How to protect yourself—and your kids—from these government-sanctioned poisons
If you’re somehow still under the impression that our federal government’s first priority is to protect you and the rest of the American public, it’s time to think again.
Lawmakers in several states are trying to ban chlorpyrifos—a widely used pesticide that kills insects immediately by attacking their nervous systems. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is fighting to keep it on the market.
Yes, you read that right. And yes, it’s completely and utterly outrageous.
Exposure causes life-long effects—especially for your kids
First of all, why would the EPA fight to keep any poison on the market?
Oh that’s right…money. In this political environment, they likely have lobbyists stuffing officials’ pockets to make sure their special interests are well taken care of. Because one look at the evidence here, and there’s no other explanation for the government’s resistance to this ban.
Dozens of studies have shown that exposure to chlorpyrifos in the womb:
- Lowers birth weights and IQs
- Contributes to attention-deficit disorder (ADD)
- Leads to other developmental issues in children
Plus, research has shown that pregnant women residing near fields treated with these pesticides face a higher risk of having a child with autism.
Not to mention, almost two decades ago, the EPA did pull chlorpyrifos off the market for residential use. But golf courses and farms—including ones that grow citrus fruits, almonds, and grapes—are still allowed to use it.
In 2015, President Obama actually proposed a total ban of chlorpyrifos due to the grave health risks it poses. But a mere two years later, Scott Pruitt—who helmed the EPA under the Trump administration—dropped the idea like a hot potato.
And since then, the EPA has ignored the warnings, and rejected any proposed bans on the pesticide’s use on fruits and vegetables, claiming, “Despite several years of study, the science addressing neurodevelopmental effects remains unresolved.”
But no matter how much they want to deny it, the facts don’t lie.
Research shows even brief exposure to chlorpyrifos causes dizziness, nausea, and headaches at a minimum—and vomiting, tremors, and loss of coordination from more acute poisoning. But long-term exposure has proven even more dangerous and damaging. Especially in children.
And not a single study has identified a safe level of exposure.
Aftershocks carry into adolescence
Chlorpyrifos may be the latest villain in this crop of chemicals—but all industrial pesticides are a hazard to public health. And while the threat may start in the womb, it certainly doesn’t end there.
In fact, new research shows that teens exposed to high levels of these toxins are also at higher risk of anxiety and depression.
Scientists from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine have been following child development among the agricultural populations of Ecuador since 2008.
Their latest investigation looked at more than 500 adolescents between the ages of 11 and 17—all of whom lived near farms that routinely spray organophosphate pesticides. Researchers measured the teens’ blood levels of acetylcholinesterase (AChE)—an enzyme that popular pesticides inhibit in order to kill bugs.
Research on animals has linked low AChE with anxiety and depression. And clinical studies seem to point to the same effect in humans. But this is the first study of its kind to look at hard data based on actual biological measures, as opposed to self-reporting.
And teens with lower AChE activity (pointing to higher pesticide exposure) indeed showed more symptoms of depression, according to standardized assessments. And the association was particularly strong among younger teens and girls.
I wish I could say these were the only agricultural poisons that the EPA is determined to defend. But the sad truth is, pigheaded denial in the face of disturbing facts seems to be a pattern for this agency. Take the next deadly chemical that continues to wreak havoc across the nation, for instance…
RoundUp® risks span generations
I’ve mentioned glyphosate many times before. (I featured an in-depth article on it back in the March 2016 issue. So if you missed it, I urge you to go back and read it.) You may recognize this toxin as the main chemical in the weed killer RoundUp®—the crown jewel of former GMO (genetically-modified organisms) giant Monsanto.
Bayer® acquired the agribusiness giant via merger last year. And it’s proven to be a costly move, with the company being forced to pay out billions in damages to people who claim that RoundUp® is responsible for their cancer.
Despite losing these lawsuits, Bayer® insists that glyphosate isn’t carcinogenic. And stunningly, the EPA has taken its side, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.
But if you think that’s bad, consider this: New research shows that the risks this chemical poses might actually span generations.
Scientists at Washington State University exposed pregnant rats to glyphosate. (In doses that were only half the supposedly “safe” amount, I should add.) And initially, there weren’t any effects among the parents or their offspring.
There was a dramatic shift, however, with later generations.
Among the second generation, researchers discovered:
- Higher rates of diseases of the ovary, testicles, and breasts
- Increased risk of obesity
- A one-third reduction in successful pregnancies
And by the third generations, researchers found:
- A 30 percent rate of prostate disease, which was triple that of controls
- A 40 percent rate of kidney disease among female rats, which was quadruple the rate of controls
- A nearly 50 percent increase in obesity
These trends are presumably due to what we call epigenetic changes—that is, changes that turn certain genes on or off due to environmental factors, and that continue to affect generational lines for years to come.
And while I realize that we’re talking about rats… is this a risk that’s even remotely worth taking? Given everything we know, there’s simply no reason why glyphosate should still be in use anywhere.
In fact, numerous countries in Europe—most recently, Austria—have taken steps to ban the chemical altogether. But while European authorities are calling a spade a spade, the EPA insists on drawing its dubious conclusions from industry-funded research—once again siding with corporate interests over cold, hard science.
And unfortunately, these kinds of interests are unlikely to change—at least not without a loud and persistent public outcry…
Write your senator—the fight has just begun
If there’s one sliver of good news here, it’s that some states have wisely started taking matters into their own hands. California is requiring all products containing glyphosate to label it as a carcinogen.
(No, a simple label isn’t nearly enough. But it’s a start—and an important one.)
As for chlorpyrifos, Hawaii passed a full ban in 2018. And more recently, four more states—California, Oregon, New York, and Connecticut—have been working to do the same.
And since any ban bills are likely to go belly up in the Senate, we really need California’s efforts to succeed, as it’s by far our biggest agricultural state.
In the meantime, California has defied the Feds and their lobbyists and issued a ban on aerial spraying. And applications on the ground also face restrictions, with farmers unable to use chlorpyrifos—which they now deem a “toxic air contaminant”—within 150 feet of any residence, business, or school.
But measures outside of California matter too. In fact, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)—a presidential candidate—has introduced a bill that would ban the pesticide from school lunches.
All of these efforts are a good start. But if we don’t see them through to the end, as usual, it’s our children who stand to suffer the most. That’s why it’s so important that we don’t let our politicians off the hook. Make your voice heard, and hold your representatives accountable.
In the meantime, Americans of every age need to get out of the crosshairs as soon as possible.
A simple plan to safeguard your family
The strategy here is simple: Only buy and eat organic food. Because that organic seal is definitely worth the extra money.
In fact, it ensures that your family won’t be eating dinner with a side of chlorpyrifos, glyphosate, or any other agricultural poison. And considering the above consequences, I’d call it a very wise investment.
For adults contending with a potential lifetime of exposure, however, I also recommend regular detoxes. Your regimen doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, with my A-List Diet detox, you’re really only looking at a one-week commitment.
I recommend this cleanse twice per year to help adults eliminate accumulated toxins.
For a step-by-step guide on how to safely and effectively detox, I recommend checking out my latest book, The A-List Diet. (You can snag a copy from www.AListDietBook.com.)
And to get the most out of your cleanse, you should also supplement with a comprehensive detox support formula, like DetoxLogic.
I designed this formula to address all the critical phases of toxin elimination, from liver and elimination support to antioxidant defense. For more information about DetoxLogic, visit www.NuLogicNutritionals.com and search the “shop” tab, or call 1-877-899-9219.
This all-in-one product will help you “clean house” with minimal fuss. And with today’s environmental threats, it’s just what the doctor ordered.
Your voice matters too, so make it heard—and often
I always encourage you to write to your local representatives regarding public health matters. And these latest pesticide concerns are just the tip of the iceberg. So what are you waiting for? Start demanding answers, holding representatives accountable, and requesting that they take action. Because something needs to change—and quickly.
Not sure where to begin? It’s easier than you think! You can get in touch with your elected representatives by phone, email, or a written letter. Use this directory to get started.
Phone: If you’d like to talk with someone directly, you can dial 202-224-3121. Just be sure to know your representative’s name and the specific issue you’re calling about.
Email: Using the directory above, click on your representative’s name. This will lead you directly to their website where you can find an email address or an online contact form.
Letter: Similar to finding an email address, each representative’s physical address will also be listed on their website. Just keep in mind it will take weeks for your letter to be received. Need help getting started? Here’s a sample letter.
Welcome to the fight!
- “States Weigh Banning a Widely Used Pesticide Even Though EPA Won’t.” Medscape Medical News, May 02, 2019. (medscape.com/viewarticle/912477)
- Suarez-Lopez JR, et al. “Associations of acetylcholinesterase activity with depression and anxiety symptoms among adolescents growing up near pesticide spray sites.” Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2019 Jun 13. pii: S1438-4639(19)30117-8.
- Kubsad D, et al. “Assessment of Glyphosate Induced Epigenetic Transgenerational Inheritance of Pathologies and Sperm Epimutations: Generational Toxicology.” Sci Rep. 2019 Apr 23;9(1):6372.