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Joint Remedy Wards Off Fleas

 Q. I have always been the one in any crowd of people to whom bugs would flock for a meal. I always thought I just tasted good to them.

After an automobile accident about a year ago I started taking MSM (methyl sulfonylmethane) to help
relieve joint and muscle pain. While on a trip to the mountains a few months later, watching others around me fight off mosquitoes, it occurred to me that I hadn’t had any insect bites recently. I traced the change back to when I began taking the MSM.

Shortly after that, I started giving it to my elderly dog to help him with his painful hips. He now walks and runs without pain, and he remains flea free!

I have recently heard from another source that MSM can be given to animals to control fleas, so apparently my experience is not just my imagination. According to my sources, dosage is not a problem. If you take too much the excess is eliminated with regular body waste.

I continue to take mine, and I give my dog 1/2 teaspoon of equine MSM powder
each morning. We both feel better and the bugs go elsewhere for their meals!

A. Thank you so much for sharing this fascinating story. We had no idea that MSM could do double duty like  this.

We recently became more concerned about flea bites when we learned that fleas and ticks can transmit Bartonella, a little recognized infection. To learn more about this hidden epidemic, listen to our radio show on Ticks, Fleas & Mystery Disease.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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