A friend of mine knows that I am writing a new book on weight control. In fact, he is creating the cover. He sent me an article titled, "MSG, a Slow Poison" which is about MSG causing obesity and he wanted to know my opinion about the article.
Here are some of the article highlights.
The food additive MSG (Mono-Sodium Glutamate) is a slow poison. MSG hides behind 25 or more names, such as Natural Flavoring." MSG is even in your favorite coffee from Tim Horton's and Starbucks coffee shops!
I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity epidemic, and so did a friend of mine, John Erb. He was a research assistant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and spent years working for the government. He made an amazing discovery while going through scientific journals for a book he was writing called "The Slow Poisoning of America".
In hundreds of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies. No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so scientists have to create them. They make these creatures morbidly obese by injecting them with MSG when they are first born.
The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats (and perhaps humans) to become obese. They even have a name for the fat rodents they create: "MSG-Treated Rats."
When I heard this, I was shocked. I went into my kitchen and checked the cupboards and the refrigerator. MSG was in everything – the Campbell's soups, the Hostess Doritos, the Lays flavored potato chips, Top Ramen, Betty Crocker Hamburger Helper, Heinz canned gravy, Swanson frozen prepared meals, and Kraft salad dressings, especially the "healthy low-fat" ones.
The items that didn't have MSG marked on the product label had something called "Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein," which is just another name for Monosodium Glutamate.
It was shocking to see just how many of the foods we feed our children everyday are filled with this stuff. MSG is hidden under many different names in order to fool those who read the ingredient list, so that they don't catch on. (Other names for MSG are "Accent, "Aginomoto," "Natural Meat Tenderizer," etc.)
But it didn't stop there….however I will. The article continued to say that the food manufacturers are aware of the scientifically proven addictive properties of MSG and in fact that is one of the reasons that they use this ingredient, to get people addicted to their product.
This blog is not about the ill effects of MSG. This blog is about accountability. The information about MSG supports a person going victim and blaming food manufacturers for their obesity.
My response to my friend was the MSG is not the cause of obesity. YOU are! Obesity is a behavioral issue. It’s about your habits, how much food you eat and whether you exercise or not.
I am not making a statement about MSG. My statement is about taking full responsibility for the results in your life. You are the cause of all that you experience, not Mac Donalds or food manufacturers.
Now I’m not saying that this should be allowed to continue. Of course we need to have protection for our food supply and to ensure compliance with healthy ingredients. However,
Yes, I said it. This doesn’t stand for Why the Face or Where’s the Food. It stands for "What’s the Focus?"
If the focus is on blaming food manufacturers, or fast food chains, or the media then it’s not likely that you are going to take full responsibility for the results that you are creating in your health.
I’d recommend that you apply W T F to every aspect of your life. What is your focus in your business? Are you focusing on the economy, the scandals and frauds that are happening, the problems in Europe? Are you focusing on world events, interest rates, the real estate market, inflation, the job market, consumer buying or any other "indicators"?
The focus needs to be on the most productive "required daily activities" that you need to be doing to give you the highest probability of predicted results, period.
When I asked the attendees from an elite level conference that I recently presented to, the International Forum, now Forum 400, what their biggest challenge was they said seeing enough people. That’s what they were focused on!
At the end of your day ask yourself the question, "what did I focus on for most of the day?" If the answer is your most productive actions then the results are a certainty.
Don’t get seduced into being a victim and get sidetracked in terms of what you are paying attention to. Take full responsibility for the results in your life. Take full responsibility for what you pay attention to on a moment by moment basis. Your family and the families of your clients will thank you!
Coach Bob Davies