Several months ago a friend of mine was involved in a serious car accident. She has been undergoing PT for months, and recently lamented all the medical expenses she is incurring because someone else ran a red light.
A friend of her’s recommended something called MSM to help with the pain. She said it’s the long name for sulfur and that it doesn’t interfere with other meds.
I guess it’s good that the friend isn’t telling her to stop taking her prescriptions but I was wondering if this is sound advice?
As usual I have to say that I am not a doctor and that you should always seek professional medical advice before taking any kind of supplement or any type of medicine. You should not never take pills or supplements of any kind just because your friend or other non-MD says so. So to quickly answer the question, no, it is NOT sound advice.
Also, supplements can often counteract with regular medications, so for someone to claim that a supplement will not interfere with other medications, without knowing the patient’s pain control regimen is flagrantly incorrect. It is also part of what is known as the natural fallacy. People often assume that a product advertised as natural or something you can purchase without a prescription is safe. This is often not the case. Cyanide is natural, nightshade is natural and bears are natural. All of these things will murder your face in the correct dose.
MSM is Methylsulfonylmethane. It is known by several other names including DMSO2, methyl sulfone, and dimethyl sulfone. It is also known by the FDA because in 2000 the FDA warned one MSM promoter, Karl Loren, to cease and desist from making therapeutic claims for MSM. This warning was issued because there is currently no credible evidence to support the claim that adding sulfur in the form of a supplement can reduce pain or inflammation or cure cancer or any of the other health claims associated with it.
A more detailed analysis of MSM or DMSO can be found here on Quackwatch.
Please tell your friend to see a Medical Doctor for pain problems and at the very least to inform her primary care physician if she is taking any over-the-counter or over-the-internet supplements.
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