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Organic Produce Alert

From eNewsletter 10/26/2022

DID YOU KNOW that quercetin is slowly becoming not just a darling of the complementary and alternative medicine community, but allopathic as well? Two new studies from Frontiers in Nutrition laud the potent phytochemical. The first study states that quercetin has been thoroughly studied for its antidiabetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti- Alzheimer's, anti-arthritic, antioxidant, cardiovascular, and wound-healing properties. Moreover, the authors purport that numerous studies have shown that quercetin plays a substantial part in the suppression of cancer cells in the breast, colon, prostate, ovary, endometrial, and lung tumors. For all of these reasons, they suggest quercetin be considered a drug therapy to augment conventional therapy. The second study focused on the use of quercetin supplementation for improved tear production, which becomes depressed during the aging process. The researchers found that quercetin improved the health of the lacrimal glands, which produces tears, and hence, can improve those with dry eyes or insufficient tear production.


Services Update Halloween Sale! Starting today and ending on Monday, October 31st, please take advantage of the 20% off items for October and November. Pet Wellness We now have a dietary supplement line for dogs and cats! ThorneVet has an impeccable reputation among veterinarians. To order from our wellness shop, please visit here (for prices, enter the Guest Area password: discount2018). Carolyn Martinelli a.k.a. "Coach Care" will be available to answer your questions about ThorneVet pet supplements at Please leave detailed contact information as well as the name, age, sex, breed, and/or health issue(s) and med(s) of your pet so Carolyn can respond accordingly.

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Infection Support Prevention ur During Infection COVID-19 is endemic, meaning it is here to stay. Moreover, we are exposed to many other endemic viruses including influenza (flu), norovirus (stomach flu), adenovirus (common cold), monkeypox, and four other coronaviruses (common cold), among others. Support your immune system year-round with our Free Prevent and Fight Viruses 2.0 Protocol here. Long COVID 25 to 40% of COVID patients develop Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or "Long COVID". If you, a family member, friend, coworker, or neighbor are suffering from PASC, schedule an appointment with Steve or purchase our self-help Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Action Plan 3.0 (password: discount2018). COVID-19 Vaccines Our opinion can be found at this link and is continually updated.

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NCI Exclusive: Produce & Methyl Salicylate

Steve: For the portion of our clientele that suffer from salicylate intolerance and sensitivity, you do not deserve the Halloween horror you're about to read. I know that minimizing consumption of, and exposure to, salicylates is difficult enough as it is. Unfortunately, the task just got tougher. In a first-of-its-kind report, I recently discovered that the ingredient methyl salicylate, which is 99 percent synthetic salicylic acid, is used to gas conventional fruit and vegetables to quicken the ripening process. Not only does this permeate into the produce, it changes its structure, making it much more acidic and salicylate-laden. For those who are unfamiliar with salicylates, salicylic acid is a natural chemical found in many fruit and vegetables, herbs, and other foods. Salicylic acid is also synthetically produced into two forms: acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) and methyl salicylate (for preservatives, cosmetics, essential oils, vaccines, and much more). For most, salicylates are well tolerated. However, there are some who genetically do not synthesize salicylates well. This causes myriad symptoms, many of them inflammatory. Salicylates often come up in those we screen for food intolerance. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for salicylate intolerance. You simply must adhere to a diet and lifestyle that limits consumption and exposure. There is nobody with more extensive experience in screening and supporting those with salicylate intolerance than Nutritional Concepts. The only reason I came across this revelation was because of my daily research scan. A new study from Frontiers in Nutrition casually mentioned the effects of methyl salicylate treatment on tomatoes. As I read the study, my heart sank for all of our clients. Then, when I did a worldwide data search for other fruit and vegetables that are gassed with methyl salicylate, my heart sank even further. Here is a list of fruit and vegetables I found that are treated with methyl salicylate. Keep in mind this is only what I could find in the public domain.

  • Tomato

  • Banana

  • Cherries

  • Apricot

  • Peach

  • Kiwi

  • Dragonfruit

  • Avocado

Other Foods

  • Wines not using sulfites

  • Mung bean

As upsetting as this may be for some, it is not all doom and gloom. Don't some horror stories have a happy ending? I contacted several individuals at the USDA National Organic Program and asked them if methyl salicylate was allowed to ripen organic produce. I was shuffled around until someone could give me a straight answer. Here is the exact quote from the individual at USDA organic certifier MOSA Certified Organic: "You may not use methyl salicylate on organic produce". Phew! Not that we needed another reason to tout the benefits of organic, but for salicylate intolerants, it could not be any more important to choose organic now. Addendum: Wintergreen Oil is a product that is 99 percent methyl salicylate. It is commonly used in essential oils and cosmetics. It is not surprising why essential oils often cause dermatitis. And remember there was an oral essential oil craze a few years back? I remember a few clients asking me about it and I was agog. As you may expect, I will be on the lookout for anything more on this topic. We will be updating our salicylate protocols, including our Salicylate Intolerance Action Plan.


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