some of you guys may know that I have a ton of health problems… been diagnosed last year with MS, fibro, and migraines, and a few years ago with celiac. I have been on a 90% raw whole foods diet now for 2 months…. only raw veggies, fruits, seeds, cooked plain salmon on occasion, and free range eggs from my neighbor. well, most of my “MS” symptoms have completely gone away in the last month. I did notice though, like clockwork, every weekend my boyfriend comes home, I get sick with the old symptoms, because I cheat a bit. i started making a list of what made my usual symptoms come back, and all the ingredients in them, then looked for things in common. (even nutritional yeast brought back migraines, face flushes, heat, stinging, sweating, chills, weird pains, pins and needles and spasms!) The only common ingredient in all is msg. I discovered that msg can come in many forms…. citric acid, any vauge protein, or enzyme, soy, gelatin, hydrolyzed anything. Then I looked up what msg can do to people that are super sensitive. Every symptom I have is exactly the symptoms of msg toxicity, to a tee. right down to the urinary irritation, and frequency to the twitches! It can even cause MS like lesions in the brain, symptoms that parallel chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, etc. so the final test…. felt good for a week, and then took a small sprinkle of pure msg pilfered from a chef friend that works at a retirement home(restaurant suppliers carry it, what a shame!) and after 15 minutes, the exact same symptoms I’ve had for years came back, and lasted for 3 days. I took before and after pictures of my face and how red and puffy it got, and the dark circles around my eyes. My neurologist is very excited, and seeing if they can do a test that will confirm. He seems optomistic, (which is unusual for most standard doctors), and so there is a possibility that I have been grossly misdiagnosed, and if i just stop using the stuff, (which should be easy now on raw!) I will be cured YAY! so wish me luck that this is the case. I just have a really good gut feeling about it :). Boy though, that stuff is in everything, even my shampoo…. no wonder my scalp and back are always itchy! Switched to baking soda 2 weeks ago and have not had one itch since. if this is true, than i have everyone here at gone raw to thank, because I would never have been able to pin point this problem without going raw and eliminating all that junk from my diet. I feel like I have just been reborn!