Toxic Stress, Glutamate and the Path to Suicide

Suicide is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death, and the second leading killer for those ages 15-34. There are on average 40,000 suicides each year, having reached its highest rate in 25 years per the latest CDC report. Every year, 1 million adults will attempt suicide, with 2.2 million more making suicide plans, and another 8.3 million having suicidal thoughts (1). Why would so many people contemplate, plan, attempt, and end their life? Could it be that parents, unknowingly, are setting their children up for the risk of suicide?

This is what a very enlightening, medical research study, called the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, suggests. It is the largest, most important study of its kind, which shows correlation of a child’s past adverse experiences to the multiple risk factors for several of the leading causes of death in adults. The study concluded that the greater the number of adverse experiences a child was exposed to, the more significant the increase in risk for major health problems later in life – ischemic heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, skeletal fractures, liver disease, depression and suicide (2,3). Continue reading

Glutamate: A Double Edged Sword…….. Part 3: MSG – Fueling Disease, Obesity, Depression, Cancer, Suicide, etc

Who doesn’t enjoy a quick and easy meal for the family from Kentucky Fried Chicken, Chick-fil-A, Burger King, McDonalds, or Pizza Hut? What about eating french fries dipped in Hidden Valley Ranch dressing (my past favorite) or munching on flavored Doritos, Cheetos, or Pringles? How many times have we opened a can of food to eat a quick meal such as Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup or added a little Accent seasoning to our food? Not coincidence, all these foods, and thousands more, contain a common addictive ingredient called “monosodium glutamate”, which prior to the mid-20th century, never existed before in the United States. Like GMO foods, it is one of the most debated topics, concerning the safety of its consumption and on our health. While these debates continue to take place, both items also continue to damage not only our health, but the brains of our children and grandchildren as well as how their nervous systems are being formed during development. As the future unfolds, will we contemplate on this point in time with regret as we witness our children or grandchildren victims to learning problems; or as adults, experiencing emotional or hormonal difficulties such as obesity, infertility or cancer?    Continue reading

Glutamate: A Double Edged Sword.. Part 2: GMO’s – The Poisoning of Our Families!

Genetically Modified Organisms, better known as GMO Food, is a result of DNA alteration – the changing of God’s design of creation. This alteration by man is known as genetic engineering and is done by moving, splicing, and otherwise re-arranging pieces of DNA in ways that were never before humanly or naturally possible. Our families may be paying the greatest price of all, “our health”, for what is quickly becoming known as one of mankind’s evilest and most devious attempts at restructuring the genomes of living organisms.    Continue reading

Glutamate: A Double Edged Sword………. Part 1: Wheat – Bread of Life or Grain of Death?

Like a circuit board, our nerve system controls every thought we process, memory we retain, every move we make, and breath we take, among thousands of other tasks. Glutamate is the key needed to make those nerve connections; unfortunately, too much, and it can serve as a double edged sword. Never before in history, have we had as many glutamate containing foods as we do today. Following the end of World War II, the quantity of glutamate, within our food system, has doubled each year. This manmade epidemic is way more pervasive than any occurring natural disaster. We are now seeing its detrimental side, the effects made from supplying way more voltage to our circuits than is needed. Satan himself couldn’t ask for a more insidious way to subtly and slowly poison one’s health. It is a challenge, but getting glutamate back under control is pivotal in preventing damage to our health, most especially our nervous system. Continue reading