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Collected Reports of Adverse Reactions Caused by MSG

Ingestion of processed free glutamic acid (MSG) is known to produce a variety of adverse reactions in some people. These reactions, although seemingly dissimilar, are no more diverse than reactions found as side effects of certain neurotrophic (neurological) drugs. We do not know why some people experience reactions and others do not. We do not know whether MSG "causes" the condition underlying the reaction, or whether the underlying condition is simply aggravated by the ingestion of MSG. We only know that the reactions listed below are sometimes caused or exacerbated by MSG.

All forms of MSG (free glutamic acid that occurs in food as a consequence of manufacture or fermentation) cause these reactions in MSG-sensitive people. That includes MSG found in a plant "growth enhancer" called AuxiGro, and MSG found in a variety of other fertilizers and fungicides that have been approved for spraying on growing crops, including crops identified as "organic."

Endocrine disorders, gross obesity, stunted growth, learning disabilities, and behavior disorders caused by MSG-induced damage to the endocrine systems of the very young; and glaucoma and retinal degeneration (possibly leading to blindness), are not classified as adverse reactions.  When caused by MSG, their roots lie in the destruction of cells in the central nervous system, possibly years before they are first observed.


Research confirming the fact that MSG consumed by laboratory animals causes brain lesions in the area of the hypothalamus and subsequent endocrine disorders has been replicated many times. Research that has claimed to find that MSG is "safe" has always been seriously flawed; and has only been produced, directly or indirectly, by the glutamate industry.

 

 

 

Collected Reports of Adverse Reactions to MSG 

Cardiac

Arrhythmia
Atrial fibrillation
Tachycardia 
Rapid heartbeat 
Palpitations
Slow heartbeat
Angina
Extreme rise or drop in blood pressure 

Circulatory

Swelling 

Gastrointestinal

Diarrhea 
Nausea/vomiting 
Stomach cramps 
Irritable bowel
Swelling of hemorrhoids and/or anus area
Rectal bleeding 
Bloating 

Muscular

Flu-like achiness 
Joint pain 
Stiffness

Firing/twitching/fatigue

Neurological

 

Depression 
Mood swings 
Rage reactions 
Migraine headache 
Dizziness 
Light-headedness 
Loss of balance 
Disorientation 
Mental confusion 
Anxiety 
Panic attacks 
Hyperactivity 
Behavioral problems in children 
Attention deficit disorders 
Lethargy 
Sleepiness 
Insomnia 
Numbness or paralysis

Seizures 
Sciatica 
Slurred speech 
Chills and shakes 
Shuddering 

Visual

Blurred vision 
Difficulty focusing 
Pressure around eyes

Respiratory

Asthma
Shortness of breath 
Chest pain 
Tightness in the chest 
Runny nose 
Sneezing 

Urological / Genital

Bladder pain (with frequency)
Swelling of the prostate 
Swelling of the vagina 
Vaginal spotting 
Frequent urination 
Nocturia 

Skin

Hives-may be both internal and external 
Rash 
Mouth lesions 
Temporary tightness or partial paralysis 
..(numbness or tingling) of the skin 
Flushing 
Extreme dryness of the mouth / thirst
Face swelling 
Tongue swelling 
Bags under eyes