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Excitotoxins Paperback – 1 Jan 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 297 pages
  • Publisher: Health Press (NM) (1 Jan. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929173252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929173252
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chronicles dangerous ingredients in your foods
Excitotoxins are substances added to foods and beverages that literally stimulates neurons to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees. They can be found in such ingredients as monosodium glutamate, aspartame (Nutrasweet®), cysteine, hydrolyzed protein, and aspartic acid. Dr. Blaylock's book describes what excitotoxins are, where they are found, and how they react in the body. Dr. Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon, presents the latest research findings to demonstrate how exposure to excitotoxins will damage nerve cells in the brain. The use of aspartame, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and monosodium glutamate in prepared foods and beverages continues to increase on a yearly basis. Dr. Blaylock clearly demonstrates that the neurotoxic potential of excitotoxins such as MSG and aspartame is so overwhelming that it can no longer be ignored. The message contained in this book is of particular importance to members of high-risk groups; the elderly, young children and those people at risk of or with a family history of neurodegenerative diseases.


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In his foreword George R Schwartz MD likens Blaylock's "Excitotoxins" book to Rachel Carson's pesticide expose of the 50's (Silent Spring), I fully endorse this reflection. Public opinion and now retailer awareness is getting into step with the facts and thoughts expressed in the pages of this book. In the UK, food retailer ASDA has removed Monosodium Glutamate (MSG E621) from it's own brand crisps and Iceland Frozen Foods has excluded the artificial sweetener aspartame (E951) from it's own brand products - hopefully others will follow these examples. Government must commission a scientific investigation on the whole range of "Excitotoxins". As a co-ordinator for a pressure group working in the "Excitotoxin" arena I am becoming aware of an increasing number of people who feel their health has been adversely affected by "Excitotoxins". Blaylock's book is very clear and understandable and in my opinion it should be essential reading for nutritionists and health professionals throughout the world.
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As a former food process engineer, I found the information is accurate, scientific and frightening. Easy to understand for the novice, yet extremely thorough scientifically. Excellent, anyone one who eats should read this. It's that important.
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Dr. Blaylock's sincere effort to provide the Excitotoxin sensitive person with accurate and detailed scientific information on the facts of MonoSodium Glutamate (MSG)and how it works; gives shocking facts about the dangers of MSG, with a vengance. The book does not "talk down" to people as other books about allergies and sensitivities often do. His information is always on the mark and clearly written. The Maryland Chapter of NO MSG strongly recommends "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills" to all of its members; new and old.
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Russell L. Blaylock, MD, has written "Excitoxins: The Taste that Kills," in which he explains that certain amino acids when overly abundant in the brain can cause neurons to die. Many biochemicals can act as neurotransmitters in the brain -- some excite our neurons; others calm them. In particular, glutamate (in MSG), aspartate (in NutraSweet), and cysteine are three amino acids that can overexcite our neurons and cause them to die. These amino acids are called EXCITOTOXINS. They are now added in large amounts to our food supply. From NOHA NEWS, Vol. XX, No. 1, Winter 1995
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I suppose for people without post-A level Biology this book would be somewhat hard going. "Weak science" I think not; Dr Blaylock is an eminent neurosurgeon, although the book is a bit repetitive;it might be aimed at people who already have memory problems.

Aspartame was approved by the UK government so quickly that I assumed that HMG had shares in Searle. I soon discovered that aspartame did not assist weight loss & caused me headaches & lack of concentration. I gave it up & eventually switched to sucralose, but I had symptoms of Lupus & gave that up as well.

MSG & its fellow poisons were less familiar to me, but having read Harmony Clearwater Grace's book HCG Diet Made Simple: Your Step-By-Step Guide Beyond Pounds and Inches, I saw the connection between these products & damage to the diencephalon (pituitary, thalamus & hypothalamus. She points out that there is a connection between childhood obesity & MSG consumption in China, that even my husband noticed. On a trip to China recently, he noticed that the children he saw were significantly fatter than they were 10 years ago.

Dr Blaylock suggests that patients with disorders associated with neural damage "should eat a low-fat diet"; excuse me, but doesn't a low-fat diet mean MORE carbohydrates? not a good thing for these patients. He does so to reduce prostaglandins, which are produced from omega-6 fats e.g. sunflower, rapeseed oils. Better choices are saturated fats such as coconut oil & grass-fed butter; also supplementation with omega-3 oils such as fish oil & flaxseed oil are recommended. Coconut oil combined with a low-carb diet produces ketones, which are considered beneficial for Alzheimers' sufferers.
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Dr. Blaylock is a neurosurgeon and is well versed in physiology. If you don't like what you read in this book, check out any website on aspartame and you will see its use is highly correlated to lupus, MS and other autoimmune diseases which used to be considered rare. And why in the world would any person with a brain trust the FDA? This is the organization that gave us thalidomide babies, addicted millions of people to valium, and approved Phen-Fen. Get your head out of the sand.
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This book illuminates the dangers of our S.A.D (standard American diet) and the reckless and irresponsable and even murderous additions of additives to our food supply by the food processing and food service industry. Every man woman and child beware and act on your own behalf. As a child neurodevelopment specialist I am seeing hundreds of local children who's brains and psyche are injured and who are being labeled with disease names that bring no remediation of symptoms or treatment of causes. This book is only a start!
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