Hypothalamus – One Way to Wreck Your Health


Every, single day, people across the fruited plain practice do-it-yourself brain damage. Why? Because they have no idea they’re making life really hard for their brain-and all the rest of their health, for that matter.

And I’m talking about smart people!

Here’s how it goes: Along the bottom of the brain is a small, sort of pancake-shaped thingy called the hypothalamus. And although it’s part of the brain, it’s not protected by the blood-brain barrier that keeps most of the bad stuff out of our brains. So it’s vulnerable.

Small and vulnerable, but really, really important. The hypothalamus controls our endocrine system, all the glands that manage metabolism, sex and reproduction, immunity, fight-or-flight, and so on. And it also controls our nervous systems, which is the rest of us.

Hypothalamus controls what happens

In short, the hypothalamus controls what happens in our bodies. Get it out of whack, and down the hill you go.

What gets the hypothalamus out of whack? Well, concussions and PTSD can do the job. But the most common cause, and one we can control, is diet-what we eat and drink.

Today’s typical diet introduces excitotoxins to our bodies. What’s an excitotoxin, you ask? It’s anything that revs up the hypothalamus to way-too-high, toxic levels is an excitotoxin, and excitotoxins cause brain inflammation.

Inflammation lets loose woe upon woe in our bodies-slowly. If it made you throw up, say, you’d know there was a problem, but no. We’re in a mess before we realize anything’s going on. And Big Pharma has nothing to get rid of inflammation. In fact, medications usually add to your problem.

What can happen? Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimers. Autoimmune diseases, such as MS and lupus, Cancers, such as lymphoma and leukemia. Endocrine problems of every description.

Two ugly, inflammation-causing actors are glutamate, often in the form of monosodium glutamate, and aspartate.

MSG in baby food

Children are more vulnerable than adults. Baby food companies took MSG out of baby food for a while; now it’s back.

Originally made from the Japanese sea weed kombu (sea tangle), MSG is now created chemically. And it’s in most of the prepared foods sold at your local grocery store.

MSG is in fast food, too, as well as most food served at chain restaurants.

Soy, which seems to be in everything, is about 60% glutamate, and it shows up under many different names. For instance, the word “hydrolized” in the ingredient list is a MSG tip-off, as is “autolyzed.” Etc. Even “spices,” “artificial flavoring” and “natural flavoring” can be used as a cover-up. You’d think they don’t want us to know.

MSG, under any name, is bad stuff. Protect your health by avoiding MSG as best you can.

Another place to find glutamate is in vaccines. Those given to babies, to old folks seeking to avoid the flu, to everybody who gets a shot. One study said anybody who gets an annual flu shot, starting at age fifty (the only age range they checked), doubles their risk of dementia in five years.


Then there’s aspartame, a synthetic sweetener named to sound like something nature intended, but actually a hard-on-the-body chemical. It arrives in our bodies via diet sodas, the little blue packet, etc. Aspartame is advertised for weight control, but no, not even close. Sure sounds good, though.

Avoid aspartame, too. Many people still believe it’s good for you, or, at the least, harmless, but it’s hard on health.

Do MSG and aspartame damage everybody’s health? Well, they diminish the health of all partakers, but they don’t absolutely guarantee a future of chronic health conditions. But then, smoking doesn’t guarantee lung cancer, either. How lucky do you feel?

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God is good,

Bette Dowdell   
Too Pooped to Participate

Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved

P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

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