One of the current issues concerning health is whether there are any health benefits of eating organic food and the effect that pesticides may have on ones health. Over the years it has become quite clear that there are some harmful health drawbacks of eating foods that were produced using pesticides in the process. Studies have been done to test for the amounts of pesticides in the human body system to see exactly what we are dealing with in terms of pesticides.
Scientists in parts of the world and the U.S. have been effective in linking pesticides to:
Organ and tissue damage
Though there has been no official halt to pesticide production and usage, many people are now turning to organic food for health and safety reasons. Many are afraid that pesticides are also linked to the high cancer rates, and numerous scientists and doctors are in agreement that there is indeed something bad going on. The alarmingly high cancer rates in the U.S and Europe in the late 20th century and the dawn of the 21st century makes many wonder if we as humans are finally paying the price for using chemical additives and pesticides in food. The dangers of pesticides have certainly sparked a lot of attention from intellectuals across the world.
Another source of concern is the safety of children. It has been noted that breast milk in mothers who don’t live an organic lifestyle have been found to have pesticides. Women who eat non organic meat have been shown to have hormones and antibiotics in their breast milk as well. Children who don’t live organic lifestyles have been tested and were found to have antibiotics and hormones in their tissues. Pesticides have been shown to bring even more harm to children because their bodies are still developing.
In recent years, pet owners have been informed of the heightened risk that their beloved pets can be exposed to the dangers associated with ticks. I am sure that most of us are aware that ticks are responsible for the spread of several diseases; however, what you may not already know is that the number of ticks in our surrounding environments has been on the rise. Therefore, your pets have an increasing chance of becoming infected by a tick.
There are several contributing factors which have contributed to the sudden increased reproduction of ticks. Previously, ticks were considered a seasonal pest; therefore, associated diseases were mainly spread during the summer months. However, due to a trend in warmer climates, ticks have been found to breed year round in many areas. Additionally, the continued urbanization of our forests has placed our pets at greater risk for tick infestation. Also, more pet owners are spending more time with their pets outdoors in highly trafficked areas, which aids in their exposure to ticks.
Ticks can carry several various life-threatening diseases to include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Canine Ehrliciosis. Additionally, Relasping Fever, Canine Hemobartonella, Babesia, Hepatozoonosis, and Tularemia are diseases less commonly transmitted, but nevertheless can be detrimental to your pets health.
I honestly don’t know too many people who aren’t soda drinkers and that’s bad news. A majority of soft drinks contain the deadly sugar substitute known as high fructose corn syrup. The sweetener is also found in most processed foods like peanut butter, pancake syrup and even some prepackaged meats.
This modified sugar is believed to be the number one reason for diseases of the liver, obesity and diabetes. Recent studies have even showed that the addictive sweetener could cause an insulin resistance for those who have diabetes.
That’s pretty scary since diabetes has been a major health concern over the recent years. Of course the USDA isn’t really concerned about the possible effects of the processed sweetener. Maybe it’s because they’re interested in consumers spending as much money as possible on the medical supplies needed in order to fight the disease or maybe they believe it is our responsibilty to make wise choices. Who knows what goes through their minds.
Of course the responsibilty part may be true, but it’s certainly not easy when there are very few healthy food choices that don’t contain the man made sugar. Still, we do have the power to make better food and drink choice by eliminating the processed foods and soda that contains the dangerous substance.
A word about Arthritis Drugs. In a word, if at all possible, don’t take them! The most common painkillers are the anti-inflammatories, Ibuprofen and Diclofenac. Some are prescribed by qualified medical practitioners and some are even available over the counter. Codeine, which is also commonly prescribed, is a narcotic and is therefore addictive and can cause drowsiness and constipation.
I don’t want to be alarmist but I feel I must warn you about the risk of serious side effects from these drugs, which are more common than you may think. In certain circumstances, you may be ten times more at risk of a heart attack from taking these drugs.
There is a wealth of reliable evidence, from authoritative agencies, such as The Arthritis Research Campaign, The US Food and Drug Agency and The British Medical Association, all supported by proven statistics.
Whilst the side effects from moderate, infrequent use are normally not significant, prolonged use, by certain sectors of the public can be so serious as to be life-threatening.
These anti-inflammatory drugs are known as NSAIDS, which is an abbreviation of non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs. There are various possible minor side effects but the real dangers are of stomach ulcers, intestinal bleeding, heart attacks and strokes. The risk of these is much increased if you are elderly or if you have been taking these drugs over a prolonged period and especially if you already have heart problems or high blood pressure.