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Adam
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 - 10:08 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I never heard back from the Oprah show. I find it hard to believe that her producers could see no merit in doing a show about this epidemic poisoning of our food supply.
I am going to write once again and urge everyone reading this to go to www.oprah.com and send her a letter/e-mail. Share your stories.
I refuse to accept that that court case she went through with Beef industry would force such a Pioneer and Champion of good turn a blind eye. Considering her own problems with weight she would be amazed to know that food cravings (carbs and carbs mixed with fats) go hand in hand with MSG.
Deb A.
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 - 10:31 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Never give up! You never know what words will touch the right person. But I wouldn't be surprised if all her health editors weren't influencing her decision to ignore this issue. Most people are skeptical, and of course she went though a lot of anguish with her beef suit.
But it wouldn't hurt to have more of us write her with our stories, especially if it concerns children, too. Many people care about our youth, and I'm sure she does, too.
Carol H
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 - 2:26 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Lets try Bill Moyers of PBS. He had a fat cat chemical industry spokesman and a whiny corporate lawyer on as guests after the show Trade Secrets, and held the guys' feet to the fire quite well.
M-Y
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 - 3:02 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill Moyers just might listen. It is worth a try.
Our world is closing in on us and it is scary.
Roy Piwovar
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2001 - 8:15 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A more appropriate PBS show to contact might be "Healthweek":

http://www.pbs.org/healthweek/

Their e-mail address is:

health@mpt.org
Adam
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2001 - 2:20 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Here is my e-mail to "Healthweek".


Hello,
I am writing to ask that you go to the website for people sensitive to msg and read our postings- www.msgmyth.com.
The MSG poisoning of our food supply has reached epidemic proportions. MSG is found in nearly every food on the grocer's shelf, recently expanding it's spectre to fresh fruit and vegetables (via Auxigro-which is an MSG containing fertilizer that is sprayed directly on crops as they grow-thusly adding the substance to the product while it grows-and this is not labelled).
I could write for hours, but the best writings are on the website. I thank you for your kind consideration on exposing the harmful nature of this unsafe "natural" substance that the FDA ignorantly calls-"generally recognized as safe".

Thank You,
Adam (last name on actual e-mail)
Adam
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2001 - 2:22 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Carol-please follow up with an e-mail address for Bill Moyers. Thanks ahead of time.
Carol H
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2001 - 3:08 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Adam, there is a discussion going on at http://www.pbs.org from Monday's Trade Secrets expose. There are email addresses listed on the site too.
Deb A.
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2001 - 3:10 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Way to go, Adam! Let's all keep the ball rolling.
What have we got to lose?
I don't know if I've shared this with you before, but to demonstrate how important your input here is, let me tell you this story. Last fall, I received a phone call from someone who had been told by the subject of this true story, that our site literally saved this woman's life. She had gone to work fully intending to end her life that evening because she was so tired of the terrible headaches, nausea, and depression she had been suffering. At work, she overheard colleagues discussing MSG, and something clicked for her. Instead of taking an overdose, she did a search, found our site, got the book, and is well now.
So never underestimate what we are doing here, and please continue to care as you do.
clarissa
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2001 - 4:59 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

hi all, i want to let you know what happened to me .i got very sick and could not figure out what was happening to me.i suddenly got to the point where i literally could not function anymore in every area of my life, no matter how much i tried .each time i would go to different drs the tests were fine .i was given meds many times that would only make me feel worse . until one day i found abook onallergies by dr walsh i then searched the internet and found the msg myth site let me tell you it certainly has saved my life.i to waslike that person that deb wrote about on this site of how this person wanted to kill her self .i was scared cause my dr actually wanted to commit me to an institution cause he saw me slowly falling apart it was then that i knew i wasnt crazy so i started to work real hard at putting the pieces together and found out it wasnot only the foods and additives that were causing me a problem ,but the meds as well . i am now doing very well as long as i keep away from the msg sulfites and dairy. and my dr is embarassed as he sees the great change in me and knows now that i dont need to be institutionalized and still cant beleive that im doing this well without all the meds that he gave me.i truly cant beleiv icould feel so good and actually love life .most of the gratitude ifeel goes to all of you who post on this site and care enough to help your fellow people who are in the same misery as you all are and for deb and mike to come forward and care enough to start this discussion group .A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU ! so dont give up hope adam and all you others ,cause the way isee it is have patience persistence and perservence and you can accomplish anything (i quote this last sentence from dr ben carson the 1st dr to seperate siamese twins .thats his motto on life ) and i agree cause ihave soon learned from this bad experience from the food additives and thefood industry the way they have become.has made me want to help others find releif the way we all have so i say definitely we should all write telling our stories.to oprah pbs and bill moyers and keep the 3 p, s in mind from dr carson what do youall think ? let me know if ican help in any way thanks clarissa
Roy Piwovar
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2001 - 5:29 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

In an interview on World News Tonight, Dr. Ben Carson, brain surgeon, head of pediatric neurology at Johns Hopkins, and author of "Gifted Hands", "Think Big" and "The Big Picture", expressed concern about the effects that HMO's are having on public health:

http://archive.abcnews.go.com/onair/dailynews/chat_hopkins0908.html

Dr. Carson has also appeared on Good Morning America.
Roy Piwovar
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2001 - 5:43 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dr. Carson's historic siamese twin separation:

http://hopkins.med.jhu.edu/NewsMedia/press/1998/JANUARY/980115.HTM
Deb A.
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2001 - 7:55 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Clarissa, thank you for sharing your story here. I know it will help others searching for answers to their own problems. Some people take the info and run, so to speak, and others stop and think about helping others. Glad you are the latter!
One thing many of us do when we start to feel better, is to forget to tell our doctors in detail about WHY we are feeling better...not just our family doctor, but the collection of specialists we may have been referred to over time. It's never to late to write them a letter to inform them of the facts. The more doctors we "educate", the more their patients and colleagues will be benefited.
Deb S
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2001 - 10:02 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I thought that Dr. Carson's comments about HMOs a/k/a "managed care" were well worth posting here:

"I would like for there not to be any managed care, because managed care is really what I call 'managed finance.' It's demonstrated that medicine can be delivered at lower cost, but nobody's premiums have gone down. It's just taken the money and shifted it away from where it's needed. Also, 39 cents on a healthcare dollar goes to pay administrative costs, which is a much higher percentage than what goes to pay professional fees. So we need to start concentrating on the things that really are creating problems.
I'm very much concerned by the fact that this is the third straight year that the number of applicants to medical school had declined significantly. And it's the first year that we don't have enough people nationwide applying to cardio-thoracic surgery residencies to fill all the slots. People don't want to come out of medical school with an average $99,000 debt, spend nine or ten years in a low-paying residency, and then come out and face managed care. It's too much to ask anybody to bear. I just hope we can rectify it before we destroy our superior medical system. That doesn't speak to the issue of the incredibly horrible care that people get sometimes. I saw a patient in clinic today they were in tears because their managed-care organization refused to tell our business office how much they would pay for the surgery. They're notorious for only paying, say, 25 cents on the dollar. They're putting these poor people through all types of turmoil. I finally told the crying mother, 'I'm going to take care of your kid no matter what.' Which, of course, those slime-balls in managed care knew they knew that I would be sympathetic to her, and they know that they're going to pay some measly amount of money and still collect their big premiums.
I wish I had the ability to walk into an automobile dealer, say, 'I want that car' it costs $30,000 say, 'I'll give you $1,500, give me the keys; okay, bye,' and walk out."
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I'm currently looking to change jobs, and one of my priorities is having the option of a non-HMO medical plan.
M-Y
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2001 - 4:49 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Clarissa,
I sat here and cried when I read your post. I can remember when I was in such terrible despair and no one understood. Doctors thought I had a mental problem. I am forever grateful to Dr. Blaylock for speaking out on Excitotoxins and for writing his book. NOMSG and MSGMYTH are wonderful. Yesterday I had parsnips and had a terribly painful night. Now I have to find out where they came from and they probably were sprayed with the
poison, Auxigro. I try and stay on a simple diet so that I can pinpoint if I have a reaction.
MEMorrisNJ
Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2001 - 1:19 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Re Oprah, I heard through contact of mine who runs a non-profit that she learned it is much easier to get Oprah's attention by using a Public Relations firm as an interface. I imagine that a PR firm can package the information more in line with what talk shows want and tweak it further based on direction they get from the talk show's staff. Don't know much more --- this is out of my realm. Perhaps there is a Public Relations expert out there who is a NoMSGer?
Evelyn H.
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2001 - 11:38 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, you're right. Public relations firms are frequently used to filter the incoming show ideas. Usually the PR firms work directly with one or more members of the show's staff to help package the ideas generated from the public.
Evelyn H.
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2001 - 11:39 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do you know which PR firm is handling the Oprah show?
Roy Piwovar
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2001 - 12:39 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Here is the web address of one public relations firm that deals with the Oprah show:

http://www.anthonymora.com/
Roy Piwovar
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2001 - 6:23 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Evelyn,

Linked here are ten e-mail addresses for Oprah (scroll down - in 3 sections):

http://www.oprah.com/email/email_landing.html
MEMorrisNJ
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2001 - 7:53 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sorry -- My post wasn't complete.

I should have said that the public relations firm representing Oprah is more likely to respond to another public relations firm representing a or not-for-profit than they would respond to the not-for-profit that approaches them directly.
Evelyn H.
Posted on Thursday, May 03, 2001 - 10:23 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm not familiar with Anthony Mora (the PR firm whose URL Roy posted). You're right, MEMorris, about a PR firm possibly responding better to another PR firm. Does anyone who posts work for a PR firm or have a good friend who works for one? That might be an in.

Otherwise, the thing to do might be to take a few different stories from various people--especially stories involving kids--and send them as one big group of stories to the Oprah producers. This might make the problem with MSG seem more pervasive or more deserving of their attention.

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