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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
Extreme rise or drop in blood pressure
Swelling of hemorrhoids and/or anus area
Loss of balance
Behavioral problems in children
Attention deficit disorders
Numbness or paralysis
Chills and shakes
Pressure around eyes
Shortness of breath
Tightness in the chest
Urological / Genital
Bladder pain (with frequency)
Swelling of the prostate
Swelling of the vagina
Hives-may be both internal and external
Temporary tightness or partial paralysis
..(numbness or tingling) of the skin
Extreme dryness of the mouth / thirst
Bags under eyes