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Salicylates are material made in all plants to fend off soil bacteria and pests. If the ingredient is a chemical, no matter the origin, it is okay (except for any chemical that has the word "salicylic" in it, including mentholatum and artificial wintergreen which are both methylsalicylate and beta hydroxy). If an ingredient contains two or more words, you might find them listed separately. Alternatively, if an ingredient is a single word you might find it included in a combination of words.
"Chemicals" extracted from plants are no longer considered plants because the process used to do the extraction makes them no longer "natural". If the ingredient is a "chemical" name then it no longer contains salicylates. Basically, we're trying to avoid plant parts in products, as opposed to a single ingredient extracted from a plant. Plant parts include a plant name listed by itself, with words like "leaf" or "seed", or with the words "extract" or "essense." In contrast, extractions of one chemical from a plant do not block, unless that chemical is salicylic acid. Two things happen in the extraction process: one, the chemical is purified and does not have salicylates in it; two, the chemicals they extract it with make it unnatural anyway.When you see a chemical word in combination with a plant word, it's ok. When you see numbers as part of the ingredient, it's ok.
If a product is composed entirely of chemical ingredients except forms of salicylic acid, or comes from animals other than bees, we can be sure it's not a blocker.
Products made from grains (corn, wheat, barley, rye, arrowroot, buckwheat, maize, millet, oats, rice) are ok also, but only products made from the grain itself. The rest of the plant upon which the grain grows does contain salicylate. Thus while oatmeal will not block guai, wheat grass will. As some of us are more sensitive to salicylates than others, it is strongly recommended to avoid all of them until such time as you are well enough to detect a difference in reversal when using a product which may include some.
It's good practice to check ingredients every time you buy a product because manufacturers may change them without warning, turning a previously sal-free product into a sal-full one.The Sal lists exist simply to narrow the field in your shopping excursions. Please check product labels for salicylates before purchase. The absence of an ingredient from this list doesn't qualify it as a salicylate. It's not possible to list all ingredients which could be in products you use. Please do yourself a favor when starting guai and use the fewest products you can and check those thoroughly as well.
TWO CATEGORIES OF NATURAL SALICYLATES TO AVOID are: ingested from herbal medications which are potent enough to easily block guaifenesin; and topically applied products which deliver salicylates directly into the blood stream.
SALICYLATE FREE INGREDIENTS
All Synthetics are OK. When checking labels of products use the following checklist of salicylate-free ingredients: There is no blocking from preparing food - they're not concentrated enough. The only suspected problem would be with stripping rosemary from stems etc. Artificial flavors don't block (except possibly wintergreen, & mentholatum which are menthylsalicylate).
(All OK *except* those with "salicylic" as part of its name)
Alcohol (Rubbing...for topical use)
Alpha hydroxy acid
Ammonium lauryl sulfate
BHA (Butylated Hydroxy Anisole)
Buffered istonic solution
Calcium Citrate Goldline brand is okay (must check all brands)
Carnauba wax (or any product not absorbed by skin)
Chitin (OK if source is Crabs, Lobsters or Beetles)
Chlorine and Acids in swimming pools
Cinnamon (as a food)
Coco Amido Dipropyl
Coconut fatty acid
Coconut Oil fine in soap & shampoo (as it is rinsed off quickly); not
okay in other topicals, ie. skin lotion, etc.
Cornstarch (Ok eaten or topical)
Cortisone/Hydrocortisone? (If it's a cream - ensure no aloe)
Cottonseed Oil in generic brand of Guai
D - Limonen
FD &C dyes
Flax seed oil (OK ingested/NOT for topical use)
Gum (ok if not from plant)
Hasntri-quarternary COCOA-based phosphospholipid.
PABA (found in Vit B complex)
Palm kernal acid
Phenylalanine phenylephrine HCL
Polyethylene glycol (PEG)
Polymethylsilsesquioxane polymyxin B sulfate
Rubbing Alcohol for topical use
Safflower Oil (small amts supps/topical--NOT massage/bath oil. IF you
suspect you block easily, avoid)
Squalene (okay from fish sources; sal suspect from olive oil - call company
to ask source(s) of their squalene.)
Stevia (Small amts may be food cat. & ok....larger amts may block)
Tea (usually OK to drink if comes in teabag form; not if therapeutic strength
which usually comes in loose form from practitioner/health food store) .
Not OK in topicals/supplements.
Vegetable oil (small amts supps/topical--NOT massage/bath oil-- IF you
suspect you block easily, avoid)
Wheat germ oil (Grains have no salicylates, thus wheat germ oil or any
product which comes from the seed of a grain itself is safe. Wheat grass
would not be since the other parts of the plants are included)
Wheat Amino Acids
Wheat Protein (& Hydrolyzed)
Products put on your nails or ends of your hair and eye lashes are fine.
Note: You can walk barefoot in the grass and swim in the lakes and rivers.
Beet root (probable 'bad guy')
Beta Carotene (If plant source)
Castor oil. (added to some prescription drugs as a filler but not thought
to block in such small amounts)
Flavinoids (Some contain larger amounts of 'quercetin' than others. That
is the apparent source of salicylates. It would be best to shun all sources
that list flavonoids since there is no way of knowing)
Gums (Plant)(ok as a filler in med's)
Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis)
Marine (Plant) Extracts
Mentholatum (is methylSALICYLATE)
Mountain Mahogany Leaves
Vegetable (assorted sources - re: vitamins are suspect) Wahoo Bark
Yeast, Yeast Extract
As you can see, many of these are readily identifiable as plants, others,
not.Some like "sweet almond oil" can even be synthetic, and only a call
to the manufacturer can identify this.
DON'T TAKE MEDICINAL HERBS
They are strong enough to block guaifenesin. An example, but not exhaustive
Cholorophyll (avoid as we're unsure)
Garlic (Therapeutic strength)
Griffonia (HTTP extracted from Griffonia is fine as long as it is pure).
Honey (ok to eat but don't use topically)
Kelp (suspect only)
Licorice (very high in salicylate)
Marijuana (not known)
Matricaria Extract (is wild chamomile extract)
Resin, Rosin & Resorcinal, (don't know sal content)
Rose hips (often used as a source for Vitamin C)
St. John's Wort
Tea (medicinal - Therapeutic strength, usually found in loose form)
White Willow Bark
Wintergreen (natural or artificial is methylsalicylate)
Any dictionary can be used to check names to see if they are plants. Melatonin,
for example, is a hormone, not a plant, and may be used.
WHEN GARDENING, WEAR GLOVES AROUND ALL PLANTS, GARDEN PLANTS ESPECIALLY
HIGH IN SALICYLATES INCLUDE:
All parts of any berry plant, incl: Apple, Blackberry, Peach, Strawberry.
It's OK handling fruits and vegetables in the kitchen except perhaps for
stripping fresh rosemary off branches or handling mint in which case,
wear gloves for protection.
for any plant sources:
Quercitin (one of the bioflavinoids)
Marijuana (Not known)
Tobacco Smoking (There *may* be degrees of blocking in some)
Tobacco Menthol Cig's (blocked some members)
PRODUCTS TO CHECK CAREFULLY FOR SALICYLATES:
Everything that goes on your skin or in your mouth
Additives in Cosmetics and Creams
Razors and Shaving Creams
Toothpastes -- sometimes contain added salicylates - call companies. Artificial
flavors, and probably combination artificial/natural, are OK, but all
natural flavor may not, unlisted sal's are a problem in at least one brand).
Topical muscle pain products (Ben Gay etc-ensure no pepper) We ask that
you check everything you put on your body as none of the topical muscle
pain products appear to be safe. The way Ben Gay works is the same way
that Aspergum works, by delivering aspirin directly to the painful area.
Studies have shown that these salicylates travel throughout the body rapidly.
GENERAL RULES FOR PRODUCT LABEL INSPECTIONS:
Acne products and wart removers are often pure salicylates.
Cuticle treatment oils (usually ok but avoid any with natural oils)
Dental floss for mint
Deodorants often contain castor oil.
Eye creams often contain bisabolol, which is a bark.
Foundations; Skin cleansers; All Creams
Hemorrhoid preparations for aloe
Lipsticks for Castor Oil, Aloe or Camphor.
Mouthwash, none found at this time to be safe
Nose drops and sprays
Razors for aloe on a strip beside the cutting edge.
Shaving creams may contain Aloe;
Sunscreens for Aloe, Oxyl-Salicylate, Homosalate, bisabolol
Tissues (facial/toilet) for lotions, ie: aloe vera, Eucalyptus oil etc.
Toners For Witch Hazel.
Toothpastes with added salicylates (call companies)(flavors - especially
combination artificial/natural - probably ok but all natural flavor may
not, unlisted sals are a problem in at least one brand).
Topical cortisone creams may contain aloe
Ultrasound Gels often contain sal's (Aloe)
products specifically made for FMS patients on Guai
SALICYLATE-FREE BEAUTY PRODUCTS for SENSITIVE SKIN
Andrea Rose Salicylate Free Skin Care is especially designed for sensitive skin and for the salicylate sensitive woman.
Cleansing Lotion $18.50
Eye Make Up Remover $17.00
Eye Cream $30.00
Moisture Cream $37.50
To order call toll-free 1-888-712-7673 or go to: http://www.andrearose.com/
(Disclaimer: I don't sell Andrea Rose skin care products, nor do I use them. I've included them because many of my FMS friends do use them and endorse them.)
Ruth Winter, M.S. "A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients."
Paperback. ISBN number is 0-517-88196-9. Extensive listing of cosmetic and topical ingredients and what they are made from. A great resource. It doesn't give the sal status of ingredients but states what an ingredient comes from and that, in turn, helps you know what's okay and what's not. Highly recommended.
Paula Begoun. "Don't Go to the Cosmetic Counter Without Me." Paperback. A general overview of cosmetic ingredients in the beginning of the book, as well as a great deal of interesting material about cosmetics in general. The appendix provides 800 numbers for all the cosmetic companies.
Paula Begoun. "The Beauty Bible." Common sense approaches to make-up
and skin care.
Sources of information available for help in determining an ingredient's sal status
Any dictionary can be used to look up if an ingredient is a plant, including the Merriam-Webster Online: http://www.m-w.com/home.htm
The following site provides useful definitions plus ingredient lists for many medications.
On-line Med Dictionary: http://www.graylab.ac.uk/omd/index.html
For information re ingredients in medications:
a. Ask your pharmacist
b. Call the company
c. Look in Physician's Desk Reference (PDR)
d. Check Internet Drug Index: http://www.RXLIST.com/
A useful list of Animal (Sal-Free) Derived substances: Sal-Full Exceptions: Honey, Hydrogenated Honey (topical) & Royal Jelly. http://www.cat.pdx.edu/~alf/text/animal-derived-substances
The Sal-free and Sal-full lists, which you are reading. If you want
to receive the lists by e-mail, send an email to: LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU and in the body of the email type the commands: GET GG.SAL-FREE GET GG.SAL-FULL
You can also check the Guai-Support Archives "SAL" TKW for previous
discussion regarding a particular ingredient or product: http://maelstrom.stjohns.edu/archives/Guai-Support.html
Cosmetic Connection: Product Finder Resource, names and phone numbers of cosmetic companies, at: http://kleinman.com/cosmetic/shopper.html
Paula Begoun's newsletter,
products and website at http://www.cosmeticscop.com or 1-800-831-4088.
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