Monosodium Glutamate, monosodium glutamate, MSG, glutamate - separating MSG-fact from MSG-fiction and industry propaganda
This Web site is dedicated to people with problems that once defied medical diagnosis -- people who discovered that elimination of MSG from their diets let them be well.
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Recommended reading: The Man Who Sued the FDA
We’d like to introduce you to The Man Who Sued the FDA: part memoire, part history, part exposé. We’d like you to meet the men and women who manufacture and market toxic chemicals poured into food; to meet the men and women who do research for pay, and learn how they rig their studies to conclude that they have not found MSG to be harmful. We’d like you to meet the man who for years has supplied researchers with badly flawed study designs and neurotoxic aspartame to use in placebos. And we’d like you to meet his friends at the FDA -- friends like Michael R. Taylor, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food and Tipper Gore’s cousin, who for years has moved through the revolving door between Monsanto, the USDA, the industry law firm of King and Spalding, and the FDA.
The Man Who Sued the FDA is the meticulously documented story of Jack Samuels’ decades-long battle to understand the toxic effects of MSG, where MSG is hidden in food, and the methods used by industry and their friends at the FDA to hide the truth about MSG-toxicity. We think this book is a “must read” for those who care about the politics of FDA/industry cooperation. We think you’ll want to read it.
The link to information about The Man Who Sued the FDA is www.TheManWhoSuedTheFDA.info.
E-mail for The Man Who Sued the FDA is TheManWhoSued@aol.com.
Food for Thought:
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Rick reported this as a reaction to MSG
Protein. If a product contains an ingredient called “__ protein”, that product contains MSG.
Muscle strength testing. It’s a way to detect food that contains MSG.
The Real Food Recipeless Cookbook. It’s a text book on avoiding MSG.
Protein powders. They all contain MSG.
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Listen to Dr. Russell Blaylock:
Some who sell food are less than honest. Telling consumers that there is “no MSG” in a product that contains any hydrolyzed protein or other ingredient that contains processed free glutamic acid (MSG) is illegal.
Smile! Give Dude, Who Poisoned My Food on YouTube a listen.
FOLLOWING IS YOUR TABLE (a real table) OF CONTENTS
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The truth, and nothing but the truth, about processed free glutamic acid (we call it MSG)
ARE YOU AT RISK from exposure to Monosodium Glutamate and the other ingredients that contain MSG?
The risks associated with ingestion of (or even contact with) monosodium glutamate and other ingredients that contain MSG are simple and straightforward:
Endocrine disorders (obesity and reproductive disorders)
What is monosodium glutamate?
Where is MSG hidden?
Names of products that should be checked out for MSG
E-numbers used for MSG-containing ingredients
There are pesticides and fertilizers that contain MSG
In 2010, the FDA recalled 20 million pounds of hydrolyzed vegetable protein contaminated with salmonella -- i.e., 20 million pounds of product that contains hidden MSG. That should give you some idea of the amount of MSG there is out there in ingredients other than monosodium glutamate. Here's the story behind the recall. Here's the FDA's list of recalled products.
DATA tell us that use of monosodium glutamate and other ingredients that contain MSG places consumers at risk
Evidence that monosodium glutamate causes brain damage which can lead to retinal degeneration, endocrine disruption (e.g. reproductive disorders and gross obesity), behavior disorders, learning disabilities, and more. Look at the data.
Evidence that monosodium glutamate and other ingredients that contain MSG cause reactions like irritable bowel, heart irregularities, asthma, and migraine headache.
Look at the data.
Evidence from epidemiological studies that suggests that as many as 50% of Americans are sensitive to monosodium glutamate and other ingredients that contain MSG. Look at the data.
Evidence that industry-sponsored studies used to substantiate the safety of monosodium glutamate are so badly flawed that they are worthless. See for yourself.
Evidence that the young are at the greatest risk from ingestion of MSG.
Look at the data.
REPORTS of Adverse Reactions
In addition to research documenting adverse reactions to MSG, there is evidence from consumers who report that their adverse reactions ameliorate or disappear when they clean MSG out of their diets. Read their letters.
SURVIVING MSG SENSITIVITY
Meet “A dragonfly in the kitchen”….. working out recipes especially for those stricken with sensitivities to MSG. Her determination and her good work should serve as a model for all of us.
INDIVIDUAL AMINO ACIDS are always MANUFACTURED
How is MSG manufactured?
Manufactured neurotoxic amino acids cause brain damage and neuroendocrine disorders. Glutamic acid from unadulterated protein does not.
MSG (it’s manufactured) causes adverse reactions like asthma, migraine headaches, heart irregularities, and seizures. Glutamic acid from unadulterated protein does not.
It is IMPORTANT TO INDUSTRY (and their friends at the FDA) TO HIDE the MSG in and ON your food, supplements, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics
Why is hiding MSG so important?
This will give you some insight into the role played by the US government in keeping MSG in food, drugs, dietary supplements, children's' medications, cosmetics, fertilizers, fungicides, plant growth enhancers -- and more -- hidden
The glutamate industry has:
-- Secrets: Things the "glutes" don't want you to know
-- A set of basic lies
-- Web pages on which they disseminate their propaganda
--Tricks to get free advertising dressed up as news.
Read all about the "glutes" standard operating procedure -- published in Accountability in Research, a peer reviewed journal
THE GLUTAMATE INDUSTRY AT ITS FINEST
Researchers from Scripps Clinic, La Jolla California -- which has a history of doing research funded by the MSG industry -- have published a review pointing to the safety of monosodium glutamate. They looked at four (4) conditions you won't find listed in a 1997 FDA report of complaints of adverse reactions to MSG, and concluded that there weren't many reports of adverse reactions to MSG. They also cited three (3) double blind studies in which researchers found adverse reactions to monosodium glutamate, but said that didn't show that people were sensitive to monosodium glutamate because people also reacted to placebos – but they failed to mention that the placebos were laced with aspartame. And that, good readers, is what glutamate industry propaganda about the safety of MSG is built on.
If MSG wasn’t harmful, it wouldn’t be hidden. If the FDA was doing its job, MSG wouldn’t be hidden either.
THE TRUTH IN LABELING CAMPAIGN
Our back room: material collected or written by the Truth in Labeling Campaign
Call for labeling -- It’s time that the FDA require that all MSG be identified on the labels of products that contain it
FUN THINGS TO DO
Ban MSG? Not a chance. If the FDA banned MSG, the drug companies would lose billions. Think about how much money they make treating asthma, migraine headache, seizures, depression, heart irregularities and all of the other reactions to MSG. And cancer, too. Acid hydrolyzed proteins contain carcinogenic propanols.
We are proud that we have been able to provide information to people whose problems had defied medical diagnosis; people who just "didn't feel well;" people who knew they suffered adverse reactions when they ate MSG--and wanted to avoid it; and people who simply wanted to avoid this neurotoxic, endocrine disrupting, substance. If you have questions that have not been answered here, please e-mail or call.
The ingredient that causes MSG reactions in MSG-sensitive people is manufactured/processed free glutamic acid(1). Manufactured/processed free glutamic acid is found in processed foods (9) -- but it is not found in unprocessed or unadulterated meat, fish, or vegetables (including soybeans, mushrooms, and tomatoes)(3). Only meat, fish, or vegetables that have been subjected to some sort of manufacturing or fermenting process will cause MSG reactions in MSG-sensitive people who ingest amounts that exceed their tolerances for MSG(1). Dairy products, also, may cause MSG reactions in MSG-sensitive people because some dairy products are ultra-pasteurized, some are fermented, and many contain food additives such as carrageenan that are problematic for MSG-sensitive people(1). All manufactured/processed free glutamic acid contains contaminants (D-glutamic acid, pyroglutamic acid, and others) (12,13), while the glutamic acid found in intact/unadulterated protein contains no contaminants(3). Some manufactured/processed free glutamic acid contains carcinogenic mono and dichloro propanols(12).
With one exception, aspartame and processed free glutamic acid (MSG) cause identical adverse reactions in people who are sensitive to them(2). In addition, the free glutamic acid found in MSG and the free aspartic acid found in aspartame both have been shown to kill brain cells and cause subsequent endocrine disorders in laboratory animals(4). (We don't do such experiments on humans.)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appears to be more interested in protecting the profits of big business than in safeguarding the health of consumers.
When a manufacturer tells you there is no processed free glutamic acid in a product that made you ill, ask the manufacturer to back up his claim by providing you with a "free amino acid" assay. If there is any free glutamic acid found, you can assume that the product contains MSG.
When a manufacturer tells you that any MSG in his product couldn't possibly harm you because it is "naturally occurring," inform the manufacturer that both arsenic and hydrochloric acid are "naturally occurring," too.
REMEMBER THIS: If MSG wasn't harmful, it wouldn't be hidden.
Is MSG good for you? Bad for you? Watch this tape.
It was done by Vincent Bellonzi. Click here
Jack Samuels’ presentation before a Weston A. Price Foundation meeting
Nope. This is gone, too. Oh the power of industry!
CBN's 4-part series on The Dangers of MSG.
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This page was last updated on May 17, 2013