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2021 Dirty Dozen Fruits & Veggies – OHR #427

2021 Dirty Dozen Fruits & Veggies

Pesticides are everywhere.  They are designed poisons to kill insects.  They do this mainly by damaging or paralyzing their nervous systems.  While the dose to kill an insect is very small compared to that of a human, they are so plentiful in our environment and food and water supply that we actually can get enough to produce a toxic effect in our bodies.

The most commonly reported early symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, and increased secretions, such as sweating, salivation, tearing and respiratory secretions.  Progressive symptoms include muscle twitching, weakness, tremor, incoordination, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea.

Long-term exposure to pesticides can cause loss of memory, anxiety, mood changes, and trouble concentrating.  Some pesticides weaken the immune system, which protects the body from disease.

Here are the Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables for 2021:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

Bonus fruit = coffee.  Non organic coffee is among the most heavily chemically treated foods in the world.  It is steeped in synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides.  Brew organic!

It is important to remember that animals fed GMO corn and soy are also very high in pesticides/herbicides.  So are dairy products from those animals.

One of the pathways to good health is nontoxic food.  That means organic and unprocessed.  All of the foods mentioned here can be sourced organically and while more expensive it’s worth the price as it is impossible to stay healthy with toxic foods and drinks.

Have a great week.

Dr. David I Minkoff

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.