Epilepsy, and MSG
Although epilepsy patients
are advised not to eat foods containing MSG, due to their interference with
anti-seizure drugs, like lamotrogine and topiramate (both glutamate
blockers), MSG is listed as an official vaccine additive on the official
government CDC website:
We honestly don't
understand how public health policy "experts" can say that vaccines have
nothing to do with seizures suffered by many children after receiving
vaccines with MSG in them. The fact that 30% of children with autism
also suffer from epilepsy should be a red flag.
The fact that many parents
with children who regressed after vaccination report seizures shortly after
vaccination should be enough to spur thorough investigation.
MARCH 19, 2013
- It is now reported that the autism rate is
1 in 50 children in the US and
1 in 38 children in South Korea. The rate has essentially risen
200-fold since the 1940's. In 2006 which showed
glutamate was elevated in the brains of autistic males. In 2007 it
was discovered that some autism genes code for
synapses. Currently, nutrition experts teaching parents to cook for
autistic children, specifically avoid free glutamate and MSG in the diet as
well as gluten and casein, which are also sources of free glutamate.
currently contains free glutamate as a preservative and was added to
these vaccines in 1988 after the patent was granted in 1982.
FEBRUARY 5, 2013
finding so far, and a clue we may be understanding what is going on
The latest gene deletion found in boys where two boys in the family have
autism is a sex-linked mutation - the gene is found on the X chromosome -
which means boys only get one copy of this. The gene is called TMLHE
and helps make the enzyme to create carnitine from methionine and lysine in
The exciting and hopeful thing about this is
that carnitine is easily obtained from the diet. It is found in RED
MEAT. There are now preparations for large scale studies to look at
boys with this gene deletion in families that are either vegetarian or
families where diet includes sources of carnitine. This gene deletion
is 20 times more prevalent than the gene that causes PKU, the disease that
makes it difficult for a child to metabolize phenylalanine. We are
very excited because it was this very avenue of inquiry we were encouraging
the NIH to pursue. We have always felt that the metabolism of the sulfur
containing amino acids was a huge clue to this mystery of autism. This new
connection to carnitine fits the puzzle.
Carnitine helps the body burn fat as a fuel in
the mitochondtia - which are the little power plants located in each cell.
We suspect that since carnitine deficiency will create a fuel shortage -
this may be why children with this deletion crave carbohydrates so
noticeably. They cannot use fat for energy - they MUST use
carbohydrate. Unfortunately the very foods they crave - Carbohydrate
foods are low in carnitine - which is protein in nature. The problem
is this - ubiquitous corn - is very low in lysine - the amino acid used to
How does glutamate fit into all this?
Carnitine helps keep glutamate levels in the blood in check. In fact, it is
being studied for preventing glutamate injury in
Do vaccines ALSO play a role here? Well,
babies are usually at risk for
carnitine deficiency. Unfortunately, before they can even be
tested for this, they are given MSG containing vaccines. WE feel, like the
NIH does, that the carnitine angle is EXTREMELY important for further
study and that the day they are born , children should be tested for this
gene deletion and prevented from getting MSG containing vaccines. This is
ANOTHER reason they need to get MSG out of the vaccines. ASAP.
JULY 29, 2010 -
The Glutamate blocking drug Memantine, used to treat
Alzheimer's disease is now being used to treat Autism. According to
this article, "Both
Alzheimer’s disease and autism share a brain malfunction involving a
chemical called glutamate, which impacts
the patient’s speech and interaction. " Their
words. Our italics. However, nobody is even going near the fact that
MSG contributes to the problem in both Alzheimer's patients and autistic
children, and that processed gluten and casein are very highly concentrated
sources of glutamate. It is our firm belief that DIET may very well be
a part of the future successful treatment - something many parents have
already known for a while, as most doctors summarily dismissed it.
The good news
is, while the pharmaceutical makers are calculating how much money can be
made by the sale of prescription drugs to block glutamate, a cheap and very
available glutamate blocker is already widely available over the counter and
has been for years. It is called Advil.
MAY 9, 2010 - Tylenol given with vaccines has
linked to autism:
Children given Tylenol with their vaccines were
SIX TIMES more likely to develop autism than children given ibuprofen (which
is a glutamate BLOCKER). This is key - because Tylenol, like excess
MSG, lowers glutathione levels.
One of the genes for autism is for making
glutathione. Tylenol, by
depleting an already low supply of glutathione, makes it more difficult
for an autistic child to get rid of mercury FROM ANY SOURCE. This
finding would also imply that diet is important as well. An MSG-laden
diet after a vaccine with a Tylenol chaser would be the gift that keeps on
giving - making it difficult for that child to rebuild their levels of the
very important natural chelator - glutathione - regardless of whether that
mercury was in a vaccine or a tuna sandwich.
November 21, 2009 -
the FDA has just
approved Abilify (Aripiprazole) to treat autism symptoms. This
is now being used to treat autism. At the VERY SAME TIME, behavioral
therapists are feeding MSG-laden junk food to children with autism as
REWARDS for behavior.
Dr. Oz explains autism as a disease affected by
inflammation, which is affected by
didn't mention vaccines, but vaccines stimulate the immune response.
That is exactly what they are designed to do. Unfortunately, MSG
exacerbates the immune response further and most folks don't know that VACCINES are a
very real source of Free Glutamic acid as well. It is in the
hydrolyzed gelatin added as a preservative in nearly all vaccines - but
especially in the MMR vaccine.
children with the RNF8 gene mutation which inhibits the formation of
glutathione to begin with, the following scientific explanation of what
happens in the mitochondria should be chilling enough to force the
immediate removal of free glutamic acid (hydrolyzed gelatin) from all
to Dr. Eduardo E. Benarroch, M.D. on Pg 296 of his book "Basic
Neurosciences with Clinical Applications"
“There is a low-affinity glutamate
transporter that acts as a 1:1 cystine-glutamate exchanger and carries
cystine to the interior of the cell in exchange for intracellular
glutamate. The released glutamate undergoes rapid uptake via the Na+/K+
glutamate transporter. Accumulation of extra-cellular glutamate inhibits
the cystine-glutamate exchanger, resulting in depletion of cell stores of
cystine. This predisposes to oxidative stress, because cysteine, a
derivative of cystine, is required for synthesis of the anti-oxidant
glutathione. Oligodendrocytes are particularly susceptible to
glutathione-induced cystine depletion and excitotoxicity.“
In recent research papers by
S. H Fatemi, Autism is described as a hyper-glutamatergic disorder. In other words, in
autistic individuals, glutamate is in excess in the nervous system.
based on well-accepted scientific information, children with ASD but
especially those who present with heavy metal toxicity or the RNF8 mutation,
and ASD symptoms of taurine deficiency (taurine is also made from cysteine)
like epilepsy, irregular heartbeat, frequent diarrhea or constipation, and
trouble digesting fats, should be avoiding ALL sources of excess glutamate
found in PROCESSED wheat, dairy, soy, and corn and VACCINES with any
hydrolyzed protein or gelatin in them.
showing how MSG and autism are connected.
Autism is directly impacted by genes that affect the nervous system
and the neurotransmitter glutamate according to research reported in
American February 17, 2007.
However, because vaccines, and
processed gluten and
casein (wheat and dairy), are high in the amino acid glutamate in its free
form, we firmly believe these items WILL affect a child's brain during development - prior to
= FREE GLUTAMIC ACID (glutamate)
Autism appears very similar to the disease
which causes brain damage by the buildup of the amino acid phenylalanine due
to an error of metabolism that prevents the breakdown of this one amino acid.
The treatment is a special limited amino acid diet until the age of 7.
the precedent of the disease
which is tested for at birth, and treated with diet, and also involves one
amino acid, we completely agree with Jenny McCarthy and her organization
Generation Rescue, that the behaviors of autism can be reversed by
"greening" vaccines (specifically removing glutamic acid), changing the
vaccination schedule, and adhering to a strict diet limiting the excitatory
amino acids glutamate and aspartate in their free form. However, since
a child's brain is generally "hard-wired" by age 7, early treatment is
Carol Hoernlein wrote the
following to the NIH in January. It still sums up
our thoughts. It should be noted that one of the genes for autism
discovered last year codes for a MITOCHONDRIAL
I am a former food process engineer who
believes, because recent studies have implicated genes which code
for glutamate synapses in ASD, we should investigate the effects of
both INGESTED and INJECTED excitatory free amino acids (glutamic
acid and aspartic acid) on children with these "
If excitatory free amino acids
affect ASD children, it would explain both the impact of GF-CF diets
AND a vaccine link. Vaccines have free glutamic acid added to
preserve the virus. I have created and attached a chart showing
where free glutamic acid comes from. It is found in extremely high
amounts in processed wheat and dairy products -
so much so that food manufacturers use these two items routinely to
produce free glutamic acid in foods but with a "clean
Consequently, a child may not improve on a GF-CF diet alone,
because it doesn't limit all potential
sources of free glutamic acid - like soy.
Children are tested at birth for PKU and phenylalanine is limited
until the brain is hardwired by the age of 7. Why not treat the
predisposition for autism similarly and limit the glutamic and
aspartic amino acids in the diets of children with autism genes?
ASD also includes errors of metabolism for sulfur containing
amino acids - like cysteine. Cysteine is
converted to taurine and glutathione by the liver. Taurine regulates
heartbeat and osmotic balance as well as bile production and was
found to be low after a seizure. In ASD, symptoms include
arrhythmias, digestive disorders and a high rate of epilepsy
- suggesting that taurine production may
be compromised. Glutathione levels are also lower in ASD leading one
to conclude that possibly, cysteine metabolism may be responsible
for the myriad and seemingly unrelated additional symptoms of ASD.
It should be noted that glutamate interferes with the handling of
cysteine. When cysteine metabolism is compromised, homocysteine
levels may increase. The lower levels of glutathione may put ASD
individuals at risk of mercury poisoning, since glutathione helps
eliminates mercury from the body.
It should be noted that the NMDA receptors that respond to both
glutamate and aspartate are found in the amygdala - part of the
limbic system involved in the perception of taste and smell as well
as fear. Activating the amygdala in ASD, causes gaze avoidance. ASD
children may also over-react to smells and tastes and face to face
encounters can overwhelm them with fear. Limiting excitatory amino
acids that target the amygdala may help.
Japan consumes more MSG, and fish (a dietary source of mercury)
than nearly any other country. Compared to the amount of mercury
consumed in fish and the amount of MSG consumed in the diet, the MMR
contribution was probably small compared to a typical Japanese diet.
In Japan, the MMR vaccine was stopped in 1993. Autism rates still
increased. Perhaps in Japan, the diet plays more of a role in autism
than the vaccines. Children from other countries with a lower
consumption of fish and MSG may find a stronger correlation between
vaccines and autism.
New research studies into ASD should include people who are
sensitive to the food additives MSG and aspartame. MSG-sensitive
persons have reported a distinct lessening of symptoms by using
taurine, ibuprofen, CoQ10, Vitamins B6 and B12, carbohydrate, foods
high in butyric acid - like butter, and
Magnesium. Perhaps they share some of the same genes that predispose
a child to ASD. New treatment studies should look into these easily
available, inexpensive and relatively safe compounds.
Based on what I have observed, here are my recommendations:
1. Treatment of ASD?
REMOVAL of excitatory amino acids (glutamate, aspartate) from
Glutamate and aspartate restricted diet (similar to treatment for
PKU) in addition to GF/CF diet.
Supplementation of taurine, glutathione, vitamins B6, C, magnesium,
CoQ10. Increased carbohydrate.
Labeling of free glutamic and aspartic acid on food labels.
Glutamate blockers, anti-histamines and leukotriene blockers for
children already suffering or getting vaccinated.
We should calm their surroundings, encourage quiet tasks and
less-threatening contact to enhance communication. We need to give
them space and not overwhelm them.
2. Diagnosis of ASD?
Test for autism genes preferably AT BIRTH like PKU.
Tests for aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glutathione, taurine,
3. Risk factors for ASD?
Sensitivity to excitatory amino acids
Vaccination with glutamic acid as a preservative
Damage to the microglia
Overactive immune system "Junk food"
Aspartame in medications or vitamins or foods
Multiple food allergy
4. Biology of ASD?
Excess CNS sensitivity,
Inability to handle sulfur-containing amino acids,
Overactive immune response - linked to
Nerve Growth Factor
5. Other areas of ASD research?
Common genes in Alzheimer's, Parkinsons,
ALS, MS, and excitatory amino acid sensitivity.
Study persons without ASD who suffer from overactive CNS or
neurodegenerative disease and sensitivity to excitatory amino acids.
See if they share same genes. Could Alzheimer's
sufferers simply be ADS children whose brains were hard-wired before
damage by the environment?
Thank you for this opportunity to share my ideas on this very
Please see this webpage that clearly shows why a wheat and dairy
based processed food diet may be very harmful to a child sensitive
to excitatory amino acids:
above letter was written to the NIH in January, new research has uncovered 6
genes related to autism. One specifically is involved in making
glutathione (which is the body's natural chelating agent) from cysteine and
glutamate. Cysteine is one of the sulfur-containing amino acids. We
were on the right track all along ......More about the
On May 12,
2008 John Erb and I traveled to Washington DC to address the
Federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. John and I were able to address
the Committee for five minutes each - I showed and explained our flow chart
while John Erb held it for me.
On the bright
side, we were able to meet Margaret Dunkle who is on the forefront of
efforts to actually help families dealing with autism. Although
Margaret Dunkle was unable due to time constraints, to address the
Committee, I was able to obtain the statement she was going to give.
It is excellent. Here it is in its entirety:
Statement of Margaret Dunkle
Senior Fellow, Center for Health Services Research and Policy,
George Washington University Director, Early Identification and
Intervention Collaborative for Los Angeles CountyRecipient, American
Academy of Pediatrics' Dale Richmond Award for Outstanding Achievement
in the field of Child Development
Federal Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee
is Margaret Dunkle. Some of you know me through my current position as
Senior Fellow with the Center for Health Services Research and Policy at
George Washington University, and some from my prior work running policy
seminars on Capitol Hill.
you know me as recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Dale
Richmond Award for outstanding achievement in the field of child
development, or for the collaborative efforts I direct in Los Angeles
County to ensure all children receive good developmental screenings and
recently, some of you have come to know me because my nephew's daughter,
Hannah Poling, is the little 9 -year-old girl from Athens, Georgia who
was the subject of a case the government conceded in vaccine court.
The nine vaccines Hannah received on one day in July of 2000
significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder, which
predisposed her to deficits in cellular energy metabolism and manifested
as a regressive encephalopathy with features of autism spectrum
disorder. Indeed, Hannah has autism, with a clear DSM-IV diagnosis
based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
believe in a strong and safe immunization program. Yet, every
day more parents and some pediatricians reject the current vaccine
schedule. I am concerned that many people are missing Hannah's
clearly scribbled handwriting on the wall. She has provided a
critical clue (mitochondrial dysfunction) and a historic opportunity for
our public health leaders and policymakers to act responsibly and
decisively - undertaking serious science to address the very real
concerns so many parents and families are raising.
Hannah's condition is not rare. The best evidence available
strongly suggests that at least 7%, and perhaps as many as 20% or 30%,
of children with autism have mitochondrial dysfunction similar to
Hannah's. With one in every 150 children on the autism spectrum,
these issues are both urgent and important.
we know this, it is time to follow the prestigious Institute of
Medicine's 2004 report that said:
"Determining a specific cause [for autism] in the
individual is impossible unless the etiology is known and there is a
biological marker. Determining causality with population-based
methods requires either a well-defined at-risk population or a large
effect in the general population."
Mitochondrial dysfunction defining an autistic subpopulation and the
role of neuro-inflammation in autism are not esoteric theories. They are
real leads that need to be quickly followed.
you to support the following recommendations that reflect your
Committee's mission to coordinate, monitor, and recommend changes
concerning federal autism efforts.
First and most importantly... With Marshall Plan speed and focus, I
recommend a new, intense basic science research program to get to the
bottom of what is going on with the many Hannahs out there -
specifically focusing on the role of mitochondrial dysfunction and neuro-inflammation
many Hannahs with mitochondrial dysfunction are there? 4%?, 7%?,
10%?, 20%? Where do these dysfunctions come from? How do
they work? Can the negative effects be undone or limited?
research must be bold, going wherever the science takes it, with
nothing off the table.
estimate $200 million will be needed to jump-start this research.
This money must be a new or redirected appropriation, not borrowed
or taken from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).
Quickly find ways to screen for and identify the subset of children like
Hannah for whom vaccines can cause or exacerbate mitochondrial damage
and lead to symptoms of autism.
example, start screening the siblings of children with autism to
identify biomedical markers that could lead to screening tests and
Piggyback new research onto existing studies to answer important
questions about autism, vaccines, mitochondrial dysfunction and neuro-inflammation.
alternative vaccine schedules and frequencies through the National
Children's Study and use this data set of 100,000 children to get
longitudinal data on these issues; and
new analyses into existing studies and cohorts of patients with
known mitochondrial dysfunction - such as research already underway
at Hopkins, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Columbia.
Institute an immediate nationwide initiative to spot children, like
Hannah, who have adverse vaccine reactions and speed them into intense
early intervention (specifically, the federal IDEA Early
Intervention program for children ages 0-36 months and the Preschool
Education program for children ages 3-5).
important corollary is to strengthen the Vaccine Adverse Event
Reporting System (VAERS) so that it actually does the job it was set
up to do - collecting information about adverse events, including
"side effects," that occur after the administration of vaccines.
Reform and improve the current vaccine schedule and practices to ensure
they are as safe as they possibly can be. For example, examine
the number and frequency of vaccines, use of combo vaccines,
preservatives used, and ages administered to identify changes that would
minimize damage to children, especially susceptible children such as
significant that the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices' recently downgraded its preference for a MMRV vaccine
(four-vaccines in one shot: measles, mumps, rubella and varicella)
to "no preference" because of increased
seizures among children receiving the MMRV.
Update the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. For example:
parents longer than three years to file, especially given the newly
identified "mitochondrial dysfunction" implications of the Hannah
Poling decision and because we want parents and families to devote
100% of their energy to early intervention as soon as they learn
their child has a problem; and
Update the list of "table injuries" to reflect the emerging
discoveries about autism, mitochondrial dysfunction and
Improve the way the federal government approves and monitors vaccines
and vaccine safety - perhaps establishing an independent agency
(separate from the Centers for Disease Control, which also runs the
National Immunization Program) to research, approve, and monitor vaccine
safety and effectiveness.
proud that my family is providing hope and voice to many families across
our country who have their own Hannahs. I am also proud of their
leadership to nudge those of us who care about good public health and
good public policy to do the right thing and to do it right.
9-year-old girl has raised incredibly tough and important questions.
Your challenge, as leaders concerned about autism, is to tackle these
issues in a way that is effective and unflinching - and that responds to
her clear scribbling on the wall with equally clear advances in science
and improvements in immunization practices.
to Margaret Dunkle, Jenny McCarthy's Generation Rescue is doing a tremendous
job trying to educate parents that autism CAN BE treated and children can
improve dramatically if treated as early as possible. We also are
grateful to the family of Hannah Poling for coming forward and bringing
Hannah's story to the public.
July 10, 2008, studies indicated that at least 6 genes
may be related to autism. The genes are:
1) C3orf58 -
located at 3q24 (chromosome 3 - position q24)
This gene codes for a protein found in the human testes. It was
deleted in cases of autism. The protein this codes for is not well
known currently, but it is interesting that the protein is found in the male
reproductive system considering that the risk of autism is greater in males
than females. It is connected to tyrosine phosphorylation and
epidermal growth factor. Is this a genetic clue as to why autism is
more prevalent in males?
2) NHE9 - located
at 3q24 (chromosome 3 - position q24)
This gene codes for solute carrier family 9 members. These proteins
are linked to the CPA1 transporter family that is involved with sodium
channels in the nervous system. It is found in large amounts in the
heart muscle and the skeletal muscles as well as lesser amounts in the
placenta, kidney and liver, brain, medulla, and spinal cord. It is
also found in the ovary and the spleen. It is obviously involved in
the proper development and operation of the nervous system. In persons
with a mutation in this gene, ADHD symptoms may appear.
3) PCDH10 - located
at 4q283 (chromosome 4 - position q283)
This gene codes for protocadherin 10 precursor. This gene is involved
with cell-adhesion protein, calcium ion binding and cell communication.
It is found in the brain, testes, and ovary. Again, the nervous system
and the endocrine system are involved. Note that glutamate
4) CNTN3 - located at 3p26 (chromosome 3 - position p26)
This gene codes for plasmacytoma associated neuronal glycoprotein.
What is fascinating about this protein is that it is found in the brain -
the frontal lobe, the occipital lobe, the cerebellum, and the amygdala.
NOTE: the amygdala is what is targeted by MSG - it is involved in smell and
taste as well as fear and may be responsible for the gaze-avoidance seen in
autism. It is also associated with immunoglobulin. And so here
is a link to the immune system, which in individuals with autism often is over-stimulated - resulting in multiple allergies.
5) RNF8 - located
at 6p21.2 (chromosome 6 - position 21.2)
This gene codes for RING finger protein 8. What is extremely
interesting about this protein is that it is used in E3 ubiquitin - protein
ligase formation. That may not mean much to you at the moment, but
ligases are important in forming amino acids. Specifically, the ones
that jumped out at us here were:
a) glutamate-cysteine ligase,
In other words, this gene is critical for the formation of
Glutathione is the body's natural means of chelating mercury and getting rid
of it. No matter WHERE it comes from. Could THIS gene be the
reason some children with autism often suffer from
heavy metal toxicity? Is
THIS the common genetic source of trouble with cysteine and sulfur
metabolism seen in both children with autism and those of us sensitive to
6) SCN7A - located
at 2q21-q23 (chromosome 2 - position q21 - q23)
This gene codes for proteins found in the heart and the uterus.
Mutations in this gene result in: muscle weakness, trouble swallowing,
blocked and inflamed blood vessels, swelling, and
can be caused by MERCURY POISONING, and even bromocriptine - a drug used to
treat both Parkinson's and prolactin - secreting pituitary tumors.
Apparently the drug Effexor - and SSRI has been reported to relieve
symptoms.) It is interesting that mutations in this gene ALSO give the
same symptoms as mercury
Neurexin 1 -
in February of 2007, it was reported that
the area of the human genome found to be associated with
autism, contains the genes
involved in building glutamate synapses
- the very locations where glutamate is used as a
neurotransmitter by the nerve cells.
The Amygdala and
Fear Response in
Research about autism links overstimulation
of the amygdala in the brain to perceiving faces as threatening. This
explains why autistic children avoid the gaze of others.
It should be noted that the NMDA receptors that
respond to both glutamate and aspartate (the amino acid found in aspartame)
are found in the amygdala. The amygdala is part of the limbic system
and is involved in the perception of taste and smell as well as fear. See
glutamate receptors in the amygdala.
Could ingestion of MSG and aspartame, by targeting
the amygdala, result in the perceptions and behaviors typically associated
autism have lower
levels of glutathione, and may have difficulty chelating mercury (a
suspected cause of autism) and removing it from
the body. Excess glutamic acid has been proven to reduce glutathione
levels that are protective against mercury poisoning.
It is our belief that the large amount of free glutamic acid still present
in all vaccines today as well as increasing amounts of free glutamic acid in
processed food, is responsible for the autism epidemic.
believe that the mercury toxicity present in children with autism is a SIDE
EFFECT of the disease, not the primary cause. Therefore, removal of
thimerosol, will not reduce the incidence of autism, because mercury is
still present in our food and water, and our dental fillings, and glutamic
acid is STILL in the vaccines and present in ever larger quantities in
processed wheat and dairy foods. The problem in autism is that no
matter where the mercury comes from, it is not being removed as it normally
should be. The excess of mercury caused by excess glutamate, then
results in heavy metal toxicity. Considering that the newly discovered
autism gene RNF8 is essential in FORMING glutathione, any additive in a
vaccine that hinders
glutathione formation is a not a good idea. Therefore free
glutamic acid should absolutely be removed from vaccines given to children
with autism genes.
MMR vaccines first came
under scrutiny due to autism rates in Scotland climbing 18% in just one year. Also,
other vaccines have been suspected as well.
of the MMR vaccine includes
hydrolyzed gelatin, which contains 10% free glutamic acid.
Vaccine makers claim one "study" done in one Japanese city
shows no link between autism and vaccines simply because after MMR vaccines were stopped in 1993, autism rates
still rose. However, the study included only one city in a country that consumes
more MSG, and
fish (a dietary source of mercury) than most in the world. Also, only
vaccine was stopped - the MMR.
Compared to the
amount of mercury consumed in fish, the amount of MSG in the
diet, and the amount of glutamic acid in other vaccines, the MMR contribution of mercury and
glutamate was small. Autism rates in
Japan still increased.
in any vaccine
WILL put children at greater risk of mercury poisoning by hindering the ability of a child to rid
themselves of mercury from ANY source.
Unfortunately, free glutamic acid is found in nearly every vaccine in use
information about autism climbing and the MMR vaccine:
NOTE: We would be
remiss if we did not mention TEACCH, an organization
which helps address the behaviors of autism in an effort to enable autistic
children and adults to lead productive lives in society.
For while the causes of autism are still being
investigated, these children are growing up and need to enter our society in
meaningful ways. We should be ready to welcome them.
Gluten-Free, Casein-Free (GFCF) Diet
for autism include gluten-free and casein-free diets.
A current theory is that incomplete breakdown of gluten and
casein result in the formation of casomorphins and gliadorphins, morphine-like
compounds which act on the brain. Another theory (ours) is based on the fact
that 15.5% of all the amino acids in wheat are glutamic acid in its
free or active form and 22.9% of the amino acids present are aspartic acid
in its free and active form (which can be converted to glutamate in only one
step). In fact, wheat gluten is a considerable source of
"natural" MSG in the diet. Items containing casein, like cheese, also are high
in free glutamic acid. For example - 18.5 % of the amino acids found
in cheddar cheese are free (active) glutamic acid. Parents helping
their child adhere to a strict gluten-free, casein (dairy) -free diet may
wish to consider also eliminating soy products from their child's diet as well, if
glutamate is suspect.
For more information about autism and diet see the following links:
Hope - Julie Matthews Website - Certified Nutrition Consultant. We
feel that Julie is doing an incredible job helping parents with nutrition
- Jenny McCarthy's autism organization.
Autism Network for Dietary
Autism Society of America
The Autism Research Unit
(Sunderland, UK) - The Use of Gluten and Casein Free Diets with People with
GFCF Diet - Gluten Free Casein
Free Diet Support Group
McDonalds French Fries
Be aware that foods stating "natural flavor" on the label can be made from
wheat and dairy products. As of February 22, 2006, McDonalds is in legal
trouble after admitting their French fries which had been labeled
gluten-free actually contain beef, wheat and dairy products due to the use
of a "seasoning" placed into the oil where the fries are precooked before
being shipped to restaurants. McDonalds spokespeople don't think the
fries contain enough allergens or protein to cause a problem - or to label -
but consumers are angry at not being told that dairy and wheat products were
involved at all. Let the consumer be informed then they can decide to
take the risk. Parents with autistic and celiac children are furious
at being deliberately misled. Currently, there are three lawsuits
The fact that McDonalds spokespeople are stating that
there is no more protein left in the "seasoning" - tells this food scientist
that the entire reason for using this "seasoning" is because it probably
contains free glutamic acid broken down from the high glutamate containing
protein foods mentioned (beef, wheat, and milk) - another way of flavoring
their fries as if they were using MSG, without having to label it as such.
Very clever, but completely unethical.
MSG symptoms and Autism symptoms
have quite a lot in common:
Rhett Syndrome which affects girls more
which affects boys more
Loss of communication skills
Common Autism Syndrome symptoms
Sensitivity to light
Sensitivity to sound
Sensitivity to pain
Fatty Acid digestion problems
Multiple Food allergy
Type I diabetes
Inability to metabolize sulphur compounds
A-Fib (Taurine deficiency?)
Slow speech -"Brain Fog"
Dopamine decrease - also present with Parkinson's and pituitary
Slow speech, "Brain Fog"
Flashes of light
Ringing in ears -
Type 1 diabetes with GAD immunity
Sulfite sensitivity, Taurine deficiency?
Casein, Gluten (milk and wheat)