In a previous article I talked about small steps to eat healthier.
Well, a study is out showing a possible link between certain pesticides and ADHD. The survey studied over 1,100 children between the ages of 8 and 15. Interviews with the parents determined which children had ADHD.
The findings then found that for those kids with the most frequent pesticide found in their urine samples, 20% had ADHD as opposed to 10% in kids with no trace amounts.
So I ask you this: Is eating organic food really expensive?
I say it’s not.
Sure, buying organic food will eat up more of your wallet than non-organic at the cash register. Food shopping can eat up a large portion of a family’s budget, especially larger families.
But when you buy foods that are non-organic, that could be subject to pesticides, you are paying a cost that doesn’t show up in the price tag – your future health!
What does it cost in health care to deal with ADHD in a child?
What do the medications, doctor appointments, and the overall well-being of a child cost? What does falling behind in school because of concentration issues cost for a child?
And this doesn’t include any other harmful side affects pesticides may have.
Want to lower health care costs for the country?
Rather than focus on an all-inclusive health plan we could focus on preventive health which includes healthy eating and organic foods.
We tend to be a society that reacts to disease rather than work to prevent disease. (Note: I’m not against an all-inclusive health plan. I just think there is a lot we can do to help prevent the need for health care in the first place).
When I first took computer courses long ago (remember the Commodore PET?) we learned the concept of GIGO: Garbage In Garbage Out. A computer is just a machine and will only produce as well as the input we give it. Why is this a valid concept for computers but for people we ignore it?!?
I’ve seen people not go to some gas stations because they weren’t one of the big name companies, thinking that the gas at the lesser station was cheap. The same people would go for fast food later on.
They have more concern for the fuel of their car than the fuel for themselves!
I’ve eaten my share of junk.
I still do.
I grew up at a time where we really didn’t know as much about food and didn’t focus on eating healthy like we do now.
Tang was a valid juice and margarine was thought to be so much better than butter. Bread was white bread or it was no bread.
My habits aren’t perfect now, but I’m constantly working to make my diet better as well as the diet of my family! Its not always easy to find the best foods but we do what we can because our health is important.
Check out Dr Weil’s list of foods you should always buy organic: celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries (domestic), nectarines, sweet bell peppers, spinach, collard greens/kale, cherries, potatoes, grapes (imported).
Consider this as well from the Dr. Weil article:
Also keep in mind that maintaining your family’s health is not the only reason to choose organic food. Pesticide and herbicide use contaminates groundwater, ruins soil structures and promotes erosion, and may be a contributor to “colony collapse disorder,” the sudden and mysterious die-off of pollinating honeybees that threatens the American food supply. Buying or growing organic food is good for the health of the planet.
Are the price tags higher on organic food? Yes. But organic food is not expensive when you take into account all of the risks of non-organic food.
Do you eat organic? What do you buy organic?
This turned out to be a bit more of a rant than I meant it to be. It just bothers me that there are chemicals out there in food that could be doing harm to my family. Even many ingredients can be causing damage and I don’t think there is enough education out there to get most people to change their habits.