By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
Apples and Long Term Pesticide Toxicity
Fall is here! The air is crisp and cool, and the autumnal foliage is shining brightly! It is finally time to slip into some jeans and a comfy sweater! One of the favorite fall time activities is picking apples and making jams, pies, and cider! Do you know what you are bringing home to eat or drink that is on your apples?
Could even small amounts of pesticide products lead to pesticide toxicity? If you eat your suggested nine servings of fruit and vegetables, even trace amounts begin to build up in your system. This pesticide buildup leads to the “the cocktail effect” — interactions between chemicals that render the total more harmful than the risks associated with any given chemical in isolation. Your body is incredible at protecting you. Did you know when you introduce a toxin or excess sugar to your body, it either processes it or wraps it in fat? Yes, that spare tire you have is your body looking out for you! I am sorry to say that I have seen cases where the toxic effects of pesticides have caused the inability to lose weight.
So is it true that one apple with trace amounts of pesticide toxicity shouldn’t worry you? Sadly that is not the case. There are over 270 toxins in your body at any given time; babies are born with a toxic load. There are 100s of 1000s of know chemicals, and only a fraction have been “deemed safe” by the FDA. Many of these “safe toxins” are banned in other countries.
How many chemicals are you exposed to daily? There’s no way to know for sure, but chances are toxic chemicals, and pesticide toxicity is in your food and many items you touch hundreds, if not thousands, of toxins a day.
How big a toxic burden you have or how much exposure to pesticides is primarily related to your purchasing decisions and lifestyle. While environmental pollution is undoubtedly a factor, primary routes of chronic exposure to chemical and pesticides toxicity include your diet, personal care, and household products.
Tests have confirmed that those who eat non-organic foods and use chemical-based products tend to have far higher levels of toxins, including pesticide toxicity, in their system. Your choice of building materials and furniture can also play a role, as many contain toxic chemicals like flame retardants.
Different chemicals are associated with various side effects:
Insecticides primarily produce nervous system problems, such as headaches
Fungicides tend to have skin-related symptoms
Herbicides are associated with digestive and skin problems.
Glyphosate, a widely used herbicide worldwide, has been linked to an array of health effects, including:
Nutritional deficiencies, especially minerals
Disruption of your microbiome; preferentially affecting beneficial bacteria and allowing pathogens to overgrow
Increased antibiotic resistance
Increased cancer risk
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