Search Engine Optimize Your Food

by Andrea Hartley

Healthy food 2Search Engine Optimization means that the best key words are used to help the search engines find your content on the internet.  This is of great value  because it doesn’t matter how great your website or article is, if no one can find it or read it.  You must give the search engines optimal key words so your content can be found and utilized as you intended it to be.   Likewise, your body requires optimum nutrition to perform as it is intended to.   Giving your body optimum nutrition is one of the greatest challenges the American people face today, since our soil is often deficient of key nutrients.  In many cases, an apple today does not possess the same nutritional value that it did 100 years ago.  If that weren’t bad enough,  we in America face a challenge that most other countries in the world do not.  Industry is trying to force genetically modified food on us, turning us into human  guinea pigs.  This food has not been tested and the nutritional value is suspect, at best.  It is often referred to as “Frankenfood”.  Strawberry ShortcakeMost processed foods contain genetically modified food. Scroll down below  and you can see some of the problems with eating genetically modified food and there is an excellent research paper written by Lauren Williamson which discusses that as well. (See her paper here) Moreover, it contains MSG, artificial colors, artificial flavors  and preservatives.Healthy face

Search Engine Optimizing your food, assumes you already know that the standard American diet is one that should be avoided.  If you are not sure why, you can click on any of the links in the article.  The purpose of this article is to help those individuals who want to eat more healthy foods.  It doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult.  It can be challenging at first, but I have been studying this for over 30 years and use what I learn in preparing good, real and healthy food for my family and myself.

Sweet Potato Pie-0I am including a link to a video where I teach how to make sweet potato pie. Click here for the FREE natural food recipe video

To help you SEO your diet, I will share with you what I have learned.  You can receive a monthly newsletter which will contain recipes, food tips and a video lesson on preparing natural, healthy food without artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and  MSG free.  Be the first 20 people to sign up and you will receive this newsletter absolutely free for 6 months! To Register Click here.

 

10 Top Dangers of Processed Foods

According to Invigorate360

Although the threats of processed foods are numerous, knowing the 10 top dangers of processed foods may be enough to rethink your next meal or snack.

1. CANCER – Some cancers are known to be caused by carcinogenic properties which are included in processing foods.

2. OBESITY – Processed foods are most often high in fat, sugar and salt. If counting food calories, these are the perfect ingredients to cause excessive weight gain.

3. HIGH CARB CONTENT – Most processed foods include an overabundance of carbohydrates and not nearly enough protein.

4. HEART DISEASE – The trans fat in many processed foods will spike the cholesterol level and lower the HDL.

5. HYPERTENSION – Blood pressure is elevated by the high salt and fat content in foods.

6. DIABETES – The high sugar products and fast acting carbohydrates will raise the glucose to unhealthy levels.

7. FOOD ADDITIVES AND UNKNOWN EFFECTS – For color, consistency, taste, shelf life and more, processed foods include additives while the effects are unknown.

8. UNKNOWN FILLERS – Several foods like hot dogs and processed meats are filled with unknown parts.

9. LACK OF NUTRIENTS – If processed foods are the main part of the diet, the body will be lacking the nutrients needed to fight disease.

10. ARTIFICIAL VITAMINS – Synthetic vitamins, which lose their potency during processing, are added to some processed foods like bread.

The list of the dangers of processed foods can go on. Back to basics with home cooking using wholesome, nutritious, and unprocessed foods may add healthier years to your life.

 

To learn more about the dangers of MSG from Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. click the following two links:

http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=8C501468CA914ABEE2D9395667D5F200

http://www.naturalnews.com/035243_Russell_Blaylock_MSG_interview.html

 

For more information about MSG and GMOs see link below:

http://www.themanwhosuedthefda.info/

http://gmo.mercola.com/sites/gmo/scientific-studies.aspx

 

My mission is to help others live healthy lives.

I am a AAAI (American Aerobic Association International) and ISMA (International Sports Medicine Association) certified personal trainer in Mind-Body Connection. I can assist you in discovering where you want or need to  retrain your brain– to retrain your body and increase your health and well-being, and assist you in discovering effective ways for you to achieve that goal.   I can also assist you in discovering where you expend your brain’s energy, like Bruce Lipton writes of, and how to use that energy for your good.

As your wellness coach, I can encourage and guide you into healthier, more loving thought patterns that will increase your health and well-being. There are many ways that we will employ to accomplish this. Some are education, personalized meditation and thought affirmations, accountability, emotional support and my “Association Technique”. This technique will help you to develop love, peace and calm in your life.

If you are willing to dedicate yourself to your personalized wellness program, I would like to partner with you. I will give you a free one hour session, valued at $40 to help you find your wellness plan and create your vision.

Call me at  609-533-7966

Andrea Hartley is the publisher of Lehigh Valley Woman’s Journal, wellness coach, and  personal trainer with a specialty in mind body connection, certified by AAAI/ISMA.

Kicking out Restless Legs

RL

by

Andrea Hartley

*Author’s note:  This is an article about the author’s own personal experience with restless leg syndrome.   It is not meant as advice or treatment recommendations.

I remember as a teen, I would lie in in bed and my legs would ache.  I was told that it was “growing pains”.  I would raise my legs while lying down and I would do a bicycle pedal in the air.  Then I would suddenly plop my legs down the bed with a bang.  This would provide some temporary relief.  The problem cleared up for many years, only to resurface in my late forties.    At this point, I researched the problem online.  I discovered that it is described as an urge to move your legs while at rest.  The cause is unknown. It produces an aching or crawly feeling in the legs and irresistible urge to move them.  Sometimes they move on their own.  For some, it may be caused by a deficiency in iron, magnesium or folate, but generally the cause is “unknown”.   One thing I have found, personally, my symptoms disappear, for the most part, when I eat copious amounts of wheat germ every day.  I am talking about at least 4 tablespoons.  One thing that tends to cause my symptoms to reoccur, is taking antihistamines that cause drowsiness.  Another preventative measure that has helped me greatly is to go to bed regularly at 10:30 pm.  Usually I fall asleep before any “kicking” takes place. [Read more…]

Breaking Free from Unhealthy Internal Dialogue

Internal dialogue happens constantly for most people.  It occurs mostly as words rolling around in our heads but there are also feelings that accompany the words or sometimes just the feelings alone.  Feelings of fear, worry, anger or feelings of peace, joy, serenity.  I used to think that I had no control over this inner dialogue.  After all, if someone has done something that I deem stupid, inappropriate, or mean, I thought that it was only normal to react with anger.  It may be considered normal or “to be expected” but is it wise?  Medical science shows us that negative emotions make us sick and can lead to pre-mature death.  Metaphysics tells us that thoughts are substance and can manifest materially in our lives in accordance with whether or not the thought is a positive one or a negative one.   [Read more…]

Vitamin D Deficiency Rampant- Linked to Heart Disease, Cancer and Diabetes

By Andrea Hartley

Tired? Muscles aching? Have you had trouble sleeping and just not felt like yourself? You might be deficient in vitamin D. Recent studies indicate that up to 75 percent of the American population may be deficient in vitamin D; a deficiency which has been linked to a plethera of illnesses including the three top killers, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Darker-skinned individuals, older adults, obese individuals and post menopausal women are at  greater risk for vitamin D deficiency. There are vitamin D receptors all over the human body, therefore, it is involved in many biological processes including cell growth, and immune function.

Michael Monte Carlo, M.D., who practices family medicine in West Deptford, New Jersey, says that he routinely checks vitamin D levels in most of his patients on a yearly basis and finds that about 50 percent of them are deficient.

“I believe that the higher incidence is due to multiple factors, but the main factor being related to poor nutrition.  A poor diet that is a diet high in processed foods is low in vitamin D.  People do not consume enough fresh vegetables and fish, both sources high in vitamin D, therefore there dietary intake is low.,” Dr. Monte Carlo said. “In addition, we are seeing a higher incidence because the largest group of the worlds population is aging.  vitamin D production in the skin declines with advancing age, making elderly populations more dependent on dietary vitamin D, which goes back to my first point.  For the average older person, higher dietary intake of vitamin D may be required to achieve normal serum levels.” He added that the increased use of sun block is another factor.

“SPF blocks about 99% of the production of vtitamin D. Also, when you start to tan, the tanning process itself begins to block vitamin D,” Dr. Monte Carlo said.

So what’s a guy to do? Sun block or not? The British may have the answer! “Some of the messages about sun exposure have been too negative,” explained Professor Rona Mackie, from the British Association of Dermatologists, to BBC News. “We’re now saying that exposure of ten to fifteen minutes … without suncream, several times a week is probably a safe balance between adequate vitamin D levels and any risk of skin cancer.” The best time of day for this is between 11:00 A.M and 2:00 P.M

If you are over the age of 50, it may be more difficult for you to synthesize vitamin D in the skin with sun exposure. You may want to opt for a change in diet or supplementation

The Institute of Medicine recommended daily dose allowance is 600 IU and 800 IU for adults over age 70. Many physicians find this threshold too low and advise 2,999 IU. The daily intake should not exceed 4,000 IU per day unless prescribed by a physician. Dr. Monte Carlo prescribes 1200IU of vitamin D2 with calcium for post menopausal woman and for those patients with moderate to severe deficiencies he prescribes 4,000 to 8,000 IU. Depending on the patient, it might be taken daily, 3 times a week, or weekly.

Now, you have a good reason to take that fishing trip you have been wanting to take without guilt; since vitamin D is found naturally in very few foods. Salmon, Mackerel, Blue fish, are some of the best sources.

“A serving of salmon (3.5oz) contains approximately 1400 IU of vitamin D3; this amount remains unchanged after baking, but is decreased by 50% if the fish is fried,” Dr. Monte Carlo said. Cod Liver oil is also a good source of vitamin D  

Another tip, read the labels on your milk and cereal to be sure they are fortified with vitamin D.

Dr. Monte Carlo had more great things to say about the sunshine vitamin. “Vitamin D is very beneficial in preventing osteoporosis, heart disease, cervical cancer, infections. It is also useful in treating rhuematoid arthritis, lupus, diabetes and multiple sclerosis,” he said. “There is really no difference in the effect of vitamin D deficiency between men and women.   In children, (both boys and girls), vitamin D deficiency can manifest itself as Rickets, which presents itself as bowing of the legs.  In adults (both men and women), it can lead to osteomalacia, which presents as a poorly mineralized bone.  Osteomalacia can lead to osteopenia, followed by Osteoporosis.    Adults with a vitamin D deficiency may experience fatigue, headaches, poor sleep quality, chronic muscle aches and pains.”

There are actually a couple of forms of the vitamin, D2 and D3. Vitamin D3 is the naturally occurring form of the vitamin and is essential for life. Its molecular structure is similar the body’s steroid hormones, e.g. cortisol, estradiol, progesterone, aldosterone, and testosterone. Cholesterol is the precursor substance for these hormones and for vitamin D3 ,which, though it is called a “vitamin”, is actually a hormone as well . The manufacturing process of the supplement is complex. It typically starts by extracting cholesterol from the lanolin of sheep wool and through a patented purification process, is converted to active D3. This is the form of vitamin D that most physicians recommend . Vitamin D testing is expensive and is not covered by many insurance companies.

“Most people pay for it themselves, “ said Dr. Monte Carlo. He suggests that the price  may come down in the future.

People from all over the world have been fascinated with vitamin D’s healing potential. One woman in London gave vitamin D capsules to her husband who had prostate cancer; and to the amazement of the doctors, he got better! This incident prompted a study which is about to be published in the journal BJU International. Professor Jonathan Waxman, from Imperial College, London . They found that using vitamin D alone, once a day reduced PSA levels (an indicator in the severity of Prostate Cancer) by as much as half in 20% of the patients.

Other studies have also shown that vitamin D holds promise in treating Prostate Cancer. One study conducted at Stanford School of Medicine by David Feldman, M.D., showed that Cancer cell growth in a laboratory dish could by reduced by up to 70 percent when a form of vitamin D called Calcitriol, (available only by prescription), is combined with low doses of over-the-counter-pain killers.  Researchers have discovered that hormones called prostaglandins cause inflammation, and inflammation is associated with cancer growth, as well as other health problems. Calcitriol and NSAIDs (nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory) drugs both block prostaglandins.

Feldman says there is great enhancement when the drugs are given together but it is difficult to make an exact comparison since they are using cells in a petri dish and not a human.

Dr. Adam Perzin,M.D., a urologist with the Delaware Valley Urology, says that these studies provide great hope for the treatment of Prostate Cancer; but that it will be years before doctors will be able to conclusively prescribe vitamin D and anti-inflammatories as a treatment.

“I don’t want to squash the enthusiasm here, but first, there will need to be animal studies and then clinical trials on humans,” Perzin said. “This study definitely suggests that there may be some benefit and if it is proven that there is a link between vitamin D deficiency and prostate cancer, it would be incredible.”

The department of Preventative Cardiology at Hartford Hospital (Connecticut) is examining the effects of vitamin D supplementation (400IU vs 4,000IU) on blood pressure. The study is seeking men and women ages 18-50 years old with slightly elevated blood pressure (over 120/80), vitamin D deficient (under 20ng/ml), and who are not currently being treated with blood pressure lowering medications. Research participants will receive $150 for their time if they qualify and complete the study. For more information call 860-545-3454.

The following is a list of vitamin D quantities of certain foods reported by the US Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Data Lab:Courtesy of Dr. Monte Carlo.

Fortified Milk (8oz)–100IU

Fortified Orange Juice(8oz)–100IU

Fortified Cereal(1 serving)–40 to 80IU

Canned salmon (100grams)–624IU                                                                                                Mackerel (100grams)–360IU

Canned sardines(100grams)–272IU

Cod liver oil(1 Tbsp)–1360IU

Shiitake mushrooms dried (4)–249IU

Catfish,cooked(3oz)–510IU

Salmon,cooked(3oz)–360IU

Egg, 1 large (vitamin D found in yolk)–26IU

As your wellness coach, I can encourage and guide you into healthier, more loving thought patterns that will increase your health and well-being. There are many ways that we will employ to accomplish this. Some are education, personalized meditation and thought affirmations, accountability, emotional support and my “Association Technique”. This technique will help you to develop love, peace and calm in your life.

If you are willing to dedicate yourself to your personalized wellness program, I would like to partner with you. I will give you a free one hour session, valued at $40 to help you find your wellness plan and create your vision.

Call me at  609-533-7966

Andrea Hartley is the publisher of Lehigh Valley Woman’s Journal, wellness coach, and  personal trainer with a specialty in mind body connection, certified by AAAI/ISMA.

 

Are You Reacting to MSG?

    If you experience food sensitivities, rapid heartbeat, headache, stomach problems or migraine, you may be reacting to MSG in your food, cleaning products, even lawn fertilizers.  Below is an excerpt from the web site Truth in Labeling where you can learn about the toxic effects of MSG.  Also, look for the book, “The Taste that Kills”, by Russell  Blaylock, M.D.

WWW.truthinlabeling.org —

Types of products that contain MSG

In general…

MSG can be used (and hidden) in processed foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, and the food that is given to pets and other animals.  It can be used in waxes applied to fresh fruits and vegetables.  It can be used as ingredients in pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers, and plant growth enhancers — remaining in the edible portion of the plant or on the edible portion of the plant when its leaves, fruits, nuts, grains, seeds, and other edible parts are brought to market.

There are over 40 food ingredients besides “monosodium glutamate” that contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG). Each, according to the FDA, must be called by its own, unique, “common or usual name.”   “Autolyzed yeast,” “maltodextrin,” “hydrolyzed pea protein”, and “sodium caseinate” are the common or usual names of some ingredients that contain MSG.  Unlike the ingredient called “monosodium glutamate,” they give the consumer no clue that there is MSG in the ingredient.

In addition to ingredients that contain MSG, some acids and enzymes when combined with a food that contains protein will produce MSG.  The words “enzyme” and “protease” (which is a type of enzyme) signal the presence of enzymes capable of causing the production of MSG.

In particular…

– Low fat and no fat milk products often contain milk solids that contain MSG. Other dairy products often contain carrageenan, guar gum, and/or locust bean gum. Low fat and no fat versions of ice cream and cheese may not be as obvious as yogurt, milk, cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, etc., but they are not exceptions.

– Protein powders and protein drinks contain glutamic acid, and the glutamic acid in the protein powders and drinks will always be processed (manufactured) free glutamic acid (MSG).  Individual amino acids are not always listed on labels of protein powders and drinks.

– At present, there is an FDA requirement to give the name of the protein source when listing hydrolyzed protein products on labels of processed foods.  Examples are hydrolyzed soy protein, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed pea protein, hydrolyzed whey protein, hydrolyzed, corn protein. If a tomato, for example, were whole, it would be identified as a tomato. Naming an ingredient “tomato protein” indicates that the tomato has been hydrolyzed, at least in part, and that processed free glutamic acid (MSG) is present.

– At present, the FDA requires the disclosure of ingredients labeled “monosodium glutamate” and “hydrolyzed…protein” when, as ingredients, they are used in a “flavor” or “flavoring” (whether or not the “flavor” or “flavoring” is preceded by the words “natural” or “artificial”).  However, “flavors” and “flavorings” can contain MSG in ingredients other than “monosodium glutamate” and “hydrolyzed…Protein” without the MSG being disclosed.

– Disodium guanylate and disodium inosinate are relatively expensive food additives that work synergistically with inexpensive processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  We believe that they would only be used if there was MSG in a product.

– MSG will be found in some soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, and cosmetics, where MSG is hidden in ingredients with names that include the words “hydrolyzed,” “amino acids,” and/or “protein.”

– Binders and fillers for prescription and non-prescription medications, nutrients, and supplements, may contain MSG.

– Enteral feeding materials, and some fluids administered intravenously in hospitals, may contain MSG.

– According to the manufacturer, Varivax–Merck chicken pox vaccine (Varicella Virus Live), contains L-monosodium glutamate and hydrolyzed gelatin, both of which contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  It would appear that most, if not all, live virus vaccines contain some ingredient(s) that contains MSG.

– There are a number of ingredients identified as organic that, organic or not, will contain processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  Autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, textured soy protein, and anything hydrolyzed are examples of ingredients that may be made from organic produce, but will never-the-less contain MSG.

– Drinks, candy, and chewing gum are potential sources of hidden MSG.  They may also contain aspartame, neotame, of AminoSweet (the new name for aspartame).  We mention aspartame, neotame, and AminoSweet here because they, like MSG, contain a neurotoxic amino acid, and can cause the same reactions that MSG causes.

– Aspartame will be found in some medications, including children’s medications.

Anything that breaks down the protein in a product can produce MSG as it breaks down that protein. There have been reports of people reacting to meat wrapped in Cryovac. Cryovac is a registered trademark for a thick plastic in which meat is sealed with the air removed by a vacuum pump. The word Cryovac is also used for the thermoplastic resin wrapping film which can be heat-shrunk onto foods.  – Some waxes used on fruits and vegetables contain MSG.

– Produce may have been produced using fertilizer or pesticide products that contain MSG.  Some of these fertilizers may be organic.  It is impossible to know from looking at produce whether or not it has been treated with an MSG-containing fertilizer or pesticide product that leaves residue in or on the produce.

– Some non-organic waxes used on some fruits and vegetables contain MSG.

– Additional sources of MSG include infant formula, kosher food, enteral feeding products (tube feeding products), dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, protein drinks often recommended for seniors, protein bars and protein powders, vaccines, personal care products, protein powders sold in health food stores, food that is labeled “organic”, wine, food with labels that say “No Added MSG,” “No MSG Added,” or “No MSG” , food that is falsely advertised as containing no MSG, and in food whose manufacturers claim, in response to questions, that their products contain no MSG.

MSG can be hidden by restaurateurs who claim that the food they serve contains no MSG

About “organic” products…

Where MSG is concerned, “organic” doesn’t mean “safe”.  Ingredients like organic autolyzed yeast and organic natural flavoring have just as much processed (manufactured) free glutamic acid (MSG) in them as those not called “organic.”  Following are products labeled “organic” that have come to our attention as containing processed free glutamic acid (MSG).  There are others.

Product: Vegetable Bouillon
By: Morga
Ingredients include: Yeast extract; Maltodextrin

Product: macaroni & cheese dinner
By: Simply Organic
Ingredients include: Natural flavors; Autolyzed yeast extract

Also listed as organic are fertilizer products that contain hydrolyzed fish protein and hydrolyzed chicken feathers.  All hydrolyzed ingredients contain MSG.

About “Health Food” stores…

Health food stores are mine fields for MSG.  Protein powders are generally nothing more or less than hydrolyzed proteins –and will contain all three manufactured neurotoxic amino acids: glutamic acid, aspartic acid, and L-cysteine.  Food labeled “organic” cannot legitimately contain monosodium glutamate, but can contain other ingredients that contain MSG.  Dietary supplements will often contain individual amino acids (because they can be absorbed by the body more quickly than amino acids found in protein which have to be digested before they can be absorbed); and if dietary supplements contain individual amino acids, those amino acids may be neurotoxic glutamic acid, aspartic acid, and/or L-cysteine, all manufactured in food and/or chemical plants.

These are the names of some of the MSG-containing ingredients often found in Health Food stores:

amino acids (They almost invariably contain glutamic acid.)
autolyzed yeast
citric acid

glutamate
glutamic acid
hydrolyzed protein
monopotassium glutamate
monosodium glutamate
protein
whey protein concentrate

There are also chelates.  Minerals found individually and in some multi-vitamins, are usually joined to amino acids for better absorption, i.e., the minerals or multi-vitamins are chelated.  The following are names used for chelates that will contain MSG and/or aspartic acid and phenylalanine which are two of the main ingredients in MSG’s toxic cousin aspartame:

amino acid chelate (chelated with amino acids)
potassium (or any other mineral ) citrate
potassium (or any other mineral) aspartate
potassium (or any other mineral) glutamate
chelated with hydrolyzed protein,
chelated with protein
chelated with amino acids

Some supplement manufacturers place asterisks after the names of minerals.  Below the list of ingredients, the asterisk is often followed by a note that explains that the mineral is “chelated with hydrolyzed protein,” “chelated with protein,” or “chelated with amino acids.”

Protein powders are all the rage for body builders and older people.  The main ingredient is typically a hydrolyzed protein — and hydrolyzed proteins contain MSG, excitotoxic aspartic acid (found also in aspartame), and excitotoxic L-cysteine (found in some dough conditioners).  We have concern for anyone who ingests any form of MSG in his or her diet.  We have extreme concern for athletes who ingest MSG just prior to, just following, or in the course of vigorous exercise, because there is evidence that the adverse effects of MSG may be intensified by vigorous exercise.  Heart irregularities have been know to be caused by ingestion of MSG and/or aspartame.  Heart irregularities can result in cardiac arrest.

About hospitals, nursing homes, and extended care facilities…

The most common sources of MSG in hospitals, nursing homes, and extended care facilities will be:

Soups – even if the institution purchases soups and/or soup bases that claim to be MSG-free

Protein drinks such as Boost and Ensure

Enteral care products – used when tube feeding

Gelatin

Gravies

Salad dressings

Intravenous solutions.  Reactions have been reported to saline solution and solutions containing dextrose.  Ringers solution appears to be MSG-free.

Anything no fat or low fat

Anything made with a sugar substitute likely contains neurotoxic aspartame, Equal, or AminoSweet.

People with extreme intolerance to MSG have difficulty with pharmaceuticals that contain MSG in the binders and/or fillers.  They may also react to the starch on powdered gloves and/or the contacts that are glued to a patient’s chest for heart monitoring.  The contact points that touch the body may contain guar gum which, after serveral days’ exposure, may cause adverse reactions.

About pet food…

It’s not only humans that have problems with MSG.  The first evidence of MSG toxicity came from animal studies, some of which demonstrated that animals suffered brain lesions and endocrine disorders when fed monosodium glutamate.  The possibility that your animal is sensitive to MSG is certainly worth considering.  We have received the following from consumers:

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Subj:          Pet Food & MSG

Date:          8/17/2004 1.48:20 AM Central Standard Time

Dear Folks,  would you consider adding an article on MSG in our Pet Food.  Just about all the grocery store dog food and most of the canned cat food has various products with an msg base.  What can we do about this???   Our pets are much smaller than we are and surely this is extremely bad for their small frame.  God help us all.  Also, how about my favorite ice cream which is Haagen Daz.   I eat the simple flavors, Vanilla, Chocolate, Butter Pecan.  I eat it because the original flavors are cream, skim milk, vanilla, chocolate.  Anyways, thank you for being here.  God Bless your work.  M.D.

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From: D
To: adandjack@aol.com
Sent: 1/24/2009 2:07:06 P.M. Central Standard Time
Subj: MSG

Our bichpoo dog (6 yrs) ate some sweet & sour pork (left over from Chinese take out).  Almost immediately he began to exhibit hyperness, running & jumping, and almost seemed to be “high” on something.  He seemed disoriented and didn’t settle down for almost six hours.  The vet said he had never seen a dog show these symptoms from eating food.  Could he be extremely sensitive to MSG or have you ever heard of this in an animal?  Obviously no more people food for Buster.  Thanks

Beyond MSG…

People who are sensitive to processed free glutamic acid (MSG), or those who simply would choose to avoid ingestion of toxic amino acids, need to know that there are two other neurotoxic amino acids commonly used in food: aspartic acid and L-cysteine. Aspartic acid is found in the sugar substitutes called “neotame”, “aspartame”, “AminoSweet”, “NutraSweet” and “Equal.”  L-cysteine is identified as L-cysteine and is most often found in dough conditioners.