God communicates with us via our minds—through our frontal lobe’s reasoning ability. If certain food ingredients are known to kill brain cells, then eating those foods will inevitably result in decreased ability to communicate with the Holy Spirit. The issue of food, therefore, is serious and has eternal consequences.
The Enemy tempts us with attractions involving our five senses—especially taste. Many cautionary words are found in Scripture and Inspiration regarding appetite. Our food choices not only concern our physical health, but also our spiritual well being. Neglecting our bodies and being careless in our stewardship of Christ’s sacrifice for us is sinful.
With the precious health message given us, Christians should be among the healthiest people on Earth. The divine plan has been so plain that no one need be confused on the matter:
Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing (Ministry of Healing, 295-296).
Simple combinations of nuts and grains and fruits, manufactured with taste and skill, will commend themselves...(Counsels on Diet, 268).
Some food ingredients directly interfere with our minds and bodies. These ingredients are known as neurotoxins, because are toxic to the nervous system. They’re also called excitotoxins, because they overstimulate brain cells to the point of cell death.
The most common neurotoxins in food are monosodium glutamate (MSG or glutamic acid), aspartame (aspartic acid), and autolyzed yeast. Dr.
Russell Blaylock—neurosurgeon, nutritionist, and author of Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills—says that this group also includes hydrolyzed protein of any type and yeast extract.i
neurotoxins are hidden in foods under the terms “spices,” “natural
flavors,” or “artificial flavors.” At least one excitotoxin is found in
most prepared foods, including soups, and particularly in prepared
vegetarian foods such as meat substitutes.
MSG and autolyzed yeast are prevalent in low-fat and no-fat foods,
packaged foods, fast food restaurant meals, and instant meals such as
soups and noodles. Even baby food and infant formulas may contain both
MSG and processed aspartame.ii Aspartame
is the technical name for commercial artificial sweeteners such as
Spoonful, NutraSweet, Equal, EqualMeasure, and others.iii
The health risks of excitotoxins are documented and significant. “By
the early 1980’s, evidence of monosodium glutamate-induced brain
lesions was…well established.”iii
mountain of evidence connects neurotoxins with an alarming array of
symptoms and diseases: insomnia, depression, slurred speech, fatigue,
irritability, vision loss, hearing loss, anxiety attacks, asthma,
vertigo, joint pain, Parkinson’s, ALS, seizures, leukemia, other
cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, Alzheimer’s, tinnitus, and
retinal damage,iv to name just a few.
In the US, incidence and severity of human adverse reactions following
ingestion of processed free glutamic acid (MSG) is increasing at an
alarming rate. Yet both the United States government and many in the
medical community have:
(1) ignored the literature that reports adverse
reactions following ingestion of processed free glutamic acid (MSG),
(2) ignored consumer reports of adverse reactions filed with the FDA,
(3) ignored incontrovertible evidence that glutamic acid kills brain
cells and causes neuroendocrine disorders in laboratory animals, and
(4) ignored a growing body of evidence that suggests a role between
elevated brain glutamate levels and neurological diseases such as
Alzheimer’s and ALS.v
MSG’s connection to gross obesity is also interesting. Scientists
“create” obese mice and rats to use in research on diets or diabetes by
injecting them with MSG at birth. The MSG greatly increases the amount
of insulin the pancreas secretes, causing obesity. The rodents also
become insulin resistant.vi
Given the popularity of excitotoxins in our food supply, it is no
wonder that insulin resistance in humans is increasing rapidly, greatly
multiplying the rate of diabetes and obesity. Ironically, “diet” sodas,
which contain aspartame, actually cause weight gain, just as the
excitotoxin did in the infant rats.
Many people drink diet sodas, thinking they’re healthier than
sugar-loaded sodas, but diet sodas contain aspartame.
“We also know
liquid forms of excitotoxins are significantly more toxic because of
rapid absorption and higher blood levels,” says Dr. Blaylock,
neurosurgeon.vii At least one brand of regular soda and many
fruit juices have “natural flavors” in its ingredients. Before drinking
any of these beverages, we should ask some pointed questions of the
Consider the physical and mental harm done to millions of
unsuspecting consumers drinking an excitotoxin-enhanced soda along with
their excitotoxin-enhanced fast food meal. Blaylock says that
excitotoxins can create lesions in the brain, similar to Multiple
When aspartate (as aspartame) is combined in the diet
with monosodium glutamate (MSG), blood levels are several-fold higher
than normal. With the blood brain barrier damaged, as in MS, these
excitotoxins can freely enter the site of injury, greatly magnifying
As far back as 1996 it was shown that the lesions produced in the
myelin sheath of axons in cases of multiple sclerosis were related to
excitatory receptors on the primary cells involved…The loss of myelin
sheath on the nerve fibers characteristic of the disease is due to the
death of these…cells at the site of the lesions (called plaques).
Further, these studies have shown that the death of these important
cells is a result of excessive exposure to excitotoxins at the site of
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Those who have chosen vegetarianism in order to avoid the dangers of a
flesh-based diet must also avoid the pitfall of harmful meat
substitutes such as meat analogs. The cell-destroying excitotoxins in
them not only stimulate appetite but also are associated with food
Some “health food” stores sell meat analogs—vegetarian meat
replacements, usually soy-based—and various broths and gravies to
accompany them. They are sold to support transitions from flesh-based
diets to vegetarian diets. However, each label’s list of ingredients,
without exception, contained neurotoxins.
In addition to various other harmful ingredients such as refined sugars
and propylene glycol (also found in antifreeze), meat analogs almost
always contain MSG. Autolyzed yeast is also a common ingredient. Some
packages say “No MSG,” but these claims are deceptive because the MSG
is just replaced by another excitotoxin, autolyzed yeast. Only informed
label-readers would be aware of the misleading nature of these claims;
those who take labels at face value are at risk for cell death.
Textured Vegetable Proteins
Textured vegetable protein (TVP) and soy protein isolate are used by
some vegetarians as ground meat substitutes in chili, meatloaves,
fillers, and stuffing. TVP and soy protein isolate are extremely
processed. In addition, vitamins, minerals, fats, amino acids and
enzymes have been removed in processing. What’s left is essentially a
synthetic food, which the body can neither recognize nor utilize. It is
a stressor rather than a benefit.
Remember, our God-given counsel is simple foods, simply prepared (Gospel Workers,
362). More nutritious, more digestible, less concentrated protein
alternatives exist. Foods such as unprocessed grains and legumes do not
stress the liver and digestive organs the way processed foods do.
The same applies to meat substitutes that contain concentrated
wheat gluten. While those foods do not always contain excitotoxins, the
liver is greatly burdened as it works to rid the body of this
manufactured, alien protein. In contrast, a simple diet of variety of
grains, legumes, vegetables, and nuts can give us all the good protein
we need without harming our digestive organs.
It is essential that we learn to eat unadulterated whole foods, to read labels “religiously” (with our spiritual as well as our physical health in mind), and to educate others. Given the brain cell destruction caused by neurotoxins and the spiritual challenges we face, who among us can risk missing even one word the Holy Spirit speaks to us?
Now that we know the spiritual and physical consequences, we must change our ways, avoiding excitotoxins in meat substitutes, packaged foods, fast foods, and artificially sweetened, “sugar-free” anything. Who among us will buy foods to put into our bodies—God’s temple—without reading the labels and rejecting those with harmful ingredients? Who among us wants to answer to the spiritual consequences of knowingly eating or serving foods that result in ill health and stunted minds? The snares for our feet are many, but God is faithful. He has provided knowledge, discernment, and wisdom to those who seek a better way. May we all take hold of His grace to follow that path.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers (3 John 1:2).
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For information about aspartame poisoning, which is often mistaken for other diseases, see H. J. Roberts, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic (West Palm Beach: Sunshine Sentinel Press, 2001).
i Russell Blaylock, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills (Sante Fe: Health Press, 1997). Blaylock's recent books are Health and Nutrition Secrets that can Save Your Life and Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients.
vii Russell Blaylock, “The Connection Between MS and Aspartame,” www.truthinlabeling.org.