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Eating Disorder Pro Podcast: Dangers of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

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On this week’s episode of the podcast I spoke about the dangers of Monosodium Glutamate. If you missed it, you can tune in HERE.

What We Covered:

0:44- Monosodium Glutamate

1:07- The Most Damaging Food Pollutions

2:28- L-glutamate is known as MSG

5:28- Cancertruth.net

6:13- Safe Forms of MSG

8:38- Unsafe Forms of MSG

10:40- L-Glutamine is Highly Addictive

12:30- Citric Acid

14:32- Additives

15:05- L-Glutamate Chart

18:18- Neurotoxic Effects of L-Glutamine

22:02- Excitotoxins–The Taste That Kills By Russell Blaylock

22:42- How L-Glutamine Causes Disordered Eating

22:33- The Job of Leptins

29:29- What L-Glutamine Does To Us

32:45- High Levels of Insulin Have Very Serious Side Effects

33:08- Inflammatory Conditions

35:25- High Cortisol Levels

37:40- Neurotoxins Impact Infants and Children

39:08- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey-Popular Snacks

42:40- Polluted Prenatal Vitamins/Supplements and Baby Foods

43:48- Trans Fats

44:00- Canola Oil

44:22- Gelatin

47:18- L-Glutamine and The Rest Of The Body

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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News You Can Use – April 14-21 2013

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of April 14 – April 21 2013!”

Top Grocery Stores: We Won’t Sell Genetically Engineered Seafood

Genetically Modified Wheat May ‘Silence’ Human Genome

Ridiculous McDonald’s nutritionist claims chain’s fast food is healthy

Why you should be concerned about MSG

New Ad Campaign Aims to Sell Organic to the Masses

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

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Upcoming Podcast: Food Additives, Obesity and Eating Disorders – MSG

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Join us on Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30 pm for our next podcast on “Food Additives, Obesity and Eating Disorders – MSG

One of the primary additives used in food products in the United States is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), a chemical added to enhance flavor. Tonight we’ll be talking about the effects that MSG has on our nation’s health.

Dial   646-378-0494 to ask your questions ON THE AIR! You can also email your questions to drnortonPR@gmail.com! Tune in to the show on HERE.

Be sure to check out these blog posts that discuss MSG –

Defensive Eating – Protecting Your Brain from the Effects of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

An Intro to MSG: The Nutritional Truth

Baby Formula: MSG, Excitatory Neurotoxins, and High Fructose Corn Syrup

How Has MSG Slowly Been Poisoning America?

Monosodium Glutamate – Poison the Body to Better the Taste!

Ramen Noodles and MSG (a Guest Post by Maria Emmerich)

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Defensive Eating – Protecting Your Brain from the Effects of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Protecting The Brain from the Effects of Neurotoxins

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Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a chemical that food manufacturers add to their products to enhance flavor; it is a cheap way to make very low quality foods taste great. What food manufacturers don’t want us to know is that MSG is a neurotoxin. A neurotoxin is a chemical that has a degenerative effect on the brain and nervous system.

Consumed on a regular basis, MSG creates lesions in the hypothalamus part of the brain.  When this occurs, neurotoxins enter the brain and cause damage. The damage caused results in abnormal development such as obesity, impaired growth, sexual reproductive problems, sleep difficulties and emotional problems.

One source of MSG is derived from fermented sugar beets. Currently, thanks to a company called Monsanto, 90% of sugar beets in the United States today are genetically modified to contain the pesticide gene of Roundup. So, by ingesting MSG we also ingest a known carcinogen.

At first glance, it would seem that removing MSG from our diets would be easy. I mean, just look at the food label, and make sure the product doesn’t list “MSG” or “Monosodium Glutamate” in the ingredients list.  Nothing to it, right? In an ideal world, this would be the case. Unfortunately, if the ingredient is made up of less than 99% MSG, the food manufacturer doesn’t have to list MSG in the ingredients list. MSG can be “hidden” in our foods under more than 50 alternative names and forms including, autolyzed yeast, calcium caseinate, dry milk powder, dry milk protein, gelatin, glutamate, glutamic acid, hydrolyzed corn gluten, hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, monopotassium glutamate, monosodium glutamate, natrium glutamate, sodium caseinate, textured protein, yeast food, yeast nutrient, etc.

The best way to protect yourself from the neurological effects of MSG is adapt a lifestyle of “clean eating”. Clean eating involves eliminating all processed foods from our diet; a processed food is any food that comes in a bottle, box, bag, can, carton or shrink-wrap, as well as the vast majority of deli and restaurant foods. It is virtually impossible to avoid these foods your entire life; never eating in a restaurant is a somewhat unrealistic expectation in today’s society. So, what can we do to protect ourselves from the neurological effects of MSG when we are in situations where MSG is nearly impossible to avoid?

In 2008, Phytomedicine released a report for a study which explored the use of Red Clover to protect the brain from the effects of MSG. Red Clover contains phytoestrogenic isoflavones which can possibly protect the brain from glutamate toxicity. The study found that by taking Red Clover before consuming MSG, there was a significantly increased cell survival rate and significantly decreased release of cellular lactate dehydrogenase, an indicator of cell damage. You can supplement with Red Clover in a variety of forms (such as teas, tinctures, tablets, capsules, liquid extracts, and extracts), but a whole herb supplement is thought to be the most effective.

Another way to protect our brain from the effects of MSG, is to supplement with Pyruvate. Pyruvate produces energy in the brain. When energy is produced in the brain, the brain is protected against neurotoxicity. Pyruvate is available as a supplement in most health food stores.

Keep in mind, these supplements are good to use when you can’t avoid ingesting MSG. Obviously it is better to avoid MSG altogether, when possible. As I heard a health professional say “it’s like putting a helmet on your head so you can strike yourself with a sledgehammer.”

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Sources:

The phytoestrogenic isoflavones from Trifolium pratense L. (Red clover) protects human cortical neurons from glutamate toxicity. Occhiuto F, Sangla G, Samperi S, Palumbo DR, DePasquale R, Circosta C. Phytomedicine. 2008 Sep; 15(9):676-82.

Health Ranger interviews neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock on MSG and brain-damaging excitotoxins

Hidden Names for MSG

Vitamins and Supplements – Read Your Labels

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“I’ve been treating eating disorders (ED’s) and obesity for nearly 25 years and have always had good outcomes.  My rate of success improved dramatically, however, when I discovered the critical role that processed food plays in causing as well as in preventing recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, (a combination of the two) Binge Eating Disorder (BED,) Emotional Eating and Obesity. To this end, I find it of great importance to provide both my patients and readers with relevant nutrition information to aid in their recovery. You can view all my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

I recently listened to a podcast that was discussing the drawbacks of prescription-strength vitamins, specifically prenatal vitamins. My first reaction was, this can’t be right. Prenatal vitamins? The vitamins needed at the most critical time for the health of the mother, to say nothing of the health of the unborn child?   I never cease to be amazed at what, we as  Americans will swallow assuming it to be safe.  The claims made by the podcast turned out to be true.   I’ve done my own research; this is what I found for one of the more popular prenatal vitamins:

 Soy lecithin – According to Dr. Kaayla Daniels, author of “The Whole Soy Story”, ingesting soy can lead to:

  • Digestive distress
  • Malnutrition
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Cognitive decline
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Infertility
  • Birth defects
  • Immune system breakdown
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer

Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil or “trans fats” have been proven to lead to colon cancer, depression, endometriosis, heart disease and infertility.

Gelatin (and soy lecithin) – Both are sources of monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG is known to cause:

  • Brain damage
  • Endocrine disorders (obesity and reproductive disorders)
  • Behavior disorders
  • Adverse reactions
  • Neurodegenerative disease
  • Obesity
  • Retinal degeneration
  • Migraine
  • Seizures
  • Cancer
  • Heart irregularities
  • Asthma

Sorbitol – An artificial sweetener that can cause:

  • severe bowel problems
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal pain
  • weight loss,
  • an increase or decrease in urination
  • vomiting, and seizures (in severe cases)

Glycerin – A petroleum product. Petroleum products are obesogens and affect the endocrine system. Studies show obesogens cause stunted growth in children.

Propylene Glycol – A chemical which is also found in anti-freeze. It is suspected to cause:

  • liver damage
  • kidney damage
  • contact dermatitis
  • inhibited skin cell growth
  • nausea, vomiting
  • depression

FD&C blue No.1 – An artificial color, synthesized from petroleum (kind of like ingesting blue crude oil, yum). Studies show this dye can trigger:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Asthma attacks
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Nervousness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Cancer

Titanium Dioxide – Tiny pieces of titanium, a chemical that has never been tested for safety for human ingestion. Titanium Dioxide has been linked to:

  • Cancer
  • Allergies and immunotoxicity
  • Organ system toxicity

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Sources:
The Real Essentials – Is Your Shampoo, Toothpaste, and Soap Destroying Your Health? – //www.therealessentials.com/care1.html
Down with Basics – The 5 Hidden Dangers in Toothpaste – //downwithbasics.com/?p=7
EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database – //www.ewg.org/skindeep/
Michaels, J. (2011, November 11). Supplements, Target Areas & Libidos. The Jillian Michaels Show Podcast. Podcast retrieved from www.apple.com/itunes.

Your Health in the News – Oct 24-31

Your weekly health news update!

BPA tied to behavior problems in girls

Firms to charge smokers, obese more for healthcare

Couch Potato or MSG Induced Obesity?

Not all trans fat is created equal: Could ‘natural’ trans fats actually be good for you?

Corporate marketers now stamping ‘artisan’ on factory food products to make them appear healthy, unique

‘Consumer Reports’: People ‘ripped off when they buy fish’

Study Shows Why It’s Hard to Keep Weight Off

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

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What You Need to Know In Order to Help Your Obese or ED Patient

Eating Disorder Research

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Research has clearly established a relationship between neurotoxins such as MSG, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sweeteners Splenda and NutraSweet and the current epidemic of obesity. I believe that there is also a relationship between these neurotoxins and the proliferation of eating disorders in the US. For example, research has shown that patients suffering from Anorexia as well as those who are obese, suffer from a condition called leptin resistance.
1 ,2 Further, this condition appears to be a function of the type and amount of neurotoxin ingested. In my practice, when I have helped those suffering from Anorexia, Bulimia, and Bulimarexia and obesity eliminate such neurotoxins from their re-feeding regimens, recovery time has shortened and the likelihood of relapse has decreased significantly. (I am in the process of publishing these anecdotal results and have also applied for several grants to research this relationship experimentally in greater depth.)

Treatment of obesity and eating disorders is negatively impacted for the uninformed treating professional i.e. re-feeding is a nightmare for those suffering from Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder and Obesity when the role of these neurotoxins is not taken into consideration. Thus, to the degree that their impact on the eating habits of individuals suffering from ED’s and obesity is not understood, or worse, ignored, treatment is less likely to succeed, and in many cases, more likely to make the problem worse. For help on refeeding contact me directly. Also check out all of the blog articles on this site. 3

For the past 40 years food additives, known to have neurotoxic effects, especially in children, have been added to the American food supply because they were profitable. These additives include MSG, sweeteners Aspartame and Aceulfame, (Splenda and NutraSweet) growth-enhancing hormones, and pesticides that are incorporated into the DNA of crops like soybeans. The amount of these neurotoxins added to our food has increased enormously since their introduction. For example, since 1948 the amount of MSG doubled every decade. By 1972 over 262,000 metric tons were being added. (Whetsell, 1993)[1] Today it is impossible to determine the actual amounts of the various neurotoxins that are added to the U.S. food supply, as the additives are effectively unregulated by the FDA or any other regulatory agency. As a result, they can be added in ways which make them difficult, if not impossible, to quantify.

Besides being difficult to quantify, the additives are very difficult for the average consumer to identify, as they can be called such innocuous names as “citric acid” “malted barley” and “natural flavoring”! Even for individuals who are well-informed, and therefore know what to look for, it is still a daunting task to try and avoid them. Presently, they are in 90 to 95% of all packaged, bottled, and/or processed foods, including organic and/or foods that are marketed as “healthier” choices.

Perhaps the most alarming issue is that food manufacturers target children’s foods for inclusion of these additives. In the U.S. to day, 1 in 3 children are obese. Many will remain that way for life. We are one of the only countries in the world to have children who suffer from Type II Diabetes, which heretofore has been a disorder of middle adulthood. The connection between childhood obesity and an eating disorder such as Anorexia, for example, is that a history of premorbid obesity increases the risk of the development and decreases the likelihood of recovery from the disorder.

1 J Lab Clin Med. 2002 Feb;139(2):72-9.Leptin in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa: importance of assay technique and method of interpretation.

2 Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental [1997, 46(12):1384-9]Neuropeptide Y, galanin, and leptin release in obese women and in women with anorexia nervosa.

3 Other resources: //dorway.com/ //www.drkaslow.com/html/leptin_and_amylose.html www.msgtruth.org/obesity.htm

 

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Swimming Into a Cultural Health Crisis

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Many people would say that we are becoming less and less healthy as a nation because we overindulge. On the surface, this appears to be a safe assumption. At present we have the distinction of being one of the top ten countries in the world for overweight adults! Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the population at large with a whopping 60% of all adults being overweight and one out of four being morbidly obese. Break out the numbers specifically for the aging Baby Boomers and the stats are even more distressing- practically three out of four mature U.S. adults are classified as overweight or obese. But the worst part is that obesity is increasing at such an alarming rate among U.S. children at present, that they will be the first generation in decades that are projected to have a shorter lifespan than their parents! So the future looks even worse than the present. Eating disorders are also proliferating, affecting new segments of the population that include younger and younger children, as well as older women and men.

The complications of obesity alone have wreaked havoc with our health care system as well as our national economy. For example, “Health care costs related to obesity- which is associated with conditions like hypertension and diabetes- would total $344 billion in 2018, or more than one of every five dollars spent on health care, if the trends continue. If the obesity rate were held to its current level, the country would save nearly $200 billion a year (or $1.4 Trillion) by 2018, according to the study.” (Sack 2008) In terms of Eating Disorder’s, Anorexia alone, kills more women between the ages of 15 and 24 than any other cause of death.

The question is why is this happening? The answer is that if you are a fish, you do not see the water. Because you are immersed in it, you take it for granted. In much the same way, we are immersed in a culture that we assume to be safe. This is our underlying assumption. The fish may remain in polluted water until it becomes so polluted that it is no longer life sustaining. By then, it is too late. Like the fish, we are oblivious to the forces surrounding us. To change our culture, we must first be able to identify the underlying assumptions that are driving the current epidemic of obesity and eating disorders in the U.S. We must each then act to change our lifestyle and advocate for our safety.  Stay tuned for Dr. Norton’s soon to be released book that details the problems, their causes and the solutions.

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Is There Really a Connection Between Full-Time Working Moms and Child Obesity?

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Over the past 35 years, the percentage of U.S. mothers who hold down a job while raising kids have soared from less than 50% to more than 70%. During this same time frame, the childhood obesity rate-which is now close to 17%- has more than tripled. Many researchers are claiming that there’s a direct connection between these two figures. The journal of Childhood Development just published a study, which showed that the longer a mother is employed, the more likely her children are to be overweight or obese. The study demonstrated that for each additional five-month period that his or her mother is employed, a child of average height could be expected to gain 1 extra pound over and above normal growth. In addition, six graders with working mothers were found to be six times more likely than those with stay-at-home moms to be overweight.

Another study published in Business Week supports this same concept, finding that was a correlation between the number of hours a women works outside the home and the BMI of her children. This research found that for a third grader of average height, the increase in BMI was equivalent to an extra one and a half to two extra pounds over what that child would normally gain in a year.

With studies like these being done, the idea that American kids are getting fat because women work outside the home now, could seem convincing. But hold on. These are correlative studies, not experimental research. The problem with these conclusions is that there may be several other things occurring simultaneously “causing” or contributing to this dietary epidemic.

Obviously, if women are spending long hours at work, as many do, home cooked meals are less of an option. In our nation it has become far too common for the wife to pop something pre packaged into the oven at night or pick up a pizza on her way home in order to accommodate her family with a meal that is quick and tasty.

The issue is that convenience foods have become a way of life for Americans. The ability to buy ready-made food is so much the norm that cooking for yourself seems like overkill, like you’re trying to win the best mom ever trophy. When push comes to shove, and it often does, most moms say the heck with it! Bring on the pizza. But that’s when the real problem kicks in, as processed foods are loaded with MSG, HFCS, Aspartame and Acesulfame, all of which are neurotoxins and all of which contribute to weight gain or disturbed eating. It doesn’t matter if the wife had the WHOLE DAY to cook a meal anymore because she wouldn’t anyway. Not when she can just run down the street to KFC and have a bucket of chicken in less than 10 minutes.

Thus it is the additives in these convenience foods that are directly responsible for why our nation and our children have become so fat. The percentage of mothers working full time may have gone up over the past 35 years, but so has the amount of MSG and high fructose corn syrup being poured into the foods we buy. They are found in just about all prepackaged, frozen and fast foods. They keep our stomachs saying “yum!” and “more,” and our blood sugar levels on a constant rollercoaster.  Working mothers who have jobs don’t directly cause weight problems in their children. Reliance on and trust in processed foods containing dangerous addictive additives should be getting blamed. Unfortunately, most people don’t even know they’re there!

Sources:

Verropoulou G, Joshi H. Mothers’ Employment and Child Development. London, UK: Center for Longitudinal Development. 2006.

Business Week (online version) – WHAT! WORKING MOTHERS = FAT KIDS??? (//www.businessweek.com/careers/workingparents/blog/archives/2007/05/who_knew_seems.html)

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The Connection Between Leptin Levels and Eating Disorders

Leptin

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Recently the Division of Endocrinology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine performed a study on the connection between Leptin levels and eating disorders. Leptin is a peptide hormone neurotransmitter produced by fat cells and involved in the regulation of appetite. It signals your brain when you’ve eaten enough and stimulates you to burn more calories. In order to span a full range of human body weights for their investigation, the analysts, examined serum leptin levels in anorexic, bulimic, obese, and control individuals.

Compared to the analysis generated from non-anorexic patients, patients with anorexia nervosa were found to have much higher serum leptin levels values. In effect, having leptin levels so high is contributory to a blunted physiologic response to being underweight and consequently builds resistance to dietary treatment. Simply put, they have too many of these leptin hormones being sent to the brain that are saying, “You are full.” Therefore, anorexic patients repel the need to consume enough of the nutrients their body realistically needs to function properly.

On the other hand, what this study found in bulimic patients when compared to non-bulimic patients is the opposite effect. Bulimic patients were found to have much lower leptin levels. This deficiency of leptin hormones is usually caused by a form of Leptin resistance and this contributes to the patients food-craving behavior. The Leptin resistance found in most bulimic patients comes from a chemical surge located in the pleasure center of our brain. This chemical surge overrules leptin’s messages that are trying to tell the bulimic patient “your tank is full.” So in other words, there is a chemical battle going on inside a bulimic patients brain. The leptin hormones are trying to tell the defense to kick in and protect them against overeating but at the same time, in a much louder voice, the pleasure center of the brain is saying, “No! Pass those cookies this-a-way.”

When examining leptin levels in most obese people, it was found that they actually have high leptin levels. However, their bodies usually cannot respond to these leptin hormones because they have another form of leptin resistance. Instead of leptin messages being rejected and overruled by the pleasure center of the brain (like the type of resistance indicated in most bulimic patients), obese patients cells’ have completely stopped accepting leptin messages all together. Therefore, they do not receive any message from their leptin hormones that would be telling them to stop eating.

Essentially, regulating your leptin levels and defeating leptin resistance plays a large role in overcoming an eating disorder. Foods that are high in sugar or additives such as high fructose corn syrup and MSG should be avoided because these ingredients excited the pleasure center of your brain making it much more difficult to respond to your leptin hormones. So basically, the more foods you consume with these ingredients, the louder the voice saying, “Pass those cookies this-a-way,” will become and the softer the voice saying, “You are full!” will become. Also, your cells become more sensitive and responsive to leptin when you exercise and build muscle!

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Sources:

The National Center for Biotechnology Information – Leptin in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa: importance of assay technique and method of interpretation (//www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11919545)

 

How and When Are Glutamic and Aspartic Acid Good For You?

Both are amino acids. In general amino acids are critical to life. They are the building blocks of proteins, which are nothing more than linear chains of amino acids. Twenty-two amino acids form the polypeptides that are known as the “essential” and “nonessential” amino acids.  The essential amino acids cannot be created from other compounds but must be taken in as food by humans.

Essential Nonessential
Isoleucine Alanine
Leucine Asparagine
Lysine Aspartic Acid
Methionine Cysteine*
Phenylalanine Glutamic Acid
Threonine Glutamine*
Tryptophan Glycine*
Valine Proline*
Selenocysteine*
Serine*
Tyrosine*
Arginine*
Histidine*
Ornithine*
Taurine*

 

Glutamic Acid, which is the most abundant amino acid in the body, provides many health benefits in it’s naturally occurring state including:

  • Increasing Protein synthesis which is needed for muscle development
  • Increasing nitrogen retention
  • Decreasing muscle breakdown
  • Enhancing immune functions

Protein also plays a critical role in metabolism, in that it helps to keep blood sugar levels stable.   This is particularly important for weight management, as erratic blood sugar levels can lead to weight gain, metabolic syndrome, and Type II Diabetes.

Aspartate is a metabolite that participates in gluconeogenesis, a process that results in the generation of glucose (blood sugar) from non-carbohydrates. It is one of the two main mechanisms humans have for keeping blood sugar levels from dropping too low (hypoglycemia). Gluconeogenesis occurs during periods of fasting, starvation, low-carbohydrate dieting and/or intense exercise. At these times it is needed to restore blood sugar levels.

Like so many other health-promoting components of nature, when Glutamic and Aspartic Acids are genetically modified, by separating and isolating them from their natural state, and then subjecting them to various chemical and heating processes, they become toxic.  (For detailed information on this topic, read my other blog posts: Baby Formula: MSG, Excitatory Neurotoxins & HFCS!!!, Regulating Our Glutamate Intake, and An Intro to MSG: The Nutritional Truth. In this genetically modified form they become MSG and Aspartame or Splenda respectively.

Sources:

Peptide Guide – What are Amino Acids? Properties, Types, Benefits (//www.peptideguide.com/amino-acids/)

The Medical Biochemistry Page – Gluconeogenesis: Synthesis of New Glucose (//themedicalbiochemistrypage.org/gluconeogenesis.html

Livestrong – Glutamic Acid (//www.livestrong.com/glutamic-acid/)

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Diet Foods and Artificial Sweeteners Cause Weight Gain

So if sweeteners are so bad, why are so many people using them? Because they believe the alternative, weight gain, is worse. Think again: Research shows that people who use artificial sweeteners eat more than those that do not. We know that MSG, HFCS, and artificial sweeteners are all excitoxins, which means that they stimulate neurons to death. Excitoxins over-stimulate and damage the parts of the brain that regulate healthy eating behavior. In a study that included more than 18,000 people, researchers found that healthy adults who consumed at least one diet drink a day significantly increased their chances of gaining weight.

I find that my patients with the most intense food addictions consume diet soft drinks and diet gum in huge quantities. Many of them chew sugar free gum or drink diet soft drinks all day long. Some of them go through a pack of gum an hour while others have 5 to 10 cans of diet soft drinks a day and some do both. This is often a conscious decision to help them avoid eating. Of course, it doesn’t work. By evening, they are starving and usually end up overeating. For those with Bulimia, the intense hunger can trigger a binge/purge cycle. The research above would predict such an outcome. They are not experiencing normal hunger, they are voraciously hungry, psychologically and emotionally starving. This intense drive for food can take over their lives. They pass on social events, give up relationships and even put academic or career goals aside in the service of their nightly feeding ritual. At some point, they cannot wait until evening and that is when the addiction really becomes unmanageable.

“In a Purdue study, rats whose diets contained artificial sweeteners appeared to experience a physiological connection between sweet tastes and calories that drove them to overeat.”

The article goes on to say: “The information may come as a surprise to the 59 percent of Americans who consume diet soft drinks, making them the second-most-popular low-calorie, sugar-free products in the nation, according to a consumer survey from the Calorie Control Council, a nonprofit association that represents the low-calorie and reduced-fat food and beverage industry.”

(The Purdue’s researchers’ study, “A Pavlovian Approach to the Problem of Obesity,” appears in the July issue of International Journal of Obesity. Follow this link: //news.uns.purdue.edu/html4ever/2004/040629.Swithers.research.html)

Most of these sweeteners also contain MSG, known for its propensity to destroy the body’s natural weight regulatory systems, as well as for its potential to increase the odds of heart attack and stroke. Is it worth it? Of course not! But this isn’t like smoking or drinking. You know when you light up or take that drink that you are putting a toxin into your body. And you know that it might be habit forming. But who would think that organic baby food, milk, or chicken broth would have a carcinogenic, neurotoxin in it? No one would knowingly eat toxic food additives while pregnant or feed them to their newborn baby, let alone have a steady diet of them for themselves and their families. But that is what’s happening. The result is that majority of us have unknowingly become addicted to these substances. For many, the problems are so severe, and the causes so obscure, that they suffer life-threatening medical and/or psychological consequences before seeking help. The saddest thing is that they blame themselves. Who else are they going to blame, none of the food producers take responsibility. There appears to be no accountability whatsoever. And where is the FDA? Isn’t its sole purpose to protect the consumer?

There is an epidemic of obesity in this and every other country that has become westernized and adopted our eating habits. A man in France went to jail for actively protesting against having a Micky D’s put up in his town. We have much to learn from the French! Other countries have not been so fortunate to have a brave man like this Frenchman. We are in the top ten fattest countries in the world. Of the other nine, eight are countries that import our food and have adopted our lifestyles. What more is there to say?

Want to help? We are presently putting together a list of grocery store chains as well as specific food brands that do not contain MSG or HFCS. Please help us. If you are an organization that produces food without these additives, please contact us at the address on my website. We will publish the information if it checks out. If you are a consumer and you find a brand or a specific food item, let us know! We can help each other.

Here is something else to try. Be an proactive consumer. I have been asking my local grocer every time I shop there for the past 5 years if they carry a particular item in an organic version. Whether it has anything to do with my efforts or not, the organic section at my Krogers is getting bigger all the time. In the past 6 months, I have started asking if they can help me find a box of cereal, or carton of milk, or a drink, for example, with no MSG and no HFCS. The saddest thing is that most of the time, they genuinely have no idea what to look for. They almost always tell me that all of their organic products are free of these substances! When I explain to them that this not so, and point out how many organic foods contain those substances, they find it hard to believe. I patiently explain how many different names the substances have, and whip out my list. I’m quite sure that they take me for a flake. But as often as not I end up leaving it behind at their request. I often see them looking at the list and shaking their heads. It’s overwhelming and a bit daunting to see how far we have to go, but it’s a start. Don’t be discouraged at the lack of information. Five years from now, most people will know much more about these things. Right now, my grocers run when they see me coming. One manager waves the list at me from across the store. I’m not sure if he is trying to look cooperative, or if he is trying to discourage me from approaching him again! I do anyway 🙂

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Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): A Guide for Foods to Avoid

MSG is used as a flavor enhancer and salt replacement, and does not commonly appear on food labels. Here are some foods to avoid:

“low sodium” items
soy protein concentrate
whey protein concentrate
stock and broth
milk powder
ranch dressing
gravy
dipping sauces
powder flavoring
flavored salty snack chips
corn syrup
vitamin enriched items

source: //msgtruth.org/avoid.htm

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Regulating Our Glutamate Intake

The term “glutamate” refers to a number of forms of glutamic acid, an amino acid found naturally in many foods and in our bodies. It is a powerful excitatory neurotransmitter that is released by nerve cells in the brain. It is responsible for sending signals between nerve cells, and under normal conditions it plays an important role in learning and memory. There are two general ways, however, that glutamate can actually be damaging to nerve cells and the brain as a whole.

First, there can be too much glutamate around; abnormally high concentrations of glutamate can lead to overexcitation of the receiving nerve cell. Second, the receptors for glutamate on the receiving nerve cell can be oversensitive so that less glutamate molecules are necessary to excite that cell. People who are often oversensitive as so, are those diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, people with depression, Hypoglycemic patients, pregnant women, people with kidney problems, people who get migraine headaches, people with pre-existing vascular disease, and people with Congestive heart failure. Babies and children are also more sensitive to glutamate.

In these cases, cells activated by glutamate become overexcited. This overexcitation can lead to effects that can cause cell damage and/or death. For this reason, glutamate is referred to as an excitotoxin.

Food that contains high levels of glutamate like milk, eggs, meat cheese, peas, and mushrooms do not usually cause overexcitation to a person’s neurons because it consists of glutamate in its bound form. Glutamate in its bound form is slowly broken down with digestion so you’re delivering the amount in slower and smaller quantities. Glutamate never acts as an excitoxin in its bound form. What we as consumers must be watchful of is Glutamate in it’s free form. When we ingest glutamate in it’s free form, it doesn’t have to be broken off of a protein chain so it can be absorbed into the bloodstream more quickly and in higher doses.

Monosodium Glutamate, also known as MSG, is the most dangerous substance containing the highest concentration of glutamate in its free form. Glutamate in the form of MSG almost always acts as an excitoxin- especially to those who are sensitive to glutamate. This is why it is important to avoid MSG at all costs.
Despite the increased knowledge of the health complications MSG causes, thanks to the food industry, Americans are consuming 300 times the amount of Monosodium Glutamate than they did in 1950. Because MSG enhances the flavor of food so drastically (since it is almost completely made up of glutamates and glutamates excites the brain), this harmful chemical has filled the shelves of our local grocery stores, and is being poured into the food we eat at restaurants with no restraints from the FDA. A person must truly go out of their way to avoid this additive.

The most successful way I can tell you to avoid monosodium glutamate is to make the effort to buy organic certified foods. Certified “organic” foods by the USDA cannot legally contain monosodium glutamate. However, what organic foods can contain are ingredients like Yeast extracts, Maltodexrin, Autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid, whey protein concentrate, monopotassium glutamate, and hydrolyzed protein products. All of these do contain substantial amounts of glutamates in its free form but nowhere near the concentration found in MSG. In some cases, when we ingest too much of these ingredients in our diet, they will act as an excitotoxin as well. Therefore, even when buying organic people must be careful in regulating the intake of foods with these substances on their label. Grocery Stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are both safe places to shop because none of their products may contain MSG. Other than shopping organic, read food labels and try to eat whole, unprocessed foods in order to regulate your glutamate intake!

Sources:

Russell Blaylock, MD (//www.russellblaylockmd.com/)

Truth in Labeling (//www.truthinlabeling.org)

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An Intro to MSG: The Nutritional Truth

The article below is a summary of the video from Dr. Vincent Bellonzi which discusses the origins, facts and effects of MSG. Watch his video, “The Truth about MSG Monosodium Glutamate Clinical Nutrition” here: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-pnzj0c06Q.

What if I were to tell you that there is a chemical being added to food that has been scientifically proven to effect how the body’s nervous system is formed so that as a person’s brain develops, they may have learning or emotional difficulties? Would it concern you to know that there is also credible evidence that this chemical could permanently damage a critical part of the brain that controls hormones, which could consequently cause a person to experience endocrine problems? To continue, I could tell you that this chemical has been identified to hasten brain tumors, and furthermore, that this chemical has been demonstrated to aggravate and even generate several epidemic neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, ALS, ADD, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The chemical that I am describing, known as MSG or Monosodium Glutamate was introduced to the food industry a long time ago because it was found to enhance the taste of food. At first, it was only added to babies’ food because it made babies who would not eat, become more excited about eating; but today it is being added in significant amounts to almost all processed foods, fast food items, and even sit down restaurant foods items. The food industry knows that they can make anything taste good by adding MSG. To be honest, they can even make dirt taste good if they add MSG to it! This is because the glutamate that’s in MSG excites the body’s reward system as it’s being consumed. So, it sends an excitatory message to the brain and as a result, a person thinks whatever they’re eating tastes a lot better than it actually does.

The problem with MSG and the food industry is this: the food industry is constantly competing for consumers. To make their food taste better than competitors they add more MSG to it. As a result, the amount of MSG that is being added to our food today has become far too concentrated for our nerves to handle properly. Thus, our nerves overexcite when we consume the chemical and by frequently overexciting our nerve impulses we are severely damaging our neurons. Damaging neurons as so, causes a person to lose control of their emotions and their ability to think. This is a really terrible combination that can create or worsen a number of behavioral health related conditions. For example, for children suffering from autism it makes a bad situation worse. There have been countless cases of autistic children whom could not even speak, completely recover by entirely eliminating MSG from their diets. Same story holds true for people who have suffered from obesity, depression, bulimia, ADD, ADHD, and other disorders.

Statistics also show that with the increase in MSG consumption there has been a correlating increase in several neurodegenerative brain diseases, behavioral disorders, and brain tumors. For example, Alzheimer’s disease was not even an identifiable healthcare cost before MSG, but since the food industry began adding this chemical to their food the number of people who suffer from this disease has sky rocketed. It now ranks third, after cancer and heart disease, among the most costly health problems in America.

The science behind what the chemical is doing to our body is clear. Countless amounts of evidence justify it, and the statistics prove it. MSG is extremely harmful. So why on earth is the FDA doing nothing to regulate our consumption of MSG? In fact, the FDA has classified MSG as “generally regarded as safe,” (GRAS). Therefore, sets no limit as to how much MSG gets poured into the food we consume and today Americans are consuming over 300 million pounds of it! When will this stop?

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