Exposure to pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides has increased dramatically since the introduction of genetically modified (GE) crops. Urinary production of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, increased by more than 1,200 percent between 1993 and 2016. Unfortunately, glyphosate is not the only chemical of concern.
Chlorpyrifos (sold under the trade name Lorsban) - an organophosphate insecticide known to alter brain development and cause brain damage, neurological abnormalities, lowered IQ, and aggressiveness in children - is another. In adults, the chemical has been linked to Parkinson's disease, and lung cancer.
Chlorpyrifos has been in use since 1965, and is commonly used in staple crops such as wheat and corn, as well as fruits and vegetables, including non-organic citrus, apples, cherries, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, and dozens of others. Since the chemical has a half-life of several months and can remain in sprayed food for several weeks, non-organic foods are a major source of exposure.
Importantly, non-organic, non-grass-fed meats are likely to be loaded with this chemical, as conventional feed consists primarily of genetically and / or conventionally elevated grains, such as corn. This is all the more reason to be sure to feed your family meats and animal products, especially your young children. Chlorpyrifos is also a commonly encountered water pollutant, and has even been found in indoor air.
Children experience more pound-for-pound exposure to chemicals than adults, and they have an immature, porous blood-brain barrier that allows greater chemical exposure to reach their developing brain. Needless to say, the results can be devastating, and in fact, many agricultural and industrial chemicals have been found to specifically affect children's brain development and function.
87 percent of newborns have chlorpyrifos in their umbilical cord blood
Considering Pruitt's history of defending the interests of the industry and the evidence showing that other EPA officials have taken an active role in protecting chemical giants from decisions that would affect their results, their decision to keep chlorpyrifos in the market raises suspicions. As USA Today noted, Pruitt "has filed more than a dozen lawsuits seeking to overturn some of the same rules that are now imposed on it."
The evidence also suggests that Dow Chemical, the maker of chlorpyrifos, pressured government agencies to ignore the incriminating studies (see next section). The EPA's earlier conclusion that chlorpyrifos posed a risk to consumers was based primarily on research showing that exposure to the chemical caused measurable differences in brain function. In one study, compared to children whose exposure to the chemical was negligible, children with high levels of exposure had a lower IQ at the age of 7.18.
A study published in 2014 showed that pregnant women exposed to chlorpyrifos during the second trimester had a 60 percent increased risk of giving birth to an autistic child. Studies have also shown that genetic differences can make some people much more vulnerable to chlorpyrifos than others.
Furthermore, according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chlorpyrifos is metabolized in the human body to 3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridinol (TCPy), which is even more toxic than the insecticide original. Interestingly, the California biomonitoring program found TCPy in 82 percent of Californians sampled in 2012, including pregnant women.
Another 2012 study, which measured chlorpyrifos levels in maternal and umbilical cord plasma from women and children living in an agricultural community, found measurable levels in 70.5 percent of maternal blood samples and 87.5 percent of samples. umbilical cord blood. According to the authors:
“Organophosphate pesticide levels in the blood of study participants were similar in mothers and newborns and slightly higher than those reported in other populations. However, compared to their mothers, newborns have much lower amounts of the detoxifying enzyme PON1, suggesting that babies may be especially vulnerable to exposure to organophosphate pesticides. "
How to protect your family from toxic pesticides
According to a report by the US Department of Agriculture on pesticide residues in food, in 2014, 41 percent of samples had no detectable pesticide residues. The following year, just 15 percent of all food samples tested were free of pesticide residues. That just goes to show how quickly and dramatically our exposure to pesticides has increased.
Here is a summary of common sense recommendations that will help reduce your exposure to pesticides and help you eliminate toxins that you may have already been exposed to:
As a general rule of thumb, your safest bet is to grow your own food, followed by purchasing certified organic or, better yet, biodynamic products, and grass-fed or grass-fed meats and animal products. See the list below for sources where you can locate farm-fresh foods locally. If you can't afford a totally organic / biodynamic diet, focus first on buying pastured and grass-fed meats.
Next, become familiar with average pesticide loads and buy (or grow) organic varieties of produce that are known to carry the most pesticides. You can find a quick summary in the Consumer Reports video above. Another excellent source, updated annually, is the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Buyer's Guide to Pesticides in Products.
Filtering your drinking water is also important. To remove pesticides, look for a filter certified by NSF International to meet American National Standards Institute Standard 53 for the reduction of volatile organic compounds. This will ensure that the filter is capable of significantly reducing pesticides. Most activated carbon filters will meet this requirement and get the job done.
Gently wash all non-organic produce to remove surface pesticides. According to a recent study, the most effective cleaning method by far is washing the product with a mixture of tap water and baking soda. Soaking apples in 1 percent sodium bicarbonate solution for 12 to 15 minutes was found to remove 80 percent of the thiabendazole fungicide and 96 percent of the phosmet insecticide.
Lastly, if you know you've been exposed to pesticides, eating fermented foods and / or using a low-EMF far-infrared sauna can be helpful, especially if combined with an optimal supplemental detox regimen that includes binders to trap toxins that They are mobilized from fat. Lactic acid bacteria formed during the fermentation of kimchi have been shown to help your body break down pesticides.
By Dr. Joseph Mercola
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