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A thank you from Laura Ling, from the Care2 network

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As you may (or may not) be aware, Laura and Euna Ling are the U.S. journalists who were detained in North Korea and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor.  They have been released, however, due in large part to the huge amount of calls, letters, petitions, websites, etc., that many of us assisted with.  It does my heart good to see goodness prevail, and it amazes me how humans can come together as one when adversity strikes.  I know these ladies are expecially thankful.

Below is the post with her letter of thanks, from the Care2 network:

This post is a personal message of thanks from freed U.S. journalist Laura Ling to everyone who signed the Care2 petition calling for her and Euna Lee’s release.

Laura Ling has written a brief “thank you” message that she would like to share with all of those who signed the Care2 petition calling for her and Euna Lee’s release from North Korea. All of us at Care2 are overjoyed to be able to share this message with you!



Dear Friends,

While in detention in North Korea, isolated and scared, one of the things that gave me strength and sustained my faith was hearing about the groundswell of support for Euna and me.  You were a part of this incredible movement and for that I will be forever thankful.

Through the letters that I was able to receive, I learned about the many beautiful vigils, the LauraandEuna.com website, the petition, the Facebook group, and all the other grassroots efforts to bring us home.  I am deeply humbled.

In times of extreme darkness and depression, I thought of all of the people, united together, sending us messages of love and hope.  I envisioned the light of the candles at the vigils and it brightened my soul.

I would not be here today, home and free, re-united with my family (my sister is actually asleep on the couch right by my side), if not for the support from so many extraordinary  people. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  Words cannot adequately express my profound gratitude.

While my experience was the most challenging time of my life, I do believe that something beautiful came out of it, and that is the way in which so many people united around a cause for hope and peace.

I’d like to share with you an entry from my journal that I kept during my time in captivity:

Thursday, June 11, 2009 Day 87, 3:00 PM
“I’ve been so overwhelmed and touched by the outpouring of support from so many people.  Loved ones, friends, people I haven’t been in contact with in ages, and even total strangers.  It makes you have faith in humanity.  I hope that I would be as good of a friend or human to someone else in a similar situation.”

Euna and I are two of the lucky ones whose story of captivity resulted in a happy ending.  But there are so many journalists imprisoned around the world whose fate is still undecided.  It is my sincere hope that the energy ignited around bringing us home will be harnessed into raising awareness around these fellow journalists and their struggle for freedom.

With all my love and gratitude,

Laura

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MSG – Hidden Dangers of Monosodium Glutamate

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The following article will make you think twice about eating anything with MSG added to it.  This stuff is dangerous and should be banned.  Pay close attention to the list of commonly documented reactions to MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) at the end. I have researched this quite a bit.  It made me so angry, thinking of the way they poison our food, that I wrote the FDA and also the President’s Office this morning. Any of you that would like to do the same, the FDA email is industry@fda.gov for industry and consumer@fda.gov for consumers.  The white house contact form is http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

If any of these links don’t work, simply copy and paste into your browser or email application.  If enough of us write with our concerns, MAYBE we can make a difference!!!  Check out the links at the bottom.

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Why is MSG harmful?

Monosodium glutamate is a drug and a neurotransmitter. Every major human organ is now known to contain glutamate receptors. Overstimulation of these receptors—in the brain or elsewhere—can lead to numerous health problems, many of which may mimic other disorders (such as fibromyalgia or heart arrhythmia), but can go undiagnosed for decades, all the while creating a life of misery and disability for the unfortunate sufferer.

Its ever-expanding use by the food industry causes great concern in the medical profession because MSG overstimulates brain cell activity. It is neither a necessary additive, nor a harmless flavor enhancer like common table salt. MSG actually tricks your brain into thinking the food you are eating tastes good. Manufacturers can therefore use inferior ingredients to make a mediocre product seem tastier. Higher profits and low-quality products of little nutritional value prevail at the expense of consumer health.

MSG intolerance is not an allergic reaction, but a powerful drug reaction. Even in those people who do not suffer acute, immediate reactions to the substance, prolonged or acute exposure will destroy brain cells in anyone.

Common Reactions:

People’s reactions to MSG will vary depending on their sensitivity to the substance. At low doses, some people may experience no obvious physical symptoms, although acute neurochemical activity occurs whenever anyone ingests the substance.

Following is a list of well-documented reactions to monosodium glutamate. Individuals with extreme sensitivities may experience seemingly incurable fibromyalgia-type pain, while others may have immediate, acute reactions, including heart attack.

Remember: a high enough dose is toxic to anyone—which is far more likely as more and more foods contain higher percentages of MSG, sometimes in disguised forms.  Read your food labels carefully! (Click this link to see other names and sources for MSG: http://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html)  ** It is also found in aspartame (Nutra Sweet.)

List of Reactions

headaches

migraines

stomach upset

nausea and vomiting

diarrhea

irritable bowel syndrome

asthma attacks

shortness of breath

anxiety or panic attacks

heart palpitations

partial paralysis

heart attack-like symptoms

balance difficulties

mental confusion

mood swings

neurological disorders (Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, Alzheimer’s)

behavioral disorders (especially in children and teens)

allergy-type symptoms

skin rashes

runny nose

bags under the eyes

flushing

mouth lesions

depression

(and more)

Links:

http://www.nutrition4health.org/nohanews/NNSp00_MSG.htm

http://www.truthinlabeling.org/

http://www.naturalnews.com/009379.html

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080813164638.htm (link between MSG and Obesity)