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So my family says that I really stink, when ever I cough up somthing, which is all the time I can smell it. But they say that the smell is really strong and really stinky. I am taking some stuff called paw paw cell regulation that is a wood product. On google there is some articles about DMSO which is a wood product and they claim that is also produces a foul odor. Does or has anyone had the stinky body problem?


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Well...while I can understand you being smelly, it's a small price to pay considering the alternative, LOL.

As for DMSO, not sure what your plans are for using it... I don't think that I would. In it's more unrefined form (if there is one more refined), it's basically a heavy duty industrial solvent.

I know it's been around the sports community for many years having a claim to relieve pain in joints. Pretty much instantly going through and into tissue.

Again, I'm know medical professional, but I don't think it's something that I'd want to have a lot of contact with, especially with a compromised system.


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I use the DMSO roll on with Aloe Vera but don’t get a smell from it, or no one complains about it if it does smell. I did have problems with mucus smell in the nasal but started using NeilMed Sinus Rinse 3 times a day mix with 1 gram of baking soda. My wife said that there is no more smell and my breath smells good as well.

Wishing you well

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If, as John said, it is an industrial solvent I would not use it. Any thing that strong can't be good for you. Of course I am kind of a natural freak. :) I don''t like putting anything chemically altered in or on my body.


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DMSO is extracted from wood pulp during paper-making - it describes a single compound (dimethyl sulfoxide); as mentioned, it is an industrial solvent, but it is also used to transport drugs through the skin and as an anti-inflammatory topical treatment. I have never heard of it making people smell - it does cause you to have a garlic after-taste in your mouth (fairly soon after applying) but I don't think others can sense that.

The paw paw products are extracts from the paw paw twigs and are a mixture of 10s and likely 100s of chemicals. The active ones that the producers claim work are acetogenins - a broad range of medium-weight compounds of various chemical classes. The acetogenins that folks seem to think have anti-cancer activity are furans (contain rings of 4 carbons and an oxygen). None seem to have sulfur compounds, which are usually the stinky ones.

Sorry for the lecture - just wanted to establish the difference. I don't see anything in the paw paw mixture of chemicals that would cause bad odors in the paw paw extract. I did find something mentioning that one of the acetogenins (annonacin) causes Parkinson-like brain lesions - it is found in Graviola, but I don't know if it's in the Paw Paw extract (since they are of the same family, I'd suspect it).

Foul-smelling expectorations can be a sign of infection - I'd get it checked. Can your family describe the smell more specifically? Does it resemble the taste/smell they get in their own mouths after gargling with hydrogen peroxide? I ask this last because your lung tissue produces peroxides when it is stressed - asthmatics are familiar with this smell. It is more chemical than foul, but still not nice.

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During the DMSO fad of the 1970's people used to buy 55 gallon drums of the stuff from us and mix it with aqua gel then reselling it to health food stores and race tracks. We used the solvent to clean the floors of our ink room at the printing plant I worked at. It melted even the most dried on solvent based waterproof inks ever devised by man but we had to be covered from head to toe because it gave you breath that could be smelled from 20 feet away. The best description I ever heard of it was, "Oyster Breath" and there was nothing you could do to get rid of it except wait till your body expelled it.
It had another interesting property that I always found kind of creepy. It doesn't evaporate like other solvents do. It used to be something of a practical joke to squirt some into the ink pans of a new guys press and then watch him try and trouble shoot why his work was coming out of the drying tunnel as wet as it went in.

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