The Slow Poisoning of America
by John E. Erb and T. Michelle Erb
Reviewed by Sally Fallon Morell
The Slow Poisoning of America provides an excellent compendium of studies showing the toxicity of MSG and its evil twin aspartame. MSG plays an important role in many of our modern illnesses—obesity, diabetes, vision problems, headaches, attention deficit disorder and autism, schizophrenia, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. Unfortunately the Erbs’ useful collection of references is followed by a diatribe against virulent E. coli in undercooked beef and raw milk, without any acknowledgement of the difference between industrial and grass-fed meat, or of the inherent safety system in raw milk. Most disappointing of all is their suggestion of melatonin supplements as the solution to the problems caused by MSG. Much better to avoid all processed food and build up natural defenses by consuming foods like raw milk and raw beef. Thumbs up for the first part of the book; for the rest, thumbs down.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2008.