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Removing ‘Impurities’ – What’s REALLY in Fish Oil?

FISH OIL – Impurities or Nature’s Gift?

By Kirsa Sommersted

I found this article on fish oil intriguing as it highlights the challenge in buying quality supplements – reading the label is just not enough any more. We involve ourselves in checking out brands online, reading reviews to ensure we are getting exactly what we want! In addition to reading this article, you may be interested in our Best Foods for Me post

Manufacturers refine fish oils to remove “impurities”. Why do the manufacturers do this? According to Peckel Möller, founder of the Möller process, it is “an endeavor to overcome the difficulties in administering the oil”.1 In other words, it is a way to improve properties like taste, odor, and texture. But what are these “impurities”? Is it truly a good idea to remove them? What are we left with after refining the oil?


 Online articles describe a variety of processes that fish oil manufacturers use to refine fish oils and eliminate what they refer to as “impurities”. These refining processes include carbon filtration, earthen filtration, winterization, degumming, alkali refining, physical refining, sodium carbonate, bleaching, and deodorization.2 In fact, a quick Google search will retrieve over five million results for anyone interested in learning more about fish oil refining! The fish oil produced by these refining processes, even simple filtration, can strip the fish oil of vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. These important nutrients are then put back into the oil in a synthetic, artificial form.


Are these truly impurities? The word “impurities” implies that fish oil contains contaminants or foreign bodies that do not belong in the oil.
Here is a list of “impurities” removed when fish oil is refined2:
  1. Triglycerides
  2. Free fatty acids
  3. Pigments
  4. Waxes
  5. Phospholipids
  6. Oxidation products
  7. Phosphatides
  8. Mucilaginous materials
What is fish oil and what does it contain?
Fish oil contains the following2:
  1. Triglycerides
  2. Free fatty acids
  3. Fatty acids
  4. Pigments
  5. Waxes
  6. Phospholipids
  7. Antioxidants
  8. Sterols
  9. Vitamins

If you compare the two lists, you might notice that they are almost identical! This means that none of these “impurities” are true impurities!


Since these “impurities” are actually all naturally occurring components of fish oil, I believe it is more appropriate to refer to them as innate particles.

Some of these innate particles have known benefits. In fact, if you are taking a fish oil supplement, there is a good chance that it is precisely because you want the vitamin D, vitamin A, and omega-3 fatty acids contained in the oil. Unfortunately, when fish oil is refined these innate particles are depleted, or completely removed, and have to be synthetically added back into the fish oil.

The synthetic vitamins and synthetic omega fatty acids that manufacturers use as replacements are difficult for the body to digest, and can lead to negative, and possibly toxic effects in the body.3-9


What about all the other innate particles that are not added back in using synthetic substitutes? Could any of them have beneficial effects?


If we look closer at these innate particles we find that almost all of them are lipids, or lipid derivatives. “Lipid” is a generic term used to describe substances that are not soluble in water. They store energy, serve as signaling molecules, and are an integral part of membranes.10


Triglycerides, also know as “fats”, are lipids that consist of a glycerol backbone and have three fatty acids attached. 10 When triglycerides under go lipolysis, they release the glycerol from the fatty acids, creating free fatty acids. Color pigments in fish oil are either natural, or the results of enzymatic browning (oxidation), non-enzymatic browning, and/or caramelization 2. One of the most important color pigments found in seafood is carotenoid.11,12 Carotenoid is an antioxidant and a precursor of vitamin A.

Researchers are investigating these other particles and are indeed discovering that some of them have beneficial properties.13-17 In fact; Yin and colleagues believe that some of the beneficial effects of fish oils could be due to novel oxidation products.11


Taken together, what does this all mean? Simply put, it means that of all the innate particles destroyed or damaged during the oil refining process, very few are actually synthetically put back into the fish oil. All the other unknown beneficial innate particles are gone.


Informed consumers know, however, that whole food products contain all of these undiscovered beneficial innate particles. Don’t wait for researchers to find these unknowns; enjoy what nature has already perfected!
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  2. Irianto HE. (1992). Fish oil: refining, stability, and its use in canned fish for the Indonesian market [dissertation]. Palmerston North, NZ: Massey University.
  3. Group E. (2009). The differences between synthetic and natural vitamins. Global Healing Center. [Updated Feb 16,,2016; accessed May 11, 2017.] http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/synthetic-vs-natural-vitamins/.
  4. Mazzaferro S, Goldsmith D, Larsson TE, Massy ZA, Cozzolino M. (2014). Vitamin D metabolites and/or analogs: which D for which patient? Curr Vasc Pharmacol 12(2):339-49.
  5. Clement B. (2006). Nutri-con: the truth about vitamins and supplements. Organic Consumers Association. [Accessed May 5, 2017]. https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/nutri-con-truth-about-vitamins-supplements.
  6. Saghir M, Werner J, Laposata M. (1997). Rapid in vivo hydrolysis of fatty acid ethyl esters, toxic nonoxidative ethanol metabolites. Am J Physiol 273:G184-90.
  7. Fave G, Coste TC, Armand M. (2004). Physicochemical properties of lipids: new strategies to manage fatty acid bioavailability. Cell Mol Biol 50(7):815-31.
  8. Yang LY, Kukis A, Myher JJ. (1990). Intestinal absorption of menhaden and rapeseed and their fatty acid methyl and ethyl esters in the rat. Biochem Cell Biol 68:480-91.
  9. Yang LY, Kuksis A, Myher JJ. (1990). Lipolysis of menhaden oil triacylglycerols and the corresponding fatty acid alkyl esters by pancreatic lipase in vitro: a reexamination. J Lipid Res 31(1):137-47.
  10. Christie WW. (2013). What do lipids do? Their biological functions. Lipid Library. [Accessed May 11, 2017] http://lipidlibrary.aocs.org/Primer/content.cfm?ItemNumber=39370
  11. Simpson BK (Ed.). (2012). Food biochemistry and food processing, 2nd edition. Ames, IA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  12. Shahidi F, Brown JA. (1998). Carotenoid pigments in seafoods and aquaculture. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 38(1):1-67.
  13. Gao L, Yin H, Milne GL, Porter NA, Morrow JD. (2006). Formation of F-ring isoprostane-like compounds (F3-Isoprostanes) in vivo from eicosapentaenoic acid. J Biol Chem 281(20):14092-9.
  14. Yin H, Brooks JD, Gao L, Porter NA, Morrow JD. (2007). Identification of novel autoxidation products of the Ω-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid in vitro and in vivo. J Biol Chem 282(41):29890-901.
  15. Sethi S, Ziouzenkova O, Ni H, Wagner DD, Plutzky J, Mayadas TN. (2002). Oxidized omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil inhibit leukocyte-endothelial interactions through activation of PPARΑ. Blood 100:1340-6.
  16. Khaddaj-Mallat R, Morin C, Rousseau E. (2016). Novel n-3 PUFA monoacylglycerides of pharmacological and medicinal interest: anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative effects. Eur J Pharmacol 792:70-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2016.10.038
  17. Alvarez-Curto E, Milligan G. (2016). Metabolism meets immunity: the role of free fatty acids receptors in the immune system. Bio Chem Pharm 114:3-13.
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Mental Health Affected by Facebook?

The more you use Facebook the worse you feel? Check out this Study

Is mental health affected if you’re addicted to Facebook? Enjoy liking posts and making comments? Be warned, a new psychology study has found the more people use Facebook the lower their self-esteem becomes.

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Before exploring the new psychological research, how much time does a typical person spend each day using Facebook? The answer, based on an average user, is one hour on the site every day. This is based on data provided by Mark Zuckerberg’s company (relating to 2016 use and as reported by the New York Times).

A second thing to factor in is not just how often does a regular person spend on Facebook, but when? A Deloitte survey found that for many people check-out Facebook, along with other social media apps, first thing in the morning (and quite often before getting out of bed).


These findings infer that many people are dedicated to the use of social sites like Facebook.Overall the use of social media and Facebook does no harm and some studies suggest moderate use may actually be good for our mental health, especially when we engage with the online community (such as a classic paper from the Journal of Urban Health “Social ties and mental health.”)


However, things can go awry. Writing in the Harvard Business Review Holly B. Shakya (University of San Diego) and Nicholas A. Christakis (Yale University) describe how the use of social media can detract from face-to-face relationships, lower the amount of time we put into meaningful activities, make use more sedentary, trigger Internet addiction, and, importantly, erode self-esteem.



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Mental Health

The lower self-esteem comes about via making unfavorable social comparisons. Often we measure our own lives against others. When this is far away celebrities this matters less than when it is Facebook friends.In the article, the researchers write: “Self-comparison can be a strong influence on human behavior, and because people tend to display the most positive aspects of their lives on social media, it is possible for an individual to believe that their own life compares negatively to what they see presented by others.


“To assess whether people with lower well-being are more likely to use social media, rather than social media causing lower well-being, the researchers conducted a study. For the research data from 5,208 adults was analyzed. This considered social media use against measures like life satisfaction, mental health, physical health, and body-mass index (BMI). With the social media dimension, the survey assessed the degree to which Facebook users liked other people’s posts, created their own posts, and clicked on links. Account was taken as to how ‘close’ Facebook users felt to the ‘Facebook friends’ they engaged with.


The findings showed that social networks can be positively associated with overall well-being, the use of Facebook in particular was negatively associated with overall well-being. This of course depends on the individuals and how much time they spent online and what they engaged with. However, as a general trend those who consistently liked others’ content and clicked on links general reported a reduction in physical health, mental health, and life satisfaction.


For good mental health and better self-esteem, the researchers argue for a tradeoff between offline and online relationships.The findings are published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, in a paper titled “Association of Facebook Use With Compromised Well-Being: A Longitudinal Study.”


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Craving? Great tips + Check out this Alternative – Ketogenics


Craving something ‘yummy’?

Saw this infographic at https://www.ruled.me/ketogenic-diet-food-list/ and loved it! It led me to investigate another type of eating style ..

I really wanted to know the benefits of the ketogenic diet, as my friends are moving to this and feeling better – more energy, less headaches.

‘A keto diet is well known for being a low carb diet, where the body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. It’s referred to as many different names – ketogenic diet, low carb diet, low carb high fat (LCHF), etc.

When you eat something high in carbs, your body will produce glucose and insulin, which encourages that craving.

  • Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that it will be chosen over any other energy source.
  • Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body.

Since the glucose is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.

Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver.

The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates – yeah, less craving!’


‘Our bodies are incredibly adaptive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many health, weight loss, physical and mental performance benefits.

Below, you’ll find a list of things that you should always be on the look out for – and avoid.

  • Sugar. It’s typically found in soda, juice, sports drinks, candy, chocolate, and ice cream. Anything that’s processed and sweet you can think of most likely contains sugar. Avoid sugar at all costs.
  • Grains. Any wheat products (bread or buns), pasta, cereal, cakes, pastries, rice, corn, and beer should be avoided. This includes whole grains like wheat, rye, barley, buckwheat, and quinoa.
  • Starch. Avoid vegetables (like potatoes and yams) and other things like oats, muesli, etc. Some root vegetables are okay in moderation 
  • Trans Fats. Margarine or any other spreadable replacement butter should be avoided as they contain hydrogenated fats (bad for us).
  • Fruit. Avoid any large fruits (apples, oranges, bananas) as they’re extremely high in sugar. Some berries can be consumed in moderation
  • Low-fat foods. These tend to be much higher in carbs and sugar than full-fat versions. Make sure you read the package to make sure a mistake isn’t made.

In general, the more “real” the food, the better it is for you. While some processed foods are acceptable, many are not. Make sure that you read through the ingredients and nutrition information to make sure that it can fit within your diet.’

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Life is a Gift! Let’s unwrap the package and enjoy the contents!

Life is a Gift! Let’s unwrap the package and enjoy the contents! 
 Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility, to give something back.
Anthony Robbins


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Gaining Direction by knowing Your Life Purpose

Gaining Direction by knowing Your Life Purpose.. During your life you have probably come to some decisions as to the purpose of your life owing to the career, hobbies, interests you pursue. Yet, how about having this pinpointed down for you? Knowing your purpose gives your life more direction, meaning, foundation. I looked into this when researching the Kabalarian Philosophy. (kabal means ‘receive wisdom’) 
The Philosophy is based on Numerology and has been used in some format since Ancient History, being developed by Alfred Parker until his death in 1964. It is a life analysis, enabling you to live a more fulfilled and happy life through balancing your name with your birth date.
Through Numerology you can get an explanation of the meaning of your name, and whether this is a ‘balanced’ name for you. 
To get a multi-page analysis of your full name, nicknames, business signature and birth date, which determines your birthpath or natural purpose in life, go to:

You will also receive career and compatibility suggestions. It’s invaluable!


Here’s an explanation of my purpose:


“Your role is to teach others the principles that will lead to a better understanding of human mind and potential, health, happiness, and the attainment of success on all levels.”


Let me know if you decide to investigate this free report. I’d love to hear about the meaning of your name, and your purpose. Also, comment on how making any recommended changes has affected your life.  These may range from personal or business success to relationships.







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Living by Your Values – Mind Tools video

An important aspect of establishing a firm foundation on which to develop your True Self is to have a set of values that guide the way in which you live your life.



How would you define your values?

Before you answer this question, you need to know what, in general, values are.

Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work.

They (ideally) determine your priorities, and, deep down, they’re probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to.

When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you’re satisfied and content. But when these don’t align with your personal values, that’s when things feel… wrong. This can be a real source of unhappiness.

This is why making a conscious effort to identify your values is so important.


How Values Help You

Values exist, whether you recognize them or not. Life can be much easier when you acknowledge your values – and when you make plans and decisions that honor them.

If you value family, but you have to work 70-hour weeks in your job, will you feel internal stress and conflict? And if you don’t value competition, and you work in a highly competitive sales environment, are you likely to be satisfied with your job?

In these types of situations, understanding your values can really help. When you know your own values, you can use them to make decisions about how to live your life, and you can answer questions like these:

  • What job should I pursue?
  • Should I accept this promotion?
  • Should I start my own business?
  • Should I compromise, or be firm with my position?
  • Should I follow tradition, or travel down a new path?

So, take the time to understand the real priorities in your life, and you’ll be able to determine the best direction for you and your life goals.


Values are usually fairly stable, yet they don’t have strict limits or boundaries.
Also, as you move through life, your values may change. For example, when you start your career, success – measured by money and status – might be a top priority. But after you have a family, work-life balance may be what you value more.

As your definition of success changes, so do your personal values. This is why keeping in touch with your values is a lifelong exercise. You should continuously revisit this, especially if you start to feel unbalanced… and you can’t quite figure out why.

As you go through the exercise below, bear in mind that values that were important in the past may not be relevant now.

Defining Your Values

When you define your personal values, you discover what’s truly important to you. A good way of starting to do this is to look back on your life – to identify when you felt really good, and really confident that you were making good choices.

Step 1: Identify the times when you were happiest

Find examples from both your career and personal life. This will ensure some balance in your answers. 

  • What were you doing?
  • Were you with other people? Who? 
  • What other factors contributed to your happiness?

Step 2: Identify the times when you were most proud

Use examples from your career and personal life. 

  • Why were you proud?
  • Did other people share your pride? Who? 
  • What other factors contributed to your feelings of pride?

Step 3: Identify the times when you were most fulfilled and satisfied

Again, use both work and personal examples. 

  • What need or desire was fulfilled? 
  • How and why did the experience give your life meaning? 
  • What other factors contributed to your feelings of fulfillment?

Step 4: Determine your top values, based on your experiences of happiness, pride, and fulfillment

Why is each experience truly important and memorable? Use the following list of common personal values to help you get started – and aim for about 10 top values. (As you work through, you may find that some of these naturally combine. For instance, if you value philanthropy, community, and generosity, you might say that service to others is one of your top values.)

Being the best
Continuous Improvement
Hard Work
Helping Society
Inner Harmony
Intellectual Status
Making a difference

Step 5: Prioritize your top values

This step is probably the most difficult, because you’ll have to look deep inside yourself. It’s also the most important step, because, when making a decision, you’ll have to choose between solutions that may satisfy different values. This is when you must know which value is more important to you. 

  • Write down your top values, not in any particular order 
  • Look at the first two values and ask yourself

“If I could satisfy only one of these, which would I choose?” It might help to visualize a situation in which you would have to make that choice. For example, if you compare the values of service and stability, imagine that you must decide whether to sell your house and move to another country to do valuable foreign aid work, or keep your house and volunteer to do charity work closer to home. 

  • Keep working through the list, by comparing each value with each other value, until your list is in the correct order.


If you have a tough time doing this, consider using Paired Comparison Analysis to help you. With this method, you decide which of two options is most important, and then assign a score to show how much more important it is.
Since it’s so important to identify and prioritize your values, investing your
time in this step is definitely worth it.

Step 6: Reaffirm your values

Check your top-priority values, and make sure they fit with your life and your vision for yourself. 

  • Do these values make you feel good about yourself? 
  • Are you proud of your top three values? 
  •  Would you be comfortable and proud to tell your values to people you respect and admire? 
  • Do these values represent things you would support, even if your choice isn’t popular, and it puts you in the minority? 

When you consider your values in decision making, you can be sure to keep your sense of integrity and what you know is right, and approach decisions with confidence and clarity. You’ll also know that what you’re doing is best for your current and future happiness and satisfaction.

Making value-based choices may not always be easy. However, making a choice that you know is right is a lot less difficult in the long run.

Key Points

Identifying and understanding your values is a challenging and important exercise. Your personal values are a central part of who you are – and who you want to be. By becoming more aware of these important factors in your life, you can use them as a guide to make the best choice in any situation.

Some of life’s decisions are really about determining what you value most. When many options seem reasonable, it’s helpful and comforting to rely on your values – and use them as a strong guiding force to point you in the right direction.         https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTED_85.htm




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Eat Your Veggies! Clean Eating means Clear Thinking

Eat you veggies! “Clean eating means clear thinking, so let’s get these brainwaves moving! Here is my list of high vibration, naturally nutrient-packed and delicious foods to enjoy for expanded awareness and a beautiful, functioning body. 

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1. Dark Leafy Greens.

This means greens such as kale, arugula, spinach, Swiss chard, bok choy, and mustard greens. These are so vibrant because of the energy they soak up directly from the sun in their production of chlorophyll. As a rule, any bright or dark colored vegetable or fruit is packed with nutrition, and good vibration. Pick any one of these to toss in a salad or sauté with a little salt and raw apple cider vinegar.

2. Green Juice.

This is the perfect way to get those dark leafy greens. Throw them in the juicer and out comes an easy to drink, easy to digest, immediately absorbed energy source. This, above all else is my favorite way to raise my energy and awareness through food. When I feel stuck, lost, or uninspired, I make one of these and seriously feel better within seconds after my first gulp.   You’d be surprised at how delicious, and satisfying a green juice can be. 

3. Fermented Foods.

This food is ALIVE. It is roaming with beneficial probiotic flora, just waiting to join our gut ecosystem. This is what we want! There is literally so much action here, and it affects us accordingly! Living foods lighten and brighten us, leaving us feeling great. Raw sauerkraut, kimchi, rejuvelac, and kombucha are all great examples.

4. Sprouts and any Raw and Living Foods.

Raw nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables are good for obvious reasons. These have not been processed or degraded in any way and are vitamin and mineral goldmines. Sprouts, too! Sprouting is easy, and it improves the digestibility, nutrition, and liveliness of any nut, legume or seed!  Add sprouts to any salad, or snack on them for high vibe goodness!

5. Medicinal Mushrooms.

Chaga and Reishi are the big ones here. All edible mushrooms boost your immune system and have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory benefits. And the subtle creation of these fascinating plants is enough to see its vibrational qualities. Just LOOK at them, they’re truly beautiful, and so fascinating. These two medicinals are at the top of the list, for these properties, and so much more. It’s worth looking into, and getting your hands on some. Why not try a tea extracted from Chaga each and every morning, and enjoy Reishi tincture each day as well?

6. Clean and Pure Water.

Reverse osmosis or freshly collected spring water are the best choices. These waters are pure, and immediately sucked up and circulated. Our organs need to be hydrated to function properly, and we need it to think clearly. Our bodies are over 70% water, so this is worth paying attention to. These waters are best because they are free from the chemical waste products and pharmaceuticals that are lingering in our water systems. This includes the worst offender of all, especially for spiritual and creative growth…FLOURIDE.  I think we can all agree we don’t want to drink it. So go with the clean stuff.

If these high quality waters aren’t available to you, filtering your water is definitely better than drinking straight from the tap. Avoid buying bottled water as the plastic is leached into the water. There are some high quality water filters, that don’t include reverse osmosis, but still filter out fluoride.

7. Superfruits and Berries.

Goji berries, golden berries, gooseberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, are included in this section. These colorful treats vibrate at a high frequency and during the summer months we are blessed with most of these, fresh and easy.

8. Raw Chocolate.

Raw cacao nibs are the natural, unprocessed form of the cacao bean, and you can find them at any health food store. This is one of the most antioxidant rich foods on the earth. Heat can destroy this miracle food, so it’s best to eat this raw. Cacao nibs are good added to salads, trail mix, or just on their own for a bitter and sweet energy surge. Chocolate is also high in phenylethylamines, also known as the love chemical, which makes us feel so blissful and full of passion… high energy!

9. Bless your Food.

Think positive thoughts, and pour your own energy into what you are eating. Feel truly thankful and in love with what you are about to eat. Try placing your hands directly above each meal before you eat, as a physical gesture of mindfulness, forcing you to slow down, appreciate and be thankful before taking your first bite. It is truly powerful.

10. Buy organic.

Not only does the lack of pesticides raise the vibe of anything, but the way the food is planted, handled and cared for also plays a huge role. This is why local AND organic is the best combination ever, aside from wild grown and foraged foods.”

 eat you veggies

Thank you to wakeupworld.com for this great info!

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I Am Now In My Bliss – Get into Your Zone



Love this not just for the words, yet the color just pops and brightens the day!

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Making the Most of Lemon Water for Health

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  • Wow – who knew that lemon water was so good for you!

Impressed with lemon water and I love infographics – you are able to see at a glance exactly what benefits are achieved




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The Price of Faster Harvesting



(NaturalNews) When you shop for produce and see that higher price placed on the organic varieties, chances are you think there probably isn’t that much difference between the two. Surely conventional agriculture doesn’t waste chemicals. They only use them when they need to – when insects or fungus attacks the corps, right? Wrong.

Conventional produce has been through a storm of chemical treatments. The use of chemicals is so insidious, it often begins with treating the dirt and the seeds before planting. Then chemical fertilizers are used in addition to insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides during cultivation. Some fruits have been tested to find 13-15 different pesticides remain after harvesting. Now a new practice is being employed – pre-harvest desiccation. Crops are drenched with an herbicide prior to harvest to hasten and even out ripening and to control weeds for the next crop.

Unfortunately this process results in huge pesticide residues in our food, even in certified non-GMO food. That’s right, your food could be non-GMO Project verified and still have been drenched in glyphosate just prior to harvest. The foods that are approved for Roundup application and/or another pesticide just prior to harvest are as follows:

  • Wheat
  • Cotton (cottonseed oil)
  • Alfalfa
  • Oats
  • Sugar cane
  • Beans
  • Mustard
  • Oilseed rape
  • Rye/Triticale
  • Lentils
  • Peas
  • Flax
  • Sunflower
  • Pulses
  • Soy Bean
  • Sugar beet
  • Potatoes
  • Chick Peas
  • Feed barley
  • Canola
  • Corn

Unfortunately, Roundup is not the only chemical approved for use just prior to harvest. Other approved pre-harvest chemical desiccants include:

  • Reglone
  • Diquat
  • Glufosinate
  • Carfentrazone-Ethyl
  • Cyanamide
  • Paraquat
  • Diquat Dibromide
  • Carfentrazone
  • Cyclanilide
  • Diquat
  • Endothall
  • Paraquat
  • Thidiazuron
  • Tribufos

No one denies that these chemicals are toxic. The argument in favor of desiccation and other synthetic chemical treatments is that the dose of toxin is so low, it isn’t harmful to apply it.

Toxicology is based on the following 500-year-old idea that is fundamentally flawed.

All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison from a remedy. –Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim Paracelsus

While it is true that even water can kill you if you drink an excessive amount, the idea that small doses of poison can’t hurt you is illogical. In conventional agriculture, everything you eat includes poison. Why would you want to eat any poison with every meal, increasing your toxic load each day?

Recently, we are learning more and more about how toxic glyphosate truly is.

Unfortunately, the other chemical treatments are not any better. A drop of Reglone on your fingernail can cause your nail to shrivel up, fall off, and never grow back. Any exposure to the eyes can blind you, permanently. It doesn’t take very much Reglone to kill you, and in higher amounts it can even be fatal from contact on the skin.

The more we realize how pervasive the chemical treatments are in conventional agriculture, the more we realize the value of voting with our dollars for organic food. Also, check out Understanding and Detoxifying Genetically Modified Foods and Scientists Against GMOs.






About the author:
Joel learned long ago that pharmaceuticals were not the answer to health and vitality. He gave up on pharmaceuticals many years ago, and he also gave up wheat and refined sugars. His hobbies include gluten free baking, gardening, and fitness. Joel is passionate about agriculture and environmental issues. Joel believes that progressive, cutting-edge, organic agriculture can feed the world.







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