The Sulfur Study

Early results of an experimental study using Organic Sulfur

By Patrick McGean, Director
Cellular Matrix Study

The Cellular Matrix Study (referred to here as "The Sulfur Study") was organized in 1999.  This study was inspired by a fatal type of breast cancer, a type of germ cell reproductive cancer that had been reported to respond to organic sulfur.

While researching this cancer, it became obvious that the sulfur cycle plays an important role in the regeneration of our cells.  The Study also found that the use of chemical fertilizers had effectively broken the sulfur cycle in countries that use these fertilizers.

Diseases we hadnít even heard of have become typical, cancer has grown at an unprecedented rate, and the quality of our food has been greatly diminished.  Is there a correlation here? 

Since 1954, rates of disease in the U.S. have gone up approximately 4,000 percent.  And in 1954, chemical fertilizers were mandated by our government.  Fertilizers such as ammonium nitrates and sulfates, which lack bioavailability, appear to have broken the sulfur cycle.  This appears to have contributed to the decline of our health, wealth, mental acuity, and quality of life.  We believe that when the Study is completed, it will clearly demonstrate a connection between the lack of sulfur and the inability of cells to regenerate in a healthy manner.

Linus Pauling said that all modern diseases can be attributed to a mineral deficiency.  Though Pauling is best known for his work with vitamin C, his statement was about minerals.  Most researchers say that sulfur is one of the most important of the trace minerals, around the fourth to sixth most important.

What Sulfur Does

Sulfur enables the transport of oxygen across cell membranes, and oxygen is necessary for healthy cellular regeneration in mammals.  Plants, on the other hand, require carbon dioxide for cell regeneration, and plants can store sulfur, while man cannot.  Man eliminates carbon dioxide, and plants eliminate oxygen.  Thus, the sulfur cycle is symbiotic and vital for life as we know it.

When many health professionals are asked about sulfur, they state as if reading from a cue card, "We get all the sulfur we need from the food we eat."  That was true until man decided to change the way we grow our food and what we feed our crops.

In 1920, Otto Warburg began his study of cancer in both plants and man, for which he received a Nobel Prize in 1931.  He proved that cancer in man is anaerobic.  Anaerobic, by definition, is cellular metabolism without oxygen.  "Cancer" in plants is linked to too much intracellular oxygen, or aerobic metabolism.  The use of a gas we are intended to eliminate for cellular regeneration is not a healthy program for plants or man.

Why Most MSM Supplements Don't Work

The Studyís initial research of organic sulfur had its participants go to the store to buy MSM (methylsulfonylmethane).  But what we hoped to observe did not coincide with what the literature said about MSM.  Except for gastrointestinal improvements, our initial group had little improvement.

When we found an article about the 16 "deadly" additives found in MSM—the anti-caking additives, we realized why our early participants were not reporting any health improvements.  These additives benefit only the packaging industry;  our health is apparently a lesser concern to them.

Sulfur, with an atomic number of 16, is known to bond with almost every other mineral.  Sulfur has demonstrated its ability to detoxify heavy metals in conjunction with the transport of oxygen across the cell membrane, thus allowing regeneration.  Sulfur is also the key player as a precursor for the utilization of amino acids, the bodyís building blocks.  Of all of the amino acids, some 70 percent are sulfur-based.

This detoxification cannot happen with MSM that contains anti-caking ingredients, because these excipients block the bioavailability of sulfur to the cells.  The same thing happens when organic sulfur is released into the ocean, or evaporates and falls with rain—that sulfur is bound up by the chemical fertilizers as sulfites and sulfates.

It soon became clear that the Study had to find a pure, uncontaminated form of MSM.  After a thorough search, we believe we have found it in the form of Organic Sulfur—coarse crystal flakes which are fresh from the precipitator and have had no further processing.  This Organic Sulfur is supplied to the members of the Study, and we follow them with photographs of their faces in an effort to observe the cellular regeneration they experience.

The photographic followup, the newest aspect of the Study, is too recent in its implementation to be able to share the results.  However, the reports on health, diet, and medications have been very interesting.  As in the beginning of the Study, many of these participants had been taking MSM in tablet or capsule form for many years.  Our efforts to find a pure form of MSM was worth the effort, as their responses have clearly indicated.

Preliminary Findings

We are seeing cellular regeneration in the face photographs of our Study participants, but it takes up to seven years to regenerate all the cells in the body when the cells are healthy.  Damaged cells from trauma or chemical processes cannot regenerate unless the ability to transport of oxygen across the cell membrane is functioning.  Oxygen is a large molecule, so  nutrient uptake is also improved when the cell membrane becomes pliable and healthy.  The purity of the sulfur is an important factor.

Old scar tissue and various types of fibroids have been reported to resolve.  This is an example of cellular regeneration in cells that have been scarred and unable to regenerate over the years following a trauma. 

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and it's like a huge kidney or lung.  Sulfur is known as "the beauty mineral," and what we really are saying is that the skin is more beautiful if its cells are able to regenerate.  The skin is the backup for the liver, and someone in liver distress shows it in the cells of their face and skin.  When the internal filters are working well, the extracellular fluids are not polluted and the immune system is allowed to protect the body from infections.

Lab and clinical data have not been made available from the doctors or clinics who have seen our Study members.  However, we can report the following dramatic examples of cellular regeneration:

Cellular Regeneration Requires Oxygen Transport Across Cell Membranes

Cellular regeneration appears to be closely tied to the body's ability to transport oxygen across cell membranes.  As stated earlier, this is a primary function of organic sulfur. 

A study of the periodic table of elements shows sulfur, selenium, and tellurium as being the only three oxygen transport minerals.  Further study shows that chlorine and fluorine are detrimental to such oxygen transport, yet these elements have been added to make our teeth "healthier" and our water "more pure" or free from bacterial infestation.  These elements are poisonous at higher concentrations, and they block the uptake of both oxygen and sulfur.  Drinking city tap water is discouraged in the Study for this reason.

The Study believes that a widespread deficiency in the mineral sulfur may be responsible for the great increase in disease in the U.S.  Healthy cellular metabolism is the basis for cellular regeneration of all of our cells.  This is the bottom line for the human body.  Without intracellular oxygen, we begin to degenerate long before our biological clock runs out.

We began life as a single cell, and from that one cell we have made and regenerated all the cells of our body in a healthy manner, unless that regeneration is stymied by the food we eat.

Since 1954, our food supply has been devoid of sulfur, thanks to the use of chemical fertilizers and the overprocessing of our foods.  Unfortunately, our nation is not about to cease the use of these profitable chemicals, which involve commercial agribusiness, medicine, insurance, as well as genetic and designer foods.  However, we can regenerate our internal sulfur cycle with organic sulfur, provided that this sulfur compound has not suffered the same indignities of science that our food supply has and continues to suffer. 

Finland, alarmed over the increasing disease rate of its population, took a hard look at chemical fertilizers and banned all of them, fearing the levels of cadmium.  They were not aware of the sulfur connection or Krebs cycle.  Since doing so, they have become a leading supplier of "Bio-Friendly" or completely organic foods in Europe.  They have also seen their disease rates drop to one tenth of the 1985 levels.  In 1985, the U.S. was at the same marked disease level as Finland.  Why are we not following suit and banning all chemical fertilizers?  It appears that the epidemiology of those countries using chemical fertilizers have an increase in disease, while those that use organically based fertilizing methods do not.

Organic sulfur is a food, not a drug.  Organic Sulfur is not stored in the body and it is considered to be nontoxic.  Attempts to kill mice, rats, and Oregon State Death Row inmates failed to reach a toxic level even at 200 grams or almost half pound a day.


Since 1999, there have been 1,100 members of the Study, and new participants are welcome.  The Study is based upon and supported solely by this work.  If you would like to become a participant in the Study, please contact:

Cellular Matrix Study
801-290-2013  (U.S.)
Email:  organicsulfur@sisna.com