Friday, June 10, 2011

MSG is on tap

MSG has been on our list to treat for via NAET for some time, and the more I read about it the more I want to get this treatment over with asap.  Not that I voluntarily feed this stuff to my kid, but it's so hard to avoid.  Check out this list of ingredients with hidden MSG.  It's almost completely unavoidable unless you're preparing all your own foods from scratch.  I'm pretty good about that these days, making all my own broths and using fresh veggies and such, but it's pretty much certain that anytime you eat out you're going to get some form of MSG, or packaged food for that matter.  

The problem with this stuff is that, according to this article and Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon and author of “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills”,  MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain damage to varying degrees -- and potentially even triggering or worsening learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and more.

Some of the adverse reactions to MSG include:

  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Obesity
  • Eye damage
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue and disorientation
  • Depression
The FDA acknowledges that “short-term reactions” known as MSG Symptom Complex can occur in certain groups of people, namely those who have eaten “large doses” of MSG or those who have asthma.
According to the FDA, MSG Symptom Complex can involve symptoms such as:
  • Numbness
  • Burning sensation
  • Tingling
  • Facial pressure or tightness
  • Chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness
Knowing how sensitive my kid has been to everything, MSG is definitely on the radar.

1 comment:

  1. I have been living with nightmare eczema since childhood. Totally agree with the MSG trigger. Wish we could convince the FDA to ban it in all forms.