The Real Miracle Solution (DMSO)
DIMETHYL SULFOXIDE (DMSO), first discovered in 1886 Dr. Alexander Saytzeff, is an organic sulfur compound and by-product of the wood industry. In 1959 scientists learned that DMSO protected red blood cells and other tissue from freezing, so experimentation began preserving donor transplant tissue.
Dr. Stanley Jacob, at the University of Oregon Medical School, found that DMSO could also relieve burn pains and prevent scar tissue formation. He published his results in 1963 – from then on DMSO usage and experimentation spread like wildfire. Today, if you search for DMSO on pubmed.gov, you’ll get almost 30,000 indexed results, making it one of the most studied compounds of our time. Yet, we are led to believe that DMSO can’t pass the required regulations for its approval in other medical conditions even though its effectiveness and low toxicity profile is unquestionable.
- DMSO holds great promise in managing a diverse array of health conditions, yet has largely been ignored by the medical community.
- Originally discovered as a byproduct of paper manufacturing, DMSO has remarkable anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties.
DMSO is currently FDA approved for only interstitial cystitis, a painful chronic inflammatory condition of the urinary bladder.
One of DMSO’s most promising roles is treating severe closed head trauma. Research by Dr. Stanley Jacob shows that DMSO relieves brain swelling and restores blood flow and oxygenation following such injuries.
Studies suggest further applications for DMSO in fighting illnesses such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
DMSO’s benefits are largely unknown and unavailable to the US public, primarily because it is an inexpensive compound that is ineligible for patenting by pharmaceutical companies.
DMSO has also been widely used by professional athletes (from football players to Olympic gymnasts) as an effective treatment for soft tissue or joint defusions; sprains, strains, dislocations, tendonitis, bursitis, gout, soft tissue tears, myositis (muscle inflammation), broken bones, tennis elbow. Pain is relieved, swelling subsides, and function recovered more quickly.
DMSO was also the first nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory discovered since aspirin. It was that discovery that spurred pharmaceutical companies on to the development of other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. “Pharmaceutical companies were saying that if DMSO can do this, so can other compounds. The shame is that DMSO is less toxic and has less in the way of side effects than any of them.” RH
Scleroderma is a rare, disabling, and sometimes fatal disease, resulting form an abnormal buildup of collagen in the body. The body swells, the skin–particularly on hands and face–becomes dense and leathery, and calcium deposits in joints cause difficulty of movement. Fatigue and difficulty in breathing may ensue. Amputation of affected digits may be necessary. The cause of scleroderma is unknown, and, until DMSO arrived, there was no known effective treatment.
DMSO for the Eyes
I’ve personally been using DMSO successfully since 2011, both internally, topically, and in my eyes. One of the first doctors to also use DMSO in his patients eyes was Doctor Robert Hill of Longview, Washington. Way back in 1975, his studies were reported in the January 1975 annals of the New York Academy of Science.*1
One study by Dr. Hill involved 50 patients with worsening eye sight, caused either by retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration. “Of the 50 DMSO treated patients, 22 had improved visual acuity, nine had improved visual fields and five improved in dark adaption. Only two patients out of the 50 continued to get worse. The remaining patients had no noticeable changes in vision. Without the treatment it is probable that all 50 patients would have continued to regress.” *2
Also, there have been times that a patient is treated with DMSO for arthritis or an injury, and their eyes also got better.
For most visual or pain problems of the eyes a 40% DMSO solution is applied once a day into each eye with an eye dropper. When the DMSO is applied there is normally a stinging sensation in the eye(s) for 30 or 40 seconds. Don’t be alarmed. Normally after the stinging the eyes will feel better than before treatment.
Personally, I use a 40% DMSO eye drop solution in my own eyes when they feel tired after sitting at the computer all day. There has always been immediate relief. After the initial stinging the eyes feel fresh with no pain. The irony of all this, my vision has gotten better, and I seldom use my glasses anymore.
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*1 Hill, Robert V. “Dimethyl Sulfoxide in the Treatment of Retinal Disease” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Volume 243, pgs. 485-493
*2 Scott, Archie H.. The DMSO Handbook for Doctors (p. 54-56).
Dr. Stanley Jacobs, the “Father of DMSO,” passed away January 17th, 2015, surrounded by friends and family, ten days after celebrating his 91st birthday from complications of a hip fracture. Dr. Jacobs worked 6 days per week from 5 am – 6 pm until he was 90 years old, compiling every shred of research he could find on DMSO, at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, where he had been a long term staff and faculty member.
His credentials are rivaled in length only by that of his favorite molecule–DMSO. He stumbled upon his life’s work when he was head of the organ transplant department at OHSU and discovered DMSO’s ability to penetrate the skin and tissues like water through sand. It was being used commonly (and still is) to preserve transplant tissues and protect them from the cold temperatures they had to be exposed to. His eureka moment blossomed into a lifetime passion for DMSO. He was featured in a 60 Minutes (see above) episode that literally went viral in the 70’s shutting down phone lines to OHSU due heavy call volume to his office. Stanley’s work eventually led to FDA approval of DMSO as a pharmaceutical treatment for chronic bladder inflammation. Thank goodness for his perseverence in the face of the adversity that he faced from the backlash that resulted when he tried to share his enthusiasm for DMSO and what he saw as a revolutionary shift in the treatment of chronic disease.
His discovery and the truth of DMSO’s effectiveness for many different conditions will eventually surface despite the FDA and medical climate of our time. I will also be doing my part to keep the truth coming. The system is not ready to endorse a drug that cannot be patented and could stand to replace a multitude of drugs—safely and cheaply.
Dr. Stanley Jacobs, thank you for your contribution.