(NaturalHealth365) Pesticide exposure is no laughing matter. These man-made, toxic chemicals have been linked to all sorts of issues like, death to wildlife, birth defects, learning disabilities and even cancer.
Every farmer and local politician should be fed up with the poisoning of our communities and just say “No More” to these harmful farming practices! It’s time to institute organic farming methods (worldwide); financially support chemical-free, food suppliers and send a powerful message to biotech companies, like Monsanto – the game is over.
Even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) admits, “By their very nature, most pesticides create some risk of harm – Pesticides can cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment because they are designed to kill or otherwise adversely affect living organisms.”
Yet, most corporately-owned, politicians and “health” experts wonder why people are getting so sick. It can only be a “mystery” when your vision is clouded by greed and fear of losing your job.
The connection linking pesticide exposure to chronic diseases continue to strengthen, despite all the efforts to restrict individual chemical exposure. There are over 104 studies that have looked at exposure to weed, fungus, rodent, and bug killers and the documented cost to human health is staggering.
Pesticide use on our food supply has deadly consequences
Of the 40 most commonly used pesticides in schools, 28 are known to cause cancer, 14 are endocrine disruptors, 28 can adversely affect reproduction, while 26 are nervous system toxins, and 13 can cause birth defects. If school administrators really want our kids to improve their intelligence and productivity – then remove the chemicals from school lunches and building cleaning supplies.
How can any person, in their right mind, believe that our government really cares about us – when they allow these deadly substances to be used. Especially, when we know that we can (successfully) grow healthy food – following organic methods.
More than 50 pesticide active ingredients have been identified as endocrine disruptors by the European Union. Endocrine disruptors are the mechanism for many cancers, learning disorders, reproductive health issues and even Parkinson’s disease.
In fact, scientific research reveals the chances of developing Parkinson’s disease are 33 to 80 percent higher in those exposed to pesticides. In controlled studies, exposure to the weed killer paraquat or the fungicides maneb and mancozeb are associated with at least two times the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
The use of these deadly chemicals is a perfect example of the “legalized” killing of all life on this planet.
The risk increases in a dose related manner; the longer one was exposed to these chemicals, the higher the risk.
Alzheimer’s disease patients need to read below…
Many studies link pesticides to neurological damage and research is now understanding the link between pesticides and Alzheimer’s disease. One recent study, of an agricultural community in Utah, showed an increased risk among pesticide exposed individuals to all types of dementia.
The greatest risk of Alzheimer’s is from organophosphate exposure followed by organochlorines. If you want to avoid the risk – buy locally grown, chemical-free (organic) food.
If you’re having trouble breathing – don’t eat the chemicals
Studies show that pesticides trigger asthma attacks and research clearly warns us about the dangers of these immune-suppressing substances. A landmark study found that children exposed to herbicides in their first year of life are 4.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with asthma before the age of five. Toddlers exposed to insecticides are over two times more likely to get asthma.
Politicians should all be put on notice – if you really care about the children in your community – help us to criminalize the use of toxic chemicals in our food supply.
Birth defects are not an accident
In 2005, three babies were born in Florida with severe birth defects from mothers who worked at Ag-Mart Produce – a company that produces chemically-treated tomatoes and other agricultural products. These births helped to highlight the dangers of pesticide exposure.
The reports show the highest rates of birth defects for U.S. babies occurs when conception takes place during the spring and summer months, when pesticide use is at its highest, and large concentrations are in the water supply.
The strongest association is found with the following birth defects: spina bifda, cleft lip, clubfoot and Down’s syndrome. We often hear that it’s time to “clean up our environment” – let’s start by outlawing these toxic poisons.
The link between cancer and pesticide use has been scientifically validated; so far 19 of 30 lawn pesticides have been linked to cancer.
Scientific databases reveal 30 studies linking pesticide use to brain cancer. Researchers know that insecticides target the nervous system and this can play a role in many forms of brain cancers.
Cancers that originate in the lymph system are known as lymphomas and include both Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The incident of non-Hodgkin lymphoma has been increasing and has doubled since the 1970’s. There are over 46 studies that link pesticides to lymphoma.
According to the Lymphoma Foundation of America, 75 out of 99 epidemiologic studies found a link between pesticide use and this condition.
Please share this news, because the need to go green has never been more important. There are 40 plus chemicals classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as “possible” human carcinogens, which are still being used today. But, I believe, as we wake up our fellow human beings – we can create a safer (healthy) world for ourselves and future generations.
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About the author: Jonathan Landsman is the managing director of NaturalHealth365.com and host of the NaturalNews Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show sponsored by NaturalHealth365.com and NaturalNews.com. Jonathan is helping millions of people worldwide create health and physical fitness through a variety of educational and entertaining articles, teleconference calls, live shows and special events.
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