For most of us, breathing in and breathing out is an activity that happens automatically. However, in the case of asthma sufferers, breathing in and breathing out is not a mindless matter. For some people, asthma is a minor nuisance. For others, it can be a major problem that interferes with their daily activities and may even lead to a life-threatening asthma attack.
Asthma is an inflammatory condition in which your airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing. Asthma can't be cured, but its symptoms can be managed.
The standard medical treatment for asthma is symptom management using prescription drugs which are known to cause many unpleasant side effects. Some medications may even increase the risk of dying from asthma.
The good news is there is a safer and effective alternative. Have you ever heard of MSM? if not, you are about to. In this article, I'm going to share with you how you can use this inexpensive supplement to control your asthma without the nasty side effects of prescription drugs. I will also share with you stories of others that have benefited from MSM.
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What is MSM?
MSM is also known as methylsulfonylmethane, an organic sulfur compound that's naturally found in plants, animals and in the human body.
MSM is an important mineral needed for your body to function properly and optimally. In fact, it's the third most abundant mineral in your body after calcium and phosphorus. It's found in every cell in your body with 50% in muscle tissues, 10% in bones, 10% in hair and 10% in skin.
MSM is a popular dietary supplement used to treat joint problems such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other degenerative joint diseases. It's also known as "nature's beauty mineral" due to its ability to make your skin smooth, clear, healthy, and more beautiful.
MSM's anti-inflammatory ability makes it effective in treating various health problems including chronic inflammation, arthritis, asthma, skin conditions, and pain.
MSM also allows the body to take up oxygen more effectively, improves the elasticity of the lung cells and the permeability of lung cell membranes, which allows more air to be breathed and oxygen to be delivered through the membranes into the bloodstream. This is very beneficial for asthma sufferers.
Some people experience symptom relief for as long as they continue taking MSM. When they stop, symptoms often return. Sometimes the symptoms will return almost immediately after you stop taking MSM. There are also people that stop taking MSM, and the symptoms may take weeks, months, or even years to return.
If you have suffered from asthma and obtained symptom relief from MSM, you'll generally continue to experience relief for as long as you continue to take the MSM supplement.
Side Effects of MSM
MSM is not a drug and will not produce side effects like many prescription drugs such as bronchodilaters, anti-inflammatory drugs, and cortisone medication.
When taking MSM for the very first time, it's recommended that you start low and gradually work your way up to the recommended dosage. Doing this helps to minimize gastrointestinal upsets, headaches, insomnia, and other flu-like symptoms.
These side effects are temporary and will get better once your body is adjusting to having MSM in your system. Below are a few articles you can check out to help minimize these discomfort.
Stories of asthma sufferers benefiting from MSM
38 year old homemaker
According to this book, a 38 year old homemaker who has suffered with asthma since she was 5 years old. She would routinely take three puffs of inhaler 4 times a day and she would also carry a rescue inhaler in case of an emergency or difficulty breathing. She had to use the emergency inhaler frequently.
Allergic reactions would often worsen her asthma. She is allergic to grass, pollen, and many other things. One day she was having difficulty breathing and she was at the point where she would try anything, so she decided to give MSM a try. The MSM was given to her by her friend and said it might help her.
After twenty minutes of taking MSM, she was able to breathe comfortably and no longer wheezing. She continued to experience relief for as long as she keeps taking the MSM. After 3 weeks of using MSM, she went to see her doctor for a checkup, and her doctor couldn't find a wheeze inside of her lungs. The doctor was amazed and told her to stop the regular inhaler but to still carry the rescue inhaler just in case of an emergency.
Now she takes her MSM religiously and she is able to breath and move around so well. She is also able to go through many bad pollen seasons with no problems.
It's not unusual to experience instant relief from MSM. I advise that if you have been suffering from asthma for many years not to have such expectation. Although it's very possible to experience symptom relief immediately, the first signs of relief could also take one month, two months, or even many months to become noticeable.
Always carry a rescue inhaler with you just in case. Even if you've experienced relief from MSM, it's important to still carry a rescue inhaler for your safety.
5 year old girl
People that suffer from severe asthma can experience major problems that interfere with their daily activities. Some individuals have to be hospitalized for a large part of a year. Some couldn't go to school. Some couldn't hang out with friends or visit certain place.
While drugs are important for many illnesses and they certainly have saved many lives. However, drugs can also come with severe side effects.
This is the case of a 5 year old child who had visible signs of cortisone toxicity. She had a moon face and was developing a hunchlike condition. These are as a result of too much cortisone in her body.
The mother started the girl on MSM. For the following two months, the level of cortisone was gradually decreased and then the drug was finally discontinued by her doctor. Although MSM didn't cure the little girl, her symptoms were largely relieved and now she no longer takes cortisone.
She was able to attend school without missing a day. She has now maintained solely on MSM for five years. She plays and interacts with other kids in a normal fashion. She also experienced no side effects from the MSM.
If you or your child takes cortisone and you want to give MSM a try. It's important that you inform your doctor about it. You want to avoid stop taking cortisone abruptly, this is dangerous and should only be done under the guidance of a doctor.
Whenever cortisone is taken orally or intravenously, your adrenal glands cease producing the cortisone hormone (cortisol), which is essential to life. By gradually decreasing the intake of cortisone, this gives your body the time to gear up and start producing its own cortisol.
Many children are able to wean off cortisone and no longer experience any of the adverse side effects from the drug. They are also able to sustain on MSM alone without side effects.
57 years old manager of a research facility
A 57 year old manager of a research facility storeroom in Portland developed allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and continual low-grade fever. Nothing would help her. Any medication she took would make her drowsy. Then she came across MSM while working at Oregon health Sciences University.
Within a few days after taking MSM, her symptoms improved and eventually went away. She continued taking MSM for about two years and then she stopped.
She didn't experience any symptoms for years after she topped taking MSM. Then few years later, she was transferred to a new work location and the symptoms returned. This is likely the result of working in a dust-filled environment.
She thought MSM would help since it helped her last time. One week after she took the MSM, she experienced a major improvement.
This is a very interesting case in that she experienced symptom relief for years even after she stoped taking MSM. When most people stop taking MSM, symptoms usually come back almost immediately. The MSM may have given her body a substantial long-term healing effect that was finally overwhelmed when her new job environment exposed her to more dust than her body could handle.
There are many stories like what I have shared in this post. If you want to learn more about how MSM have benefited other asthma sufferers, I highly recommend you to check out this book. This book will open your eyes and give you more details about other things MSM can do for your health.