Posted by Serdar Rifat on August 23, 2000
In Reply to: Chinese restaurant shoulder posted by Billy Jo on July 08, 2000
The weight of scientific evidence has shown that MSG as consumed in food does not impair brain function or pose risk to public health. As further concluded in the World Health Organization's Food Additive Series, scientific examinations have shown a lack of MSG mutagenicity, teratogenicity or carcinogenicity. This lack of evidence was also supported by the 1995 FASEB report. The FASEB review found no evidence linking MSG consumption to any serious long-term neurological problems in the general public, including Huntington's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) or Alzheimer's disease.
The above info can be found on the net.
The entire article seems to indicate that there are many many western myths about MSG and, I'd say, about the Chinese. 'Chinese restaurant shoulder' seems rather derogatory.