- 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 diabetes.
- 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 supermarkets.
- 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 reports.
- "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
- 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 hyperinsulinemic.
- 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
- 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/.