MSG (Monosodium Glutamate or Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein)
MSG is scientifically proven to cause obesity, is an addictive substance, and, is known to cause people to eat more of the foods containing MSG than they would if the food did not contain MSG.
MSG is an excitotoxin; an ingredient known to cause nerve damage by overexciting nerves. This is how MSG enhances the flavor in foods, by over exciting the taste buds on your tongue.
Glutamate is a highly regulated chemical of the nervous system, proper balance is necessary for healthy brain and organ function.
Every major human organ is now known to contain glutamate receptors. Over stimulation of these receptors, can lead to numerous health problems, many of which may mimic other disorders (such as fibromyalgia or heart arrhythmia), can go undiagnosed for decades, creating a life of misery and disability for the sufferer.
FDA regulations in the United States currently allow significant amounts of free glutamate can be included in food under the following ingredient labels: MSG, monosodium glutamate, glutamic acid, hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed protein, textured protein, yeast extract, autolyzed yeast extract, protein isolate, soy sauce, modified food starch, modified corn starch, calcium caseinate, and sodium caseinate. In some cases, significant amounts of free glutamate are also added as broth, maltodextrin, seasonings, or natural flavor.
Reactions to MSG vary depending on a persons sensitivity to the substance. For some, low doses of MSG may cause no obvious physical symptoms despite the acute neurochemical activity always created by this substance.
A high enough dose is toxic to everyone and becoming more and more likely as foods contain higher percentages of MSG, often in hiden forms.
The following is a list of the common reactions to Monsodium Glutate. Headaches,
migraines, stomach upset, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome,
asthma attacks, shortness of breath, anxiety or panic attacks, heart palpitations, partial paralysis, heart attack-like symptoms, balance difficulties, mental confusion, mood swings, neurological disorders (Parkinson's, MS, ALS, Alzheimer's),behavioral disorders (especially in children and teens), allergy-type symptoms, skin rashes, runny nose, bags under the eyes, flushing, mouth lesions, depression, and more
Considered Reading: Russell Blaylock’s book, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills
Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation
Truth In Labeling - The whole truth about MSG
Holistic Healing Web Page
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This information is not designed as or intended to be used as medical diagnosis or advice. Patients should consult their physicians about diagnosis and treatment.