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I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity 
epidemic, so did a friend of mine, John Erb.  He was a research assistant at 
the University of Waterloo, and spent years working for the government. 

He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals for a 
book he was writing called The Slow Poisoning of America. In hundreds of studies 
around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet 
or diabetes test studies. 

No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so the scientists have to create 
them. They make these morbidly obese creatures by injecting them with MSG 
when they are first born. The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas 
creates, causing rats (and humans?) to become obese they even have a title for the 
race of fat rodents they create: \"MSG-Treated Rats MSG”? 

I was shocked too.  I went to my kitchen, checking the cupboards and the 
fridge. MSG was in everything! The Campbell\'s soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays 
flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz 
canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, Kraft salad dressings, especially the 
\'healthy low fat\' ones. The items that didn\'t have MSG had something called 
Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, which is just another name for Monosodium 
Glutamate.  It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our children 
everyday are filled with this stuff.  They hide MSG under many different names in 
order to fool those who catch on. 

But it didn\'t stop there. When our family went out to eat, we started asking 
at the restaurants what menu items had MSG. Many employees, even the managers, 
swore they didn\'t use MSG. But when we ask for the ingredient list which they 
grudgingly provided, sure enough MSG and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein were 
everywhere. Burger King, McDonalds, Wendy\'s, Taco Bell, every restaurant, even 
the sit down ones like TGIF, Chilis\', Applebees and Denny\'s use MSG in 
abundance. Kentucky Fried Chicken seemed to be the WORST offender: MSGas in every 
chicken dish, salad dressing and gravy. No wonder I loved to eat that coating on 
the skin, their secret spice was MSG! 

So why is MSG in so may of the foods we eat? Is it a preservative or a 
vitamin? Not according to my friend John. In the book he wrote, an expose of the 
food additive industry called The Slow Poisoning of America,, 
he said that MSG is added to food for the addictive effect it has on the 
human body.  Even the propaganda website sponsored by the food manufacturers lobby 
group supporting MSG at:

explains that the reason they add it to food is to make people eat more. 

A study of elderly people showed that people eat more of the foods that it is 
added to.  The Glutamate Association lobby group says eating more benefits 
the elderly, but what does it do to the rest of us? 

\'Betcha can\'t eat just one\', takes on a whole new meaning where MSG is 
concerned! And we wonder why the nation is overweight? 

The MSG manufacturers themselves admit that it addicts people to their 
products. It makes people choose their product over others, and makes people eat 
more of it than they would if MSG wasn\'t added. Not only is MSG scientifically 
proven to cause obesity, it is an addictive substance! 

Since its introduction into the American food supply fifty years ago, MSG has 
been added in larger and larger doses to the prepackaged meals, soups, snacks 
and fast foods we are tempted to eat everyday. 

The FDA has set no limits on how much of it can be added to food. They claim 
it\'s safe to eat in any amount. How can they claim it is safe when there are 
hundreds of scientific studies with titles like these? 

The monosodium glutamate (MSG)obese rat as a model for the study of exercise 
in obesity. Gobatto CA, Mello MA, Souza CT, Ribeiro IA. Res Commun Mol Pathol 
Pharmacol. 2002 

Adrenalectomy abolishes the food-induced hypothalamic serotonin release in 
both normal and monosodium glutamate-obese rats. Guimaraes RB, Telles MM, Coelho 
VB, Mori RC, Nascimento CM, Ribeiro Brain Res Bull. August 2002  

Obesity induced by neonatal monosodium glutamate treatment in spontaneously 
hypertensive rats: an animal model of multiple risk factors.  Yamamoto M, Iino 
K, Ichikawa K, Shinohara N, Yoshinari Fujishima Hypertens Res. March 1998  

Hypothalamic lesion induced by injection of monosodium glutamate in suckling 
period and subsequent development of obesity. Tanaka K, Shimada M, Nakao K, 
Kusunoki Exp Neurol. October 1978 

Yes, that last study was not a typo, it WAS written in 1978. 

Both the medical research community and food \"manufacturers\" have known MSG\'s 
side effects for decades! 

Many more studies mentioned in John Erb\'s book link MSG to Diabetes, 
Migraines and headaches, Autism, ADHD and even Alzheimer\'s.But what can we do to stop 
the food manufactures from dumping fattening and addictive MSG into our food 
supply and causing the obesity epidemic we now see? 

Even as you read this, George W. Bush and his corporate supporters are 
pushing a Bill through Congress, and it’s called the: 

\"Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act\"also known as the 
\"Cheeseburger Bill” this sweeping law bans anyone from suing food manufacturers, sellers 
and distributors. Even if it comes out that they purposely added an addictive 
chemical to their foods. 

Read about it for yourself at: 

Last month the House of Representatives passed the \"Personal Responsibility 
in Food Consumption Act\" to protect the food and beverage industry from civil 
lawsuits. Under the measure, known as the \"Cheeseburger Bill,\"people who buy 
food or drinks couldn\'t sue the companies that made them, the stores that sold 
them or the restaurants that served them if they got fat from the products, so 
long as the products met existing laws. The Senate is expected to take up a 
similar bill later this year.\" 

The Bill has already been rushed through the House of Representatives, and is 
due for the same rubber stamp at Senate level. It is important that Bush and 
his corporate supporters get it through before the media lets everyone know 
about MSG, the intentional Nicotine for food. 

Several months ago, John Erb took his book and his concerns to one of the 
highest government health officials in Canada.  While sitting in the Government 
office, the official told him \"Sure I know how bad MSG is, I wouldn\'t touch the 
stuff!\" But this top-level government official refused to tell the public 
what he knew. The big media doesn\'t want to tell the public either, fearing legal 
issues with their advertisers. It seems that the fallout on the fast food 
industry may hurt their profit margin. 

So what do we do? The food producers and restaurants have been addicting us 
to their products for years, and now we are paying the price for it. Our 
children should not be cursed with obesity caused by an addictive food additive. But 
what can I do about it? I\'m just one voice, what can I do to stop the 
poisoning of our children, while guys like Bush are insuring financial protection for 
the industry that is poisoning us. 

I for one am doing something about it. I am sending this email out to 
everyone I know in an attempt to show you the truth that the corporate owned 
politicians and media won\'t tell you. The best way you can help save yourself and your 
children from this drug-induced epidemic, is to forward this email to 
everyone. With any luck, it will circle the globe before Bush can pass the Bill 
protecting those who poisoned us. The food industry learned a lot from the tobacco 
industry. Imagine if big tobacco had a bill like this in place before someone 
blew the whistle on Nicotine? Blow the whistle on MSG. If you are one of the 
few who can still believe that MSG is good for us, and you don\'t believe what 
John Erb has to say, see for yourself.  Go to the National Library of Medicine, 
at Type in the words \"MSG Obese\", and read a few of 
the articles for yourself.

We do not want to be rats in one giant experiment, and we do not approve of 
food that makes us into a nation of obese, lethargic, addicted sheep, waiting 
for the slaughter. 

With your help we can put an end to this, and stop the Slow Poisoning of 

Let\'s save our children.  (John Erb) 

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