Rise in Athlete Heat Stroke Deaths
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 recent years, many body-building products featuring
amino acid supplements have hit the market, targeted at athletes. Many of these
products have free amino acids in them such as free glutamate.
After the deaths of well-known football players at the
national and college level just this year, newspaper readers were inundated with stories
about what the hypothalamus is and why it is important to athletes. (The
hypothalamus is the part of the brain that regulates the body's temperature.)
Decades ago, Dr. Olney discovered that MSG caused
destruction of cells in the hypothalamus of baby mice. This finding was what caused
baby food manufacturers to remove MSG from baby food.
Could MSG in athlete body-building products
damage the brain's hypothalamus to a point that would put an athlete more at
risk of heat stroke? We'll keep you posted.
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