Most people know that Chinese food is loaded with MSG, which the Chinese call “wei jing.” It is an excitoxin and can cause brain fog, headaches, and other neurological symptoms.
From Google: “Topping the charts of dangerous additives is MSG, (monosodium glutamate); a known carcinogen, endocrine disrupter and killer of brain cells, which may also be linked to the development of cardiac problems, kidney problems, neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.”
MSG is not only in Chinese food; its in many dishes prepared at popular local coffee shops, fast food restaurants, and crunchy snacks like flavored chips. Although it poses a health risk, it does make food tastier. That “blast of flavor” you get from a spicy nacho chip is from the MSG.
I was recently in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The Chinese restaurants stopped using MSG, and they often state “No MSG!” in their newspaper ads. The food is delicious and is toxin-free.
When I came back to Saipan, I went to a local Chinese restaurant in Garapan and tried to warn them about the dangers of MSG. They were polite, but I don’t think they’re going to change their ways.
With the exception of Everest Café, I don’t know of any foodservice establishment that doesn’t use MSG. The people at Everest won’t touch it. They are wise.
Two days ago I had a burger, fries and a Coke at a local fast food restaurant. Within 20 minutes I felt woozy and had to take a nap. This isn’t good.
However, there are remedies to detoxify the MSG, but they are not well known.
Drinking a lot of water can help flush the MSG out of your brain and body. Even better is “shungite water.” Shungite is a unique form of carbon that has been used to purify water for centuries. The small shungite pebbles look like little pieces of coal, but they not only detoxify the water, they will help to remove any toxins if you drink a glass of shungite water. That’s what I did after I had the burger and fries. As a result I bounced back pretty quickly.
Shungite is not available locally. You have to find the “elite” variety on eBay. You don’t need much, just a small handful. You put the pebbles into the bottom of a glass pot and fill the jug with clean water. (I use an old glass coffee pot). Give it a stir with a wooden spoon and the shungite water will be ready to drink in a few hours. Do NOT make shungite water in anything made of plastic; it will pull the plastic molecules out of the container and contaminate the water.
If you order shungite on eBay, be sure to get the “elite” variety. However, unlike coal or diamonds, shungite has a unique molecular structure which attaches to toxins in the body. Shungite water is a good remedy if you eat some bad fish, or breathe in toxic fumes. It’s fairly inexpensive also; you can get enough for a quart container for around $10.
Leave the shungite water out on your kitchen counter and refill as needed. It’s very healthy; maybe the healthiest water there is. Plus the stones last forever and never wear out. Every few months rinse the stones in a sieve with clean water and you’re good to go again.
It would be foolish to think that the local restaurants will stop putting MSG in their food, but you can protect yourself by drinking 8 oz. of shungite water afterwards. It works really well.
Russ Mason, M.S.
As Teo, Saipan