Are you plagued with pain? A poll conducted in 2005 by ABC News, USA Today, and Stanford University Medical Center revealed that about half of Americans experience chronic or recurrent pain.
Almost every adult experiences some form of pain from time to time. Generally, chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts more than three months and recurrent pain comes and goes. Acute pain is pain that is short term or injury related. The people in the survey categorized their pain as follows: acute – 44 percent, recurrent – 34 percent, and chronic – 19 percent.
Of the people experiencing pain, almost half didn’t know what caused it. When asked about the impact their pain had daily activities, 43 percent indicated it affected their mood and 39 percent indicated it hindered sleep.
The remedies people used to ease their pain varied greatly. Over half (63 percent) indicated they had consulted a health professional about their pain. Of those, only 59 percent felt they had received any significant pain reduction as a result of the visit. Another interesting aspect that came out was the methods people used for pain relief. Here’s a list of the top relief methods:
• over-the-counter drugs – 84 %
• home remedies – 81 %
• prescription drugs – 60 %
• bed rest – 58 %
• prayer – 58 %
• chiropractic – 28 %
• massage – 28 %
For the people that used prescription drugs, 19 percent indicated they took them every day. For over-the-counter drugs, 33 percent used them daily or at least once a week.
In 1997, Dr. Norman J. Marcus, director of the New York Pain Treatment Program authored a report in which he stated that pain had reached epidemic proportions in America. In this report, Science News Report issued by the American Medical Association, Dr Marcus states, “ten of millions of Americans suffer from some form of pain each year, taking substantial toll on their productivity in the workplace and their ability to take care of their responsibilities at home.”
Billions of dollars are spent each year on prescription and over-the-counter drugs. But drugs don’t cure disease, they simply mask symptoms instead of addressing the underlying cause of the pain. When you get a headache, it is not because you have an aspirin deficiency. Many of the drugs prescribed today have serious side effects. For example, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are typically used to relieve osteoarthritis pain, but they also tend to deteriorate joint tissue. Some drugs may have value for treating injuries and acute illness, but they are still biochemical outsiders to the body and tend to deplete nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals.
In non-injury cases, pain usually indicates that one or more of the body’s systems are out of balance. Identifying the cause(s) for the imbalance and correcting it with proper nutrition (including natural supplements), exercise, rest, and lifestyle changes can provide a better long-term solution. One such supplement that can play an important role in helping bring the body back into balance is Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).
MSM is an organic compound containing 34 percent sulfur. Sulfur occurs naturally in vegetables, fruits, grains, and milk. It is the third most abundant mineral in the human body. Concentrations are highest during infancy and decrease with age.
Sulfur is used in the production of proteins, including those needed for forming muscles, hair, and skin. It is found in teeth, bones, and collagen (which makes up connective tissues). MSM appears to be helpful for pain relief, inflammation, and supporting joint health. MSM also exhibits antioxidant properties. Research has shown MSM to have no side effects when taken as directed.
Dr. Stanley Jacob states in his book, “The Miracle of MSM”, that based on clinical experience MSM has been shown to be an effective pain reliever in about 70 percent of the cases.
MSM Capsules contains 500 mg of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and an enzyme activation system of Amylase and Lipase, in a vegetarian capsule. MSM is a natural form of dietary sulfur, which is critical to the human body. Although MSM is abundant in nature, it is easily destroyed by heat, drying, and food processing. Hormones, enzymes, and antibodies all depend on it. The body utilizes and expends MSM on a daily basis and needs a consist supply for optimal nutrition and health.
Suggested Dosage: For usual adult dosage: take one to two capsules three times daily or as needed.
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