Doctor's Note

Where is dioxin found in our diet? See Dioxins in the Food Supply. What about DDT? See yesterday’s NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Food Sources of Perfluorochemicals. How many different chemicals are the most vulnerable amongst us overall? See CDC Report on Environmental Chemical Exposure for pollutants in pregnant women and yesterday’s NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day, How Fast Can Children Detoxify from PCBs?, for exposure of children. More on ginger in Amyloid and Apple Juice and Dangerous Advice From Health Food Store Employees. See how we can incorporate more in our diet in Healthy Pumpkin Pie and The Healthiest Beverage. I've also got 11 videos on citrus and hundreds of videos on a thousand other topics.For some more context, please check out my associated blog posts: Countering Dietary Pollutants & PesticidesDr. Greger's Natural Nausea Remedy Recipe, and  Apple Peels Turn On Anticancer GenesIf you haven't yet, you can subscribe to my videos for free by clicking here.
  • http://nutritionfacts.org/ Michael Greger M.D.

    Where is dioxin found in our diet? See Dioxins in the Food Supply. What about DDT? See yesterday’s NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Food Sources of Perfluorochemicals. To how many different chemicals are the most vulnerable amongst us exposed overall? See CDC Report on Environmental Chemical Exposure for pollutants in pregnant women and yesterday’s NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day, How Fast Can Children Detoxify from PCBs?, for exposure of children. More on ginger in Amyloid and Apple Juice and Dangerous Advice From Health Food Store Employees. See how we can incorporate more in our diet in Healthy Pumpkin Pie and The Healthiest Beverage. I’ve also got 11 videos on citrus and hundreds of videos on a thousand other topics.
     
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    • Pbeach

      I don’t understand why the chemicals are more concentrated in animals?

      • R Ian Flett

        Because animals are higher on the food chain. The cow eats a huge amount of vegetation and the veggie contaminants are gradually accumulated in the cow’s proteins and fats. It’s also why regularly eating swordfish or shark rather than sardines will get you mercury poisoning. Eat low on the food chain to avoid toxins.

        • Toxins

          Well spoken R lan Flett

  • http://www.donatopoetry.com/ Donato Cianci

    Putting cow manure on my vegetable garden yesterday I had a thought that this stuff might be as contaminated as the cow that produced it, and I m risking contaminating my veggies when I use it. Any data on this? thanks for your efforts. 

    • Vegan Betty

      Use organic, or look into vermiculture… Worms make GOLD!!!

    • R Ian Flett

      No simple answer here. It depends on the source of the cow manure. If it came from grain fattening feed lots it could concentrate certain toxins and if it came from pastures it could be filtered by the vegetation that the cows ate. The cow acts as a filter to some extent by accumulating certain toxins in its fat and others in its protein. Its liver and its huge amount of stomach bacteria help break down many toxins. The bacteria keep working in the manure long after it’s excreted. My guess is that good quality cow manure in the food cycle is detoxic in most cases. Also you are not spreading it on the plant leaves but on the ground and it has to go through another filtration process in the soil to get to the veggie’s roots.

      • http://www.donatopoetry.com/ Donato Cianci

         Thanks very much for your reply. I am going to act as if your advice was my experience, and use the cow manure . However Think I’ll use our community garden compost bin more too.

    • Toxins

      I would say that the cow manure possibly could transfer pollutants to your garden. The milk of grazing animals such as cows and sheep can be used to estimate the PCB toxic waste contamination of the soil (http://1.usa.gov/Pxhuut) although as R lan Flett pointed out the pollutants may not necessarily be in the waste although I wouldn’t doubt that the cow itself is trying to remove pollutants as we humans do through the feces.

      • http://www.donatopoetry.com/ Donato Cianci

        Thanks for your reply . I;m now wondering if the fact that the cow’s meat and fat contain a lot of toxins, means the animal has sequestered some of what it ingested, so that its manure has less as a result? Does anyone know if any studies have been done on this? Why is cow manure an acceptable fertilizer on an organic farm? Should it be?

        • Susan

          Cow manure, even though it may be toxic, is a natural product from animals, and is not made from synthetic chemicals or mining wastes and nan created chemicals. This was part of the Organic Foods and Production Act of 1990 passed by Congress. The studies of dioxins, PCBs and other persistent organic pollutants began occurring AFTER the law was passed, during the Clinton Administration. The more things added to the law, as amendments means that they probably won’t pass the legislative process again, especially with how things are now in Washington.

    • Susan

      If the cow manure is from cows grown by the organic method and fed certified organic feed, it may be okay. But, the intense amounts of pesticides, and the GMO are in every part of the cattle, including the hoofs, and feces. These bacteria and other organisms will contaminate the cow and other livestock manure because of the food they have been fed. The herbicides are also building up in rainwater, because the air has become more polluted with pesticides from conventional agriculture and intensive chemical GMO agriculture.

      While humans and our pets may have access to carbon filtered water (for example, the Multi-Pure 750 series is certified to reduces 2,4-D, and certain other pesticides and industrial chemicals from our tap water), farmers cannot afford to feed their livestock carbon filtered waters. So whatever is in those waters, accumulates in the cattle.

      I bought a worm factory 360 and have been feeding the red wiggler composting worms mostly vegetable scraps from my collard greens, and other veggies, and some fruits for over a year. Everything except onions and citrus, which can kill the worms! All produce has been washed in carbon filtered water because the worms don’t do well with chlorinated tap water (and most pesticides are also chlorinated causing the worms to die). I, then, take those finely chopped veggies and microwave them in a ceramic dish for 3 minutes to kill any remaining microorganisms on the surface. And when the temperature of the plant foods cool down to the temperature inside the worm bin, they are added and spread throughout the top bin layer. It takes about 4 months to produce enough for a small planter. My 2×8 raised bed will need 12 months worth. There are no worms inside the worm castings/poop that I can see. Just black gold (poop) that the plants love and reward me with healthy leaves, stems, and shoots. The worms digest the food wastes inside their bodies so no pathogens are in the poop according to the Rodale Institute. Hence, the worm poop is ready for the seedlings to eat in the garden.

      • Susan

        Forgot the url: http://www.amazon.com/Worm-Factory-WF360B-Composter-Black/dp/B002LH47PY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413310301&sr=8-1&keywords=worm+factory+360
        The Worm Factory that I purchased from Amazon has a paper back booklet with all you need to know about caring, feeding, and maintaining the health of your red wigglers –worms, called vermin. Vermiculture is fertilizer made by worms. What nutrients are in the worm poop, depends on what you feed them. My worms are getting mostly calcium, magnesium, vitamin K and whatever else is in my collards, along with the multi-minerals that come with the kit –factory.

        If I could turn a compost pile, which I cannot due to my osteoporosis and multi-fractured spine, I would have leaf and yard wastes along with vegetable plant wastes. But, I’m afraid to try that since I fractured a lumbar spine just using a long rake to cover vegetable wastes. But the same problem remains, the GMOs go into the manure, the bone and blood meal and other nutrients from animals’ bodies, as well as the cotton seed meal (cotton is also from highly GMO and herbicide intensive agriculture).

        I bought some compost from Gardeners Supply in Burlington, Vermont for my raised bed because I know I won’t have enough worm poop for my plantings. You can also purchase the worm factory from them, as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=640861216 Gary Yuen

    Don’t know anything about these herbs, but if you’re interested, found other citrus plants used in chinese medicine : Atalantia buxifolia [Syn. Severinia buxifolia], Poncirus trifoliata, and Zanthoxylum schinifolium. There’s also acetoxyauraptene (no clue about it) which is in szechuan pepper. Stuff to check out if you’re into it.

  • Guest

    I heard someone tell me they still use pesticides on big corporate farms. Organic ones that are dangerous and they don’t have tests to test for them… So that is why organic is not much greater than foods with pesticides sprayed on them? As they’re getting sprayed with Organic Pesticides? Is this true? Is Organic any better than none organic? And Does organic raise the nutritional value more than say than non organic or wild vegetables and fruit?

    • Susan

      Organic crops grown by the organic method does not allow the use organic chemicals or pesticides. The organic method is not the same as organic chemistry. After the law was passed the first regulations were written during the Clinton Administration by Kathleen Merrigan. They were very protective of public health and adhered to the law.

      This is not true of the regulations today. Now USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack under the Obama Administration has undermined the law, ignored the National Organic Standards Board created by Congress to advise the Secretary, and instead, he takes his advice from the agrichemical interests. The organic community is very upset by this as is the NOSB, litigation may be in the works.

      The organic community through litigation has forced the USDA to follow the law as passed by Congress in most avenues and will continue to oversee what happens to organic food production. Organic and truly sustainable agriculture has more nutrients and less toxic pesticides than any other method of growing food in the USA. For a comparative study, get:

      Compositional differences in soybeans on the market: Glyphosate accumulates in Roundup Ready GM soybeans authored by T. Bøhn, et al.
      http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814613019201
      or read:
      How “Extreme Levels” of Roundup in Food Became the Industry Norm
      March 24, 2014 in Independent Science News, also by T. Bøhn and Marek Cuhra, two of the scientists who authored the above study.
      Organic foods, those grown by the organic method, and regulated by through the Congress passed Organic Foods and Production Act of 1990 do not allow toxic manmade chemicals to be used in organic agriculture. Organic agriculture has all the nutrients received through the soil and is the healthiest food available. There are many studies showing how organic foods are better than conventional or GMO-chemically intensive agriculture, but unfortunately, Monsanto shills have eliminated files from my computer.

  • Susan

    Some organic chemicals are fat soluble, that means they concentrate and accumulate in the fats in our bodies. They concentrate in animal flesh and fat, and when bigger and animals higher up the food chain eat them, these chemicals are further concentrated, and by the time humans and the unborn ingests those chemicals, huge quantities of very toxic chemicals like dioxins and furans, but other persistent organic pollutants accumulate in us, where the damage to our health occurs. The same is true for our pets, who are at the top of their food chain.