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Diseases Caused By Eating Non Organic Food
Does eating non-organic food (milk/meat) cause early puberty in girls? My niece's ped told her mom to give organic as reg milk causes early puberty.
Possibly but...: There is evidence that girls who consume relatively high levels of dairy ; meat have earlier puberty but it is not clear if organic dairy ; meat would affect this; it might be due to the protein increasing growth hormone, but it might also be related to pesticide residues that have estrogen-like effects. I advise eating organic for other reasons- see http://huff.To/1byvjbz ; http://bit.Ly/19xax7e. ...Read more
Within the past month, I've switched to eating all natural/organic food. However, I've started breaking out really bad lately. What could cause this?
Breaking out?: I assume you're talking about acne. I don't think your food switch could be related to an acne break out. I would suspect other factors, primarily stress. Certainly though acne can be a real issue - esp. for a young woman like you. So I recc you check in with your primary doc. If they can't help, then see a dermatologist. They have extra expertise with regards to skin care. ...Read more
Natural History: The benefit of eating organic food is that the thousands of chemicals they (naturally) contain have been tested by nature over the millions of years of evolution, and found compatible with the ecosystem in which they developed. This may not be true of man-made chemicals, but at least the man-made chemicals have been tested for safety, whereas thousands of natural chemicals remain untested. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes but . . .: There's no absolute requirement to eat "organic" as long as you increase fruit & vegetable consumption and decrease processed food intake. Studies suggest vegetarian diet better than those that include animal protein. But this type of vegetarian diet is obtained by shopping periphery of grocery store, not its aisles (which contain processed & boxed foods). Avoid processed & refined carbs/grains 2 ...Read more
No: Food is food. However, certain foods are grown with antibiotics and use of pesticides and herbicides. Consumer's report had an excellent article discussing organic vs. Non-organic foods about a year ago. I'd go to your library and check out that copy if you do not have a subscription. It is by far the best discussion on organic foods available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No pesticides: Organic food is grown without using pesticides. Exposure to many of these is associated with cancer and other illnesses like parkinson's disease, etc. Our environment contains many kinds of toxins, and our bodies can have difficulty getting ride of these. Eating organic food will mean you have less pesticides in your system. In some cases, organic produce may be more nutritious & taste better. ...Read more
No, not hype: Organic food is more expensive, but it reduces exposure to toxic pesticides. Also i've personally noticed the flavor to often be better with organic foods (especially apples!) another reason to eat organic foods is to avoid the genetically modified (gmo) ones that now permeate our food supply -- with little data to support their long-term safety. Great essay here: http://tinyurl.Com/pkh43g3. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Non-Synthetic Eats!: In a general sense, foods that are produced without synthetic additives from start to finish would be considered organic. More specifically, foods that are produced in accordance with the federal organic foods production act, may be labeled 'organic'. This is not to imply that they have intrinsically better nutritional value, nor are they somehow 'better for you'. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Organic Food: 1. Discuss the health benefits. 2. Because organic food products can be considerably more expensive than non-organic, if you family can't afford it - consider growing it yourself. Even small container gardens can have great yields. ...Read more
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