I found a useful protocol for MSG detoxification when a person is exposed/ingests it that works even better than Benadryl. It was in a doctor's health newsletter in the Q & A section, but I don't remember which one. The protocol said to take 400mg Magnesium (such as Mag.Citrate) and 1000mg of Pyruvate or take a dose of Dextromethorphan (a cough med) before exposure and 6 hours after exposure. This has helped me avoid &/or get rid of a Migraine much faster.
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I did a little research on Pyruvate and Dextromethorphan via Wikipedia and found some interesting information.
I have some rules when searching out new excitotoxins, chemicals, and ingredients to avoid or be aware of for future reference. One of my rules is, if "hydrolysis" is used, then avoid the item like the plague. Reminder: Hydrolyzed Plant Protein, Vegetable Protein Concentrate, which is hydrolyzed, and Autolyzed Yeast Extract, just to name a few, are created by the way of a method called hydrolysis. (Autolyzed might have a description of autolysis, but if you read farther, hydrolysis is also mentioned.) As a side note, there are a lot of ingredients that exist through hydrolysis.
Pyruvate fits this rule. Wikipedia's explanation of Pyruvic acid: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyruvic_acid
Read the section titled "Chemistry".
Another rule is , if there are way too many side effects caused by the item, then avoid it. When you read the list of side effects you might be surprised to find they are similar to those of MSG and other excitotoxins.
Dextromethorphan fits this rule. Wikipedia's explanation of Dextromethorphan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dextromethorphan
Truejeans, how often do you detoxic? If these items work for you, then great!! Although, I don't think I will try it anytime soon. I try not to depend on Benadryl to solve my reactions problems. I take it if I accidentally get a whammy of migraine/other symptoms cause by digesting MSG and/or other excitotoxins. If a person is relying on medication to solve their problems, then doctors and the medical industry are going to be very happy. They couldn't be happier to give people a pill to mask symptoms rather than tell them to avoid MSG and other excitotoxins. Besides, MSG and excitotoxins are so ingrained into our food system, it would be difficult to tell a person what to eat and what not to eat to be safe and symptom-free.
My husband and I are in Las Vegas right now, and this morning, Mick and I went to a restaurant that we have ate at before and they seemed to be able to cater to my needs. But not this time. CoCo's Restaurant cooks everything on the same grill, so the spices in the breakfast potatoes would contaminate eggs, hash browns, french toast, pancakes,... everything. And the waitress let us know that the manager said there are other ingredients from other things cooked on the grill so it would be impossible to cook something for me and guarantee I wouldn't have a reaction.
We ended up going to Denny's down the road. I know what I can have there and not get a reaction. When we were traveling down the Vegas Stripon our way back to our motel room, Mick mentioned that it would be impossible to get a meal anywhere there and expect to be okay. With all the people milling around from shop to shop and deciding to grab a quick bite to eat before hitting the next shop or attraction, it would be absolutely impossible for any of the restaurants to cook any of the meals themselves. That means it is all pre-processed, pre-spiced, and pre-seasoned. AND THAT IS A BIG NO-NO!!!I am speaking to everyone when I say this:
Let me tell you from experience, it is hard to eliminate MSG and other excitotoxins from your diet. In doing so, you are going to not eat some of the foods you love. But if you don't eliminate these harmful poisons from your diet, if you rely on remedy-like, masking medications, then there is still going to be brain cell death that eventually will become something serious like Huntington's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, ALS, Fibromyalgia, Epilepsy and the list goes on. Sometimes these diseases start early in life and there is no way to stop them because the damage has already been done, but there is reason to believe by eliminating MSG and other excitotoxins, the diseases can be slowed.
For me, I did at one time rely on Benadryl, but now I don't take it with me everywhere I go anymore. That's because I do the research on the ingredients in foods, I ask questions, I know what to look for. EVERYONE who has a sensitivity to MSG and other excitotoxins have to be committed to the elimination of these deadly ingredients.
OK, I got a little off track with this post, but it's important to learn how to live WITHOUT MSG, not figure out a way to get through the symptoms. Don't eat the bad stuff!!! That is how you do it!!
Keep up the good fight, truejeans and everyone!!