Re: MSM and psoriasis

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Posted by Kerry Gibbons on September 12, 1999 at 21:36:55:

In Reply to: MSM and psoriasis posted by Kerry on September 12, 1999 at 19:38:39:

I have not ever heard before that MSM impacts cell division rate, just cell quality (i.e. it makes better cells). One of the problems that I had was a small patch of eczema or psoriasis (I'm not sure which it was now). If the MSM had any effect on it at all for me, it was very, very slow. That patch is now undetectable. Whether the MSM had any impact, I don't know. But it certainly did not make it worse (at least not on me).

The books that I have do not say anything about eczema, psoriasis, or cell division rate. The book does say that MSM has a positive impact on skin by softening it, helping wrinkles a little bit (not a lot), and improving scar tissue (I also have had some direct experience with that benefit). Does that help?

: Does MSM have any impact on cell division? The latest theories on psoriasis indicate that the lower layers of skin cells in the affected areas grow at a rate much faster than the epidermis sheds. As a result, the plaques form. For this, I take methotrexate in doses approximately double what patients usually take it for - rheumatoid arthritis.

: Bottom line - might MSM, with all its benefits, hasten cell growth, thereby exacerbating the psoriasis?

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