I recently gave a presentation at Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath, Ohio (see www.Crownpoint.org). The enthusiastic crowd included cancer survivors, food allergy patients, and others suffering from inflammatory medical problems. You are or will be suffering with an inflammation problem, as almost every condition from arthritis to cancer has inflammation as a part of its pathologic mechanism.
Our bodies have complex biochemical reactions constantly occurring that need to be balanced partly by the food we eat, the liquids we drink, and the chemicals that get into our bodies. Unfortunately, we take in many unnatural chemicals from processed foods and foods treated with pesticides, fertilizers and hormones. According to the EPA, 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides, and 30% of insecticides are carcinogenic. In addition, treating cows with growth hormone and feeding them GMO corn, as most are, results in a 2 to 10 fold increase in a chemical directly linked to cancer, inflammation, and most other diseases. These are just a few examples of what happens to the food we eat before we purchase it at the store. There is a better way to nourish our bodies.
Organic foods are grown in soil that has been chemical free for at least three years and these foods are not sprayed with pesticides or dirty fertilizers. Many research studies have shown that organically grown foods, and chickens and cows fed organic food, have a much higher percentage of the healthy phytonutrients that fight inflammation. You can fight the inflammation that causes pain and is involved in most medical disease, including arthritis, by eating properly. This begins by awareness of how our food is grown, making changes on what we purchase while grocery shopping, and what foods to include and remove from our shopping list.
For a list of anti-inflammatory foods to include in your diet, please find these at https://www.blandaortho.com/single-post/2017/02/07/Anti-Inflammatory-Food-List
What can you do to help assure you are getting the cleanest and healthiest food available?
1. Have a raised bed garden filled with organic soil. Plant organic tomatoes, spinach, chard, kale, berries, etc. Organic started plants can be purchased at Crown Point.
2. Buy organic pre-made food, fruits, and vegetables - especially to replace the “dirty dozen” foods. Find these at http://www.organic.org/articles/showarticle/article-214
3. Stop buying processed foods, artificial drinks and sugar-laden foods. The money you save from this can help you afford the safer organic food.
4. If you must eat meat, have grass fed beef instead - available through local farmers markets, Dumas, Mustard Seed, Whole Foods, etc.
5. Buy organic chicken and organic free-range chicken eggs at the store.
6. Support sustainable local organic farmers at the local farmers markets.
7. Fight Monsanto. See www.fooddemocracynow.org
8. Help protect the environment by joining the Sierra Club and The League of Conservation Voters.