We are living in a time when our soil has been depleted of healthy nutrients and saturated with petrochemical fertilizers, weed killers, and GMO crops. We are living in a time like that of Li Dong-yuan, founder of the Spleen-Stomach School of Chinese medicine; time when we are exposed to all sorts of unnatural things through eating making our digestive system weak, which makes us sick and susceptible to more serious illnesses. ADD/ADHD, autism, diabetes, heart disease, and lots of other disease that were rare once are on the rise. What is different? What we are eating is to some extent, but what is drastically different is how we grow our food.
Children are most easily harmed by this because, well, they are smaller than adults. They are also less likely to fresh vegetables and fruits in most cases, exposing them to huge amounts of preservatives, food additives, food coloring, GMOs and other chemicals.
Do a quick Google search, and you will find plenty of material linking these chemicals to disease. In kids, we see a correlation between pesticides and food coloring and ADD/ADHD. This is not particularly new information, but it does continued to be documented. And now the Western medical establishment is on board.
A recent article on MSNBC, quotes a doctor from Mount Sinai School of Medicine as saying: “For most people, diet is the predominant source. It’s been shown that people who switch to an organic diet knock down the levels of pesticide by-products in their urine by 85 to 90 percent.”
Time to break out your pocket copy of EWG’s Dirty Dozen, a list of the most heavily sprayed with pesticide vegetables and fruits. If it is that easy to reduce your child’s exposure to pesticides, that easy to potentially reduce symptoms of ADD/ADHD, is it not worth at least trying to go organic?