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Contributed by Harrell Graham on November 19th, 2010

The Taliban is Not Hiding in my Kitchen, but MSG is

By Harrell Graham

Big Pharma already had an array of drugs which could produce just about any desired effect. Need to stay awake? No problem, we’ve got drugs for that. Go to sleep? Take your pick. Need to lose weight? Here, swallow these. We’ve also got drugs to help you urinate, defecate, lower your blood pressure, raise your blood pressure. Lower your cholesterol, raise your blood sugar, lower your blood sugar, raise your insulin, lower your insulin. Raise your libido, lower your chances of getting pregnant, increase your chances of getting pregnant. Feeling sad and blue? Here, we’ve got an arsenal of pills for you…take your pick: uppers, downers, in-betweeners, mood-elevators, crazy reducers, erection inducers.

We did mention, didn’t we, that we have pills to decrease your appetite. Need to lose weight? Sure, we’ve got drugs for that. But wait. There is one thing we’ve not yet mentioned. The close observer will note that we didn’t mention that we have a substance to make you eat more.

If monosodium glutamate (MSG) really is--according to Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD-- “like fertilizer for cancer” then why haven’t we, the American people, been warned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which we pay with our hard-earned tax dollars, to protect us from poison in our food?


The research shows MSG not only makes us fat, it makes kids stupid, and causes headaches, central nervous system damage, infertility, heart disease, depression and cancer.  

‘Flavors’, ‘natural flavors’ ‘yeast extract’ & ‘hydrolyzed protein’ are only a few of the names under which MSG is hidden. If we can’t get angry over a government that knowingly allows this noxious stuff to be hidden in much of our food, well, then something is very, very wrong.


Righteous anger is a good thing, if put to constructive use, and if ever there were a time calling for constructive anger, this is one of those times.  Our government has allowed the food companies to profit from the money we hand over to them in the grocery stores for food containing MSG that they knew would harm us in multiple ways.  Yes, that’s right, you’re paying the food companies to give you everything from headaches to cancer, and the MSG makes you stupid in the process.  How elegant--a food additive that makes us consumers stupid and depressed while it is killing us so we don’t know or care enough to fight back.


And how did the Christian Broadcasting Network News (CBN News)—not CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, New York Times, etc, etc—beat all other mass media investigative journalists to the punch with their amazing video expose? (see below)  Even books purporting to be critical exposes of the American diet, such as “Fast Food Nation”, missed the ‘MSG connection’.   


Yet the information that CBN exposes has been known for a long time.  Why has it taken so long to come out to a mass audience?  The reason is because most newspapers, television and radio stations are dependent on advertising dollars from corporations.  They stand to lose millions in advertising revenue If they do truthful stories about harmful products their corporate sponsors sell.  The secretive MSG industry—which includes most food companies because they put this poison (usually hidden) in their products--is in the many billions of dollars, but apparently CBN isn’t beholden to any of them because, I suppose, CBN doesn’t need their money.  I laughed out loud as Pat Robertson picked up popular food products containing MSG that he found in his kitchen, held them in front of the camera, and said “These are all destined for the garbage can.”  You won’t see that on most news shows!


If you care about your health and the health of those you love, please take the time to click on the links below, then click on the ‘Play’ button.  (Each segment is not long.)  And, if you don’t get angry after watching this series—after you learn how you have been a lab rat of the highest profitability--well, maybe you need to take a different kind of anger management class, or cut back on Prozac.


Please note that the ’60 Minutes’ show from 1991 was the first and last expose done by any major media outlet. The producer of 60 Minutes said that 60 Minutes had never experienced such heavy industry pressure on any program during ’60 Minutes’ time on television. After the 60 Minutes show twenty years ago there has been a deafening silence from the media about this toxic chemical. No stories. None. Nada. They don’t dare to jeopardize all their advertising revenue from the food companies!

And why do the food companies put this stuff in as many products as they can?  Because it makes people eat more than they otherwise would and thereby boosts the profits of those food companies.  Having essentially no taste of its own MSG has, however, the startling effect when mixed with food of stimulating the nerves and brain to make it seem like something ‘exciting’ is happening in the mouth.  It makes you eat more, faster.  Furthermore, through damage to the hypothalamus and/or due to a lowering of glucose levels, the resulting feeling of hunger also makes one eat more food than is needed.


This is a sad way to make an extra buck.  I mean, we would still buy these food products without the MSG—we’re hungry, after all.  But to deliberately poison us just so they can sell a few million more cans of soup, protein bars, pizzas and sandwich meats?   It is my sincere desire that enough people wake up and stop buying these poisonous products thereby causing all the guilty fat-cat food executives to at least lose their stock options.  Maybe they’ll even have to go directly to jail without passing ‘Go’.  And from their jail cells they can contemplate all the harm they’ve done while wishing they had never sold their souls for a bigger stock price.   


Because if companies knowingly harm customers those companies are liable not just for damages, but for treble damages.  If you think the multi-billion dollar damage awards were big in the tobacco lawsuits just wait till some heroic attorneys take up the battle cry for MSG.  Hollywood, please start taking notes now so you can prepare the sequel to “The Insider”, the Russell Crowe/Al Pacino movie about tobacco.    


If our government can’t protect us from basic assaults like greedy food companies profiting from our painful demise, then what good is that government?  The Taliban is not hiding inside my kitchen, but MSG is.  This is what we pay our government to do—protect us.  Okay United States Government, do the job we, the people, elected you to do--protect us.  You can start by requiring the food companies to put on labels the presence and amount of MSG rather than allowing them to hide it under code words like “flavors” and “natural flavors”.  This way we can at least have a choice in the matter.  Is that too much to ask of the government which wants us to get all teary-eyed every time we hear the lyrics “the home of the brave and land of the free”?


See http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html

for a complete list of hidden sources of MSG.

See http://www.truthinlabeling.org/adversereactions.html for a complete list of adverse reactions to MSG.

MSG, aspartame are “like fertilizer for cancer” (Interview with Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD)


Video clips:

Part 1   The Hidden Dangers in Your Food



Part 2   Your Brain’s Biggest Enemy



Part 3   MSG, Cancer and Your Heart



Part 4    Avoiding the MSG Threat


'60 Minutes' show from 1991


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