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Monday, October 8th, 2007
12:04 am
Hey guys! I'm new to this community...XD

But anyways, about a year and a half ago I had a nightmare about monosodium glutamate and became terrified of it. (Odd, huh?) Thankfully, I'm over my fear but now I'm in a battle against food additives. I was really excited to find this community and know that there are other people aware of the harm artificial sweeteners and additives can bring.

Currently I am doing an independent study about these artificial additives/sweeteners and because of that I discovered this really wonderful book called "Sweet Deception" by Dr. Mercola. It's quite wonderful and very well sourced so if you guys are at all interested in the topic, I'd totally recommend reading it.

Hope you're all having wonderful organic days! ;D
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
9:57 pm
New here, have questions...
Hi all,
I just joined this community because I'm looking for a little advice and support.
I was diagnosed with MSG sensitivity about 5 months ago, in addition to being lactose intolerant (which I figured out six months before that) and it's meant a variety of diet and lifestyle changes since then. Most of the time I handle it OK, but avoiding processed foods has been extremely difficult, because I'm a full time student and working.
The main problem is, I'm going on a 5 day trip with some friends at the end of the month. These friends refuse to believe that I actually have problems with food and insist that it's all in my head, because the doctor who diagnosed me was a chiropractor and naturopath. They constantly call him a quack and claim that his treatments were what made another friend of theirs seriously ill. When I tell them about how much better I feel than I did six months ago, they chalk it up to placebo effect, and if I have a reaction now, they say it's nothing. The thing that kills me is, these people have seen me get sick from too much fast food - the last time we took an extended trip together, I was running for the bathroom almost constantly. And because they and their friends number in the majority on this trip, I will have little or no say in where, when, and what we will be eating - and since it's a plane trip it's going to be harder to bring my own food.
The only way out of this (i.e. the only way they'll believe me) is to get actual medical diagnosis from a "real doctor," which I'm a bit wary of because I don't want to run into one that completely writes off naturopathic medicine.
Any suggestions of what to do? Any specific tests I should try to have done?

Also - a lot of fruit juices, including superfood juices, contain "natural flavors" - how bad are these and should they be avoided too? I've heard that open cell chlorella is good for helping your body process toxins, and have heard that the best way to get it is through liquid, but I've had a hard time finding superfood juices without "natural flavors." Suggestions?
Also, Amy's food products - are they really MSG-free? NewsTarget.com seems to think so, but I'm not 100% sure.

Thanks, and good luck to you all!
Thursday, January 25th, 2007
10:25 pm
I was really hungry at uni today and had only really made enough food for lunch, so I had to go on a hunt for something I could eat (full elimination diet starting, currently gluten free, dairy free, egg free, celery free).
I was reading the ingredients on crisps and the Walkers salt and vinegar had a nice "Suitable for Coeliacs" symbol, but in the ingredients it said Monosodium Glutamate (from wheat).

I'm really new to this so... what?


Current Mood: confused
Friday, January 12th, 2007
9:58 pm
Hi all
First, a bit about me: I'm a 43 year old mother of 3 grown children, living in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

I joined this community because of my husband, who is extremely allergic to MSG - next major exposure will probably result in him getting jabbed with an Epi-Pen (I have anaphylaxis to natural rubber latex) and sent to the hospital. I could barely give him enough meds last time...

And for those who are wondering: yes,its an allergy. Benadryl (an antihistamine - Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride) doesn't work on food sensitivities.

He has discovered that MSG comes in a variety of disguises, and in Canada at least, it is not required to list additives on an ingredient list when they are less than 2% of the total ingredients. This presents problems that are learned the hard way...

Some coffee blends also have soy protein added at the manufacturing level - Tim Horton's and Jack Kelly principly. They're notable for a metallic taste when tepid.

It took almost 2 years to clear out of his system completely, but it took 9 years to get to the state he was in - he went to the doctor and said, "I'm dying. Tell me what I have."
The doctor tested him 8 ways to Sunday, but nothing turned up except an elevated creatine level. The doctor aske if he was allergic to MSG, hubby said, "Yes, but I avoid it," and the doctor pulled out a (very much shorter) list and presented it to him.

Well, talk about frustrated! Everything my husband liked turned out to have disguised MSG in it. It's been a struggle, but he's finding alternates and, as he heals, he found that things didn't have to be so highly seasoned for him to appreciate them.

I was interested to read about the aspartame and red#40: He doesn't like diet pop, and maybe I know why now. He was, in his words, "A Ritalin child," and found that red #40 did the same number on him as vorpal

However, he used the red as a pick-me-up, since caffeine doesn't do its usual tricks on ADD or ADHD people. Still uses the red  when he's dragged out...

Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
6:18 pm
Japan? Cannabis, magnesium, SAD, not in that order
Hullooo, I'm new! I'm a graduate student in the UK of materials science, and I have a grounding in physics and chemistry. I'm also (obviously, since I'm here) intolerant to MSG, and aspartame. I also have an abnormal reaction to cannabis - if I inhale even one breath of other people's smoke, it makes me suicidal and dizzy without exception, and if eaten (accidentally!) in doses that make other people slightly giggly, it makes me catatonic, as in lying on the floor unable to move or speak and trying very hard to concentrate on breathing. I also have Seasonal Affective Disorder. Sucks to be me, etc., but worse things happen at sea.

About three years ago I accidentally stopped eating things with MSG and aspartame in them for three months, and was absolutely astonished that my head didn't hurt whenever I ate, and I could concentrate on things in the early afternoon. For the whole rest of my life I'd been eating crisps (potato chips, for you 'merkins out there :) for lunch and spending the afternoon with a headache, an elevated heart rate and anxiety, and an inability to concentrate, and I'd just thought everybody felt like that all the time. Gah! Now I've not eaten MSG and aspartame for three years, and when I do by accident, I really notice it.

Magnesium, SAD and cannabis
Now, I did some research a while back when I had some spare time, went to the college library and nosed through some biochemistry textbooks. I found out that glutamine and whatever it is that aspartame turns into (can't remember) may fit into the same receptor, and the receptor can be "turned off" by magnesium. I also found out that this receptor was rather vital for some brain functions, but not for breathing. If one amino acid in the receptor is wrong, it can cause lots of symptoms such as...headache, anxiety, blahblahblah. Hmm, thought I. I did a bit more research and found that if you take a lot of magnesium (in complex form, obviously, not by swallowing a lump of metal), the excess is safely lost through urine. So I bought some high-dose magnesium pills (300% RDA) and took one, then after a suitable time to allow it to be absorbed, went and had a meal at my local MSG-lovin' noodle bar. I got a slight headache, my heart went a tiny bit bananas, I was a bit distracted and felt like sitting in the dark end of the room, but other than that, I was fine. I don't know whether this was the placebo effect or whether it actually works, but anyhow, I found it useful whether it was real chemistry or not!

One thing I haven't done is to take a high-dose Mg tablet and then try to think about something complicated. According to the biochemistry book the glutamine receptor is useful for regulating awakeness, happiness and conscious thought (I'm not sure on this bit, it was written in a slightly clumsy way and I had to keep looking up technical terms, but that seemed to be the gist of it) so I might have a problem with actual useful thought once I've taken the Mg. Lots of ideas popped into my head, none of them substantiated by experiment so they could all be bollocks: maybe I have some receptors that work properly and a lot that don't and that's where I get the headaches from yet can still think and be happy and awake? Maybe the ones that don't work mean I have fewer that do, and that's why I have SAD? Further, there was a study published about nine months ago that found a link between certain cannabis extracts, glutamine and circadian rhythm. Maybe the reason for the cannabis problem is the same one as MSG and SAD and all the broken head things are down to the same thing? Ooooo. As I said, none of this is at all substantiated, it's all me musing.

So, whoo.

The other thing: I might be going to a conference in Japan this year. DOOM DOOM DOOM. I know that a lot of (almost all) Japanese restaurant food contains MSG, both manually added and in ingredients that are bought by the restaurant like soy sauce. This effectively means these restaurants are all places that I can't eat.

Somebody suggested on a website that organic food might be ok. I know organic food here can't have MSG in it - does anybody know if this is true in Japan too? Is anybody here Japanese, or has been to Japan and already found out the knowledge I need? I could just take a lot of magnesium before every meal, but I still don't know if this will make me temprarily stupider which would be a bad thing at a conference, and I don't want to knacker my kidneys too much, not to mention that there will still be a low level of the symptoms left.
Monday, February 6th, 2006
12:21 pm
some of my story.
I was in and out of the hospital for 3 days srt8 for bronkitis and sat night I had some pop corn with butter on it and 10 minutes later my husband told me im turning red and blotchy on my chest and arms.Last nite I go into the hospital again and my docter said I have to STAY AWAY from MSG for LIFE and now he did some research as well he told me that my sezures are caued from the msg reacktions I been getting for the PAST 11 YEARS. Yeah thats right I have been having food probs for 11 years and didnt know it. My tong swelling up and going to the left side .Its a msg sign . MY SKIN BURNING AND GETTING BLOCHY ON MY NECK A SIGN. I called my brother and he orderd a book for me with foods init and what to look for in store when I go to buy food.Now this changes my life BIG TIME.

Its one day at a time now.



sorry for the miss spelled words i have to find my glasses.
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
1:44 pm
New here!
Hiya everyone!

OK, I'll start by talking about myself (how egotistical of me!).
I'm 24, live in England and I have Fibromyalgia.
I'm a bit overweight, mostly because although I used to cycle 5 miles a day minimum, I can barely walk across a room anymore due to the FMS.

I've been reading a lot about FMS and I already knew Aspartame was something I needed to steer clear of. Now I've discovered that MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) is probably something I should drop as well.

I've been a vegetarian since I was 6 years old (when my parents finally gave in to my demand), so changing my diet won't be too difficult for me.

I have a very soft spot for chocolate though; it helps me to relax and it releases endorphins. No pain medicine helps with my FMS pain, chocolate at least gives me a little yummy relief.

Unfortunately I'm quite broke at the moment, so I can't launch myself into really healthy eating when unhealthy eating is cheaper.

What I really need, though, is a way of working out a diet that is completely free from aspartame and monosodium glutamate.
Then I want to try and eliminate other things and see how they affect me. I should really drop cheese. I eat too much pizza, and therefore too much cheeze.

Another problem I have is that it's quite difficult for me to cook as I'm quite badly affected by the FMS.

So anyway... hi!

(Crossposted to eathealthy)

Current Mood: sore
Wednesday, May 4th, 2005
1:27 pm
*moderator waves*
Hi all,

I discovered that I was MSG sensitive back in late 1999. I went through a period where, in the interests of being thin, I stupidly decided to eat a lot of prepared foods that could be made in a low-fat manner. I ended up basically existing on box after box of Rice-a-Roni, Stove Top Stuffing, instant soups, instant mashed potatoes, etc.

After a couple months of this, I began to have these awful panic attacks. I didn't recognize them as such at first, and thought that I was dying from some bizarre brain condition or perhaps developing a mental illness. I felt frequently dissociative, and often sick. I've always been an anxious person, but I've been able to deal with my anxiety fairly well; I was no longer able to do so, got diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and put on a variety of medications (none of which were particularly effective) in order to live a normal life.

Other feelings I was typically suffering from included memory problems after meals (I couldn't remember what I'd eaten for breakfast unless I struggled to do so), migraines, sensitivity to light and sound, dizziness, and general crankiness.

Finally, my mom proposed that I might be having a food sensitivity, and after studying the ingredients on the foods I was commonly consuming carefully, she announced that if it was anything, it was likely MSG. I hadn't even heard of MSG much before that point except in passing, and I'd certainly never heard of MSG sensitivity, so it hadn't even occurred to me that that might be the case.

I cut all "monosodium glutamate" from my diet and began to feel markedly better for awhile, but then noticed that I still suffered from many of the symptoms I had before when I ate certain foods. I educated myself through some online resources and learned about the hidden sources of MSG. This inspired me to go on an elimination diet, where I ate nothing but organic potatoes, olive oil, walnuts, and pears, and within two weeks I was feeling better than I had in years. Gradually, I began to add foods back into my diet and realized that indeed, MSG was the culprit. From not eating MSG, without doing a lick of exercise, I also lost 75 lbs in the first year I went without it, effectively dropping my weight from 225 lbs to 150 lbs.

Since then, I've managed to incorporate small amounts of MSG back into my diet, provided I take Vitamin B6 with the food. I still avoid it as much as possible, but every so often I can't resist a little pizza or McDonald's or such. I usually end up paying slightly all the same, but it's nothing like it was before, at least.

I'm also sensitive to FDC Red 40 dye, but I've known that since I was about four years old and ate a cake with red icing at a birthday party. It makes me feel incredibly emotional and hyperactive, and I'll literally and unjustifiably be laughing and bouncing off the walls for five minutes, and then on my knees inexplicably crying for five minutes. It's got many similarities to drinking a huge whack of coffee without the jitteriness. Usually, this lasts about three hours, and then I'm left feeling drained, sore in the joints, and headachey.
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