pesticides

  1. Run, don't walk, to the organic produce aisle

    You grab a strawberry from your fruit bowl... wash it off with some cool water... and sink your teeth in.

    And not only does it taste great, but you FEEL healthier with every juicy bite, knowing that the fiber and nutrients you're swallowing can help shield your heart, brain, and lungs from damage.

    But if your strawberry or other fruit selection isn't organic, you could be biting off more than you intended to chew.

    According to a new report, that’s because conventionally grown strawberries top the list of fruits and veggies that are loaded with toxic pesticide residue.

    And washing or even peeling your produce will do NOTHING to protect you!

    Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) issues a list of the produce MOST likely to contain pesticide residue, appropriately named the "Dirty Dozen."

    It's based on nearly 40,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture tests of about 50 fruits and veggies that are washed and peeled before testing.

    And beloved strawberries have now held the top Dirty Dozen spot for the third year in a row.

    This year, the EWG found that a third of all conventionally grown strawberry samples contained not one... not two... but residue from at least 10 different pesticides.

    That's one toxic cocktail!

    Spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, and tomatoes were also high on the list -- and even though there's no such thing as a "safe" pesticide, the chemicals that these fruits and veggies harbored were serious offenders.

    A whopping 80 percent of apples and 30 percent of cherries were tainted with pesticides so dangerous that they're BANNED in Europe.

    And the report found that spinach was likely to have high concentrations of an insecticide that's a known neurotoxin.

    Now, feds and farmers argue that these substances won't hurt you in small amounts.

    But that simply flies in the face of a bushel of high-quality research that's tied pesticide exposure to dementia, cancer, developmental issues, reproductive problems, and more.

    And that sure is ironic -- because fruits and veggies are known to PROTECT you from the very health problems that pesticides can cause!

    Now, you could simply swap the Dirty Dozen for the "Clean 15," EWG's list of produce that’s LEAST likely to contain pesticide residue. This year, it includes avocados, pineapple, asparagus, and cabbage.

    But even those selections aren't exactly "clean," either. Many of them still showed residue from at least one pesticide.

    So, if you don't want to cancel out the health benefits of your produce with pesticides, aim to buy only fruits and veggies that are certified organic… and therefore NEVER sprayed with that toxic gunk.

    Organics are not only safer than conventionally grown, but they’ve also been found to be richer in health-boosting nutrients.

    They may cost a little more -- but just think of it as an insurance policy against doctors' bills later on!

  2. Pesticides linked to memory loss

    Common chemical can slow the brain

    Here's a comforting thought for anyone about to fly: Your pilot could have the slowed reflexes and response times of a drunk... without touching a drop of booze.

    And if he should run into trouble in the cockpit because of it, the one person who can help bail him out -- the air traffic controller -- could be suffering from the same delayed reactions.

    He hasn't been drinking either -- but both the air traffic controller and the pilot are exposed to organophosphates, a brain-slowing chemical used in aircraft engine oil.

    It doesn't make you stagger like a drunk, lose your intelligence, or slur your speech, so there are no obvious and immediate warning signs when its effects kick in.

    But a new analysis of 14 studies confirms that constant exposure to even low levels of these chemicals can harm memory, slow the mind, and limit the ability to process information.

    Yes, exactly -- the three skills pilots likely rely on most.

    They're not the only ones at risk. Farmers have an even higher level of exposure, since organophosphates are a common ingredient in pesticides. And for them, the brain-slowing effects are noticeable -- especially in situations like a sheep auction, where they need to think and react quickly.

    But all he might lose is a great deal on a prize sheep. A pilot, on the other hand, could lose his life -- and yours, if you're unlucky enough to be a passenger on his flight.

    Avoid using any products with these chemicals in them in your home or garden. And if you happen to work in one of these industries yourself you should take steps to limit your exposure.

    For more information on organophosphates visit the Environmental Working Group. And while you're there you can learn how to join the EWG in their continued fight to reduce the use of these and other highly toxic chemicals.

    Lives are at stake here.

  3. Organics beat conventional foods in new study

    A new study finds that organic meats have fewer germs and organic produce has fewer pesticides than conventional foods.
  4. Don't panic over pesticide-IQ link

    One of the studies published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that babies born swimming in bug juice eventually have average IQ scores 7 points lower than those of other kids.
  5. Study questions the benefit of organic foods

    A recent report out of the UK proclaims that organically grown produce is nutritionally identical to produce grown by commercial farming methods.
  6. Is that natural product really natural?

    The market for natural personal care products is already huge, and growing larger every day. Unfortunately, knowing which of these products are truly made with natural ingredients isn't as easy as reading the label.
  7. Complementary Medicine Therapies Instead of Mainstream's Drugs

    …A Texas man is apparently now being tried in court for the "crime" of embracing complementary medicine therapies instead of the mainstream's drugs and surgery.

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