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another few facts about msg

Posted by jeanne on June 16, 2011

i’ve said it for years, and now looks like there’s indication that eats the brain. like a zombie.

MSG: The Flavor Enhancer That Sickens In Two Ways

Post date: Thursday, June 16, 2011 – 14:36

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) contributes to illness in two distinct ways: 1) It makes food that is bad for us taste really, really, really good.  2) It is a toxic chemical that directly damages neurological tissue, as well as induces generalized endocrine disruption throughout the body associated with metabolic syndrome.
So, What is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)?
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a commonly used “flavor enhancer,” and so powerful that arguably you could spray it on roadkill and it would taste good. This omnipresent ingredient in modern mass market food takes advantage of our biologically hard-wired taste receptors, and makes it very hard to stop eating the foods “seasoned” with this ingredient. In fact, it is doubtful that without the MSG trick many of these mass market processed foods would be palatable enough to maintain their status as economically viable commodities.

Common “Tricky” MSG Synonyms
Technically MSG is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, a naturally occurring non-essential amino acid. Glutamic rich foods include wheat, dairy, corn, soy, seafood, etc. (Foods Highest In Glutamic Acid). The “YUMMY!” sensation that occurs immediately after ingesting a MSG (or various synonyms, e.g. hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed yeast) laced morsel the Japanese call umami (meaning: savoriness) and is considered one of five basic tastes.  The problem is that when one isolates out of a complex food a singular amino acid, and increase the concentration to unnatural proportions (and without the hundreds of checks and balances Nature provides in the context of a whole food), glutamic acid can have devastating health effects.

MSG Synonyms:
Glutamic Acid
Hydrolyzed protein
Autolyzed protein
Textured protein
Yeast extract
Autolyzed yeast extract
Protein isolate
Soy sauce
Modified food starch
Modified corn starch
Calcium caseinate
Sodlium caseinate
Broth
Maltodextrin
Seasonings
Natural flavor
Monopotassium glutamate
Glutamate
Gelatin
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Hydrolyzed plant protein
Textured protein
Yeast food
Yeast nutrient
Torula yeast
SOURCE: Indigo Earth
Monosodium Glutamate Causes Excitotoxicity
One of the primary adverse effects associated with excess glutamic acid is excitotoxicity, a form of neurotoxicity where neurons are stimulates to the point of cell death. Repeated excitotoxic events can result in neuronal lesions and loss of cognitive function. While there are a number of natural substances that mitigate this type of excitotoxicity, the best choice is to reduce the consumption of glutamic acid (as well as its “twin” excitotoxic non-essential amino acid aspartic acid) rich foods if there is a pre-existing neurological condition such as migraines, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis, to name but a few.
John Symes has written an excellent document on the benefits of the Glutamic and Aspartic Acid Reduced Diet (GARD Diet) here.

More Than Just An Excitotoxic Agent
Recently Dr. Mercola featured the connection between MSG and obesity.  While excessive food cravings caused by MSG’s taste-enhancing effects figure into this relationship, research from the US National Library of Medicine indexed on our site shows that MSG may directly cause hypothalamic lesions that result in elevated insulin, insulin resistance and leptin resistance (leptin suppresses appetite).
It is becoming clear that MSG can no longer be considered simply a “flavor enhancer” but an intrinsically harmful chemical with endocrine disruptive properties . Research we have collected shows that MSG actively contributes to metabolic syndrome, obesity, fatty liver, dysregulated blood lipids, as well as a wide range of neurological problems.

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chemicals to avoid if you can

Posted by jeanne on June 14, 2011

15-Toxic-Trespassers from women’s voices for the earth

Chemical

Products It Lurks In Potential Health Problems Avoiding It
1,4-dioxane
No More Toxic Tub
Products that create suds, like shampoo, liquid soap, bubble bath, hair relaxers – cancer
– birth defects
Read labels to avoid chemicals that may signal the presence of 1,4-dioxane, like sodium laureth sulfate, PEG, “ceteareth”, and “oleth”.
2-butoxyethanol
Household Hazards
Glass cleaners, all-purpose spray cleaners – reduced fertility
– low birth weight
Make your own non-toxic cleaners with WVE’s recipes, or buy from the few companies that disclose all ingredients on the label and look to avoid it.
Alkyl phenol ethoxylates (APEs)
Household Hazards
Laundry detergents, stain removers, and all-purpose cleaners – reproductive harm Make your own non-toxic cleaners with WVE’s recipes, or buy from the few companies that disclose all ingredients on the label and look to avoid it.
Ammonium quaternary compounds
Disinfectant Overkill
Some disinfectant sprays, toilet cleaners, alcohol-free hand sanitizers – occupational asthma
– decreased fertility and birth defects
Reduce your use of disinfectant products; download WVE’s Reduce Your Use of Disinfectants fact sheet for ideas.
Bisphenol-A (BPA)
No Silver Lining
Plastics like baby bottles, sippy cups, water bottles, and children’s toys; can linings – breast cancer
– early puberty
– hormone disruption
Opt for fresh or frozen foods instead of canned, look for plastics labeled “BPA-free” and never microwave plastic.
Formaldehyde
Glossed Over
The Blowup on Blowouts
Some nail products, shampoos, body washes, chemical hair straighteners – cancer
– skin and respiratory irritation
Look for nail polishes and hardeners labeled “three-free” or “formaldehyde-free” and avoid chemical hair straighteners.
Hydroquinone
Toxic Products Marketed to Black Women
Skin lighteners – cancer
– immune system damage
– reproductive and developmental harm
Avoid skin lighteners with hydroquinone listed on the label.
Lead
A Poison Kiss
Pretty Scary
Some lipsticks and other cosmetics, sunscreens, whitening toothpastes, children’s face paint – reproductive and developmental harm
– nerve, joint, and muscle disorders
– heart, bone, and kidney problems
Contact the company and ask if lead is a contaminant in the product.
Monoethanolamine (MEA)
Household Hazards
Some laundry detergents, all-purpose cleaners and floor cleaners – occupational asthma Make your own cleaners with WVE’s recipes or buy from the few companies that disclose all ingredients on the label and look to avoid it.
PBDEs (Flame retardants)
Flame Retardants in Baby Products
Polyurethane foam padding in furniture, children’s products – reproductive and developmental harm
– thyroid hormone disruption
Avoid products containing polyurethane foam which indicate “TB117 compliant” on the label.
Look for products stuffed with cotton, polyester or wool instead of foam.
Phthalates
Glossed Over
What’s That Smell?
Not So Sexy
Fragrances in cleaning products, personal care products, cosmetics & nail polish – reduced fertility
– increased risk of breast cancer
– genital malformations in baby boys
– increased allergic symptoms and asthma in children
Avoid products with synthetic fragrance; look for fragrance with essential oils or products labeled “fragrance-free.” Look for nail polishes labeled “three-free” or “phthalate-free.”
Sodium laureth sulfate
No More Toxic Tub
Soaps, shampoos, toothpaste, and products that create suds – products containing these chemicals may contain 1,4-dioxane (see above) Read labels to avoid products containing sodium laureth sulfate.
Synthetic musks: galaxolide and tonalide
What’s That Smell?
Fragrances, such as in cleaning products and personal care products – hormone disruption
– breakdown of the body’s defenses against other toxic exposures
– increased risk of breast cancer
Avoid products with synthetic fragrance; look for fragrance with essential oils or products labeled “fragrance-free.”
Toluene
Glossed Over
Nail salon products – headache, dizziness, fatigue
– eyes, nose & throat irritation
– reproductive and developmental harm
Look for nail polishes labeled “three-free” or “toluene-free.”
Triclosan
Disinfectant Overkill
Antibacterial hand & dish soaps, some disinfectant products, tartar-control toothpastes, fragrance – hormone disruption
– potential increased risk of breast cancer
Avoid antibacterial hand soap, and read labels to avoid products containing triclosan as an active ingredient

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