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Carol H
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 - 4:38 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Here's a song lyric I just dug up tonite. I wrote it about 8 years ago. I still have to put it to music, but I thought you guys could relate:


We enhanced ourselves out of existence
Tasted what wasn't there
Obliterated what was
It was hype for macronutrients
Death for brain cells
Equal opportunity destroyer

Asthma, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's
Blood pressure, heart attack
The wonder drug -
killed in so many ways
Neurotoxin nightmare
heartbeats in the night
Ghost in the mirror
flashes of light

It's everywhere, oh everywhere
and it'll get you every time
Yeah, it's in there all right
What you don't know can kill you
Get mad, get loud, get rid of it
Deb A.
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2001 - 10:16 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Carol, you are an artist! You should add that to your site....I like that "Ghost in the mirror" and "heartbeats in the night" well put and so often experienced! When you set it to music, we'd all love to hear it. It could even be put on a web site.(audio)
Gerry Bush
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2001 - 5:55 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Ditto, Deb A....and yes Carol, we do relate. Thanks!
Candy Berry
Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 12:53 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes, I have the MSG Blues at the moment. I have met someone & we are going out, but having a restaurant meal is out of the question unless I organise everything beforehand by enquiring at the restaurant.


The best I can do is take our own lunch & then have coffee & dessert afterwards, but it is not the same. Would just love to be able to go and have a meal and not worry about reacting.

I've even started to react to smells around me. Eg shampoos and perfumes. Get a funny taste in my mouth.

I realise that I am not the only one here that feels this way, and it's nice to be able to say this and know that you understand. This is the first time that being MSG intolerant has really upset me. Up until now I have accepted it, but being single & dating again, well, it stinks (to put it "nicely").

from Candy
Carol H
Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 9:41 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Candy, you never know. When I started going out with my boyfriend, we didn't know he was MSG sensitive. He often felt bad that I couldn't eat many things. Now we discovered that he has multiple food allergies too, and MSG induced asthma. Now we both must be very careful. You never know, you both might feel the same way about eating processed food. It could be fun to cook together instead. That's what my boyfriend and I started doing. Then we invited friends over. In this day and age, a homecooked meal is a special occasion for most folks. Now sometimes it turns into a huge party. Laughter, music. It can be great. Turn it into an advantage. You can't help become a better cook for all of this. Share what you've learned in an edible form. Also do a search - there are some great tips about eating more safely at restaurants on this site, if you do venture out.
Deb A.
Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 10:18 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Candy, you're right. We all get the MSG Blues....and sometimes it's just plain anger at being forced to change our lives so much. But really, I have to say that the way I had been eating would have destroyed my health in no time and I can see people around me who are so ill and yet they feel they can eat anything. The way I eat now is how, I believe, people should eat. And I often joke that you'd have to pay a fitness specialist and spa cook to eat like we do now. So think of it as a positive lifestyle change, even though it's hard at first. Carol is right. When my son started dating his wife, he would eat out just to be with her and suffer the consequences. As they became closer, she was able to see the effects of food on him, and felt terrible for him. So she began to have him over for meals using my cookbook. Funny thing happened. She began to feel so much better and discovered her own reactions to MSG! Then her mother ordered a book because she discovered that the terrible joint pain she had endured for years had cleared up and all that changed was eating the meals she and her daughter made each night for Mike. You will discover that the MAJORITY of your friends react in some way. Many people have ailments that are being treated as something else, but are really MSG induced. Candy, do you have a kitchen? If not, maybe you could find an apartment next year?
Carol H
Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 11:11 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Candy, a good friend of mine, a guitar player came over the other night. I cooked him dinner. He hadn't heard me sing in a long time, and he hadn't heard me play guitar in a long time. He said that my voice was so much stronger - and he credited it to the fact that now I am so much healthier. He could see it in my face. He was really happy for me that I have been able to find the answers to my health troubles through diet, and he could see and hear the benefits of that. It was really encouraging that it was that obvious - the positive effects due to changing my diet were noticeable to friends. Friends can be very supportive when they see you are happier. My friends patiently listen to me when I go off on my MSG tirade, and they let me just be myself. Here's a website I do for some of them: Their music has gotten me through the really rough times. It's not political - its just plain fun. I eat safe foods at home, then I go out to see them play and I don't even have to think about eating at all. Going out can mean theatre and music, and dancing. In fact, I am going out tonite with another friend with food allergies. We're meeting after dinner and going to a play in NYC tonite. I went out last night after dinner with friends and luckily wound up walking into a bar where we didn't even know other friends were playing. We sat in and had a blast. I sang and my friend played guitar. It doesn't need to be about food. Life can be really fun. I can honestly say that music has kept me sane. (Although, my boyfriend says that's debatable :) )
Deb A.
Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2001 - 10:30 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Candy, I'm sorry. I think I have you confused with Valerie as a college student.
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2001 - 11:13 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Candy - I have obtained lots of tips re perfumes from chemically sensitive folks at:
You may want to do a keyword search for perfume once you register at the site. (The site is not affiliated with any business or organization.)
I hope the date works out well for you!
Candy Berry
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2001 - 1:02 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi everyone,

Thanks for all of the encouragement. It does help.

Candy (Australia - NOT a college student : ) )

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