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Monthly Newsletter September, 2011

This month I would like to spend some time discussing how you can effectively clean your pantry and refrigerator to eliminate poor quality processed foods and products that contain chemicals, dyes, preservatives, and other dangerous substances like bad fats and hidden sugar. Obtaining and maintaining good health requires consistent attention to two very important topics.

First, we must feed our bodies with wholesome organic foods that nourish us and provide us with the raw materials needed for growth and maintenance of all our body functions. Secondly, we must significantly reduce the unhealthy exposure to chemicals, dyes, preservatives, and other toxic substances that are so pervasive in our foods today.

Education is the key! The more we know about food and nutrition the better food choices we make and the healthier we become. We can not only, maintain good health, but we may be able to reverse many illnesses that may have plagued us for years.

So let's talk about just a few common foods and beverages that we are all familiar with. If these foods are a regular part of your diet then you certainly need to know of the dangers they hold.

Under the category of "Did You Know?":

Did you know: McDonald's Big Mac has 18 separate additives; a chocolate milkshake has eight different chemicals and lettuce is treated with twelve different chemicals just to keep it the right color at the right crispness for the right length of time.

McDonald's uses 78 different chemical substances on their full menu. Think of these facts the next time you eat at one of their stores, I suspect your meal may not taste as good as in the past!

Please don't think that I am picking on McDonalds. All fast food restaurants have their dirty little secrets and it is important that you educate yourself and begin making better food choices to benefit yourself and your family.

The Killer Clown!

Don't let Ronald near your kids or grandkids!

Did you Know:

Meat used by Burger King is injected with a common window cleaner, ammonia, to kill the e.coli bacteria present in the beef they use. WOW! Sounds yummy doesn't it!

The ΒΌ pound Whopper at Burger King boosts the following facts:

670 calories, 11g saturated fat, 75 mg cholesterol, 11grams sugar, 51 grams carbs, 40grams of fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 28grams of protein, 980 mg sodium.

Did you Know:

A classic Coke contains 9 teaspoons of sugar per 12 oz can.

Diet Coke contains 180mg of Aspartame as a sweetener. Aspartame is a VERY dangerous chemical substance used commonly as a sweetener in many products. Aspartame can lead to many chronic illnesses especially brain and nervous disorders like brain tumors, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. (See my May newsletter at www.drstephenhayman.com.)

When Aspartame, the artificial sweetener in Diet Coke, breaks down it becomes formaldehyde.

Did you Know:

Bad fats contained in junk food trigger the brain to want more food. This effect can last for several days.

Did you Know:

Energy drinks, very popular with teenagers, are super-caffeinated drinks that have been linked with reports of nausea, abnormal heart rhythms and emergency room visits. The caffeine content of these drinks ranges from the lowest at 107 milligrams of caffeine to the highest at 428 milligrams.

Did you Know: Chicken McNuggets contain dimethylpolysilozane a chemical substance also found in Silly Putty. Doesn't that sound delicious! How many times have you seen little kids at McDonalds eating Chicken McNuggets and French Fries. Many parents actually think they are doing the right thing not giving their kids a burger.

Chicken McNuggets contain 190 calories, 12 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat. McNuggets also contain a petrol-based chemical called dimethylpolysiloxane which is used for safety reasons for employees to prevent the hot oil from foaming. Where is the safety for our children?

Processed foods are filled with unhealthy ingredients. The FDA allows over 14,000 additives to be used in our food supply. The point here is, "the more processed the foods are in your diet the less healthy you will be!" The choice is yours. The less time you spend educating yourself about healthy food and then making healthy food choices the more time YOU WILL spend receiving treatment for chronic health conditions.

"THE DIRTY DOZEN" & "THE CLEAN FIFTEEN" listed below will help you with your shopping for good clean produce free of most pesticides and herbicides. Take this list of produce to the market with you until you commit them to memory.

It has been said that fruits and vegetables are the basics of a healthy diet. I believe that this is undoubtedly true, but we must be very careful about the fruits and vegetables that we consume because of the toxins these foods contain because of conventional farming techniques.


Bell Peppers
CherriesGrapes (imported)


PineapplesSweet Corn
Sweet Peas
Sweet Potatoes

It is a MUST to eat the dirty dozen only from organic sources! These fruits and vegetables have high quantities of insecticides and herbicides as well as other toxins from harmful fertilizers. The clean fifteen can be purchased from conventional sources. PLEASE take this information seriously; it may save your life.

There is no doubt that most of us need to clean our pantries and our refrigerators and get rid of many of the "NOT-SO-HEALTHY" foods we consume. If you use the information listed below you will have a good start on eliminating many of the toxic substances that affect your health.


  • Remove all packaged/bottled foods that contain hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. These oils can be found in crackers, salad dressings, chips, cookies, shortening, and bottled sauces/seasonings.
  • Remove margarine, canola oil, vegetable oil and corn oil, as well as oils that are labeled as "Light" such as Light Olive Oil. Typically these are highly processed/refined oils that are not healthful. Replace with extra virgin/first press oils. The best oil sources are from olive, coconut, hemp seed and/or grape seed.
  • Remove all dry and cold packaged foods that list sugar or other sugars like high-fructose corn syrup on the label (I would say that high-fructose corn syrup in general is harmful. It has been found that HFCS contains mercury.) It is found in foods such as soda, ice cream, ketchup, preserves, crackers, candy and cookies. This type of corn sugar is highly refined and enters into the body at a rapid rate and quickly spikes insulin to rapidly uptake glucose.
  • Remove all foods that have sweeteners such as Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), Sucralose (Splenda), or Saccharin (Sweet'N Low). Stevia is safe and is allowable and is preferable in the liquid form (check to make sure there are no other fillers in the stevia).
  • Replace white rice with organic brown rice and quinoa.
  • Replace all wheat pastas (even whole wheat pastas) with pastas made from brown rice or quinoa.
  • Remove foods with labels that show artificial colors and artificial flavorings. Even foods that denote "natural flavors," can actually be artificial in origin.
  • Remove foods that have 300mg or more of salt per serving. Products that contain sea salt are much better because of their trace mineral content.
  • Remove foods that contain Benzoate Preservatives (BHT, BHA, TBHQ, Sodium Benzoate).
  • Remove products containing MSG (monosodium glutamate).
  • Remove products containing Olestra.
  • Remove foods containing BVO (brominated vegetable oil)
  • Remove smoked/cured meats that contain nitrates/nitrites. Replace with meats that are uncured and not smoked. If a food is labeled as "nitrate free" make sure that the food does not contain celery seed juice because when cooked it actually converts to a high nitrate food.
  • Remove fish and seafood that is farm-raised. The safest seafood is wild in origin. However, Atlantic, US Gulf and Chinese seafood are not the cleanest choices. Replace with wild seafood from the Pacific Northwest. Alaskan wild salmon is one of the safest types of seafood to consume.
  • Remove conventional meats and poultry that are laden in hormones and antibiotics. Try to purchase local, free range beef and poultry. Grass fed beef is best because of the high Omega-3 content.

Although these foods are not extremely healthy we must remember that there people in our communities that have very little resources and could use this food. POOR QUALITY FOOD IS BETTER THAN NO FOOD AT ALL!

After you have boxed or bagged up these food products take them to a local neighborhood center that can find those individuals in need.

Now that you have removed the dangerous processed foods from your refrigerator and pantry you can begin to fill it with quality food products that can nourish your body, make you feel years younger, and protect your family from chronic life-threating illnesses.

GOOD LUCK with this project. I know you CAN DO THIS!

In future newsletters we will discuss "Greening" your homes and work places to reduce the environmental toxins that you are exposed to each and every day.

Should you have questions about the topic discussed above please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me at 386-956-1668. I am here to help. You can also visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com. You will find earlier newsletters archived there to help you continue to educate yourself about health.

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Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman