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Toxins threaten our food supply and health

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November 11, 2015 (Updated: August 16, 2018)
Lily Moran

You’ve probably read that bee populations are in serious decline worldwide, suddenly vanishing, in record numbers, over the past several years.

From 2003 through 2013, for example, over 40% of the bee colonies in the U.S. have suffered Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

Something is making otherwise healthy bees unable to find their home hive. Those that do return soon die. The hive ceases to exist as a productive entity.

In a world that threatens countless other species with extinction, why do bees get the headlines?

Because this a deadly serious problem that threatens to disrupt the entire global food chain.

Including us.

Yes, this sounds like an hysterical science fiction movie plot.

Now, take out “hysterical” and “fiction.”

What’s left is “science.”

No bees, no food.

It’s been estimated that 84 percent of crops grown for human consumption require insect pollination.

What disappears when bees disappear?

Kiss your smoothies, nachos, lattes, fruits, nuts, veggies, herbs, and more goodbye.

Now for the bad news

Some of the pesticides that kill bees are now in the food we eat.

Pesticides with chemicals that obstruct the normal development and function of the human nervous system…

…chemicals that damage brain structures and functions associated with learning and memory…

…that wipe out friendly bacteria that help us function and fend off myriad diseases…

…that are linked to an increase in the frequency of several human diseases, including autism and gastrointestinal disorders…

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…that have been banned outright by the European Food Safety Authority…

…that Big BioTech companies bully farmers into using on some 80 percent of commercial food crops in the U.S.

Can you tell this makes me furious?

The killing fields—from the inside out

Pesticides used to be sprayed on the leaves of plants as they grew. Today’s “best practice” (pronounced “worst practice”) is to coat plant seeds with pesticide before planting them. When the seed germinates, the plant absorbs the pesticide and distributes it to all of its parts—roots, leaves, the “food” it produces, and the now pesticide-laced pollen that bees eat and also carry back to the hive—if they don’t die first.

So the fruits, nuts, vegetables, beans, herbs, and spices that hit your supermarket shelves are by no means the healthy, happy, natural products they claim to be.

Cleansing—from the inside out

Let’s assume the worst. Unless you’ve been eating nothing but fresh, local, and organic foods for years, it’s very likely you have some pesticides rummaging around in your system, looking for ways to make trouble.

You may have no symptoms. But my patients often complain of any or many of these “red flags” that tell me detoxification is in order:

  • Weight management problems
  • Headaches
  • Allergies or skin rashes
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Problems with digestion or elimination
  • Anger, depression, anxiety, irritability
  • Blood sugar imbalance
  • Frequent colds, flu, or infections
  • Elevated cholesterol

Given the barrage of chemicals and radiation we’re hit with every minute of the day, I recommend a periodic detox for everyone—tailored to each individual’s health profile.

In this case, the liver is the target. You’ll be overloaded with opinions as to the “best” liver detox. Talk them over with your doc this or any other detox.

I’m a big fan of detox by juicing—raw, ORGANIC, fruits and veggies only, for a day, three days, up to a month. You get all the nutrients and antioxidants without having to chew, you give your digestive system a break, and you’re getting lots of cleansing liquids.

There are plenty of online menus to advise you on the best mix—which fruits, which veggies, how much, how often, etc.

And I have to stress organic here, because otherwise you run the risk of reintroducing the very pesticides and chemical fertilizers you’re trying to shed.

I also recommend an ancient Ayurvedic practice called “oil pulling.” You take a tablespoon of vegetable oil—coconut, sesame, or sunflower are most commonly used—and gently move it around your mouth and between your teeth for five minutes (some recommend up to 30 minutes). It “pulls” toxins from your mouth (no swallowing!) and seems to deliver overall health benefits.

Not everyone’s a believer—but that’s the case with so many ancient remedies.

You could also do a daily dose of blended:

  • Juice of one lemon or lime
  • One tablespoon of olive oil
  • One garlic clove

Increase the amount of the olive oil by one tablespoon and the garlic by one clove, every day for a week. You can also add some greens: parsley, cilantro, kale. Powerhouse cleansers.

Again, talk with your doctor about any and all liver or other detox techniques. And remember the best way to be clean of toxins is to avoid them in the first place. That means safe, healthy eating (fresh, local, organic, no hidden pesticides), with exercise, time outdoors, and an active social life.

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