Posts Tagged ‘Aspertame’

MSG – Dangerous Food additive

November 6, 2008

Battling the “MSG Myth”

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You have reached us because you or someone you care about is suffering from puzzling chronic conditions such as headaches, stomach disorders, fatigue, depression, and many other problems. Tests have come up negative and you want answers.

What you will find out at this time will most likely be the missing piece of the puzzle. What we discovered helped our family and thousands of others. Some skeptics will think, “It’s too simple an explanation”, but the truth is, most of us are suffering needlessly because of so-called “safe” food additives, namely excitatory neuro-transmitters (nicknamed excitotoxins). The main ones are monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame, and L-cysteine. You may think that you are actually avoiding MSG if you avoid Chinese restaurants, but this factory created flavor enhancer is in almost every bottled, bagged, frozen, or canned processed food on super market shelves. But since MSG is often a component of a formulation, it is not labeled as such. You’ve seen words like autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed protein, and whey protein. Each of these substances contain a percentage of glutamate, the harmful component of MSG.

I didn’t correlate my headaches and diarrhea to the food I was eating for years. Most of us don’t because reactions to these excitatory substances can occur from ten minutes to 48 hours after ingestion. But when my 19 year old son began to develop debilitating headaches, my search for answers led me to the culprit: MSG. See if you suffer from any of these commonly reported symptoms and disorders.
Debby Anglesey


Have you been tested for, suffer from, and found little relief from any of the following conditions?

1. Severe headache 12. Shortness of breath, chest pains, asthma 23. Slowed speech
2. Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting 13. Swelling, pain, or numbness of hands, feet, jaw 24. Chronic bronchitis-like symptoms, allergy reactions, dry cough, hoarseness or sore throat
3. Irregular heart beat or blood pressure, racing heart 14. Pain in joints or bones 25. Heavy, weak feeling in arms and legs
4. Depression or mood change, bipolar, SAD 15. Flushing or tingling in face, chest, pressure behind eyes 26. Irritable bowel or colitis
5. Abdominal pain, cramps, bloating, colitis, IBS 16. Gagging reflex or difficulty swallowing 27. Attention deficit disorder, anxiety attacks, rage, panic attacks
6. Balance problems, dizziness, or seizures, mini-strokes 17. Hyperactivity, behavioral problems 28. Neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, MS, Parkinson’s
7. Tenderness in localized areas, neck, back, etc. 18. Chronic post nasal drip 29. Pressure behind eyes or on head, neck, shoulders
8. Sleep disorders 19. Skin rash, itching, hives 30. ADD, ADHD, Rage Disorder
9. Blurred vision or difficulty breathing 20. Bloated face, dark circles under strained eyes 31. Asthma
10. Chronic fatigue or sleepiness 21. Extreme thirst or dry mouth 32. Weight problems, obesity, hypoglycemia
11. Excessive perspiring or shuddering and chills 22. Difficulty concentrating and poor memory

If any of these conditions plague you, you may be a victim of the myth that monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a safe food additive. The truth is that the average person eats much more glutamate than what is considered to be a safe and normal amount in the typical American diet. MSG is in everything from crackers and soda pop to vitamins and toothpaste.

Battling the MSG Myth

A Survival Guide and Cookbook

By Debby AngleseyAfter suffering for 21 years from several chronic conditions caused by MSG, and finally finding relief for both herself and her son, Debby spent one and a half years researching and writing a book to help other victims. This highly informative book is recommended for people who suspect or know their migraines, stomach disorders, or other chronic conditions are caused by Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and Aspartame. It offers over 400 recipes and several chapters devoted to educate the wary consumer. Many doctors and clinics use and recommend this book for their sensitive patients. Since glutamate is hidden under many aliases in processed foods, avoiding it is tricky without the facts. This book will educate and guide you to a new world of health as you learn how to substitute your present MSG tainted foods for healthy ones.

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Hidden dangers in your food

October 23, 2008

Hidden Dangers in Food – Buyer Beware
Linda Hegstrand, MD, PhD

The evidence is compelling and conclusive that at least two specific food additives are poisons. Russell Blaylock, MD, a neurosurgeon, has dedicated his life to educating the public on the dangers of food additives. His book Excitotoxins The Taste that Kills is electrifying and well-researched – a must read to understand fully the impact of poisonous food additives on ourselves and our children. The two food additives I am speaking about are monosodium glutamate (MSG) and Aspartame – NutraSweet/Equal. Glutamate and aspartate are naturally occurring amino acids used in building proteins and also function as excitatory neurotransmitters. When they are present in excessive amounts, they stimulate neurons until they die which is why they are called excitotoxins.

MSG is a flavor enhancer causing cravings that contribute directly to obesity and diabetes. Worse yet it can damage your child¹s brain by effecting the development of the nervous system so that years later they may have learning and emotional difficulties (ADD/ADHD/Autism), and/or hormonal problems.

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener that may cause brain tumors and causes sugar cravings. It breaks down to form aspartate, an excitotoxin that can cause the same brain damage as MSG.

Furthermore excitotoxins can aggravate and possibly precipitate many neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer¹s, Parkinson¹s, ALS, and Huntington¹s. These excitotoxins are a risk if you have ever had a stroke, brain injury, brain tumor, seizure, or have suffered from hypertension, diabetes, meningitis, or viral encephalitis.

What can we do to protect ourselves and our children? There are Natural Solutions:
1. Read food labels. MSG is often present in foods that are not labeled as containing MSG, but do. Examples are hydrolyzed protein, gelatin (yes, commonly served in hospitals as a healthy dessert), yeast extract, textured protein, and more. For more information, go to http://www.truthinlabeling.org. If a food is labeled low fat, it almost certainly contains MSG in some form for flavor. Low carbohydrate processed foods most likely contain Aspartame.
2. Minimize consumption of processed foods – canned, boxed, bagged, and frozen.
3. Minimize restaurant foods, not just Chinese. They often contain MSG even though the waiter/waitress is not aware of it because MSG is often present in items listed that do not appear to contain MSG. When eating out tips: choose broiled, grilled, or steamed foods with butter, herbs, lemon, etc; oil and vinegar or lemon juice for salad dressing; and fresh fruits or sorbets for dessert.
4. Use stevia as a natural low calorie sweetener rather than Aspartame. Stevia can be purchased at health food stores as liquid or powder.
5. Increase your body¹s defense against excitotoxins.

Ways to defend against excitotoxins include:
1. Increasing cellular energy, ATP, improves the ability of specialized cells to take up excess glutamate and aspartate preventing these excitatory neurotransmitters from causing nerve cell death. ATP production is facilitated by supplementing with both carnitine and acetyl-l-carnitine.

2. Vitamin B6 lowers brain and blood glutamate. Glutamate receptors are blocked by Vitamin B12, pyruvate, and malate. The latter two also increase cellular energy.
3. Essential omega 3 fatty acids improve the health of mitochondria, the energy producing subcellular organelle, and cell membranes.
4. Antioxidants fight against this increase in free radicals formed by excess excitotoxins. There are three classes of antioxidants that form a network, all of which are essential in defending against free radicals: 1.) The Vitamin, Mineral, Flavonoid Network which includes Carotenoids; Vitamins C, D, E, and K; manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and plant flavonoids. 2.) The Enzyme Network which includes superoxide dismutase, glutathione reductase, glutathione peroxidase, and catalase. 3.) The Thiol (sulfur containing) Antioxidants which include albumin, alpha-lipoic-acid, and glutathione.
5. As Linus Pauling said: ³You can trace every illness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.² Having an appropriate blend of absorbable minerals including essential trace minerals is protective.
6. The ill effects of MSG and aspartate can be blocked by specific energetic frequencies.

Chronic conditions or symptoms may be MSG and/or Aspartame related. If the above suggestions do not improve your health, a visit to your natural health care provider is apt to help you optimize your health.

Continuing to allow MSG and Aspartame to be added to our foods with all the research that documents their ill effects is disturbing. It is clear that we must be conscientious in our food choices for ourselves and for our families.

From: Complete Wellness Center

More Hidden Sugars

October 9, 2008

More Hidden Sugars!

Just when you think you’ve found a product to help maintain normal blood sugar (as the label on Natrol’s Cinnamon Extract 500mg supplement claims it does), it turns out to be loaded with various forms of sugar!

I have been wondering why my blood sugar is not continuing downward since using Natrol’s product, and now I know why. First of all, in my defense, had I had the opportunity to check the label in a store, I would never have bought the stuff. But, since it’s almost impossible to find cinnamon extract except for Natrol’s product and impossible to find it in stores, I had to order it directly from them via their website, which does not list the several fillers also included with the 500mg of cinnamon extract in each pill.

Those fillers are: dibasic calcium phosphate, cellulose, stearic acid, Maltodextrin, silica, cellulose gum, magnesium stearate, methylcellulose, glycerin and carnauba wax. Let’s look at each of these ingredients, shall we?

Dibasic Calcium Phosphate:

The very first link to “dibasic calcium phosphate” found on Google is http://www.heart-disease-bypass-surgery.com/data/studies/12.htm
which I can’t seem to corroborate with data from other sites found in the same search. Some of the claims made here may or may not be suspect and I can’t vouch for the credibility of the information presented. However, the gist of the site is that dibasic calcium phosphate is not a good thing to be ingesting. Note, however, that the author of the page, who publishes an online newsletter called Fraudulent Companys can’t seem to pluralize the word company correctly. I then have to wonder about the credibility of the source. He also seems to be selling some sort of dietary supplements, himself, so, again, I question his credibility. Adding to this is the fact that I couldn’t seem to find any other pages in my search that had anything alarming to say about dibasic calcium phosphate. In fact, according to Drugs.com, it’s used in every calcium supplement on the market. It is the calcium. Then again, when I find a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for any substance, I have to wonder about its safety for use in the human body. I did find an MSDS for dibasic calcium phosphate at http://ptcl.chem.ox.ac.uk/MSDS/CA/calcium_phosphate_dibasic.html
and it says that there is nothing hazardous about dibasic calcium phosphate, other than being a “skin, eye and respiratory irritant.” Of course, one has to consider that the MSDS publishes this information primarily for worker safety in plants that manufacture various products that use the material in question. If you’re a worker in a plant that makes a calcium supplement, you probably wouldn’t want to breathe in a cloud of dibasic calcium phosphate as it’s being dumped into a huge vat to make pills from, but taking one or more of those same pills every day may not do you any harm at all. In fact, it may do you good. You need to consider the source that is saying “this is bad for you” because they may be ignorant of the fact that small doses of something that is harmful in large amounts is not necessarily toxic. But, on the other hand, if we’re taking a daily supplement that contains this material and we’re doing so over the course of many years – perhaps most of our lifetime – we might be somewhat concerned about its long-term effects, right? Even so, I still found no other data that would suggest there is anything harmful in ingesting dibasic calcium phosphate and, in fact, it seems to be used widely in the pharmaceuticals industry.

Cellulose:

Cellulose is another of those substances being used routinely in the manufacture of pills of all types. However, of much concern to me is the fact that cellulose is a polysaccharide; i.e., a sugar. When I saw this, a red flag went up immediately! In addition, cellulose is a natural polymer. The important thing, though, is that it is being used in the above named product without any alteration. It is, therefore, an added sugar. This alone is cause for me to abandon this product completely and to seek out an honestly made cinnamon extract.

Stearic Acid:

As I said above, when I see an MSDS for any substance used in a food supplement, I get very concerned. This should certainly be the case with stearic acid. The MSDS I found says, under “Toxicology,”: Eye, skin and respiratory irritant; may be harmful – toxicology not fully investigated.” Hmmmm…..when I see statements like “not fully investigated,” I have to wonder why hasn’t it been, especially when people are ingesting it and rubbing it on their skin and in the hair every day? Stearic acid is used in skin and hair care products, as well as in dietary supplements and processed foods. As I was saying earlier, one should consider that these statements are intended for factory workers who are handling these materials in large bulk containers, where they are routinely exposed to airborne clouds of the material as it is dumped into vats and hoppers and moved about the plant, etc. Hence, the need for safety glasses in handling stearic acid makes sense, as it is a known eye irritant. Even so, should this be something that is in our diet?

Maltodextrin:

Now, if the above substances weren’t enough to make me stop using Natrol’s Cinnamon Extract, the inclusion in it of Maltodextrin (trade named Maltrin), a sweetener made from cornstarch, certainly is! It is made via the process of cornstarch hydrolysis, according to the Sugar Association. Here we have, not just a sugar, but a sugar made from grain. This stuff is sometimes known as “glucose polymer.” GPC (Grain Processing Corporation), the makers of Maltrin, claim thatCorn-based maltodextrins are safe for patients with celiac disease since they do not contain proteins from wheat, barley, oats or rye.” Fine for people with celiac disease, but what about we diabetics? It’s not protein we should be concerned about; protein is, by itself, essential to life and it is a major element of the paleolithic diet, as well. It’s sugars that concern me, as a diabetic, and this stuff is nothing but sugar! Here is the real “smoking gun” on the GPC website, though: Diabetics should follow the advice of their physicians. MALTRIN® maltodextrin’s glycemic index should be considered metabolically equivalent to glucose (dextrose).” Great! So, yes, it is a not so hidden sugar! Then WTF is it doing in Natrol’s Cinnamon Extract – a product that claims to “help maintain blood sugar already within the normal range?!!” This product is being recommended to diabetics as a means of controlling their blood sugar! The inclusion of Maltodextrose in this product should immediately result in Natrol being investigated for deceptive and false advertising, at the very least! No diabetic should ever consume this product at all, under any circumstances!

Silica:

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, silica can cause silicosis. Silica, according to the USDL, “…remains a serious threat to nearly two million US workers.” Hmmm….now, here again, most of us are not exposed to the stuff in bulk quantities, where it can become an aerosolized cloud we breathe in – but, I still have to wonder if this is something we should be eating.

Cellulose Gum:

If cellulose itself is a sugar, then what is cellulose gum? Well, its a hydrocolloid, or thickening agent, used in the processed foods industry. They certainly do use a lot of dangerous crap in making processed foods, don’t they? A “thickening agent” is a glue-like substance, so, basically, cellulose gum is a sugary binder, probably used in Natrol’s Cinnamon Extract to hold all its constituent ingredients together. I tell you what, Natrol, how about just filling the bottle with harmless gelatin capsules filled with pure, unadulterated cinnamon extract, huh? What a concept! That way you wouldn’t need to use anything else in your product to make it into little dark red pills, would you? I don’t care what the product looks like. I just want cinnamon extract and I don’t want anything else. Got it? So, anyway, here is yet another hidden sugar lurking in this product that is being sold to diabetics and people who are trying to keep from becoming diabetics. That’s three hidden sugars, so far!

Magnesium Stearate:

Magnesium stearate is a salt. Great! Not only is this shit filled with sugar, it’s also filled with salt! Just what I need for my blood pressure. As if that’s not enough, the Wikipedia article says magnesium stearate is also “a major component of bathtub rings!” Yum! Makes me want to go and lick my bathtub right now! Seriously, though, there is also an MSDS for this material, though it says magnesium stearate is “generally regarded as safe.” Yep, well, that depends upon who is deciding whether it’s safe, doesn’t it? After all, some sources would have us believe that fluoride is “safe,” also, even though it’s been found to be a deadly toxin.

Methylcellulose:

Like cellulose gum, methylcellulose is derived from cellulose, which is, as you’ll recall, a sugar derived, in turn, from cornstarch. So, need I say anything further? Well,…..according to the publishers of Healthwise, maybe I should. It seems methylcelluclose is used in laxatives as a stool softener. Yum!

Glycerin:

Glycerin is yet another sugar, made from alcohol! So, this crap Natrol is passing off as a product to regulate blood sugar turns out to spiked with a serious amount of hidden sugars! How do they get away with this shit!? By the way, glycerin is also the main byproduct of the manufacture of biodeisel fuel. Mmmmm…..finger lickin’ good!

Carnauba Wax:

Finally, we come to the last listed filler in Natrol’s Cinnamon Extract product, carnauba wax. All of you car enthusiasts should know what this stuff is: the basic ingredient in most car waxes and polishes. Mmmm….yummy! I think I’ll go out and lick my car right now! According to Wikipedia, “Carnauba wax contains mainly esters of fatty acids (80-85%), fatty alcohols (10-15%), acids (3-6%) and hydrocarbons (1-3%). Specific for carnauba wax is the content of esterified fatty diols (about 20%), hydroxylated fatty acids (about 6%) and cinnamic acid (about 10%). Cinnamic acid, an antioxidant, may be hydroxylated or methoxylated.” Notice the inclusion of cinnmic acid? Cinnamic acid is made from oil of cinnamon, so, aside from the 500mg of cinnamon extract claimed to reside in this product, this is, apparently, the only other ingredient that has anything to do with cinnamon. And it buffs to a lustrous shine, too!

The bottom line: if you are using Natrol’s Cinnamon Extract to control or lower your blood sugar, stop doing so! This crap is loaded with enough hidden sugars to maintain or even raise your blood sugar. If you’re not taking this supplement, don’t. You’d do better to swallow a spoonful of plain ground cinnamon (available on the spice rack at your grocery store), instead.