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Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)Toxicity

  • Monosodium Glutamate Toxic Reaction, Mislabeling MSG to Confuse the Consumer; 1996 article by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D.
  • In Bad Taste; article from the book In Bad Taste: The MSG Syndrome; George R. Schwartz, M.D.

Monosodium Glutamate Toxic Reaction, Mislabeling MSG to Confuse the Consumer

Adapted from an article in Healthy & Natural Journal Feb/Mar 1996 by Russell L Blaylock, M.D., author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health Press, Santa Fe NM.

Monosodium glutamate is propagandized by The Glutamate Association. Glutamic acid is a neurotransmitter. Monosodium glutamate, a salt, breaks down into an acid during digestion and travels in your blood as a neurological substance, or drug, a neurotropic drug.

Reactions to neurotropic drugs are diverse. This is an excitotoxin. An excitotoxin is a group of compounds that can cause special neurons within the nervous system to become overexcited to the point that these cells will die.

Excitotoxins include such things as monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartate (a main ingredient in NutraSweet), L-cystein (found in hydrolyzed vegetable protein), and related compounds. An imbalance of these excitotoxins during critical periods of brain development can result in an abnormal miswiring of the brain.

This may lead to serious disorders such as behavioral problems, hyperactivity, aggression, attention deficit disorders, learning disorders and poor learning ability, and a lifetime of endocrine problems such as menstrual difficulties, infertility and premature puberty.

One of the earliest observations seen in animals exposed to large doses of MSG was gross obesity. What makes excitotoxins so dangerous is the subtle way in which they damage the nervous system.Often the damage goes on for years, even decades, before clinically recognizable disease is evident. For example, when an unborn child is exposed to MSG in the mother's diet, behavioral and learning difficulties may not become evident until the child starts school.

Endocrine problems may not surface until puberty or when the person is trying to start a family. The destructive effects of MSG and related compounds is not an allergic reaction, it is a toxic reaction that occurs in virtually everyone. Some are more sensitive to these destructive effects than others, but everyone is affected to some degree. (End)


From an article in Healthy and Natural Journal by George R. Schwartz, M.D., internationally known physician and toxicologist, author of In Bad Taste: The MSG Syndrome (Health Press) and Food Power (McGraw-Hill).

The food manufacturing industry must remove all flavor bearing fats from their products, lest their shelf life be curtailed by the fats going rancid. Randicity turns a fat (oil) into an ugly or flavorless muck. To replace the flavor of the removed oils, the producer must insert MSG to restore a degree of taste bud excitement. You receive a synthetic flavor experience to trick you into believing you are enjoying their product.

Hydrolyzed proteins have 12-20% MSG. However, some manufacturers add pure MSG to bring the content up to 40-50% without telling you. Autolyzed yeast or yeast extract is 10-20% MSG and can be called natural flavoring or flavoring or broth or bouillon.

When hydrolyzed proteins or autolyzed yeast are labeled as flavorings, their protein nature need not be revealed. In this way, proteins from old milk, decaying vegetables or even pork blood may be added to processed meat products. Hydrolyzed milk protein caseinate labeled sodium caseinate or calcium caseinate can be added to frozen dairy products without saying so.

“No MSG added” means that the pure glutamate has not been added, not that other MSG containing substances as above, have not been added. Imported foods must comply with US labeling, but are almost impossible to enforce. One FDA official's advice was to proceed with extreme caution, especially with products from the Orient, since they are likely to have a higher MSG content.

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