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independent research regarding the
amino-acid based food additives, Monosodium Glutamate
was created in February 2002 by former food process engineer and food scientist,
Carol Hoernlein. Carol earned her degrees in Food Science and
Bio-Resource (Agricultural) Engineering at Rutgers University in 1988 and
went on to work in the Research and Development Departments at the largest
global food companies as a food scientist and food process development
engineer. The companies Carol worked at include: Thomas J. Lipton,
American Home Products, Reckitt & Colman, and M& M/Mars. Her years of
training at Rutgers Cook College Food Science department as well her R&D
experience in the halls of these food industry giants have given Carol
unique insight into the modern food industry. Unfortunately,
with all the secrecy agreements she had signed as a corporate food
scientist, she could not inform the public and also continue to work in the
industry. And so, Carol no longer works for any food companies, which
is why she can tell you
the TRUTH about MSG and aspartame now.
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After many years of
complaints to the FDA regarding MSG, The FDA commissioned a study
in 1992 by the Federation of
for Experimental Biology (FASEB) to investigate the safety of
MSG. The FASEB report came out in 1995. Here is a link to the
Executive Summary - published in the Journal of Nutrition in
1995, and edited by two members of the FASEB. The FASEB
report has been highly cherry-picked and misused by the Glutamate Industry
since then, but we provide this so that you can judge for yourselves.
The scientific foundation for MSGTruth can be found in the FASEB study.
Note that asthma was induced and reactions to MSG were to amounts as
small as 0.5 gram. Reactions could be as long after ingesting MSG as 6
to 12 hours later. There is much in this useful Summary, which includes data up to
1995, on the actual science of MSG toxicity. More research can be
found on our Related Research
page from the last 18 years as well as new breaking studies on our
drug to treat both Diabetes AND Obesity is Liraglutide, a GLP-1 drug
that also decreases the neurotoxicity of glutamate. It not only reduced
blood glucose, but also reduced weight in "MSG-treated" obese rats.
Research Paper from the Children's Hospital
of Philadelphia describing the metabolism of glutamate, how it may
impact disease and why this topic needs more study:
Disorders of Glutamate Metabolism
Please comment on the FDA
to Remove Generally Recognized as Safe status from MSG.
MSG, gluten, casein and vaccines to Autism Spectrum
advising autistic patients to avoid wheat and dairy due to
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March 19, 2013 -
It is now reported that the autism rate is
1 in 50 children in the US and
1 in 38 children in South Korea. The rate has essentially risen
200-fold since the 1940's. In 2006 which showed
glutamate was elevated in the brains of autistic males. In 2007
it was discovered that some autism genes code for
glutamate synapses. Currently, nutrition experts teaching
parents to cook for autistic children, specifically avoid free glutamate
and MSG in the diet as well as gluten and casein, which are also sources
of free glutamate. Unfortunately, the
currently contains free glutamate as a preservative and was
added to these vaccines in 1988 after the patent was granted in 1982.
February 5, 2013 -
Autism research recently uncovered
genetic deletion that affects
the trimethyllysine hydroxylase epsilon
This gene is found on the X chromosome and was discovered by looking at
genes of families where at least two boys have autism. This may
explain why autism affects boys more - it would be a sex-linked gene
deletion. Boys only get one copy of this gene to begin with.
The reason we mention it on a site about MSG is because the gene is
needed to make the carnitine - which is considered a small amino acid
made from two other amino acids - sulfur-containing methionine and lysine.
Carnitine keeps plasma levels of glutamate in check - which is why we
are mentioning it on a site about MSG. For many
years we have been interested in the metabolism of the sulfur containing
amino acids because the symptoms involved in these errors of metabolism
are similar to those found in both autism spectrum disorders AND MSG
Methionine is a sulfur
containing amino acid that is the metabolic prescursor to cysteine and
consequently, taurine and glutathione. We have had this connection
on our autism chart since 2008. Fortunately, carnitine is easily added to the
diet by eating red meat such as lamb, bison, and beef. This gene
deletion may explain why children with mitochondrial disorder like
Hannah Poling were damaged by vaccines.
against glutamate neurotoxicity. Babies are very
susceptible to carnitine deficiency and they usually get MSG containing
carnitine deficiency is even diagnosed. Carnitine
deficiency diseases are 20 TIMES more prevalent than the disease PKU -
which we test for at birth and treat with diet. Carnitine deficiency
also explains why children with autism may respond to diet lower in high
glutamate foods like wheat, dairy, soy, and corn but why at the same
time, they crave carbohydrates. Carnitine enables cells to use fat as an
energy source. Carnitine deficient children are very susceptible to
hypoglycemia because of their unique energy requirements. A
constant source of carbohydrate is critical. This makes our
recommendations to the
NIH and the
in 2008 prescient. Note that the involvement of problems with
sulfur containing amino acids metabolism ALSO explains why children with
autism present with MERCURY poisoning. Glutathione - the body's
natural chelator - is made from
the sulfur containing amino acids.
This story is about to
get much more interesting. Trust us.
June 28, 2011 -
Aspartame has now officially been linked to both weight gain and
diabetes. Aspartame, (half of which - aspartic acid
- targets the same receptors as glutamate, and can actually convert into
glutamate in the body) has been shown to increase blood sugar in
experiments. Studies in humans showed that those who drank diet
sodas with aspartame as opposed to those who avoided diet sodas
had 500% larger waistlines. It appears that diet sodas are aptly named -
after you drink them you WILL need to be on a diet.
May 29, 2011 -
The mainstream media is finally reporting that
MSG is now linked to obesity. We find this a big story because
it has been known for 40 years but it only now being reported.
Scientists routinely use MSG or
glutamate to induce obesity in lab animals. It was
discovered in the 1960's by researcher Dr. John Olney that
cells of the hypothalamus in the brain and made mice morbidly obese.
Later we learned that the hypothalamus regulates leptin and MSG induced
obese female mice become
resistant (male mice became insulin resistant). We now also
Leptin inhibits AMPK. AMPK is the stress signal that energy is
being used too quickly and the body needs to slow down metabolism before
it runs out of energy and it also decreases activity. In
mice when AMPK was activated, the
mice became "lazy" and they also gained weight because of slower
metabolism. To make matters worse, MSG activates
To recap - the recipe for obesity:
1. MSG is eaten.
2. Cells in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus that produce
dopamine and regulate appetite are destroyed.
3. Hypothalamus becomes leptin-resistant
4. Glutamate activates AMPK, which slows metabolism AND desire for
physical activity ("lazy mice").
5. The fat cells release leptin to stop AMPK, but the hypothalamus
ignores the signal.
6. Appetite stays high, activity is depressed. Calorie
intake goes up, calories expended by metabolism go down, calories
expended in activity go down.
7. MSG although it is an amino acid, signals the pancreas to
8. Insulin drops our blood sugar - causing increased hunger at the
same time it packs away excess calories as fat
October 27, 2010 -
longstanding scientific tradition of creating "MSG-Induced" obese rats,
reports that a GLUTAMATE BLOCKER (liraglutide) resulted in weight loss,
and the research in Spain that showed MSG increased appetite in animals
by 40% , the
USDA is now working with the company that makes MSG, to put it into
DIET foods anyway, regardless of the FACT that MSG CONTRIBUTES DIRECTLY
to obesity. Why you ask? To help folks lose weight.
Really. We couldn't believe it either. Please
Senator and let Michelle Obama
know what you think about this too.
September 27, 2010 -
The gene mutation for causing Migraine has been
Story from BBC. Story
TRESK gene involves the potassium
channels which affect neuron excitability. According to
South Korea , GLUTAMATE ACTIVATES
the TRESK gene. It should be noted
that ibuprofen, used to treat
headaches, blocks glutamate that would
otherwise activate this gene. This may
explain exactly HOW
MSG is a migraine trigger for so many.
July 29, 2010 -
The Glutamate blocking drug Memantine, used to treat
Alzheimer's disease is now being used to treat Autism. According to
"Both Alzheimerís disease and autism share a brain malfunction
involving a chemical called glutamate,
which impacts the patientís speech and interaction. "
Their words. Our italics. However, nobody is even going near the
fact that MSG contributes to the problem in both Alzheimer's patients
and autistic children, and that processed gluten and casein are very
highly concentrated sources of glutamate. It is our firm belief
that DIET may very well be a part of the future successful treatment -
something many parents have already known for a while,
even as most doctors
summarily dismissed it.
The good news is, while the pharmaceutical
makers are giddily calculating how much money can be made by the sale of
prescription drugs to block glutamate, an inexpensive
glutamate blocker is already widely available over the counter and has
been for years. It is called Advil. This
may explain why children given glutamate-blocking Advil instead of
Tylenol at vaccination were LESS LIKELY to develop autism in the first
May 31, 2010 -
Acupuncture found to increase glutamate-blocking
The latest news is that a reason has been
found for why acupuncture decreases pain. Acupuncture was found to
increase the release of adenosine in animal studies. Adenosine
actually REDUCES the release of glutamate. This may be a very good
explanation of why the Chinese - who use copious amounts of MSG which
raises free glutamate levels in the body, use acupuncture. This ancient
treatment actually blocks pain by blocking glutamate.
May 9, 2010 - Tylenol
given with vaccines has been
linked to autism:
Children given Tylenol
with their vaccines were SIX TIMES more likely to develop
autism than children given ibuprofen (which is
a glutamate BLOCKER). This is key - because Tylenol, like excess
MSG, lowers glutathione levels. One of the genes for autism is for
making glutathione. Our theory is that Tylenol, by
depleting an already low supply of glutathione, makes it more
difficult for an autistic child to get rid of mercury FROM ANY SOURCE.
We have suspected this link for a while now, but the latest study just
confirmed our fears.
March 5,2010, The
FDA has just issued recalls of foods with Hydrolyzed Vegetable
Protein (HVP) in them due to salmonella contamination. HVP is the
ingredient added to processed foods so that they can get what is called
a "clean label" and the manufacturer does not have to label them
as containing MSG. If you would like to avoid MSG, you should avoid all
foods that are listed by the FDA as containing HVP, because HVP contains
roughly 20% free glutamic acid (the "clean label" version of MSG) by
21, 2009 -
the FDA has just
approved Abilify to treat autism symptoms. This
is now being used to treat autism. At the VERY SAME TIME,
behavioral therapists are feeding MSG laden junk food to children with
autism as REWARDS for behavior.
January 5, 2009
- Researchers have just discovered the
gene involved in breast cancer metastasis. The gene
MTDH (short for metadherin) but also known as
3D3, AEG-1, AEG1, LYRIC
affects cells susceptibility to glutamate excitotoxicity. This
gene is involved in the mestastasis of breast cancer, malignant gliomas,
and melanomas. Currently, excessive glutamate neurotoxicity due to
MTDH, is believed to cause HIV dementia.
November 6, 2008, The New York Times
in the Journal,
Nature, researchers from Washington
University in St. Louis report that they have found 10
genes for cancer - one of which is for a
glutamate receptor (GRINL1B).
Think you're not eating MSG?
glutamate is hidden.
FLOW CHART of how MSG affects
exacerbated by MSG, are
autism and any disease treated with the following commonly prescribed glutamate
BLOCKERS - Abilify, Amantadine, Baclofen,
Ketamine, Lamotragine, Lithium, Liraglutide, Namenda (Memantine), NBQX,
as well as
Vitamin B12, Vitamin E and Vitamin C.
Diseases which may be
caused by MSG are obesity, Type II diabetes,
and high blood pressure. In studies,
HEALTHY mice were made obese
resistant, and AMPK was activated. A
Study in rural China on humans, shows MSG contributes to obesity, regardless of caloric intake
or activity. Animal
studies also showed that glutamate constricts blood vessels. It acts as
a calcium channel OPENER, and increased appetite in healthy animals
by 40% by acting on the hypothalamus. Those taking calcium channel
blockers may be interested in knowing that MSG COUNTERACTS the most often
prescribed medications for high blood pressure - calcium channel blockers.
Consequently, if you think you are immune from the effects of MSG because
you don't have the autism genes, or the Alzheimer's genes, or high blood
pressure, note that free
glutamic acid acts on the pancreas to secrete insulin and acts to stimulate
hunger by targeting the amygdala and hypothalamus and creates valium-like GABA in otherwise HEALTHY folks.