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Pesticide Exposure

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 14, 2017 5:00:00 AM / by Isadora Guggenheim & Winter Ninivaggi

Stop letting pesticides control your health.


 Pesticides are used extensively throughout the world.

In the U.S. alone, more than 18,000 products are licensed for use. Each year over 2 billion pounds of pesticides are applied to crops, homes, schools, parks and forests. This widespread use results in pervasive human exposure. Herbicides (weed-killers) are the most widely used form of pesticide and over 60% of these are documented endocrine disruptors. This includes interference with the thyroid system.

Pesticide exposure is relative in a range of diseases such as: Parkinson's cancers of all kinds, Alzheimer's, diabetes, obesity, etc.

Drop your pesticide levels by 90% in one week if you eat an organic diet.  Researchers measured DAPs or urinary dialkylphosphates in individuals who ate an organic diet for one week compared to those who ate a conventional diet.  We offer blood and urine pesticide testing at Second Nature.  We are your Detox Experts. 

Most of our pesticide exposure is through our food and alternate routes of exposure are through the air and skin absorption.  A recent study from Australia found that people who lived outside of the dense urban areas had higher exposures to pesticides even though they were not eating vast quantities of pesticide-rich food.  

Pesticides affect our nervous systems even in low doses.  Don't forget that pesticides were originally developed as nerve gas for chemical warfare.  We don't know what dose is considered safe and that fact coupled with exposures in individuals with genetic differences who aren't able to eliminate chemicals or have poor detoxification pathways and you have serious trouble with long-term consequences.  Several degenerative neurological disorders and blood cancers are linked to pesticide exposure.  

How can we protect ourselves and our families?

  • Buy local and organic. If not local then buy organic.This is the healthiest option in an imperfect world.  
  • Always rinse off your fruits and veggies with warm water. You can soak them in a pesticide remover soak.  This will not address the pesticides that leached into the internal fiber pectin.  
  • Don't enable the manufacturers.  Do not buy pesticides, weed killers or fertilizers that contain chemicals.  
  • Second Nature patients take XenoProtect, NAC and MaxDeFlam daily to protect against exposures.
  • Order Xymogen


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Topics: Healthy Living

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, RN, MS, CNS LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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