Here are some excerpts from other sites.
Also be sure to look at www.truthinlabeling.org...
Glutamate and Autism
On Age of Autism today,John Erb has a very good post on the role of glutamate in vaccines, and in food in the form of MSG, and autism. Specifically
the rapid brain growth seen in children like my Chandler and his big beautiful giant head. Everyone in the vaccine debate needs to read it, along with
the information Carol Hoernlein has posted on MSGTruth.org.
“I have a very clear memory of watching tv with my mother around 1976 when we saw a commercial for Accent Flavor Enhancer - "Brings Out The Flavor
Of Food!". I must have said something to the effect of, 'hey mom... lets get that." (apparently I was a foodie from quite a young age). She
explained that Accent was not a spice mix that actually makes the food taste better, but a chemical called monosodium glutamate that acts on your
brain to make it think the food tastes better, and that we couldn't buy it because it gave her those horrible migraines that sent her to bed for
“MSG is absorbed very quickly in the gastrointestinal tract when it is in liquid form such as soups. MSG could spike blood plasma levels of
glutamate. Glutamic acid is in a class of chemicals known as excitotoxins. High levels of excitotoxins are proven in animal studies to cause damage to
the brain and a variety of chronic diseases.
Under current FDA regulations, significant amounts of free glutamate can be included in food under the following ingredient labels: MSG, monosodium
glutamate, glutamic acid, hydrolyzed protein, autolyzed protein, textured protein, yeast extract, autolyzed yeast extract, protein isolate, soy sauce,
modified food starch, modified corn starch, calcium caseinate, and sodium caseinate. In some cases, significant amounts of free glutamate are also
added as broth, maltodextrin, seasonings, or natural flavour. (source: Wikipedia)
MSG is best removed from an autism diet because autistic kids tend to be sensitive to it. With so many unhealthy effects, in fact, it is best to
remove this additive from the diet of your entire family.” www.autismdietplan.com...
“The literature is clear in demonstrating that MSG is toxic to humans and that over 25% of the population suffer adverse reactions from MSG. In the
opinion of this writer, the subject is only controversial because of the input of the three organizations mentioned above and because of research they
have funded to discredit findings of others and to tell the story that the glutamate industry wants told, research that is flawed to the point of
"Monosodium glutamate" is approximately 78% processed free glutamic acid and 22% sodium (salt) and moisture, with about 1% contaminants. It is the
processed free glutamic acid that causes people to suffer adverse reactions, and, unfortunately, there are over 40 food ingredients other than
"monosodium glutamate" that contain processed free glutamic acid in varying amounts.5 Consequently, consumers refer to all processed “
“Why would the FDA side with the glutamate and food and drug industry in claiming MSG is safe? The FDA says that there is no science to indicate
that MSG is unsafe. That is a blatant lie. All one need do is to access the Medline retrieval service at a medical school library, a major public
library, or through the Internet. Do a "keyword search," requesting abstracts, using the words "glutamic acid" in combination with the words
"learning disabilities." Then do additional searches in which you combine "glutamic acid" with such words as "obesity," "brain lesions,"
"blood brain barrier," "placental barrier," "migraine headache," "tachycardia," "asthma," "seizures," "neurodegenerative disease,"
"retina," "schizophrenia," "hormones," "amyotrophic lateral sclerosis," and "multiple sclerosis." Also, access the Psychological Abstracts
retrieval system and combine the words "glutamic acid" with "behavior."
Long before you have finished your search, you will wonder what the FDA is thinking when they continue a GRAS (generally recognized as safe)
designation for MSG. You may also wonder how the EPA can allow free glutamic acid to be sprayed on agricultural crops.”