Lesson 2: Organic vs Conventional

Everyday exposure to environmental chemicals is the #1 overlooked factor overwhelming your client’s health and driving chronic illness.

Learn more about the effects of pesticides and environmental toxins for expert Laura Adler 

Studies on organic vs. conventional produce and pesticides (referred to in the podcast):

Chiu YH et al (2019) Association between intake of fruits and vegetables by pesticide residue status and coronary heart disease risk.

Harvard School Of Public Health Panel on Pesticides and Health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIM43XudPUY

Potential toxic effects of glyphosate and its commercial formulations below regulatory limits

Glyphosate-based herbicides (GlyBH), including Roundup, are the most widely used pesticides worldwide. Their uses have increased exponentially since their introduction on the market. Residue levels in food or water, as well as human exposures, are escalating. We have reviewed the toxic effects of GlyBH measured below regulatory limits by evaluating the published literature and regulatory reports. We reveal a coherent body of evidence indicating that GlyBH could be toxic below the regulatory lowest observed adverse effect level for chronic toxic effects. It includes teratogenic, tumorigenic and hepatorenal effects. They could be explained by endocrine disruption and oxidative stress, causing metabolic alterations, depending on dose and exposure time. Some effects were detected in the range of the recommended acceptable daily intake. Toxic effects of commercial formulations can also be explained by GlyBH adjuvants, which have their own toxicity, but also enhance glyphosate toxicity. These challenge the assumption of safety of GlyBH at the levels at which they contaminate food and the environment, albeit these levels may fall below regulatory thresholds. Neurodevelopmental, reproductive, and transgenerational effects of GlyBH must be revisited, since a growing body of knowledge suggests the predominance of endocrine disrupting mechanisms caused by environmentally relevant levels of exposure.

Further Reading & Research Papers:

Duk-Hee L, et al (2011) Low Dose Organochlorine Pesticides and Polychlorinated Biphenyls Predict Obesity, Dyslipidemia, and Insulin Resistance among People Free of Diabetes

Chiu YH, et al (2015) Fruit and vegetable intake and their pesticide residues in relation to semen quality among men from a fertility clinic.

Chiu YH et al (2018) Association Between Pesticide Residue Intake From Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables and Pregnancy Outcomes Among Women Undergoing Infertility Treatment With Assisted Reproductive Technology.

Crinnon WJ, (2010) Organic foods contain higher levels of certain nutrients, lower levels of pesticides, and may provide health benefits for the consumer

Gomiero T (2018) Food quality assessment in organic vs. conventional agricultural produce: Findings and issues

Mie A, et al (2017) Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture: a comprehensive review

Baranski M, et al (2014) Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses

Klakbrenner A, et al (2014) Environmental Chemical Exposures and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Review of the Epidemiological Evidence

American Psychiatric Association (2018) Study Links Mothers’ Pesticide Levels with Autism in Children

Newman T, (2016) Pesticide may increase autism risk

Bakian AV, et al (2019) Pesticides and autism

Gomiero T, (2017) Food quality assessment in organic vs. conventional agricultural produce: Findings and issues

Hyland C, et al (2019) Organic diet intervention significantly reduces urinary pesticide levels in U.S. children and adults

Oates L, et al (2011) Assessing Diet as a Modifiable Risk Factor for Pesticide Exposure