You’ve Been Told To Eat Organic… Even the American Medical Association Agrees.

If you mainly buy organic foods, people tend to view you as a super-granola hippie extremist/borderline conspiracy theorist. I know this because I get those looks and snarky comments often. There are a TON of studies out there that show time and time again how pesticides negatively impact the body, but they aren’t made well known to the public. This is the kind of information you need to seek out. 

To save you time and energy, here is just one quote from Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., from her book Life is Your Best Medicine (a decent book with mostly well-thought, accurate information).

“Two studies published in 2010, one in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the other in the Journal of Pediatrics, found that children with typical levels of pesticide exposure from eating commercially grown fruits and vegetables had a higher risk for developing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and children ages 8-15 with the highest levels of pesticide in their urine had twice the odds of having ADHD as those with less. This should make all parents think twice about what they feed their children. My advice is for pregnant women and children to limit the amount of pesticides in their diets, because from conception through 12 years old, the brain and central nervous system are most vulnerable.” 

Those studies were only focusing on children… That doesn’t mean that pesticides aren’t harmful to adults. Plus, Dr. Low Dog didn’t even cover that pesticides are neuroendocrine (brain-hormone) disruptors. They not only cause neurodegeneration (which leads to mood and behavior disorders way worse than ADHD, as well as Alzheimers and Parkinson’s), but also hormonal imbalances – which could be another factor in early-onset puberty, wicked PMS, endometriosis, and ever-rising infertility problems.

Because this topic may not be as riveting to you as it is to me, I’ll stop. But if you want to read more about toxin exposure in fetuses, there was a study conducted that tested the cord blood of 10 randomly selected newborn babies. Watch this TED talk about it. Or, if it’s more your speed, check out this Dr. Oz clip. The show’s message is great, even though the pesticide levels have been toned down. http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/ is more accurate (and horrifying).

Since we can’t buy all organic, all the time, here is a list of the 12 most pesticide-laden food items (cotton is #1) and the 15 least contaminated (which aren’t as important to purchase organically). For your convenience, this can be printed out and kept in your wallet.

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