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Monosodium Glutamate

What is Monosodium Glutamate?

According to the FDA, Monosodium Glutamate is a food additive that can be added to any food in any amount.

The History of Monosodium Glutamate

During World War II, Japanese soldier’s military rations tasted better than rations from other militaries. This was a great interest to the U.S. military and many food processing companies. In 1948 representatives Of the U.S. military, Oscar Mayer, General Foods, Campbell and many other companies in the food industries meet at a symposium in Chicago.

The Japanese secret ingredient Monosodium Glutamate was unveiled. MSG made canned and frozen food taste as good as homemade food and kids would crave more.

MSG and dead Brain Cells

Monosodium Glutamate, passes quickly into the blood stream and enters the brain and the organs directly. MSG causes the neurons to (nerve ending in the brain and others organs) to fire uncontrollably. The brain translates this overstimulation of the nerves into what we believe to be delicious taste and scrumptious flavor.

Two to twenty-four hours later, the entire neuron and its synapses are dead. Our brain cells are constructed to last our entire lifetime. In a few short hours, monosodium glutamate has excited our brain cells to death.

When MSG is injected under the skin of newborn mice and rats, it causes the rodents to grow obese beyond their normal range. When MSG is injected directly into a subjects brain cells, it quickly and completely kills them dead. According to the FDA, Monosodium Glutamate is a food additive that can be added to any food in any amount.

Mice and rats are tested with experimental drugs meant of humans, because their physiology closely mimics humans. When mice are treated with MSG they experience hyperinsulinemia, a condition where the pancreas excretes huge amounts of insulin.

Side effects of MSG

The increased insulin stores away the glucose in the blood by converting it to adipose tissue as fat. Increase insulin creates the obese response in the mice and rats. Hyperinsulinemia is directly related linked to development of diabetes. Monosodium Glutamate has some undeniable side effects:

Asthma, behavioral problems, stomach cramps, chest discomforts, headaches, stomach aches, tiredness, depression, Nausea, dizziness, loss of bladder/bowel control, rage reactions, and hostility to other children.


Prior to 1958, there were no guidelines in the United States to determine what ingredients could be added to processed foods. In 1958, U.S. Congress established the GRAS list (Generally regarded as safe). They created a list of all known food additives, and sent it out with a questionnaire to 900 scientists asking them evaluate the list. Congress received 355 responses and only three items were removed from the list that was determined dangerous to the public health. Any food additives on the GRAS list can be added to foods with no limitations.

The FDA is aware that Monosodium Glutamate in foods is not as safe as they claim. The FDA reported in August 31, 1995 that: Studies have shown that the body uses Glutamate, an amino acid as a nerve impulse transmitter in the brain and that there are Glutamate-responsive tissues in other parts of the body. Abnormal function of Glutamate receptors has been linked with certain neurological disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington chorea. Injections of Glutamate in laboratory animals have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain.

The FDA report also said that between 1980 and 1994, there were 622 reports of complaints about side effects from MSG. Research show overwhelming and undeniable evidence the eating MSG can do long term, irreversible damage to the body.

Fetus exposure to MSG

When a developing fetus is exposed to high levels of monosodium glutamate in the mothers diet, it could make the infant more prone to weight gain later in life. Not only can exposure to MSG predispose children to obesity, but it can reduce their activity level and hinder their ability to lose excess weight even though they eat less than other children.

The expectant mother’s diet can be consumed by the fetus growing inside of her umbilical cord and the placenta. The placenta acts as a barrier to regulate the flow of amino acids to the fetus. Amino acids are needed by the fetus to make body tissues and organs. However in the first trimester of growth, the placenta is not fully developed.

Researchers have found that not only do amino acids and toxins cross the barrier to the baby, but they tend to collect there so the concentration are higher in the growing fetus than in the mother’s blood.

MSG In Low Fat Foods

Even after we eat low fat, low calorie foods, the level of insulin rises in the blood. The MSG in the low fat, low calorie foods stimulates our pancreas, to release fat-creating insulin. The insulin searches for any sugar it can turn into adipose tissue and store it as fat.

Fat molecules give most of the flavor in our food. Diet foods have the fat removed, but monosodium glutamate is added. The FDA has no limit to how much glutamate can be add. After eating a meal containing monosodium glutamate and fasting all night, we are still hyperglycemic the next morning, although having low blood sugar. As we sleep our pancreas produces enough insulin to store away the sugar we had left in our blood, converting it into fat.

When MSG causes hyperinsulinemia, we lose the motivation to exercise. The hyperinulinemia sends large amounts of insulin to remove almost all the blood sugar it can find. Low blood sugar leaves us feeling drained and tired. When test subjects are injected with MSG shortly after birth, they showed a significant reduction in energy activity level.

MSG Lowers growth Hormone

Research showed that (MSG) monosodium glutamate lowers the amount of growth hormone present during the development stage. Females subjects respond to MSG induced obesity in far more extreme way than males. The majority of people who suffer from extreme obesity are females. Males rarely show the potential for extreme obesity like females.

MSG and Diabetes.

Diabetes is the number one cause of death by disease in North America. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, it increases the chance of heart disease, it accounts for more than a quarter of all new cases of kidney disease, and it is the reason of 50% of limb amputations throughout the world.

Diabetes occurs when the pancreas is unable to produce enough insulin to regulate the sugar levels in the blood. High doses of monosodium glutamate produce hyperinsulinemia, where the pancreas abnormally increases the amount of insulin in the blood. When the pancreas pumps out more than normal amount of insulin it continues to function. But the increased work load can be too much and the pancreas fails with the end result of Diabetes.

MSG and the Pancreas

Glutamate is the main excitatory neurotransmitter and affects the operation of almost every organ. Glutamate receptor sites are found in the heart, nervous system, kidneys, Liver, Spleen, and Testis.

Our Pancreas regulates sugar (glucose) levels in the blood. When the sugar level in the blood is high, the Beta Cells within the Pancreas produce insulin. Monosodium Glutamate in the blood stream can bypass control of the Pancreas and hyper stimulate the beta-cells to over produce insulin. The over production of insulin is called Hyperinsulinemia leading to obesity. Hyperinsulinemia facilitates sugar (glucose) storage as fat, which can be the first step in diabetes.

The pancreas being over stimulated by monosodium glutamate starts to malfunction. Meanwhile Beta – Cells start deteriorating and the body’s T-cell immune response will shut them down. As the pancreas malfunctions a little more each day, it can be maintained functional by pills and diet until it can no longer produce enough insulin. Eventually the pills are exchanged for insulin injections. Monosodium glutamate stimulates the Beta-Cells of the pancreas to death, leaving a life sentence of diabetes.

MSG & the Eyes:

The human eyes are extremely sensitive to changes in Glutamate levels. The capillaries in the eyes easily transport glutamate directly into the sensitive areas of the eye. Subjects fed on high diet of monosodium glutamate developed retinas with extremely thin membranes. Researchers found that a diet of monosodium glutamate over period years could result in retinal cell destruction and total blindness.

Glutamate in the eyes latches onto glial cells which support vision and excites them to death. When ingesting large amounts of MSG in their diets, diabetics could increase their chances of going blind.

MSG & Blood Brain Barrier:

Researchers have shown that MSG crosses the Blood Brain Barrier. The FDA states the MSG cannot cross the Blood Brain Barrier. The Ajinomoto Company (MSG manufacturer) Website, states that L-Glutamate (MSG) and ammonia can pass through the blood brain barrier. L-Glutamine can break down into Glutamate and Ammonia. This can directly increase the neurotoxic levels of Glutamate in the brain.

MSG an Excitotoxin

Glutamate is recognized as an excitotoxin capable of killing the cells of the brain.

The FDA has overlooked the fact that the blood brain barrier is not infallible and can fail in many situations. Increased physical stress of a short duration can increase the ease with which larger molecules can cross into the brain.

Brain injury (stroke or trauma), where a blood vessel breaks and bleed into the brain, allows direct assess for the monosodium glutamate to cross the barrier and enter the brain.

Allergies create an increase of histamines in the blood. Histamines dilate the arterioles, allowing for larger molecules to enter the brain.

The hypothalamus is a brain organ that regulates hormones throughout the body linked to growth and the control of the pituitary gland. The Hypothalamus does not have a blood barrier, and is affected by MSG in the blood stream. The lack of protection from glutamates can allow monosodium glutamate to impair memory and damage neurons in the hypothalamus.

The FDA states that MSG cannot cross the blood brain barrier where it could endanger the sensitive brain processes. Ajinomoto (manufacturer of MSG) promotes the fact that it can. Ajinomoto directly promotes the effects MSG can have on the brain. The bottom line is that Monosodium Glutamate can enter the brain and can cause cellular death and interfere with critical brain functions.

MSG, Headaches, and Migraines.

MSG has been established as a trigger for headaches. Even the FDA admits that headaches are a side effect of eating MSG. High Glutamate content within the spinal cord can also induce headaches. Both chronic tension headaches and chronic daily headaches can be linked to Glutamate reactions within the Central Spinal Fluid.

Headaches and migraines in children have been linked to Monosodium Glutamate in the diet. Research has shown that 100% of people who ate MSG laced foods and then fasted overnight complained of headaches.

Dr. J. W. Olney, a specialist in MSG research

Dr. J. W. Olney, a specialist in monosodium glutamate research at the department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, Missouri, discovered the MSG in the diet of pregnant primates causes brain damage in the offspring. Dr. Olney states that:

The human food supply is a source of excitotoxins that can damage the brain by one type of mechanism to which immature consumers are hyper vulnerable, or by mechanisms to which adult and elderly consumers are peculiarly sensitive.

When large amounts of MSG gather within the developing fetus, the increased state of Glutamate excitotoxicty could alter the brain itself in the developing stage. Neuronal pathways growing in the developing brain could be excited into greater, more rapid development.

The brain could be over-stimulated so that some areas could become hyper-sensitized to Glutamate, while other areas could be overdeveloped to the point of cellular death. ADHD infants show susceptibility to high levels of Glutamates within their neuronal regions.

MSG & Autism

Autism is an ailment that manifest as the retardation of the mental abilities of the individuals. Children with this disorder can have extreme anti-social behaviors, act abusive to others or themselves, practice repetitive motion; show delayed and reduced language development and use, as well as other socially unacceptable behaviors.

Autism develops in the fetus during pregnancy and occurs more often within the same family. Males make up 75% of individuals with Autism and females 25%. The research reports on autism notes that individuals with the disorder have extreme Glutamate level abnormalities and Glutamate receptors anomalies within the brain.

The brain’s Brocca’s area (linked to speech) and other sensitive cells could be stimulated to death. Therefore those parts of the brain maybe totally unusable. This damage could explain the brain abnormalities seen in people with autism. Family genetics may decide how much monosodium glutamate it takes to affect the developing fetus brain.

MSG & Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia disorder exhibits signs of brain dysfunction from hallucinations to episodes of mania. Research shows that the common link between people with schizophrenia is an imbalance of brain chemistry, notably a defect involving the glutamatergic system.

The brain of people with this disorder are unable able to process glutamate in the same way unaffected people brain does. The reduced ability of the brain to transmit glutamate results in the disturbed information process that is seen in the schizophrenic population.

MSG’s ability to kill receptive brain cells could lead to a debilitating reduction in gluamatergic receptor cells in the brain. Therefore the schizophrenic’s brain cannot process glutamate transmissions properly. Alterations in glutamate receptors of the schizophrenic brain have been observed with Forensic studies.

MSG & Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a misfiring of the brains nerves cause’s seizures. People with epilepsy have episodes where they lose mental and bodily control. It can be a blank stare (Generalized absence seizure), or a violent full body seizure (Tonic-colonic). In many cases the cause of the disability is unknown.

At present epilepsy is controlled by anti-convulsant drugs, but many of these drugs have dangerous side effects when taken long term. Vagus nerve stimulation is also used to reduce seizures by implanting an electrical pulse generator under the skin. The VNS sends out electrical signals to the vagus nerve to reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures.

People who are helped by VNS have a large reduction in Glutamate within their central nervous systems. Monosodium glutamate is used to create epileptic seizures with regularity in animal’s studies when scientists want to induce epileptic seizures.

Monosodium L-Glutamate (MSG) a commonly used food additive induces convulsive disorders in rats. Epilepsy affects 1% of the population and affects children and the elderly more often than any other population.

MSG is not needed by our bodies and it has no nutritional value. MSG is put in food for two reasons and to make us eat more of that food which means more profit for the food manufactures. MSG in one form or another has found its way into almost every processed food.

Monosodium Glutamate in the Philippines is used to kill dogs. One or two tablespoons of VETSIN (MSG), is put a bread roll and given to the dog. Shortly thereafter the dog becomes unconscious and starts convulsing and then dies.

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