MfG AND OBESITY
Without MfG (manufactured free glutamate, also called MSG), processed food wouldn’t sell—and there would be no obesity epidemic.
Have you ever stopped to consider that before there was ultra-processed food, there was no obesity epidemic? And without MfG there wouldn’t be many, if any, ultra-processed foods on the market.
Flavor-enhancing ingredients aren’t highly visible in processed food, but they’re absolutely essential. Flavor enhancers mask off-flavors, make chemicals taste like food and bring what industry calls an “umami taste” to otherwise bland and unappetizing products.
Those who reap huge profits from the sale of processed foods wouldn’t have a foot in the door without f lavor enhancers and won’t be giving them up any time soon. That’s despite the fact that every one of them contains excitotoxic (brain-damaging) glutamic acid—also known as glutamate.
There are three prerequisites for producing brain damage that will lead to obesity. First is a brain that is vulnerable to damage due to injury or the immaturity of a fetus or newborn. Second is sufficient free glutamate—or other potentially excitotoxic material to produce the excesses needed to become excitotoxic. More than enough free glutamate is present in processed foods to accomplish that. Third, there must be a way to deliver this excitotoxic material to a vulnerable brain.
In the 1970s it was demonstrated that the brains of newborn animals are
vulnerable to glutamate insult. Brain damage followed by obesity was produced in newborn mice (whose brains, like those of humans, are not fully developed). A student in Dr. John Olney’s lab had observed that mice being used in studies of glutamate-induced retinal dysfunction had become grotesquely obese. A series of studies by Olney and others followed. Many were studies of MSG fed to animals.
Today, there is more than sufficient
excitotoxic glutamic acid in ultraprocessed
food, “fake” food, protein
substitutes and dietary supplements to
cause excitotoxicity. When present in
amounts needed for normal body function
as a natural component of food,
the neurotransmitter glutamic acid is
essential. But when accumulated in
amounts greater than the body requires,
glutamic acid becomes an excitotoxic
neurotransmitter, firing repeatedly and damaging the cells that host targeted glutamate-receptors and/or causing death by over-exciting those glutamate receptors until their host cells die.
Additional confirmation of the brain-damaging effects of excitotoxic free glutamic acid comes from research focused on identifying and understanding human diseases and abnormalities associated with glutamate, often for the purpose of finding drugs that would mitigate glutamate’s adverse effects. By 1980, glutamate-associated disorders such as headaches, asthma, diabetes, muscle pain, atrial fibrillation, ischemia, trauma, seizures, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, depression, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), epilepsy, addiction, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), frontotemporal dementia and autism were on the rise, and evidence of the brain-damaging effects of glutamate were generally accepted by the scientific community.
To become excitotoxic, glutamic acid must be accumulated in considerable quantity. There have always been excitotoxins, although not in food in excessive amounts. But that changed in 1957 when extraction of glutamate from a protein source (which had been a slow and costly method) was replaced by carefully selected genetically modified bacteria that excrete glutamate through their cell walls. That transformation allowed, and still allows, for virtually unlimited production of manufactured free glutamate and MfG.
It wasn’t long before food manufacturers found that profits could be increased by using manufactured free glutamate to produce their own flavor-enhancing additives, and dozens of excitotoxic ingredients were added to the food supply.
Over the next two decades foods containing manufactured/processed free glutamate (MfG) in ingredients such as hydrolyzed proteins, yeast extracts, maltodextrin, soy protein isolate and MfG flooded the marketplace. And the large amount of manufactured free glutamate needed to cause excitotoxicity became readily available to anyone consuming multiple processed food products during the course of a day.
Delivery of excitotoxins to the fetus and newborn is easy to understand. Nourishment (and not so nourishing material) is delivered to the fetus in the form of material ingested by a pregnant woman and passed to the fetus through the placenta. A newborn is nourished through its mother’s milk.
Data from Frieder and Grimm and others confirm that free glutamate can be passed in excessive quantities to neonates and fetuses by expectant mothers who ingest excessive amounts. Glutamate can cross the placenta during pregnancy, can cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in an unregulated manner during development and can pass through the five circumventricular organs (unique areas of the brain that lie outside the BBB) which are leaky at best at any stage of life. Moreover, the BBB is easily damaged by fever, stroke, trauma to the head, seizures, ingestion of MfG, and the normal process of aging. Similar to drugs and alcohol, free glutamate can also be passed to infants through mother’s milk.
The obesity epidemic was set in motion as the amount of MfG in processed food, “fake” food, protein substitutes and dietary supplements became sufficient to wipe out brain cells in the area of the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus that would have controlled satiety, appetite, and food intake had they not been obliterated by flavor-enhancers like MfG.
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MASKS FOR PILOTS
I am a frequent air traveler and have a health condition that makes wearing a mask difficult. My concern is twofold:
All of the U.S. airlines are enforcing a strict mask policy for staff and passengers. These airline mask mandates allow no room for exemptions for those who choose not to wear a mask for health reasons (some also believe that a mask poses significant health risks).
When checking the airline policy before a recent flight, I learned that even pilots are being required to wear a mask. And passengers who resist wearing a mask can be punished by being put on a no-fly list, thus taking our flying privileges away indefinitely. Given the facts that the pilots have our safety in their hands, are socially distant from all passengers, and can be tested and have their temperature checked, why is airline management compromising their oxygen levels?
There are several OSHA consultants (Tammy Clark and Kristen Meghan) on the YouTube channel (see youtu.be/mHF1FE4sCDs) who are saying these broad mask mandates are against OSHA guidelines. They claim that when employees must wear personal protective masks, OSHA requires that they be individually fitted for masks and then each person is tested to ensure they can safely wear a mask. Have the airlines taken these steps to ensure that pilots can function at a high level while wearing a mask?
As airline passengers, we need to defend our right to choose how to protect ourselves from illness (personally I follow the WAPF dietary guidelines, plus take supplements and homeopathic prophylaxis). Additionally, we deserve to have pilots who are not forced to breathe in high levels of CO2 and dangerously low levels of oxygen while flying a plane with hundreds of passengers. This is an important public safety issue.
First of all, I would like to thank the Weston A. Price Foundation for its untiring work to teach the principles of a healthy diet and lifestyle. I personally have benefited from twenty years of the diet and enjoy reading your intriguing scientific articles in Wise Traditions. I have shared your information with many friends, family and strangers over the twenty years.
Still, I am not totally convinced that vaccines are detrimental in all cases. Considering the poor nutritional state of the majority of the population and the environmental onslaught we are enduring, vaccines could be justified. This brings me to the article by Merinda Teller in your Summer 2020 Wise Traditions. I was aghast at her aggressive tone insinuating evil motives like power-addiction to her chosen “Gang of Four” villains. There were a lot of personal attacks, accusations of hyperinflating infectious threats, even affiliation with terrorists (guilt by association?) and approval of mob judgment calling for Bill Gate’s “arrest and imprisonment.” This kind of writing turns reasonable people off and does not promote the goals of Weston Price, who admonished us to teach, teach and teach.
Be patient, this will take time. But I see your beneficial impact in a lot of young people I come in contact with. I have been in the “movement” for almost fifty years.
Editors’ reply: Since March 2020, U.S. billionaires’ total net worth has increased by well over half a trillion dollars ($700 billion)—an average of $42 billion a week. Meanwhile, forty million Americans have been forced to file for unemployment, and many families are going hungry. Bill Gates and Elon Musk are the second and ninth wealthiest people in the world. In recent weeks, the city of Berlin has hosted two mass protests attended by hundreds of thousands of Europeans who are offended by these widening disparities and are opposed to the destruction of individual sovereignty and the rise of high-tech tyranny. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. attended the second of the two events, clearly identifying Covid-19 as a “crisis of convenience” that is helping make the powerful even more powerful, while impoverishing and oppressing everyone else. He and many others are asking valid questions about the motives of Gates and other technocrats that are a far cry from “mob judgment.” As for the Covid-19 vaccines currently in the pipeline, Moderna’s and Oxford’s frontrunner vaccines—which rely on experimental technologies never approved in any prior vaccine—have caused serious adverse reactions in superbly healthy volunteers; it is highly doubtful that individuals who are malnourished or weighed down by environmental toxins would fare any better. There are many other reasons to question the Covid-19 vaccine agenda, including a partnership between Gates, the Department of Defense and a Silicon Valley firm to develop a syringe-injectable hydrogel chip—an implant now poised for FDA approval—that will function as a permanent “biosensor” linking recipients to an artificial intelligence platform. It is not unreasonable to wonder whether the U.S. military, with Gates’ blessing, may inject this tracking device along with Covid-19 vaccines, which, as a reminder, will be free of all legal liability for vaccine-related injuries and deaths. No one familiar with the century-long vaccine fraud—and the corrupt scientific and regulatory apparatus that upholds the vaccine orthodoxy—can continue to view these concoctions as beneficial or justifiable. As for WHO director Tedros, his unsavory actions while serving under a government notorious for human rights violations are a matter of public record, including in reports by Amnesty International. Finally, on the topic of “hyperinflating infectious threats,” the weekly Covid-19 update published on August 26 by the CDC (sister agency to Dr. Fauci’s NIAID) reports that only 6 percent of Covid-19 deaths (fewer than ten thousand) actually are due solely to Covid-19; all other Covid-19-related deaths list an average of 2.6 additional conditions or causes—the very same conditions and causes that have consistently been responsible for mortality in non-pandemic years.
My room at the Swiss farming school where I have been staying is right across the hall from a woman in her forties or fifties, who is extremely sensitive to EMFs.
Of course I had no clue… and did WhatsApp yesterday morning with my husband in the U.S. at 5 AM and 8 AM.
I heard the girl leave…thinking she was going to work.
I wanted to meet her, because I heard she tests apartments and houses for EMF emissions. This morning we met and had a very long talk about exposure. She explained that she left yesterday morning because such exposure “rips her out of her socks.”
She goes barefoot whenever possible and on Sundays enjoys going to a lake on the other side of Bern.
She explained when growing up she had a lot of health issues. I’m guessing her immune system was not the best, and perhaps this is why she is so sensitive today. She tells me that 5G is not nearly as bad as all the gadgets we have. (Of course she agrees that 5G is bad, but 4G is just as bad, only different) and explains that the worst exposure is our own doing.
She sleeps on a mattress on the floor (no box spring with metal coils), and uses the Swiss Shield cloth on one window and on her feather blanket to help shield her while she sleeps.
I recently bought an EMF tester from Germany and will do my best to make others aware of the dangers.
ELECTRICITY AND THE HEART
About fifteen years ago I had to wear a heart monitor, which showed that my heart was missing beats and had a horrible rhythm. I was in my late thirties and had no real ailments. We had recently had a house built and had moved in and lived there for a few months.
My doctor asked me where the electricity came into the house and I realized it was about two feet from where I slept. He laughed and told me to move my bed as far away from the meter outside my walls as possible. After that, I never had another issue. So if you can’t change your room, at least move your bed far away from the electric meter.
DON’T FORGET THE MINERALS!
I’ve been on a WAPF diet journey for fifteen years, constantly upgrading my family’s diet to where I’m very happy with how we eat. I have three children, ages eight, eleven and fourteen. My health started to go downhill after the first child was born (all great home-births, all breastfed till two). It went into steady decline over ten years, despite my WAPF diet. I was eating pasture-raised animal meat and fat, organ meats, bone broths, local seafood including shellfish and fish eggs, pastured eggs, raw dairy, home-made cheese, raw aged cheese, home-grown or local, organic vegetables and some fruit, home-made stone-ground spelt sourdough bread, lacto-fermented sauerkraut and kimchi. I made milk and water kefir, and kombucha. We take fermented cod liver oil and butter oil.
However, my health was in decline. I saw doctors, specialists, naturopaths, homeopaths (one homeopath I saw every month for four years), osteopaths, kinesiologists. I saw an Ayurvedic doctor and did panchakarma. I took Standard Process supplements for about six months and did the GAPS diet. I tried everything. My symptoms were fatigue, lethargy, no energy, an inability to sleep properly, waking at three in the morning, brain fog, moodiness, anxiety, muscle spasms and back ache. On paper I had a great life (lovely family, beautiful kids, supportive partner, fulfilling work) but my reality was a joyless existence. I couldn’t understand why. Plus my kids had cavities, narrow palates, behavioral stuff, asthma and caught every bug and illness that was going around.
About five years ago I met a soil scientist at a farming field day, and he spoke about soil health and human health being connected (which I already understood). I asked him afterwards why my kids still had cavities when we had such a great diet. He suggested I try Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA). So we started on that journey. We sent our hair to Analytical Research Lab in the States (started by Dr. Eck, it’s one of very few labs that put out good data) and got back some information that showed us which minerals we were deficient in, had excess of, and which toxic minerals we had on board. We started the whole family on a mineral supplement program—specific to each individual (taking magnesium, calcium, zinc, selenium, etc, depending on what we needed).
The change in the first two years was profound. I feel like my life changed completely as my health improved. Not rapidly, but steadily, until I felt like a completely different person: lots of energy, slept eight hours straight a night, clear-headed, mentally robust, and happy. Content. That was the best part. My kids’ teeth seemed to harden up, their behavior changed (happy too), bed-wetting stopped and they slept better. The changes continued and we phased out the supplements after four years. We did not change what we ate at all while taking the supplements. I believe the health changes were because of our traditional diet, not in spite of it. But it was as though our bodies needed some extra boost to get our organs working properly, and now we can absorb minerals and vitamins from our food, and detox the toxic minerals (we all had some aluminium and mercury) as we should have been doing all along.
I was curious whether these health improvements could work for others using mineral rebalancing—taking supplements specific to one’s body chemistry as determined by the hair test, rather than random supplements. So I got my mum onto it. She had great results. Slept well for the first time in thirty years and is still energetic and teaching at seventy-five years old. I told others about my results, and ended up supporting about twenty friends through hair tests and mineral supplements. Very few got the great results I did. Most couldn’t stay on the supplements (they can sometimes make you feel worse till you feel better as your body detoxes) and some weren’t willing to change their diet from SAD. But a couple of people had profound life-changing results.
I desperately wanted to heal just from food and food supplements alone, but that didn’t work for me. I’m glad that I kept searching and found the answer that worked for ME (and my family). HTMA is just another avenue to explore for healing, alongside a traditional diet! I’m also forever grateful for the work of WAPF; I believe that is where our life-changing health journey started.
Emily Stokes, Chapter Leader
Bega Valley, NSW, Australia
To prove the germ theory, you say that a microorganism must be found in abundance in all organisms suffering from the disease, but should not be found in healthy organisms; that the microorganism must be isolated from a diseased organism and grown in a pure culture; that the microorganism grown in pure culture should cause disease when introduced into a healthy organism; and that the microorganism must be re-isolated from the inoculated (now diseased) experimental host and identified as identical to the original specific causative agent.
If all four conditions are met, one has proven the infectious cause for a specific set of symptoms.
This is pure baloney! I did an experiment two years ago with another coronavirus that affects pigs. We first infected immortalized chicken cells and proved that the virus kills them, then subsequently infected chickens and turkeys with the virus. They had clinical signs and we proved that they were also shedding the virus in several ways. One was through immunofluorescent staining of the intestinal tissues, using real-time PCR that detects the virus in cloacal and tracheal swabs. We also used an antibody test that detected antibodies for the virus in their serum and we sequenced isolated RNA in the swabs and compared it to the virus we infected them with. We published our data in Emerging Infectious Diseases after eight months of peer review. This is a normal method of studying a virus so we weren’t the first to do this type of experiment. To deny it or ignore it is simply false and an insult to scientists who study infectious diseases.
Answer from Tom Cowan: Unfortunately, virologists do not follow the common-sense Koch’s postulates (or in the case of viruses, Rivers’ postulates) today because even if they do properly isolate the virus (which they rarely do), they cannot get these properly isolated viruses grown in a pure culture to cause disease when introduced into a host. So what they do is create “virulent” viruses by culturing them on starving cells and adding very toxic antibiotics (which kills the cells but not the “virus”). These are not pure cultures. When this antibiotic-laden culture is introduced into new cells—in the case of your experiment, immortalized chicken cells (probably taken from a tumor)—the cells die; they die because they are starved and poisoned.
In your experiment, did you isolate and purify the virus according to the 1973 Pasteur Institute isolation and purification consensus guidelines (see virusmyth.com/aids/hiv/epreplyek.htm)? Were they cultured without antibiotics? When you infected chickens and turkeys with the cultured virus, what were the “clinical signs”? Were they mild or fatal? Did you determine whether these clinical signs were caused by the virus or by the antibiotics (or the injection method)?
The next step should have been to isolate the virus properly, using the 1973 Pasteur Institute guidelines, from the chickens and turkeys and see whether they caused disease when introduced into healthy chickens and turkeys. Instead you “proved” that the animals were “shedding the virus” through PCR and antibody tests—neither of which detects any virus, only genetic material and antibodies. As you say, “This is the normal method of studying a virus.” Indeed, this is the way virologists “study” viruses today, but it is a fraudulent method and never properly detects virus or shows that they cause disease. They do this because they cannot prove that viruses are infectious by properly isolating then and them using the common-sense Rivers’ postulates.
As for today’s coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the most important papers on the subject all say they didn’t isolate or purify the novel coronavirus. In their July 2020 guidelines on PCR, the CDC states on page 39 that “no virus isolates of the 2019-nCoV are currently available.” It is hard to imagine doing a PCR test or knowing what the killing effect could be from a virus that has never been isolated.
DIET AND HEALTH
I want to add my story to the discussion about the interaction between diet and health. It explains why I am a chapter leader and why I support the WAPF.
I was born in September 1945 just after World War II ended. There was extensive food rationing during the war when my mother was pregnant with me. She had little access to meat, butter or eggs. Also, at that time my father was a graduate student so their finances were limited, and they weren’t living on a farm. In addition, my mother’s first baby, a girl, died three days after she was born, and I was born less than two years later. With limited nutritious food available and the depletion of stored resources from her first pregnancy, my mother probably couldn’t provide me with all of the nutrition I needed. I don’t blame her at all. I’m sure she did the best she could under the circumstances.
I had all the problems that Dr. Weston A. Price shows so clearly in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. I was the totally typical “after.” I have a narrow face, needed extensive orthodontics, had hormone problems, poor vision, and so on. When I read Dr. Price’s book, I finally understood why I had those problems. My sister, who was born two years after the war ended, had a broader face, did not need orthodontics, and didn’t need vision correction until the last few years. Similar genetics, totally different nutrition. I was told that I inherited my father’s teeth (too large for my jaw) but that reasoning never made sense to me and didn’t explain why my teeth were so crooked.
I had my three children in the 1980s before I had heard of Dr. Price and the WAPF so I didn’t give them the Wise Traditions diet. However, even then, I knew that what I did and what I ate were important for my babies’ health. I did the best I knew at the time. I followed the Bradley method of childbirth which had some good, though incomplete, dietary recommendations. They emphasized protein intake, which probably meant I got a reasonable amount of good-quality fat from meat and cheese, which I ate a lot of. Although all of my children have some tooth and health problems, none of them had the extensive crooked teeth and narrow jaw that I had. Apparently, my diet reversed at least some of my bad nutrition effects. I had all three naturally, without any drugs, which I knew would be best for my children. I nursed all three babies and followed La Leche League recommendations. Fortunately, back then (before 1986) there was no mention of vaccines during my pregnancies or at birth, because I hadn’t yet learned that the doctor does not know best. They were vaccinated later, although at much less than current recommendations, but those results are another story.
Good diet is essential to good health, good bone and teeth formation, and the earlier it begins, the healthier we will be. Actually, since I have been following the WAPF diet for more than ten years, I am now in some ways healthier than my younger sister who has followed the WAPF partially for a shorter time. I believe it is never too late to benefit from a better diet. I also stay physically active and practice yoga, stretching, and some Chi Gong five to six days a week, first thing in the morning.
I am a researcher, not a health professional, and am still learning. I spend many hours each week reading books and articles about health and nutrition and haven’t found anything that provides a better path to health than what I have learned from Dr. Price and the WAPF.
TOOTH ABSCESS HEALED
I healed a tooth abscess and saved my tooth with the WAPF approach. It took me about four years but the abscess is healed. I’m amazed! Lots of butter oil, cod liver oil, local raw milk, bone broth and bone marrow supplements, along with detoxing.
Not sure whether these helped, but I also used iodine, salt water rinses, oil pulling, and food grade hydrogen peroxide.
NINE HEALTHY WISE TRADITIONS KIDS
I am happy to share this photo of my nine children.
I was blessed to have been raised on raw milk, home-grown beef and pastured eggs, although our diet also included processed food. My mother gave birth to sixteen healthy and well-formed children (she loves sardines and liver), including two sets of twins in less than two years. We have all been very healthy although some of us did need braces, but none of us has been as healthy and fertile as our mother, nor my seven brothers as physically strong as our father.
I read Dr. Price’s book in the early 2000s. Four of my children had already been born, and while they were healthy and strong, I could feel my own health slipping, and I finally knew why. I have long felt that the greatest resource on this planet is the human mind and soul. We wanted a larger family, and knowing I needed to make changes to our diet, I immediately sought out a source of raw milk, and it has been foundational to our diet ever since. We started using cod liver oil.
A dear friend introduced me to the WAPF. I am so grateful for the resources you have provided to help me apply the principles documented by Dr. Price. Incorporating traditional foods and preparation practices has taken time and effort but has been a great blessing for my family. We love our sourdough and natural yeast bread. We eat a lot of homemade soup, especially in the winter, and we often wake up to the smell of broth percolating in the crockpot. My husband calls it the “smell of home,” and he says he can feel his body thank him when he drinks it. High vitamin butter oil made a huge difference in my later pregnancies and I am a firm believer in it for helping form beautiful babies.
Beet kvass is our favorite ferment and we like it when it has aged for at least a year. A few times each year we set up an assembly line in the kitchen to turn fifty to one hundred pounds of beets into kvass so that we always have a good supply aging in the cold storage. We love our smoothies with clabbered milk and I make an average of two gallons of mesophilic yogurt each week, sometimes more when we need to drain it for whey or when our neighbor’s cow has freshened.
My oldest three children were vaccinated. The first two seemed to handle them fine but the GAPS diet has helped the third one heal from their devastating effects and from my mistakes as a young and ignorant mother.
Our diet has not been perfect, but thanks to the principles taught by Dr. Price, the WAPF, and Dr. Campbell-McBride, we continue to improve. I have great hopes for our future health and for the health of my unborn grandchildren. I am very grateful to have access to the vast work and painstaking efforts of this foundation and the people associated with it. Thank you for all you have done to help turn the tide of physical degeneration!
“We started the whole family on a mineral supplement program—specific to each individual (taking magnesium, calcium, zinc, selenium, etc, depending on what we needed)…The change in the first two years was profound”
I do occasinally hear health advisors/doctors, etc. speak against supplementation because to them it is somehow not “natural” to take an isolated nutrient. And yet, supplementation with minerals, vitamins, etc. is indeed associated with much improved health even though a nutrient rich diet was being followed. You just never know exactly what is going on in your body. It is too complicated, this cascade of biochemical events, and so we should not be rigid in these matters.
Most of us are poisoned from bith or shortly thereafter and for this reason need extra nutrients of one type or another which don’t have to be processed by the digestive system in the same manner as food is. Most good supplements are formulated to be highly digestible and assimilable, whereas food is not always that easy to digest (by all people all of the time). Sad but true.
But even supplements don’t always do what you expect: Adelle Davis related the story of a doctor who told of a woman who was sick with various ailments, as well as depressed, for 17 years. She saw countless doctors who said she was deficient in B vitamins); they prescribed a rich diet – liver, yeast, etc. plus vitamin pills, but none of these helped at all. But once she dosed herself with hydrochloric acid 3 times a day, a miraculous change in her health occurred, within one week. Just passing it along. We should reject nothing without good reason, even if it gores our ox philosophically. Adelle Davis made mistakes with her own diet and health, but I love her. Hope this comment is not too long for you to read.
Michael Harris says
Quick question. When a person gets bitten by a rabid animal and gets sick, what is the cause of the illness and likely resulting death? Does the illness not occur when people eat a nutrient rich diet and get plenty of sun or is there something in the saliva of the rabid animal that causes profound illness regardless? If so, what is it?