Rich's Cetyl Myristoleate CMO is
supercharged with MSM to improve absorption and assimilation.
More and more people are turning to natural alternative products
like CMO before they graduate to the more side effect prone
drugs. In fact many are switching from drugs to products like
MSM and CMO because the side effects from drugs are worst than
the problem the drug was intended to remedy. It is becoming ever
more important for people to change their life style and diet to
stall the unset of degenerative diseases like Arthritis. Most likely, you or someone you know has arthritis.
number one chronic illness in the US, affecting 37 million, or
one in seven Americans, young and old.
Conventional medicine offers many medications to treat arthritis
including corticosteroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs. Both types are capable of producing complications
including kidney and liver damage and gastric irritation or
ulceration. One side effect rarely mentioned is inhibition of
cartilage repair and worsening of the condition.
Because of the seriousness of drug side effects, it is always
good news when a natural product shows promise in helping
arthritis sufferers. One such product is cetyl myristoleate, a
new and unique, natural compound which is being hailed as
possibly one of the most significant nutritional break-throughs
of the 20th century.
What is Cetyl Myristoleate?
Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO) is described as an ester of a fatty
acid. Fatty acids are the building blocks of fats and oils just
as amino acids are the components of protein. Science now
recognizes the value of certain oils in reducing inflammation as
well as blood cholesterol. When the fatty acid myristoleic acid
(a natural substance) is combined with a long chain alcohol
molecule, cetyl alcohol, an ester of this fatty acid is created.
CMO appears to function in three different ways. One of its
actions is that of a super lubricant, a kind of "WD-40 for the
joints". Muscles and other tissues also benefit from the
lubricating effect which also helps to make them more pliable.
Second, CMO functions as an immune system modulator. This has
been demonstrated by its effectiveness in autoimmune diseases
(lupus, multiple sclerosis) as well as inflammatory conditions.
Researchers are not sure how CMO performs in this role, but a
possible explanation is that it helps to stimulate certain
immune components such as immunoglobulins.
The third function of CMO is its anti-inflammatory effect. The
believed mechanism is regulation of prosta-glandins,
short-acting local hormones involved in many processes of the
body, including the inflammatory response.
Doctor's report that patients are demonstrating striking
improvements with CMO. Typical reports are decreased stiffness,
increased range of motion, visible reduction of swelling,
restored dexterity in finger joints and elimination of pain.
Often, patients are able to discontinue pain medication and
return to activities they could not perform prior to treatment.
Testimonials from users describe other health benefits such as a
positive effect on emphysema, hepatitis, hypertension, diabetes,
eczema, psoriasis, colds, allergies, low back pain and
In a 1996 multi-center, one-month clinical study involving 431
patients with various forms of arthritis, significant
improvements were found in 63.3% of those taking CMO.
Established measurement criteria for arthritis was used in
making the assessment. In those taking CMO combined with
glucosamine hydrochloride, sea cucumber and hydrolyzed cartilage
along with a topical preparation of CMO, an 87.3% improvement
was achieved. In comparison, only 14.5% of the placebo group
showed improvement. If a new prescription drug produced these
results or was only 50% effective it would make headlines in a
matter of days.
Like anything else, CMO does not work 100% of the time. Best
results are obtained when it is part of a comprehensive program,
which includes other appropriate nutritional supplements, and
dietary measures such as restriction of animal fat, sugar,
alcohol, citrus juices, and caffeine. Since it is the job of the
liver to manage fats in the body, liver detoxification can be
Because CMO has a relatively long life in the body, it does not
have to be taken for long periods or in high doses. For most
people, all that is needed is a one or two month course, though
results are often obtained within 2 weeks. Some individuals may
eventually need to take smaller "refresher" doses. As powerful
as CMO is, its effect can be enhanced by including other
supplements with proven benefits. Glucosamine sulfate (GS), a
component of cartilage, has been shown in clinical studies to
stimulate production of cartilage constituents and is now
considered an effective long-term nutritional treatment for
arthritis. Omega 3 fish or flaxseed oils have therapeutic
benefits in inflammatory and autoimmune diseases; and vitamin E
and other anti-oxidants help to halt the downward spiral of
Is CMO Safe?
Thousands of people have taken CMO and there are no known
adverse side effects. Occassionally, people experience burping
as they sometimes do with fish oils. Until further studies can
be done, pregnant or lactating women should not take CMO. People
with asthma or a history of severe allergic reactions should
only take CMO under medical supervision.
For best results avoid using all products
which contain alcohol, aspartame, caffeine and nicotine as they
all inhibit the effectiveness of this product. If you must use
these substances, allow three hours before taking Rich's Cetyl
Cetyl Myristoleate for Arthritis: Science
or Speculation by Rusty Ford
There are a lot of fabulous stories about
Cetyl Myristoleate (also known as CMO or CM) floating across the
Internet. Mine is one of them. There have been a number of
articles published in little known journals or magazines. There
have been four small booklets published. One making fantastic
claims, all four filled with anecdotal evidence but offering no
real research to back up the claims. There are a number of
doctors sharing the results they are having with their patients,
but so does every other wonder-working product. The question is,
are there any scientific studies to back up any of these claims?
The answer is yes. To date, there are several patient studies
and two double blind studies completed. I will mention the four
most prominent below.
Dr. Len Sands of the San Diego Clinic completed the first human
study on the effectiveness on Cetyl Myristoleate in 1995. There
were 48 arthritis patients in this study. All but two showed
significant improvement in articular mobility (80% or better)
and reduction of pain (70% or better). Obviously the study had
its flaws. One doctor conducted the study, there was no control
group, and the number of participants was small. Even so, it
suggested to many that maybe there was some hope here and that
more scientific studies should follow.
The first double blind study followed two years later. Dr. H.
Siemandi conducted a double blind study under the auspices of
the Joint European Hospital Studies Program. There were 431
patients in the study, 106 who received cetyl myristoleate, 99
who received cetyl myristoleate, and glucosamine, sea cucumber,
and hydrolyzed cartilage and 226 who received a placebo.
Clinical assessment included radiological test and other
studies. Results were 63% improvement for the cetyl myristoleate
group, 87% for the cetyl myristoleate plus glucosamine group and
15% for the placebo group.
In August of 2002, a double blind study was published in the
Journal or Rheumatology. The study included sixty-four patients
with chronic knee OA. Half of the patients received a cetyl
myristoleate complex and half a placebo. Evaluations included
physician assessment, knee range of motion with goniometry, and
the Lequesne Algofunctional Index (LAI). The conclusion was that
the CM group saw significant improvement, while the placebo
group saw little to none. In fact in their conclusion they state
that CM "may be an alternative to the use of nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs for the treatment of OA".
Advanced Medical Systems & Design, Ltd. completed the last study
I would like to mention in Oct 2001. It was not a double blind
study, but the study included 1814 arthritis patients. The
results showed that over 87% of the subjects had greater than
50% recovery and over 65% of those showed from 75% - 100%
recovery following a sixteen day regimen. I know that this is
not the most scientific study, but a study this large a study
does suggest that there could be a positive benefit to the use
of CM in the treatment of arthritis.
Conclusion: There is mounting evidence that CM can be effective
in the joint discomfort reliever of many forms of arthritis.
While it is true that the evidence from these three studies can
not be considered conclusive, it is a beginning. It should
challenge you to think out side the box and consider that just
because it did not come from a drug company does not mean that
it will not work. With over 10,000 people a year dying from
Nsaids, would it not be great to find a safer and more effective
product, especially with the cost of prescription treatments for
arthritis costing into the hundreds and good Cetyl Myristoleate
products can be found for between $20 and $40.
Rusty Ford's Bio
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