Excitotoxins by Russell L. Blaylock


Ex•cí•to•tox•in: a substance added to foods and beverages that literally stimulates neurons to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees. Can be found in such ingredients as monosodium glutamate, aspartame (NutraSweet®), cysteine, hydrolyzed protein, and aspartic acid.Citing over five hundred scientific studies, Excitotoxins explores the dangers of aspartame, MSG and other substances added to our food."Detailed and well-researched,...

Details Excitotoxins

Release DateJan 1st, 1997
PublisherHealth Press (NM)
GenreHealth, Nonfiction, Nutrition, Science, Food and Drink, Food, Medicine, Reference, Diets, Self Help

Reviews Excitotoxins

  • Samantha Penrose
    I had a hard time getting through this book. I felt like I was reading something intended for medical professionals.In the introduction the author states that the book is "written mainly for the lay public, but also for those trained in medical science and biology". The first chapter is optional..."It is primarily for those unfamiliar with the central nervous system and the terms used to describe the various diseases and conditions associated wit...
  • Sarah Suniga
    This book provided adequate and fundamental information regarding excitotoxins to the point where I feel comfortable defining the terms for others. My main gripe is that it seems to be geared towards incitement and fear-based tactics to inform. The idea of neuronal death sounds extreme and direct lines cannot be made between excitotoxins and conditions such as Alzheimer's. The author doesn't try to build a model based on causality but the languag...
  • Marc
    Put down your Taco bell "taco" you paid 27 cents for and find out what your really putting in your body.For those intelligent enough to see past the veil of lies placed upon us all at birth, the answers are scary.
  • Sharon
    Eye opener, anyone interested in nutrition and especially all parents should read this one
  • Angie Libert
    The author says that the book is for the lay person, but the book is rather technical which was alright for me though, it just challenges me to think harder. :)The book taught me about the various names of MSG and how its toxic effects will accumulate over time in the brain. He noted that MSG is especially toxic to unborn and young children because they do not have the fully protected blood brain barrier and there brain is still developing. He li...
  • Laurel Cook
    This book is a must read for all parents and those trying to conceive!As MSG has become a dirty word with consumers, food manufacturers have changed the labeling to ingredients such as autolyzed/hydrolyzed vegetable protein, soy protein isolate, or natural flavours. The reality is that all of these ingredients deliver the same harmful side effects as MSG itself. These substances pass through the placenta to developing children, and are known to c...
  • Lin
    Found this book very informative, worthwhile reading, but had to skim through much of it to get to the parts that were my reason for reading this and that interested me most. Yes, I believe that food additives are very harmful, some more than others. Aside from being harmful to our development, overall health and longevity, Aspartame and any other sweetener should be banned, in my opinion. This book only confirms it. So too, flavour enhancing foo...
  • Marius Bancila
    This is an amazing book from which I have learned so many things about the brain, the body and the things that make us sick. After reading this book, I made significant changes in my diet.
  • Veronica
    I didn't really know what to expect when I began reading this book other than I was pretty sure it would be a boring read I'd have to trudge through. Surprisingly, I found myself drawn in and wanting to learn more about excitotoxins such as MSG and aspartate and what effects they have on the human brain. Dr. Blaylock did a good job at linking these substances to diseases such as Parkinson's Disease, ALS and Alzheimer's Disease. One thing that bot...
  • Sara
    This book was fascinating. It admittedly lacks the hand of a good copyeditor, but otherwise it's an excellent balance of scientific evidence explained for the non-scientific reader. The author is a neurosurgeon who started investigating excitotoxic food additives following his father's bout with Alzheimer's disease. He lays out his evidence for the reader to examine and is more than willing to point out holes in the existing body of research. The...
  • Liaken
    NOTE: This review is my opinion. In other words, it is a review that I wrote based on my encounter with the book. If you have a differing opinion, that is fine with me. But please use good manners in commenting on my review. Thank you.Hmm. I think there is a lot to be said for what's in this book, but it is written in alarmist fashion which damages its credibility. It also needed stronger editing. It switches back and forth between painfully obvi...
  • Lucas Gili
    A book written about MSG (monosodium glutamate) and how it is being used in so many foods nowadays, across the board it has become industry standard to enhance taste of foods and this is a book written from a scientific perspective on how it damages the brain and the author gives his theory that MSG could be being used to dumb down the population and how research that exposed MSG to be dangerous has been suppressed and hidden, to give a brief syn...
  • Michelle Borders
    I enjoy the technical aspect of the book, easy to double check the science of what is in the book. I have read many other books on the subject, but, this is the best. Over the years, when I try to tell people about the dangers of artificial sweeteners and MSG, I am usually met with blank stares, or polite nodding of the head and passed off as the crazy conspiracy theorist, this book has facts and sources to back them up.
  • Carol
    There is soooooo much information in this book....very necessary information that more people (everyone) needs to become aware of....but not an easy read for a non-science major who is reading 6 or more books at a time....lol... bottom line...msg and other excitotoxins do kill and they shouldn't be in our food!
  • Tami
    I didn't get to read this as thoroughly as I wanted. I might have to check it back out sometime. A couple interesting points: hypoglycemia can cause similar damage to the brain as does a stroke. The prescribed diet of choice for the hypoglycemic is: high protein/low carb, but Matt Stone and Blaylock say it's high complex carb/low fat.
  • Tina Zellman
    Good overview of the brain and nervous system. Discussed the effects of MSG, Aspartame and hydrolyzed vegetable protein on the brain in relation specifically to Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson's, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Small discussion with regards to developing brians, seizures, headaches, etc.
  • Laura
    Love this book, even though it is a bit scientific and 'dry'. I am allergic to MSG and am working my way out of a major sugar/sweets addiction, so it's handy information so that I can make some other changes alongside drastically cutting down on sweets.
  • Joen Wolfrom
    I read this book several years ago after being diagnosed with meningitis. This book reads like a college textbook. It is filled with so much information about the brain, neurons, food, and excitotoxins. It's an excellent book, if this subject is of interest to you.
  • Melissa
    Well, if you want all the fun of dinner out to be spoiled forever, read this. The conspiracy theory aspects of Blaylock's viewpoint are entertaining, but maybe not enough to overshadow the creeping feeling that there may be disaster loaded onto your fork.
  • LWDC
    A book made up from a chapter from the health and nutrition book. With a few more studies added. Mostly about mice and the extrapolation to humans. If a neurologist does n't know when to extrapolate from mice to humans I don't know who would..
  • Lynn
    I gave up on this book. Too many other books to read. It was dauntingly scientific and dense. The bits of information I got from skimming through were good. It looks like it's a very thorough exploration of the topic. Takeaway - avoid MSG and aspartame like the plague!
  • Fishface
    This was a very informative read, with chilling implications about the destructive power of excititoxins in the human body, but the author spent so much time making this book into a primer on brain function that he nearly lost his own point.
  • Kelly
    This book is full of medical jargon and difficult to read. The purpose is more to inform medical practitioners of the dangers about excitotoxins than it is to provide information on how to recover from exposure. Advice seems to be that it is just best to avoid them.
  • Chrisl
    For a more medical perspective on the problems caused by excitotoxins, perhaps Philpott.Brain Allergies Brain Allergie
  • Lynda
    Total research book. After I read it I stopped buying certain foods because it scared me so much. Now that a couple of years have passed I've relaxed but still buy organic milk and don't buy cheesy covered chips (loaded with msg) for the house, except for parties.
  • Jeannine
    A little bit scary - stay away from aspertame, msg and hydrolized vegetable protein!!!! Seriously!!!!I don't know if I'll finish this one. I'm finding it a difficult read - very scientific with lots of details.
  • Bcspindler
    Fantastic read. Quite medical. We should all eat a cleaner diet and suffer less medical problems. Aspartame and MSG are still evil.
  • Janell
    One of my all-time favorites! I learned so much.