Organics Quickly Improve Health

Here’s a new research finding that shows how quickly our bodies respond to a better diet.

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Study Shows Toxic Pesticide Levels in Families Dropped by 60% After One-Week Organic Diet

 

“This important study shows how quickly we can rid our bodies of toxic pesticides by choosing organic,” says researcher

 

Jon Queally, staff writer

February 12, 2019

Common Dreams

 

The study tested four diverse American families in Oakland, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Baltimore after eating their typical diet of conventional food for six days and then after a controlled diet of all organic food for six days.

A new peer-reviewed study shows that eating a completely organic diet —even for just one week — can dramatically reduce the presence of pesticide levels in people, a finding that was characterized as “groundbreaking” by critics of an industrial food system that relies heavily on synthetic toxins and chemicals to grow crops and raise livestock.

Published in the Environmental Research, the study — titled Organic Diet Intervention Significantly Reduces Urinary Pesticide Levels in U.S. Children and Adults (pdf) — found that switching to an organic diet significantly reduced the levels of synthetic pesticides found in all participants.

Study co-author Kendra Klein, PhD, senior staff scientist at Friends of the Earth, said …

 

“We all have the right to food that is free of

toxic pesticides. Farmers and farmworkers

growing our nation’s food and the rural

communities they live in have a right

not to be exposed to chemicals linked

to cancer, autism and infertility.

 

“And the way we grow food should

protect, not harm, our environment.

We urgently need our elected leaders

to support our farmers in making

healthy organic food available for all.”

 

The study tested the urine of four diverse American families in Oakland, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Baltimore after eating their typical diet of conventional food for six days and then after a controlled diet of all organic food for six days.

According to FOE, the pesticide and pesticide metabolite levels detected in participants dropped by an average 60.5 percent after just six days of eating the all-organic diet. Specifically, the testing showed significant reductions in pesticides associated in the past with increased risk of autism, cancers, autoimmune disorders, infertility, hormone disruption, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.

Among the key findings:

 

  • 61% drop in chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide known to damage children’s developing brains. Exposure is associated with increased risk of autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, and IQ loss.

 

  • 95% drop in malathion, another neurotoxic organophosphate pesticide and a probable human carcinogen according to the World Health Organization.

 

  • 83% drop in clothianidin, a neonicotinoid pesticide. Neonicotinoids are associated with endocrine disruption and changes in behavior and attention, including an association with autism spectrum disorder. Neonicotinoids are also a main driver of massive pollinator and insect losses, leading scientist to warn of a “second silent spring.”

 

  • 43-57% drop in pyrethroids, a class of pesticides associated with endocrine disruption and adverse neurodevelopmental, immunological and reproductive effects.

 

  • 37% drop in 2,4-D, one of two ingredients in Agent Orange. 2,4-D is among the top five most commonly used pesticides in the U.S. and is associated with endocrine disruption, thyroid disorders, increased risk of Parkinson’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, developmental and reproductive toxicity and other health issues.

 

Tara, one study participant from Baltimore, said …

 

“Everyone has the right to clean

organic food. That is a human right.”

 

Sharyle Patton, director of the Commonweal Biomonitoring Resources Center and co-author of the study, said …

 

“This important study shows how quickly

we can rid our bodies of toxic pesticides

by choosing organic. Congratulations to

the families who participated in the study

and their willingness to tell their stories

in support of creating a food system

where organic is available to all.”

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As you likely know, organic foods do cost more. But … if you include the cost of health care stemming from foods that aren’t as helpful in ensuring our health, the cost may actually be considerably less.

Organic foods were, for a long time, tiny grocery stores on the fringe of mainstream grocery provision. Now, stores such as Whole Foods or Trader Joes have an abundance of organic choices … as do traditional supermarkets that are increasingly responding to their buyers’ demands.

This research seems to simply reinforce the benefits of organic food. And living in greater health is truly part of “sustainable living.”

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