CISRA’s Synergy Health Newsletter

Update 3. Salicylate Alert (1999, 2000)

by J. C. Waterhouse, Ph.D. 

Salicylates are found in many plant-derived products and in cosmetics, sunscreens, herbs, and aspirin.  They are generally not dangerous.  However, those using Dr. St. Amand’s approach to fibromyalgia must be well informed about what products to avoid, since salicylates block and even reverse the effects of guaifenesin.  It is essential that those using his approach obtain his papers on fibromyalgia and hypoglycemia and his list of salicylate free products and stay up-to-date on new products that may block guaifenesin.  The information given here is only meant to give new salicylate sources that were not mentioned in his papers until recently.

Dr. St. Amand says (May 1999):  “We have confirmation from company chemists now that Crest, Mentadent, Aim, Pepsodent, Aquafresh are all adding salicylates.  I strongly suspect Sensodyne and Rembrandt as well but they are not forthcoming yet.  Thus, I have decided to get all of my patients onto toothpastes for kids and still avoid mint ones such as Crest for Kids, Aquafresh for Kids and oral-B with mint (the chemist admitted they have even added salicylates to that one).  As you know, we think the salicylate addition is new as of the past 6-8 months.”   Also O.K. are the Tom’s of Maine for kids and adults seem to prefer the strawberry-flavored one.  I don’t think the kids toothpastes will continue to avoid salicylates forever since we already know that Oral-B for kids has added methyl salicylate to get that mint flavor.  Avoid anything that looks minty (blue, blue/green or green) in the kid family.  Please pass this along whenever you can–we have seen horribly too many blockades afforded by these dental preparations.”  (Editor’s note:  I have edited the above quote from the May 1999 update to be consistent with the following update.)

Update (July 2001):  Dr. St. Amand and his patients have found out that at least two of the children’s toothpastes that he previously recommended may have added mint flavoring made from salicylates without warning or identification of the change on the label.  So, now he tells people to avoid the “Barnie” and “Barbie” toothpastes from Colgate (and Colgate’s other kid’s toothpastes).   It may be that the only way to be safe from changes like this that may lead to salicylate blockage is to use the new toothpaste being sold by Andrea Rose, who guarantees her products will stay salicylate free or to just use plain baking soda, as I describe below.  Dr. St. Amand now uses the new toothpaste from Andrea Rose and recommends it to his patients, along with Grace’s (berry/banana/fruity) and Tom’s of Maine (Silly strawberry/Outrageous orange), as the only toothpastes he trusts presently to be salicylate-free.  It should be noted that none of the children’s toothpastes have pyrophosphate, the ingredient that removes plaque and tartar.  Andrea Rose’s toothpaste does contain the anti-tartar ingredient.  Andrea Rose has also added a salicylate-free sunscreen to her line of products, which includes creams, lotions, toner and lip stick (Andrea Rose Salicylate Free Skin Care:  888-712-7673,

Besides toothpastes, Dr. St. Amand has observed reversal of progress in guaifenesin treatment arising from breath savers and gums flavored with mint, peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen, as well as with certain mouthwashes.  Also, some guaifenesin users have traced salicylate exposure to plant sap and other materials coming into contact with their hands while gardening.  He suggests wearing hard-palmed gloves while gardening, if this sort of contact occurs.  Also, with regard to the herbal sweetener Stevia, although it may contain some salicylate, he believes it can be used in very small amounts, like for coffee, but could be a problem if used in larger amounts.  It is not a problem for hypoglycemia.

You can also refer to Fibromeet ( and Dr. St. Amand’s web site (, also see link to Guai Support Group site) for lists of salicylate-free products and for Dr. St. Amand’s papers on fibromyalgia and hypoglycemia and information on his books on fibromyalgia.

The salicylate updates will only deal with levels of salicylates considered large enough to block the action of guaifenesin in its reversal of fibromyalgia according to Dr. St. Amand’s protocol.  I recommend that those who are hypersensitive to very small amounts of salicylates in foods and additives etc… should contact the Feingold Association for their member updates (127 E. Main St. Suite 106, Riverhead, NY 11901, 516/369-9340, web site:

Editorial Note (2008):  For newest information, see,  Another site can be found at: — this site is not endorsed by Dr. St. Amand.

Written by synergyhn

October 30, 2000 at 2:58 pm

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