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Doctors Won’t Tell You About DMSO: It Flies Under the Radar

Gigi J Wolf
Nov 20, 2019 · 8 min read

After more than 50 years, DMSO is still largely unknown as a valuable health and medicinal aid

DMSO is the bomb. We’ve been using it for a year now. We are so impressed with it that I have been telling everyone I know about it. No one is listening, but that’s okay. I keep talking. It’s a kind of win win.

I re-discovered DMSO, dimethyl sulfoxide, when I read a book about healing arthritis naturally. Most sources say there is no cure and eventually you will dry up and look like a pretzel. These sources tell us these things in order to avoid liability and because they want to keep people depressed. When people are depressed, they don’t care who’s president.

My mother used DMSO in the 1970s after she would get home from skating. I can now relate to her aches and pains after a work out, even though she was relatively young and in good shape then.

There was a jar of DMSO in lotion form I’d bought several years ago in the house and then forgot. I began to use it on my legs and shoulder where most of my pain is located, after reading and researching the information available on it. I use it at full strength and in lotion form, twice a day.

Here’s a secret that almost no one knows:

For the edification of those who insist that DMSO is not approved by the FDA and therefore is not safe: The FDA approved DMSO for the treatment of interstitial cystitis, which is a bladder condition. DMSO must be taken internally for the condition.

Therefore and ergo, once the FDA approves something for one thing, doctors are allowed to prescribe that substance for anything they see fit. Why so few see fit to use it in hospitals or clinics or dental offices, I don’t know. It is seven times safer than aspirin, but you wouldn’t know it to read some of the info out there.

It does take down with it deep into the skin anything that happens to be on the skin or hands when it’s applied topically, so it’s good to make sure you haven’t been bathing in pesticides.

DMSO, when given intravenously, increases the efficacy of other drugs, such as antibiotics. It pushes them deeper into organs. I’m no doctor, but that seems ideal to me. No worry about having to administer antibiotics in greater strengths. It has also been proven that DMSO actually realigns abnormal cells and makes them normal again, which may be why they use DMSO in some cancer clinics and why it’s such an awesome free radical scavenger.

Furthermore, DMSO can help to make older antibiotics effective once again through this process.

DMSO is a rapidly absorbed skin penetrant. With the ability to carry other substances through membranes it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Additionally, DMSO is a potent antioxidant, scavenging the highly reactive molecules that contribute to disease and aging, known as free radicals.

It has been found that medications dissolved in DMSO retain their therapeutic activity and their specific properties over a longer period of time. It maintains and multiplies the activity of many drugs. Allergic reactions are diminished by the actions of DMSO.

It’s also one of the few known substances that can cross the blood brain barrier and so has been useful in treating Alzheimer’s and migraines.

Wikipedia is just one of dozens of links that talks about DMSO, which has been used by dentists and doctors in Germany and Russia and in Chile for respiratory and other ailments. People dilute it and spray it in their eyes for treatment of glaucoma and cataracts. They used it in Chile as a mist in tents for babies with a bronchial condition. The group of babies who breathed in DMSO recovered more quickly.

My guy, known affectionately as the Moth (man of the house), has respiratory issues. Sometimes severe ones. Nothing works sometimes to help the congestion, and steroids — the usual med given by doctors — are dangerous with continued use. DMSO has no side effects and doesn’t require increased dosages. He began putting a drop or two of DMSO in his nebulizer diluted in aloe vera. It helps him tremendously. When he uses it in conjunction with albuterol, it intensifies albuterol’s effect to the extent he gets the shakes.

(Although we have not experienced a single side effect with either topical or internal use of DMSO, it’s always wise to read possible side effects, as everyone is different.)

I put a touch of it directly inside both sides of my nose. It feels warm and then voila, my nose is un-stuffed. I do it before I go to sleep and it stays that way through the night. When I get an allergy attack, I do the same thing and the attack stops. Not long ago, an allergy attack struck — my eyes were streaming and burning, and nothing was working. I put a touch of DMSO in each corner and within seconds, my eyes felt okay. Undiluted DMSO can burn sensitive skin, which is not permanent — just uncomfortable — so it’s wise to experiment. It doesn’t bother me undiluted on any other part of my body except my face, and then usually only under my eyes.

The other day, I burned my arm with a splash of boiling water. I ran some cool water over the spot for a few seconds and then remembered the DMSO. I put it on the burn and the pain was gone in seconds and nothing was left of the burn, not even a red spot. Applied consistently, it can reduce or eliminate a scar. I rubbed it on my throat because it felt scratchy, like the beginning of a cold and I kept coughing. It stopped within seconds of application.

It hasn’t taken away the pain in my arm or legs, but it has reduced it. My hip arthritis is at the end stage, so I doubt it can do a lot except help the ibuprofen do its work. I’ve been rubbing it around and in my ear to help with tinnitus, which comes and goes, depending on low loud I play my rock and roll during a work out. I was blaming it on swimmer’s ear, which it could be since I listen to rock and roll in the pool on my MP3. I put it on my face and neck. Lines near my mouth are disappearing, and a small bump I had on my chest completely disappeared after a week or two. That one amazed me most of all.

The obvious problem with DMSO is that it can make the user smell like garlic. I haven’t been told by a stranger or a friend as yet that I stink, but you never know. People might be trying to remain polite. I can only hope. I’ve asked a few people and they’ve said no. I think that the garlic smell goes away after a short time using it.

The smell is the reason DMSO wasn’t put through the double blind studies so dear to the heart of the FDA and scientists. The odor, or lack of it, would give away the control group. “You don’t stink, kindly stranger. Are you part of a double blind study?”

Doctors can prescribe medical grade DMSO but I don’t know if that’s any different than “pharmaceutical grade,” which is widely available on Amazon and many other sites. It’s very inexpensive, and if nothing else, should be kept in the house for first aid treatments — burns, or cuts. We put it in dropper bottles to use straight, and spray bottles half filled with water.

I can’t post the image here, and I have no affiliate relationship with any seller of a DMSO product, but I can tell you we just buy the 8 oz white plastic bottle with the blue logo on it. At a certain temperature, I think 68 degrees, DMSO can freeze, but it doesn’t harm it, and it will thaw and be fine. DMSO products say “Not approved for human use,” or “Pharmaceutical grade.” The first one is incorrect, but is a good disclaimer for the seller. The FDA has approved it for human use. The second part is beyond me. I don’t know of a “non-pharmaceutical grade” or the difference between that and “medical grade.”

What I find amazing is that people will tell me they don’t want to use something meant as a horse liniment (people used to have to go to horse supply store to buy it), or tell me in a disbelieving tone that it’s “made from paper solvent!” Yes, indeed, it is both those things. And have they read the warnings and precautions on the meds they willingly take by the handful that their doctors prescribe?

One of the warnings on an antibiotic I took said that months after I finish taking it, I could still experience burst tendons. That and the death I may also experience while taking it makes it impossible for me to run away screaming from my doctor. You won’t find any warnings like that associated with DMSO.

The sulfur may have a lot to do with DMSO’s benefits. Sulfur is an important part of what makes us tick and keep us healthy.

Should I ever be taken to the hospital after an accident or from getting sick, I have instructed my family to demand it be used. Whether demands would work on doctors, I have no idea, but I’m sure gonna yell at someone if I come out of whatever ails me and I have the strength to yell.

Our primary physician has told us that he can give it to us intravenously should we need it. It used to be used for cancer treatment and still is by some alternative practitioners. The story of its inception, and the ensuing controversy over its use by US doctors, is typical of things like this. There are a few books written about it, and dozens of articles and YouTube clips.

Administered within 90 minutes of a stroke, it can dissolve the clot and the stroke victim may have no ill effects from the episode. One woman was sent home to be with her brother to die. She had incurable tongue cancer. Her brother was a doctor. He figured since she was going to die, he’d make her more comfortable by administering DMSO intravenously.

She ended up recovering and living for many more years. That should teach him to use something not approved by the FDA.

Man, that guy I tried telling about DMSO really likes his prescription meds.

To get side splitting humor, go to, or pick up a copy of one of my books. The newest ones are Please Remain Seated in Your Comfort Zone, and Information Contained Herein Deemed Reliable but Not Guaranteed. Nothing I Learned in Kindergarten Has Done Me a Bit of Good will be out soon.


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