- Dr. Schwartz, M.D., author of the book, In Bad Taste, The MSG Syndrome, spoke [at NoMSG conference] about MSG as a drug. He gave convincing reasons why MSG meets every requirement to be called a true drug. Only 1/10 gram swilled in the mouth with water will cause, in many people, immediate spreading excitation in the brain as cocaine will. It can immediately affect the lower esophageal sphincter muscle, and nerve cells in the mouth and tongue. When tested in vitro in the lab, MSG kills healthy cells. He said dosage amounts may have little to do with migraines, just the amount of direct contact to the MSG. He calls MSG the aphrodisiac of the mouth.
- Beneficial drugs have a defined therapeutic potential (like Tagamet for stomach distress). He reasons that since MSG has no therapeutic potential, it fits the standard toxic drug profile, and since it is not a food, it should be banned according to the law.
I'm just putting the question out there, and I'm not sure there's an answer. Conventionally, its the concept that people for religious reasons "don't smoke and don't drink." Good enough. That's basically it.
Here's a copy of the Word of Wisdom in its inception in 1833. It also includes eating grains, fruits and vegetables, and meat sparingly, and the avoidance of "hot drinks," not excluding cocoa, but rather tea and coffee. It has since needed additions:
"With the appearance of cola drinks in the early 1900s, the Church was confronted with cold beverages containing caffeine, a harmful substance believed to make coffee and tea unacceptable. While no official Church position has been stated, leaders have counseled members to avoid caffeine and other addictive chemicals. (See Cola Drinks)
Church leaders universally caution against any use of such drugs as marijuana and cocaine and the abuse of prescription drugs. While none of these substances are mentioned specifically in the Word of Wisdom, the concept of the sanctity of the body and the deleterious effects of chemical substances on it have been emphasized as an extension of the Word of Wisdom." -Light Planet.com I would add that it means getting exercise, respecting our bodies, being free of addictions, and feeling good, so that we can better serve others and be more open to receive spiritual inspiration.
P H Y S I C A L H E A L T H
"The Lord has commanded you to take good care of your body. To do this, observe the Word of Wisdom, found in Doctrine and Covenants 89. Eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. When you do all these things, you remain free from harmful addictions and have control over your life. You gain the blessings of a healthy body, an alert mind, and the guidance of the Holy Ghost.
"Never use tobacco products, such as cigarettes, snuff, chewing tobacco, cigars, and pipe tobacco. They are very addictive and will damage your body and shorten your life. Also, do not drink coffee or tea, for these are addictive and harmful.
"Any form of alcohol is harmful to your body and spirit. Being under the influence of alcohol weakens your judgment and self-control and could lead you to break the law of chastity or other commandments. Drinking can lead to alcoholism, which destroys individuals and families.
Any drug, chemical, or dangerous practice that is used to produce a sensation or “high” can destroy your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. These include hard drugs, prescription or over-the-counter medications that are abused, and household chemicals.
Never let Satan or others lead you to think that breaking the Word of Wisdom will make you happier or more attractive."-For the Strength of Youth Pamphlet p36
See Elder L. Tom Perry expound on the Word of Wisdom. I wondered about the words in the Word of Wisdom "In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days; I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation." Now, are the "conspiring men in the last days" really tobacco and beer companies, illegal drug pushers?
Those with family members that suffer from these addictions may say yes, these substances are destructive and do have very influential propaganda. Illegal drugs, over the top harm. However, I think it goes deeper... the consequences of beer and tobacco are quite widely known, but there's poisons all around in our food supply system, and pollutions being added to the system. We live in a day when people will lie for a buck, say a drug is safe just to get the 5 year profit before its pulled from the shelf, or in the case of MSG, say there's "no proven harm," and just stick with it as long as they can get away with it just to get people to eat more food. Same case with harmful pollutants. They can't get rid of it, so they put it in our water supply (fluoride) and irradiated food (radioactive cobalt-60 and cesium-137) and tell us the benefits of them to create a demand for pollution?
It all makes perfect sense when you watch the movie documentary "The Corporation." Its actually our fault as a country for making these legal entities the way they are. Its a broken system with immeasurable harm being done, and we're being propagandized to believe corporations are the basis of all we have that's good; to quote, "inevitable, indispensable, responsible for progress and the good way of life, remarkably efficient." We the People are responsible for making these "monsters" that need a leach.