MSG – Slowly Poisoning America

based on the work of John and T. Michelle Erb

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”(1).
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 fridge.

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 vitamin?

Not according to my friend John. In the book he wrote, an expose of the food
additive industry called The Slow Poisoning of America,, 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
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

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 see?

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 . 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

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


Dr. Russell BlaylockWhat 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
during development so that in later years they may have learning or emotional

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 LABELING AT ALL.

* 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

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…


More information on the book and where it can be ordered here: