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3 Easy Steps To Reduce Your Exposure To Pesticides.

Nov. 13, 2015|929 views
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New research, presented recently at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, concludes that exposure to common pesticides can dramatically increase a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Such exposure boost the risk of diabetes by at least 61%, researchers report.

To arrive at that conclusion, researchers from Greece and England conducted a statistical meta-analysis of 21 previous studies that examined the potential relationship between pesticide exposure and diabetes risk. Exposure to any type of pesticide results in a 61% increased risk. Exposure to multiple pesticides was linked to a 64% increase in risk.

Pesticides examined by the various studies included common insecticides, such as chlordane, oxychlordane, trans-nonachlor, DDT, DDE, dieldrin, heptachlor and HCB. Chlordane has been unavailable for sale in the United States since 1988, thankfully. Some of its breakdown products tend to accumulate in biological tissues. Trans-nonachlor is one such example. DDT has been banned for sale in the United States since 1972, after it was linked to a near ecological disaster in the United States. Widely-deployed DDT—and its virtually indestructible breakdown byproduct, DDE—was shown to accumulate in biological tissues. Among other effects, it causes the egg shells of birds to become dangerously thin.

Accordingly, our profligate use of DDT came close to devastating wild bird populations, and nearly drove the American Bald Eagle to extinction. Like DDT, heptachlor is an organochlorine compound used as an insecticide. And like DDT, it was indicted in Rachel Carson’s seminal book, “Silent Spring,” published in 1962. The book sounded the alarm about the damage done by indiscriminate use of these and other pesticides, and sparked the modern environmentalist movement that thrives to this day.

"This systematic review supports the hypothesis that exposure to various types of pesticides increases the risk of diabetes. Subgroup analyses did not reveal any differences in the risk estimates based on the type of studies or the measurement of the exposure. Analyzing each pesticide separately suggests that some pesticides are more likely to contribute to the development of diabetes than others."

3 Easy Steps To Reduce Pesticide Exposure If You Cant Buying Organic:


1) Make a solution of one part active ingredient--lemon juice or white vinegar--to one part water, and put it in a spray bottle to keep by the kitchen sink. When you're washing fruits and vegetables with thicker skins, such as apples, citrus fruits, cucumbers, squash and tomatoes, spray them with your solution, taking care to thoroughly coat all surfaces of the produce. Let the produce sit for a few minutes, then rinse it thoroughly.


  • 2) For soak; fill a clean sink or a large basin with cold water; add in1/4 cup  vinegar and  2 tablespoons salt, then swish around with hands (you may also do this in a large bowl).
  • Place the fruit and/or veggies in and allow to sit for 25-30 minutes although I have even left soaking for over an hour (this will not affect the flavor at all, the vinegar cleans and the salt draws out any little bugs, dirt and other small unwanted things, it also will remove some of the wax.
  • Rinse under cold water and dry.


3)  Ten foods you can buy non-organic worry free
Onions, pinapple, avocado, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, kiwi, sweet potatoes.


Diabetologia. "Analysis of 21 studies shows exposure to pesticides is associated with increased risk of developing diabetes." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 September 2015. .