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Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Watch out for monosodium glutamate (MSG)!
Here’s why: MSG is an excitotoxin, which means that it excites your brain cells to death! It has been linked to strokes, brain tumors, MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease. MSG creates a lesion in the hypothalamus that correlates with abnormal development, including obesity, short stature and sexual reproduction problems. MSG has also been shown to cause nausea, vomiting, migraine headaches, depression, and heart problems.
MSG has been found to dramatically promote cancer growth and metastasis. Here’s why: When cancer cells are exposed to MSG, they become more mobile, and that enhances spreading of the cancer. And it’s the “glutamate” that is the problem. When you increase the glutamate level, cancer just grows like wildfire, and then when you block glutamate, it dramatically slows the growth of the cancer. According to my friend and colleague, Dr. Russell Blaylock MD, “We discovered that outside of the brain, there are numerous glutamate receptors in all organs and tissues. The entire GI tract, from the esophagus to the colon, has numerous glutamate receptors. The entire electrical conducting system of a heart is replete with all sorts of glutamate receptors. The lungs, the ovaries, all the reproductive systems and sperm itself, adrenal glands, bones and even calcification are all controlled by glutamate receptors. They act and operate exactly like the glutamate receptors in the brain.”
He continues, “So, when you’re consuming MSG, the level of glutamate in the blood can rise as high as 20-fold. You get very high glutamate levels in the blood after eating a meal containing MSG. You’re stimulating all of the glutamate receptors. That’s why some people get explosive diarrhea, because it stimulates the receptors in the esophagus and small bowel. Others may develop irritable bowel, or if they have irritable bowel, it makes it a lot worse. If they have reflux, it makes that a lot worse. The thing about the cardiac conduction system glutamate receptors is this may explain the rise in sudden cardiac death. What you see in almost all these cases is low magnesium. When the magnesium level is low, the glutamate receptors become hypersensitive, and so people — athletes in particular, if they are not supplementing with magnesium — are prone to sudden cardiac death, because of the glutamate receptors. If they eat a meal or something that contains glutamate or drink a diet cola before practice, it will produce such intense cardiac irritability; they’ll die of sudden cardiac death. We know the sudden cardiac death is due to two things: Most commonly arrhythmia and cardio artery spasm. Both of which can be produced by glutamate.”
Did you know that no strain of rat or mice is naturally obese? So…scientists have to “create” them. They make these morbidly obese creatures by injecting them with monosodium glutamate (MSG) when they are first born. The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats to become obese. It also causes them to crave carbohydrates (sugars) rather than proteins, and they eventually end up with metabolic syndrome on top of obesity, which results in a leptin insensitivity. Leptin is the “lookout hormone” which is secreted by fat cells; it is the gatekeeper of fat metabolism, monitoring how much energy an organism takes in, maintaining the energy balance in the body, and regulating hunger. Without leptin sensitivity, a person will eat and eat and eat without feeling satisfied. It has been shown that you can produce leptin insensitivity very easily with MSG.
Unfortunately, MSG is often disguised under other names, thus you may not be able to detect it in a list of ingredients. Some synonyms for MSG are:
• “Glutamate Textured Protein”
• “Glutamic Acid Yeast Extract”
• “Gelatin Yeast Nutrient”
• “Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein”
• “Autolyzed Yeast”
• “Hydrolyzed Soy Protein”
• “Torula Yeast”
• “Protein Isolate”
• “Flavor Enhancer”
They hide MSG under many different names in order to fool those who catch on. Food companies learned that MSG could increase the flavor and aroma and enhance acceptability of commercial food products, so it is doubtful that they will ever quit using this brain killing additive to our food supply. Please note that in addition to being GMO, soybean extracts are loaded with glutamate, in many cases higher than pure MSG; people who consume large amounts of soy products have high incidences of dementia and brain atrophy.
Take a quick trip to your kitchen and check the pantry and the fridge. You will realize that MSG is in everything: soups, the chips, the ramen, the hamburger helper, the gravy, the sauces, the salad dressings, the corn oil, the broth, and so on. All the more reason to eat fresh, unprocessed foods.
Ty Bollinger on Coast to Coast AM (2/1/11)