Category Archives: Pesticides

On Rice, Arsenic, and Organic Farming

On Rice, Arsenic, and Organic Farming

A post in the AllergyMenu [1] caught our attention. It purports that arsenic pollution is rampant in the rice we consume. The obvious question is: Does buying organic rice protect you? TheAllergyMenu claims that organic farming does, quoting them: “…Foods grown organically are your best choice since the land is …Read the Rest

Brown Rice: Benefits and Pollution Risks

Brown Rice: Benefits and Pollution Risks

MND: Brown rice, everybody knows it is good for you. But how good, and is there any risk? Brown rice is white rice with it’s husk and bran. To produce white rice, the bran layer and the germ in  are removed, leaving mostly the starchy endosperm. (Wiki) In the process …Read the Rest

Pollution:Toxicity and availabilty of phthalates from polyvinyl chloride plastics

Pollution:Toxicity and availabilty of phthalates from polyvinyl chloride plastics

MND: What mayhem can phtalates do? For this we giving you this link to this article from the University of Taiwan    “Phthalates: Toxicogenomics and inferred human diseases” where the authors conclude: “…The top three phthalate toxicity categories were found to be cardiotoxicity, hepatotoxicity[liver] and nephrotoxicity [kidneys], and the top 20 …Read the Rest

When Big Ag Attacks: Government-Sponsored Pesticide Propaganda (The Atlantic)

When Big Ag Attacks: Government-Sponsored Pesticide Propaganda (The Atlantic)

MediNewsDigest: There are two possible approaches in dealing with pesticides and the like: Prove that it is harmless Prove that it is harmful Agrobusiness is asking the green groups that they prove that their pesticides are harmful, while the green groups are asking agrobiz to show their pesticides are harmless… …Read the Rest

A Jane Symons (Dailymail) compendium linking specific pollutants to the part of the body they damage

A Jane Symons (Dailymail) compendium linking specific pollutants to the part of the body they damage

MediNewsDigest: Good list, but sources are not quoted. This Jane Symons column in the dailyMail from the UK is obviously for mass distribution. Jane list body organs or function (such as the immune system) and their pollutants threats, particilarly in the home.   Share/Bookmark

Pesticides and your fruits or vegetables: A database of health effects (beyondpesticides)

Pesticides and your fruits or vegetables: A database of health effects (beyondpesticides)

MediNewsDigest:  The Beyond Pesticides organization did an amazing job of matching common vegi/fruits  products, the pesticides used by the agro industry in growing them, and linked health effects. The database can be found at beyondpesticides. The material is well presented and  easy to read. MediNewsDigest:  Granted, people are not dropping like …Read the Rest

Unprecedented Pesticide Contamination Found in Beehives (beyondpesticides,plosone))

Unprecedented Pesticide Contamination Found in Beehives (beyondpesticides,plosone))

MediNewsDigest: Bee pollination way down: Causes:Pesticide Contamination! See beyondpesticide blog   and the plosone full article.  Because of  “High Levels of Miticides and Agrochemicals in North American Apiaries”,  bees are not doing well, and consequences could be serious for the food chain.  Share/Bookmark

Possible Health Issues Of Organophosphates Pesticides

Possible Health Issues Of Organophosphates Pesticides

MediNewsDigest:   The subject of pesticides is very controversial. Ignoring  philosophical  or cultural issues, MedinewsDigest  has investigated the possible health issues  raised from  the scientific community. For the first of this series, we choose to look at the organophosphates, because of their prevalence.  Possible relationship of Organophosphates and ADHD in children: The American Association …Read the Rest

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