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July 2015 vol. 11 no. 7
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first aid to go Keep these items on hand for a safe, healthy summer
herbal healing Your guide to all things lavender.
departments 9 From the Editor’s Desk 10 Health Pulse Rhodiola may help depression • Omega 3s for heart attack recovery • Lycopene may lower cancer risk • Mussels for muscles
18 The Goods 22 Supplement Spotlight Stop the pain with herbal treatments.
25 Everyday Remedies Poison ivy.
26 Sports Nutrition Healthful hydration tips.
28 Real-World Homeopathy Help for injuries from inside and out.
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30 Postscript Kate Morrison, ND, discusses the dangers of pesticides in the food supply. Cover: Watercolor painting, lavender ﬁeld by artist M. Grau. July 2015
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remedies for LIFE
Welcome Summer! The living is easy this time of year, isn’t it? Well, it may be for kids on summer break with a really great swimming hole nearby, and for those lucky enough to take a cooling vacation during the hottest days of the year. For a lot of us, though, our responsibilities don’t change much between January and July. But don’t they just FEEL easier to accomplish this time of year? There’s more daylight to get our work done, and we don’t have to pile on layers to do it. A refreshing drink pleases so much more this time of year, even if it’s just iced water, and the next opportunity to play a little is always just around the corner. Relaxation can be had with the flick of a switch or a pull on the chain of a ceiling fan. We’re all pretty good at that, aren’t we? What we hope to help with in this month’s remedies is when our summer activities go a little bit . . . wrong. First up: Lisa Petty has some advice on what to keep in a natural first aid kit, for those “just in case” moments, starting on page 13. Pain remedies ranging from arnica to willow bark are the focus of our Supplement Spotlight this month, beginning on page 22, and our Everyday Remedies are for that itchy nemesis of gardeners and hikers alike: poison ivy (page 25). Know you need to keep up that exercise routine in spite of the heat? Our tips on hydration (page 26) will help. And if homeopathy is your treatment method of choice, some remedies for injury are described on page 28. If you need help with that relaxation, we have a few tips on using lavender to calm, refresh, and even disinfect on page 20. So, take a deep, cleansing breath, and read on.
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Rhodiola rosea, also known as roseroot, may be an effective treatment for major depressive disorder, according to a new study. Researchers compared an extract of the herb to the antidepressant drug sertraline. The patients who took sertraline were somewhat more likely to report improvement in their symptoms after 12 weeks, but the differences between the drug and the herb were not statistically significant. However, the sertraline patients reported double the side effects (most commonly nausea and sexual dysfunction). Lead researcher Jun J. Mao, MD, said the results “suggest that herbal therapy may have the potential to help patients with depression who cannot tolerate conventional antidepressants due to side effects.” “Roseroot Herb Shows Promise as Potential Depression Treatment Option . . .,” University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 3/26/15
omega 3s may improve heart attack recovery New research suggests that recent heart attack survivors may have better ongoing health if they take omega-3 fatty acid supplements. A new study found improvements in heart function and less fibrosis (thickening or scarring in certain regions of the heart) after supplementation. Markers of inflammation were also significantly lower than in patients who were given a placebo. Fibrosis can develop when surviving heart muscle works harder to compensate for areas damaged by a heart attack. The heart may also enlarge and suffer a weakened ability to pump. Patients who received omega 3s in addition to standard treatment were 39 percent less likely to show deterioration in heart function compared to a placebo group. “Omega-3 fatty acids may have anti-inflammatory effects and also promote better cardiac healing,” said senior author Raymond W. Kwong, MD. “Omega-3 Fatty Acids Appear to Protect Damaged Heart After Heart Attack,” American College of Cardiology, 3/4/15
mussels for muscles
An omega-3 fatty acid supplement derived from green-lipped mussels appears to have positive effects on post-exercise muscle damage. Researchers studied 32 men who were not regular exercisers. They received omega-3 oil (from New Zealand mussels) or a placebo for 26 days before a strenuous run and for 4 days after. Their reaction to the exercise was tested immediately and at 24, 48, 72, and 96 hours after. Those who took the supplement had less muscle soreness, less muscle pain, less strength loss, less fatigue, and fewer inflammatory proteins in their blood. “Marine Oil Supplement Has Positive Effects on Post-Exercise Muscle Damage,” Indiana University, 2/24/15
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Lycopene—a compound in tomatoes, watermelon, and papaya— may lower the risk of kidney cancer in postmenopausal women. A study of more than 96,000 women found that higher intake of lycopene led to a 39 percent lower risk of renal cell carcinoma compared to women with low intake. Lycopene is readily available as a supplement. It has also been linked to a decreased risk of breast cancer. Pink grapefruit and guava are other good sources of lycopene.
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Mind and body practices for health continue to grow in popularity, largely due to an increase in the practice of yoga. Nearly twice as many American adults practice yoga than in 2002. Almost as many adults (18 million) practice meditation. A survey from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health found that the increase in yoga has occurred in all age, racial, and ethnic groups. Among the findings: ■ About 21 million US adults and 1.7 million children practice yoga. ■ Nearly 20 million adults and 1.9 million children have had chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation. ■ Children are more likely to use a complementary approach to health if their parents do as well. The increases may be due in part to research that shows how mind and body practices help manage pain and reduce stress. “Nationwide Survey Reveals Widespread Use of Mind and Body Practices,” NIH/National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, 2/11/15
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By Lisa Petty
first aid to go . . . or to stay!
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Bug off The jury is still out about whether eating foods like garlic works as well at repelling mosquitoes as it does at keeping mythical creatures away. Fortunately, there are plenty of proven strategies to prevent becoming a feeding ground for insects this summer. Research shows that essential oils of Curcuma longa (turmeric), Pogostemon heyneanus (patchouli), and Zanthoxylum limonella work synergistically to provide more than 90 minutes of protection from mosquitoes and are much safer than the chemical alternatives. Other research found citronella, lavender, myrtle, and clove essential oils to be effective deterrents against mosquitoes. Because there are several varieties of mosquitoes in the US, consider combining your essential oils. Take the sting out of bug bites with neem oil, tea tree oil, or a paste made from witch hazel and baking soda. You can also apply apple cider vinegar to a cotton ball and press on bites to soothe itch. If you’re bitten all over, add a few cupfuls to a warm bath and soak the itch away. Don’t be rash Bare arms and legs are vulnerable to contact allergens from sources including chlorinated pool water and noxious weeds. To soothe irritated skin, apply healing chamomile in gel or cream form. For itch relief, try basil essential oil. Disinfect minor cuts and scrapes with antibacterial tea tree oil. Learn to identify poison ivy, oak, and sumac—and give them a wide berth on your hikes. If you come in contact with a plant, you have about 15 minutes to wash the poisonous urushiol resin off your skin, preferably with soap containing natural saponins. To relieve symptoms of poison ivy, slather anti-inflammatory and antibacterial aloe vera gel on the affected area. Witch hazel applied with a cotton ball may help to relieve itch. Help to dry lesions by applying baking soda.
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Warts and all Gardeners should wear gloves and shoes when digging in the dirt to reduce the risk of acquiring parasites or a fungal infection from soil. If infection occurs, apply neem or tea tree oil to affected skin. Make your own wart remedy by mixing about 1⁄8 teaspoon thuja (say thu-ya) oil with approximately one cup of softened coconut oil; refrigerate. Apply several times daily until wart disappears. (Do not use thuja oil if pregnant as it has been linked with miscarriage.) Practice safe sun Boost your internal sunscreen protection with a daily dose of the omega-3 fatty acid EPA, from fish oil. Studies show that green tea extract EGCG also helps to protect skin against UV rays. Avoid potentially harmful chemicals in sunscreens by using nontoxic options. Look for products containing nourishing ingredients like coconut oil, along with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, minerals that block the sun’s rays. Remember that using sunblock does not take the place of good sun sense. Stay in the shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and top off your summer fashions with a wide-brimmed hat.
When burns happen, find relief with aloe vera gel, or try a skin cream containing rose geranium or English lavender (Lavendula angustifolia). Oh, my aching muscles When waterskiing, relentless yardwork, or bike rides take their toll on muscles, find relief in a relaxing bath. Add a cup or two of Epsom salts to warm bath water and soak for 15 minutes. When activities lead to bruises, apply arnica gel or cream to the affected area. Homeopathic arnica is also helpful to relieve aches and pains. Supplemental enzymes including bromelain may help to calm inflammation in overworked muscles. Keep calm—and clean Rest stations are a necessary evil on road trips, but you can avoid unpleasant surprises by creating your own survival kit. Put tissues, disposable bamboo wipes, and natural antiseptic hand lotion in a zippered bag to take into the facilities with you. Traveler’s tummy If road trips, bumpy flights, or boat rides lead to nausea, bring along a thermos of ginger or peppermint tea. Ginger
chews and crystallized ginger are also helpful and very packable. Probiotics may help to prevent adverse reactions to foods while traveling. Look for probiotics that do not require refrigeration, and start taking them at least a week before you leave familiar territory. Headache pain For quick headache relief, rub some lavender or diluted peppermint essential oil on your forehead and temples. White willow bark capsules offer pain relief without tummy upset. Be sure to drink plenty of water in warm weather, as dehydration can lead to a throbbing head, and try supplements that contain magnesium to ease muscle tension. With a little preparation, you’ll be ready for everything that summer has to offer! Lisa Petty, ROHP, is a nutrition and healthy living expert for TV and radio, an award-nominated journalist, and an author who has shared her unique perspective with thousands of people through her workshops, lectures, coaching, and extensive writing. She is the author of Living Beauty: Feel Great, Look Fabulous & Live Well, a modern guide to feeling younger at any age. Her website is www.LiveVibrantly.ca.
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lavender Imagine yourself walking through a blooming, aromatic field of lavender, letting your hands gently brush the tops of the flowers as you walk. This visual captures the iconic healing and relaxing power of herbs in general, and lavender in particular. Native to the fields and hillsides of France, Spain, and Italy, our classic medicinal lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has light purple-blue flowers, narrow leaves (“angustifolia” means “narrow-leafed”), and a scent that takes you to the place called Relaxation. The inspiration of aromatherapy Lavender essential oil inspired the practice of aromatherapy in the early 1900s, when French chemist René-Maurice Gattefossé badly burned his hands in a lab explosion and stopped the progression of gangrene and sped the burns’ healing with lavender essential oil. The rapid healing of his wounds helped inspire him to further his research, coin the phrase “aromatherapy,” and launch the art of using the aromatic volatile oils of plants for healing instead of simply as perfume. However, the use of lavender for medicine dates back to antiquity. In fact, the name “lavender” is based on the Latin verb “lavar,” meaning “to wash.” 20
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How to use lavender Lavender essential oil is highly concentrated: It takes up to 16 pounds of lavender blossoms to distill just one ounce of oil! You need only a drop or two at a time. Inhaling the scent, applying it topically, and taking lavender oil internally have all been shown to have health benefits including promoting relaxation, quelling agitation and anxiety, improving sleep, increasing hair growth, healing wounds, and relieving pain. I also find it useful to repel insects and treat their bites, and to soothe sunburns and poison ivy itch. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that you can apply undiluted to the skin, though you can also dilute a few drops in a carrier oil like jojoba or olive oil or (for easy spraying on the skin or in the air) in 80-proof vodka. Though generally considered
safe, use caution with young children and pregnant women because it may have hormonal effects and its full safety is unknown.
Growing and buying “real” lavender If you’d like to grow lavender in your garden, choose from various cultivars of true lavender, including Hidcote and Munstead, planted in sunny, sandy soils with good drainage. In spite of the many varieties of true lavender available, some companies substitute easier-to-grow, more productive lavender species such as lavandin for their essential oils. While these other lavender species may offer similar benefits, they are not quite the same, and the substitution is frowned upon as adulteration or “fake lavender.” Some cheap and mislabeled lavender essential oils are also spiked
with unlabeled synthetics. Be sure to purchase good quality, preferably organic, true lavender essential oil, and only consume lavender in products intended for internal use. Maria Noël Groves, RH (AHG), is a registered clinical herbalist and freelance health journalist nestled in the pine forests of New Hampshire. For recipes, online classes, and more information about herbs as well as her forthcoming book, visit www.WintergreenBotanicals.com.
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stop the pain We all endure pain of some kind. Sometimes it lasts only a few minutes, but some pain never seems to go away completely. Gobbling aspirin, ibuprofen, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be effective, but herbal options are usually gentler and can work as well or better. Here’s our menu of pain-relieving herbal treatments. ■
Arnica (Arnica montana). Gels and ointments containing arnica have become go-to treatments for pain associated with arthritis, bruises, and sprains. In a study of people with hand osteoarthritis, treatment with arnica gel provided benefits similar to ibuprofen’s.
Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) has been shown to reduce the intensity and frequency of debilitating cluster headaches. It’s also useful for treating arthritis, bursitis, and similar conditions, with few likely side effects. A 2015 study showed significant short-term pain relief in patients who took a combination of boswellia and curcumin before and after rotator-cuff surgery.
Cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa). This Peruvian rainforest plant contains substances that help reduce joint pain and swelling in rheumatoid arthritis.
Cayenne (Capsicum frutescens). Extracts of this chili pepper contain pain-relieving capsaicin. Use it topically for arthritis pain and lower back pain.
Comfrey (Symphytum officinale). This herb is approved for external use only. Topical applications of creams, gels, or ointments are useful for muscle and joint pain, including sprained ankles and other sports injuries. Curcumin is a pain-relieving substance found in the spice turmeric. A 2014 study found significant improvements in pain and physical function in osteoarthritis patients. Participants received 1,500 milligrams of curcuminoids (divided into three daily doses) for six weeks. Another 2014 study showed that curcumin can reduce or prevent delayed-onset muscle soreness after exercise.
Devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens). A recent study found “strong clinical evidence of the effectiveness of devil’s claw in pain reduction” related to osteoarthritis. It may also be effective for tendinitis and chronic back pain.
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium). With long-term use, this herb can reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.
Piperine is an active component of black pepper with strong antipain properties.
Valerian (Valeriana officinalis). Primarily known as an herbal sleep aid, valerian also eases muscle pain and spasms.
Willow (Salix spp.). Extracts of dried willow bark help reduce back pain and osteoarthritis pain. Use willow for mild headaches and minor aches and pains. Side effects are minimal compared to those of NSAIDs.
Look for herbal combinations, which are widely available. A mix of ashwagandha, boswellia, ginger, and turmeric was shown to substantially reduce pain and stiffness in patients with knee osteoarthritis. A combination containing devil’s claw, turmeric, and bromelain worked well for both acute pain and chronic pain in osteoarthritis patients. Researchers noted the combo’s “excellent tolerance profile” and said it “may be a valuable and safe alternative to NSAIDs in patients suffering from degenerative joint diseases.” —Alan Siddal
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“Co-analgesic Therapy for Arthroscopic Supraspinatus Tendon Repair Pain . . .” by G. Merolla et al., Musculoskelet Surg, 5/10/15 “A Complex of Three Natural Antiinflammatory Agents Provides Relief of Osteoarthritis Pain” by T. Conrozier et al., Altern Ther Health Med, 2014 “Curcuminoid Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis . . .” by Y. Panahi et al., 11/14; “Efficacy and Safety of White Willow Bark (Salix alba) Extracts” by M. Shara and S.J. Stohs, 5/22/15, Phytother Res “Current Nutraceuticals in the Management of Osteoarthritis: A Review” by N. Akhtar and T.M. Haqqi, Ther Adv Musculoskelet Dis, 6/12 “Herbal Medicine for Low-Back Pain” by H. Oltean et al., 12/23/14; “Oral Herbal Therapies for Treating Osteoarthritis” by M. Cameron and S. Chrubasik, 5/22/14; “Topical Herbal Therapies for Treating Osteoarthritis” by M. Cameron and S. Chrubasik, 5/31/13, Cochrane Database Syst Rev Herbal Therapy & Supplements by Merrily A. Kuhn and David Winston ($42.95, Wolters Kluwer, 2008) “Long-term Efficacy of Boswellia serrata in Four Patients with Chronic Cluster Headache” by C. Lampl et al., Cephalalgia, 7/12 “Reduction of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness by a Novel Curcumin Delivery System . . .” by F. Drobnic et al., J Int Sports Nutr, 6/18/14
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poison ivy What is it? Itching, burning, red rashes followed by small blisters. What causes it? Sensitivity to the oily resin urushiol found in all parts of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac; direct contact or touching an item contaminated by urushiol. You can even get it from inhaling the smoke of burning plants.
Lifestyle: Learn how to identify the plants; keep
pets from running through the plants; wash skin within 5 to 10 minutes of exposure (wash under fingernails too); clean contaminated items; wash clothing in hot water as soon as possible (wear gloves while handling clothing that’s been exposed); wear long sleeves and pants when entering an area where poison ivy is plentiful.
Homeopathy: Anacardium, Ledum, Rhus tox,
Herbal therapy: Jewelweed, witch hazel,
Topical applications: Soap and hot water;
Supplements: Vitamin C.
oatmeal baths; aloe vera or calamine lotion.
calendula, chamomile, comfrey.
Healing Herbs A to Z by Diane Stein ($16.95, Crossing Press, 2009) Homeopathy by Alan V. Schmukler ($17.95, Llewellyn Publications, 2011) by Stephanie Tourles ($14.95, Storey Books, 1999) “Poison Ivy Rash,” www.MayoClinic.org, 8/29/12
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water make sure to stay hydrated this summer We should get regular exercise year-round, regardless of our busy schedules or the weather. In the winter, cold temperatures or wet weather can make us more likely to bow to time constraints and miss a workout. We might choose to return a stack of email messages over a run as the snow flies. In summer, our hesitation is likely to come when it’s so hot outside we can’t even walk without breaking a sweat. But there are ways to stay safe and hydrated while keeping fit and healthy during these warm summer months. Exercise in the morning or evening, adjust workouts as necessary, and make a point to stay hydrated.
Why hydrate? Every cell, tissue, and organ needs water to function properly. Our bodies use this essential liquid to maintain temperature, lubricate joints, and remove waste. We also need plenty of fluid intake for temperature regulation and to prevent overheating. Our bodies create sweat when we get too hot. It keeps us cool during exercise, and it can remove toxins through the skin. Without enough water we can’t make enough sweat, and, of course, heavy perspiration can also lead to dehydration.
Learn more about how much you and other members of your family should drink at www.remediesmagazine.com/water
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Even seasoned athletes find themselves getting dehydrated. A study of professional sports teams revealed that more than 90 percent of the players were moderately dehydrated even before they started working out. Slight dehydration is a problem too. It can alter your mood, energy level, and ability to think clearly, according to research from the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory. Tests showed that it didn’t matter if a person walked for 40 minutes on a treadmill or sat at rest: The adverse effects from mild dehydration were the same. These effects can include headache,
fatigue, tension, and difficulty concentrating. Other symptoms of dehydration can be dry mouth, fatigue, confusion, dizziness, and producing little urine or urine that is darker than usual.
Maintaining moisture For many activities, drinking plenty of plain water is enough to keep us hydrated. If your vigorous activity lasts more than an hour, drinking a sports drink can replace electrolytes, including magnesium, potassium, and sodium, helping to prevent muscle cramping as well as dehydration. Maple water
is a new sports drink on the scene; it contains some minerals and few calories. A home water filter or a distiller will help purify your water and can make it taste better—which might make you want to drink more. Exercise blunts the signals that tell us we’re thirsty, so drink frequently during workouts. Remember to carry a reusable glass or stainless steel bottle of water with you wherever you go so you can always be sipping. —Jane Stoddard
“Avoiding Dehydration, Proper Hydration,” http://my.ClevelandClinic.org “Cranky Today? Even Mild Dehydration Can Alter Our Moods,” University of Connecticut, 2/17/12 “Dehydration and Sodium Deficit During Indoor Practice in Elite European Male Team Players” by N. Hamouti et al., European Journal of Sport Science, 9/10 “Hydration: Why It’s So Important,” American Academy of Family Physicians, http://familydoctor.org, 3/15 “The Quest for Hydration” by Heather Hatfield, www.WebMD.com “Staying Hydrated, Staying Healthy,” American Heart Association, www.heart.org “The Very Best Beverages for Runners” by Liz Applegate, PhD, www.RunnersWorld.com, 7/28/14 “Water: Go with the Flow” by Mary Mullen and Jo Ellen Shield, www.eatright.org, 2013 “Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day?” www.MayoClinic.com, 9/14
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There’s a remedy for that
With summertime comes a variety of seasonal activities—hiking, Frisbee, swimming, and much more. With all this extra action, an occasional accident during these long, hot days seems almost inevitable. Whether it is bruised or broken, try some of these homeopathic remedies, even if you’re also rushing to the doctor (and once you return home).
Worrisome wounds The type of injury matters: Is it an open gash, or a simple bump or bruise? For the latter only, try Arnica montana. If a cut is healing slowly, Calendula officinalis is recommended; chamomilla also can treat hard-to-heal wounds.
Muscle mayhem Some injuries aren’t visible, but they can hurt just as much, if not more, than obvious ones. For muscle pains, such as a backache, Rhus tox and Lycopodium may ease your troubles. Lycopodium may also help relieve lower back stiffness. For a back injury, try homeopathic Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort). This is especially useful for injuries that cause pain to extend to the arms.
Bone injuries There are many different remedies for fractures and other bone injuries. Arnica montana will help with both dislocations and breaks. Symphytum officinale (also known as comfrey) will aid healing of fractures, and Ruta graveolens may have a positive effect in and around the knee area. If your injury is causing a lot of pain, try Hypericum perforatum.
Needy nerves Hypericum perforatum is also traditionally used for gentle, fast relief from nerve pain, and may even help heal nerve damage when applied topically over the long term. Applied topically, Capsicum annuum relieves pain by depleting substance P, which transmits pain signals through the nervous system. It also has anti-inflammatory and circulation-boosting properties, but it should not be applied to broken skin. While some injuries require a visit to a healthcare provider, these homeopathic remedies can help you while you wait for professional care and while you recover. Big or small, inside or out, there is a remedy for that injury. —Diana Pimer The Complete Homeopathic Resource for Common Illnesses by Dennis Chernin, MD, MPH ($29.95, North Atlantic Books, 2006) Easy Homeopathy by Edward Shalts, MD, DHt ($14.95, McGraw-Hill, 2006) Homeopathy: An A to Z Home Handbook by Alan V. Schmukler ($17.95, Llewellyn Publications, 2011)
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Pesticides and Children There is clear consensus on a variety of health and safety issues facing children—we buckle them up in the car; we brush their teeth and take them to the dentist regularly. There may not yet be full agreement, however, when it comes to the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and glyphosate—the herbicide typically used on GMO crops and commonly known as Roundup—for children. The development of glyphosate-resistant, genetically modified crops in the 1990s resulted in a huge growth in the use of glyphosate. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), glyphosate has the highest global production volume of all herbicides. Its use doubled between 2001 and 2007, from 85 to 90 million pounds annually to 180 to 185 million pounds. As a mother and naturopathic doctor, I work hard to make informed food choices for my own family and patients. Recent positions offered by well-respected organizations have given me pause and prompted me to take a closer look.
AAP concerned with pesticide exposure in children
Kate Morrison, ND, is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She moved on from clinical practice in 2012 to become a co-founder and the chief medical officer of Kabrita USA, a company that makes goat milk foods for children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) 2012 statement on pesticide exposure in children said that American children are encountering pesticides daily in air, dust, soil, on lawns and gardens, and through food. It would appear that for many children, diet might be the most influential source. (Herbicides are technically a subcategory of pesticides.) Choosing organic and/or non-GMO food is one key strategy to avoid foodborne pesticides, especially glyphosate. In one study cited by the AAP, researchers followed children ages 3 to 11 over 15 consecutive days as they ate either conventional or organic foods. By collecting and analyzing urine samples, the researchers concluded that an organic diet provided a dramatic and immediate protective effect against exposure to pesticides.
Glyphosate classified as “probably carcinogenic” In 2015, the IARC, an agency of the World Health Organization, reported on the carcinogenicity of five pesticides, including glyphosate. Glyphosate was classified as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A). This category is used when there is limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans but sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals.
Glyphosate may adversely affect gut flora As an herbicide, glyphosate blocks an enzyme of the shikimate pathway found in plants. While this pathway is not a feature of mammals, it is found in various microorganisms, including many bacteria that could live in the human digestive system. The human gut contains about 100 trillion microorganisms, with at least 5,600 separate species or strains. We’re learning more about the role of the gut flora in maintaining health and prevention of disease every day, and until we understand it better, we can’t know what effect glyphosate could have. To help consumers make informed choices, there is a need for research into the long-term health effects of GMOs and pesticides in children. Until that happens, a commonsense approach is to pay attention to food labels and look for seals such as USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified. The Environmental Working Group (www.EWG.org) keeps an up-to-date list of produce with the most and least pesticide residues that can provide even more help in choosing wisely.
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