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Russell L. Blaylock
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Jan. 1 1997
Ex·cí·to·tox·in: a substance added to foods and beverages that literally stimulates neurons to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees. Can be found in such ingredients as monosodium glutamate, aspartame (NutraSweet®), cysteine, hydrolyzed protein, and aspartic acid.Citing over five hundred scientific studies, Excitotoxins explores the dangers of aspartame, MSG, and other substances added to our food. This is an electrifying and important book that should be available to every American consumer.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yikes!! July 26 2001
Do you know what those words "NATURAL FLAVORS", or "CITRIC ACID" really mean on that item you keep serving your family.??? Of course not. And if you are like most they sound like pleasant, even healthy, items on the ingredient list. Great. That was the plan of Monsanto (msg) industry giant. If you knew, they'd be out of business, doctors would have free time, pharmaceutical companies would have surpluses of unused medications, and the government would be short some big money buddies.
I read this book, used the advice, and no longer need treatment for hives, migraines, sinusitis, chronic fatigue, anxiety attacks, chronic cough, acid stomach!! I am a nurse who works in the psychiatric field, I have used this to help myself, my family, friends, and numerous patients get off their medications and live a normal life!! I kept giving everyone vitamins and protein shakes hoping to straighten out our ailments only to find that the neurotoxins alarming Dr. Blaylock were in these supplements, and in large doses.. Stearic acid, magnesium stearate, chelated minerals with aspartate, asporotate, whey protein, yeast selenium, yeast B vitamins!!. No wonder I kept feeling worse the more money I spent. My poor son kept coming home sick from school (headache, stomach ache). Doctors advised- it is just emotions and "be firm". But once I read the book, eliminated the neurotoxins and took him off the liquid vitamins with "natural flavors" and benzoate he was fine... an honor roll student, playing basketball and happy. My son loves Dr. Blaylock for this. It is a big job but becomes easy to eliminate these when you use support from websites like nomsg.com and battlingthemsgmyth.com all of these people read Blaylock's book and expand on recipes and foods to make the change he recommends. Read the book. You owe it to your self and your family.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Author responds to critics Sept. 24 2003
By A Customer
I would like to thank the reviewers who gave a favorable review, but especially I would like to say to those who were helped by the book, God bless you. As for the harshly critical reviewers, most are from those who know little about the subject and could care less. At least one prefers hedonistic pleasures of gustatory stimulation over scientific fact and logical conclusions based on science. I direct this at the reviewer who stated, rather condescendingly, that I knew very little biochemistry and was so uninformed that I wasn't aware that Parkinson's disease occurred before the arrival of MSG and aspartame. In fact I majored in biochemistry in undergraduate school and completed with honors biochemistry in medical school. I continue to be a student of neurochemistry. My articles on these subjects are printed in peer-reviewed medical journals, which I'm sure the reveiwer would have difficulty understanding. Cysteine is a neurotoxin, as is homocysteine, phenalanine, glutamate and aspartate and a number of naturally occurring amino acids. Has the reviewer ever heard of PKU? While cysteine plays a vital role in brain protection, it is only safe as the N-acetyl product and as cystine. Cysteine, beside being an excitotoxin itself, is converted to homocysteic and homocysteine sulphinic acid, both very powerful excitotoxins. Sulfite, a metabolite of cysteine, is also a powerful neurotoxin (as in sulfate oxidase deficiency). As for the causation of Parkinson's and other neurodegenrative diseases, I never said they were exclusively caused by food born excitotoxins-in fact, in three places in the book I make this point. I do contend they exacerbate the symptoms and accelerate the progression of these diseases. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conduct your own test July 5 2003
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If you think that this book is pseudo-science and crackery, conduct a test on your own body. Cleanse your body for 30 days, abstaining from all sugar-substitutes, and processed artificially sweetened carbohyrdrate foods. Then have a few cans of your favorite aspartame sweetened softdrink. You should get an *extremely* bad headache in about 1-2 hours. You may say that this really does not prove a thing...mere coincidence..... but the severity and intensity of the headache will make you think otherwise. Cutting out these excitotoxins will, in the least, make you feel better, and may possibly prevent the onset of serious disease/disorders later on in life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! FINALLY THE TRUTH IS TOLD! July 16 2000
Dr. Blaylock, in his book reviews countless studies that prove the dangers of excitotoxins. The powerful food industry and others are implicated in trying to cover up this truth.
I have read this book and am very grateful that an M.D. went against the grain and helped a nation understand the truth. The truth that excitotoxins are dangerous, they kill neurons and are in practically everything.
In science today there exists ubiquitous politics. Those who fund studies wish a certain outcome, and usually get it with the help of exclusionary interpretation. If science is the study of truth through empirical studies, and political power covers this truth, then today's science is largely a matter of power and politics, and not truth. This is how the large part of society is deceived. This is the case with the FDA's widespread approval of aspartame (and aspartate/aspartic acid for that matter).
Because of their widespread use and acceptance in America; it begs the question, what's the agenda here? If you wanted to dumb down (make docile) a large population of people how would you do it?
"The truth is obvious, everything else is questionable"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard but informative read.
Everyone should read this! It is a hard read at times, but WELL WORTH the effort. For those whom care about their health and the health of you children and future generations.
Published 15 months ago by Carol Dekkers
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Food/Bad Food
Very informative, everyone should read it. Good health is so important now days.Health is wealth. Read more
Published 19 months ago by GDR
4.0 out of 5 stars good to know
I'm thinking of that song by Joe Jackson with the line "Everything causes cancer, everything... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair)
5.0 out of 5 stars scary
This book is excellent and should be read by anyone who cares about their health, but especially (future)parents who care about their children's brain health. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Useful although narrow
This book is mostly about links between MSG and Alzheimers/Parkinson's. It goes into a lot of scientific detail about prior studies, brain function, etc. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you disagree?
This is to cancel Fred's so called "review". You can bet such an orator has vast knowledge and profound wisdom. Too much sugar and prescription drug abuse I suspect...poor soul.
Published on Jan. 29 2003 by T Bradford Wilemon
1.0 out of 5 stars crackpot
bottom line...
If you believe in conspiracy theories, You'll like and believe this book. If you believe in real science, then don't waste your money.
Published on June 11 2002 by Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars You Are What You Eat, or, Toxic Waste for the Masses
It is almost a cliche in this day and age for someone to ask the waiter at a Chinese restaurant 'no MSG, please,' as is the waiter's knowing smirk in response. Read more
Published on April 16 2002 by Ian Vance
5.0 out of 5 stars This book could save your life
I've always known that MSG and aspartame were not exactly health foods, but Dr. Blaylock proves how these and other excitotoxins can actually destroy brain tissue. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2002 by Susan Mix
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
...I have spent 12 years reviewing medical studies about the value of nutrition and the harm fast food/processed food companies cause to our health. Read more
Published on June 6 2001 by DrVita
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