The obesity crisis. How it started. Why it continues.

Have you ever wondered how the obesity crisis began and why it continues to grow? 

The Perfect Poison tells it all.  The Perfect Poison tells how free glutamic acid (an excitotoxic amino acid found in flavor-enhancers) is passed by pregnant women to their fetuses where it causes damage to the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus leaving the child with no way to control appetite or satiety.

The paperback and Kindle editions are available right here!

To Your Health,

Adrienne Samuels, Ph.D.
Truth in Labeling Campaign
Chicago, Illinois   USA

MSG on 60 Minutes got people riled up 30 years ago. Could it do the same thing today?

Thirty years ago this 60 Minutes program (video below) on MSG was the second most-watched show of the year. Despite that, the show’s creator Don Hewitt caved to glutamate-industry pressure and refused to air it a second time.

Since then the Glutes have kept a tight wrap on information about the toxic effects of MSG, filling the Internet, newspapers and TV with cleverly crafted propaganda that carries the falsehood MSG is a harmless ingredient. Advertising studies have been rigged to conclude that nothing was found to suggest that MSG is anything other than safe, diverting funding from research that might concluded that MSG is harmful, enlisting the support of celebrities and professionals who vouch for the safety of their excitotoxic – brain damaging – product and keeping any mention of possible MSG-toxicity out of FDA files.

But it’s a new day. And as much as we may disagree about our politics and even what truth is, no one will disagree with the notion that it’s wrong to poison people, most especially our children. And so, through a Citizen Petition addressed to FDA Commissioner Hahn, I have asked the people at the FDA (who have kept the myth of the safety of MSG alive no matter what) to weed out the lies that the FDA is telling at the behest of the glutamate industry and officially stop calling the excitotoxic manufactured glutamic acid and the MSG that contains it generally recognized as safe — GRAS.

To comment on and support that petition, simply go here and then click the blue “comment now” button at the top of the page.

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Who are the ‘Glutes’?

For years, the Truth in Labeling Campaign has been calling them the “Glutes,” a name that many now recognize as being those who make money selling their poisons hidden in food. We gave them a name because we want you to know them and start talking about them, and it’s hard to talk about someone or something if it doesn’t have a name.

The founder and chief operating officer of this loosely knit operation is Ajinomoto, the world’s largest producer of monosodium glutamate. Ajinomoto designs and bankrolls its research, bragging of the millions it’s spending on public relations to “clear MSG’s bad name.” Their goal is to counter the fact that every day more and more people are suffering reactions to MSG and other flavor enhancers that contain MSG’s toxic manufactured free glutamate (MfG) by plastering the world with propaganda that MSG has gotten a bad rap.

Without the researchers who execute their double-blind studies using excitotoxic, brain damaging placebos, without the food technologists who incorporate MfG into thousands of processed foods, without the manufacturers that use MSG in their products so they can skimp on quality — aided by the grocery outlets that sell their products — and without the “public servants” at the FDA who for 50 years have turned their backs on research that clearly demonstrates MSG has toxic potential while endorsing the out and out lie that MSG is safe for use in food, MSG would have long ago been banned. And it can be done. As recently as 2018 the FDA acted to no longer allow the use of seven flavoring substances and flavor enhancers deemed dangerous.

Those are the Glutes: the people who work to keep MSG flowing without mentioning that they work for the producer of MSG when signing off on their work.

If MSG is ‘natural’ why have hundreds of patents been issued for methods of producing it?

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) found in an animal, vegetable, or mineral was manufactured and then ingested or added in some manner.

Below are just three examples of patents pertaining to the manufacture of MSG. There are literally hundreds more. MSG is man-made.

1. US3281247A – Process for producing monosodium glutamate

2. CN104211611A – New fermentation technology of sodium glutamate

3. WO1996031459A1 – A process for the preparation of monosodium glutamate

Below are general discussions pertaining to methods used in production of MSG (written by scientists, not by Ajinomoto’s hired hands).

1. Optimization of glutamic acid production by Corynebacterium glutamicum using response surface methodology

Naiyf S. Alharbia, Shine Kadaikunnana, Jamal M. Khaleda, Taghreed N. Almanaaa,Ganesh Moorthy Innasimuthub, Baskar Rajooc, Khalid F. Alanzia, Shyam Kumar Rajaram.

Journal of King Saud University – Science. Volume 32, Issue 2, March 2020, Pages 1403-1408.

2. Tasty waste: industrial fermentation and the creative destruction of MSG

Sarah E. Tracy

Food, Culture & Society (2019). 22:5, 548-65,

Scientific fraud carried out by the pros

Scientific fraud is one of the things the U.S. manufacturer of MSG specializes in, although according to the working definition of “scientific fraud,” what they do doesn’t fit the accepted definition of scientific fraud. 

That’s because the Glutes don’t plagiarize, fabricate (make up) data, or falsify data by manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record. Instead, the Glutes design and implement studies guaranteed to fail to find evidence of MSG toxicity.  This is discussed in part in the book, The Perfect Poison.

“By the time I’d completed my research, having reviewed all the IGTC-sponsored studies, I understood just how the IGTC produced study after study that found no association between ingestion of monosodium glutamate and adverse reactions. I’d observed that while a variety of researchers worked on the various studies, and the work was produced at different universities and medical schools, the designs of each study were essentially the same, only the details varied. While the flaws of each study could be dismissed as shoddy science, sloppy scholarship, or inadvertent error, taking the group of studies as a whole, it appeared that there was clear intent to deceive the public about the safety of monosodium glutamate.

Intent to deceive? Could it be otherwise? Given the methodological flaws inherent in their work, and their unwillingness to change their protocols after those flaws were pointed out to them, we were drawn to the notion that it was with intent that IGTC researchers moved from a predetermined conclusion (that their product is ‘safe’) to design and implementation of research guaranteed to bring readers back to that predetermined conclusion. And remember, they brought their study protocols to the FDA, where they were approved. If they haven’t been ‘accidentally’ destroyed, the records are housed at the FDA’s Dockets Management and obtainable through a Freedom of Information request.”

The subject is also addressed in the website, Seven Lines of Evidence (human studies rigged to produce negative results)

I Didn’t Realize I Didn’t Know How to Eat until I Was Pregnant

Guest blog by Shamyah

This is for all the moms who are currently pregnant and facing problems with the ability to be healthy and make better choices.

I am currently 19 weeks and six days pregnant.

I started a spiritual journey in the spring of 2021 that lasted almost two years. This required me to start off by eating raw vegan food for a week. Then I started exploring all the processed vegan foods to make my journey easier.

As I got deeper into this journey, I learned that most of these companies, such as Impossible, Beyond Meat, Violife, etc., were overly processed and contained a lot of wheat, soy protein powder, and so on. That made the diet no better than eating meat. Another problem is most well-known vegan food brands were owned or had something to do with Bill Gates — and everyone knows I wouldn’t say I like Bill Gates.

Once I got to follow other people on social media who are true vegans, I noticed that they made food with mushrooms, homemade powders from veggies, different herbs, and nutritional yeast instead of readymade vegan cheese.

Then the journey got discouraging. I felt like the good thing that I was trying to do knocked me down a few steps again because everything that I had just learned I had to relearn for the better. Then I couldn’t afford the vegan diet anymore. I had to sacrifice it. But I realized I could afford it if I were doing it the right way by buying fresh fruits and veggies, frozen fruits, less seasoning and herbs.

But was I willing to give up the good taste that I had become used to? That was the most significant question! I did start eating small amounts of meat again because we didn’t have enough money to buy both vegan and regular food. I was the only vegan in the house, so I sacrificed.

I didn’t realize I didn’t know how to eat until I was pregnant. When I’m hungry I’ll eat whatever I got a taste for, or just something not to be hungry. We learned about the food pyramid in like 3rd or 4th grade, and never bought it up again. Then being anemic plays a significant role in everything, and I didn’t realize how important that was until my second trimester. I learned from some doulas that it’s common and should be taken more seriously than we realize. It’s a learning process and an eye-opener. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially if you are a first-time mom, because the whole process is new, and you’ll be more prepared for the next time!

Is your brain ‘switch’ broken?

There’s a “switch” in your brain that’s supposed to turn off your desire to eat when you’ve had enough.  Is yours broken? 

If you were born after 1957 and your mom ate a fair amount of processed or ultra-processed food, there’s a good chance you suffer from Type 2 Obesity — obesity that is:

◼ produced in a fetus by something a pregnant woman “feeds” to her fetus before birth,

◼ not caused by lack of willpower, laziness, or genetic deficiency,

◼ something you — and your health care provider – are probably not aware of.