know for certain that smell came from a pure source, don’t use it.  I called this company and heard nothing back which says everything to me.  I won’t be using the rose cream!)

The usual oral dose of DMSO is one teaspoon per day of DMSO 70% (Morton, 1993). But since it can trigger detoxification reactions and DMSO’s total excretion from the body can take several days, it is best to do it only once a week to begin with.Start with half a teaspoon of DMSO 50% and increase to a teaspoon of DMSO 70% only if any possible detoxification reaction is well tolerated.

When you use liquid DMSO in the skin, let it dry for over 20 to 30 minutes before wiping the rest out (with an unbleached white towel). The skin must be clean, dry, and unbroken for any topical use of DMSO. The face and the neck are more sensitive to DMSO and no higher concenrations than 50% should be applied there. Topical concentrations of DMSO should be kept below 70% in areas where there is a reduction of circulation. When 60 to 90% DMSO is applied to the skin, warmth, redness, itching, and somtimes local hives may occur. This usually disappears within a couple of hours and using natural aloe vera, gel or cream, will help counteract or prevent this effect. When 60 to 90% DMSO is applied to the palm on the hand, the skin may wrinkle and stay that way for several days.

Chronic pain patients often have to apply the substance for 6 weeks before a change occurs, but many report relief to a degree that had not been able to obtain from any other source. In general, the greater the chronicity of the disorder, the longer the treatment with DMSO must be employed in order to achieve palliation (Steinberg , 1967).

Common health problems for which people will apply topical DMSO at home include acute musculoskeletal injuries and inflammations. The earlier DMSO is used, the more dramatic the result. A 70% concentration of DMSO mixed with water in volumes ranging from 8 to 12 ml, applied on and around the injury in a wide area at least three times daily, will have a healing affect in 4 out ot 5 people.

Arthritis, Sprains, Strains

It provides rapid amelioriation of pain and increased mobility and reduction of inflammation when used topically. You can see a positive response within 5 to 20 minutes and usually lasting for 4 to 6 hours. (Steinberg, 1967).

http://  Approx 27 Min.

Lyra Nara Inc.
Published on Sep 28, 2017

The first 15 Min is purely information on DMSO and how to use it.  Much of the information is repeated from what is written above.  From then on they explain and market the Herbeso line, which I am not affiliated with whatsoever.  It is interesting material and worth your time just for the information, however.


You can make your own gel: (make sure hands, utensils, and body are completely clean) Mix 1oz 70% pure DMSO and 3 oz 30% Aloe Vera gel (at least 99.5% pure) in a glass container & store in a cool place.  It’s best to mix right before application.  I like this idea much better than the creams/gels on the market with questionable preservatives.

http:// Approx. 8 Min
DMSO to the rescue! Topical applications can help inflammation and infection! This all natural solvent is easy to use.  (Again, watch out for plastics and scents as it will all go into your body – this can not be over emphasized)


According to Fischer in the DMSO handbook, due to the long half-life of DMSO, levels increase as you continue taking it.  Fischer recommends starting at a low dose of 3.5g (1 tsp = roughly 3ml) in a glass of water and to observe symptoms.  If pain is relieved and it is well tolerated, remain at that low dose.  If not, he recommends increasing in increments of 3.5g per day.

Interactions:  DMSO has been found in studies to counteract platelet aggregation.  If you are taking blood thinners, please consult your physician before starting DMSO.

Oral directions:

  • Pour 3.5g DMSO into clean glass (about 300ml or 10 oz)
  • Fill with water or chosen drink (DMSO releases histamines from body cells so he advises against tomato juice, but that cooled tea, or grape juice work well)  DMSO is bitter in water so some prefer something to mask it.  I say “tough it out” and use water.  You don’t need all that added sugar.
  • Mix well as DMSO will sink to bottom of glass
  • This gives you a 1-2% DMSO solution
  • Many find doing this after breakfast agreeable
  • DMSO has a diuretic effect.  Taking before bed is not advisable unless you like to get up to go to the bathroom a lot!
  • 3.5ml of DMSO at a density of 1.1 g/ml is equal to 3.85g giving you a dose of about .05g DMSO per kilogram of body weight if you weigh 75kg.  This is a long way from quantities that are labeled as clinically safe in most clinical trials and toxicity tests.

There is no promise of a cure; however, and there are some “non-responders.”  And of course, it’s important to work on all aspects of health such as proper rest/sleep, nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, addressing hormonal, nutritional, mineral, and emotional imbalances.   Take some time off regularly from DMSO use

Dimethyl sulfoxide exits the body in about 24 hours. Nevertheless, in both acute and chronic cases, it is recommended that you take some time off on a regular basis, say two days in a row each week. For example, just take Saturday and Sunday off every week. If you are using it daily, long term, take two to four weeks off, in a row, every six months. Or, you could do 30 days on and 30 days off.

Personal usage:  I have personally used a 70% DMSO gel topically myself as well as on numerous Guinea pigs – i.e., my family.  Once we got past the initial redness, burning, and desire to itch, pain & swelling reduced within minutes.  Dr. Jacob states this pain reduction lasts for 4-6 hours and that was our experience as well.  The smell of oysters in this case was very mild as the amount of DMSO used was small.  My LLMD has used IV DMSO and states that really smells – but the results were worth it.

One other note:  I have a suspicious spot under my eye that looks remarkably like another cancerous spot I had removed a few years ago.  I did have it treated with silver nitrate first, but after that healed, I applied the 70% DMSO gel on it.  I went back for a checkup and the dermatologist stated it looked great but to keep observing it.  I then told him about my experiment with DMSO to which he replied he just read an old study the previous night about the effectiveness of DMSO on cancer.  


MSM stands for Methylsulfonylmethane and is a naturally occurring sulfur compound which is 34% sulfur by weight and is a metabolite of DMSO.  It is a dietary mineral element that is an odorless, white crystalline powder that is somewhat bitter tasting. It was approved as a Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) substance in 2007 and is well-tolerated by most.

MSM is produced naturally as part of the Earth’s sulfur cycle involving algae, phytoplankton, and marine organisms, where it is absorbed into the soil, taken up by plants or soil bacterium and is expressed in minute amounts in many fruits, vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, garlic, onions), coconut & olive oil, eggs, pasture-fed meats, and grains. It is destroyed when pasteurized or heated at high temperatures and is also volatile when frozen or irradiated.

It’s synthetically produced through the oxidation of DMSO with hydrogen peroxide and then purified via crystallization or the preferred method of distillation which particular method yields no detectable differences from the naturally produced product. The synthetic method allows patients to ingest far more than possible through food alone.

According to Stephanie Seneff PhD for the Weston Price Foundation,

“Sulfur is the eighth most common element by mass in the human body, behind oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. The two sulfur-containing amino acids, methionine and cysteine, play essential physiological roles throughout the body. However, sulfur has been consistently overlooked by those addressing the issues of nutritional deficiencies. In fact, the National Academy of Sciences has not even assigned a minimum daily requirement (MDR) for sulfur…..

Experts have recently become aware that sulfur depletion in the soil creates a serious deficiency for plants,17 brought about in part by improved efficiency in the U.S. agricultural industry, which has steadily consolidated into highly technologized mega-farms.

It is estimated that humans obtain about ten percent of their sulfur supply from drinking water. Remarkably, people who drink soft water have an increased risk of heart disease compared to people who drink hard water.2 Many possible reasons have been suggested for why this might be true, and just about every trace metal has been considered as a possibility.3 However, I believe that the real reason may simply be that hard water is more likely to contain sulfur….

I recently came upon a remarkable article in a 1997 issue of FASEB11 which develops a persuasive theory that low blood serum levels of two sulfur-containing molecules are a characteristic feature of a number of disease conditions. All of these diseases are associated with muscle wasting, despite adequate nutrition. The authors have coined the term “low CG syndrome” to represent this observed profile, where “CG” stands for the amino acid “cysteine,” and the tripeptide “glutathione,” both of which contain a sulfhydryl radical “-S-H” that is essential to their function. Glutathione is synthesized from the amino acids cysteine, glutamate and glycine, and glutamate deficiency figures into the disease process as well, as I will discuss later.

The list of disease conditions associated with low CG syndrome is surprising and very revealing: HIV infection, cancer, major injuries, sepsis (blood poisoning), Crohn’s disease (irritable bowel syndrome), ulcerative colitis, chronic fatigue syndrome and athletic over-training….

In summary, a number of different arguments lead to the hypothesis that sulfur deficiency causes the liver to shift from producing cholesterol sulfate to producing arginine (and subsequently nitric oxide). This leaves the intestines and muscle cells vulnerable to oxidation damage, which can explain both the intestinal inflammation and the muscle wasting associated with Crohn’s disease.”

Doctors Jacob, Lawrence, and Zucker in their book “The Miracle of MSM – The Natural Solution for Pain,” explain that Sulfur is necessary for the proper formation of proteins and helps produce amino acids, connective tissue, enzymes and hormones.  And that  sulfur insufficiency is probably related to many disease states – perhaps including Lyme/MSIDS.

It all stems back to the 70’s when chemists from Crown Zellerback Corp, and doctors Herschler and Jacob of Oregon Health and Science University experimented with MSM to determine if it had similar therapeutic uses to DMSO. In 1981 Herschler obtained a patient to use MSM for skin, nails, and as a blood diluent. There were further patents claiming to relieve stress, pain, treat parasitic infections, increase energy, boost metabolism, enhance circulation and improve wound healing, despite little scientific proof. Current research has shown proven clinical improvement in arthritis, inflammatory disorders like interstitial cystitis, allergic rhinitis, and acute exercise-induced inflammation.

Both DMSO and MSM get into tissue due to their small size.

http://  Feb. 2013, Approx. 29 Min

Dr. Mercola interviews Dr. Rod Benjamin on MSM

Story at-a-glance

  • The clinical use of sulfur as an adjunct in our diet is becoming progressively more recognized as an important tool for optimizing health. MSM is already well-known for its joint health benefits, but may also be helpful for other conditions related to chronic inflammation and damage due to oxidation
  • MSM, which is a metabolite of DMSO approved for use in humans, primarily impacts your health by reducing inflammation. It’s widely used as a supplement for arthritic conditions. Like DMSO, MSM also appears to improve cell wall permeability, so it can be used to help deliver other active ingredients
  • MSM may be providing a missing link for optimal health, which appears to be related to sulfur. It also affects sulfur metabolism in the human body, although it’s still not entirely clear how
  • Sulfur also plays a critical role in detoxification, as it is part of one of the most important antioxidants that your body produces: glutathione. Without sulfur, glutathione cannot work
  • Toxicity studies have shown that MSM is extremely safe and can be taken at very high doses. Even if you have a very rich diet full of raw vegetables and MSM-rich foods, you can still supplement and not hit that toxicity level. Clinical research studies have found that the effective amounts range from about 1.5 grams to 6 grams

*Reduces cytokines & inflammation (in vitro studies show MSM reduces IL-6 (a marker implicated in chronic inflammation as well as suppressing NO and prostanoids) *antioxidant *free radical scavenger *kills gastrointestinal, liver, and colon cancer cells *restored normal cellular metabolism in mouse breast cancer and melanoma cells *helps wounds heal *increases blood flow *reduces muscle spasms *antiparasitic properties (especially for giardia) *normalizes the immune system *cholinesterase inhibitor *alleviates allergy symptoms *increases energy *improves condition of hair, nails, and skin


Dr. Michael T. Murray discusses MSM in under 2 minutes.


Karlene Karst, registered dietician, gives a 3.5 Min supplement review on MSM.  

Like DMSO, MSM is more of a therapeutic principle than a drug and seems to be providing some kind of missing link within the body.


Toxicity studies have shown that MSM is extremely safe and can be taken at very, very high doses. Even if you have a very rich diet full of raw vegetables and MSM-rich foods, you can still supplement and not hit toxicity. Clinical research studies have found that the effective amounts range from about 1.5 grams to 6 grams, although at higher doses, potential side effects include:

Intestinal discomfort
Swelling of the ankles
Mild skin rashes

These are likely detoxifying effects that can typically be mitigated or minimized by cutting back on the initial dosage, and slowly working your way up. In that case, you might want to start out with half a gram (500 milligrams) for a couple of weeks and then slowly increase until you get up to the desired dose.

Pregnancy:  Information regarding safety and efficacy in pregnancy and lactation in humans is lacking; however, according to the MSM book by Jacob, he states, “Clinical experience indicates MSM is safe for pregnant women.  We recommend; however, that you consult first with your physician before taking this or any other supplement or mediation.”  (p. 47)

Regarding children:  Jacob states that healthy children do not usually need MSM; however, those with allergies, asthma, or an inflammatory illness should consider using it.  He also states many kids have taken MSM – some in high amounts without problem.

Contraindications:  While DMSO has been found to counteract platelet aggregation, MSM has not been similarly tested in studies; however, clinical observations indicate it may also have a blood-thinning, aspirin-like effect.  Discuss MSM supplementation with your doctor before taking it.

MSM & blood tests:  Dr. Jacob recommends stopping MSM before a liver function test as it may interfere with the accuracy of the test and produce a false positive.  Resume supplementation after the test.

How to Select a High–Quality MSM Supplement

There are two methods of purification of MSM:


For MSM, distillation is by far superior. But crystallization is less expensive, and a lot less energy-intensive. According to Dr. Benjamin, only two companies that produce MSM use distillation. Mr. Benjamin explains why you should consider a product that has been purified using distillation.

“A lot of the problems with [crystallization] is you’re essentially crystallizing it out of a parent solvent or liquid. If there are any impurities, which could be salts of heavy metals, you could have aromatic hydrocarbons in that… It’s actually the parent solvent. It’s usually water. It is dependent upon water quality.” Distillation brands for MSM Immune and allergy research Inflammation/oxidation research Safety and metabolism research

I recently posted this:  Lyn-Genet Recitas, NMT, Sports Nutritionist, Holistic Health Pracitioner, RYT, and author of “The Plan,” calls MSM the wonder supplement for your gut. It can alleviate allergy symptoms, helps with detoxification, eliminates free radicals, and improves cell permeability. She states that with given time, MSM will start to actually repair damage caused by leaky gut – a common problem with Lyme/MSIDS patients. It can also help the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. Many Lyme patients struggle with paralysis of the gut where the muscles of the stomach and intestines stop being efficient. MSM helps this muscle tone as well.

For a great MSM guide: This article gives a current 2017 review of MSM as well as studies and 195 references. MSM has been studied for decades.


Similar to DMSO you can take MSM topically and internally.  It is recommended to start at a low initial dose and allow the body to acclimate. You can slowly increase the dose after a week. It is also stated that those with chronic conditions may take up to 6 or more months to notice a difference.


MSM comes in creams, gels, and lotions. Make sure you read about the other ingredients and if the MSM is made from distillation. Like any other supplement, the devil’s in the details.  Recently I made my own MSM cream, which was quite easy and I loved how it worked as a skin cream.

  • Get pure 100% MSM powder made by distillation.  (Should have OptiMSM patent on it)
  • Get pure aloe vera gel (99.5% or higher)
  • Mix 1/2 Cup aloe vera with 1-2 Tablespoons MSM – a tiny whisk or stirring stick works best
  • (Optional) Add your favorite pure, organic therapeutic grade essential oils –  I used 3 drops lavender and 3 drops frankincense for a facial cream.  Guys this is for you too.  It is non greasy, tightens pores, & smells great.
  • This same cream can be used for pain relief but add another tablespoon of MSM (total of 3 Tbsp).  Desired EO’s include Capaiba for inflammation (3 drops), Lavender for skin conditioning (3 drops) and peppermint as a cooling and driving oil taking the MSM deeper (4 drops).  Mix all well.
  • Store in glass with a tight fitting lid like a small wide mouthed mason jar in a cool, dark place.


If you take 2-3g a day or less, capsules are convenient.  For higher doses crystals are cheaper and easier.

You should take the least amount to achieve the desired benefit.  More is not necessarily better.  According to the MSM book a dosage of 2g (2,000mg) is adequate; however, higher doses are often necessary to experience therapeutic effects.  You may need 3-4g of MSM to control allergy symptoms and for deep-seated severe conditions, you may have to even go higher.  It is also recommended to divide the dose throughout the day, but since MSM increases your energy, it’s best not to take it before bedtime.

For pain and inflammatory conditions, Jacob recommends topical and internal MSM.

Personal usage:  Currently, most of my family uses MSM internally, daily – including my dog.  We all started at 1/4 tsp once a day for a a few days then increased to twice a day.  After that, it was individual preference.  I increased to 1/2tsp twice a day and all of my pain is GONE.  My husband takes 1 tsp twice a day.  We simply put the crystals in a few ounces of waters, stir it up, and slam it.  It’s a bit bitter but I’ve had worse.

My daughter struggles with Mast Cell issues and this has helped her a lot.  As you read it reduces or eliminates allergy symptoms and for her it has reduced mucus production and has boosted her immune system as well.  

I’ve also made the MSM facial cream listed above and I’ve used a manufactured MSM cream with glucosamine chondroitin in it; however, it does have the caprylic ingredient along with parabens and other nasty ingredients Fischer warns about so I won’t be purchasing more, just making my own.  I will say it worked for pain – within minutes.

Depending upon your goals, if your doctor gives you a thumbs up, I would try MSM first as it is easy to obtain and has no side-effects or smell.  If the MSM works (primarily for pain, inflammation, detox, & leaky gut) then you are home-free.  If it doesn’t, you may want to then move on to get the OK from your doctor to try DMSO as it demands more knowledge, effort, attention to detail, and has a smell, depending upon amount used.  For those who desire to try DMSO and an oxidative bactericide for a full Lyme/MSIDS treatment, please work under the direct supervision of a practitioner.





March 2018 Support Group – Laser Therapy

Our next support meeting will be Saturday, March 31, from 2:30-4:30 at the Pinney Library.  

The featured speaker will be Raymond Yingling of Madison Laser Therapy. Ray attended Clayton College school and is a certified a naturopath, especially trained in drug induced nutrient depletion. He is former owner of Vita Source a local vitamin store in Madison. Presently, Ray owns Madison Laser Therapy and has been treating people with Class 4 infrared laser for over 7 years.

http://   Approx. 4 Min.

High intensity laser – medical effects

Published on Dec 1, 2015

  • Class IV lasers may offer better therapeutic outcome, based on six characteristics of this new technology:  Class IV lasers can deliver up to 1,500 times more energy than Class III and consequently reduce treatment time because and thus dosages of therapeutic energy.
  • Deeper penetration into the body. Leading Class III lasers only penetrate 0.5-2.0 cm. Class IV can penetrate up to 10 cm.
  • Larger treatment surface area.Class III cover a treatment area of 0.3-5.0 cm2 while Class IV cover up to 77 cm2.
  • Greater power density.Power density indicates the degree of concentration of the power output. This property has been shown to play a major role in therapeutic outcomes.
  • Continuous power supply.In Class III lasers, the power is pulsed or modulated approximately 50 percent of the time. In other words, light is permitted to pass through the probe for only 50 percent of the total operating time. In most cases, Class IV lasers deliver a consistent amount of energy over a given time. Their power can be adjusted for acute and chronic conditions.
  • Superior fiber optic cables. Fiber optic cables transmit laser energy from the laser to the treatment probe (wand) at the end of the cable. Several studies reveal that as much as 50 percent of the light energy generated by a Class III laser may be lost by the time it reaches the end of the probe.

Class IV laser therapy has demonstrated the ability to significantly accelerate and enhance the body’s natural defense and repair components in the presence of injury, inflammation and certain disease processes through the action of photo-stimulation of light reactive biological receptors (chromophores) in the body.  Laser therapy is consistent in providing pain relief, reducing injury damage and loss of function by modifying the effects and limiting the duration of inflammation, as well as enhancing specific repair and healing processes, and facilitating more rapid repair and producing stronger healed tissue structures.

Multiple clinical studies have noted the following results of Laser therapy:
• Increased collagen production
• Enhanced nerve regeneration
• Increased vasodilatation
• Reduced inflammatory duration
• Increased cell metabolism
• Increased pain threshold
• Increased cell membrane potential
• Reduced edema magnitude
• Increased microcirculation
• Increased tissue and bone repair
• Increased lymphatic response

Lasers work when light receptive chromophores are irradiated with coherent laser light.  The transferred energy stimulates increased action in cellular and sub-cellular tissues.  Penetrating much deeper than other incoherent light wave forms, laser light activates increased mitochondrial ATP synthesis, mitigates mast cell inflammation and increases Ca++ ion presence and beneficial reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. Through the action of photo bio-stimulation, oxidative metabolism is increased via cytochrome C oxidase and photosensitization of hemoglobin.  Laser irradiation stimulates increased endorphin release and increased prostaglandin synthesis.  Photon-stimulation leads to both localized and systemic reactions that result in immunomodulation and reduction of inflammation.  Damaged skeletal, connective and neurological tissues and structures react with enhanced healing with lasers.


I have personally had treatments with the Class IV laser and noticed near immediate improvement in pain and stiffness.

MyLymeData Conference in April

MyLymeData2018: Seeking Cures Together

Latest results from MyLymeData, the first national large-scale study of chronic Lyme disease. MyLymeData tracks patients’ progress over time. More than 10,000 participants have enrolled.

Our speakers:

Mary Beth Pfeiffer, nationally known investigative journalist, will discuss her new book, “Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change.”

Lorraine Johnson, CEO of “Latest Results From MyLymeData”

Ray Stricker, MD. “The Future of Lyme Diagnostics”

Better testing already exists, Dr. Stricker maintains, and should be validated by the CDC. Furthermore, new tests are being developed that will detect a broader range of Lyme bacteria and tick-borne co-infections.

Christine Green, MD, “Lyme Pain and Herxheimer Reactions”

Online registrants have the option of ordering a copy of Pfeiffer’s book at the discounted price of $22. You will pick up the book when you arrive at the conference. Books must be ordered by March 16.

Pre-registration: $35 (online registration closes at midnight, April 4.)

Admission at the door: $40

SPONSORS:  IGeneX Inc. & Researched Nutritionals


Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM PDT

San Ramon Community Center
12501 Alcosta Blvd.
San Ramon, CA 94583






Headaches and Lyme/MSIDS


By Jennifer Crystal

Skiing has always been part of my life. I went to a college in Vermont that had its own ski run. After graduation, I moved to Colorado to teach high school, and to become a ski instructor. It was supposed to be the high point of my life, and in many ways it was, but there were also some very low points because I was wrestling with undiagnosed tick-borne illnesses.

One such low found me on the bathroom floor, writhing in pain from an excruciating migraine. The throbbing started over my left eye, working its way up over that side of my head and around the back to my neck. I felt as if my brain was going to explode out of my skull.

“It’s probably from the altitude,” a doctor later told me. In the years since I had started developing strange symptoms—fever, joint aches, exhaustion, hand tremors, hives—I grew accustomed to doctors writing them off with a simple explanation.

But altitude was not causing my migraines. In fact, I was suffering from Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, and Babesia, the last being a tick-borne parasite that consumes oxygen in red blood cells. Due to these infections, a scan would later show that I was not getting enough oxygen to the left side of my brain. Living at a high altitude certainly didn’t help this situation, but the root cause was the fact that my oxygen levels were already compromised by infection.

Babesia is not the only tick-borne disease that can cause headaches; so can Ehrlichia and relapsing fevers. But with or without co-infections, the vast majority of Lyme disease patients complain of headaches as a chief symptom, with pain ranging from moderate to severe. Many patients, myself included, have encountered migraines so debilitating they’re relegated to bed in a dark room due to pain, light sensitivity and nausea. Though tick-borne diseases can cause pain throughout the cranium, migraines are usually focused to one side. As a child, I had four surgeries to correct weak muscles in my eyes, especially on the left, leaving scar tissue over that eye. I later learned that Lyme bacteria, spirochetes, like to hide out in scar tissue, which may explain why my migraines always started over that eye.

So why are headaches so common for Lyme patients? Spirochetes can enter the central nervous system by crossing the blood-brain barrier. This barrier is supposed to protect the brain from infection, but spirochetes are tricky and swift and can coil their way across, causing headaches for their victims.

Lyme is an inflammatory disease, so once spirochetes enter the central nervous system, they cause swelling there. In his book Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme & Chronic Disease, Dr. Richard Horowitz equates this inflammation to a fire that ignites heat, redness, pain, and loss of function.[1] Feeling like my brain was going to explode out of my skull was not really hyperbole; my head was indeed swollen, but I just couldn’t see it the way I would be able to if  I’d had a swollen ankle or knee.

At my lowest points of illness, I got migraines several times a week. I tried to try to push through the pain. I wanted to be living my life, teaching and skiing. But I always paid a high price for not listening to my body—or in this case, to my brain. Ignoring the headache only increased the pain, sometimes sending me to bed for two or three days at a time. I got prescription medication, which I learned to take as soon as I felt a headache coming on, rather than trying to wait it out. I also found that staying hydrated, eating foods rich in iron, and stretching gently—to help increase blood flow—sometimes helped alleviate my headaches.

The best treatment, however, was rest. If you have a swollen ankle or knee, you stay off that joint, giving it time to heal. The same is true for your brain. Your head needs time to recover from inflammation, and nothing has helped that process more for me than sleep. Though I rarely get migraines these days, I still get pressure on the left side of my head when I get tired or neurologically overwhelmed. I never want to spend a day in bed, but one is better than being there for several days—and it’s certainly better than writhing on the bathroom floor. A day spent recuperating means more days on the slopes, and I’ll take as many of those as I can get.

[1] Horowitz, Richard I. Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme & Chronic Disease. New York: St. Martin’s Press. 2013. (186)

Opinions expressed by contributors are their own.

Jennifer Crystal is a writer and educator in Boston. She is working on a memoir about her journey with chronic tick-borne illness. Do you have a question for Jennifer? Email her at



Infection driven inflammation is the name of the game here and anything you can do to lower both will help the headaches.

Since this was a major thorn for me my quest for relief has led me to numerous modalities.  One is systemic enzymes:

My husband nearly destroyed his liver taking Ibuprofen for Lyme/MSIDS pain.  

The other is ruling out Chiari and/or any other physical causes:  Normally Chiari is thought of as a congenital abnormality; however, within 1 week I met 3 people with a MSIDS diagnosis who also have Chiari. Coincidence?  Brain infections can cause it.

Next down the rabbit hole is MSM (a derivative of DMSO – without the smell):  MSM stands for Methylsulfonylmethane and is 34% sulfur by weight. Sulfur plays a crucial role in detoxification and is an important antioxidant for producing glutathione.  It has been used for decades for pain and inflammation.  

There are also MSM creams – but beware and do your reading.  Many have toxic additives and perfumes.  

And then of course, DMSO:

I promised I would write an in-depth article on both DMSO and its derivative MSM but there’s a lot to read!  I have personally tried both with excellent results.  MSM is as safe as water but please read about it in the link above as the process in which it’s made is important.  

As to DMSO, it’s safe as well but since it’s a solvent (penetrating agent) it demands scrupulous attention to detail, plus you may not enjoy the garlic/oyster smell it gives.  You also need to find pure DMSO. 100,000 articles have been written about medical DMSO uses. In 1963, when the FDA approved human testing, all studies showed it to be safe and non-toxic. One study revealed changes in the lens of the eye in specific lab animals; however, when a number of human studies were done around the world in the late sixties, no human eye damage was found.

After two human studies done on human volunteers in prison, Dr. Richard Brobyn stated: “A very extensive study of DMSO use was conducted at three to 30 times the usual treatment dosage in humans for three months. DMSO appears to be a very safe drug for human administration, and, in particular, the lens changes that occur in certain mammalian species do not occur in man under this very high, prolonged treatment regimen. I am very glad to be able to present these data at this time, so that we can permanently dispel the myth that DMSO is in any way a toxic or dangerous drug.”

So far I’m taking 1/2 tsp of MSM crystals in water twice a day.  All pain gone.  POOF!  If there is any pain ever, I use a DMSO gel topically on the specific area of pain – typically the base of my skull.  Within minutes, pain gone.  POOF!

Please read about DMSO before trying as it burns and itches for a spell.  Do not itch it.  You also need to read about concentrations as some are too strong for topical application.  I use the 70% DMSO gel.  Some are more sensitive and need a lower percentage.   It also has a lovely smell to it – but hey, I’ll smell like an oyster any day than deal with the pain!  Also, hands and anything DMSO touches has to be scrupulously clean.  It must dry (takes about 20-30 min) before putting any clothing on it as the dyes, etc will go into your body.  

I’ve called numerous places to find out what the ingredient (such as rose smell) is in certain DMSO creams.  I’m not getting straight answers so I’m not using it.  I’d rather deal with the smell than introduce yet another foreign substance into my body.

Of course the question begs to be asked, “Would taking liquid DMSO internally aid with getting antimicrobials/antivirals deeper into the body?”  My hunch is yes, if you can stand the smell.

Stay tuned.  More to come.


Medical Marijuana For Lyme – A Doctor’s Perspective

Medical marijuana for Lyme symptoms? A doctor’s perspective.


by Daniel A. Kinderlehrer, M.D.

I have a confession to make. I proposed a talk on medical marijuana at ILADS because it would force me to learn everything I could on the topic. I live in Colorado where it seems there is a dispensary on every corner, and many of my patients have been using medical cannabis. But the huge assortment of products is confusing, and I wanted to give specific recommendations to help patients get the most benefit. Here is what I learned.

Marijuana has 483 phytocannabanoids, which are naturally occurring compounds that can affect many body processes such as appetite, mood and sleep. Most people have heard of one of them—THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol—the psychoactive component of marijuana. THC can make you high, giddy, or euphoric, and provide seemingly awesome universal insights that may appear quite trivial the next day.

Some strains of marijuana now available are not your father’s weed—they have a much higher THC content. It’s important to choose the appropriate strain for your needs, and some people may want to avoid THC entirely. However, it has been clearly established that THC is quite beneficial for pain, sleep, nausea, appetite, and PTSD, so there are medically valid reasons for choosing it.

Most of the non-THC phytocannabanoids fall into the category of cannabidiols, or CBDs. CBDs were once considered to be physiologically inactive unless paired with THC, but it turns out that is not the case. There is compelling scientific research documenting its independent activity, and now there is extensive clinical experience as well.

Did you know that we make our own CBDs? All vertebrates going back 600 million years on the evolutionary tree have an endocannabanoid system, which modulates immune and nervous system function. CBDs are potent anti-inflammatory agents, they regulate neurotransmitters, and they may enhance immune competence. CBDs decrease neuroinflammation and are neuroprotective. They can significantly reduce pain and anxiety.

Marijuana is not the only product that supplies CBDs. Hemp, a variety of cannabis that is used to make rope, fabric and paper, contains CBDs. Hemp has less than 0.3% THC, and is not psychoactive.

There are two strains of cannabis: indica and sativa. Indica has a high proportion of THC to CBD. It is great for pain but is sedating, so it is best used at night. Sativa is CBD-dominant. It is activating, can increase energy, and is better suited for daytime use. There are also a number of hybrid strains now available that essentially cross categories.

If your problem is pain, consider taking CBDs in the form of hemp oil in the daytime. My patients have had excellent responses to a liposomal sublingual extract (taken under the tongue), and it is activating, not sedating. In the evening, you can take a marijuana extract with equal parts THC and CBD, since these together will have additive pain-relieving effects. There are a number of delivery systems available, including smoking, vaping, edibles and sublingual extracts. I recommend the extracts since the onset is reasonably quick, usually in about 30 minutes, and the dose can be easily titrated by adjusting the number of drops under the tongue.

Both hemp-derived CBD and marijuana are available as balms that can be applied topically to relieve pain. Whether taken systemically or applied locally, these products can help many patients significantly decrease their need for pain medication. In fact, states that have legalized medical marijuana have experienced a 25% decrease in opiate overdose deaths. That’s right. This scourge, which took 42,000 lives in 2016 (66,000 including all drug overdose deaths), was significantly reduced by the availability of marijuana.

For sleep, take a THC-dominant indica strain. THC is not only sedating, it increases the time spent in the deeper stages of sleep, so sleep is more restorative. If your problem is difficulty falling asleep, use a short-acting vehicle like vaping, which kicks in within 15 minutes. Vaping is high-tech smoking without the ill effects of the smoke. Alternatively, use a sublingual extract, which has an onset within 30 minutes. Both of these will hang around for up to an hour.

If your problem is staying asleep, then take an edible. It takes 60-90 minutes to get into the circulation, and hangs around for an average of 3-4 hours. I don’t recommend cookies or candy, as they usually have a lot of junk in them—you can take pure THC tablets. The average dose is 10mg, but start with 2.5mg to see how well you tolerate it.

If you have problems with both sleep initiation and maintenance, you can take sublingual extract or vape to fall asleep, and a THC tablet to stay asleep. The table below includes some considerations for choosing among the available options.


  • Daytime CBD from hemp oil  for pain, anxiety, energy – because THC can cause sedation & alter cognition
  • Evening Marijuana with THC:CBD ratio around 1:1 for pain & relaxation – because
    THC and CBD combination yield optimal analgesic benefits
  • Night THC dominant indica strain or edible THC for sedation, improved sleep, architecture – Vape or SL extract for sleep initiation; Edible for sleep maintenance

While THC is only available in states that have legalized medical marijuana, CBD from hemp oil is available everywhere—although the attorney general in Nebraska seems to be confused about that. You can buy it on the Internet, travel across state lines, and I have even taken it out of the country when I traveled to Israel to visit my daughter.

**My note:  Hemp Oil has little THC.  Go here to read about the differences**

CBD can lessen anxiety, without any of the psychoactive giddiness of THC. CBD is anti-inflammatory—it not only decreases pain, it can improve energy, cognitive function and general well being. When I started selling it in my office, it went flying off the shelf. The full effects of CBD from hemp oil do not kick in for two to three weeks.

While properly administered marijuana has been extremely effective in helping people with PTSD, in some people it will make anxiety worse. Similarly, THC can help depression in some people, but in others can make depression worse, particularly if it is abused by chronic users. If you develop tolerance to the benefits of cannabis because of chronic use, it is important to take a drug holiday. Pregnant women should not take marijuana.

The legal status of marijuana is dicey. It is unjustifiably classified as a Class I controlled substance by the Food and Drug Administration, in the same category as heroin, and the Obama administration declined to enforce federal laws regarding marijuana in states where it was legalized and properly regulated. The current administration is trying to change that, but I predict it will be like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.

The analgesic, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties of cannabis make it extremely valuable as an adjunct to the treatment of tick-borne diseases. There is a lot of research available on the medical uses of cannabis. A couple of good resources are listed below.

Kowal MA et al. Review on clinical studies with cannabis and cannabinoids 2010-2014. Cannabinoids 2016;11(special issue):1-18

Project CBD, User’s Manual:

Dr. Daniel Kinderlehrer specializes in the treatment of tick-borne disease in Denver, Colorado. He has found that properly administered medical marijuana and CBD from hemp oil have been extremely beneficial for many of his patients.



Helpful and practical article by Dr. Kinderlehrer.  Recently, I posted an article by Dr. Amen that serves as a caution in regards to the THC in marijuana: “Although marijuana doesn’t necessarily pose the same immediate, life-threatening dangers as alcohol, we have seen that chronic, long-term use does cause significant brain changes—chiefly, slowed activity in the frontal and temporal lobes; areas of the brain involved with focus, concentration, motivation, memory, learning, and mood stability.

Just published in the most recent Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the research finds that, after studying imaging of 1,000 cannabis users’ brains, there were signs of noticeable deficiencies of blood flow. The study, which included 25,168 non-cannabis users, and 100 healthy controls, shows a scary and obvious difference in blood flow levels for those that used cannabis.

Additionally, those that used marijuana showed a significant lack of blood flow in the right hippocampus, the area of the brain that helps with memory formation. This part of the brain is severely affected with those that suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.”

The Amen Clinic Uses SPECT imaging and as they say, “A Picture’s worth a thousand words.”


Like everything else it’s important to read all around an issue, particularly when you are considering it as a treatment and it’s going into your body.  As always one must weigh the risk vs the benefit.  I know folks who swear by medical cannabis and that they wouldn’t be alive without it.  I also know of folks who swear by Hemp CBD oil as well.

For more on Cannabis:

For more on Hemp-derived CBD:

If you are having trouble sleeping, immune dysfunction, inflammation, & PTSD,  read about LDN:

Trouble with your gut, detoxing, inflammation/pain, and allergies?  Read about MSM:

The Invisible Universe Of The Human Microbiome & MSM

 NPR 2013

The next time you look in a mirror, think about this: In many ways you’re more microbe than human. There are 10 times more cells from microorganisms like bacteria and fungi in and on our bodies than there are human cells. But these tiny compatriots are invisible to the naked eye. Artist Ben Arthur gives us a guided tour of the rich universe of the human microbiome.  Dr. Mercola Jan., 2018

Story at-a-glance

  • Because 70 to 80 percent of your immune system resides within your gastrointestinal tract, optimizing your gut microbiome is a worthwhile pursuit that will have far-reaching effects on your physical health and emotional well-being
  • A vital first step toward balancing your gut flora is to eliminate sugar from your diet, especially sugars found in processed foods
  • Eating fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi and sauerkraut, as well as consuming prebiotic foods like garlic, leeks and onions, can help create an optimal environment for beneficial gut bacteria, while decreasing disease-causing bacteria, fungi and yeast
  • Taking a probiotic or sporebiotic supplement can also be beneficial, especially during and following antibiotic treatment, because it helps restore and promote healthy gut flora
  • Your gut bacteria can influence your behavior and gene expression, and has also been shown to play a role with respect to autism, diabetes and obesity


All Lyme/MSIDS patients should be on a good pro and prebiotic as well as lowering or avoiding sugars, eating a whole-food based diet, and avoiding processed food.  Some will do well eliminating gluten and/or dairy.  We are all so different – what works for one may not work for another, but all are worth trying.

In my quest, I’ve been studying DMSO and MSM recently and plan on writing a lengthy article on them; however, I can whole-heartedly recommend trying MSM to anyone.  It’s as safe as water.  

Briefly, MSM stands for Methylsulfonylmethane and is 34% sulfur by weight.  Sulfur plays a crucial role in detoxification and is an important antioxidant for producing glutathione.  If you aren’t getting enough sulfur, glutathione can not work.  Even if you have a diet rich in sulfur (think cabbage, onions, garlic, broccoli, etc – essentially the stinky veggies – and many other food items as well) your body still could use supplementation.

For me it was a game-changer. By Lyn-Genet Recitas, NMT, Sports Nutritionist, Holistic Health Pracitioner, RYT

Recitas, author of “The Plan,” calls MSM the wonder supplement for your gut.  It can alleviate allergy symptoms, helps with detoxification, eliminates free radicals, and improves cell permeability.  She states that with given time, MSM will start to actually repair damage caused by leaky gut – a common problem with Lyme/MSIDS patients.  It can also help the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food.  Many Lyme patients struggle with paralysis of the gut where the muscles of the stomach and intestines stop being efficient.  MSM helps this muscle tone as well.

Since I plan on writing a lengthy article, I’m not going to go into MSM’s anti-inflammatory & pain reducing capabilities – but this is exactly what it is most commonly used for.

My personal observation after starting MSM:

I started out with 1/4 tsp of distilled crystals in about 2 oz of water, since it has a bitter taste.  After studying it, I learned the distillation process is the best one and if you want to find sources easily go here: You should see the OptiMSM patent on the product.  I happened to get the 16 oz tub of crystals at the Vitamin Shoppe but as you can see there are many brands available. (As always, I don’t make a dime on any of this and have no connection what so ever to any product line)

Within three days I noticed my nails growing faster.  Within a week, about 50% of my pain was gone.  Now this is a big deal as this pain has been resistant to nearly everything I’ve tried over the years.

After this reduction in pain, I increased the dose to 1/4 tsp twice a day and then ultimately to my final dose of 1/2 tsp twice a day in 2 oz of water.

I have to report that my pain is completely gone on some days with a fraction returning on other days.

For a great MSM guide:  This article gives a current 2017 review of MSM as well as studies and 195 references.  MSM has been studied for decades.

It is recommended to start at a low initial dose and allow the body to acclimate.  You can slowly increase the dose after a week.  It is also stated that those with chronic conditions may take up to 6 or more months to notice a difference.

You can also get MSM in creams, gels, and lotions for topical application – as well as pills.  Make sure you read about the other ingredients and if the MSM is made from distillation.  Like any other supplement, the devil’s in the details.

Many take MSM internally as well as use it topically in specific areas for pain relief.  It has been so effective internally for me I haven’t even tried topical MSM.