New Study Finds Pesticides in Nearly 70% of Non-Organic Produce

Tractor spraying wheat field with sprayerIf there was ever a case for buying organic foods and supporting local farmers and farm markets, this is it.

Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. This report is based on the analysis of tests performed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on more than 38,800 non-organic produce samples.

This year’s report revealed that nearly 70 percent of samples of conventionally grown produce were contaminated with 230 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

A Historic Day for Local Farmers

Farmer Plowing The Field. Cultivating Tractor In The Field. RedThis country needs to do more to support local, organic farmers. This has been a mantra of mine at Natural Healthcare Center, on my By Design radio show, during my Wellness at Work seminars, and here on my blog. Maybe somebody in Washington heard my plea.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it has awarded $52 million in grants to support the growing organic farming industry and local and regional food systems, all of which are largely driven by local farmers and farmers markets.

Why is this happening? Because you demanded it.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.

Deciphering Food Labels: What Qualifies as Organic or Natural?

nutrition and labelingIn a previous post, I discussed the truth about whole grains and explained what to look for in the food label. The word “whole” must appear in the first ingredient, like whole grain, whole wheat or stone-ground whole.

If the word “whole” doesn’t appear until the second ingredient, that product could contain as little as one percent of whole grain. It’s almost like the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created gigantic loopholes that food manufacturers drive through like a runaway truck.

Food labeling is overwhelming and confusing, which makes it difficult for us to evaluate food products and determine what we should be consuming and feeding to our children.

I wish it was as simple as it was 200 years ago. Before the industrial revolution, you really didn’t need food labels. All food was organic because that’s the way it was naturally designed. Food was grown in non-contaminated soil, harvested and eaten before it spoiled.

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About Dr. James Proodian

Dr. James Proodian is an accomplished chiropractic physician, health educator, and professional public speaker who founded Proodian Healthcare Family of Companies to help people feel better, function better, and live longer. His expertise is in identifying clinical imbalances and restoring the body to health and functionality. Contact: jproodian@naturalhc.com or (732) 222‑2219.