Archive | May, 2011

An Apple A Day May Not Be What You Think

16 May

by Phillip Tomlinson

We’ve all heard them at some time or other.  Unless, of course, we’ve spent most of our days in a fog.

As for being in a fog, hang on to that thought.

Anyway, if you’ve never been  made — during those childhood wonder years – to recite English proverbs, you’ve definitely heard them tossed around:

“A stitch in time saves nine,” “a penny saved is a penny earned,” “a drowning man will catch at a straw,” and so on.

And, heck, let’s throw “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” in the mix too — only because for our purpose that proverbial apple could be one hellavuh metaphor.

In fact, wolfing down those apples could be a big problem, without an adjustment.  No, kidding!  Just ask the Environmental Working Group — the consumer watchdog who wants to help us keep the doctor way.

As it turns out, those apples may only be the tip of the iceberg because, along with 11 other foods, we get what has been labeled the “dirty dozen” — a collection of non-organic fruits and vegetables which, if eaten habitually, could send us spiralling toward a titanic disaster.

Consider this: 

If you are eating these non-organic foods like there is no tomorrow, you could be ingesting a whopping 47 to 67 pesticides per serving.

Now, I don’t have to tell you that’s bad news, even  if you never read another word of this blog.

Cancer, anyone?  Reduced fertility?

Didn’t think there’d be any takers.

So, it’s safe to say you’d like to avoid being in a chemical fog that’ll, among other things,  inhibit the growth of immune cells, disrupt your hormonal balance, sabotage liver and kidney function and cause allergies.

And, oh, let’s not forget this other detail which has much to do with being in fog: 

One British study has shown that exposure to some commonly used pesticides like maneb, paraquat and diphenyl could do damage to the brain, possibly leading to Parkinson’s disease.  

Yeah, yeah, tell me about it:  Buying organic can get pretty expensive. 

Well, since at times we all need to save a buck or a lot more for that matter, there are also non-organic fruits and vegetables that are relatively pesticide-free.

If you’d like to start doing more to avoid being in the position of that drowning man, and would rather take it to heart that a stitch in time saves nine, then check out the BodinSync Prescription below.  You’ll find a list of the “dirty dozen” as well as those non-organic safe alternatives — dubbed “The Clean 15” — because their strong outer layer provides a defense against pesticide contamination. 

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The Non-organic “Dirty Dozen”:

 Peaches, celery, strawberries, apples, domestic blue berries, nectarines, sweet bell peppers, those vegetables of the spinach-kale-collard green group, cherries, potatoes, and imported grapes.

“The Clean 15” The Non-organic Safe Alternatives: 

Onions, avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, mangoes, sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi fruit, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, and sweet onions.

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