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This is intended as general, rather than individual advice and if you are on medication, or have any pre-existing health issues, you should consult your doctor before making any radical changes to your diet.

Pesticides In Children

HealthPosted by annshaw Sat, February 23, 2013 10:37:49

A shocking new study in America has found that almost every child between age 2-7 is likely to be contaminated by poisons such as arsenic, dieldrin, DDE and dioxins – at levels way beyond the safety-mark of cancer. Every single one of the 364 children tested had dangerous levels of pesticides in their bodies from fruits, vegetables and salads. The foods containing the most pesticides were tomatoes, peaches, apples, peppers, grapes, lettuce, broccoli, strawberries, spinach, dairy products, pears, green beans and celery. The researchers from The University of California advised that people switch to eating organic.

95% of the children aged between 2-4 had dangerous levels of acrylamide, and 10% of the same group had high levels of mercury mainly from eating fish.

These findings confirm those of the US non-profit Environmental Working Group, which compiled a list of the worst 12 foods in 2012 after analysing the pesticide content of commercially available fruits and vegetables. They found that 98% of apples had pesticide residues and 78 different pesticides were found on lettuce. I always recommend eating organic vegetables whenever possible.

(Information extracted from WDDTY publication)

I would say that if you have an unusual and debilitating health condition that no-one can solve, you should think about pesticides. This is because I came across a man who was bed-ridden with ill-health and barely able to function. He saw many hospital consultants who had no answers. Then someone suggested he only ate organic vegetables and exclude pesticised ones, to see if that made a difference. He regained his health 100% and was able to function normally again.

A single dose of eating an apple sprayed with pesticides will not cause neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, but a bio-accumulation spread over many years can! When pesticides, herbicides and fungicides are dumped over plants and soil they are very hard to get rid of, and thousands of these poisons are sprayed on farms which run off through the soil into streams and rivers. Once enough of these chemicals get into a cell, they disrupt the cell’s function.

A study of 162 Leukaemia patients found a link between household pesticides and a higher risk of child-blood leukaemia. Other studies have also found links between early-life pesticide exposure and blood-cancer risk. The risk of childhood leukaemia increased nearly four times when the pesticides were used in the home at least once a week, and more than six times when garden pesticides were used at least once a month. Exposure to pesticides can also take place in the womb and through breastfeeding, and in addition to cancer, pesticide exposure can lead to reproductive, neurological, neuro-behavioural and endocrine effects.

Pesticide-Induced Diseases Database offers a further insight on the damaging health effects caused by pesticides, such as cancer, the endocrine system, ADHD, autism, asthma, leukaemia, fertility and many more. http://www.beyondpesticides.org/health/pid-database.pdf

I think we are just covering one area of toxins affecting our health and producing diseases, by singling out Pesticides. Indeed there are many other health hazards we are exposed to in our environment, diet and lifestyle. Retaining a strong immune system is somewhat of a challenge nowadays, but it is the one defence mechanism we have to protect ourselves from disease.

Ann smiley

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