Did you know that many of the chemicals known as excitotoxins that are added to your food to enhance the flavor also aggravate or precipitate many neurological disorders: disorders like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease? What if you discovered that the food you were feeding your children could cause irreversible brain damage? What would you do?
It is important to understand that our bodies were designed to utilize the nutrients available to us in nature, not those made in a laboratory. As a result, researchers like neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock have discovered that some additives to our foods, like excitotoxins, may in many cases actually cause brain damage. The brain is a complex organ that requires the proper balance of nutrients and neurotransmitters to function properly.
Some of the common names for excitotoxins are MSG, aspartate (Found in NutraSweet), hydrolyzed protein, and natural flavorings. Most consumers who would never purchase foods containing MSG have no idea that “natural flavorings”, “hydrolyzed protein” and “spices” are simply hidden forms of MSG. Any of these additives may contain anywhere from 12% to 40% MSG. You will find these additives in nearly every processed food on your grocer’s shelf, whether it is your health food or regular grocery store.
Blaylock explains in his book, Excitotoxins – The Taste That Kills, that many times manufacturers will even label their food additives as “all natural”. When in fact, as is the case with hydrolyzed protein, it is made from junk vegetables already very high in glutamate, aspartate and cysteine (naturally occurring amino acids that are also naturally occurring excitotoxins). Next, the vegetables are boiled in an acid bath and then neutralized with a caustic soda. The end product is a brown sludge that is highly concentrated in glutamate, aspartate and cystoic acid (converts to cysteine in the body).
Remember above we talked about the brain needing a proper balance of neurotransmitters for optimal functioning. Well, glutamate and aspartate are also neurotransmitters. When these amino acids are added to our food in the highly concentrated forms that they are, they become deadly toxins to the nerve cell receptors and neurons. They literally excite them to death.
In today’s world most of the food consumed in America bears little resemblance to the food God originally provided us to sustain our life and health. Instead, our food sources have been greatly corrupted. The plants and fruits that God originally provided have been over processed, stripped of all nutritional value, and loaded with flavor enhancing excitotoxins, preservatives and other chemicals.
You see, God uniquely created plant life to sustain human life. In Genesis 1:29 God says, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” The thousands of biochemical reactions that occur every second of every day in the human body are best supported by the nutrients in God’s original diet for human life.