Epilepsy, MSG, and Diet

MSG is known to interfere with anticonvulsant medication and induce seizures.  Hospitals actually advise against its use in patients taking anti-seizure medication. 

One veterinarian - who studies not only the physiology of one species, but many, is quite convinced of the link between epilepsy and the excitatory neurotransmitters glutamic acid and aspartic acid, not only in animals, but in humans as well.  For what he has to say:             http://dogtorj.tripod.com

In this Journal article the induction of seizures is discussed by means of glutamate. http://jn.nutrition.org/content/130/4/1043S.full 

Epilepsy and Glutamate-Blocking Drugs

The glutamate blocking drug has just been approved as of September 25, 2006, in the US for treating "Grand Mal" or primary generalized tonic-clonic (PGTC) seizures.  The drug called Lamictal (lamotrigine), made by GlaxoSmithKline, acts by inhibiting the excessive release of free glutamate in the brain. See the following link:


Currently there is a major discussion about the benefit of medical marijuana oil to treat epileptic seizures in children. Marijuana contains CBD which is a glutamate blocker.

Epilepsy and Vaccines 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. http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/epilepsyusa/yebeh/upload/autismandepilepsy.pdf

The fact that many parents with children who regressed after vaccination report seizures shortly after vaccination should be enough to spur thorough investigation.

Epilepsy and Taurine

In persons with epilepsy, taurine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, is found to be low after a seizure. Taurine deficiency can be induced by MSG ingestion. 

For more info about taurine and epilepsy see:



It is unfortunate that most food scientists do not learn about taurine, since it is usually assumed the human body can make it.  Most lists of amino acids do not even include taurine although it is one of the most prevalent amino acids in the human body.  It was not until 1986 that formula manufacturers added taurine to baby formula, when it was discovered that human babies need to eat this particular amino acid because they cannot make it.

One of the contributors to this website, a former food scientist, states that most college food science programs rarely discuss taurine.  In fact, when this scientist attempted to discuss taurine with other food scientists, she often met with indignance and denial that taurine even exists because they had never heard of it.

It is therefore unfortunate, but not surprising that many food scientists do not even consider that interfering with an amino acid they have never heard of could be a consequence of MSG ingestion - and possibly lead to an epileptic seizure.  

Seizures and Pilots

Note that aspartate (found in aspartame)  can be converted into glutamate by a simple reaction in the human body.  Note also that many receptors in the body are affected by both aspartame and MSG.  In 1992, the U.S. Air Force magazine Flying Safety warned pilots not to drink aspartame soft drinks due to seizures. In fact many pilots lost their licences to fly after seizures they believe were induced by drinking diet sodas containing aspartame (Nutrasweet).  Perhaps the aspartate acted as a glutamate agonist, or was converted to glutamate which caused the seizure.   Either way, there are many pilots out there who would like to know more about this.   Perhaps, they shouldn't be eating the airline food either.

For an interview with a pilot's wife:



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