The glutamate industry and
companies, including pharmaceutical firms, that wish to use processed free
glutamic acid (MSG) in their products, improperly claim that the term
"MSG" only applies to the food ingredient "monosodium
They pretend not to realize that
"monosodium glutamate" is nothing more than glutamic acid that has
been freed from protein through a manufacturing process (processed free glutamic
acid), salt (sodium), and moisture. It is the processed free glutamic acid that
MSG-sensitive people react to, providing that they ingest amounts that exceed
their tolerances for the substance.
Consumers may react to processed
free glutamic acid that is contained in any food ingredient or product,
including AuxiGro, regardless of the name of the ingredient or product.
Because MSG-sensitive people may
react to all ingredients and products that contain processed free glutamic acid,
they refer to such ingredients and products as containing "MSG."
In August, 1995, the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) noted in a document entitled the "FDA
Backgrounder" that consumers frequently refer to all [free] glutamic acid
as "MSG." The "FDA Backgrounder" is still in use by the FDA
and can likely be found on their Web site.
Based on peer reviewed studies,
there is no question that glutamic acid is neurotoxic. This can be easily
confirmed by accessing MEDLINE
retrieval service for studies dating from 1966 to the present, using the words
"glutamic acid" in combination with the words "brain
lesions" and then "neurotoxicity." I would also suggest that you
look up the words besity," " and "seizures" combination with
the words "glutamic acid."
There is also no question that the
young are most at risk from MSG. To confirm this, you might start by reviewing
the work of John W. Olney, MD and look up the words "glutamic acid" in
combination with the words "blood brain barrier" and "placental
You will learn that the blood brain
barrier is not fully developed in the young to protect against toxins that enter
the blood, and that glutamic acid can also penetrate the placental barrier.
Disregarding the blood brain
barrier and the placental barrier issues, the literature clearly indicates that,
based on the amount of MSG used in the 1970s, over
25% of the population react to MSG.
Although we have not reviewed all
vaccines used on infants, we have found one or two sources of processed free
glutamic acid (MSG) in those that we have information on. In discussion with a
retired executive of a company that produces vaccines, he suggested to me that
all viral vaccines would have free glutamic acid, used to feed the live virus.
The glutamic acid in vaccines are
often described as "stabilizers," i.e., ingredients to keep the virus
alive. We describe them as a hidden source of processed free glutamic acid
An example for you would be the
Chickenpox Vaccine by VariVax -- Merck & Co., Inc. (Merck). This vaccine
includes "L-monosodium glutamate" and "hydrolyzed gelatin."
Another example would be Merck's
M-M-R vaccine. The product insert states that the growth medium for measles and
mumps includes "amino acids" and "glutamate." It is also
stated that the medium for rubella included "amino acids" and
"hydrolyzed gelatin." Finally, it states that the "reconstituted
vaccine" for subcutaneous administration includes hydrolyzed gelatin.
We have no way of knowing which
amino acids are used in Merck's vaccines, but we do know that the amino acids
"glutamic acid," "aspartic acid," and "L-cysteine"
We also know that any hydrolyzed
protein, such as the hydrolyzed gelatin will contain some processed free
glutamic acid (MSG), some aspartic acid, and some L-cysteine, all considered to
be neurotoxic by neuroscientists. Even without hydrolyzing gelatin, gelatin
contains over 11% processed free glutamic acid (MSG) and some aspartic acid and
L-cysteine. It is present as a result of the manufacturing process that results
The product insert for M-M-R
vaccine by Merck provides a contraindication that states, in part:
"Hypersensitivity to any component of the vaccine, including gelatin."
It is footnoted to the following reference.
I cannot help but wonder if at
least some of the subjects in the study above reacted to gelatin. Most reactions
to processed free glutamic acid (MSG), as contained in gelatin, are not IgE
mediated. They are best described as a sensitivity to a toxic substance.
If you wish to determine more about
Merck vaccines, I would suggest you call their National Service Center at (800)
NSC-MERCK. Do not ask about the presence of "MSG" in vaccines. Rather,
ask about the presence of "free glutamic acid." You will have a better
chance of getting a reliable answer.
Not long ago, a vaccine for
Rotavirus came to market. The product, which contained some processed free
glutamic acid (MSG), carried a warning in the product insert that it not be used
for individuals who had a hypersensitivity to MSG. Shortly after the Rotavirus
came to market, it was found that the vaccine resulted in digestive blockages,
and the product was withdrawn from the market.
One last comment regarding the
exposure of infants to processed free glutamic acid (MSG): the presence of
processed free glutamic acid (MSG) in infant formulas.
We have found that major brands of
infant formula, if not all infant formulas,
contain some processed free glutamic acid (MSG). The hypoallergenic
soy formulas contain very high levels of MSG. See www.truthinlabeling.org/formulacopy.html
for further detail.
It might be worthwhile for someone
to do a study of people who were raised on hypoallergenic formulas to determine
if they have experienced a higher incidence of obesity, learning disabilities,
and/or ADHD, in childhood and/or endocrine disorders later in life, as compared
with people who were breast fed, and then as compared with people who were
raised on milk based infant formulas.
If I can be of any further help to
anyone on this important subject, they should not hesitate to write or call. If
anyone receives a list of ingredients from vaccine producers, I would be pleased
to go over the ingredients and advise them of the ingredients that contain
processed free glutamic acid (MSG).
Phone: (858) 481-9333