MSG and Aspartame Promote Cancer Growth

Excitotoxins have been found to dramatically promote cancer growth and metastasis. In fact, one aspartame researcher noticed that, when cancer cells were exposed to aspartame, they became more mobile, and you see the same effect with MSG. It also causes a cancer cell to become more mobile, and that enhances metastasis, or spread. These MSG-exposed cancer cells developed all of these pseudopodians and started moving through tissues, which is one of the earlier observations from cancer.

When you increase the glutamate level, cancer just grows like wildfire, and then when you block glutamate, it dramatically slows the growth of the cancer.

Click here to read the Interview with Dr. Russell Blaylock on devastating health effects of MSG, aspartame and excitotoxins.

Avoid These Hidden Sources Of MSG In Foods

As discussed previously, the glutamate (MSG) manufacturers and the processed food industries are always on a quest to disguise the MSG added to food. Below is a partial list of the most common names for disguised MSG. Remember, the powerful excitotoxins, aspartate and L-cystine, are also frequently added to foods. According to FDA rules these require NO LABELING AT ALL.

Food Additives that ALWAYS contain MSG
Monosodium Glutamate
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Hydrolyzed Protein
Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
Plant Protein Extract
Sodium Caseinate
Calcium Caseinate
Yeast Extract
Textured Protein (Including TVP)
Autolyzed Yeast
Hydrolyzed Oat Flour
Corn Oil

Food Additives That FREQUENTLY Contain MSG
Malt Extract
Malt Flavoring
Bouillon
Broth
Stock
Flavoring
Natural Flavors/Flavoring
Natural Beef Or Chicken Flavoring
Seasoning
Spices

Food Additives That MAY Contain MSG Or Excitotoxins
Carrageenan
Enzymes
Soy Protein Concentrate
Soy Protein Isolate
Whey Protein Concentrate
Protease Enzymes of various sources can release excitotoxin amino acids from food proteins.

Aspartame
Aspartame is a sweetener made from two amino acids, phenylalanine and the excitotoxin aspartate. It should be avoided at all costs. It is implicated in everything from blindness to headaches to convulsions. Sold under dozens of brand names such as NutraSweet and Equal, aspartame breaks down within 20 minutes at room temperature into several primary toxic and dangerous ingredients:
1. DKP (diketopiperazine) (When ingested, converts to a near duplicate of
a powerful brain tumor causing agent)
2. Formic Acid (ant venom)
3. Formaldehyde (embalming fluid)
4. Methanol (causes blindness…extremely dangerous substance)

Common Examples
Diet soft drinks, sugar free gums, sugar free Kool Aid, Crystal Light, childrens’ medications, and thousands of other products claiming to be ‘low calorie’, ‘diet’, or ‘sugar free’.

A Final Note…
Dr. Blaylock recounted a meeting with a senior executive in the food additive industry who told him point blank that these excitotoxins are going to be in our food no matter how many name changes are necessary.

Excitotoxins are a terrible threat to our health, yet the government allows these known (proven) toxins to be added to our food.

Excitotoxins – The Taste that Kills

What are excitotoxins? The word excitotoxin is derived from two words, excite and toxin. A ‘toxin’ is a poison. So excitotoxin is a poison that excites any brain cell it encounters until it dies. These substances are usually amino acids – sounds rather natural and harmless but when these react with specialized receptors in the brain in such a way as to lead to destruction of certain types of brain cells. 

Do you really need excitotoxins in foods? No! They are all used to alter the taste of food. MSG or sodium salt of glutamate, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and natural flavoring are used to enhance the taste of food so that it tastes better. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener –  more popularly recognized by its trade names Nutrasweet and Equal. 

Why are they toxic? This amino acid is a normal neurotransmitter in the brain. In fact, it is the most commonly used neurotransmitter by the brain. Defenders of MSG and aspartame use, usually say: How could a substance that is used normally by the brain cause harm? This is because, glutamate, as a neurotransmitter, exists in the extracellular fluid only in very, very small concentrations – no more than 8 to 12uM. When the concentration of this transmitter rises above this level the neurons begin to fire abnormally. At higher concentrations, the cells undergo a specialized process of delayed cell death known as excitotoxicity, that is, they are excited to death. 

It should also be appreciated that the effects of excitotoxin food additives generally are not dramatic. Some individuals may be especially sensitive and develop severe symptoms and even sudden death from cardiac irritability, but in most instances the effects are subtle and develop over a long period of time. A survey conducted in 1976 found that 25 percent of the public had adverse reactions after having eaten at a Chinese restaurant. This became known as the Chinese Restaurant  Syndrome. 

Why Are Exitotoxins – often called “flavor enhancers” –  Added ton Food? There is only one answer to that question – Money. If you think a food tastes particularly good, you will tend to eat more of it, right? MSG makes food taste shockingly better than it would without it is why it is added to substandard, cheap foods. All processed children’s foods have excitotoxins among the ingredients. 

Hidden Excitotoxins in Foods: Excitotoxins are not present in just a few foods, but rather in almost all processed foods. In many cases they are being added in disguised forms, such as natural flavoring, spices, yeast extract, textured protein, soy protein extract, etc. Also, liquid forms of excitotoxins, as occurs in soups, gravies and diet soft drinks are more toxic than that added to solid foods. This is because they are more rapidly absorbed and reach higher blood levels.

If These are Toxic, Why Are Allowed in Foods?
Dr. George Schwartz in the foreword of the book wrote: “Our watchdogs have become industry pussy cats and the “research” supposedly demonstrating safety is deeply flawed.”

Food Politics

“Food politics underlie all politics in the United States. There is no industry more important – more fundamentally linked to our well-being and future well-being of our children. Like manufacturing cigarettes or building weapons, making food is very big business”.

This book is written by Dr. Marion Nestle, professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition & Food Studies, New York University.  She has served as a nutrition policy advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services and Science Advisory Committees to the Department of Agriculture and FDA.
In this book, Dr. Nestle revealed that:
The “food industry must do everything possible to persuade people to eat more – more food, more often and in larger portions “ – no matter what it does to our well being.
“I eventually came to the conclusion that food companies – just like companies that sell cigarettes, pharmaceuticals or any other commodity – routinely place the needs of stockholders over considerations of public health.”
“Food companies will make and market any product that sells, regardless of its nutritional value or its effects on health.”
“Health companies are not health or social service agencies and nutrition becomes a factor in corporate thinking only when it can help sell food.”
Under the guise of “objective” scientific research, food companies suggest to us that their products are healthy. But according to Dr. Nestle, “when it comes to the mass production and consumption of food … decisions made are driven by economics – not science, not common sense and certainly not health.”
“They expand sales by marketing directly to children, members of minority groups and people in developing countries – whether or not the products are likely to improve people’s diets.”
“Like cigarette companies, food companies co-opt food and nutrition experts by supporting professional organizations and research.”
“It is in the interest of food companies to have people believe that there is no such thing as a “good” food (except when it is theirs); that there is no such thing as “bad” food; that all foods (especially theirs) can be incorporated into healthful diets; and that balance, variety and moderation are the keys to healthful diets – which means that no advice to restrict intake of their particular product is appropriate … If people are confused about nutrition, they  will more likely accept such claims at face value”.
“They lobby Congress to eliminate regulations perceived as unfavourable, they pressed federal regulatory agencies not to enforce such regulations and when they don’t like regulatory decisions, they file lawsuits.”

Appetite for Profit

This book is written by Michele Simon, a public health attorney specializing in nutrition policy and food industry tactics. She teaches health policy at the University of California, Hasting College of the Law.

She wrote:
“We live in a world where fatty, sugary and salty foods – stripped of nutrients during factory processing – are in abundance.”
“Clever manufacturers have made processed food artificially stimulating by isolating particular chemicals that cause pleasure reactions … and ensure that we stay hooked.”
As a result, “the United States is in the middle of a growing epidemic of diet-related health problems, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes.”
“We really cannot expect food companies to be the guardians of public health. I have simply come to realize that under our current economic system, it is not a corporation’s job to protect public health”
“Unlike most people – who have conscience and act (we hope) on the basis of some set of moral principles – a corporation is fundamentally amoral institution. Corporations are in business to make money. Profits must be the ultimate measure of all business decisions.”
“Why can’t companies just make money selling “healthier products”?  This is because companies make more money selling unhealthy food. Truly healthy food doesn’t come in a box. It simply cannot be done and it certainly cannot be done in a way that both maximize profits and benefits public health.”
“Food corporations cannot be trusted to protect the public’s health. Accepting this truth will go a long way to a deeper understanding … Once you realize that every move a food company makes, it’s designed to protect its bottom line, you can then more clearly recognize corporate behavior and not let it fool you.”

Don’t Just Blindly Follow What Your Doctors Say

One of the many forewords of this book was written by Mary Ann Block, D.O. She shared what she had learnt about modern medicine and which most doctors don’t know or would not dare to confess or tell you.

“At the age of 39, I entered medical school. There, I learned what doctors learn but I also learned what doctors don’t learn.”

“I found that doctor s learn what the pharmaceutical companies want them to learn. Almost everything doctors are taught is filtered through the drug companies.”
“Doctors learn to cover up symptoms with drugs instead of trying to find the cause of a health problem and fix it.”
“Doctors learn how to write prescriptions. If all you have is a prescription pad, everyone will  get a prescription.”
“Doctors learn little or nothing about nutrition.”
“Every day I see patients who have been hurt by the medical profession … I am thankful that I learned what doctors don’t know so I can take a different approach – to find the cause, fix the problem!” 

Dr. Block’s advice to all of us: “Don’t just blindly follow what your doctors say. Find out the truth for yourself.”

Why Do We Need to Fight for Our Health?

Read what these people said … 

JOHN HAMMELL, President, International Advocates of Health Freedom wrote:
“Harvey Wiley, M.D., created the FDA with only the best intentions of safeguarding the public health.” 

But in this book, you will learn from Byron Richards that the “FDA has abandoned its public health mission and is acting like a trade association for pharmaceutical interests to protect them from unwanted competition while taking their cues from Wall Street.” 

DIANE MILLER, J.O., Director of Law and Public Policy, National Health Freedom Action wrote:
“Americans are dying by the thousands at the hands of drug companies and government regulators. Americans are putting their trust in places they should not be putting their trust.”
“Science that could benefit mankind was converted to an instrument of control and death. It started with moral weakness in the scientists and business executive who place profit above human life.”

“Doctors are challenged in this book to return to their calling of being “thinking doctors” instead of numb and ignorant robots handing pills out that will change a patient on paper but that will damage a patient’s chance of ever regaining true health.”

JONATHAN EMORD, of Emord Associate wrote:
“If there is one lesson that readers should take away from (this book) more than any other, it is to reject the commonly held view that the FDA is a great defender of the public health. Rather, more times than not FDA is a defender of the economic interests of the largest  drug companies in the world.