Toxic Chemicals in our Food Supply are Wreaking Havoc on our Health
Organic on a Budget
(I am not a doctor or a medical professional and I don’t play one on the internet. I am here to share with the world what I have learned from extensive research and personal experience. To see my disclaimer click here.)
An organic non-GMO diet is key to beating internal inflammation, healing leaky gut syndrome and improving your immune system function so that your body can start healing and functioning like it was designed to.
It breaks my heart to think that at some point we have all just accepted chronic illness as the way of life. With 1 in 4 children and 1 in 4 adults suffering from multiple chronic illnesses in the United States alone. It is time we did something different. Watching my son who suffered from severe unrelenting asthma that was causing his health to deteriorate as I watched helplessly. With a 30% lung function in his small airways and IgE (or allergy response) that went from 100 to 800 over a 5 year period of time. With conventional medicine just barely getting him by, I knew we had to find an alternative. I believe we have been getting our health advice from the wrong people and the statistics prove it. I have seen what an organic diet and healing leaky gut syndrome can do and how it healed chronic illness in my family. I am here to share my story with you so that you can heal yourself and your family.
There are products that have been put on our market with little or no testing, that have been repeatedly proven to be dangerous to us. We have become a population of over sanitization, from hand sanitizers that increase absorption of cancer-causing pesticides, herbicides and BPA, antibacterial soaps, foods containing toxic chemicals, dairy products with damaging levels of antibiotics and hormones, prescription medications with damaging side effects and as a result a population of chronically ill. I refuse to believe that we cannot stop this horrible cycle. We need to eliminate harmful chemicals as much as possible and start nourishing our bodies from within and rebuilding our natural defenses starting with our guts. Once we do that we will all see these horrible conditions fade away. I have seen it happen in my family.
Steps That Will Help You Transition to a Safe Organic Diet
Rome wasn’t built in a day and when it comes to food money is a major factor.
Changing the way you have been eating your entire life can be overwhelming, possibly feel unattainable and costly if you are not careful.
Now that we know how dangerous GMO foods really are and that they are literally about every food you can find in the grocery store. Start by doing the best you can to limit your exposure. (see my post by clicking the link)
As you are going to the grocery story make sure you check the organic items. You will find that the prices are much more comparable than they used to be.
Take it one shopping trip at a time. Don’t throw out all of your food and replace everything with organic. That is neither practical nor realistic.
Don’t expect it to happen overnight. It’s going to take some time and some work.
Here are some suggestions to help make the process a smooth transition. Start with reducing your exposure to pesticides and herbicides in fruits and vegetables. This can make a significant change in a short time considering the amount of toxic exposure you are getting from these items. Strawberries, apples, peaches and nectarines have been found to have the highest levels of toxic chemicals and gasses. The Environmental Working Group (or EWG.org) has done extensive testing on a large variety produce from a significant number of farms and has laid out two lists to guide you on what to buy organic and what items rarely have toxic exposure. The lists are Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen by clicking these links you can bring up the full lists to see which items to watch out for and which ones are safe.
Strawberries, Apples, Peaches and Nectarines
Buy these items organic only or avoid them altogether, it is not worth the risk of the high levels of exposure to the pesticides, herbicides, and neurotoxins these items are exposed to. EWG has reported that 98% of strawberries, apples, nectarines and peaches tested positive for at least one pesticide residue. A single strawberry sample showed 17 different pesticides. Strawberries are at the top of the Dirty Dozen list due to the massive amounts of chemicals and poisonous nerve gasses they are exposed to. The nerve gas is injected into the soil to sterilize the field before planting to wipe out all pests, weeds or any other living thing that might also enjoy a sweet juicy strawberry. These nerve gasses have previously been used in chemical warfare and are certainly not what you want inside your digestive tract. See the article at EWG, Pesticides + Poison Gases = Cheap, Year-Round Strawberries for more information. The tests confirm that these items still contain extremely high levels of toxins even after being rinsed, washed and peeled. If you are able to, follow the same suggestions with all of the items on the Dirty Dozen list provided. The Clean 15 is a list of items that show either no toxic exposure or insignificant amounts. These two lists will prove to be extremely valuable to your transition to organic and non-GMO food while maintaining a budget. As a reminder when you’re shopping most items with a thick outer layer are protected from chemical exposure, as well as some produce with a strong aroma such as onions. Not a favorite of our little critters, apparently they don’t like peas any more than our kids do either. As disturbing as this information is only about 7% of these samples actually violated US laws.
Some of the chemicals used are fairly benign. However, some are linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental damage, hormone disruption and neurological problems (and some are banned in other countries).
Some of the worst:
- Carbendazim – “a hormone-disrupting fungicide”
- Bifenthrin – “California regulators have designated a possible human carcinogen”
- Malathion – “is toxic to the nervous system and, according to the International Agency for Cancer Research, a probable human carcinogen”
Suggestions on Alternatives
Let’s face it kids will be kids and if you do not offer great alternatives you will not be successful in this transition. I always avoid pasteurized milk, while there has been a tremendous amount of controversy over pasteurized and raw milk. After extensive research, I have found no studies to suggest that pasteurized milk does not damage the nutrients and make them indigestible like I have heard repeatedly. Feel free to prove me wrong, every study I have found that might be useful on pasteurized milk is blank or leads me to a really old document that offers no information. My family has developed dairy sensitivities and allergies while drinking non-organic pasteurized milk that is a good indication to me that it is not safe. I generally purchase and are well tolerated by my children organic minimally pasteurized milk and milk alternatives such as organic coconut, soy, and rice milk, the kids love the unsweetened vanilla flavored. Costco carries these in bulk for great savings.
For a quick healthy breakfast on the go, (while avoiding the cereals with unnatural substances and sugars) I like to offer my kids smoothies. When fresh fruit is out of my budget I love to buy large bags of organic frozen fruit (priced reasonably at Costco). I generally use coconut milk for the base because of the amazing health benefits as well as adding some organic oats and flax seed to keep them full longer. I will sneak in some green veggies, some hemp seeds or other seeds I have available for added protein.
If organic strawberries, apples, peaches, and nectarines are too pricey refer to the Clean 15 lists you will find a large variety of great items you don’t have to be concerned about chemical exposure with such as pineapple, mango, papayas, kiwi, honeydew melon, grapefruit, and cantaloupe.
Culturing, Regrowing, and Proper Storage
Learning to regrow your produce from the stems or cuttings is a great way to save money and it is a valuable resource for maintaining organic produce for your family. I have noticed when regrowing you really need to change the water daily to avoid rot in most produce. Learning proper storage methods that will make your produce last longer will be a valuable resource. Learning to ferment (or culturing) your fruits and vegetables will also be a valuable resource. Culturing can remove harmful chemicals and grow beneficial bacteria that has shown in studies to repair the damaged intestinal tract found in leaky gut syndrome. Here are some supplies to get your started.
If you don’t use milk kefir or water kefir yet, I highly recommend it. Milk kefir offers 30 – 50 beneficial bacteria and water kefir offers 10 – 15, great for healing and rebuilding the gut. Milk kefir and water kefir are reusable indefinitely and you can use the whey you get from milk kefir to culture your vegetables. I have also included a link on Amazon.com to a starter culture that can be used for culturing vegetables.
If you don’t have a Costco card, get a Costco card it will prove to be extremely valuable in this transition. If you don’t have access to a Costco I apologize now because you are going to get really frustrated hearing me gloat about how much I love Costco for the vast variety of organic, non-GMO products they provide at such a great price. However, I am so pleased to inform you that I have also noticed my local grocery store’s are offering a larger variety of organic items at comparable prices to the non-organic items. This is a great indication that more people are becoming aware of the hidden dangers in our food supply. More demand equals lower costs, simple economics. Considering prices are more reasonable nowadays it really doesn’t make sense to buy the products contaminated with harmful substances anyway. You may not find everything you need but be creative make some of your own sauces so you know what is going into them. Visit your farmer markets and get to know your farmers, they are a valuable resource to you and your family, in my experience, they always offer competitive prices on produce. Also very important we currently do not have a requirement to label GMO products, you will need to take special care that you do NOT end up with GMO products unknowingly.
To learn more about leaky gut syndrome and see studies showing it connected to wide variety of chronic illness see my post, Intestinal Permeability (or Leaky Gut Syndrome) What is it? Can it be treated?
FTC DISCLOSURE: This site is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Heidi Hall developed this site to raise awareness on concerns regarding conventional medications and how they can affect the immune system, vaccine safety, and informed consent regarding vaccines. As well as conditions such as leaky gut syndrome that commonly go undiagnosed by doctors as you have seen in my situation.
It is always important to check with your doctor before you stop any medication and some supplements can have a negative interaction with prescription medications. You can seek the advice of a naturopath doctor who can help you safely stop using conventional medication when necessary. Naturopath doctors are experienced in healing leaky gut syndrome, as well as diagnosing autoimmune diseases, food intolerance, and treatment options.
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