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The fellow’s from Waterloo with a good local
Mennonite name of “Erb”.
What can I say J.
MSG (a slow poison)
The food additive MSG (Mono-Sodium
Glutamate) is a slow poison.
MSG hides behind 25 or more names,
such as Natural Flavoring.'
MSG is even in your favorite coffee
from Tim Horton's and Starbucks coffee
I wondered if there could be an actual
chemical causing the massive obesity
epidemic, and so did a friend of mine, John
He was a research assistant
at the University of Waterloo in
Ontario, Canada, and spent years working for
He made an amazing discovery while
going through scientific journals for a book
he was writing called The Slow Poisoning of
In hundreds of studies around the world,
scientists were creating obese mice and rats
to use in diet or diabetes test studies. No
strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so
scientists have to create them.
They make these creatures morbidly
obese by injecting them with MSG when they
are first born.
The MSG triples the amount of insulin the
pancreas creates, causing rats (and perhaps
humans) to become obese.
have a name for the fat rodents they
create: 'MSG-Treated Rats.'
When I heard this, I was shocked.
I went into my kitchen and checked
the cupboards and the refrigerator.
MSG was in everything -- the
Campbell's soups, the Hostess Doritos, the
potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty
Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned
gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, and
Kraft salad dressings, especially the
'healthy low-fat' ones.
The items that didn't have MSG marked on the
product label had something called
'Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein,' which is
just another name for Monosodium Glutamate.
It was shocking to see just how many of the
foods we feed our children everyday are
filled with this stuff.
MSG is hidden under many different
names in order to fool those who read the
ingredient list, so that they don't catch
(Other names for MSG are 'Accent,
'Aginomoto,' 'Natural Meat
But it didn't stop there.
When our family went out to eat, we started
asking at the restaurants what menu items
Many employees, even the managers,
swore they didn't use MSG.
But when we ask for the ingredient list,
which they grudgingly provided, sure enough,
MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein were
Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's,Taco Bell,
every restaurant -- even the sit-down
eateries like TGIF, Chili's, Applebee's, and
Denny's -- use MSG in abundance.
Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be
the WORST offender: MSG was in every chicken
dish, salad dressing, and gravy.
No wonder I loved to eat that coating
on the skin -- their secret spice was MSG!
So why is MSG in so many of the foods we
Is it a preservative, or a vitamin?
Not according to my friend John Erb.
In his book The Slow Poisoning of
America, he said that MSG is added to
food for the addictive effect it has on the
Even the propaganda website sponsored by the
food manufacturers lobby group supporting
MSG explains that the reason they add it to
food is to make people eat more.
A study of the elderly showed that older
people eat more of the foods that it is
The Glutamate Association lobbying
group says eating more is a benefit to the
elderly, but what does it do to the rest of
'Betcha can't eat [just] one,' takes on a
whole new meaning where MSG is concerned!
And we wonder why the nation is
MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it
addicts people to their products.
It makes people choose their product
over others, and makes people eat more of it
than they would if MSG wasn't added.
Not only is MSG scientifically proven to
cause obesity, it is an addictive substance.
Since its introduction into the
American food supply fifty years ago, MSG
has been added in larger and larger doses to
the pre-packaged meals, soups, snacks, and
fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday.
The FDA has set no limits on how much of it
can be added to food. They claim it's safe
to eat in any amount.
But how can they claim it's safe when
there are hundreds of scientific studies
with titles like these:
glutamate (MSG) obese rat as a model
for the study of exercise in obesity.'
Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT,
Ribeiro IA. Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol.
'Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced
hypothalamic serotonin release in both
normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats.'
Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho VB,
Mori C, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro.
Brain Res Bull. 2002 Aug.
'Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium
glutamate treatment in spontaneously
An animal model of multiple risk
factors.' Iwase M, Yamamoto
M, Iino K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N,
Yoshinari Fujishima. Hypertens
'Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of
monosodium glutamate in suckling period and
subsequent development of obesity.'
Tanaka K, Shimada M,
Nakao K Kusunoki.
No, the date
of that last study was not a typo; it
Both the 'medical research community'
manufacturers' have known about the
side effects of MSG for
Many more of the studies mentioned in John
Erb's book link MSG to diabetes, migraines
and headaches, autism, ADHD, and even
So what can we do to stop the food
manufactures from dumping this fattening and
addictive MSG into our food supply and
causing the obesity epidemic we now see?
Several months ago, John Erb took his book
and his concerns to one of the highest
government health officials in Canada. While
he was sitting in the government office, the
official told him, 'Sure, I know how bad MSG
I wouldn't touch the stuff.'
But this top-level
government official refuses to tell
the public what he knows.
The big media doesn't want to tell the
public either, fearing issues with their
It seems that the fallout on the fast
industry may hurt their profit
The food producers and restaurants
have been addicting us to their products for
years, and now we are paying the price for
Our children should not be cursed
with obesity caused by an addictive food
But what can I do about it?
I'm just one voice!
What can I do to stop the poisoning
of our children, while our governments are
insuring financial protection for the
industry that is poisoning us?
This message is going out to everyone I know
in an attempt to tell you the truth that the
corporate-owned politicians and media won't
The best way you can help to save yourself
and your children from this drug-induced
epidemic is to forward this article to
everyone. With any luck, it will circle the
globe before politicians can pass the
legislation protecting those who are
The food industry learned a lot from the
tobacco industry. Imagine if big tobacco had
a bill like this in place before someone
blew the whistle on nicotine?
If you are one of
the few who can still believe that
MSG is good for us and you don't believe
what John Erb has to say, see for
Go to the National Library of
. Type in the words 'MSG
Obese' and read a
few of the 115 medical studies that
We the public do not want to be rats in one
giant experiment, and we do not approve of
food that makes us into a nation of obese,
lethargic, addicted sheep, feeding the food
industry's bottom line while waiting for the
heart transplant, the diabetic-induced
amputation, blindness, or other
obesity-induced, life-threatening disorders.
With your help we can put an end to this
Do your part in sending this message
out by word of mouth, e-mail, or by
distribution of this printout to your
friends all over the world and stop this
'Slow Poisoning of Mankind' by the packaged
Blowing the whistle on MSG is our
responsibility, so get the word out.