Russell Blaylock

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Russell L. Blaylock
Born (1945-11-15) November 15, 1945 (age 76)
EducationDoctor of Medicine, fellowship in neurology
Alma materLSU School of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina
OccupationNeurosurgeon (retired), writer, lecturer

Russell L. Blaylock (born November 15, 1945) is an author and a retired U.S. neurosurgeon. Blaylock introduced a new treatment for a subset of brain tumors, as well as improving certain operations treating hydrocephalus.

Blaylock was a clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and is currently a visiting professor in the biology department at Belhaven College.[1] He is the author of a number of books and papers, including Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills (1994), Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life (2002), and Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients (2003), and writes a monthly newsletter, the Blaylock Wellness Report.

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] as well as developing the ventriculolymphatic shunt in the treatment of hydrocephalus.[8] 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.[9] He is associated with the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and was on the editorial board of their journal.[when?] [10]

Allegations of health dangers[edit]

Blaylock claims the supposed toxicity of numerous substances that according to scientific studies are safe at customary exposure levels. He has been quoted several times in media outlets regarding his position that MSG is toxic to the brain.[11][12][13] He also states that the widely used artificial sweetener aspartame is toxic[14][15] and may be the cause of multiple sclerosis.[16] He has additionally cautioned against heavy use of the artificial sweetener Splenda (sucralose).[17] These positions are not supported by scientific consensus or regulatory bodies, as extensive studies support the safety of aspartame, sucralose, and MSG.[2][3][18]

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.[19] 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.[19] Schwarcz characterized these positions as "conspiracy theories."[19]

Blaylock has also been a longtime supporter of the Institute of World Politics, and has praised its founder, John Lenczowski, for his "...dedication to sound principles of transcendent law, moral absolutes and the teaching of these principles within the scope of statecraft..."[20]



  • Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills Health Press, 1994. ISBN 0-929173-14-7
  • Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life Health Press, 2002. ISBN 0-929173-42-2
  • Natural Strategies for The Cancer Patient New York : Twin Streams, 2003. ISBN 0-7582-0221-0


Blaylock is the author or co-author of two case reports in the Journal of Neurosurgery,[21][22] and a 32-page report entitled Multiple Sclerosis (Pritchett & Hull, 1988). Current Inorganic Chemistry 2012, Volume=2 Issue 1 "Aluminum Induced Immunoexcitotoxicity in Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative Disorders"

He has written for, and been on the editorial board of the journal of the politically conservative non-profit organization Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.[23] This journal was entitled Medical Sentinel until 2003, when it became the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (JPandS).[24][25][26] He also authors The Blaylock Wellness Report for the conservative website NewsMax.[27]


  1. ^ a b Russell Blaylock Seminar Series at Belhaven College
  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". Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  5. ^ "North Carolina Medical Board". Archived from the original on 2010-01-27. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  6. ^ "Surgical Approaches to Intraventricular Meningiomas of the T... : Neurosurgery". Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  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. ^ Kempe LG, Blaylock R (1977). "Ventriculolymphatic shunt". J Neurosurg. 47 (1): 86–95. doi:10.3171/jns.1977.47.1.0086. PMID 864508.
  9. ^ "Belhaven University website". Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  10. ^ "An Irresistible Force?". Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  11. ^ A game of hide and seek. (hidden MSG in processed foods) originally printed in Vegetarian Times, September 01, 1998 AccessMyLibrary record.
  12. ^ "Want full disclosure with that meal? St. Petersburg Times September 25, 2005". Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  13. ^ Pratt, Steven (1994-07-28). "FLAVOR-ENHANCING MSG IS EVERYWHERE, BUT IS IT HARMLESS OR AN "EXCITOTOXIN"? Chicago Tribune July 28, 1994". Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  14. ^ "Sugar substitutes aren't always so healthy The Free Lance-Star September 10, 2001". 2001-10-09. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills Health Press, 1994. ISBN 0-929173-14-7
  17. ^ Gogoi, Pallavi, edited by Beth Belton. How Far from Sugar Is Splenda?, BusinessWeek Online, McGraw Hill, February 2, 2005. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ a b c Schwarcz, Joe (8 November 2009). "it's all a plot to anti-vaccination conspiracy nuts". Montreal Gazette.
  20. ^ "Donor Spotlight – Russell Blaylock: Neurosurgeon, Editor, and Patriot". Institute of World Politics. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  21. ^ Russell L. Blaylock; Ludwig G. Kempe (April 1976). "Chondrosarcoma of the cervical spine". 44 (4). The Journal of Neurosurgery. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  22. ^ Russell L. Blaylock (June 1981). "Hydrosyringomyelia of the conus medullaris associated with a thoracic meningioma". 54 (6). The Journal of Neurosurgery. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  23. ^ "Food Additive Excitotoxins and Degenerative Brain Disorders - Originally published in the Medical Sentinel 1999". Retrieved 2010-01-13.
  24. ^ "Medical Sentinel Issues". Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  25. ^ "Journal of the American Physicians and Surgeons". Spring 2003. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  26. ^ "Neuropharmacology as a Long-Range Strategic War Policy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2009-10-17.
  27. ^ Blaylock Wellness Report Archived September 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine

29. Aluminum Induced Immunoexcitotoxity in Neurodevelopmental and Neurodegenerative Disorders, Current Inorganic Chemistry 2012, vol 2, no 1.

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