This from Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D. . . .
One of the big problems of our times is that all the chemicals used in industry are found everywhere – in our air and water, not to mention our food. Practically all people, including newborns, have a variety of these chemicals in their bodies. I remember a couple of years ago Bill Moyers did a program on this subject, and had himself tested; he found he had more than 60 chemicals in his body.
We don’t really know what these results mean. I imagine we probably should find out – but then what? What do we do with the information?
Now here is a piece of good news: diet can make a difference! A Korean study in May found that five days on a vegetarian diet reduced the amount of toxic chemicals in participants’ bodies quite noticeably. Five days! Participants in the study joined a Buddhist temple, and ate the food there. The study did not describe exactly what the participants ate, or whether it was organic, but it was generally plant-based.
However, another study with school children showed that a few days on an organic diet lowered the levels of pesticide residue in the children’s urine to undetectable levels in a few days; unfortunately, when the children went back to eating standard school lunches, those levels went right back up.
So this is the take-away lesson: if we eat carefully, with lots of plant foods and mostly everything organic, we may diminish toxic chemicals and pollutants from our bodies with little effort. Avoiding commercial produce and animal food is apparently the key. On this polluted planet, that’s important information. Let’s keep it in mind!