Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Too Many Pesticides in Our Food
Most of the crops food manufacturers are getting their “main” ingredients from are genetically modified or sprinkled with dozens of endocrine-disrupting pesticides.
Corn is one of the worst offenders.
Every year the corn fed to animals and turned into other corn products is sprayed with 162 million pounds of chemical pesticides.
We have no idea what’s going into our bodies, and it shows.
A recent study looked at 30,000 people, mostly men, who used pesticides in their work on farms.
These “licensed applicators” of the chemicals probably had protective gear – goggles, gloves, boots, overalls.
Yet researchers found if these men used any of 7 specific pesticides – even if they used them just once – they had a much greater risk of diabetes.
This suggests being exposed to pesticides may be a significant contributing factor to diabetes, just like obesity, lack of exercise, or a family history.
One of these pesticides, trichlorfon, is a popular product used on lawns and golf courses.
This study found people who had used this chemical just 10 times had a 250% greater chance of developing diabetes.
So, how many rounds of golf have you played in your lifetime?
How many times has the ChemLawn truck parked in front of your neighbor’s house?
Or your own?
Now consider our diet.
As a consumer, we’re not only touching plants with pesticides on them – we’re eating them.
In some parts of the world, trichlorfon is even poured over cattle to treat them for pests.
Some pesticides banned in the States for more than 20 years are still hanging around in our food supply.
They accumulate in our fatty tissues and stick with us for decades.
They’re found in fish, birds, other mammals, human breast milk.
The CDC says we’re exposed to organochlorines, a family of toxic chemicals found in pesticides, through:
>Eating fatty foods (milk, dairy products, or fish) contaminated with these pesticides
>Eating foods imported from countries still allowing use of these pesticides
>Breast-feeding or through the placenta when we’re in utero
Some researchers argue pesticides may be more to blame for insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes than obesity is!
A study of more than 2000 adults found at least 80% had detectable levels of 6 “persistent organic pollutants,” or POPs, chemicals that remain in our tissues for up to 10 years or more.
Those people whose bodies had high levels of POPs (like dioxin, PCBs, and chlordane) were 38 times more likely to be insulin-resistant than people with low levels.
Even people who were fatter but didn’t have any traces of POPs in their systems had much lower rates of diabetes.
I’m not saying pesticides are the only cause of diabetes.
But it’s clear the POPs in your body fat interact with the excess pounds to drive up your diabetes risk even further.
I didn’t even mention the organochlorines’ other side effects – tremors, headaches, skin irritations, breathing problems, dizziness, nausea, seizures.
Oh, and cancer, brain damage, Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, respiratory illness, abnormal immune system function . . . Shall I go on?
And, organochlorines are just one category of chemical pesticides that lurks in the food supply.
We also have pregnancy and lactation hormones given to dairy cattle to “improve yield.”
Or growth hormones given to cattle to create more meat.
Or antibiotics injected into chickens to prevent spreading illnesses.
As terrifying as some of the research is, scientists still mostly just look at each of these chemicals, pesticides, and other endocrine disruptors one at a time, in isolation.
New research suggests the combined effect of all of these substances may be worse than we could possibly imagine.
Whenever I talk about eating organic food, some people wonder what the fuss is about.
“Is the extra money really worth it? Times are tough.”
What price do you put on your health?
Why are women getting breast cancer in their early 30s?
Why are we putting 8-year-olds on statins?
Why are mysterious diseases like fibromyalgia popping up over the last 10 years seemingly out of nowhere?
Aren’t you as scared as I am?
When you ask about the extra money for organics, how much do you think all those prescriptions for obesity-related disease are going to cost?
Every dollar you put into prevention will save you thousands down the road in treatment.
Think about this: We get the highest concentration of organic pollutants from our food when we’re between 1 and 5 years old, just as our obesity genes are being switched on or off, just as our metabolic patterns are being set.
We’ve endured this toxic onslaught for years without knowing what it’s doing to our bodies.
Now that we know, we must start paying very close attention to where our food comes from.
I’m not being an alarmist when I say every bite could have lifelong ramifications on our health, hormones, and metabolism.
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
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