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.”
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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.

Reading This Book Made Me Sick to the Stomach


This book is written by Byron J. Richards, a clinical nutritionist and founder of Wellness Resources. Reading this book makes me sick to the stomach. Basically the author exposed the secret world of the (US) FDA and showed how it betrayed the American people.  He also exposed the scam of the sickness industry – the collusions of the Power-That-Be with Wall Street (the big businesses) and the drug companies.

In the Introduction of the book, Byron Richards wrote:
  • “The FDA has spent the last hundred years boosting the profits of drug companies and eliminating competition to those companies, acting as a misguided police force that has little to do with public safety.”
  • In 1992, President Bill Clinton “allowed the FDA to accept millions of dollars in drug company money to help approve drugs.”
  • “President George Bush actually turned portions of the FDA itself into a drug company, responding primarily to the interests of Wall Street. He installed a new FDA chief and second-in-command who have multiple connections to drug companies and Wall Street.”
  • “Public safety is low on the list. Citizens’ rights are low on the list. Rushing new and expensive unproven drugs onto the market is now the priority.”
  • “Under the pretense of public safety the FDA, Bush Administration and various congressional leaders are attacking alternative health care. Drugs, not vitamins, are killing 100,000 Americans a year and sending 1.6 million people to the hospital with adverse reactions.”

GM Mosquitoes — Do You Hear That?

Dr Lim Thuang Seng, an immunologist appeals to the government to seriously reconsider their intention to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Pahang and Malacca. According to him, GM mosquitoes will fail, and incur heavy costs.

Let me highlight two comments from readers who read this report.

Read X wrote: Firstly, how much does an immunologist know about mosquitoes. That is best left to the entomologists. Although it is quite rightly pointed out that this is likely going to be a short term measure, it may be important to halt the epidemic scourge at this moment. Therefore it is of paramount importance to stress on basic cleanliness of our environment, in tandem with this exercise. Only in this way can we ensure longer term success with dengue. Dr Lim, as an immunologists, what are your solutions? It is easy to say what will fail, but what we need is for bright brains like yourself to tell the nation about what measures that might work.

My comment: You cannot solve human problems with Ph.D. certificates. Only commonsense and wisdom which comes from experience devoid of hidden “greed” can help. First, let us understand what this whole thing about Genetically Modified Organism is all about.

Reader Y wrote: The writer had pointed out GM mosquitoes are not feasible. Not only that, it is also potentially dangerous and harmful. So why should we go ahead with something that will not produce results and pose a danger at the same time. To do so is completely stupid! Like Anon said earlier, money must have changed hands and cannot tarik balik!