The only folks who need to worry about Salicylates are those who are allergic for some reason, and those of us on the Guaifenesin Protocol.
My website and these pages are for those on the Guaifenesin Protocol, so please note that some things will have salicylates in them, but usually in smaller amounts so as to not block the Guaifenesin from working 🙂
Salicylates are in herbs, veggies and fruits, and these things are a healthy part of our diets. Please don’t stop eating them! We do NOT need to worry about eating or handling food on the Guaifenesin Protocol 🙂
We DO need to be careful how MUCH though. If you are canning, and handling bushel-fulls of veggies and fruits, then yes! Please wear gloves! If you have concentrated herbal medications or drinks and tea, those have too much salicylates in them and will block your Guaifenesin. Please do not ingest them.
You DO need to check all your beauty products, dental products and everything that touches your skin: These are the things to check: inactive and active ingredients in all meds, protein powders, eye drops, pain creams, flavors, Toothpaste, dental floss(mint), mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, perfume, any sprays that touch your skin, hair gels, mousse, etc, body wash, hand soap, bubble bath, dish soap for washing by hands (unless you use gloves), DO, antiperspirant, lotion, sunscreen, face wash, face creams, makeup, makeup remover, Razors (aloe strip), shaving cream, nail polish remover, aloe in toilet paper and tissue and anything else you can think of that goes on your skin! You need all these products without Salicylates in them. They WILL block your Guaifenesin from working. I have some links that will help you with this process, see below:
Click Link to see a list of Ingredients that are Salicylate free
Below is a detailed explanation why by Dr St Amand:
To ignore the following guarantees failure: aspirin and other sources of salicylate block the action of guaifenesin at the same kidney level as uricosuric medications. Salicylates are present in many pain medications such as aspirin and those for some forms of colitis. Almost all plant species have substantial levels of the natural chemical. Quantities vary from crop to crop and are stored to fend off infections and to help heal injuries. Salicylates are readily absorbed through intact skin as well as the thin membranes of the mouth and intestine. Products used topically or as medications should be thoroughly inspected for ingredients including synthetic forms such as octisalate in sunscreens. A person’s genetic makeup determines susceptibility to blocking. Nevertheless to assure success, everyone should adhere to the protocol and make no modifications.
No diet is required for fibromyalgia: the liver has a certain but limited capacity to counter food salicylates. It cannot however override excesses derived from plant concentrates obtained from juicing or in herbal medications.
The following is an incomplete guide to sources of natural and synthetic salicylates:
MEDICATIONS: (1.) Pain relievers containing salicylate or salicylic acid, for example, aspirin, Salflex, Anacin, Excedrin, Disalcid. (2.) Herbal medications such as St. John’s Wort, gingko biloba, saw palmetto, evening primrose oil, Echinacea. Vitamins with rose hips, bioflavonoids (quercetin, hesperiden or rutin) or plant extracts such as alfalfa. (3.) Some wart or callus removers, acne products and dandruff shampoos contain salicylic acid. (4.) Topical pain creams such as Tiger Balm, Ben Gay, Myoflex, Zostrix, and Capsaicin. (5.) Medications such as Pepto Bismol, Asacol, Alka Seltzer and Urised.
COSMETIC AND TOPICAL PRODUCTS (1.) Skin cleansers (exfoliants) that use salicylic acid or witch hazel. (2.) Hair products with plant extracts such as balsam or bisabol. (3.) Bubble baths with essential oils such as lavender. (4.) Watch for the letters ‘SAL’ in sunscreens: octisalate, homosalate, or the name meradimate (5.) Lip balms containing camphor or menthol. (6.) Lipsticks, glosses and deodorants should be checked for castor oil. (7.) When gardening wear waterproof gloves, avoid barefoot contact with freshly cut grass. (8.) Avoid tissue or wipes containing aloe. (9.) Shaving creams with aloe or menthol will block. (10.) Do not use razors with aloe strips (Vitamin E, lanolin, and baby Oil are acceptable.) (11.) Moisturizers with oils such as almond, extracts such as green tea, or gels such as arnica.
ORAL AGENTS: (1.) Most mouth washes contain mint, wintergreen or salicylate (Listerine). (2.) Toothpastes contain salicylates, as well as fresh or synthetic mint, often unlisted. Use non mint toothpastes made by Tom’s of Maine, Cleure (Grace FibroSmile) or Personal Basics. Baking soda and/or peroxide also provide good cleansing and whitening. The non-mint pre-brushing rinses are acceptable as are the Cleure mouthwashes; (3.) Avoid lozenges, floss, breath fresheners or chewing gum with mint flavor (menthol, wintergreen, peppermint or spearmint). (Strong fruit and/Cinnamon flavors may mask unlisted mint)
YOU MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PROTOCOL. PHYSICIANS ARE NOT TRAINED TO RECOGNIZE SALICYLATE-CONTAINING INGREDIENTS. If you fail, you will convince your doctor guaifenesin does not work and the opportunity to help other fibromyalgics will be lost. Dictionaries can help you identify products. Get the full list of ingredients when you phone manufacturers because customer service employees will not know that plants make salicylates. Our website www.fibromyalgiatreatment.com connects you with a knowledgeable support group that will help you with questions. The site www.fibromyalgiatreatment.com/board keeps updated listings of safe products, new information and various papers on the topic of fibromyalgia.