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by Dr. James H. Martin


When we will stop and say enough is enough?

Notice the thousands of processed foods on the shelves of your grocery stores. Often the number of chemical ingredients exceeds the number of ingredients you’ll recognize as actual food substances.

What ARE these fake flavors and colors, anyway?


Are these fake foods with chemical flavorings helping create sickness? We think so. How much do they add to the body’s toxic burden? More and more people suffer from ‘brain fog’, anxiety, headaches, degenerative disease, diabetes, allergies, digestive problems, immune dysfunction and more. Isn’t it time we take a cold hard look at the body pollution we’re making happen?

When you read the article below, you’ll notice one of the chemicals in artificial strawberry flavor is ‘amyl acetate.’ This particular chemical is a solvent for lacquers and paints, with a ‘strong banana-like odor’.

Another commonly used toxic chemical is “E129,” also known as “Allura Red.” Allura Red is a red synthetic azo dye that’s “not recommended for consumption by children,” by the United Kingdom Official Food Guide. It’s also been connected with cancer in mice.

Shouldn’t this be illegal in the USA?

Some countries take good health far more seriously than we do in the United States…..for instance, Allura Red Dye was banned in Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and Norway. Why is it still legal in the United States? We believe it’s because corporate profit is put ahead of protecting your health. And guess what? Until we take a collective stand, by refusing to purchase toxic products, they’ll continue to be sold. The food chemists will invent more and more (perhaps even more dangerous) chemicals with which to ‘flavor’ and ‘color’ our food and beverages. It’s a matter of supply and demand; simple economics. When we stop buying fake foods; production will diminish.


What can we DO about all the ‘fake foods’?

We hope you’ll “Just Say No” to dangerous food chemicals at all possible opportunities. Read product labels. Shop smart. Learn and research ingredients. Care about what you put into your body. Together we CAN make a difference….a difference that may help keep you healthy for many years to come!


The 59 ingredients in a fast-food strawberry milkshake

During the past two decades the flavor industry’s role in food production has become so influential that many children now like man-made flavors more than the real thing. As marketing to children has become more and more important to processed food companies and fast food chains, flavourists have increased their efforts to discover what children like. The flavor companies constantly run “taste tests” for kids – focus groups in which new products are piloted.

Fresh fruit and vegetables often have complicated, unpredictable flavors that combine bitterness with sweetness. When flavourists create additives for adult foods, they try to imitate nature as closely as possible. When flavourists create additives for kids’ foods, they usually get rid of the bitterness and increase the sweetness. Children’s flavors are often twice as sweet as those made for adults.

“Children’s expectation of a strawberry is completely different,” says one flavourist. “They want something that is strong and that has something like bubblegum notes.”

The phrase “artificial strawberry flavor” offers little hint of the scientific wizardry that can make a highly processed food taste like a strawberry. For example, if you wanted to make a strawberry milkshake at home, here’s all you’d need: ice, cream, strawberries, sugar and a touch of vanilla.

Now take a look at the ingredients you might find in a fast-food strawberry milkshake: milkfat and nonfat milk, sugar, sweet whey, high-fructose corn syrup, guar gum, monoglycerides and diglycerides, cellulose gum, sodium phosphate, carrageenan, citric acid, E129 and artificial strawberry flavor.

And what does that “artificial strawberry flavor” contain?

Just these few yummy chemicals: amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyphrenyl- 2-butanone (10% solution in alcohol), ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, undecalactone, vanillin and solvent.

Source: The Guardian 4-24-06

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Presented by: Dr. James H. Martin Nutrition Wellness Center Sarasota Florida


An Old Friend with a “Bright” Idea

The Myths We Believed

You may have heard me speak of a colleague of mine, the late Dr. John Nash Ott, a published author and pioneer in his field. Dr. Ott was a strong believer in the importance of the full spectrum of the sunlight for optimal health. His lifelong research into how daylight and artificial light affects living organisms fascinated people worldwide. His work prompted other scientists to continue this work

now we read more and more about the importance of sunlight to activate our body’s production of Vitamin D. (for further information read Health and Light, by Dr. John Ott)I’m honored to have known Dr. Ott; I was both his friend and his physician. I’m proud of the research we did together that was recognized and published in an international scientific journal.


Toxic Goop at the Grocery Store?

The reason I happened to think of my old friend Dr. Ott, is because of some alarming new research I just read

…….I’ll tell you about it in a moment. Sitting here at my desk, I’m thinking about a trip I made to the grocery store yesterday. As I’m walking through the aisles of personal care products, I see rows and rows of brightly packaged boxes of chemical lotions, potions, and over-the-counter drugs for tons of ailments. These labels collectively claim you’ll live better if you’lljust use these chemicals to cover-up your symptoms. And now with warmer weather coming, the store aisles in southern climates display various brands and ‘strengths’ of sunscreens

..and of course, a sunburn is not a good thing;but we have to question the wisdom in slathering on toxic liquid chemicals to (supposedly) protect us from the sun’s ‘damaging rays’. If Dr. John Ott were alive today to see the gallons of ‘chemical goop’ being applied to the bare skin of babies, children and adults.

.he’d be shocked! And he’d try to convince younot to be fooled by the propaganda telling you to block the sun’s healing light with dangerous chemicals.

The Secrets They Don’t Want You to Know

The latest research about the popular sunscreens by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) clarifies the facts:

“In a 2008 investigation of nearly 1000 name-brand sunscreens, the EWG found that many are not safe and not effective. More precisely, four out of every five contain chemicals that may pose health hazards or don’t adequately protect people from UVA radiation.

The EWG’s investigation determined that some of the worst offenders to be leading brands such as COPPERTONE, BANANA BOAT, and NEUTROGENA.

These three (along with nearly 600 others) contain an ingredient called OXYBENZONE, a penetration enhancer, or chemical that helps other chemicals penetrate the skin. OXYBENZONE has been linked to allergies, hormone disruption, and cell damage by the (CDC) U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Hey! Wait a second

……Isn’t “cell damage” what you’re trying to prevent when using a sunscreen? And now the scientific community AND the government’s leading medical authority warn us of the dangers of sunscreens?!? Are you angry yet? You should be! And there’s more…

……Isn’t “cell damage” what you’re trying to prevent when using a sunscreen? And now the scientific community AND the government’s leading medical authority warn us of the dangers of sunscreens?!? Are you angry yet? You should be! And there’s more

. research done by Dr. Frank Garland, PhD, of the University of California, San Diego states:

“While sunscreens do protect against sunburn, there is NO SCIENTIFIC PROOF that they protect against melanoma or basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer) in humans.”

Source: Super Natural Home, by Beth Greer

When Choosing a Sunscreen

Avoid These Chemicals:

Oxybenzone and dixoybenzone (or 4 MBC)


Cinnamates (octyl methoxycinnamate and cinoxate)

Digalloyl trioleate

Menthyl anthranilate


Avobenzone (butyl-methoxydibenzoylmethane, parsol 1789):

Some safer sunscreens

Aveeno Baby


Burt’s Bees Chemical Free Sunscreen

California Baby

Kabana Green Screen


Soleo Organics

Sun Science Sport Formula

We knew you’d want to know about skin poisons, and that you do not want to be fooled by misleading advertising and attractive packaging.

Please share this information with others who may already be using dangerous sunscreens—they’ll appreciate this new information.

Now consider the years you may have used chemical ‘goop’ on your skin

(Like most of unknowingly did) Where did those chemical ingredients go? Some of the ‘toxic goop” washed offbut much of it went into your cells, settling in your liver, kidneys, brain and throughout your body.leaving a path of pollution inside you. I realize it’s hard to think of Johnson’s Baby Oil or Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion as ‘toxic goop,’ but guess what? They both contain by-products of petroleum refining

..which means it’s like putting scented gasoline on your skin! What a smooth move by petroleum companies to profit from their toxic waste materials..leading us to believe these products will ‘protect’ us from us from dry skin and diaper rash!

‘Goop Removal’ Goes High Tech

You don’t have to sit there feeling guilty for all the years you used these popular brands of ‘chemical soup’ on yourself and your family. The smarter action now is to get these chemicals out of your body. How will you do that?

Talk to us about your health—we listen, because we care. We have the answers you need to start feeling better faster. Take back control of your health, make feeling good again your priority now. Call us to find out how you can get ahead of your health challenges and get past nagging symptoms.

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It’s this lifelong build-up of ‘toxic goop’ that sets the stage for disease.

Presented by: Dr. James H. Martin Nutrition Wellness Center Sarasota Florida