If you are a student of history, someone interested in natural medicines, or even just a curious person, you may have run across the factoid that the pain reliever aspirin is made from components of the oak tree. Rumor has it that the ancients on the British Isles considered the oak tree sacred in part because of this very pain reducing property. If you have read that factoid, you might be inclined to think that we humans discovered the be all and the end all in pain relief all those thousands of years ago. But actually, medical science is still uncovering new biological components that contribute to pain relief. One of those is cetyl myristoleate, a known anti-inflammatory and pain reliever that was only discovered in the 1960′s. Read on for more about this interesting, pain reducing chemical.
Cetyl myristoleate was actually discovered quite by accident. One Dr. Harry W. Diehl was working for the United States’ National Institute of Health’s Laboratory of Chemistry of the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolic, and Digestive Diseases on a project studying sugar metabolism. He happened to notice that while humans often suffer from osteoarthritis, mice do not. He began researching this phenomenon and through his trial and error discovered cetyl myristoleate. Cetyl myristoleate is a natural product, meaning that it cannot be patented, and that is likely why you have not heard of this wondrous arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis treatment before. Drug companies, like any profit making entity, are more interested in drugs that they can patent and own. Because cetyl myristoleate occurs in nature, medications derived from it cannot be patented, therefore all drug companies could make it and induce a price war. It is a sad fact, but drug companies will indeed turn down the chance to manufacture a drug that would greatly enhance quality of life for many people simply because there is no profit it in.
When reading about cetyl myristoleate, many people think of it as a wonder drug. For one, because it is a natural substance, no short or long term side effects have been recorded. In fact, Dr. Diehl studied the substance from the 1960′s all the way up until the 1990′s when he published some of his findings, and he never saw any side effects, even when overdoses occurred. Cetyl myristoleate is also non-habit forming, which is a plus in this day of increasing abuse of prescription drugs. Like aspirin, cetyl myristoleate works naturally. When ingested orally, it goes straight to the source of pain and acts as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Cetyl myristoleate has been used to treat various conditions resulting from inflammation of the body, including arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, bursitis, fibromyalgia and bone injuries.
Perhaps fortunately for sufferers of these diseases who have tried every other option, cetyl myristoleate is on the market, but as a dietary supplement rather than as a medicine. Dr. Diehl himself has used cetyl myristoleate for his arthritis and decided that marketing it as a supplement would be the best way to get his treatment to the masses. This timing – cetyl myristoleate was first marketed in 1991 – coincided with the loosening of some FDA restrictions on what is considered a medication and what is considered a dietary supplement.
Diehl’s findings on the value of cetyl myristoleate have also been confirmed during independent research. Though cetyl myristoleate is not on the market as a prescription or even an over the counter medication for conditions like arthritis yet, scientists continue to research and come up with new treatments every day. Until then, cetyl myristoleate is available as a supplement for interested parties.
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