Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Some foods have BAD herbicides....

Today's Post:  Tuesday, 8-23-2016

We’ve long posted that the several ways of eating that produce good health all have in common to eat a lot of vegetables each day and at least once serving of fruit.

And, because of what a high number of servings this is when you eat this way per week and how many weeks in even a year or two, let alone a lifetime, we’ve posted that it’s essential to make a special effort to ONLY eat organic vegetables and fruit.

The argument that the risk from eating produce that has been sprayed with pesticides and herbicides is low because any one exposure has a low risk is bogus.

If you eat even 4 servings of vegetables and one of fruit a day, that’s 1825 exposures a year and 365,000 in 20 years.

If 1,000 exposures to an herbicide can harm you; and you don’t eat almost 100 % organic produce, you’re looking at being harmed 365 times!

And, if one out of 100,000 exposures can cause severe harm that many exposures will harm you 3 or 4 times that severely.

In the United States today, it’s likely impossible to eat 100% organic produce.  But if you arrange to buy only organic produce and do so reliably, you can approach 98% at least.

We already know that Roundup with its glyphosate is heavily used on GMO crops where the point of the genetic modification is to make the food crop survive its heavy use.

So if you avoid eating corn and canola and the other foods that are GMO and heavily sprayed, you can avoid the harms from glyphosate or at least cut them way down.

Since the grains fed animals fed grain are heavily sprayed with herbicides, avoiding protein foods that come from animals fed grain avoids a BIOCONTRATED exposure to the herbicides used.

But in the United States, I found out in a recent email from

Alliance for Natural Health USA
    with the article at:  http://www.anh-usa.org/as-bad-as-glyphosate/

that there is another threat to your health -- harming your love making and reproductive abilities in particular -- that is as grave a health threat as Glyphosate.

It also is used on foods that most people eat including one kind of oil some people think of as a health food.

Here are some quotes from that article:

[As I often do, any comments I add are in these kinds of brackets.]

"As Bad as Glyphosate? Atrazine likely is bad or even worse AND it builds up in ground water too!

What the EPA did report, however, vindicates the research of Tyrone Hayes, PhD, who found that atrazine exposure was chemically castrating male frogs.

Atrazine does not typically kill animals outright, but has been shown to adversely affect their developmental, hormonal, and reproductive systems. In its draft report, the EPA also acknowledges that adverse effects on animals can occur at exposure levels much lower than previously thought.

The EPA is expected to release its assessment of atrazine’s impact on human health later this year.

But the risk to farm children is already known to be particularly severe. One analysis of towns in the “corn belt” found that tap water in some communities contained fourteen times the legally allowed amount of atrazine.

In some towns, infants reached their maximum lifetime safe dosage of atrazine in less than four months. This analysis was done in the late 1990s—and levels are almost certainly worse, since more and more of the stuff is being dumped on crops each year.

Its use is banned in Europe because they found it contaminated ground water enough to be problematic and as a chlorinated hydrocarbon it lasts for over 22 years once it reaches that level.”

I looked up the crops atrazine is used on in the United States and found that the water in many of the cities that are in farming country or on the Mississippi River that drains them have dangerous enough tap water to be worth paying up for filters for your drinking and cooking water and the water you use for bathing or showers.

Here’s what I found:

Atrazine, one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States, is intentionally applied to crops, especially corn, sugarcane, pineapples, and sorghum.

It's also used on "Triazine Tolerant (TT) canola" AND Golf courses.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atrazine has a map of the states likely to have dangerous atrazine levels in their drinking water:

Roughly the states from the Southern part of South Dakota to Kansas East to Southern Michigan and Ohio and the cities on the Mississippi river from there (St Louis to Memphis to Little Rock and downstream from there and heaviest in Iowa and Illinois.)

Also, if atrazine is used on sugar cane and pineapple in Hawaii, some cities in Hawaii may be affected.

If cane sugar is from atrazine sprayed sugar cane and beet sugar from sugar beets is mostly GMO, most sugar likely has Glyphosate or Atrazine residue.

Almost as bad, 96% of canola oil is from Triazine Tolerant (TT) canola which is GMO and also sprayed with atrazine.

1.  This suggests that not eating most beet or cane sugar may be wise, not just because excess sugar is bad for you; but because such sugars may contain these herbicide contaminants.

Because I’ve not seen sources of organic, nonGMO beet or cane sugar – or molasses that comes from sugar cane, it may be that the only safe kind of sugar to eat is raw, local honey and real maple syrup. 

2.  Canola oil even from organic sources which is supposed to be nonGMO such as Whole Foods uses is harmful due to its high amount of pro-inflammatory omega 6 oils.  I even saw on Mike Geary’s website that it contains some hydrogenated oils, which cause heart and other diseases.

This atrazine information means that the canola oil many people use IS from GMO canola and is even worse for your health.

So the canola oil you may know to avoid already and factory farmed sources of protein and sugar and high fructose corn syrup made from corn was all well worth avoiding.

Now you know a second reason to avoid these foods!   

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