Should I buy Organic?

The difference between health and disease is essentially based upon how well our cells are functioning verse those that are not. We are made up of trillions of cells so if a few don’t function properly we wouldn’t even notice, but if enough cells become dysfunctional then symptoms start to develop. As the number of dysfunctional cells increase, the probability of disease becomes significantly greater.

Our goal at Huntington Beach Chiropractic is to not just fix a symptom or a system but to ensure that your body is working properly not only the physical level but also on the cellular level. We want you to be in a consistent state of repair, health and functionality.

In addition to adjustments provided for structural change, our office emphasizes proper hydration and nutrition. We view food as medicine. What you place in your body on a daily basis is either moving you toward a state of health and wellness or toward a state of sickness and disease.

Each month, Huntington Beach Chiropractic focuses on a educational topic to equip our patients with knowledge so that they can make the best decision for themselves and their families. September and October months are dedicated to awareness regarding GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) as well as pesticides on our food supply.

The main question we receive is: “Is it really necessary to purchase organic? Are pesticides that harmful? And am I at an increased risk of disease if I am placing them into my body.”

Numerous studies have shown that adding chemicals, hormones and genetically modified ingredients into our food source substantially increase your risk for chronic illness, auto immune disease and cancer.

Non-Organic food, primarily meat, contains amounts of steroids, hormones and antibiotics. By ingesting these meats, our bodies’ cells are required to acclimate and process them. A report in 2015 details the overuse of antibiotics in animals, which can make bacteria such as salmonella, E Coli and Campylobacter stronger and resistant to drugs previously able to fight them off. The American Academy of Pediatrics has called for farmers to stop using antibiotics in their livestock as the belief is that the antibiotics in meat is making our kids sick. Consuming these products, even minimally on a regular basis can greatly impact your health as well as your families.

Pesticides are chemical compounds or biological agents that are used to protect crops from insects, weeds, and infections. They are used on fruit, vegetable, wheat, rice and canola pressed into oil. The most common way we are exposed to pesticides is via ingestion. Most of the studies of the health effects of pesticides have focused on occupationally exposed people such as farm workers and pesticide applicators. The effects of those present on our food supply has not been widely studied, although the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) states that pesticides can be harmful to people, animals or the environment because they are designed to kill or harm living organisms. Therefore, the pesticide residue on the foods you eat do have an impact upon your health. Glyphosate, which is an active ingredient utilized in the Round -up herbicide, is the most widely used herbicide in the US. 100 million pounds applied to US farms and lawns every year according to the EPA.

Studies show that Roundups inert ingredients amplify to toxic effect on human cells, even at concentrations much more diluted then those found on farms and lawns. Essentially what this means is that even in small, diluted concentrations we are seeing a negative impact upon our cells and tissues.

We encourage you to choose organic as often as possible. We encourage you to continue to move toward a state of health and well-being and we enjoy following you on your health journey.

Yours in Health,

Jennifer Campagna, D.C.

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