DMSO has a wide range of uses. Some of the uses that most people know the best include using it as an antioxidant or to deal with inflammation problems. However, just because this substance is flexible and useful doesn’t mean that it’s free of controversy. Over the last fifty years, quite a few issues have arisen around this subject.
DMSO had its first brush with controversy all the way back in the 1960s. After a national report that DMSO caused a woman who was simply being treated for a minor wrist injury to die, DMSO use was put to a stop for nearly seven years. While DMSO received further FDA approval at the end of the 1970s, as soon as the 80s arrived, Congress began holding hearings about the FDA’s intentional slowness to provide approval for various uses of DMSO. Nearly two decades later, the FDA provided special classification for specific uses of DMSO to help its evaluation goes as quickly as possible.
Another controversial issue relating to DMSO is the fact that it has been shown to have negative effects on the developing brains of mice. As a result, there are arguments about whether or not young children should be exposed to treatments that involve DMSO.
DMSO has also raised controversy in relation to how some have chosen to dispose of it. When this substance is simply disposed of in a standard sewer, it can cause significant odor problems for a city’s sanitation system. While DMSO has had a tumultuous past, proponents are hopeful that the next decade will bring a period where regulations will allow people to take advantage of the full benefits that DMSO can offer.