(by Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP)
(Disclaimer: This blog is for informational and entertainment purposes only. It should not be take as medical advice of any kind.)
I was planning to write another blog post today, but decided to take a springtime digression and depart from my usual energy psychology writings. The inspiration came while I was watching television this morning. There was a news piece on the high price of healthcare followed by a commercial for an over-the-counter allergy product. I continue to be amazed at how the healthcare industry simply does not promote things that actually promote health.
Are you one of the 60 million Americans who have allergies and spend over 17 billion dollars on treatment? Do you want to: a) treat seasonal allergies now without drugs and b) make seasonal allergies go away permanently?
Many years ago I use to have terrible seasonal allergies. It was so bad that I often had sinus infections in the spring and summer. I took an over-the-counter allergy product. It got rid of the allergies, but it also dried out my eyes to the point that my eyelid stuck to my eye and created a significant corneal abrasion.
I was at a thought field therapy training in 1996 when I learned about MSM’s ability to eliminate allergies. MSM is an abbreviation of methylsulfonylmethane, an organic form of sulfur. The chemical formula of MSM is CH3SO2CH3. It is the biologically active form of sulfur that appears naturally in all living organisms. You may have heard about MSM as a supplement to treat pain along with glucosamine and chondroitin. It turns out that MSM has many uses. Sulfur is the third most common mineral in the body. However, according to some sources, most people in post-industrial societies may suffer from a chronic shortage of MSM.
How does MSM help with allergies?
Its effectiveness is due to its ability to block the receptivity of histamine in the sensitive tissue of the mucus membranes of nasal passages.
My personal experience was simple. I would take MSM in the morning. After 30 minutes or so all of the itching in my eyes and mucous running would disappear. Around 3:00pm the allergies symptoms would come back,I would take a second dose of MSM and the symptoms would go away again. After awhile, I figured this out and took the MSM a little earlier, so I never had symptoms, except a bit in the morning.
Allergies can permanently disappear
The first year I took MSM (1996) I took 1000mg twice a day. Starting in the spring of 1997 I only needed to take about 750 mg of MSM twice a day. By 1998 I only took 300 mg twice a day. In 1999, I only took MSM sporadically. I have not had airborne allergies since 2000 and no longer take MSM. While I cannot guarantee this will happen to you, it is a possibility. How is this possible? Most airborne allergies are mistakes of the body that are learned. It is beyond the scope of this blog to discuss this in depth. But the bottom line is that the reactions we all have to grass and pollen are caused by the body creating histamines to deal with the “offending” substance. The body comes to believe that pollen is a bad thing and reacts to deal with it. This reaction can become stronger or weaker. The body can learn that grass and pollen are not offending substances so no histamines need to be produced and therefore no allergic symptoms are created.
Over the last 20 years, I have told this story to many people who have tried MSM and have had similar experiences.
How to take MSM
The reported dose to get the anti-allergy benefits ranges from 500 – 1000 mg two or three times a day. I started with a smaller dose (500mg) and kept increasing it until the allergy symptoms went away. Then I discovered that the effect lasted until mid afternoon, when I took my second dose. Some people take it 3 times a day. MSM is reported to have super low toxicity so it is almost impossible to “overdose”.
If you want to learn more about MSM here are a few links.
You can also find less glowing reviews.
If you have had experience with MSM and allergies leave a comment below. Or try it out and leave a comment below.
Robert Schwarz, PsyD, DCEP
Author, Tools for Transforming Trauma
ACEP Executive Director
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