Empty Harvest

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 No Commented
Categorized Under: Health care

THE POISONS IN THE SOIL

Commercial farmers in the United States sprayed over 1.1 billion pounds — 2% of the world’s total pesticides — in 2007. There are 21,000 pesticide products containing 860 active ingredients. All are designed to kill living organisms, which is why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prohibits claims that these chemicals are safe or nontoxic. The top ten pesticides applied in the agricultural market are glyphosate, atrazine, metolachlor-s, acetochlor, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid and pendimethalin, plus the fumigants, metam sodium, dichloropropene, methyl bromide and chloropicrin. POISONS IN THE SOIL

These are neurotoxic and known to cause cancer, birth defects, reproductive anomalies, liver and kidney damage and even death. They also cause developmental and behavioral abnormalities as well as hormone and immune dysfunctions. The most documented pesticide is Agent Orange, a defoliant sprayed during the Vietnam War. Over 4.8 million Vietnamese were exposed to it leading to 400,000 deaths and disabilities, and half a million children born with birth defects. Monsanto is one of the manufacturers of Agent Orange, glyphosate and other herbicides.

Despite the toxicity of our farmlands, hope exists when we choose to consume foods grown organically and work with a holistic health care practitioner. A colleague of mine who is a licensed acupuncturist in Monterey County, CA, helped a 20-year-old man whose psychiatrist had diagnosed with bipolar disorder and prescribed an atypical antipsychotic drug for the management of symptoms. During my colleague’s nutritional evaluation of the man, he discovered he had organophosphate toxicity impacting his fore-brain, cerebrospinal fluid, thyroid and adrenal glands. His mother reported when he was ten, his father had him help apply pesticides for hours.

She remembered the incident vividly because he was hurrying to finish spraying so that he could attend a birthday party. Instead, syncopy, nausea and tremors sent him to the emergency room. The pesticides continued to impact this boy’s life for over ten years. His reported “behavioral problems”, including a brief brush with gang association, can perhaps be traced, in part, to that day. Fortunately, the acupuncturist provided an individualized nutritional program, including Dr. Lee’s whole food concentrates to support his parotid, liver and adrenal glands. In just six months, he had detoxified the organophosphates out of his body, his bipolar symptoms disappeared, and his psychiatrist removed the bipolar medications from his program. He and his family are very excited about how whole food nutrition has helped him start a new life, healthy and un-medicated. Each and every one of us can live such a life.