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Proof MSG Causes Obesity In Experimental Studies
The data is in and it is staggering: Scientists have been using the common
food additive Monosodium Glutamate to create fat rats and mice to
experiment on. In hundreds of studies produced worldwide over the last
thirty years, Monosodium Glutamate has been injected under the skin of day
old mice and rats to produce obese rats and mice with a predisposition for
Just as the occurrence of obesity and diabetes has risen to record levels,
so too has the public,s ingestion of MSG. MSG, also found in ingredients
such as Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein and Autolyzed Yeast Extract, is being
added to a huge selection of restaurant food and processed food found in
According to the Glutamate Association, a government Lobby group sponsored
by many of the companies that use or produce MSG in its various forms, the
reason that it is added to food is simple:
"Studies have found that adding MSG to certain foods, such as soup and
mashed potatoes, has been successful in increasing the food intake in
institutionalized elderly populations.
John Erb, author of the book The Slow Poisoning of America believes that
MSG is the food industry's equivalent to Nicotine. "Studies have shown that
people who eat food laced with MSG eat more of it, and faster than food
that does not have this additive. If it makes the elderly eat more, what is
it doing to our nation,s children?
Glutamate is an amino acid that can excite almost every major organ in the
body, especially the brain. It occurs naturally in milligram amounts in
some harvested foods. Now, however, a person can get as much as a
teaspoonful a day. John Erb finds this especially disparaging considering
in some countries of the world one tablespoon of MSG is given to dogs to
make them go into epileptic convulsions until they die.
"When ingested by human test subjects MSG directly affects the Pancreas
stimulating it to triple its standard output of insulin output. This
unnatural amount of insulin finds the sugar in the blood and converts it to
fat. A few hours after you eat MSG the excess insulin the MSG triggers
reduces your blood sugar level so much that you become tired and even
hungry again. In animal test subjects this excess insulin leads to
hyperinsulinemia: the chronic overproduction of insulin. The pancreas
becomes so out of control that the body starts producing killer T cells to
shut it down. Is it any wonder why diabetes, obesity and lethargy in our
youths are at an all time high? Junk foods, processed foods, even cafeteria
foods are now laced with large amounts of exitotoxic glutamates. John Erb
"Too much glutamate in the brain overexcites the neurons until they die.
Many people who suffer from chronic headaches and migraines can trace their
trigger to eating too much MSG. If it can give an adult a migraine what can
it do to a developing fetus? John Erb asks.
John Erb theorized just what too much MSG could to a fetus when he was
invited to attend the Defeat Autism Now Conference in Washington, D.C. He
presented a report that outlined how MSG can affect a fetus before it is
even a month old. The placental barrier is not developed and the embryo
gets a full dose of whatever chemicals the mother has in her bloodstream.
In this first month the brain is forming and glutamate can alter its growth
possibly leading to ADHD, and in worse case scenarios, Autism. Dr. Andrew
Wakefield, and Dr. Bernard Rimland, considered experts in the field of
Autism in Britain and United States respectively, as well as many other
physicians at the Conference, said the Erb Report on Autism was a very real
and probable explanation for many cases of Autism. They agreed that the
connection between the uncontrolled increase in MSG and the ballooning rate
of children born with Autism deserves a great deal of further study.
Having researched over five hundred studies that use MSG to create obese
mice and rats, John Erb took his concern about the food additive,s safety
to Washington. He was invited to report his findings to Senator Tom Harkin
of the Senate Agricultural Committee. On April 19th, 2004, Mr. Erb met with
the Senator,s aid, Alicia Morris, at the Agricultural office in the Birksen
building. Ms. Morris was shocked by the ten page report that Mr. Erb gave
her. The report, titled Published Medical Studies Linking the Food Additive
MSG to Obesity outlined fifty studies from the over five hundred he has
catalogued in which rats or mice were given MSG to make them obese and
John Erb suggested that the Senator should take action on the information
in his MSG Report before the Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption
Act is passed by the Senate This act, known as The Cheeseburger Bill, would
protect food manufacturers and restaurants from litigation stemming from
discoveries such as Mr. Erb,s: MSG has been proven to cause obesity and
pre-diabetes in test subjects and is used as a food additive to make people
eat more. He believes that the FDA should ban the adding of glutamates to
the American diet until the food manufacturers can prove that there is no
danger to the public health. Mr. Erb concludes that "Considering that the
same chemical used to make fat rats is used in uncontrolled amounts in our
nation,s food supply to make us eat more, it is doubtful that they could
ever prove it safe for human consumption. One wonders how it was ever
approved to be added to our food in the first place."
MSG may not be the only cause of obesity, but it is the chemical of choice
used by scientists to create obese subjects in lab experiments.
Senator Harkin is scheduled to speak at the upcoming Conference on Obesity
sponsored by ABC and Times Magazine in Williamsburg, Virginia this June. It
will be of great public interest to see how much of the Erb Report he is
going to disclose.
You may request the report Medical Studies Linking the Food Additive MSG to
Obesity presented to staff at the United States Senate Agricultural
Committee, or the report Monosodium Glutamate and Autism, The Erb Theory
presented at the Defeat Autism Now Conference at http://www.spofamerica.com/.


MSG - Slowly
Poisoning America
Author Unknown
I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity
epidemic, so did a friend of mine, John Erb. He was a research assistant at
the University of Waterloo, and spent years working for the government.
He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals for a
book he was writing called The Slow Poisoning of America. In hundreds of
studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to
use in diet or diabetes test studies.
No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so the scientists have to
create them. They make these morbidly obese creatures by injecting them
with a chemical when they are first born. The MSG triples the amount of
insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats (and humans?) to become obese
They even have a title for the race of fat rodents they create:
"MSG-Treated Rats" .
I was shocked too. I went to my kitchen, checking the cupboards and the
MSG was in everything! The Campbell's soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays
flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz
canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, Kraft salad dressings,
especially the 'healthy low fat' ones. The items that didn't have MSG had
something called Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, which is just another name
for Monosodium Glutamate. It was shocking to see just how many of the foods
we feed our children everyday are filled with this stuff. They hide MSG
under many different names in order to fool those who catch on.
But it didn't stop there. When our family went out to eat, we started
asking at the restaurants what menu items had MSG. Many employees, even the
managers, swore they didn't use MSG. But when we ask for the ingredient
list, which they grudgingly provided, sure enough MSG and Hydrolyzed
Vegetable Protein were everywhere. Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy's, Taco
Bell, every restaurant, even the sit down ones like TGIF, Chilis',
Applebees and Denny's use MSG in abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed
to be the WORST offender: MSG was in every chicken dish, salad dressing and
gravy. No wonder I loved to eat that coating on the skin, their secret
spice was MSG!
So why is MSG in so may of the foods we eat? Is it a preservative or a
Not according to my friend John. In the book he wrote, an expose of the
food additive industry called The Slow Poisoning of America,
(www.spofamerica.com ), he said that MSG is added to food for the addictive
effect it has on the human body.
Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby group
supporting MSG at http://www.msgfacts.com/facts/msgfact12.html explains
that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat more. A study of
elderly people showed that people eat more of the foods that it is added
to. The Glutamate Association lobby group says eating more benefits the
elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us?
'Betcha can't eat just one', takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is
And we wonder why the nation is overweight? The MSG manufacturers
themselves admit that it addicts people to their products. It makes people
choose their product over others, and makes people eat more of it than they
would if MSG wasn't added.
Not only is MSG scientifically proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive
substance: NICOTINE for FOOD!
Since its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG
has been added in larger and larger doses to the prepackaged meals, soups,
snacks and fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday.
The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food. They
claim it's safe to eat in any amount.
How can they claim it is safe when there are hundreds of scientific studies
with titles like these?
The monosodium glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model for the study of
exercise in obesity. Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA. Res Commun
Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 2002
Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in
both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats. Guimaraes RB, Telles MM,
Coelho VB, Mori RC, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug
Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously
hypertensive rats: an animal model of multiple risk factors. Iwase M,
Yamamoto M, Iino K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N, Yoshinari Fujishima
Hypertens Res. 1998 Mar
Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in
suckling period and subsequent development of obesity. Tanaka K, Shimada M,
Nakao K, Kusunoki Exp Neurol. 1978 Oct
Yes, that last study was not a typo, it WAS written in 1978. Both the
medical research community and food "manufaturers" have known MSG's side
effects for decades!
Many more studies mentioned in John Erb's book link MSG to Diabetes,
Migraines and headaches, Autism, ADHD and even Alzheimer's.
But what can we do to stop the food manufactures from dumping fattening and
addictive MSG into our food supply and causing the obesity epidemic we now
Even as you read this, George W. Bush and his corporate supporters are
pushing a Bill through Congress. Called the "Personal Responsibility in
Food Consumption Act" also known as the "Cheeseburger Bill", this sweeping
law bans anyone from suing food manufacturers, sellers and distributors.
Even if it comes out that they purposely added an addictive chemical to
their foods. Read about it for yourself at:
The Bill has already been rushed through the House of Representatives, and
is due for the same rubber stamp at Senate level. It is important that Bush
and his corporate supporters get it through before the media lets everyone
know about MSG, the intentional Nicotine for food.
Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his concerns to one of the
highest government health officials in Canada. While sitting in the
Government office, the official told him "Sure I know how bad MSG is, I
wouldn't touch the stuff!" But this top level government official refused
to tell the public what he knew.
The big media doesn't want to tell the public either, fearing legal issues
with their advertisers. It seems that the fallout on the fast food industry
may hurt their profit margin.
So what do we do?
The food producers and restaurants have been addicting us to their products
for years, and now we are paying the price for it.
Our children should not be cursed with obesity caused by an addictive food
But what can I do about it? I'm just one voice, what can I do to stop the
poisoning of our children, while guys like Bush are insuring financial
protection for the industry that is poisoning us.
I for one am doing something about it.
I am sending this email out to everyone I know in an attempt to show you
the truth that the corporate owned politicians and media won't tell you.
The best way you can help save yourself and your children from this
drug-induced epidemic, is to forward this email to everyone. With any luck,
it will circle the globe before Bush can pass the Bill protecting those who
poisoned us.
The food industry learned a lot from the tobacco industry. Imagine if big
tobacco had a bill like this in place before someone blew the whistle on
Blow the whistle on MSG.
If you are one of the few who can still believe that MSG is good for us,
and you don't believe what John Erb has to say, see for yourself. Go to the
National Library of Medicine, at www.pubmed.com
http://www.pubmed.com . Type in the words "MSG Obese", and read a few of
the 115 medical studies that appear.
We do not want to be rats in one giant experiment, and we do not approve of
food that makes us into a nation of obese, lethargic, addicted sheep,
waiting for the slaughter.
With your help we can put an end to this, and stop the Slow Poisoning of
America. Let's save our children

Hidden Sources Of MSG In Foods
From the book 'Excitotoxins - The Taste That Kills'
By Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD

What if someone were to tell you that a chemical (MSG) added to food could
cause brain damage in your children, and that this chemical could effect
how your children's nervous systems formed during development so that in
later years they may have learning or emotional difficulties?
What if there was scientific evidence that these chemicals could
permanently damage a critical part of the brain known to control hormones
so that later in life your child might have endocrine problems? How would
you feel?
Suppose evidence was presented to you strongly suggesting that the
artificial sweetener in your diet soft drink may cause brain tumors to
develop, and that the number of brain tumors reported since the
introduction of this widespread introduction of this artificial sweetener
has risen dramatically? Would that affect your decision to drink these
products and especially to allow your children to drink them? What if you
could be shown overwhelming evidence that one of the main ingredients in
this sweetener (aspartate) could cause the same brain lesions as MSG? Would
that affect your buying decisions?
And finally, what if it could be demonstrated that all of these types of
chemicals, called excitotoxins, could possibly aggravate or even
precipitate many of today's epidemic neurodegenerative brain diseases such
as Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, ALS, and Alzheimer's disease?
Would you be concerned if you knew that these excitotoxin food additives
are a particular risk if you have diabetes, or have ever had a stroke,
brain injury, brain tumor, seizure, or have suffered from hypertension,
meningitis, or viral encephalitis?
Would you also be upset to learn that many of the brain lesions caused by
these products in your children are irreversible and can result from a
SINGLE exposure of these products in sufficient concentration?
How would you feel when you learn the food industry hides and disguises
these excitotoxin additives (MSG and Aspartate) so they can't be
recognized? Incredulous? Enraged? The fact is many foods are labeled as
having "No MSG" but in fact not only contain MSG but also are laced with
other excitotoxins of equal potency and danger.
All of the above are true. And all of these well known brain toxins are
poured into our food and drink by the thousands of tons to boost sales.
These additives have NO OTHER purpose other than to enhance to TASTE of
food and the SWEETNESS of various diet products.
Hidden Sources Of MSG
As discussed previously, the glutamate (MSG) manufacturers and the
processed food industries are always on a quest to disguise the MSG added
to food. Below is a partial list of the most common names for disguised
MSG. Remember also that the powerful excitotoxins, aspartate and L-cystine,
are frequently added to foods and according to FDA rules require NO
* Food Additives that ALWAYS contain MSG *
Monosodium Glutamate
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Hydrolyzed Protein
Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
Plant Protein Extract
Sodium Caseinate
Calcium Caseinate
Yeast Extract
Textured Protein (Including TVP)
Autolyzed Yeast
Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
Corn Oil 
* Food Additives That FREQUENTLY Contain MSG *
Malt Extract
Malt Flavoring
Natural Flavors/Flavoring
Natural Beef Or Chicken Flavoring
* Food Additives That MAY Contain MSG Or Excitotoxins *
Soy Protein Concentrate
Soy Protein Isolate
Whey Protein Concentrate
Also: Protease Enzymes of various sources can release excitotoxin amino
acids from food proteins.
Aspartame - An Intense Source Of Excitotoxins
Aspartame is a sweetener made from two amino acids, phenylalanine and the
excitotoxin aspartate. It should be avoided at all costs. Aspartame
complaints accounts for approximately 70% of ALL complaints to the FDA. It
is implicated in everything from blindness to headaches to convulsions.
Sold under dozens of brand names such as NutraSweet and Equal, aspartame
breaks down within 20 minutes at room temperature into several primary
toxic and dangerous ingredients:
1. DKP (diketopiperazine) (When ingested, converts to a near duplicate of
a powerful brain tumor causing agent)
2. Formic Acid (ant venom)
3. Formaldehyde (embalming fluid)
4. Methanol (causes blindness...extremely dangerous substance)
Common Examples:
Diet soft drinks, sugar free gums, sugar free Kool Aid, Crystal Light,
childrens' medications, and thousands of other products claiming to be 'low
calorie', 'diet', or 'sugar free'.
A Final Note...
Dr. Blaylock recounted a meeting with a senior executive in the food
additive industry who told him point blank that these excitotoxins are
going to be in our food no matter how many name changes are necessary...