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Why Eliminating Pesticide Intake Can Improve Your Health

Why Eliminating Pesticide Intake Can Improve Your Health

Pesticides. They are everywhere. Approximately 5.6 billion pounds of pesticides are used worldwide each year. The United States alone uses more than 1 billion of those pounds. That’s a lot of chemicals!

Although there is a recent shift to reduce pesticide use with more organic farming, our exposure is still high. The US Department of Agriculture estimates that 50 million people in the US obtain their drinking water from groundwater that is potentially contaminated with pesticides and chemicals. 

Besides pesticides, there are various other toxins in our skincare products, cosmetics, food packaging, and thermal paper. Examples include: 

  • Bisphenol A (BPA), often found in cans, water pipes, and thermal paper.
  • Parabens in personal care products, foods, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Phthalates in plastics and cosmetics. 

Persistent Disruptors to Your Health

There is also a subset of chemicals that fall under the title “Persistent Endocrine Disruptors.” These are chemicals that alter or affect hormones negatively. We use the term “persistent” because these are chemicals that stay in the environment for a long time—even after they are banned. PCB and DDT fall under this category. They bioaccumulate in the food chain, meaning the amount of chemical accumulation increases as we go up the food chain. So often, bigger fish will have more chemicals in them after eating many small fish that have had minor exposure. For this reason, it is better to consume small fish lower on the food chain such as sardines and avoid bigger fish higher on the food chain such as tuna and swordfish.

Chemicals Affect You in Many Ways

Chemicals can enter our body through skin absorption, inhalation, or ingestion. They can contribute to infertility, acne, poor memory, fatigue, headaches, digestive symptoms, and potentially contribute to the development of cancer or neurological disease. Harvard University is working on an ongoing trial titled “The Environment and Reproductive Health Study: a prospective preconception cohort,” better known as “The EARTH study,” which is an ongoing study that is investigating how environmental, nutritional, and lifestyle factors impact the fertility of men and women. Thus far, the study has concluded that environmental chemical exposures in men and women are associated with reduced fertility and a higher risk of adverse outcomes. There is also evidence that chronic moderate pesticide exposure is neurotoxic and increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease. 

How Pure Life Clinic Can Help You

Unfortunately, we can not avoid all pesticides or chemicals in our environment—unless you are Bubble Boy (but that’s no way to live!). Rather we must strengthen our detoxification organs (liver, kidney, skin, colon, and lungs) and limit our exposure as much as possible. The best ways to strengthen the detox organs are with food, nutrients, and herbs. Talk with one of our doctors to determine what steps you can take to clean up your body and reduce exposure. 

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