I, and several people I know, have had direct experience with silicon dioxide related pain and so I am trying to make the following information available to as many people as possible.
Statistics say that over seven million people in the United States suffer from Fibromyalgia. I expect that Canadian figures would also be high in proportion to our population. I believe that the cause could be silicon dioxide in our medication.
In most cases the onset of Fibromyalgia follows a serious illness or severe trauma. I suspect the initial problem may result from heavy doses of medication that contain silicon dioxide, taken to cope with the illness or injury, followed by pain medication (also containing, silicon dioxide) taken to cope with the painful effects of the previously ingested silicon dioxide so that it becomes a vicious circle.
Silicon Dioxide is an anti-caking agent that may account for up to 3% of a vitamin formula. It is used in the manufacture of glass, electrical components, optical lenses, abrasives, and ornamental and building stones. According to its MDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) it is a hazardous chemical requiring safety glasses, neoprene gloves, protective clothing and a respirator when handling. Prolonged exposure to this chemical can cause fibrosis of the lungs and may lead to death.
“Probably carcinogenic to humans” and has “sufficient evidence” of carcinogenicity according to the NTP (National Toxicology Program).
Silicon dioxide could be responsible for symptoms ranging from frequent headaches, arthritis, mood swings, neuroses, allergies and immune disorders and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In other words it could be a major cause of ill-health in the western world.
Silicon dioxide was one of the main problematic substances contained in the breast implants that leaked causing Fibromyalgia like symptoms.
Silicon dioxide can be found in Tylenol Cold capsules, antacids, some, but not all aspirins, Motrin and Ibuprofen. It is also in some vitamins, wine, beer & toothpaste, crystal drink packages & I have even seen it listed in the ingredients for a brand of instant oatmeal. I am alarmed by the increasing number of food items that contain it.
I am not in the habit of taking medication for colds or flu but during the winter of 2007, after trying to shake a bad cold/flu I broke down and bought a box of Tylenol Cold capsules. The first box didn’t fix me up so I started on a second box and I eventually recovered from the cold/flu. I decided that it was time to spend a little money on my health so I splurged on various vitamins and supplements. Among these was a bottle of Milk Thistle, purchased for the purpose of regenerating my liver. I soon began to experience numbness in my right hand. This developed into pain that spread to my elbow, then to my shoulder and after a period of a few months to my left side. Eventually it became impossible for me to sleep through the night without getting up and taking something; usually aspirin, for the pain. Often I had to soak my shoulder in a bathtub full of hot water to relieve the aching before returning to sleep. I began my day feeling extremely stiff all over. I was 53. Arthritis immediately came to mind but I didn’t rush off to my doctor because my gut feeling was that I had caused the problem by something that I was doing differently. Eventually I figured it out. One evening, before going to bed I took a milk thistle capsule. I was up 3 times during the night. My right hand felt like it was on fire. I took aspirin the first two times and after a half hour I was able to go back to sleep. The third time the pain was more severe so I soaked my hand in hot water and took Ibuprofen. In the morning, convinced that the milk thistle had something to do with the severity of pain that night, I Googled the ingredients of the milk thistle one at a time and discovered what seemed to be a connection between silicon dioxide and my Fibromyalgia-like symptoms. I now believe that my problem was caused in the first place by the silicon dioxide that I ingested by taking Tylenol Cold and it was further exacerbated by the painkillers that I took. After this discovery I made sure that I didn’t consume anything that contained silicon dioxide and within a couple of days my pain went away and my body returned to normal. I have passed this information on to other people and have gotten feedback of similar results.
I am not suggesting that people stop taking their medication without discussing it with their doctor – just that they be aware of the possible effects of silicon dioxide. I am trying to pass this information on to as many people as I can. It seems criminal for people to be suffering from pain if the solution is as simple as switching painkillers to a liquid gel one that doesn’t contain silicon dioxide.
Thank you for reading this. Please help me spread the word.