Multiple Sclerosis and
Recently, new research on treating Multiple Sclerosis is focusing on the same drugs
used to treat stroke. What does this have to do with MSG, the sodium salt of
glutamic acid, or glutamate?
The newest drugs to treat stroke are glutamate
blockers. See the following BBC article:
Quote from the above article:
"Using a mouse model of MS, scientists found that a glutamate receptor blocker, NBQX,
prevents glutamate-induced nerve damage and protects myelin-making cells from destruction,
according to the report. "
NBQX is an NMDA antagonist according to the following link:
(NMDA receptors are activated by glutamate as well as
aspartic acid (aspartate) which is found in aspartame.)
NBQX has also been researched in connection with pain disorders:
MS and a diet link?
Some individuals with Multiple Sclerosis have been helped by avoiding foods with gluten
and casein. Autistic individuals have been helped by a gluten free, casein free diet
as well. (In some autistic children, these proteins cause opiates to form in the gut
and can affect a child's behavour.
See this link: http://www.gfcfdiet.com )
A low casein/gluten diet is often a diet low in processed foods. Consequently, a
diet low in casein and gluten - (milk and grain proteins found in wheat, rye, oats,
barley) is also lower in MSG.
Stem cell research or an
ounce of prevention?
Currently a hot topic in the press is stem cell research to aid those who have diseases
such as MS or other diseases where the myelin sheath surrounding nerve fibers is damaged,
preventing the propagation of nerve impulses. The theory is that if a nerve cell is
damaged, you can grow a new one. What if this is all a very complicated solution to
preventing damage in the first place? What if those new cells that provide the new
myelin sheaths are damaged again by the thing that caused the demyelinization in the first
Stem cell research may help those whose demyelinization was caused by physical injury -
i.e. as in Christopher Reeve's case. However, we may be able to prevent MS or its
debilitating symptoms, instead of just cure it (repeatedly), if in some it is actually
caused or exacerbated by eating things like MSG and aspartame.
For more information on MSG and MS see the following link:
MS and vitamin B12
It has long been known that Vitamin B12 deficiency is
linked to demyelinization of the nerve cells. It is also proven that
Vitamin B12 protects against glutamate neurotoxicity. A sensitivity
to MSG and symptoms of MS may be a clue to Vitamin B12 deficiency.
Conversely, supplementation of B12 may be of benefit to persons with MS and MSG
sensitivity. It should be noted that the B12 is found in foods of animal
origin. The vegans out there should take note.