If one was to
conclude that MSG exacerbates or causes certain diseases based on their connection to
glutamate in the body, one would also expect:
The incidence of those diseases to
increase with the dramatic increase in the consumption of MSG.
An additional rise associated with
the approval and increased use of aspartame (especially since the early 1990's when the
patent expired), which the human body can easily convert to glutamate, and which acts on
many of the same receptors (NMDA, etc...)
That being said, there is actually a
dramatic correlation. Consider:
According to the following link, there has been a 500%
increase in the number of prescriptions written for ADHD since 1991:
In Britain A.L.S. deaths were 4 times higher in the year
2000 than in 1952, with a dramatic increase just in last decade. See the chart on this
Gulf War veterans who were fed MSG in their army rations
have developed ALS in numbers that are alarming those in charge.
Veterans of Desert Storm are twice as likely to develop
ALS than veterans not in Desert Storm. MSG was
only added to rations AFTER WWII and its use has steadily increased in
rations AND in American junk food until very recently, when it was
removed from the MRE rations.
Veterans of any wars prior to and including WWII would
not have been fed MSG in their rations. In addition, many US
Army members in the Gulf were subjected to many
new vaccines - which have free glutamic acid
(the business end of MSG) as an additive.
(Joyce Riley, a former Air Force nurse in Desert Storm
who came down with Gulf War illness suspects vaccines played a significant
role in her bout of Gulf War Illness. Based on the amount of free
glutamic acid present in vaccines today and their suspect role in the rise
of autism, vaccines, and their ingredients - besides just mercury - should
be investigated further. We agree.)
According to Scientific American, June 2000, pg
30 "Asthma Worldwide", asthma was rare in 1900. Now it is considered
epidemic. It kills 5,000 Americans yearly, and 180,000 worldwide according to to the
World Health Organization. Asthma is now the most common childhood chronic
The rise in asthma was 42% in the US from
1982 1992. The death rate rose 40% from 1982-1991.
Mortality rates for atrial fibrillation have
almost doubled in England and Wales since 1993 according to this link:
Autism increase is possibly linked to MMR
vaccines (which can contain free glutamate as gelatin) according to these articles based
on autism rates in Scotland climbing 18% in just one year. Note also that dramatic
increases are also being found in the US as well as Britain, with a particularly large
jump just in the last decade:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/2224126.stm
In Canada from 1995- 2000 visits to doctors
for depression rose 36% in just 6 years. Also, since 1996 prescriptions to treat
depression increased 63%.
China, a large consumer of MSG,
accounts for 42% of all suicides in the world.
According to this recent article, 250,000 people commit suicide in China
each year. Suicide and depression among China's youth is becoming a
serious public health issue in China.
According to the following link suicides have increased -
especially in the age groups of those who consume large amounts of MSG in fast foods:
Note: "Persons under age 25 accounted for 15% of
all suicides in 1998. From 1952-1995, the incidence of suicide among adolescents and young
adults nearly tripled. From 1980-1997, the rate of suicide among persons aged 15-19 years
increased by 11% and among persons aged 10-14 years by 109%. From 1980-1996, the rate
increased 105% for African-American males aged 15-19."
Type I Diabetes
Over 80% of people studied with Type 1 diabetes have antibodies against glutamic acid
debarboxylase (GAD) . GAD is the enzyme the body uses to turn glutamic acid,
(glutamate) into gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). The theory is that the cells
of the pancreas and consequently, the body's ability to produce insulin, are attacked by
the immune system because GAD is found on the outside of pancreatic cells. The body
starts attacking GAD but in the process may destroy pancreatic cells as well.
Type II Diabetes
According to WebMD, "There
has been a 10-fold increase in the number of children with Type 2 diabetes during the past
five years." (Italics ours.) And over 85% of these children are also obese.
High Blood Pressure
According to ABCNews August 24, 2004:
"Nearly a third of American adults have high blood pressure ... Just over a
decade ago, closer to one in four Americans had high blood pressure, and two
decades ago the rate actually was declining. ... About 65 million American
adults now have high blood pressure 30 percent more than the 50 million who
did in the previous decade, according to a report published Monday in
Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association."
Experts state that athlete heat stroke deaths are rising:
A study from the National Center for Catastrophic Sport
Injury Research indicates that just five players died from heat between 1931-1959. From
1960-2000, the number jumped to 103, including 18 in the past six years
In the US there has been a 60% increase in
chronic migraine headaches from 1980 1989 according to this link:
The rise in myopia in Asian populations is
causing much concern according to the following links:
50% of teenagers in China today are
nearsighted compared to 15% in the 1970s:
Myopia increase in Singapore:
Higher rates of myopia in Asians:
According to research published in the
Dec. 12 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association,
"From 1986 to 1998, the number of non-Hispanic white children who were overweight
doubled from 6% to 12%. The research suggests that roughly one in five African-American
and Hispanic children are overweight -- a startling 120% increase during the 12-year
study period." (Italics ours.)
And, according to the following link, obesity among
young people in China is growing quickly. The Chinese
consume large amounts of MSG and do not consume as many other foods that may
counteract it, as the Japanese do (taurine-containing raw fish, and meat).
The latest studies in rural China found that those who ate more MSG than
others were several times more likely to be obese. This was
INDEPENDENT of caloric intake or activity.
According to the following BBC report, from
1985 to 2000, the number of overweight and obese children in China has
In Spain, researchers have found that MSG, when given
to mice increased their appetite 40%.
According to the following link: "Dr.
Allen states that between 1971 and 1990 the incidence of hearing problems increased by 26
percent among persons aged 45 to 64, and by 17 percent among those aged 18 to 44."
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