Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Bad Science

This video slide show appears to be a college campus lecture on MSG.

Here's a list of the research supporting the fact that MSG is bad for our health, plus another totally different list of research also supporting the fact that MSG is not good. You may ask what does all the research find? Here's an article showing the suppression of information concerning MSG.

Ways that studies are illegitimately claiming MSG to be"safe":

Studies are funded by the sellers of MSG. There are mountains of "MSG is safe" studies, all funded by the glutamate association, and all flawed, which dwarfs the amount of real, objective, research and scientfic work, of which studies are serious and alarming.

Ketone, a known glutamate blocker, is used to anesthetize the animals when they're put to sleep and studied for damage.

Light microscopes and not electron microscopes are used in studies. Light microscopes do not detect neuronal damage, but only neural mortality. Brain damage may be present and not detected.

The toxic effects are cumulative; short studies are inadequate, so its fairly simple to show MSG is "safe".

Claims that glutamate studies on animals do not apply to humans. In fact, humans are four times more sensitive to glutamate toxicity than rats and 20 times more sensitive than rhesus monkeys.

Stating a toxic level that we're able to tolerate. Everyone has a different tolerance level, as is true with alcohol and other drugs. Add to this, though, that the toxic level that is stated "safe" in the FASEB report compiled for the FDA (which was the latest review of MSG by the FDA) was never examined and compared to how much we are eating! The FASEB states "less than 3 grams" is safe for consumption. Meals commonly served at restaurants can contain 5+ grams of MSG.

Human studies are done with placebos that contain aspartate, another excitoxin. What significant difference will there be between experimental groups and controls when they're both getting excitoxins?

Lastly, try airing a show to the public about the truth about MSG. When TV channels are paid by advertisers producing food full of MSG, would it make sense to upset their main contributors? The true studies don't really get to the public because of controlled media.

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