Sometimes I’m asked, what’s most important thing a person can do to reduce their toxic load?
As the wheels turn I realize that’s a tough one to answer.
You see, there’s so much to choose from, purifying your indoor air, drinking filtered water, replacing all your beauty and body products, but if I had to choose one thing, it would be to switch all your foods (or at least the majority) to organic whole foods.
Consider that an apple contains on average 47 types of pesticides residues [source].
Grapes contain on average 56 types of pesticide residues [source].
Kale, the flag bearer of good health, has on average 55 types of pesticide residues [source].
I don’t know about you but those are some eye boggling numbers.
You see, what you eat, literally builds you. Your food becomes the raw materials from which your body builds every new cell.
But when you consume poison you place an extreme burden your body, over and over, and not surprisingly catastrophes occur.Pesticides are linked to some horrific diseases. Refuse to be a science experiment. Click To Tweet
While there are plenty of toxic culprits in foods, artificial colors, chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, and preservatives, I’d wager that pesticides may be among the worst of the worst (though admittedly there’s a lot of blame to pass around).
On occasion this advice is met with reluctance.
But here’s the thing, how costly is your diet?
I don’t mean dollars, I mean disease.
My friends, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but you are paying for your toxic food with disease and death.
I thought some might claim I was fear mongering, though that’s not my style, so I pulled together a list of 35 scientific studies linking pesticides to diseases and health problems. Now you can read for yourself the actual data linking some of these poisons to real health problems.
These aren’t small concerns either, they are devastating health concerns, like diabetes, cancer, and birth defects.
Folks, you are eating chemicals designed to kill living things.
I’m writing this, not to make anyone feel bad, but to empower you. So that YOU can make better choices for you are your family.
Because YOU deserve to be healthy. Because your kids deserve to be healthy. Because this is some deadly serious stuff and I don’t want you to be a statistic.
Going organic may not be a cure all, but it’s an excellent step in taking back your health.
Bottom line, the dangers of pesticides in YOUR foods are real, and here are 35 terrifying reasons to stop eating them.
35 Reasons to Stop Eating Pesticides
#1: DNA Damage — Aerial pesticide application causes DNA damage in pilots | Environmental Science and Pollution Research International (read more here)
#2: Lowered IQ in Children — Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphate Pesticides and IQ in 7-Year-Old Children | Environmental health Perspectives (read more here)
3: Brain Abnormalities in the Developing Fetal Brain — Brain anomalies in children exposed prenatally to a common organophosphate pesticide | PNAS (read more here)
#4: Brain Cancer in Children — Parental Exposure to Pesticides and Childhood Brain Cancer: U.S. Atlantic Coast Childhood Brain Cancer Study | Environmental Health Perspectives (read more here)
#5: Obesity in Children — The association between urinary concentrations of dichlorophenol pesticides and obesity in children | Reviews on Environmental Health (read more here)
#6: Bladder Cancer — Agricultural exposure and risk of bladder cancer in the agriculture and cancer cohort | International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health (read more here)
#7: Breast Cancer — Assessment of chlorinated pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls in adipose breast tissue using a supercritical fluid extraction method | Carcinogenesis (read more here)
#8: Genetic Damage in Children — Assessment of the level of damage to the genetic material of children exposed to pesticides… | Archivos Argentinos de Pediatria (read more here)
#9: Hodgkin’s Lymphoma — Exposures to multiple pesticides and the risk of Hodgkin lymphoma | Cancer Causes and Control (read more here)
#10: Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma — Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Risk and Insecticide, Fungicide and Fumigant Use in the Agricultural Health Study | PLOS One (read more here)
#12: Alzheimer Disease — Elevated serum pesticide levels and risk for Alzheimer disease | JAMA Neurology (read more here)
#13: Diabetes — Exposure to pesticides and diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis | Environmental International (read more here)
#14: Type 2 Diabetes in the Elderly — Polychlorinated biphenyls and organochlorine pesticides in plasma predict development of type 2 diabetes in the elderly | Diabetes Care (read more here)
#15: Multiple Sclerosis — Immunological abnormalities in humans chronically exposed to chlorpyrifos | Archives of Environmental Health (read more here)
#16: Melanoma — Trans-nonachlor decreases miR-141-3p levels in human melanocytes in vitro promoting melanoma cell characteristics and shows a multigenerational impact on miR-8 levels in Drosophila | Toxicology (read more here)
#17: Asthma — Pesticides and asthma | Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology (read more here)
#18: Miscarriage — An exploratory analysis of the effect of pesticide exposure on the risk of spontaneous abortion… | Environmental Health Perspectives (read more here)
#19: Suicidal Ideation and Psychological Stress — Symptoms of psychological distress and suicidal ideation among banana workers with a history of poisoning by organophosphate or n-methyl carbamate pesticides | Occupational and Environmental Medicine (read more here)
#20: Altered Testosterone and Testicular Development — Prepubertal exposure to commercial formulation of the herbicide glyphosate alters testosterone levels and testicular morphology | Archives of Toxicology (read more here)
#21: Pesticides in Umbilical Cord Blood — Organochlorine pesticide gradient levels among maternal adipose tissue, maternal blood serum and umbilical blood serum | Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (read more here)
#22: Altered Gene Expression — Neonicotinoid Insecticides Alter the Gene Expression Profile of Neuron-Enriched Cultures from Neonatal Rat Cerebellum | International Journal of Environmental research and Public Health (read more here)
#23: Neural Tube Defects — Maternal Pesticide Exposure and Neural Tube Defects in Mexican Americans | Annals of Epidemiology (read more here)
#24: Increased Chemical Sensitivity — Prior exposure to organophosphorus and organochlorine pesticides increases the allergic potential of environmental chemical allergens in a local lymph node assay | Toxicology Letters (read more here)
#25: Transgenerational Inheritance of Disease — Pesticide methoxychlor promotes the epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of adult-onset disease through the female germline | PLOS One (read more here)
#26: Erectile Dysfunction — Potential pathways of pesticide action on erectile function – A contributory factor in male infertility | Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction (read more here)
#27: Female Infertility — Pesticide exposure: the hormonal function of the female reproductive system disrupted? | Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology (read more here)
#28: Mental Disorders — Exposure to pesticides and mental disorders in a rural population of Southern Brazil | Neurotoxicology (read more here)
#29: Leukemia — Passive exposure to agricultural pesticides and risk of childhood leukemia in an Italian community | International Journal of hygiene and Environmental Health (read more here)
#30: Change in the Microbiome — Changes in Composition and Function of Human Intestinal Microbiota Exposed to Chlorpyrifos in Oil as Assessed by the SHIME® Model | International Journal of environmental research and Public Health (read more here, and another study here, and another one here )
#31: Damage to the Spleen — Atrazine-induced apoptosis of splenocytes in BALB/C mice | BMC Medicine (read more here)
#32: Immune System Damage — Immunotoxic effects of imidacloprid following 28 days of oral exposure in BALB/c mice | Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology (read more here)
#33: Abnormal Penis Development – Use of biocides and insect repellents and risk of hypospadias | Occupational and Environmental Medicine (read more here)
#34: Compound Toxicity — The synergistic toxicity of the multiple chemical mixtures: implications for risk assessment in the terrestrial environment | Environment International (read more here)
#35: Transgenderism…in frogs — Special Report: Syngenta’s campaign to protect atrazine, discredit critics | Environmental Health News (Note: This is the only link that is not published scientific research, but given the nature of the information, the settled lawsuit, as well as validating documents, I’ve included it here.) (read more here)
Stop being a guinea pig, take back your life!
That’s 35 really compelling reasons to not only question the harm pesticides are causing, but to stop being the guinea pig in the equation.
If this list of the dangers of pesticides doesn’t motivate you to switch to organic foods I don’t know what will. But you are here for a reason, because you know it can be better. You can make the switch. One small step at a time.
I know change is never easy, but aren’t you worth it?
Aren’t your kids worth it?
Everything you’ve worked so hard for can be lost just because of one lifestyle habit. But not for you, because you refuse to be a science experiment for the pesticide industry. Am I right?
Imagine a year from now, looking back at all the progress you’ve made toward better health. Imagine feeling better, sleeping better, and being sick less often. Imagine having kids that are focused and vibrant. One step at a time, that’s all it takes. YOU can do this!
But you aren’t alone!
Lots of people just like you have made their way toward better health, and I want you to consider me your official hand holder on this journey.
If you are ready for those baby steps that will lead to big changes check out these resources designed to help YOU get there.
So there you go, a whole bunch of resources to get you started on this awesome journey…and a bunch of motivation to keep you on the straight and narrow. Because YOU totally deserve a vibrant toxin-free life!
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