The Ajinomoto Company is the main manufacture of MSG and hydrolyzed vegetable protein. It is an additive and a flavor enhancer, which can be very addictive within the body. That’s where the cravings come from…the more you eat the more the body wants to have. The inability to stop eating even though the stomach has had enough, is because the flavors/additives have synthesized and tricked our brain into wanting more. Our food supply is being chemically produced and enhanced with these flavors, unfortunately it’s EVERYWHERE and the public is being targeted. The Big Food Companies are ‘hijacking’ our taste buds one by one.
Who is overseeing the safety of flavors in our food? A government or independent agency does not do this job, instead a flavor industry trade group…The Flavor and Extract Manufactures Association (FEMA) has assembled their own ‘independent’ panel of scientists who review and approve new flavors as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS).These scientists are paid by the (FEMA) trade group (who ultimately get their funding from the flavor companies.
Public advocacy groups have tried to get certain flavorings banned because these flavors/additives can create issues linked to cancer, but little has been done.
The person who eats a typical American diet full of additives, preservatives, etc. will consume more water than the body actually needs, because the diet is far from water efficient. The high salt content is the reason why. The body will demand a large amount of water to hold the salt in solution so it won’t harm the tissues of the body. But the more insidious food additives such as monosodium glutamate must be kept away from the cells in this highly diluted form so they are not immediately toxic; unfortunately some of this toxic materials may still seep into and damage the body’s cells.
MSG/Glutamate also happens to be an excitatory transmitter. What that means is it increases the levels of electrical in the brain and auditory cortex where the loud noise caused by tinnitus is received. There are two kinds of neurotransmitters, excitatory neurotransmitters and inhibitory neurotransmitters.
If the first neuron releases an excitatory transmitter (resulting in an increase of electrical activity) the receiving neuron will transmit this information to the next neuron. However, if the first neuron releases an inhibitory neurotransmitter (resulting in reduced electrical activity) the signal is suppressed and not passed on, some neurons have both inhibitory and excitatory synapses connected to them and this further fine tunes the signal.
Glutamate is the most common neurotransmitters in the brain. It’s role is primarily an excitatory substance which causes the brain to be stimulated, but we do not want our brains to be stimulated when we want to rest, relax or sleep. The MSG/Glutamate in the body triggers this firing of neurons. When there is too much glutamate in the synapse between neurons, it will activate the neurons into a continual firing mode until they exhaust their energy reserves and die. The body tries to compensate because it tries to send the GABA (gamma-amino-butyric-acid) to quiet down this activity. But an overload of glutamate can defeat this. All of this brain activity can also lead to panic attacks and anxiety disorder, stress, increased heart rate and heart palpitations as well as many neurodegenerative conditions such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s even Tinnitus. All of this activity causes Tinnitus because people with this condition have elevated levels of glutamate and the hyperexcitibility that goes along with it in their auditory cortex.
Glutamate is the primary villain in cochler-synoptictinnitus. This type develops when the hair cells in the cochlear are damaged. This is caused primarily by exposure to loud noises or ototoxic drugs which damage the hair cells. When the hair cells are damaged, they release large amounts of glutamate which becomes toxic to the neuroreceptors in the auditory pathway. These receptors die off from the excess glutamate and tinnitus is the result.
The pathway to neuron death: The electrical connections in the brain and the auditory pathway; the synapses are continually stimulated or inhibited by neurotransmitters. Two of the main stimulating (excitatory) are Glutamate and Aspartate; while the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter is Gamma-Amino-Butyric-Acid (GABA). If these transmitters become out of balance neurological problems develop. Tinnitus is a degenerative neurological condition that is affected by excitotoxins and sudden deafness can occur due the excess glutamate.
In the 1950’s there were early warning signs, some ophthalmologists tested MSG on infant mice to study eye disease. The MSG destroyed all of the nerve cells in the inner layers of the animals retina which are the visual receptors of the eye. Then ten years later, a neuroscientist John Olney MD repeated the study, not only to the eye but the brain as well. The hypothalamus was destroyed with one single dose of MSG/Glutamate!
FDA labeling restrictions state MSG must be listed on the product label only when it is in free form. If it is combined with other food additive components, it does not have to be listed separately. This loophole in the label requirements led to the development of hydrolyzed vegetable protein, vegetable protein, and natural flavorings.
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein is manufactured from “junk vegetables” which are no longer fit for retail sale. They are then boiled in sulfuric acid for several hours, then neutralized with a caustic soda. A brown sludge rises to the surface of the mixture. This is scraped off, dried, and powdered after which MSG is added, typically in the range of 40-60%. It is then added by the food industry from everything from canned tuna to baby foods. This all happens without any mention of MSG on the label.
Read my account:My History Of MSG Exposure and List of Reference Materials
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