Pesticide Here, Emulsifier There, Here A Toxin, There A Toxin By James P Urban, DC

Several years ago I attended a Chiropractic convention in New Jersey. There were several vendors set up outside our conference room. A small vendor, easily overlooked by most, was selling nutritional items and products. He caught my attention, probably because I was getting hungry and he was providing snacks! As I approached his booth, I noticed a package of – cover the childrens eyes – Twinkies sitting benignly on the shelf in his booth. “Why would a vendor selling organic health food products have a package of Twinkies on display? ” I asked myself. So, being the curious soul I am, I asked, “Whats with the Twinkies”. Does this look like it sat on the shelf for five years? And feel it. Does this feel like its five years old? I just stood there in amazement. Understand, Ive had my share of Twinkies and fast food in my lifetime. Growing up, we ate what tasted and made us feel good, never giving a thought to the possible health effects later in life. But, Ive now done the research.

Ive spent years learning and, more importantly, understanding what were doing to ourselves. Consider this. Food today isnt what it was to our grandparents. Over the last 50-plus years our food industry has changed dramatically. Will we ever know? The use of these chemicals in our food supply is incredibly widespread. Worse, we may never know the threats they pose to, and ultimate toll they might take on, our bodies. Use of these chemicals is only now being questioned and not likely to decline any time soon. My point is this. Not enough time, effort and money are being directed to investigating the affects of these chemicals on humans. What does that mean? Its up to us; you and me! We can minimize our exposure to these chemicals. • A periodic fast will help flush out the toxins. This can be followed up with a colonic treatment to help flush out the debris.

• Supplementing our diets with digestive enzymes will help with proper digestion, which helps our natural detox systems do a better job of eliminating waste build-up. And something else: pesticides and herbicides that are sprayed on our foods. Does simple washing with plain water really eliminate them and the possible harm they do over time? And what about the genetically modified foods that are grown in the labs? Are these yet another source of long-term contamination? The truth is, we just dont know because science hasnt provided enough data on long-term effects. More about pesticides, herbicides and GMF in future articles. Dont eat processed foods. Believe it or not, avoiding processed foods is easier than it sounds and, once a person gets in the “avoidance” habit, it gets easier and easier. Today, convenience and comfort too often determine our food choices. Little effort is spent searching for the foods that are best for our bodies. • Nearly 70% of food advertising is for convenience foods, candy and snacks, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and desserts.

Just 2.2% is for fruits, vegetables, grains or beans (Marion Nestle, “Food Politics,” pg. • Fast food restaurants are growing in popularity because of peoples busy lives. They dont (think they) have time to sit down and plan, then prepare a meal. Meal planning is way down on their lists. • Choose organic foods and organic farming. Probably, but how much are you worth? • Shop at food coops or join a food coop that supplies organic meats and produce. Just because a store has an organic section or bins marked “Organic” does not mean that everything is 100% safe. Read up and get smart about what “organic” really means. Youll feel better – literally and figuratively. • Prepare your meals ahead of time, before you leave for the day. Weekends are the perfect time to plan, shop for and prepare many of the weeks meals. That way, theyll be ready when you are. • Check labels – read whats in the can or box.

And know that there are many additives the FDA does not require manufacturers to list on labels. • Do your homework – check the foods that you already have in your house and research some of the ingredients to determine what you do not want to continue putting in your body. Recognize the chemicals that are harmful. There are volumes of free information on the Internet. • Create a support group in your area to bring about more awareness in your community. Youll be surrounded with consumers who share your values and concerns. This way, the benefits of healthy eating will be both physical and social. • Always buy food that is fresh and in season. • When in doubt, always bless your food. Dont ever forget the power of ”intention”. Intention involves the “willing” of an outcome backed by emotion and feeling to create a pattern of energy that further facilitates the desire.