Food Allergy and Pesticides
Could Pesticides and Food Allergies Be the reason your sick?
If you are exposed to higher amounts of chemicals used to kill crop pests you are also more likely to suffer from food allergies.
Anything that kills pest might have the potential to raise Food allergy risks. People who are exposed to higher amounts of chemicals like those in chlorinated water to pesticides used to kill crop pests are also more likely to suffer from food allergies. It’s possible that chemicals used to kill insects can influencing the immune system’s reaction to food triggers. Both environmental pollution and the prevalence of food allergies are increasing in the United States, the results are that these two phenomena might be linked.In the United States, food allergies effect between 1-3% of adults and between 6-8 % of children. And bad reactions to foods have grown more common in recent years, with as much as a 20% increase in kids in the last decade.
Do you suffer from frequent headaches? Maybe you’ve felt tired or nervous or irritable for no particular reason. Or are you experiencing pain somewhere in your body, but you just can’t put your finger on why or where? Well your not crazy, you could be being poisoned, by pesticides that is. You may be a victim of pesticide poisoning if you’ve experienced any of these symptoms: fatigue, aching bones, headache, indeterminate body pains, chronic tiredness, mental confusion, fever or other “cold-like” and “flu-like” symptoms.
Many times you may be poisoned by pesticide residues in or on your food and just not realize it. Pesticide poisoning goes virtually undetected by doctors because they rarely recognize the symptoms for what they are. Since you may not have become immediately sick after eating pesticide-contaminated food, you may not connect your negative feelings with the poisons you just ate. As many as five thousand people die each year as a direct result of pesticides. And a staggering 5 million people or more are victims of pesticide poisonings and go unreported or undiagnosed each year.
Everybody in the world, no matter where you live or what you eat, have pesticide residues throughout your body. Pesticides are especially damaging to the liver and spleen. Blood disorders such as leukemia and anemia have increased with the use of pesticides. More leukemia cases are reported in primary farm states that have the highest amounts of pesticide use. Liver disorders such as hepatitis, jaundice and other ailments have skyrocketed with pesticide use. It is now believed that the greater number of hepatitis cases may be caused by DDT on the leaves of green vegetables. Although we can’t blame all our nation’s ills on pesticide use, pesticide poisoning is real. Stillbirths, miscarriages and deformed babies occur most where pesticide use has increased the quickest.
The government is doing a miserable job of keeping pesticides out of our environment. Agribusiness aggressively promotes the use of these poisons for profit, even when they know they are killing people! Although DBCP is now banned in the United States of America because it is believed to cause cancer and sterility, there are no restrictions on selling this pesticide to foreign countries. Banana plantations in Costa Rica, Honduras and Ecuador buy DBCP from us. They use it to kill soil-dwelling worms that attack the bananas. Then they ship the sprayed bananas back to the United States where you eat them. Imported produce is more likely to be highly poisoned than food grown in our country. The reason? Americans eat with their eyes, we won’t buy any fruits or vegetables with any insect marks or blemishes, so they are sprayed heavily. About four times as much spray as we use on our domestic crops. No insects ever touch that food, and you should never touch it either.
Is the situation hopeless? Do we have to sit back and allow ourselves to be poisoned for someone else’s bank account? NO!! You can take actions today that may save the lives and health of all the people and wildlife on this planet. As much as possible, boycott the giant agricultural businesses who are chiefly responsible for pesticide production and use. Buy local and organic produce as much as possible. Support the small, independent farmers. Tell your local grocery store that you want more homegrown and unsprayed produce. Spend your dollars wisely so as to give little support to the food industries that use poison for profits.
You can consume less pesticides by growing your own fruits and vegetables. If you have extra room, grow additional poison-free food for friends and relatives. However, realize that pesticides are now throughout the environment. Rains carry deadly poisons from around the world and deposit them in your garden. Even homegrown and organically grown food is now being pesticide contaminated due to our polluted waterways. You can’t run away anymore from the problem, it’s being brought home to you, like it or not. If you can’t garden or raise your own food, grow sprouts. These are virtually poison tree food and may be had fresh all year round. Sprouting dried seeds and grains can help you consume less supermarket poisoned foods.
Yes, you can eat certain foods and avoid others to reduce your pesticide poisoning. By wisely choosing your foods, you can consume considerably less poisons than the average person. If you follow a good diet, you can be protected from most of the harmful effects of pesticides. For instance, uncooked foods present less of a problem to the body as it tries to separate the poisons from the food. If you cook your food, you’re creating chemical bonds with the poisons that may present difficulty. A little poison on your fresh fruits and vegetables won’t hurt you as much as the high amount of poisons most people get in the typical high-fat, high-meat American diet.
Excerpts from: “You’ve just Been Poisoned”