Sunday, July 31, 2005

Can a Food Additive Cause Our Obesity Epidemic


I wondered if there could be an actual chemical
causing the massive obesity
epidemic, so did John Erb from Canada. He was a
research assistant at the
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
and spent years working
for the government. He made an amazing discovery while
going through
scientific journals for a book he was writing called
The Slow Poisoning of America.
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 the scientists have to create
them. They make these
morbidly obese creatures by injecting them with MSG
when they are first born.
The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas
creates, causing rats (and
humans?) to become obese they even have a title for
the race of fat rodents
they create: "MSG-Treated Rats" MSG?

I was shocked too. I went to my kitchen, checking the
cupboards and the
fridge. MSG was in everything! The Campbell's soups,
the Hostess Doritos, the
Lays flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker
Hamburger Helper, Heinz
canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, Kraft
salad dressings, especially
the 'healthy low fat' ones. The items that didn't have
MSG 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. They
hide MSG under many different
names in order to fool those who catch on.

But it didn't stop there. When our family went out to
eat, we started asking
at the restaurants what menu items had MSG. 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 everywhere. Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's,
Taco Bell, every restaurant,
even the sit down ones like TGIF, Chilis', Applebees
and Denny's use MSG in
abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the
WORST offender: MSG as 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 may of the foods we eat? Is it a
preservative or a
vitamin? Not according to my friend John. In the book
he wrote, an expose of the
food additive industry called The Slow Poisoning of
America, , he said that MSG is added to
food for the addictive effect it has on the
human body. Even the propaganda website sponsored by
the food manufacturers
lobby group supporting MSG at:
explains that the reason they add it to food is to
make people eat more.

A study of elderly people showed that people eat more
of the foods that it
is added to. The Glutamate Association lobby group
says eating more benefits
the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us?
'Betcha can't eat just
one', takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is
concerned! And we wonder why the
nation is overweight?
The 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

Since its introduction into the American food supply
fifty years ago, MSG
has been added in larger and larger doses to the
prepackaged meals, soups,
snacks and fast foods we are tempted to eat every day.
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
How can they claim it is safe when there are hundreds
of scientific studies
with titles like these?

The monosodium 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. 2002

Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic
serotonin release in
both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats.
Guimaraes RB, Telles MM,
Coelho VB, Mori RC, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro Brain Res
Bull. 2002 Aug

Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate
treatment in spontaneously
hypertensive rats: an animal model of multiple risk
Yamamoto M, Iino K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N,
Yoshinari Fujishima Hypertens
Res. 1998 Mar

Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium
glutamate in suckling
period and subsequent development of obesity. Tanaka
Shimada M, Nakao K, Kusunoki Exp Neurol. 1978 Oct

Yes, that last study was not a typo, it WAS written
in 1978. Both the
medical research community and food "manufacturers"
have known MSG's side effects
for decades! Many more studies mentioned in John
Erb's book link MSG to
Diabetes, Migraines and headaches, Autism, ADHD and
even Alzheimer's. But what can
we do to stop the food manufactures from dumping
fattening and addictive MSG
into our food supply and causing the obesity epidemic
we now see? Even as you
read this, George W. Bush and his corporate
supporters are pushing a Bill
through Congress. Called the "Personal Responsibility
in Food Consumption Act"
also known as the "Cheeseburger Bill "this sweeping
law bans anyone from
suing food manufacturers, sellers and distributors.
Even if it comes out that
they purposely added an addictive chemical to their
Read about it for yourself at:
"Last month the House of Representatives passed the
"Personal Responsibility
in Food Consumption Act" to protect the food and
beverage industry from
civil lawsuits. Under the measure, known as the
"Cheeseburger Bill," people who
buy food or drinks couldn't sue the companies that
made them, the stores that
sold them or the restaurants that served them if they
got fat from the
products, so long as the products met existing laws.
The Senate is expected to take
up a similar bill later this year."

The Bill has already been rushed through the House of
Representatives, and
is due for the same rubber stamp at Senate level. It
is important that Bush
and his corporate supporters get it through before
the media lets everyone know
about MSG, the intentional Nicotine for food.

Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his
concerns to one of the
highest government health officials in Canada. While
sitting in the Government
office, the official told him "Sure I know how bad MSG
is, I wouldn't touch
the stuff!" But this top-level government official
refused to tell the public
what he knew. The big media doesn't want to tell the
public either, fearing
legal issues with their advertisers. It seems that the
fallout on the fast
food industry may hurt their profit margin.

So what do we do? The food producers and restaurants
have been addicting us
to their products for years, and now we are paying the
price for it. Our
children should not be cursed with obesity caused by
an addictive food additive.
But what can I do about it? I'm just one voice, what
can I do to stop the
poisoning of our children, while guys like Bush are
insuring financial
protection for the industry that is poisoning us.

I for one am doing something about it. I am sending
this email out to
everyone I know in an attempt to show you the truth
that the corporate owned
politicians and media won't tell you. The best way you
can help save yourself and
your children from this drug-induced epidemic, is to
forward this email to
everyone. With any luck, it will circle the globe
before Bush can pass the Bill
protecting those who poisoned us. 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? Blow the whistle
on MSG. 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 yourself. Go
to the National Library of
Medicine, at Type in the words "MSG
Obese", and read a few of
the 115 medical studies that appear.

We 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, waiting
for the slaughter. With your help we can put an end to
this, and stop the
Slow Poisoning of America. Let's save our children
says (John Erb) ...


Anonymous said...

No comments YET? Its been over 2 years!!
I guess people are saying"ya ya, we heard of that".
My own [grown] son told me "I LIKE MSG", to shut me up about my health yapping... which I do too much I guess... but he just doesn't like "problems" so he doesn't have any I guess... how nice for him eh....

No wonder he likes MSG, I told him, thats sort of the point and the problem, thats why it is addictive... you may like rat poisen too my boy!! [but that doesn't mean you should eat it].

Anonymous said...

It has been my experience that most people do not get on any bandwagon that opposes anything they enjoy or feel comfortable matter how much evidence is presented that something is harmful. Cases in point: Cigarettes, MSG, Aspartame/Equal, food dyes, food preservatives, growth hormones, genetic modifications, etc. Even when dire consequences hit home, few people are willing to do more than seek a quick fix for their own immediate problems. After all it is far easier to dismiss and deny the "big picture". It requires an individual to be motivated to seek change for the greater good, in the face of apathy and hidden agendas by their peers, corporations, and government officials.

Anonymous said...

It may take a while, but people will begin to see the light. I'm reading this on 7-17-2011 because I am seeing more about this all the time. I've always felt all the additives couldn't be good for us, "it's not natural". I recently heard something about manufacturers using them to addict us to their products, and that makes me angry. I've been struggling with my weight as I hit middle-age. Now I know of one more reason to investigate. Knowledge is power. The industries making money off of our ignorance don't care about us and don't want us to be enlightened. Thank you for posting!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the clear information and suggested reading for MSG! I will put down the Cheetos and check labels.