MSG, The Secret Killer!

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Everyone should know by now that MSG is not good for you, but I still come across people that simpley don't care and they think that they will be okay if they still consume it. I have heard some of these same people complaining about their health problems or just simply living with them. It is things like MSG, Aspartame, Soy, Hormones, Antibiotics and Processed Sugars that are causing people across this country poor health. Well, it is actually a double edged sword if you take in the fact that while they are consuming dangerous things like MSG or Aspartame, on the other side they aren't getting proper nutrition as well.
Why is MSG "The Secret Killer"? Well, read this article in its entirety and you'll find out!

Although, I have posted an article on MSG before, I was watching the new Food Matters video, "Hungry for Change," and it commented on MSG and Obesity and that inspired more digging on MSG and here is what I came across:
First, Hungry for Change said that in order for scientist and doctors to study obesity they use rats but, rats are naturally not obese. In order for rats to become obese they inject them with MSG.

Here are some illnesses that have been linked with MSG:


The link between MSG and ADHD now becomes even clearer - since glutamate in animal studies decreased dopamine.

In the December 2003 issue the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, it was reported that researchers found increased levels of glutamate in the brains of children who suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  In those same children, levels of Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA), were decreased.

It is interesting to note that the body converts glutamate into GABA using an enzyme called Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase (GAD).  This imbalance of the two neurotransmitters would suggest that the body is not converting glutamate properly.

GAD is mentioned elsewhere on this site.  Children suffering from Type I diabetes often have an immune system which attacks GAD.  It would seem that Type I diabetics may also be at higher risk from ADHD then, due to the body's difficulty converting Glutamate to GABA.

MSG and Addiction
MSG and Alcoholism

MSG and Allergy
It has been discussed lately in allergist office magazines that MSG is not an allergen.  It was never considered one.  What most people don't realize is the difference between food allergy and food intolerance or sensitivity.

MSG Sensitivity: Unlike food allergies which affect only certain individuals (only 2% - 5% of the population), and involve an antibody response of the immune system, food sensitivities affect many more people. You can be allergic to carrots and have an immune response to them, and someone else may have absolutely no immune response at all. Sensitivities are a different matter.  There are no antibodies involved and in the case of MSG, the free glutamic acid in it acts in us all in the same way. It is a neurotransmitter - it causes nerve cells to fire. The reason MSG is used by food companies is because in the average human it stimulates the nerve cells in your mouth, as well as the brain. It targets the centers of hunger and taste and smell. If it only worked in 2% of the population, there wouldn't be any money in it. It is basically a drug like alcohol or caffeine. However, the sensitivity response of any individual is simply a matter of degree.

MSG and the Immune System: Unfortunately, MSG also may affect the allergy response as well although it may not initiate it. According to new research from Johns Hopkins, the immune system is disturbed by nervous system over-stimulation.  This is a problem because MSG is a nervous system excitatory neurotransmitter.  Glutamate triggers nerve cells to fire.  See the following link for info regarding this latest research:

MSG and A.L.S.
MSG and Alzheimer's
MSG and Asthma
MSG and Atrial Fibrillation

MSG and Autism
Autism, Vaccines, Epilepsy, and MSG: Although epilepsy patients are advised not to eat foods containing MSG, due to their interference with anti-seizure drugs, like lamotrogine and topiramate (both glutamate blockers), MSG is listed as an official vaccine additive on the official government CDC website:

We honestly don't understand how public health policy "experts" can say that vaccines have nothing to do with seizures suffered by many children after receiving vaccines with MSG in them.  The fact that 30% of children with autism also suffer from epilepsy should be a red flag.

The fact that many parents with children who regressed after vaccination report seizures shortly after vaccination should be enough to spur thorough investigation.

MSG and Blindness

MSG and Cancer
Glutamate levels were shown to be high in cancer patients in this study reported in the Oxford Journals.  Patients with lung cancer with the lowest glutamate levels had the highest survival rates.  They also had the highest cysteine levels.  Cysteine - a sulfur containing amino acid - is used to make glutathione as well as taurine - the body's natural water soluble anti-oxidant.  This finding suggests that glutamate may interfere with cysteine and glutathione production in the body.

In this paper from the National Academy of Sciences, glutamate antagonists slow tumor growth.

This article discusses the use of glutamate antagonists or blockers in the treatment of cancer.  These antagonists apparently also inhibit cancer cell migration and so may be useful in preventing cells from proliferating throughout the body.  One has to ask the nagging question, then - If blocking glutamate can cause cancer cells to die and stop migrating, shouldn't cancer patients stop eating MSG and aspartame?  Unfortunately, patients suffering from cancer are rarely, if ever told this information.

MSG and Celiac Sprue
MSG and Depression
MSG and Diabetes
MSG and Dizziness
MSG and Epilepsy
MSG and Fibromyalgia
MSG and Heat Stroke
MSG and High Blood Pressure
MSG and Hypoglycemia
MSG and Hypothyroidism
MSG and Inflammation
MSG and Migraine
MSG and MS
MSG and Myopia
MSG and Obesity
MSG and Pituitary Tumors
MSG and Rage/Panic Disorder
MSG and Rosacea
MSG and Sulfite Sensitivity
MSG and Tinnitus
MSG and Sleeplessness...
All of these can be seen in detail thanks to the work by
There are many function within the body that can be affected by MSG including blocking magnesium. Here are known body functions that can be affected by MSG:
Digestion and Food Allergies
Blood Pressure
Blood Vessels
Brain Function
Nervous System
Thyroid Function
Vision... And these are just the ones we know of right now. Click here for more details on how MGS affects these functions.
There is a reason we called this post "MSG, the Secret Killer" and that is because now the food companies are hiding MSG in there foods under different names. Here is a list of some of those names:
First, I would not trust anything that says "Modified..."
Glutamic acid (E 620)2, Glutamate (E 620)
Monosodium glutamate (E 621)
Monopotassium glutamate (E 622)
Calcium glutamate (E 623)
Monoammonium glutamate (E 624)
Magnesium glutamate (E 625)
Natrium glutamate
Yeast extract
Anything “hydrolyzed”
Any “hydrolyzed protein”
Calcium caseinate, Sodium caseinate
Yeast food, Yeast nutrient
Autolyzed yeast
Textured protein
Soy protein, soy protein concentrate
Soy protein isolate
Whey protein, whey protein concentrate
Whey protein isolate
Anything “…protein”


Carrageenan (E 407)
Bouillon and broth
Any “flavors” or “flavoring”
Citric acid, Citrate (E 330)
Anything “ultra-pasteurized”
Barley malt
Pectin (E 440)
Anything “enzyme modified”
Anything containing “enzymes”
Malt extract
Soy sauce
Soy sauce extract
Anything “protein fortified”
Anything “fermented”


Corn starch
Corn syrup
Modified food starch
Lipolyzed butter fat
Rice syrup
Brown rice syrup
Milk powder
Reduced fat milk (skim; 1%; 2%)
most things low fat or no fat anything Enriched
anything Vitamin enriched


Here are some other things to keep in mind as well:
Low fat and no fat milk products often contain milk solids that contain MSG and many dairy products contain carrageenan, guar gum, and/or locust bean gum.  Low fat and no fat versions of ice cream and cheese may not be as obvious as yogurt, milk, cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, etc., but they are not exceptions.

Protein powders contain glutamic acid, which, invariably, will be processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  Individual amino acids are not always listed on labels of protein powders.

At the present time there is an FDA requirement to include the protein source when listing hydrolyzed protein products on labels of processed foods.  Examples are hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed pea protein, hydrolyzed whey protein, hydrolyzed, corn protein. If a tomato, for example, were whole, it would be identified as a tomato. Calling an ingredient tomato protein indicates that the tomato has been hydrolyzed, at least in part, and that processed free glutamic acid (MSG) is present.

Disodium guanylate and disodium inosinate are relatively expensive food additives that work synergistically with inexpensive MSG. Their use suggests that the product has MSG in it. They would probably not be used as food additives if there were no MSG present.

MSG reactions have been reported from soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, and cosmetics, where MSG is hidden in ingredients with names that include the words "hydrolyzed," "amino acids," and/or "protein."  Most sun block creams and insect repellents also contain MSG.

Drinks, candy, and chewing gum are potential sources of hidden MSG and/or aspartame, neotame. and AminoSweet (the new name for aspartame). Aspartic acid, found in neotame, aspartame (NutraSweet), and AminoSweet, ordinarily causes MSG type reactions in MSG sensitive people. (It would appear that calling aspartame "AminoSweet" is industry's method of choice for hiding aspartame.) We have not seen Neotame used widely in the United States.

Aspartame will be found in some medications, including children's medications. For questions about the ingredients in pharmaceuticals, check with your pharmacist and/or read the product inserts for the names of “other” or “inert” ingredients.

Binders and fillers for medications, nutrients, and supplements, both prescription and non-prescription, enteral feeding materials, and some fluids administered intravenously in hospitals, may contain MSG.

According to the manufacturer, Varivax–Merck chicken pox vaccine (Varicella Virus Live), contains L-monosodium glutamate and hydrolyzed gelatin, both of which contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG) which causes brain lesions in young laboratory animals, and causes endocrine disturbances like OBESITY and REPRODUCTIVE disorders later in life.  It would appear that most, if not all, live virus vaccines contain some ingredient(s) that contains MSG.

Reactions to MSG are dose related, i.e., some people react to even very small amounts. MSG-induced reactions may occur immediately after ingestion or after as much as 48 hours.  The time lapse between ingestion and reaction is typically the same each time for a particular individual who ingests an amount of MSG that exceeds his or her individual tolerance level.

Remember: By food industry definition, all MSG is "naturally occurring." "Natural" doesn't mean "safe."  "Natural" only means that the ingredient started out in nature, like arsenic and hydrochloric acid.

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