Eating organic September 15, 2007Posted by Dreamhealer in Diet.
(September 12, 2007) — Since we know that we are what we eat, digest, absorb and eliminate, we should try to ensure that what we are eating is the most nutritional and is the least toxic as possible. Eating organic food is the best way to supply these nutrients and keep the toxic burden on our bodies down.
All life is organic and we were designed to eat organic foods. In organic agriculture, farming techniques are used that respect and encourage life, including the microbes in our living soil. Manufactured chemicals for pesticides, herbicides and fungicides are not used because they will damage the living soil; only composts and cover cropping are used to enrich soil fertility.
We have been eating organic produce since the beginning of time, except for the last 50-plus years. In the past half-century, conventional agriculture has changed to high chemical use, and produce has become more toxic, less nutritious and less flavorful.
Organic foods are less toxic to the body than nonorganic foods. Ninety percent of fungicides, 60 percent of all herbicides and 30 percent of insecticides are considered carcinogenic by the Environmental Protection Agency. Organic agriculture produces a wide variety of crops without these harmful chemicals. Organic produce has lower levels of heavy metal toxins than nonorganic foods. Organic foods contain 40 percent less aluminum, almost 30 percent less lead and 25 percent less mercury. These toxic pesticide levels and heavy metal levels are especially dangerous to young children, who are more sensitive to their deleterious effects. Studies have shown that chemical pesticide residues in the serum and fat cells of women greatly increase the risk of breast cancer.
Organic produce has more nutritional value. Research shows that organic produce has higher values of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and trace minerals. Organic foods are higher in chromium, selenium, calcium, boron, lithium, manganese, strontium, magnesium and other minerals, many of which we recommend to patients.
Research also shows that some pesticides significantly lower the vitamin levels in plants. The nutrients most often affected are vitamin C, the B vitamins and beta carotene, which are necessary for the body to get rid of chemical toxins.
Eating organic food and drinking pure water affects our health in a positive manner. Organic foods increase the nutritional information that our bodies need and lower the toxic burden on our bodies, enabling us to achieve optimal health.
Les Moore is a doctor of naturopathy, holds a master’s of science in Oriental medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist. He is director, Integrative Medicine, at Clifton Springs Hospital, Ontario County.