7 Nasty and Crazy Effects of Pesticides in Food, Exposure

Natural Society
by Lisa Garber

When asked by a skeptical friend why you buy organic, do you find yourself tongue-tied? Was it obesity? Or thyroid problems? Why should you buy organic? There are numerous reasons to skip the mainstream supermarket food and shop at an organic grocer, but just one of those reasons revolves around the effects of pesticides.

Unfortunately, pesticides attack your body on several fronts. Keep this list handy the next time you find yourself wondering if you should buy a carton of conventional strawberries rather than organic to potentially save a few pennies. Remember that all of the following conditions will cost you much more than money; the effects of pesticides will cost you your health.

Here are 7 nasty and crazy effects of pesticides.

Effects of Pesticides – Cancer

The dreaded diagnosis of cancer has been linked in over 260 studies worldwide to agrochemicals. Worse, scientists have linked pesticides with several types of cancers, including that of the breast, prostate, brain, bone, thyroid, colon, liver, lung, and more. Some researchers from USC found that “those who lived within 500 meters of places where methyl bromide, captan and eight other organochlorine pesticides had been applied, they found, were more likely to have developed prostate cancer.”

But even indirect exposure, such as through parental use, has been found to affect children in a terrible way. A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives has linked parental use of pesticides with an increased risk of brain cancer in children. “Parental exposures may act before the child’s conception, during gestation, or after birth to increase the risk of cancer,” the study said. And when the parents are exposed to the pesticides may also play a role in the different cellular changes that lead to cancer.

Obesity and Diabetes

Because pesticides have also been linked to obesity, it’s logical that it would be connected to diabetes, in which obesity often has a role. Some researchers found a higher prevalence of obesity in the participants with high urinary concentrations of a pesticide known as 2,5-dichlorophenol (2,5-DCP). It is important to note that 2,5-DCP is one of the most widely used pesticides on the globe.

Robert Sargis, MD, PhD, revealed his recent study findings at the Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting, stating that agricultural fungicide created insulin resistance in fat cells. The journal Diabetes Carepublished in 2011 that people with excess weight and high levels of organochlorine pesticides in their bodies had greater risk of becoming diabetic.

Parkinson’s Disease

Long-term exposure to herbicides and pesticides have been associated in over 60 studies with Parkinson’s. You don’t have to be a conventional farmer to be wary of these findings. Use natural methods to keep pests and weeds out of your home and garden today.

Infertility and Birth Defects

One of the most well-known negative effects of pesticides, infertility is continuously found to be a result of exposure to these agrochemicals. Atrazine—a weed killer used in agriculture as well as on golf courses and which has been found in tap water—may be partially responsible for climbing miscarriage and infertility rates. As for men, one 2006 study pinpointed chlorpyrifos with lowering testosterone levels. This pesticide is often found in strawberry fields and apple and peach orchards.

Other researchers tested roundup on mature male rats at a concentration range between 1 and 10,000 parts per million (ppm), and found that within 1 to 48 hours of exposure, testicular cells of the mature rats were either damaged or killed.

Avoid pesticides even if you’re already pregnant. These chemicals are responsible for causing various birth defects, too. A report revealed that the top selling herbicide Roundup disrupts male hormones due to the main active ingredient – glyphosate.

Autism

Admittedly, pesticides aren’t solely to blame for autism, but they may be a hefty part of the equation. Leading scientists are attributing the condition to genes and insecticides exposed to the mother while pregnant as well as to the child in early years. This is because many chemicals affect the neurology of bugs, inadvertently affecting the neurological function of children, too. A 2010 Harvard study blames organophosphate pesticides—found in children’s urine—to ADHD.

What is the best way to to avoid pesticide exposure and pesticides in food? Don’t use pesticides, and buy organic. Organic isn’t always easy or cheap, so keep in mind these updated dirty dozen fruits and vegetables to always buy organic (plus 15 cleaner foods you can afford to buy conventional). NASA has also suggested raising air purifying plants indoors to clear your home of indoor air pollution. Remember to remove pesticides from your home, too.

Alzheimer’s Is Diabetes of the Brain: Diet & Vaccination Connections

by Heidi Stevenson

The now-traditional belief that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a buildup of plaques on the brain has always been deficient for one simple reason: It completely ignores why those plaques build up. We now have good information that documents the reason for it. Alzheimer’s shares its genesis with diabetes. It’s a derangement of the body’s ability to process or produce insulin. Alzheimer’s is a third type of diabetes: type 3.

Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that steals people’s twilight years, takes grandparents from children years before they actually die, and costs society untold resources. And this disastrous condition is a growing epidemic.

It should come as no surprise that Alzheimer’s is yet another chronic disease that can blamed on modern life. It’s long been known that it’s related to diet, that those who eat primarily from Agribusiness offerings are more likely to become afflicted. It may also be triggered by vaccinations.

Alzheimer’s and the Glucose Connection

The brain burns a great deal of energy. People who use their brains intensely, such as chess players, have a tendency to eat large amounts of sugary foods during matches. There’s a reason: It literally fuels their ability to think. That’s because glucose is a type of sugar, so eating it is a quick way to increase the brain’s energy.

There is, though, a big downside to bingeing on sugar. While it can temporarily give a boost to mental function, ultimately the ability to think can be destroyed.

Insulin is required to metabolize glucose. Sudden spurts of glucose in the blood stream normally result in increased production of insulin to move the excess glucose into cells, where it’s utilized. Cells can develop insulin resistance when glucose blood levels are too high, either fairly constantly or in surges. However, sugar must be cleared from the blood stream. Therefore, the pancreas will create more insulin in an attempt to get the excess sugar moved into cells.

That works for a time, but a vicious cycle is started. Too much glucose in the blood causes more insulin to be produced. More insulin causes cells to become resistant to it, which causes more insulin to be made, and that causes even more insulin resistance, which causes even more insulin to be made, which …You get the picture.

A study has shown that high glucose levels in the blood are associated with brain atrophy in Alzheimer’s patients. Even when patients had not reached the point of being diabetic, high blood glucose was associated with brain atrophy.

Brain Plaques

Plaques are found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. It’s been commonly believed that these plaques are the cause of the disease. Now though, it’s clear that they are merely a symptom. The plaques are sticky deposits of a protein called ß-amyloid. They were believed to simply build up, for some unexplained reason, and destroy neurons (brain cells).

It now appears that they are the hardened form of a protein called amyloid ß-derived diffusible ligand—most commonly referred to as ADDL—which makes neurons resistant to insulin by removing insulin receptors.

ADDL proteins are referred to as toxic. However, they are made by the body and are found in normal brains. They exist for a reason. While the focus has been on the fact that they’re excessive in Alzheimer’s patients, the fact is that they do serve a purpose in normal brains. Just as high cholesterol is not a disease, but only a marker for some heart disease, we’d be going down the wrong path if we treated ADDL proteins as inherently harmful.

One can easily imagine that ADDL is necessary to stop glucose-saturated cells from taking up excess glucose, which can be harmful. If that’s the case, then trying to control ADDL artificially could—and probably would—be harmful. The suggestion that ADDL is the problem is short sighted. Of course, that’s exactly what we can expect of modern medicine and it’s collaborator, Big Pharma. In fact, one of the author of the paper that first reported on the plaques, Grant A. Krafft, PhD, is on the board and is chief scientific officer for Acumen Pharmaceuticals, which was founded to take advantage of the ADDL-plaque discovery.

Northwestern University and USC jointly hold patents on the composition and use of ADDLs in neurodisorders. Acumen has licensed the rights the patent rights, which gives them the exclusive right to take advantage of drugs or other treatments that could control ADDLs.

As ever, the medical world’s focus is not on prevention, but on treatment. In the growing Alzheimer’s epidemic, the amount of money to be made on such treatments could be astronomical. Of course, this isn’t being done for the patients’ benefit. It’s being done for profits.

The Vaccination Connection

Obviously, diet is a factor in type 3 diabetes. Its similarity with type 2 diabetes, in which cells becomes insulin-resistant, is clear. However, as was documented in Vaccination Causes Diabetes, it’s likely that the trigger may often be vaccinations.

As has been documented at the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders at the University of California, Irvine, excess cortisol in the blood is a precursor and cause of Alzheimer’s disease. As Vaccination Causes Diabetes notes, excess cortisol is also a cause of type 2 diabetes. The excessive inflammation and cortisol production caused by vaccinations can be identified as the trigger that often leads to diabetes.

That same vaccination-induced inflammatory process is a likely trigger of the vicious round of insulin resistance and increased insulin production. That cycle is the root of metabolic syndrome. Until we have solid research that demonstrates no such connection, it is only reasonable to assume that vaccinations trigger the metabolic syndrome that leads to type 3 diabetes-Alzheimer’s disease.

We will, of course, be informed that such a connection has never been documented. However, the same could be said of the connections between vaccinations and other conditions, such as autism, allergies, and diabetes. The proof of vaccination’s relationship to all these conditions could readily be found—but such studies aren’t being funded.

Such research would actually be quite simple. Compare a large group of unvaccinated people against an equivalent group of vaccinated people and see how many cases of these diseases and conditions exist in each group. A large unvaccinated group of people exists: the Amish of America do not vaccinate. As it happens, we have plenty of anecdotal evidence on the issue, and it speaks volumes. The fact is that there is hardly any diabetes, allergies, or autism among them. Those few who are afflicted with autism were adoptees, children who’d been vaccinated before joining the Amish.

Stay Smart

Research is demonstrating that giving insulin to Alzheimer’s sufferers can ease, and perhaps even reverse, mental decline. It seems likely that Acumen Pharmaceuticals will find a drug – or two or three – that will attack the ADDL-induced plaque. However, as with any drug or treatment that addresses a symptom, rather than the underlying cause, any benefits will come at a cost.

Rather than focusing on treating Alzheimer’s patients, wouldn’t it be ever so much better to prevent it? Though the authors of the study showing that ADDL proteins are mostly interested in finding a drug to treat the disease, wouldn’t it be better to simply not lose your mind in the first place? We know how, so let’s just act on our knowledge.

We know that vaccinations are a likely trigger for all three types of diabetes: types 1, 2, and 3. At the very least, consider whether they are worth the risk of these diseases, among many others, including autism, asthma, and allergies.

We know that a diet high in sugars of all kinds, especially fructose in artificial form, as in sodas, pseudo-fruit juices, and the majority of prepared foods sold in supermarkets, are fueling the diabetes epidemic. At the very least, limit them so that they rarely pass your lips.

Avoid all refined grains and most whole grains. At the least, limit your intake of grains to whole grains, and do not fall for the con that they’re healthy. They also help fuel insulin resistance.

Do eat a diet rich in a variety of vegetables—and make sure they’re organic as much as possible. Eat fruits, not cakes and ice cream. If you eat meat, avoid factory-farmed, both for your personal health and to keep your food dollars from supporting such cruelty and environmental devastation.

Be sure to avoid trans fats. They are devastating to your health. However, that does not mean you should avoid fats. Healthy natural saturated fats, including pure butter, are very important to your health, along with oils high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, such as olive and nut oils.

Exercise! Nearly everyone can do it. It doesn’t have to mean lifting weights or working yourself into a lather. Make a point of walking to the store instead of driving. Ride a bicycle. Take up a sport if that suits you. Get a walking partner or walk alone, whichever works for you. Take up dancing! Go for a swim! It doesn’t matter—just get up and start moving.

No matter what your age or previous lifestyle, a good healthy diet, along with good exercise, can prevent Alzheimer’s or help alleviate it. Why waste your last years and put both emotional and financial stress on your family, when you could be living life to the hilt?

Enjoy every minute you have on this earth. Don’t hand your greatest wealth—your health and your mind—over to rampaging Agribusiness, Big Pharma, or Big Medicine.

IQ Foods: Processed Food Lowers IQ in Children, Nutritious Food Raises It

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Processed foods are the staple of far too many diets, particularly in the United States where 105 million people have either diabetes or prediabetes. These processed foods are filled with white sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame, artificial food colorings, and a wide variety of other toxic substances. Interestingly enough, research shows that these are some of the worst IQ foods. Given the makeup of processed foods, is it any wonder that children are suffering from IQ reduction upon introducing these foods into their diet.

IQ Foods: The Findings
British researchers uncovered the connection between processed foods and reduced IQ. They followed what 14,000 children ate and drank at the ages of 3, 4, 7, and 8.5 years of age, with answers submitted via parents through questionnaires. The researchers found that if children were consuming a processed diet at age 3, IQ decline could begin over the next five years. The study found that by age 8, the children had suffered the IQ decline.

On the contrary, children who ate a nutrient-rich diet were found to increase their IQ over the 3 year period. The foods considered nutrient-rich by the researchers were most likely conventional fruits and vegetables. If children were to eat a wide variety of organic produce, superfoods, mineral-rich plants, and perhaps even consume a food-based multivitamin, the researchers would most likely see a substantial IQ increase. This eating plan would also benefit the children — or even adults — in other aspects of their lives as well, such as better overall health & well-being.

Processed foods have been known to wreak havoc on the body for quite some time. One joint American and Spanish study has even found that junk food products, particularly those containing trans fats, can make healthy young men infertile by damaging their sperm. Another study, conducted by scientists from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Granada, reported that both junk food and fast food consumption can bring on depression. The link was so strong, in fact, that those who consumed fast food were 51% more likely to be depressed. It isn’t surprising that some of the worst IQ foods are the same foods that cause numerous health complications.

Sugar should be controlled like alcohol: report

National Post News, Feb. 1, 2012
Sugar is so toxic it should be controlled like alcohol, according to new report that goes so far as to suggest setting an age limit of 17 years to buy soda pop.It points to sugar as a culprit behind many of the world’s major killers — heart disease, cancer and diabetes — that are now a greater health burden than infectious disease.

A little sugar “is not a problem, but a lot kills — slowly,” says the report to be published Thursday in Nature, a top research journal.

Over the eons sugar was available to our ancestors as fruit for only a few months a year at harvest time, or as honey “which was guarded by bees,” says the report by Dr. Robert Lustig, a noted childhood obesity expert at the University of California, and two U.S. colleagues specializing in health policy.

Now it is added to “nearly all processed foods.” In developing countries, sugary soft drinks are often cheaper than potable water or milk, they say, noting that over the past 50 years, consumption of sugar has tripled worldwide.

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Vaccine Propaganda Continues Despite Evidence of Harm

Activist Post, Sept. 2, 2011

A comprehensive evaluation of eight common childhood vaccines has found that any adverse effects from vaccines are very rare or very minor. The report, issued last week by a panel of experts assembled by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), said there is no evidence that childhood vaccines cause autism, diabetes, facial palsy or episodes of asthma. They are lying because scientifically it’s impossible to conclude this. Several of the chemicals or heavy metals that are in vaccines are independently known to cause severe disease.

Mercury contamination causes autism, diabetes and many other chronic diseases and is even known under certain circumstances to cause sudden death. The aluminum that is in many vaccines is not a piece of cake either and the two together are 100 times more toxic than either alone.

The IOM says that these conclusions are based on the analysis of more than 1,000 research studies in peer-reviewed journals, but they forget to mention that these research studies are heavily biased.

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What’s Making Us Fat? Researchers Put Food Additives On Suspect List

Common Health, Aug. 12, 2011

Consider this slide of ice cream ingredients that Dr. Barbara Corkey, director of the Obesity Research Center at Boston Medical Center, used in a recent lecture. The few elements in yellow, she told her listeners, were ingredients that we normally think of as “food.”

There was a collective gasp from her American Diabetes Association audience, and a buzz of distaste.

In pink, Barbara went on, were some of the substances she was about to discuss. “Virtually none of these non-food compounds have been carefully assessed for a potential causative or contributing role in the obesity and diabetes epidemic,” she said.



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