Eating Organic Makes a Difference!

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In a recent article, The better-than-nothing diet, from New Hope Natural Media discusses how eating organic, even if it is only part time reduces your exposure to pesticides. Eating organic can lower organophosphate pesticides in your body even if you aren’t eating a full time organic diet.


We are seeing a continuing increase in childhood diseases related to organophosphate exposure. A recent study in Environmental health Perspectives found that exposure to organophosphate pesticides in infants was associated with an increase respiratory symptoms and possible asthma.

Cognitive Deficits

Prenatal Exposure to Organophosphates, Paraoxonase 1, and Cognitive Development in Childhood from the Environmental Health Prospectives journal discusses how exposure prenatally to organophosphates can lead to deficits in cognitive development in babies. The organophosphates also adversely affect perceptual reasoning. These deficits begin at 12 months and continue all the way into early childhood.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

An evaluation of The Charge Study found that living close to organophosphate pesticide application (less than 1.5 km) is associated with a 60% increase in autism and an increase in developmental delays.

Safer in the Big City?

One might think living in a large city away from agriculture might keep you safe from exposure. However, the study Population-Based Biomonitoring of Exposure to Organophosphate and Pyrethroid Pesticides in New York City found adults in New York City have higher pesticide levels than most of the rest of the United States.

Those eating green vegetables had higher levels of pesticides than those who largely abstained. This is why eating organic makes sense to lower our exposure.

In Conclusion

Non-organic apples, celery, grapes, peaches, and strawberries have some of the highest levels of pesticides. Look at The Environmental Group’s shopping guide to help choose fruits and vegetables with low levels of pesticides. Make sure you buy organic when possible, being mindful of the dirtiest fruits and vegetables from the guide.

Look to control household pests naturally whenever possible to keep exposure down for you and your family. There are many natural alternatives around the house, in the garden and the yard.

Check our WebVitamins selection of healthy, natural and organic foods.


In Good Health,


John Montague DC

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Dietary Cholesterol and Other Medical Myths

An Article in Forbes, New U. S Guidelines Will Lift Limits on Dietary Cholesterol, discusses the move to change dietary guidelines for cholesterol. The new guidelines will eliminate the recommendations to limit cholesterol in food. That means you can eat eggs freely again!

The recommendations to lower dietary cholesterol have been in place for decades. These changes reflect major changes in scientific beliefs on dietary cholesterol. Steve NIssen is quoted as saying, “We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades.”

What is interesting is 35 years ago while listening to Jeffrey Bland PhD in a seminar he taught dietary cholesterol wasn’t necessarily related to blood cholesterol. In fact, he said that low cholesterol diets often raised total blood cholesterol as they turned on the body’s production of cholesterol. He related a story of a hospitalized patient he saw whom had his dietary cholesterol lowered due to high blood cholesterol levels. This only served to raise his cholesterol dramatically. Dr. Bland added eggs back to the diet and soon his cholesterol levels started to decrease. This wisdom came 35 years ago, what did Dr. Bland know that it has taken us 35 years to discover? I do know that Dr. Bland continually quoted the scientific literature and used common sense. So the information has been there for decades. Currently Dr. Bland has a new book, The Disease Delusion, which I highly recommend to learn more about the future of medicine.

More about Cholesterol

Most of the cholesterol in our bodies is synthesized in the liver. Cholesterol is an essential component of cell membranes. Cholesterol is also an essential component of vitamin D, bile acids, and steroid hormones.

I have seen an increasing number of patients that have been coming in the office on cholesterol medications with levels well below 150 total cholesterol. Their MD”s are trying to reduce their total cholesterol level below 100. While the American Heart Association feels that under 180 is optimal, some doctors are pushing the limits and since cholesterol is such an important part of steroid hormones this isn’t without dangers.

Lower cholesterol levels are associated with depression. Men with low cholesterol and depression were 7 times more likely to die from unnatural causes. We notice these patients have decreased energy and depression. Most of them seek our help for muscle pain, a frequent side effect of statin therapy.

Other “Scientific Medical Myths”

  1. Cholesterol levels are not going to be as important as LDL particle size in predicting heart disease.
  2. Salt is not the culprit. High sodium levels are found in processed and fast foods. If we want to be healthy, we need to stop processed foods and fast foods. The danger is not the salt shaker but the hidden sodium in fast and processed foods.
  3. While we continue to hear about the safety of GMO’s we are hearing increasing reports on the dangers of organophosphates. No matter what you think of GMO’s and their safety, they are grown to be tolerant of organophosphates and result in higher organophosphate levels.

Eating whole healthy natural food along with moderate exercise is the best way to keep and stay healthy as we age. In addition, make sure to take your vitamins.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Tips to Eat Healthy


Most everyone feels guilty after a Thanksgiving holiday meal. With a little planning your meal can be healthy and happy.

  1. Eat a small protein snack before going. With meals starting often times in mid-afternoon people are hungry. Make sure to eat something at your regular meal times so you aren’t starving when your meal arrives.
  2. Fill up half your plate with green vegetables. This will help to fill you up and keep your intake of fatty food to a minimum.
  3. Turkey is lower in calories so fill up on turkey.
  4. Watch the gravy, gravy is high in fat. Use gravy sparingly.
  5. Eat slowly. To eat slowly you need to make sure you aren’t hungry, going back to rule number 1.
  6. One bad meal doesn’t spoil everything. One Thanksgiving meal is on average 3000 calories. This is the equivalent of less than one pound. Many people say in their head they they’ve blown their diet and keep eating poorly, and as a result they gain all the holiday pounds because they feel they have failed. Don’t let guilt keep you from eating well.


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Lasting Health Benefits of Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean diets have lasting health benefits

The health benefits of switching to a Mediterranean style diet and upping the amount of time spent exercising for a period of just eight weeks can still be seen a year after stopping the regime, a new study has shown. The research by Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Lincoln in the UK revealed that the diet and exercise combination leads to improved blood flow in cells in the inner lining of the blood vessels – called the endothelial cells – a full 12 months after completing participation in the intervention programme. Endothelial cells line the interior of the entire vascular system of the human body – from the large arteries to the smallest capillaries – and improvements in their function could reduce the risk of people developing cardiovascular disease, the study said.

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Walnuts May Slow Prostate Cancer Growth

Among other health benefits walnuts slow prostate cancer growth

Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have found that diets rich in whole walnuts or walnut oil slowed prostate cancer growth in mice. In addition, both walnuts and walnut oil reduced cholesterol and increased insulin sensitivity. The walnut diet also reduced levels of the hormone IGF-1, which had been previously implicated in both prostate and breast cancer. The study was published online in the Journal of Medicinal Food. “For years, the United States government has been on a crusade against fat, and I think it’s been to our detriment,” said lead scientist and research nutritionist Paul Davis. “Walnuts are a perfect example. While they are high in fat, their fat does not drive prostate cancer growth. In fact, walnuts do just the opposite when fed to mice.”

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Chemical Found in Coffee May Help Prevent Diseases Linked to Obesity

Chemical in coffee may help prevent obesity-related disease

Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that a chemical compound commonly found in coffee may help prevent some of the damaging effects of obesity. In a paper published recently in Pharmaceutical Research, scientists found that chlorogenic acid, or CGA, significantly reduced insulin resistance and accumulation of fat in the livers of mice who were fed a high-fat diet. “Previous studies have shown that coffee consumption may lower the risk for chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” said Yongjie Ma, a postdoctoral research associate in UGA’s College of Pharmacy and lead author of the paper. “Our study expands on this research by looking at the benefits associated with this specific compound, which is found in great abundance in coffee, but also in other fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, tomatoes and blueberries.”

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New Dietary Supplement Offers Better Bone Strength

Better bone strength offered by new dietary supplement

A new study by a Florida State University researcher reveals that a new dietary supplement is superior to calcium and vitamin D when it comes to bone health. Over 12 months, Bahram H. Arjmandi, Margaret A. Sitton Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences and Director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging (CAENRA) at Florida State, studied the impact of the dietary supplement KoACT® versus calcium and vitamin D on bone loss. KoACT is a calcium-collagen chelate, a compound containing calcium and collagen that are bound together. Calcium and vitamin D are generally thought of as the first line of defense when it comes to bone health, but Arjmandi’s research found that the calcium-collagen chelate was more effective in slowing bone loss.

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Breakdown in Gut Barriers May Promote Inflammation and Craving in Alcoholics

Breakdown in gut barriers to bacteria may promote inflammation and craving in alcoholics

Bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract fulfill many vital functions and are critical for digestion. Yet, these same bacteria can induce strong inflammatory responses by the immune system if they penetrate the gut and enter the bloodstream. Although acute inflammation is a natural response to protect the body, chronic or systemic inflammation is linked to numerous disorders and diseases. Prior research has established the involvement of inflammatory processes in the development of psychiatric disorders, including major depression and alcohol dependence, but the origins of such inflammation have remained unclear. Now, researchers at Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, led by senior authors Dr. Philippe de Timary and Dr. Peter Stärkel, have found that inflammatory pathways are stimulated in alcohol-dependent patients by bacteria that escape the gut barrier, which correlated with alcohol craving. They report their findings in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry.

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The Key to Kick-Starting Healthy Cells

Calorie restriction with resveratrol key to kick-starting cell health

As cells age, damaged proteins and lipids accumulate within them. Impaired cell parts can send free radicals into the body, and dysfunctional proteins and lipids may break down DNA within cells, causing them to become toxic. Cells usually clean up their own damage through a “housekeeping” process called autophagy. But as the body ages and in people with certain diseases, cells’ ability to do this housekeeping becomes less efficient. That means it may be harder for people to recover from cardiac events such as heart attack or other illnesses. University of Florida researchers have found that combining calorie restriction with a supplement of resveratrol, an antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes, dark chocolate and blueberries, could kick-start this housekeeping process, helping heart cells recover from damage, according a study in rats published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine.

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All You Need to Know about Rooibos Tea

All About: Rooibos Tea

WHAT IT IS: Rooibos is a plant native to South Africa; its name translates from Afrikaans to English literally as “red bush.” It has a sweet, nutty flavor. In addition to using the plant as a drink, it is also used for cooking and baking, and in some cosmetics to promote healthy skin. Africans have used rooibos for centuries—the plant contains high amounts of antioxidants and minerals, including iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. Rooibos is also effective in treating skin ailments. Recent studies have shown that because of rooibos’ high levels of zinc, alpha-hydroxy, and superoxide dismutases, it’s a particularly effective treatment for acne both when taken orally and applied topically. People with liver or kidney disease should speak with their doctor before drinking rooibos due to the possibility of further organ damage. People who are being treated for cancer should also consult their healthcare professional before using rooibos tea because certain antioxidants found in the herb may interfere with chemotherapy drugs.

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