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Study Finds Natural Alternative May Ease Pain for Arthritis Sufferers

Study Finds Natural Alternative May Ease Pain for Arthritis Sufferers

Monday, May 5th 2003

Arthritis is considered the No. 1 cause of disability in New Zealand, limiting everyday activities like walking, getting dressed or simply getting out of bed.

Recent research is offering new hope for arthritis sufferers seeking a new, natural approach to alleviating pain. A preliminary study of Methyl-sulfonyl-Methane (MSM), a nutritional supplement that supplies biologically-active sulfur, indicates that it may offer a safe, non-toxic way to help ease the pain of arthritis.

MSM is a naturally occurring sulfer compound found in our bodies, as well as in many common beverages and foods, including milk, coffee, tea and green vegetables.

Studies Prove Lignisul MSM Effective

A small, double-blind study of patients with proven degenerative joint disease found that those who took 2250 milligrams of Lignisul MSM daily for six weeks reported an 82 percent average improvement in pain relief, compared to an 18 percent improvement reported by patients receiving the placebo treatment.

Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., co-author of The Miracle of MSM and leader of the study, believes that sulfur, the eighth most abundant element in the body, is a sorely-neglected mineral nutrient. While mankind has long recognized the healing power of sulphur through such regimens as soaking in sulfur-rich, mineral hot springs, much is still unknown about precisely how it works in the body.

"Lignisul MSM may offer a significant new nutritional substance for the control of arthritic pain without the serious side effects of other pharmaceuticals," Dr. Lawrence said.

Those taking MSM to alleviate their arthritis pain may also find improvement in the health of their hair and nails. In two recent doubleblind, placebo-controlled, pilot trials, performed by Dr. Lawrence, oral supplementation with Lignisul MSM proved to be a valuable addition to hair and nail growth which was significantly improved in a short term of six weeks.

"I have been prescribing MSM for my patients experiencing pain from arthritis and fibromyalgia, and they kept saying how great their hair and nails looked," said Cathleen London, M.D., a Boston-based family practitioner. "It's good to see an efficacy study confirm that there are benefits in this area."

The study showed 50 percent of the subjects taking MSM showed increased nail length and nail thickness growth compared to the group on placebo, and 100 percent of the subjects taking MSM showed increased hair growth compared to the group on placebo. In addition, 30 percent of the subjects taking MSM showed improvement in hair brilliance, while none of the subjects on placebo showed such an improvement.

Lignisul MSM is the only all-natural source of MSM derived from pine trees. It is unlike other forms of MSM, including those imported from China, which are derived from petroleum.

Q: If I am allergic to sulphur drugs, can I take MSM?

A: MSM is in no way related to sulphur drugs and can be taken safely by people who are allergic to sulphur drugs. Lignisul MSM is extremely safe, non-toxic, and non-allergenic.

Q: Are there any benefits for athletes using MSM?

A: MSM is very beneficial to athletes and active individuals. MSM has been shown to improve post workout recovery and to decrease recovery time for soft tissue injuries in athletes.

Lignisul MSM is available as Radiance MSM 1000mg capsules.

Actor, Robert Culp Bounces Back from His Battle with Arthritis

Actor, writer and director Robert Culp has played many roles in his life. It was a credit to his talent that few people saw the agony he battled daily in his fight with arthritis. Now, having found a way to manage the pain and return to a normal life, Culp is ready to talk about his recovery.

Always an active man, Culp used his talents to play action roles such as Kelly Robertson in "I Spy," and FBI agent Bill Maxwell in the early 80's series "The Greatest American Hero." Little did he know the wear and tear he was putting on his body, or that one day he would have to pay. Culp's arthritis struck him in all the places he had sustained injury when he was younger. "Whatever I had done to my body in my youth was coming back to haunt me," he admits ruefully. He had broken toes without knowing how he had done it and repeatedly tore the cartilage in his knees playing tennis. In high school, after landing on his head and injuring his neck when his pole broke during a vault, Culp competed in a meet less than two weeks after the accident.

Although arthritis never brought his acting career to a complete halt, it did slow him down by becoming the main focus of his life. "I can not think of anything that affects my life more severely than my arthritis," states Culp, looking back at a time before he had learned to manage his pain. Previous to taking dietary supplements the actor could not walk without a limp, and many times found himself unable to move without crouching forward. He was forced to wear extra wide shoes and cut holes into the false soles he would place inside them, allowing room for his swollen joints. "I would wear black shoes with a tuxedo," said Culp. ""I couldn't get my feet inside regular dress shoes." Now, Robert Culp has his pain as well managed as his career.

Culp has been using MSM, a sulphur containing supplement that lessens inflammation and reduces pain, for over a year, and believes the results were dramatic. Stated Culp, "I walk like a normal person now." Although he admits that his life is not pain-free, he feels he can manage it. He has a reoccurring role in the successful sitcom, "Everybody Loves Raymond," and is working on the TV pilot, "Hold the Baby." And the arthritis? "Although I never really let it get in the way of my professional life, I finally feel like I have it under control, something I never thought would be possible."

Reproduced unabridged from the April- June 2003 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.

Footnote from Ideal Health:

The following products are all useful for joint problems:

Devils Claw Secondary Root
Deer Velvet
Go Glucosamine 1-A-Day
Hista-Eze (Quercetin with Bromelain)
Hi Strength Liquid Fish Oil
Joint Vitality
Joint and Muscle Repair Cream
Joint Connection
Super Collagen + C
Pain Relief

Related health information can be found here:

Arthritis Program
Arthritis & Rheumatism
Multi-Power the energy pack
Skin Health
Water, the Elixir of Life

Related articles can be found here:

Arthritis studies focus on Boswellia
Benefits of MSM for Injuries and Skin
Boswellia - rediscovering a powerful anti-inflammatory herb
Efamarine - Help for Joint Mobility and the Maintenance of Immunity
Landmark Clinical Trial: Great News for Arthritis Sufferers
Osteoarthritis is Repairable
Third Generation Arthritis Treatment - Radiance Joint Connection Capsules and Creme
Turmeric - more than culinary

If you need help or advice, you are welcome to email our naturopathic team with your health question.

Disclaimer: The health information presented here has been written for the New Zealand health consumer. It is of a general nature and is only intended to provide a summary of the subjects covered. The information is not intended to be comprehensive or to provide medical advice to you. While all care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information, no responsibility or liability is accepted, and no person should act in reliance on any statement contained in the information provided. All health ailments should be treated by a qualified health professional.


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