Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Excitotoxicity is the process by which nerve cells are damaged and killed by excessive glutamate. Excitotoxins over stimulate the brain cells neurons, causing them to die.

I'm sure you're wondering why I'm writing about Excitotoxicity. Here's why:

Emeric has excessive amounts of glutamate in his urine. Excessive glutamate causes seizures, neurological disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and a slew of other problems. Excessive glutamate will kill the cells. It causes excitotoxicity.

In our diet we can find excitotoxins. Remember, these overstimulate your brain cells and cause them to die. The most common sources of excitotoxins are MSG and Aspartame. MSG is found in almost all processed foods and is hidden under many different names including:

Monosodium Glutamate
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein
Hydrolyzed Protein
Hydrolyzed Plant Protein
Plant Protein Extract
Sodium Caseinate
Calcium Caseinate
Yeast Extract
Textured Protein
Autolyzed Yeast
Hydrolyzed Oat Flour

Glutamate is a neurotransmitter. Emeric's doctor suspects he has a neurotransmitter disease. Neurotransmitters with proper regulation and in the right concentration and balance function as vital transmitters of information that regulates bodily functions. Obviously you can guess that in neurotransmitter disease these transmitters aren't functioning properly and the range of problems that that entails are huge.

The research shows that some people are more susceptible to excitotoxicity than others but it also shows that the affects of excessive glutamate do not always manifest themselves right away. Which means that even if you don't get a migraine after eating Chinese food, like some do, it doesn't mean it's not affecting you.

I don't know if anyone else finds this interesting and scary but I do. Obviously that might be because I know it's damaging Emeric's brain and the excessive glutamate is likely the cause of his seizures. Feeding him anything with MORE glutamate in it seems like the worst possible idea! Really it seems like a bad idea for anyone as I don't think anyone wants their brain cells dying.

Since glutamate is in nearly all processed food it's hard to totally cut it out but in other ways it seems like knowing Emeric has excessive glutamate in his body already it should be really easy to keep it all away!

Here's a video on Aspartame(glutamate). Boring to most of you maybe! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na9k53G3zds

Anyway, just some food(without MSG of course! LOL) for thought!


Miranda said...

It is really to bad that you don't have a trader Joe's out there by you guys. I think I looked once and there is only one in Minnesota and it is in the city somewhere. They are great about making "processed" foods with no additives. Once you start reading the labels you realize how much extra stuff is in almost everything. I know it has certainly forced me to cook more.
Good Luck,

Nicole said...

You know, when we were in Cleveland last time we went to Whole Foods(couldn't find the Trader's) and I'd have loved to bring a ton of stuff back with me! We're going again in January but it's hard to really bring a lot back on the plane!

Kelley said...

Ok Nicole..........since you're de-cluttering your cupboards, go back now and throw out those gross, overly processed noodle and rice dinners! LOL
The buying club we order from has anything and everything you want. Cub carries a large line of natural products now. You have to get your family used to meat, potatoes, vegetables... it doesn't hurt to eat just whole, basic foods. Macaroni and cheese tastes so much better when it's homemade and the kids love it! The co-op will carry fast foods without junk in them, they're just expensive. If you raise your children without crap in their diet, they will never know the difference. Don't give them choices. "I'm" the one who still likes to go to McDonalds, my kids could care less. In fact they normally complain when I suggest it. It's a big step, but go back through those cupboards and just bring that junk to the food shelf or throw it away.
That garbage is cheap and that's why most people buy it. I think the government and food and drug companies are in a conspiracy together. Keep us unhealthy by the garbage we put into our system so we'll continue to have our health failing and need their drugs.
Time to get back to basics! Your husband will love you for a big meal of meat and potatoes. Your crock pot is now your best friend!
There..............there's my lecture for today.
Next time you're up, I can give you some of the "boxed" things we eat so you can try them out.
BTW.........have you ever read, or heard of the book called"Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon? It will really change your mind about the way you eat. One thing for sure is...get Emeric and your other kids off of homogonized and paturized milk. Do you have a farm there that sells raw milk?
I'm sure there are people in your church that belong to a buying club. Start asking around.

Aunt Kelley BTW....your house looks great!!!

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