If you've read my book, you know my feelings about our food here in the U.S. If you haven't read my book Just Suck It Up, what are you waiting for? But in the book, I go into quite a bit of detail about the poor quality of the majority of our food. 90% of normal, non-organic grocery stores consists of foods that contain barely any nutritional value. To make it worse, they are filled with dyes, artificial flavoring, pesticides and herbicides, hormones, antibiotics, and other chemicals and toxins that are wreaking havoc on our bodies and immune systems. It's time to stop playing ignorant and start paying attention to what you're consuming. If not, you're rolling the dice for major health issues down the road. In this post I'm specifically going to address how bad pesticides and herbicides are for our health.
If you didn't know (it wasn't covered much by the media), Monsanto, the company behind the popular herbicide Round-Up, just lost a court case against a man who developed cancer after being around Round-Up for quite some time after working as a school groundskeeper. The courts ordered the company to pay the man a whopping $289M! That's a lot of money. No amount of money, though, can give this man his health back. He will have to go through intense treatment and a lot of pain to fight the awful disease.
Monsanto's glyphosate is the main weed killer used by the majority of non-organic farmers. There is more and more glyphosate residue being found in our food, such as Cheerios, cookies, crackers, and much, much more. Glyphosate is so bad for our health that it's listed as a possible human carcinogen. It's to the point, though, where the word "possible" needs to be removed. Monsanto, though, refuses to acknowledge that their product is poisoning hundreds of thousands of Americans and continues to claim that it's safe to consume in small amounts. I call bullshit! I believe it's a huge reason why cancer and disease rates are so high here in the U.S. It doesn't matter how little of residue is in our foods, it's not natural, and consumed over time can no doubt lead to some major health issues. If it's not toxic, why are farmers wearing full protective gear to apply the chemical? Doesn't make sense. It's because it is toxic, very toxic!
Why use pesticides and herbicides in the first place? $$$$, that's why. That's what it always comes down to. Let me explain. Let's compare an organic farmer that doesn't use pesticides and herbicides and a non-organic farmer that does. There's no doubt that the non-organic farmer will have a greater output of crops because of use of the chemicals. There will be less damaged, non-consumable goods. Greater output = greater profits. Farming is these people's living, so many are being forced to use toxic chemicals to sustain an income and support their families.
What can you do? First of all, shop at your local organic grocery store. Most organic foods are free of toxic chemicals, such as pesticides and herbicides. But in addition, though, you need to detox regularly as well. Consuming any small amount of toxins overtime breaks down the immune system and builds up in the body. Detoxing can help rid the body of those toxins. One thing that I do regularly is use an infrared sauna. Infrared saunas penetrate the skin and help you detox at the cellular level. They are much more effective at detoxing than traditional saunas. In addition, there are 2-4 week nutritional plans that you can follow to detox the body. Here is one that I go through about once per year.
The point of all this is that you need to be smart about what you consume. Regularly taking in toxic pesticide and herbicide residue is not healthy for you.