Congenital diseases happen when something disrupts or stops the normal development of the heart and Mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) is one of the causes.
In babies/adults with congenital heart disease, the way blood flows to the heart is affected. Some congenital heart diseases or defects may not cause any problem while some may cause life-threatening complications.
And sometimes, the signs and symptoms of congenital heart disease in babies are not seen until they become adults. People with this condition will need care all through their lives.
There are some things or factors that can affect the development of the heart during the first six weeks of pregnancy thereby leading to congenital heart disease and we are considering one of the factors in this post.
The heart starts developing from a simple structure that looks like a tube during the first six weeks of pregnancy. This tube-like structure changes shape into a fully formed heart at the 6th week of pregnancy.
Although there is no known cause for congenital heart disease, a lot of factors are known to increase the risks of a baby having a deformed/faulty heart at birth.
There are many types of congenital heart disease but the contributing factors are the same.
What is Mono-Sodium Glutamate (MSG)?
MSG, also known as sodium glutamate is the salt of glutamic acid, it is used in cooking as a taste enhancer.
Health experts consider mono-sodium glutamate (MSG) as one of the worst foods on the planet.
Kikunae Ikeda, a Japanese Biochemist made mono-sodium glutamate first in 1908 when he was trying to isolate and duplicate the savory taste of Kombu.
The FDA declared MSG fit for public consumption in low doses stating that it is safe when taken in very low doses. They also designated it as GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe).
But MSG has been linked to a lot of health problems which you will soon find out in this post. This happens because people take it daily and it goes above the recommended dose by the FDA thereby causing problems.
It causes headaches and other discomforting symptoms. Mono-sodium glutamate is used in making stock cubes, gravy stews, soups, savory snacks, condiments, etc.
It is used a lot in making Chinese dishes and that is why mono-sodium adverse side effects are also known as Chinese restaurant syndrome.
And also remember, the FDA is not out to protect you but big corporations. The billion-dollar food industry and MSG producers pay lobbyists and influential people to make the population believe MSG is safe.
But things seem to be changing right now because even the medical system that chose to turn a blind eye to this truth for many years now has a diagnosis they call “MSG Symptom Complex”.
How Mono-Sodium Glutamate Causes Congenital Heart Disease
In this study, 30 male rates were used. They were divided into 5 groups and each group contained six rats.
Group A was the control group and they received normal saline.
Rats in group B were given 4mg/kg body weight of MSG for 28 days, rats in group C were given 8mg/kg body weight of MSG for 14 days, rats in group D were given 8mg/kg body weight of MSG for 28 days, and rats in group E were given 8mg/kg body weight of MSG for 28 days and they were allowed to stay for another 28 days post-treatment for observations.
At the end of the study, each animal was sacrificed and their hearts were carefully removed and weighed.
The administration of MSG to rats caused a significant increase in their heart weight when compared to group A (control group).
Those in group E which there was a withdrawal of MSG for 28 days Showed some degree of recovery. There was a reduction in their heart weight.
The findings of this study showed that increased or continuous use of MSG significantly increases the gross weight of the heart.
Another study also showed that MSG causes obesity and we all know obese people are at high risks of heart problems.
Another study was also carried out to find the effect of MSG on the cardiac muscle fibers of adult albino rats and the results showed that continuous or increased use of MSG can significantly alter the cardiac muscle fibers.
This study here also showed that increased or continuous use of MSG increases oxidative stress and causes atherosclerosis.
This one here linked MSG to coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis.
And finally, this amazing study here linked MSG to a lot of health problems including hormonal imbalance, increased number of platelets, bleeding time, and clotting time; high cholesterol, increased total protein, liver and kidney toxicity, fibroid, and oxidative stress.
There are many more studies like these but I don’t want to make this post too long, you can see them for yourself on search engines.
The more a pregnant woman takes MSG during pregnancy, the higher the risk of her having a baby with congenital heart disease.
Then if a baby is born with a healthy heart or has mild or undetected heart disease, exposing such child to MSG from a tender age can aggravate the condition.
The use of MSG can be avoided. Many spices can be used to add taste to food. Even our local fermented locust bean is a good and healthier alternative.
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Adverse Side Effects/Dangers Of Mono-Sodium Glutamate (MSG)
Apart from the heart issues MSG causes, here are some common reactions people who take this compound a lot suffer from:
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations (rapid and fluttering heartbeats
- Burning in the face, neck, and other areas
- Numbness and tingling
- Facial tightness or pressure
Also, people who take alcohol excessively and have high levels of MSG in their systems experience some of the following:
- Non-stop vomiting
- Burning of the lips
- Burning of the throat
- Swelling of the throat and this, in turn, leads to difficulty breathing
This is a small list of the thousands of side effects of MSG. to get the full list and know more about this dangerous toxin, get these books:
1. Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills By Dr. Russell Blaylock (A neurosurgeon)
2. In Bad Taste: The MSG symptom complex by Dr. George Schwartz (A toxicologist)
I have read these books and they contain valuable information that can save your life.
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Other Names For Mono-Sodium Glutamate
MSG hides under many names and some of them require no labeling at all by the FDA. Below is a partial list of some of these names.
- Yeast nutrient
- Yeast food
- Yeast extract
- Textured protein
- Sodium caseinate
- Plant protein extract
- Natrium glutamate
- Monosodium glutamate
- Mono-potassium glutamate
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
- Hydrolyzed plant protein
- Hydrolyzed protein
- Hydrolyzed oat floor
- Hydrolyzed wheat protein
- Hydrolyzed soy protein
- Hydrolyzed corn gluten
- Glutamic acid
- Dry milk protein
- Dry milk powder
- Calcium caseinate
- Autolyzed yeast
Foods And Things That Contain Mono-Sodium Glutamate
- Whey protein
- Whey protein concentrate
- Whey protein isolate
- Soy sauce
- Protein fortified food
- Soy protein isolate
- Soy protein or soy protein concentrate
- Natural chicken flavoring
- Natural beef flavoring
- Natural flavors/flavor/flavoring
- Natural pork flavoring
- Malt extract
- Malted Barley
- Malt flavoring
- Citric acid
- Corn Starch
- Corn Syrup
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Barley malt
- Some body care products
Other Risk Factors For Congenital Heart Disease
Several genetic conditions from one or both parents can cause this condition. Also, some congenital heart disease runs in families. However, in natural medicine, we do not allow ourselves to become powerless due to our genetic makeup.
Lifestyle and dietary changes can help genetic conditions a lot and even help you pass on healthier genes to your children. And sometimes what is termed “genetic diseases” are simply lifestyle and eating patterns that run in families.
Some genetic conditions that can cause congenital heart disease are Down’s syndrome, Turner syndrome, and Noonan syndrome.
Diabetic women have a high risk of having babies with congenital heart diseases than normal women. Note that this does not apply to gestational diabetes but to only women with type I and type II diabetes.
Gestational diabetes only occurs during pregnancy and goes away when the baby is born.
Experts believe that the high levels of insulin in the blood interfere with the normal development of the fetus in the early stages of pregnancy.
Intake of Alcohol
Women who take alcohol excessively and pregnant women who drink excess alcohol during pregnancy have a high risk of a condition called Fetal alcohol syndrome.
This habit has a poisonous effect on the tissues of the fetus.
And it is common for children with fetal alcohol syndrome to have congenital heart disease that affects the ventricles and atria of the heart.
This is why pregnant women shouldn’t drink alcohol and if you must drink it, it shouldn’t be more than 2 units a week so that you can protect your baby’s heart.
Pregnant women who smoke are increasing their risks of having babies with congenital heart defects.
Also known as German measles is a highly infectious viral disease that is not serious in children and adults but it can affect a fetus if the mother gets infected during the first 8 to 10 weeks of pregnancy.
Apart from congenital heart disease, rubella can also cause many other birth defects.
Women who come down with flu during the first trimester (3 months) of pregnancy have higher risks of giving birth to a baby with congenital heart disease.
The reason this happens is not yet clear.
Adverse side effects of medications
This is why we don’t advise people to be on medication for a long time or even a lifetime, except in the case of type I diabetes and organ transplant.
But when it comes to chronic diseases caused by faulty diet and unhealthy lifestyle, a holistic approach is the best way to go about this.
Many medications can increase the risks of congenital heart disease in fetuses and how they cause this is not yet clear. Some of them are:
- Some anti-seizure medications like diazepam (Benzodiazepines)
- Acne medications like topical retinoids and isotretinoin
- Ibuprofen (increases the risks of having a baby with congenital heart disease by 30%)
These are some of the reasons why we don’t advise women to take drugs during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester.
This is a rare genetic condition present in some people from birth. It is characterized by the inability of the body to break down phenylalanine, a chemical, and this, in turn, leads to the buildup of this chemical in the blood and brain.
Phenylketonuria can cause learning and behavioral disorders/difficulties.
This condition can be effectively managed or treated with dietary supplements and a low protein diet. But pregnant women with this genetic condition are more likely to give birth to babies with congenital heart disease if they are not placed on dietary supplements and a low protein diet.
Organic solvents are chemicals found in a wide range of products like glue, paints, nail polish, etc.
Women exposed to these during pregnancy are likely to give birth to babies with congenital heart disease.
Preventing congenital heart disease is possible, better, easier, and cheaper than curing it.
1. Congenital heart disease Mayoclinic
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