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Unlocking the Link: Glutamate, Glyphosate, and Their Impact on Autism and Epilepsy

Monday, April 1st 2024 10:00am 7 min read
Dr. Jessica Peatross dr.jess.md @drjessmd

Hospitalist & top functional MD who gets to the root cause. Stealth infection & environmental toxicity keynote speaker.

The role of glutamate neuroexcitotoxicity in autism, as well as its involvement in various neurological disorders and mood disturbances, is becoming increasingly evident. This phenomenon triggers an overload of oxidative stress within the brain, leading to symptoms such as hyperactivity, seizures, and damage to neurons, especially within the hippocampus—a critical region for learning and memory functions.

The consumption of monosodium glutamate (MSG), a prevalent additive in processed foods, has been shown to provoke seizures in laboratory mice when directly administered. Additionally, glyphosate, a common herbicide, when combined with glutamate, exacerbates the detrimental effects on neural health.

Research involving rats has demonstrated that glyphosate can induce neuroexcitotoxic effects in the hippocampus. This damage is linked to heightened levels of glutamate outside cells and the excessive activation of specific glutamate receptors, known as NMDA receptors.

Adopting a diet centered on certified organic whole foods can serve as a preventative measure against glutamate neuroexcitotoxicity. It also minimizes exposure to glyphosate, offering a straightforward health strategy for families. Some families have observed noticeable improvement in symptoms upon transitioning to an organic diet devoid of gluten and casein (found in dairy).

While the efficacy of a gluten-free, casein-free diet in managing autism remains a contentious topic, numerous parents report digestive improvements in their autistic children following the elimination of these components. We suggest that gluten and casein-rich products often contain elevated levels of glutamate.

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