Has the word Organic been abused?

          Hey guys! Welcome to episode numero four! Of the higher healths show. This show we discuss the word Organic. This poor word really, it's been and continues to be slung around every day to express, define, sell, separate, and confuse folks. People want it because it makes sense to eat healthy food. It sounds right and technically should look a bit more right, as opposed to the big Frankenfoods grown today. Companies, on the other hand, looking to sell organic, is where stuff gets a bit crazy, and makes people wonder if it's all even worth it, in the end, to buy organic afraid that they are just purchasing something more expensive yet the same value as non-organic. Have you felt that way, if so, you are not alone. 

 

        That thought process is happening for a good reason. Let's have a brief look at why people are smart to be skeptics of foods sold as organic, skeptic if it's all worth it, and why we need to do our due diligence when it comes to the foods, we buy and so then also be skeptics of the word organic. Just as I write about organics, my program, on my computer, is telling me that the word organic is too repetitive, so I'm using it too much. I had to point this out because it just reminds me of what the food companies are doing with the word organic as well, it seems they are using it everywhere possible so that they can charge more. I have this program installed on my computer because on the best of days I'm guilty of absolutely butchering the English language. So my apologies to those listeners out there that have to sometimes deal with my ignorance, like my friend Travis, fellow language enthusiast that will have no hair by the end of my first year running a podcast after pulling it out over all the language mistakes I will be making on air. So here's my warning to all of you language buffs out there, it's a podcast on health, business, and lifestyle, forgive my language skills, unlike you I was not the good kid in class, I played sports and paid very little attention in English class, unfortunately. 

        Anyways, when you go to the store, I'm sure you are acutely aware of the organics aisles that exist now. You are also aware that if you walk down that aisle, you will find all of the same foods that are in other aisles of that same grocery store. However, they will be more expensive than the rest of the grocery store. So, is it worth it? That's the big question we want to address today. 

        Back in 2012, an article released from Stanford suggesting that Organic food was ultimately not worth it, explaining that it was not healthier, or any safer than conventional foods, kickstarted that conversation. It was articles like that, that got people talking, and thinking about organic food and if it was at all worth the investment, and that was probably the number one hang up for most folks as well. After all, certified organic foods, especially when they first came out in abundance were so expensively priced. Thank goodness that's come down a fair bit, but initially, you couldn't help but ask, or say, this is crazy I can't afford this, and how much better is the food anyway?

        Still today you will find that the mark up on the foods begs the question, is this food worth paying this much more for? 

But I digress, let's start with the word organic, what is it? It is defined as, derived from living organisms, of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides. So in layman's terms, real food utterly untampered by antibiotics, hormones, or any crap whatsoever. The good stuff we all want. 

 

        Where do you get organic foods? The best way that you know it's going to be completely untampered is by growing the food yourself. Otherwise, you will look to go to local farmer's markets or farmer's you know personally, and grocery stores to get your organic foods.

Now, there are going to be crappy things that happen all the time in business. That's just life, crappy people are going to be dishonest, and sell you items, and in this case, to stay on topic, foods that are not organic, yet have claims of being organic. Just like the five vendors out of the Toronto area that were busted by CBC for selling wholesale, non-organic produce with fake backstories of farms they supposedly owned. They were picking up wholesale foods, selling them at premium prices at several different farmers markets around the area. When asked, some were upfront about the produce not being theirs, others were not, so some shady dealings nevertheless. If you want to check that out, CBC shot that on September 29th, 2017, I will make sure to put it in the show notes if you do want to see it. So, it's stories like that that get folks on the cautious side. However, it's crucial that we also keep asking questions to ensure we do our best to know where this food is coming from.

        So, is eating organic food worth it? My opinion, absolufrigginlutely. When we look at the difference, we find that the food is way more concentrated with nutrient value like vitamin C, Polyphenols, and flavonoids. Consuming organic foods reduces exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Organic crops have higher levels of certain antioxidants such as phenolic acids, and anthocyanins, also, those eating organic foods have shown to boost a person's antioxidant intake by 40%, and antioxidants are crucial for optimal health. 

        The facts are in the farming, organic farming, with healthy soil, provides nutrient-dense foods that conventional agriculture cannot compete with. 

Now, let's discuss some of the downsides conventional farming has brought in for our health, and underline some of the risks in eating these foods.

The most commonly used and known pesticide used in conventional farming still today is Organophosphates.

This information sourced from the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

        Organophosphate pesticides are known for their hazards to human health. Prenatal exposure, for example, has been linked to delayed brain development, reduced IQ, and attention deficits.Symptoms of exposure include weakness, headache, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. Long-term exposure has been linked to neurological effects, such as:

 

Confusion and disorientation

Anxiety

Memory loss

Depression

Personality changes

 

According to the CDC, more than 75% of the population in the U.S have detectable Organophosphates in their urine.

 

        If you want even more information on the effects of Pesticides, I highly recommend picking up a book called "The myths of safe pesticides" by Andre Leu. 

Dr. Mercola interviewed Andre Leu; it was great to listen in, it was incredibly eye-opening to find out information that is ultimately relatively difficult to learn otherwise. 

        Andre puts into perspective how many pesticides are being used currently in farming practices, with more coming along each year to increase yields to farmers. 

He states that there are over 80,000 registered pesticides being used on crops in the U.S with only a few hundred being tested for safety. Pretty scary stuff. 

Now, while these pesticides have so many adverse effects on humans where we have all these issues and diseases influenced by toxins creating, or being a catalyst to cancers, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD, and neurodegenerative disease to name just a few. 

The alarming part for me is the effects on children, because of their inability to detoxify as well as adults the results become much worse and children are being born with all of these diseases, again from Autism to heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases to name a few. 

These chemicals are incredibly invasive and travel the bloodstream. 

Andre discusses a 2009 study where an environmental group found 232 chemicals in the placental cord blood of newborns in the United States. 

I found that absolutely mind-blowing to hear, and something that I believe we need to stop taking lightly. 

Then to make matters worse, children keep getting this exposure furthermore through breastmilk, without the protective serum proteins that adults have detoxification is a significant issue, and therefore proper development is an issue. 

 

         Numerous amounts of other things happen in the body when we introduce pesticides that we should be aware of, and why it's vital to eat way more organic food compared to conventionally farmed foods. 

Hormones, some of us may experience adverse health effects from our organs becoming overwhelmed, it's very important to keep these healthy considering the amount we rely on them to produce healthy hormone function in our body. It's the job of our liver and kidneys to remove toxins from our blood and to transport nutrients all over the body. When these become strained or overwhelmed their function diminishes, thus lowering our bodies ability to detoxify and to provide an adequate amount of hormones.

        Also, toxins love fat, this is exactly where it is stored in our body, and they can accumulate over time. Extra concerning considering our brains are made up of 70% fat, so then a potential area for these toxins to be stored, which leads to diseases such as Alzheimer's, dementia, and other irreversible brain disorders. 

 

        So, is eating organic worth it? I hope that I have helped you lean slightly more towards yes in this debate. I had fun doing up a bit of research for this episode, many who know me have had the luxury of cracking the odd joke about my addiction to anything organic, which is totally fine, however all jokes aside, I eat organic to be proactive about my health. I believe this is one of the most significant impacts you can make today towards better health. 

Especially for those young couples looking to conceive, start eating organic today, as much as you possibly can. Eliminating as much chemical as you can with your foods will drastically impact your health and your longevity for being disease free.

For help in making wise choices with foods, the EWD always releases a shoppers guide to pesticides in produce, to help you with which ones to buy organic to minimize how much pesticide ends up in your diet. 

You can search for that when you head to ewd.org, I will be sure to place that in the show notes as well for you all. 

 

         Well that's it folks, eat organic as much as you can, it most certainly makes a difference. Grow your own foods if at all possible, source out farmers or farmers markets, and start changing you and your family's health. 

I hope you enjoyed this episode, be sure to like and share this podcast with both friends and enemies, then maybe the enemies turn into friends, who knows, anyways, appreciate you listening in, chat to you soon in the next podcast!

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