Beware of Exitotoxins  


 We surely live in an exciting time in history. If you are not careful, the poisons being put into your food will get you. If you manage to avoid them, the medicinal drugs you are prescribed will do you in. In the chemical age in which we live, the rule must be: Let the buyer beware.

Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., a neurosurgeon at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has researched extensively into a little-known set of substances called excitotoxins. What you don't know can kill you, by inches if not faster.

MSG (monosodium glutamate), Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal), hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and cysteine are all examples of excitotoxin amino acids. They are added to human foods and drinks in order to enhance the flavor. But careful research on animals reveals that they destroy brain cells.

These flavor enhancing chemicals are found naturally in very small amounts in plants. But, anxious to get you to buy more of their products, the food companies use man-made, highly concentrated forms of those chemicals. Fearful that their competitors will sell more food than they do, every (every) major food company uses them to heighten the flavor. The presence of those chemicals in the food causes you to want to eat more of the product than you normally would. Excitotoxins are especially added to foods that have a bland taste or little flavor.

But when the same amount of these chemicals, that you ingest in a bottle of Flavor Cola or a bowl of Nutty Crisps, is added to the rations of test animals (including mice, cats, and chimpanzees), it produces brain damage. The excitotoxins stimulate the neuron brain cells so vigorously, that the cells die of exhaustion! This effect is especially seen in the hypothalamus and temporal lobes which control behavior, emotions, onset of puberty, sleep cycle, hormones, immunity, and a number of other body functions. Short term memory and the ability to learn are also affected.

Several factors determine how much damage occurs at a given meal: the amount that is eaten and how frequently such foods are eaten. Some people eat such food every day or at certain times day after day. Some people drink no water, but derive all their fluids from soft drinks! Guess what is in those soft drinks? Hypoglycemia also makes the brain nerves very sensitive to these chemicals.

Dr. Blaylock recommends that those with a family history of neurodegenerative diseases should make every effort to avoid foods containing excitotoxins. These diseases include Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). They markedly decrease the blood brain barrier, making a person more sensitive than normal to chronic exposure to these dangerous chemicals and consequent brain damage.

Now, let us consider some doctored foods in which these substances are found:

Beware of canned soup, fast foods, junk food, and food found in fast-food or Chinese restaurants. They will generally contain large amounts of MSG.

A meal of this so-called food can, in a child, raise the blood level of excitotoxins six times, which, in primates, destroys brain cells! A child's brain is four times more sensitive to damage by excitotoxins than an adults brain. But the brain damage will not be evident until the child is more mature. Is tasty junk food really worth the damage it is going to bring to you?

The following food additives contain 30% to 60% MSG: monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed plant protein, plant protein extract, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, yeast extract, textured protein, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed oat flour, Accent.

The following food additives contain 12% to 40% MSG: malt extract, malt flavoring, bouillon, broth, stock, flavoring, natural flavoring, natural beef or chicken flavoring, seasoning, spices.

The following additives may contain MSG: Carrageenan, enzymes, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, some types of soy milk.                                                          vf


A legal battle which spanned nearly a decade, centered around a health claim which the natural food industry wanted the FDA to authorize as acceptable on supplement labels. Originally, four claims were requested:

1. Consumption of antioxidant vitamins may reduce the risk of certain cancers.

2. Consumption of fiber may reduce the risk of colon cancer.

3. Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

4. 800 mcg. of folic acid in a dietary supplement is more effective in reducing the risk of neural tube defects than a lower amount in common food form.

Each claim was considered separately and the FDA rejected each one. A lawsuit was filed on January 28, 1994, to require the FDA to authorize the folic acid claim on the labels of folic acid supplements.

One study presented to the court showed that pregnant women who were given 800 mcg. of folic acid in multivitamin supplements experienced a 100% reduction in neural tube defects, compared with a 40% to 80% reduction resulting from a 400 mcg. dosage.

According to a recent survey, only 30% of women of childbearing age know that folic acid reduces birth defects. By censoring this information about folic acid, the FDA was condemning tens of thousands of babies to crippling and irreversible birth defects.

The suit charged that the FDA was violating the Nutrition Labeling and Cosmetic Act, passed by Congress on November 8, 1990, which prevented dietary supplements and foods that make health claims from becoming subject to the FDAs strict drug approval and drug labeling requirements.

The FDA recently lost the case. An estimated 350,000 birth defects occurred in America during the time the folic acid lawsuit was in progress.


Brand name and size of tablet/capsule / Consumer price for 100 tabs/caps / Cost of generic active ingredient for 100 tabs/caps / Percent of markup


Celebrex 100 mg         $130.27        $0.60          21,712%

Claritin 10 mg            $215.17         $0.71         30,306%

Keflex 250 mg             $157.39        $1.88            8,372%

Libitor 20 mg             $272.37         $5.80            4,696%

Norvasc 10 mg           $188.29         $0.14        134,493%

Paxil 20 mg                $220.27         $7.60            2,898%

Prevacid 30 mg           $344.77        $1.01          34,136%

Prilosec 20 mg           $360.97         $0.52          69,417%

Prozac 20 mg             $247.47         $0.11        224,973%

Tenormin 50 mg        $104.47         $0.13          80,362%

Vasotec 10 mg            $102.37         $0.20          51,185%

Xanax 1 mg               $136.79        $0.024       569,958%

Zestril 20 mg               $89.89         $3.20            2,809%

Zithromax 600 mg  $1,482.19       $18.78           7,892%

Zocor 40 mg            $350.27         $8.63            4,059%

Zoloft 50 mg              $206.87         $1.75          11,821%