Relief for Your Aching Back

A miracle potion called "MSM", plus a few quick fixes, spell r-e-l-i-e-f for you back.

Eric Armstrong

A backache isn't fun. It hurts like hell, and it's a problem that affects a heck of a lot of people.

When your back hurts really badly, you can't find a position to sit or even lie down that isn't painful after a minute or two. Because you can't get comfortable, you can't relax. Because you can't relax, the back stays tense. Because it's tense, it hurts. It's a viscious circle.

I was on the golf course recently, when I was reminded of the solution. I had been practicing golf a fair amount in recent weeks, and playing billiards--both of which involve a lot of bending over. And my back had been hurting for awhile. It was huring enough that I was having trouble bending down to pick up my ball.

One of my playing partners told me to give MSM a try. He had it, and it had fixed him up right quick. "Give it couple of weeks", he said, "You'll feel like a new man".

The Value of MSM

I knew about MSM, of coure. Even had an article on it at my site (Why You Want MSM). It's the only bioavailable form of sulfur there is (so that's the only form we can ingest), and it is needed to make flexible, healthy tissue. (Otherwise, the body heals itself with scar tissue--like the scab on a surface wound. It feels fine until you move, then it tears and you feel pain again.) As detailed in the article, I've even used to heal carpal tunnel! But somehow, I had never thought to use it as a specific remedy for my back.

MSM is a naturally occuring substance that is in most foods. But the problem is that it's a highly volatile compound (like Vitamin C) that degrades quickly, so it is pretty much totally absent in any food that has been stored, packaged, transported, or prepared in anyway. In other words, it is all but totally absent in our modern, industrial diet! Unless you are eating straight off the vine, you can figure that your daily intake is somewhere in the neighborhood of zero.

The best way I've found to take it is to buy MSM "crystals", which dissolve nicely in water. (MSM powder is 100% pure MSM, as compared to like 99% pure for the crystals. But the powder doesn't mix anywhere near as well.) I take a "highball" glass of water, add half a tablespoon (1 teaspoon) of MSM, half a tablespoon (1 teaspoon) of Vitamin C powder, and add 1 full tablespoon of Agave Nectar, which also mixes easily with water. Boom! One healthy "juice". (Options: Add one or two 5 mg. scoops of glutamine, to build muscle and promote fat burning. Add one teaspoon (1 capsule) of PGX powder to promote weight loss.)

Make sure the Vitamin C powder is "acscorbic acid". It's acidic, like orange juice. And it tastes good.
Do not get the "non-acidic" variety. It tastes like chalk, because it is chalk. To make it "non-acidic",
they combine it with a buffering agent--calcium. Sounds a lot like chalk to me!

The body expells any MSM it hasn't used every 12 hours, so taking that mixture twice a day means that there is always MSM in your bloostream that your body can use for healing. It can be used to heal minor wounds, to heal muscles after they have been torn down by exercise, or to heal your aching back!

Chagrined that I hadn't even thought of MSM, I went home and started using it that day. (Yeah. I had it at home. I have a cupboard full of supplements. I'm just no so religious that I take them all the time. And I've come up with some dietary strategies (like eating seaweed) that make supplements mostly unnecessary. But clearly, those strategies did not make all supplements totally unnecessary.)

I was expecting to improvement in a couple of weeks, but I felt slight better after a single day! After two, the pain was even more noticeably lessen. After a week, I was starting to forget what the pain felt like. I had only a small twinge to remind me.

After two weeks...

Well, I can't wait to tell you about that. After one week I was feeling good enough to write this article!

In the end, it took about 3 weeks for the pain to go away completely. But I was active during that time,
practicing golf and playing billiards. Each day, there was less aching after the activity, and the recovery
was faster. After three weeks, I had all but completely forgotten that there was ever a problem!

"Quick Fixes" for Immediate Relief

As good as MSM is, and as quickly as it helps, sometimes you need a "quick fix" to get you over the rough spots.

Here are some things you can do:



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