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    Easy Step To Avoid Pesticides Linked to Cancer, Autoimmunity and More

    Are you focusing on the wrong approach to healing?

    So many of my clients are concerned about their carb/protein/fat ratio or their omega 3 fish oil pills.

    That’s all fine, but when I ask them if they are eating all organic, they often say, “No.”

    If you fall into this category, you need to rethink your approach to taking back your health.


    Are You Thinking Backwards About Your Health?

    The perfect amount of fat or protein will not undo the damage done by antibiotics and pesticides found in conventional animal products.

    A strict gluten free diet will not reverse the damage done by glyphosate sprayed on the genetically modified grains and sugar found in gluten-free foods.

    And all the fish oil in the world will not undo the inflammatory effects of pesticides and food additives.


    Top 5 Common Chemicals Causing Your Health Problems:

    1. Atrazine is a common herbicide used to prevent the growth of weeds in corn, sugar and golf courses. Atrazine affects human health including:

    • It alters immune function
    • Is linked to birth defects
    • Interferes with hormone function

    It is the most common weed killer used in the United States and has been found in food containing corn and sugar, and the US drinking water supply.  It was banned in the European Union in 2004. It is still in use in the United States.

    Vote to get it out of your food and environment by purchasing certified organic.

    2. Glyphosate, or Roundup, “inhibits cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes, a large and diverse group of enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of organic substances … By limiting the ability of these enzymes to detoxify foreign chemical compounds, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of chemicals and environmental toxins you may be exposed to.

    Research has linked glyphosate to:

    • Gastrointestinal disorders
    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Heart disease
    • Depression
    • Autism
    • Infertility
    • Cancer
    • and Alzheimer’s disease

    “It’s important to understand that the glyphosate sprayed on conventional and genetically engineered crops actually becomes systemic throughout the plant, so it cannot be washed off… GMO corn contains more than 18 times the “safe” level of glyphosate set by the EPA. Organ damage in animals has occurred at levels as low as 0.1 ppm. If that’s not reason enough to become a label reader to avoid anything with corn in it, such as corn oil or high fructose corn syrup, I don’t know what is.” [Dr. Mercola]

    3. Meta Sodium is a widely used fumigant and pesticide is commonly applied to potatoes in concentrations as high as 150 to 300 pounds per acre. Side effects include:

    • Nausea
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Vomiting
    • Damage to thyroid
    • Hormone disruption
    • and Birth defects

    4. “Chlorpyrifos is moderately toxic to humans, and exposure has been linked to:

    • Neurological effects
    • Persistent developmental disorders
    • and Autoimmune disorders
    • Exposure during pregnancy retards the mental development of children

    Most home use was banned in 2001 in the U.S.[5] In agriculture, it is “one of the most widely used organophosphate insecticides” in the United States, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and before being phased out for residential use was one of the most used residential insecticides.”

    5. Neonicotinoids are a common insecticide and are the main suspect in the mass disappearance of bee colonies.

    “In the late 1990s neonicotinoids came under increasing scrutiny over their environmental impacts.[4] Neonicotinoid use was linked in a range of studies to adverse ecological effects, including honey-bee colony collapse disorder (CCD) and loss of birds due to a reduction in insect populations. In 2013, the European Union and a few non EU countries restricted the use of certain neonicotinoids” [Wikipedia]

    They are still widely used in the United States, to much controversy.


    What Does Certified Organic Mean?

    “Organic standards prohibit the use of most synthetic substances—including most pesticides used in conventional agriculture—for at least 3 years prior to the harvest of an organic crop.” [Source]

    Here are a few tidbits pulled from the Code of Federal Regulations for Organic Agriculture:

    1. “The producer of an organic operation must not: Use animal drugs, including hormones, to promote growth; Feed plastic pellets for roughage; Feed formulas containing urea or manure; Provide feed or forage to which any antibiotic including ionophores has been added; or Prevent, withhold, restrain, or otherwise restrict ruminant animals from actively obtaining feed grazed from pasture during the grazing season” [Source]
    2. “The use of genetic engineering, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is prohibited in organic products. This means an organic farmer can’t plant GMO seeds, an organic cow can’t eat GMO alfalfa or corn, and an organic soup producer can’t use any GMO ingredients.” [Source]
    3. “The producer must select and implement tillage and cultivation practices that maintain or improve the physical, chemical, and biological condition of soil and minimize soil erosion.” [Source]
    4. “Must not be produced using ionizing radiation or sewage sludge, and must not contain nitrite, nitrates or sulfites.” [Source]
    5. And more…


    Quality Control On Organic Certifications:

    Wondering about the quality control on organic certifications? It’s not perfect, but better than even I expected:

    “Using sensitive equipment, an accredited Government laboratory tested each sample for approximately 200 pesticides typically used in conventional crop production.

    Of these 571 samples, 96 percent were compliant with USDA organic regulations (see Figure ES1).

    This means that the produce either had no detected residues (57 percent) or had residues less than 5 percent of the EPA tolerance (39 percent).

    Four percent of the tested samples contained residues above 5 percent of the EPA tolerance and were in violation of the USDA organic regulations.” [Source]


    Look For These Labels in the US:


    ccof qai_certified_organic-LOGO




    Budget Friendly Tips:

    I haven’t yet compiled my own list, so for now I will refer you to a great list of budgeting tips from Food Babe, one of our Take Back Your Health Conference speakers. Click here for her list.


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