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The Restless Legs Diet: Chapter Two – MSG

Monosodium glutamate, also known as sodium glutamate and MSG, is a sodium salt of the naturally occurring non-essential amino acid glutamic acid. It is used as a food additive and is commonly marketed as a flavour enhancer. Trade names of monosodium glutamate include Ajinomoto, Vetsin, and Accent. It was once predominantly made from wheat gluten, but is now mostly made from bacterial fermentation; it is acceptable for celiacs following a gluten-free diet.

Modern commercial MSG is produced by fermentation of starch, sugar beets, sugar cane, or molasses. MSG is used commercially as a flavour enhancer. Although once associated with foods in Chinese restaurants, MSG is now used by most fast food chains and in many foodstuffs, particularly processed foods.

“Monosodium Glutamate” WikiPedia

“The foods most likely to give someone an MSG reaction at ANY restaurant are: chicken and Sausage products, ranch dressing, parmesan items, gravy & dipping sauces and fries with any kind of seasoning on them except plain salt. Flavored salty snack chips that are usually sold with sandwiches are a problem – espeically Doritos and Cheetos and items with cheese powder added. At regular restaurants, you want to avoid parmesan encrusted anything, soups, Ceasar salad, fish sauce or extract, soy sauce and anything that comes out of a can.”

Four good rules of thumb are:

1. The more salty a processed food is, the more likely it is to contain MSG or free glutamate.

2. The more processed food is, the more likely it is to contain MSG or free glutamate:  powdered stuff that used to be food is likely to have added MSG because the original flavor has been degraded, AND processing concentrates and frees glutamate already bound and present.

3. The more ingredients in a packaged food, the more likely MSG is present. Read labels carefully. Time is money.  If food has more than five ingredients and you don’t have half an hour to read one ingredient label – put it back on the shelf – you’ll be better off.

4. Do not trust something simply because it is in a health food store and the label states it is natural or even organic. The US allows “natural flavors” to include protein hydrolysates which can contain up to 20% MSG by weight. A distinction without a difference.

“What Foods To Avoid?” MSGTruth


The gluten situation, I can work around that. I don’t like it, but if it means having a calmer pair of legs, I’ll do what has to be done.

But by asking me to consume less MSG, you’re now asking me to make some serious sacrifices.

I LOVE Chinese food and Doritos and all that good stuff! Is there no other way?

Fortunately for you and I, once the inflammation goes down, we can sneak in some goodies now and then.

The reason the MSG, gluten, aspartame etc. affect your RLS so much now is because you’re still carrying around a big load of inflammation in your legs.

It’s like a hair-trigger reaction. As soon as you consume any of these inflammation stimulating food items, you’re creating a reaction in the areas of existing inflammation (plus you’re helping it to grow).

As I’ve stated before, it’s basically like standing outside with a sunburn. You have to get indoors for a bit.

From the Lab: The relationship of MSG with Inflammation

“The injection of monosodium glutamate (MSG) in ICR mice leads to the development of significant inflammation, central obesity and type 2 diabetes.”

Y. Nakanishi, K. Tsuneyama, M. Fujimoto, TL Salunga, K. Nomoto, JL An, Y. Takano, S. Iizuka, M. Nagata, W. Suzuki, T. Shimada, M. Aburada, M. Nakano, C. Selmi and ME Gershwin. “Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): A Villain and Promoter of Liver Inflammation and Dysplasia.” Department of Diagnostic Pathology, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toyama, Toyama, Japan. 2008 Feb-Mar;30(1-2):42-50.

“One theory holds that bacteria and viruses may cause this inflammation but clearly we know that lead, mercury, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and fluoride and other toxic chemicals can also cause inflammatory reactions in blood vessels.”

Staff. “Inflammation and Systemic Stress: Inflammation and Pain Management with Magnesium.” International Medical Veritas Association,

“Both adrenalectomized rats and adrenalectomized, MSG-treated rats showed an increased response to carrageenin relative to controls. These results suggest that glucocorticoids are important modulators of inflammation in this phase of the process.”

EA Limaos, VL Silveira and MS Dolnikoff. “Inflammatory Edema Induced by Carrageenin in Monosodium Glutamate-Treated Rats.” Braz-J-Med-Biol-Res. (1988) 21(4): 837-9

You can view information on how all the RLS supplements and antagonists have a relationship with inflammation here:

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Holistic and natural treatments for restless leg syndrome
Posted: 11/13/07 – 22:08
Topic: MSG
I have experienced RLS and have found that it occurs when I have had msg in my food. The more msg the worse the RLS.
Topic: MSG
posted January 26, 2010 10:37 PM
Here’s what I learned. There is a category of food additives called neurotoxins or excitotoxins. They are glutamates that affect the nervous system. The most well-known excitotoxin is MSG (monosodium glutamate), Other additives are converted by processing into glutamates. All excitotoxins should be eliminated from the diet. We need to eat unprocessed foods only. Even tiny amounts of excitotoxins will aggravate RLS. In addition to RLS, excitotoxins are involved in some of today’s maladies that we never heard of years ago, such as fibromyalgia. Also some conditions were around but not as prevalent, i.e. migraine headaches, joint pains etc.

Read all food labels. Do not buy anything with the following additives. It’s not as difficult as it sounds Give it a try for a month. When I first eliminated all these additives, I slept soundly for seven straight hours on the second night.
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Next morning, I realized what triggers the attack. It is MSG. During the Chinese New Year celebration, I consumed a lot of food prepared by my relatives that contained heavy doses of MSG. Sam
Location: Plano, TX
PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:20 pm
Post subject: MSG
I am a new member and joined because I wanted to share the information about my experience with MSG. I have been a lifetime sufferer of RLS and a worldwide traveler in my occupation so it has been miserable on planes for up to 18 hours at a time with nowhere to get relief aside from walking the aisles. My wife wanted to try to find something to give me relief before there was anyone really recognizing that RLS was a real medical problem and she began eliminating things in my diet until she stopped everything with MSG and that stopped my RLS. I won’t say it will work for anyone else, but if helps someone this posting is worth it. W. Arnold Taylor
PostPosted: Mon Dec 25, 2006 10:25 pm
Post subject: Finally Got Relief from Severe Symptoms – No Meds
First, I cut out aspartame. That did not help, but I read about the related excitotoxin, glutamate (glutamic acid), commonly known as MSG, which is found in many foods under many (at least 24) different names. In other words, the food industry hides it by deceptive food labeling, but we have doubled our consumption of it ever decade for the last 60+ years. It is a food-additive that is only used for taste-enhancement because it sells the product. It is usually made from grain and can come under “natural flavors.”

It is difficult, but I cut this out of my diet. See if you want to try this. It took about 2 months of a very restricted diet, and using anti-inflammatory supplements and anti-oxidants to rid my body of it enough to make a difference.

I have finally found out what causes my RLS problem, and I hope that the rest of you find out that yours is the same cause. It is entirely possible to get rid of this by diet alone. You just have to cook like you were living in 1940 instead of 2006 and stay out of restaurants. Elizabeth R.

From the Lab: MSG and Dopamine Levels

One of the more popular theories about Restless Legs Syndrome is that it is somehow connected to a lack of dopamine production.

I did some research and found that in several studies, mice torturers found that there was a correlation between the application of MSG and the lowering of dopamine levels.

Several drugs are on the market called dopamine agonists (Requip, Mirapex etc.) have been issued by doctors to patients in order to increase dopamine levels.

“Dopamine levels were significantly reduced (P < 0.01) in the arcuate nucleus of MSG-treated rats.”

Louis V. DePaolo and Andres Negro-Vilar, “Neonatal Monosodium Glutamate Treatment Alters the Response of Median Eminence Luteinizing Hormone-Releasing Hormone Nerve Terminals to Potassium and Prostaglandin E2*” Endocrinology Vol. 110, No. 3 835-841 (1982).

If MSG is involved with the lowering of dopamine levels, this could be a major breakthrough in RLS recovery. It could prove that diet is a powerful tool in the lessening of RLS, and would help those that suffer to avoid the horrible side effects of the dopamine agonists.

“Some of the common side effects of dopamine agonists include:

* Euphoria
* Hallucinations
* Causing or worsening psychosis
* Orthostatic hypotension
* Increased orgasmic intensity
* Weight loss
* Nausea
* Insomnia
* Unusual tiredness or weakness
* Dizziness, drowsiness, lightheadedness, or fainting
* Twitching, twisting, or other unusual body movements
* Pathological addiction (gambling, shopping, internet pornography, hyper-sexuality)

“Dopamine Agonist” Wikipedia

“MedlinePlus Drug Information: Pramipexole (Systemic)”. United States National Library of Medicine. (Sep. 27, 2006).

Alan Boyd, “Bromocriptine and psychosis: A literature review”. Psychiatric Quarterly 66 (1): 87–95. doi:10.1007/BF02238717. (Sep. 9, 2008).

I’ll go into more detail about the MSG / dopamine connection in my next post. I found some very exciting stuff!

For free information about the cause and cure for Restless Legs Syndrome visit This remedy for RLS is completely natural and features NO side effects.

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One evening, several years ago, I had a life changing experience. I have never looked at the world the same way again.

I still shake my head in amazement every time I think about what I learned that night.

I was attending my Addictions Counseling course and the teacher casually mentioned how doctors received incentives from the pharmaceutical companies to push their products.

“That can’t be right?” I thought. “That’s too inconceivable?”

I raised my hand and asked the teacher to clarify what he had just said. I figured that I must have heard him wrong.

He calmly elaborated on how the system worked, and that doctors were compensated with  TVs, trips etc. It didn’t seem like that big a deal to him. And then he went on with the lecture.

For me, the rest of the evening was a blur. I lost some sort of innocence that I could never get back. Here was a crime so corrupt that it transcended description and fell far below the lowest realm of ethics … yet somehow, it was perfectly legal? To this day, it STILL boggles my mind that this could be allowed?

The reason I mention this is because when I was posting my remedy on the discussion board, someone replied to my post saying that Dr. Buchfuhrer states that inflammation is NOT the cause of RLS … so basically, take a hike.

I responded by saying I don’t know who Dr. Buchfuhrer is, but if he says that inflammation is not the cause, he’s wrong.

That started a bit of a fire fight. I didn’t realize that Dr. Buchfuhrer was a trail blazing icon for many RLSers. It turns out he’s also a member of the Medical Advisory Board.

I figured if he’s such a great guy, maybe he’s more open-minded than the average doctor, and would be interested in hearing about my story and how I’ve come to believe that inflammation is the primary cause of RLS. I thought that he could be the inroad into the scientific community that I was looking for, and finally some RLS studies could be done based on a remedy that I truly believe will work for anyone that follows it.

So, I did some Googling and found a few links for Dr. Buchfuhrer.

I found a bio. It was pretty basic. Seemed like a nice guy. I went to the next page, and that’s when I had the terrible flashback to that night, long ago, in my Addictions Counselling course.

On this website I was looking at was a video of Dr. Buchfuhrer promoting Mirapex. If you’re not familiar with Mirapex, it’s one of the top drugs that are prescribed by physicians to their RLS patients.

You can visit this link to watch him doing the Mirapex commercial.

The website has a disclaimer stating that the doctors giving these testimonials were compensated (just in case we though they were doing it for free).

“The doctors who appear on this site have been compensated for their time by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.”

Here is Dr. B’s testimonial from that same website:

“My overall experience with MIRAPEX has been very positive. It’s a medication that can be used with very low dose and works very, very well and both effectively and safe for most RLS patients.” – Mark Buchfuhrer, MD

Now, here’s the interesting part. Here are the potential side-effects of Mirapex … as stated on the Mirapex website.

“MIRAPEX may cause you to fall asleep without any warning, even while doing normal daily activities, such as driving. Before taking MIRAPEX, talk to your doctor if you drink alcohol or take other medications that make you drowsy as these can increase the chance that MIRAPEX will make you feel sleepy or fall asleep when you should be awake. When taking MIRAPEX, hallucinations (seeing, hearing, feeling, or tasting something that isn’t there) may occur and you may sometimes feel dizzy, nauseated, faint or sweaty when you sit up or stand quickly.

The most commonly reported side effects of MIRAPEX that were more frequent than with placebo are nausea, dizziness, sleepiness, difficulty falling asleep, involuntary movement, and constipation. In clinical trials for advanced PD, the most commonly reported side effects of MIRAPEX that were more frequent than with placebo are low blood pressure when you sit up or stand quickly, involuntary movement, difficulty falling asleep, dizziness, accidental injury, hallucinations, and dream abnormalities. You should talk with your doctor if you experience these problems.

There have been reports of impulse control disorders and compulsive behaviors in patients taking certain medicines, including MIRAPEX. If you or your family members notice that you are experiencing new or increased gambling urges, increased sexual urges or other intense urges, such as compulsive shopping or eating, while taking MIRAPEX, talk to your doctor.”

I kind of go speechless after I read this stuff.

Now, I’m sure many of you think that I’m some sort of conspiracy theorist, and that there is no real evidence that doctors receive perks from the drug companies. You probably think that it’s more of an urban myth.

I wish that were true, but it’s not. It’s a real live ugly situation.

Thankfully, the authorities are finally trying to clean things up a bit.

I think you could spend all day finding examples online, but here are a few.

From ABC News …

“Further investigation into the $6 billion spent by drug companies for what they say is a way to educate doctors showed that tactics like lavish gifts and trips are surprisingly common.

“It’s embarrassing, it’s extravagant and it’s unethical,” said Dr. Arnold Relman, a Harvard Medical School professor and the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. “It makes the doctor feel beholden … it suborns the judgment of the doctor.”

Few doctors were willing to talk publicly about their relationships with pharmaceutical companies, but one upstate New York doctor was willing to come forward.

“It’s very tempting and they just keep anteing it up. And it’s getting harder to say no,” said Dr. Rudy Mueller. “I feel in some ways it’s kind of like bribery.”

Disgusted by how the free gifts and trips add to the high price of medicine, and moved by the plight of patients forced to skip needed medication, Mueller agreed to provide Primetime with a rare glimpse of the astounding number of drug company freebies he was offered by various drug companies in a four-month period.

He was presented with an estimated $10,000 worth, including an all-expenses-paid trip to a resort in Florida, dinner cruises, hockey game tickets, a ski trip for the family, Omaha steaks, a day at a spa and free computer equipment. “

Brian Ross and David W. Scott, “Do Drug Company Perks Influence Doctors? How Pharmaceutical Companies Use Enticement to ‘Educate’ Physicians” ABC News

From the New York Times …

“In a scolding report, the nation’s most influential medical advisory group said doctors should stop taking much of the money, gifts and free drug samples they routinely accept from drug and device companies.

Drug companies spend billions of dollars wooing doctors — more than they spend on research or consumer advertising. Much of this money is spent on giving doctors free drug samples, free food, free medical refresher courses and payments for marketing lectures. The institute’s report recommends that nearly all of these efforts end.

The largest drug makers agreed last year to stop giving doctors pens, pads and other gifts of small value, but company executives have defended other marketing tactics as valuable to both doctors and patients. Medical device and biotechnology companies have yet to swear off free trips or even pens.”

Gardiner Harris, “Institute of Medicine Calls for Doctors to Stop Taking Gifts From Drug Makers” The New York Times (April 28, 2009)

From “The Day” …

“The bill, SB-270, requires drug and medical device companies to adopt a marketing code of compliance that, among other things, would limit gifts, meals and continuing-education benefits to physicians as well as force companies to publicize interactions with health care providers.

“This bill can really hinder or change the relationship between doctors and our field representatives,” said Pfizer spokeswoman Liz Power in a phone interview. These salespeople provide “critical information about prescription medicines” to busy doctors, she added.”

Lee Howard, “Pharma Opposes Bill to Limit Perks for Doctors” The Day, New London, CT. (April 22, 2010)

They’ve actually done studies on how these perks affect doctor’s decisions.

From “The International Journal of Health Services” …

“Evidence suggests that physicians’ interactions with pharmaceutical companies do affect physician behavior. In 2000, Wazana’s analysis of 16 studies found convincing evidence that interaction with drug companies led to preference for prescribing a given company’s medication, inability to identify false claims about a medication, non rational prescribing behavior, increase in prescribing rates, and prescribing fewer generic equivalents, even when more expensive medications demonstrated no advantage. “

Sarah Roberts and James Jastifer, “Patients’ Awareness of and Attitudes Toward Gifts from Pharmaceutical Companies to Physicians.” International Journal of Health Services (2009)

I don’t mean to dump this whole sick twisted system on the head of one guy. I’m just presenting some facts to help you better understand the current RLS treatments, and what options are available to you.

To better understand the current relationship between the Drug Companies and doctors, and how it consciously or unconsciously influences the doctor’s decision to hand out pills, imagine if the same system was in place for your local Police Department.

Imagine if your local police department had an unlimited budget, and in order to lessen the crime rate, every time an officer made an arrest, they would receive a $100 bonus.

The arrest rate would obviously soar to new heights.

It’s also true that if every arrest was examined by an ethics committee, the officers would be able to justify every single one of them. They would also try to convince the committee that even if the financial incentive was not in place, each of the arrests would have still been made. The spike in the arrest rate since the new initiative was put into place, is pure coincidence.

This is where we stand today. We have inherited this extremely corrupt and unethical system. And now, finally, changes are being made.

As an RLS sufferer, you have to wonder how many RLS sufferers out there are taking Requip, Mirapex, Sifrol etc. because of these incentives? And you also have to wonder, are you one of them?

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Six years ago my wife Barb informed me that there was actually a name for the “wonky legs” I had been experiencing for many years. She told me it was called “Restless Legs Syndrome.”

What an awesome breakthrough that was. It turned out that I wasn’t some sort of freak with a weird disease … and I wasn’t alone. There were millions of people like me suffering from the same strange ailment.

I started researching Restless Legs Syndrome and found out that the only help at that time were pharmaceuticals that often produced uncomfortable side effects. For whatever reason, I ruled pharmaceuticals out as ever being an option.

At that point, I set out find out every other option that was available to me.

In my internet travels, I ran across This US agency based in Rochester, MN seemed to be the nerve center of anything to do Restless Legs … especially in the US and Canada.

A few years later when I was confident that the RLS remedy I developed would work for everyone, were the first people I approached with the good news.

Of course at that time my remedy was still in book form, and ultimately I was trying to make money from this discovery. The plan was to have some members try out the remedy (I was going to pay for all the supplements) and once they found out that it worked, they would let other members know about the book and its amazing remedy.

After that, it was just a matter of counting the piles of money.

As I’m sure you guessed, that never happened.

The first lady I approached at was Janice E. Hoffmann, the chair of the Board of Directors. The reason I chose her was not only because she was high up, but because from her bio I found out that she was a musician. I thought that there was a good chance that she had heard of The Indie Bible (the music directory I publish). If she had heard of it, that would give me some sort of credibility.

Nothing ever came of that. She never even replied to my e-mail.

I didn’t understand at the time what was going on? Here’s this giant organization bound together by one noble cause, and when someone contacts them saying that they’ve found a solution, they’re ignored?  (this would all make sense to me later).

I called up the main switchboard and told the operator about my situation and asked who would be the best person to talk to about it. She suggested that I contact Georgianna Bell, the Executive Director. I eventually got in touch with Georgianna and told her about the remedy, and what my plan was.

To her credit, she was somewhat open to having members review the information, as long as my book met her standards. But, as far as running any sort of test or study, that wasn’t going to happen. She was going to review the material and if she found it to be plausible, she would mention it to other members.

I’m not sure if that ever happened? I never heard back from her. I left her a message a few months later after I decided to put all the remedy information up on my website for free. Again, she never got back.

She had a medical background, so the fact that she even hinted that she may recommend that members read my book, should have been considered a major victory.

So, I guess the point of this whole post is to emphasize the fact that this organization that considers itself to be the beating heart of hope, is nothing like that.

They are the beating heart of the problem … they perpetuate the dream that someday soon, a mice torturer is going to run out of their lab screaming “We’ve found the cure!”

That is not going to happen … ever!

These people are not stupid or bad … they’re Scientists. They all have scientific minds. Brilliant, but not very open. Hopefully, for your sake, and for the sake of all those that still suffer, they can get out of the way of their own brilliance.

You would think that a few of them must have read the posts and articles about ALL the people who have become free of their RLS through diet, vitamins, minerals and herbs. How can you just shrug all those positive experiences off as being whimsical?

The pathway to healing that follows is a medical pathway. Their members all have medical backgrounds. They have a Medical Advisory Board. They have a Scientific Advisory Board. Their funding is provided as a means toward medical research.

That’s means their final solution is going to be a drug. And we all know how that goes.

Their goal is stated quite clearly through their grant program.

“Through its research grant program, the RLS Foundation honors promising scientists whose work addresses the goals of the Foundation. The RLS Foundation encourages grant applications for basic and clinical research studies of restless legs syndrome (RLS). Basic science leading to a better understanding of RLS, innovative approaches, interdisciplinary studies, and support of promising postdoctoral candidates is given funding priority.”

I don’t expect to come out of their cave any time soon. They are joined at the hip with Big Pharma, therefore the odds of ever recommending or supporting a non-pharmaceutical cure, are nil.

My hope is that eventually the overwhelming number of natural cures will be too much for even to keep under wraps. In order to make themselves not look totally robotic, they’ll have to create a section on their website that lists the most popular natural remedies and diets that have been working for people.

That day will be a glorious victory for those that continue to suffer in the dark because of the arrogance and pride of and its members.

For free information about the cause and cure for Restless Legs Syndrome visit This remedy for RLS is completely natural and features NO side effects.

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Inflammation: Like a Thief in the Night

As I’ve alluded to in previous posts, I kind of stumbled upon this current life quest.

I was fortunate enough to become free of my own RLS, and similar to a recovering alcoholic or a drug addict that has broken free from the grasp of their powerful addiction, there’s this tremendous urge to help people who are still trapped in the dark cloud of hopelessness that you lived in for so long.

It’s feels completely natural. I think it’s just part of being a human being. You know exactly what those still suffering are going through and how they feel. You know their thoughts and their level of desperation, and you want to help them make it ALL go away.

I am totally free of my RLS. I’m just trying to get the word out so that anyone with RLS can live a normal life again.

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The Inflammation Tidal Wave

Because of our 21st Century diets and lifestyles, inflammation is running rampant.

“Suddenly, inflammation has become one of the hottest areas of medical research. Hardly a week goes by without the publication of yet another study uncovering a new way that chronic inflammation does harm to the body.

It destabilizes cholesterol deposits in the coronary arteries, leading to heart attacks and potentially even strokes. It chews up nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims. It may even foster the proliferation of abnormal cells and facilitate their transformation into cancer. In other words, chronic inflammation may be the engine that drives many of the most feared illnesses of middle and old age.

This concept is so intriguing because it suggests a new and possibly much simpler way of warding off disease. Instead of different treatments for, say, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and colon cancer, there might be a single, inflammation-reducing remedy that would prevent all three.”

Christine Gorman, Alice Park and Kristina Dell, “Health: The Fires Within”, Time Magazine, (Feb. 23, 2004).,9171,993419,00.html

It’s not like I’ve uncovered some deep dark secret. Even the mice torturers are starting to deduce that inflammation may be responsible for innumerable diseases and ailments that were never considered before.

“Most allergy and asthma sufferers are all too familiar with inflammation, but you may not realize that inflammation also plays a key role in arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, irritable bowel syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and many others. Over the past few decades, scientists have realized that the process of inflammation is virtually the same in different diseases, and a better understanding of inflammation may lead to better treatments for numerous diseases.”

“Chronic Inflammation & Chronic Disease” Allergy Consumer Report (February 2007)

If all these devastating, highly complex diseases and ailments are now being linked to inflammation, how could anyone say with any certainty that RLS does NOT have a relationship with inflammation?

“It’s fascinating to watch the medical establishment discover inflammation. In the past few years there have been studies suggesting that chronic inflammation lies at the root of heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, and many other immune disorders. Many of the diseases and complaints associated with aging — including aging skin — can also be attributed to chronic inflammation.

We’ve long recognized that inflammation plays a central role in disease and aging, and that controlling inflammation is critical to your health. But what’s remarkable is that conventional medicine still has no definitive tests for, or diagnosis called chronic or systemic inflammation. There is even no consensus in medical science about what this kind of inflammation really is or how it undermines your health.

This simply means we’re in the middle of a medical revolution — a radical advance in the understanding of the body and how to keep it healthy.”

Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP, “Inflammation — the key to chronic disease?” Women to Women (April 21, 2010)

It IS fascinating to watch. Still, the profound resistance makes me scratch my head? With the mounting evidence supporting the idea that lessening one’s inflammation may lessen their RLS, why wouldn’t someone be moved to at least give it a try?

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The Restless Legs Diet: Chapter One – Gluten

Gluten (from Latin gluten “glue”) is a composite of the proteins gliadin and glutenin. These exist, conjoined with starch, in the endosperms of some grass-related grains, notably wheat, rye, and barley. Gliadin and glutenin comprise about 80% of the protein contained in wheat seed. Being insoluble in water, they can be purified by washing away the associated starch. Worldwide, gluten is an important source of nutritional protein, both in foods prepared directly from sources containing it, and as an additive to foods otherwise low in protein.

“Gluten”, Wikipedia,

Taking the herbal anti-inflammatories I’ve listed without changing your diet is like jogging while you’re eating a bag of potato chips.  A little bit of improvement will probably happen … but it will be slow and almost immeasurable.

I like the comparison of having a bad sunburn, yet remaining at the beach. You can rub aloe vera on your sunburn to try to help it, but the healing is really not going to have a chance to work its magic until you stay indoors for a while.

The Restless Legs Diet is exactly like that. It gets you out of the sun, away from the irritants that keep re-aggravating your sunburn.

In the case of RLS, the sunburn is the inflammation in your legs (or for some people arms, feet etc.). The sun is the RLS antagonists (MSG, sugar, gluten, caffeine etc.) and the shelter from the sun is a proper diet that is free, or at least lower, in RLS antagonists.

To finish the metaphor, the aloe vera that helps to heal your sunburn is the combination of vitamins, herbs and minerals that are going to help remove the inflammation in your legs.

Here are your options broken down in to simple terms …

1. HOPELESS SCENARIO (RLS will continue to get worse)

Intake: No herbs, vitamins or minerals.

Diet: No change. The usual amount of MSG, Sugar, Caffeine, Alcohol, Gluten, Aspartame and Salt.

2. GLIMMER OF HOPE SCENARIO (RLS will improve slightly)

Intake: A few vitamins, herbs and minerals.

Diet: No change. The usual amount of MSG, Sugar, Caffeine, Alcohol, Gluten, Aspartame and Salt.

3. HEY IT’S GETTING BETTER! SCENARIO (RLS symptoms will lessen noticeably)

Intake: A few vitamins, herbs and minerals.

Diet: Change in diet. Less MSG, Sugar, Caffeine, Alcohol, Gluten, Aspartame and Salt.

4. LIFE IS GOOD! SCENARIO (RLS symptoms will lessen dramatically)

Intake: Most of the vitamins, herbs and minerals.

Diet: Change in diet. Far less MSG, Sugar, Caffeine, Alcohol, Gluten, Aspartame and Salt.

5. THE LIGHT OF A MILLION SUNS! SCENARIO (RLS symptoms will disappear for good!)

Intake: All of the vitamins, herbs and minerals.

Diet: Change in diet. Careful watch over the intake of MSG, Sugar, Caffeine, Alcohol, Gluten, Aspartame and Salt.

From the Lab: The relationship of Gluten with Inflammation

“Gluten is inflammatory and inflammation has been linked to most chronic illnesses and pain syndromes.”

Ralph Havens, PT, OCS, IMTC, “Gluten and Inflammation.” Mission Hills Physical Therapy: Wellness Blog, San Diego, CA (May 2, 2008)

“Researchers now know that gluten can cause inflammation in any organ and any cell of your body.”

Claudia Pillow and Annalise Roberts. “Recognizing Gluten Sensitivity: Inflammation The Food Philosopher.” Southlake, TX (2002)

“While going gluten free will greatly relieve inflammation, you must make additional dietary changes to fully relieve the symptoms.”

Mallory Ferland “Gluten-Free, Anti Inflammatory Diets.” Seattle, WA (September 2009)

You can view information on how all the RLS supplements and antagonists have a relationship with inflammation here:

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05-30-2006, 12:41 PM
Re: Atkins Diet and RLS
The same thing happened to my husband. After a lot of research, he stopped taking anything with gluten. I don’t think it is the carbs so much, but definitely the gluten. Try eliminating gluten and see what happens. Sure worked for us. Glenda
Location: MARYLAND
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:45 pm
Post subject: Worth Checking
I had restless leg syndrome since I was a child and I am now 48. It would occur at night, on a plane, in the movie theater, anywhere. Last year I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease which is an allergy to wheat or gluten. Within a month of not eating gluten my restless leg syndrome stopped. It can happen again if I inadvertently eat some gluten. MDGUY
Posted 28 June 2007 – 01:33 PM
RLS Disappeared
Hi Everyone:
I’m new here. I have been gluten free for 2 weeks tomorrow. I haven’t been formally diagnosed with Celiac disease yet, but I already seem to be at least gluten sensitive. I was having trouble with restless leg syndrome along with a lot of other things, prior to my gluten free diet. My restless leg syndrome disappeared within two days of going on the diet.Regards,Jayne
Posted 28 June 2007 – 03:10 PM
Restless Legs Stopped
Restless leg has also been linked to anemia–which is common with Celiac. I had restless legs for years, and it stopped after I went gluten-free–I was also severely anemic.
Posted 03 July 2007 – 07:22 AM
Gluten Free
It is funny that you mention RLS. I have not had any symptoms since going gluten-free a few weeks ago. YEA! Just another thing I can add to the positives of being Gluten Free! ~kristen~
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Posted 03 July 2007 – 08:45 AM
RLS Disappeared since going Gluten Free
I just realized after reading this post that I used to have RLS before going gluten-free. I never put 2 and 2 together. I always just assumed that I was an “active sleeper” 😆 Since going gluten-free, the RLS has disappeared, thank goodness!
01-30-2009, 12:44 PM
Gluten Free Diet
I recently had a friend who also suffered from RLS email me to tell me that she tried a gluten-free diet and it cured her. I was skeptical but figured I might as well try. After trying the gluten-free diet, I was pain-free the first night! I now no longer take requip and have been pain-free for almost a month!

From the Lab: After 6 months of a gluten-free diet, RLS symptoms improved in 50% of 28 patients.

“The incidence of RLS among 85 patients with celiac disease was 35%, with a prevalence of 25% compared with 10% of spouses (P < 0.02). In 79% of patients with RLS and celiac disease, neuromuscular symptoms began during or after onset of gastrointestinal symptoms. Iron deficiency was present in 40% of celiac patients with active RLS compared with 6% of patients without RLS (P < 0.001). After 6 months of a gluten-free diet, RLS symptoms improved in 50% of 28 patients.”

Leonard B. Weinstock1, Arthur S. Walters, Gerard E. Mullin and Stephen P. Duntley. “Celiac Disease Is Associated with Restless Legs Syndrome.” Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Springer Netherlands, ISSN:0163-2116 (Print) 1573-2568 (Online) DOI 10.1007/s10620-009-0943-9 (September 15, 2009).

I believe with every fibre of my being that the RLS symptoms of ALL these patients would have improved close to 100% (assuming they were not on any medication) if they (a) took the previously mentioned herbs, vitamins and minerals during their gluten free diet and (b) monitored their intake of other RLS antagonists such as aspartame, caffeine, sugar, MSG and alcohol.

The gluten free diet is great to stop the growing inflammation, but you need those vitamins, herbs and minerals to heal the damage.

For free information about the cause and cure for Restless Legs Syndrome visit This remedy for RLS is completely natural and features NO side effects.

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RLS Helpers and Triggers

A short while ago I created a “RLS Remedies” page on my website.

For days I scoured the internet looking for forum postings, articles and studies that focused on natural remedies that have helped various RLS Sufferers to lessen their symptoms.

No name-brand remedies or pharmaceuticals were included.

What became apparent during this research is that there are certain remedies that have worked for a LOT of different RLS sufferers.

Here are the most popular remedies and antagonists:

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B11 (Folic Acid)
Vitamin B12
Vitamin C
Vitamin E

Calcium / Magnesium

Butcher’s Broom (Ruscus Aculeatus)
Valerian Root


Tonic Water (Quinine)
Bar of Soap Under the Sheets

Gluten (found in Wheat)
MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
Wheat (products contain Gluten plus additional additives)

Because of my certainty that inflammation is the primary cause of Restless Legs Syndrome, I couldn’t help wonder if any of these supplements that people kept mentioning had any anti-inflammatory qualities to them?

I also wondered what sort of relationship these antagonists have with inflammation, if any?

So, I set out toward a place I swore I’d never go to. That sick corner of Cyberspace where the mice torturers report on the mice torturing.

What I found was truly amazing!

It turns out that ALL of the above remedies have anti-inflammatory qualities and EVER SINGLE antagonist has inflammation inducing properties.

You can check out my findings and the scientific evidence here:

For free information about the cause and cure for Restless Legs Syndrome visit This remedy for RLS is completely natural and features NO side effects.

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