Alarming New Evidence That Pesticides Are Ruining Our Food Supply
We are told that small doses of toxic chemicals on our food have no impact on our health. The millions of people who choose to have their food grown organically obviously disagree, however, and the movement towards cleaner food has been growing steadily.
It is well know that traces of pesticides can be found in the urine of people who consume foods that are grown with their aid. Research has verified, however, that removing pesticides from the diet will reduce urinary excretion to undetectable amounts within a very short period of time, which implies that the body can quickly excrete these toxic chemicals.
Although the direct link between pesticide exposure and health issues has not been clearly established, there are many chronic health issues thought to be linked to excessive exposure. At the top of the list would be autoimmune diseases, and not far behind would be endocrine problems, particularly thyroid disorders. This is due to the endocrine-disrupting properties of many pesticides. Check out this article for the 12 produce items with the highest pesticide residues and the 15 with the lowest: http://stage.liveinthenow.com/article/got-pesticides-apples-top-the-new-dirty-dozen-list
One common condition that has been clearly linked to pesticide exposure is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The researchers took urine samples from 1,139 children between the ages of 8-15 and looked for levels of one of the most pervasive types of pesticides, called organophosphates (main exposure is from fruits and vegetables). Children with higher levels of this pesticide in their urine were significantly more likely to have been diagnosed with ADHD symptoms or to be on medication for ADHD. This study was praised by researchers in the medical field, including ones at Colombia University and Johns Hopkins.
Emerging research from the April 2012 edition of the journal Science cites two studies implicating pesticide use as a major contributor to the mass die-off of bees seen in North America since 2006. A widely used type of insecticide seems to create disorientation in bees. This prevents them from being able to easily navigate back to their hives, which is essentially a death sentence. Additionally, bee colonies exposed to this chemical produce significantly less honey and beeswax, which makes the population more susceptible to infection and other environmental pressures.
About 35% of all the food we eat is dependent on bees for production due to their role in pollination. Approximately $15 billion dollars of produce in the United States and $250 billion worldwide would not exist without these pollinators.
We may not think of bees as a direct part of the food on our plates, but they play a crucial role for farmers in the production of our produce. It would cost the farming industry millions of dollars in added expense to replace the work of the bees, which would ultimately drive up the cost of food and limit production.
As a culture we have ignored the long-term effects of our actions on the environment and the world around us. We have sacrificed our health for convenience and larger profits, but in the end, it is our children and our children’s children who will suffer.
Dr. Passero completed four years of post-graduate medical education at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado. Dr. Passero has trained with some of the nation’s leading doctors in the field of natural medicine. In his practice, Dr. Passero focuses on restoring harmony to both the body and mind using advanced protocols that incorporate herbal therapy, homeopathy, vitamin therapy and nutritional programs. Through education and guidance patients are able to unlock the natural healing power contained within each one of us. For more information, visit his website, Green Healing Wellness, or follow him on Facebook.