The Importance of Being Pesticide Free
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on June 26, 2009 by Paulina Nelega, RH
A truly holistic approach to health encourages a person’s body to naturally heal itself. Such an ability can sometimes by hindered by the choices that they make, such as exposing themselves to outside toxins in their lifestyle. However, if a person’s body is not hampered by toxins, it will be able to function properly and will therefore be better apt at healing any illness that may attempt to thwart the body.
Today, the constant use of pesticides by the agricultural and commercial community has caused those toxins to seep into our lifestyle and into our bodies. It is because of this that there is such a widespread outbreak of illness and diseases. Simply put, our bodies have so much toxic build up in them that they are not able to fight off any illness that comes our way. Other toxins have been proven to be the root of some of the world’s most common, dangerous diseases, such as cancer, birth defects and Parkinson’s Disease. All of these are reportedly caused by insect repellents and herbicides that are all laden with chemical pesticides.
The Toxics Information Project has reported that every year nearly 10,400 people in the USA die from cancers that have a direct correlation to pesticides. The report also stated that over $38 billion is lost every year due to cancer related deaths in terms of lost production, income, and medical expenses.
Children are more susceptible to the dangerous effects of toxins due to their smaller organ size and under developed immune systems. The National Cancer Institute conducted a study in 1987 that illustrated that children who lived in homes that were routinely treated with pesticides were nearly 4 times more at risk of developing leukemia than children who lived in homes that were not treated with pesticides.
The U.S. Atlantic Coast Childhood Brain Cancer Study issued a report in February 2009in which it cited possible links with pre-birth pesticide exposure. Children whose parents used pesticides for lawn and garden care were twice as likely to develop brain cancer.
A great example of this is RoundUp a commercially available weed killer that is commonly used in most households in the USA. The pesticide in this weed killer have been linked to birth defects, an increased risk for developing non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is also considered a hormone disruptor. It seems that RoundUp inhibits the production of the adrenal hormone which is vital for proper brain development and has also been associated with an increase in Attention Deficit Disorders.
The University of Southern California Children’s Health Study discovered that, “Asthma risk linked with herbicides was greater than that linked with any other factor.”
Dr. Meriel Watts identified 98 pesticides in the book “Pesticides and Breast Cancer: A Wake Up Call,” that are associated with breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, about 192,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year alone.
Even though Dr. Watts has said that, “Scientifically it is impossible to prove that a particular pesticide does or does not cause breast cancer,” she does recommend that “a precautionary approach to chemicals for which there is evidence of a link with breast cancer, ensuring their replacement with safer alternatives.”
Pesticides and other such chemicals are stored inside fat tissue and are able to move into the bloodstream and be carried to every organ throughout the body. If a toxin is not excreted by the body it will be sent back through the body via the bloodstream, re-exposing the bodily organs again.
In order to purge ourselves of such pesticides, it is recommended to do a natural detoxification using certain cleansing herbs. Such herbs are Milk Thistle, Dandelion root, N-acetyl Cysteine (NAC), Artichoke, Phospholipids (lecithin), Turmeric (olena root), Burdock root, Red clover. Foods that are rich in fiber and low in refined sugar and fat, and that are pesticide free are also beneficial.
Remember that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” To avoid the possibility of disease and illness, reduce your use of pesticides and instead use earth and health friend pest control alternatives.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan