MSG Obesity

Monosodium Glutamate, I’ve recently learned, is used in the laboratory to cause obesity in animals. So, for instance, if you need obese rats to do your research, you feed them MSG, and they become obese. This is all fine and good for the lab, but when you realize that a significant portion of commercial food contains MSG, our epidemic of obesity begins to make more sense. Google “MSG Obese”.

Congress is now, of course, trying to exempt food manufacturers and their trade organizations from obesity liability. All else being equal, I’d agree, but the issue is muddied when noone knows that one of your ingredients increases appetite and causes obesity.

“… a widely used nutritional monosubstance – the flavouring agent MSG – at concentrations that only slightly surpass those found in everyday human food, exhibits significant potential for damaging the hypothalamic regulation of appetite, and thereby determines the propensity of world-wide obesity. We suggest to reconsider the recommended daily allowances of amino acids and nutritional protein, and to abstain from the popular protein-rich diets, and particularly from adding the flavouring agents MSG.” – Eur J Clin Nutr. 2005 Aug 31 – Obesity, voracity, and short stature: the impact of glutamate on the regulation of appetite – Hermanussen M, Garcia AP, Sunder M, Voigt M, Salazar V, Tresguerres JA (link).


I’m going to make a concerted effort to write more often. It’s quite good for me. Chances are most of the time it will be completely and utterly pointless.

Been playing a fair amount of Dominions 2 the last couple of days, had a good friend up for the weekend, we got our geek on.

Only class of note this quarter is Astronomy/Astrophysics 113 – Physical Cosmology – A physical examination of our evolving universe: the Big Bang model; simple aspects of general relativity, particle physics in the early universe, production of various background radiations, production of elements, tests of geometry of the universe, and formation and evolution of galaxies and large-scale structure. This is actually very exciting for me, it’s my first astro class ever, even though I’ve done a lot of reading in the subject.

I’ve been itching to code lately, of all things. I’m going to start working in earnest on my physics research (IDL/C), as well as rewrite some system administration scripts that need it badly (perl). Read a lot a few days ago about LISP, which I used about a year ago in a class titled “Music and Artificial Intelligence”. Apparently LISP is about the highest level language there is, which makes it quite powerful. Don’t let all the extra parenthesis fool you.

I’ve found two companies lately that I want to get stickers or some such from: Western Truck Fabrication (WTF), and the Object Management Group (OMG).

I’m 27 in two days. I can barely bring myself to care. My thoughts are mostly concerned with simplifying my life. I have so many things to think about I don’t really get any good thinking done. I’m going to start cutting things out of my life that aren’t worth thinking about. If I could have a clean mind for my birthday, I think that would be the best.


Got my LSAT score back. Took it on 12/3 on a whim.

We pay so little attention these days to individuals. Everything is about mass production. Even our legal system, which used to house a larger portion of the intellectual elite, has become a haven for industrialists and assembly-line agents.

All we have to show for it now is a pathetic little test that screams that little Johnnie is going to be a fantastic lawyer and will be able to support his parents in the manner to which they’d like to become accustomed.

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