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Key to Beautiful Hair, Skin & Nails
MSM: Organic Sulfur: The Key to Beautiful Hair, Skin and Nails
By Robert Pastore, Ph.D.
 
What is MSM?
 
MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) is a natural form of organic sulfur found in small amounts in food and in the human body. Sulfur, the eighth most abundant element present in all living organisms, is essential for life. Some of the essential functions that make sulfur possible for us to live include maintaining the structure of the proteins of the body, helping in the formation of keratin, which is essential for hair and nail growth, maintaining immune system function, catalyzing the chemical reactions which change food into energy and neutralizing or eliminating toxins from the body.
 

We can derive a lot of information from the rare genetic disorder called Trichothiodystrophy (TTD)that is associated with a sulfur deficiency, resulting in brittle nails, hair, and an increased rate of aging skin. Sulfur is essential for the strength, appearance and overall quality of hair, skin and nails.

    
 
 

In a small hair and nail study at Oregon Health Science University, nail growth improved and hair growth and appearance improved by week six, in subjects taking MSM.

 

Every patient that I put on MSM notes an increase in the strength of their nails, an increase in hair growth rate, and better skin. The first thing they notice is increased hair growth rate. I noticed that myself. I have an extensive family history of male pattern baldness. I only needed to get a hair cut twice a year. My hair just stopped growing by the age of 33. I expected it to be my turn at losing hair. However, since taking my 100% form of MSM, I now need a hair cut every 6 weeks! My nails are very strong as well.
 
I never thought of MSM as a beauty supplement. Being a clinical scientist, my focus was on relieving pain and healing joint tissue in patients that had chronic degenerative pain conditions, such as arthritis. The improvement on hair skin and nails seemed to be a side-effect that I noticed after as little as 6 weeks of MSM supplementation.
 
In a small hair and nail study at Oregon Health Science University, nail growth improved and hair growth and appearance improved by week six, in subjects taking MSM.
Since that study, and my personal experience as a practitioner, I started using a minimum of 4000mg of 100% pure MSM to address hair, skin and nail health.
 
My favorite story is that my colleagues have been experiencing an improvement in hair quality and growth on MSM Pure 2000. A colleague recently cancelled his hair transplant appointment!
 

 
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Altern Med Rev. 2002 Feb;7(1):22-44.
 
Food Chem Toxicol. 2002 Oct;40(10):1459-62.

Trichothiodystrophy: update on the sulfur-deficient brittle hair syndromes. Department of Dermatology, University of Basel and Kantonsspital Aarau, Switzerland.

Dr. Robert Pastore is an expert in human nutrition and biochemistry. He has been practicing in New York as a nutritionist for the last five years, and has been in the field of nutrition for 10 years. Dr. Pastore has been interviewed on nutrition for such publications as Harper’s Bazaar, Fit Magazine, the Journal of Dermatology Nursing. Dermatology Times, and the Cosmetic Surgery Times, as well as on talk radio shows and TV. Dr. Pastore has an extensive background lecturing across the United States on various topics encompassing nutritional science. Dr. Pastore is the president and chief scientific officer of Pastore Formulations. He is a faculty member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine, a member of the American College of Nutrition, and the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. He is co-host of “House Calls” on WWRL. Over his years in practice Dr. Pastore has developed a unique insight to human nutrition and has created a philosophy in which to base the principals of his company on.

Philosophy:
 “It is my view that one diet does not fit all. We are all biochemically unique, thus nutritional protocols must be tailored for the individual. As a clinical nutritionist that sees thousands of patients a year, I design nutritional protocols specific for each patient, and work with them closely to assist in implementing the nutritional plan.”

MSM Pure 2000 is available at http://www.pastoreformulations.com/

Dr. Pastore is in private practice within Fratellone Medical Associates, located in NYC. For appointments call 212 421-3202.



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