Russell Blaylock

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Russell L. Blaylock
Born (1945-11-15) November 15, 1945 (age 78)
EducationDoctor of Medicine, fellowship in neurology
Alma materLSU School of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina
Occupation(s)Neurosurgeon (retired), writer, lecturer

Russell L. Blaylock (born November 15, 1945) is an author and a retired U.S. neurosurgeon.

Blaylock was a clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In 2013 he was a visiting professor in the biology department at Belhaven College.[1]

Blaylock has endorsed views inconsistent with the scientific consensus, including that food additives such as aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG) are excitotoxic in normal doses.[2][3]

Education and career[edit]

Blaylock completed his general surgical internship and neurosurgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.[4] He was licensed to practice Neurological Surgery in North Carolina between May 6, 1977, and December 15, 2006.[5] Along with Ludwig G. Kempe, Blaylock published a novel transcallosal approach to excising intraventricular meningiomas of the trigone.[6][7] He is retired as a clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and is currently a visiting professor in the biology department at Belhaven University,[1] a Christian university in Mississippi.[8] He is associated with the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and was on the editorial board of their journal.[when?][9]

Allegations of health dangers[edit]

Blaylock claims that numerous substances are toxic and dangerous at typical use levels even though scientific studies rate them safe at customary exposure levels. He has been quoted several times in media outlets regarding his position that MSG is toxic to the brain.[10][11][12] He also states that the widely used artificial sweetener aspartame is toxic[13][14] and may be the cause of multiple sclerosis.[15] He has additionally cautioned against heavy use of the artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose).[16] These positions are not supported by scientific consensus or regulatory bodies, as extensive studies support the safety of aspartame, sucralose, and MSG.[2][3][17]

Views on politics[edit]

Blaylock has called the American medical system 'collectivist' and has suggested that health-care reform efforts under President Obama were masterminded by extragovernmental groups that wish to impose euthanasia.[18] He blamed the purported collectivism of American medicine for the retirement of his friend Miguel Faria. According to Blaylock, the former Soviet Union tried to spread collectivism by covertly introducing illegal drugs and various sexually transmitted diseases into the United States.[18] Schwarcz characterized these positions as "conspiracy theories."[18]

Views on Covid-19[edit]

Blaylock supports various Covid-19 conspiracy theories, writing that, "The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most manipulated infectious disease events in history, characterized by official lies in an unending stream led by government bureaucracies, medical associations, medical boards, the media, and international agencies" and that the Covid-19 vaccine is a "Dangerous, essentially untested experimental vaccine." He also refers in his writing to "The designers of this pandemic..."[19]


  1. ^ a b "Russell Blaylock Seminar Series at Belhaven College" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  2. ^ a b Magnuson BA, Burdock GA, Doull J, et al. (2007). "Aspartame: a safety evaluation based on current use levels, regulations, and toxicological and epidemiological studies". Crit. Rev. Toxicol. 37 (8): 629–727. doi:10.1080/10408440701516184. PMID 17828671. S2CID 7316097.
  3. ^ a b Walker R, Lupien JR (2000). "The safety evaluation of monosodium glutamate". Journal of Nutrition. 130 (4S): 1049S–52S. doi:10.1093/jn/130.4.1049S. PMID 10736380.
  4. ^ "Russell Blaylock's website". Archived from the original on 2014-05-31. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  5. ^ "North Carolina Medical Board". Archived from the original on 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  6. ^ Jun, Cecil L.; Nutik, Stephen L. (March 1985). "Surgical Approaches to Intraventricular Meningiomas of the Trigone". Neurosurgery. 16 (3): 416–420. doi:10.1227/00006123-198503000-00025. PMID 3982626.
  7. ^ Kempe LG, Blaylock R (1976). "Lateral-trigonal intraventricular tumors. A new operative approach". Acta Neurochir (Wien). 35 (4): 233–42. doi:10.1007/bf01406119. PMID 998353. S2CID 31659187.
  8. ^ "Belhaven University website". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  9. ^ "An Irresistible Force?". Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  10. ^ A game of hide and seek. (hidden MSG in processed foods) originally printed in Vegetarian Times, September 01, 1998 AccessMyLibrary record.
  11. ^ "Want full disclosure with that meal? St. Petersburg Times September 25, 2005". Archived from the original on 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  12. ^ Pratt, Steven (1994-07-28). "FLAVOR-ENHANCING MSG IS EVERYWHERE, BUT IS IT HARMLESS OR AN "EXCITOTOXIN"? Chicago Tribune July 28, 1994". Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  13. ^ "Sugar substitutes aren't always so healthy The Free Lance-Star September 10, 2001". 2001-10-09. Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  14. ^ "How sweet it isn't? Natural alternatives to sugar, minus the calories and carcinogens.(Eating Right) E Magazine November 01, 2003". 2003-11-01. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  15. ^ Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills Health Press, 1994. ISBN 0-929173-14-7
  16. ^ Gogoi, Pallavi, edited by Beth Belton. How Far from Sugar Is Splenda? Archived 2010-01-11 at the Wayback Machine, BusinessWeek Online, McGraw Hill, February 2, 2005. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  17. ^ Grice HC, Goldsmith LA (2000). "Sucralose--an overview of the toxicity data". Food Chem Toxicol. 38 (Suppl 2): S1–6. doi:10.1016/S0278-6915(00)00023-5. PMID 10882813.
  18. ^ a b c Schwarcz, Joe (8 November 2009). "it's all a plot to anti-vaccination conspiracy nuts". Montreal Gazette. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  19. ^ Blaylock, Russell (22 April 2022). "COVID UPDATE: What is the truth?". Surgical Neurology International. 13: 167. doi:10.25259/SNI_150_2022. PMC 9062939. PMID 35509555.

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