It was about a year ago that I saw the movie, Food, Inc.. Although I was aware that our food supply was being compromised with pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, GMO’s, e-coli outbreaks, etc., I never took the organic movement seriously until I saw the movie, Food, Inc.
I was already eating a healthy diet free of processed foods, eating lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean sources of protein and didn’t feel the need to spend a few extra dollars to buy organic foods; until I saw the movie, Food, Inc.
Mind you, the movie is not promoting a vegetarian lifestyle. What it does do is talk about food safety and how our foods (meat, dairy, fruits & vegetables) have been compromised with industrialized farming. What it does promote is sustainable farming. Question the foods you eat. Where does it come from? What process has the food you’re eating been through from farm, to factory, to fork.
After I saw that movie, I decided that I was going to bite the bullet and go completely organic. I knew exactly where I was going to be doing my grocery shopping from that point on. Whole Foods. The first time I walked in there I had braced myself for sky high prices for organic fruits, vegetables, grass fed beef, wild caught fish, cage free poultry, etc. I walked out of Whole Foods pleasantly surprised with a reasonable grocery bill. Everything in Whole Foods is organic, including their brand. So, I shopped their brand, got USDA Certified organic EVERYTHING, got superior quality to the foods I was eating, and my grocery bill was less than buying non organic healthy foods from the popular supermarket chains. Based on that, I became a fan.
Every day for the past year, I read the latest health headlines published in science journals, medical journals, alternative medicine sites, etc. A week doesn’t go by when I read an article or report on how pesticides are affecting our health and in some cases can be endocrine/adrenal disruptors.
Here it is one year later and I have my annual check up with my Endocronologist. I have an auto-immune disease called Hashimoto’s Disease. What basically is happening is that my immune system is attacking my thyroid gland which leads to an underactive thyroid. I have been on thyroid hormone replacement for many years to treat this. Technically, my dosage should get stronger over time, not weaker as my body continues to attack and “kill” my thyroid.
During my visit, my doctor asks me if I have been doing anything differently over the past year. I asked him why? The reason he asked is because according to my blood work, my thyroid is better and my dosage needs to be decreased! I then explained to him that since the last time he saw me, I’ve switched over to a completely organic diet. My fruits and vegetables are organic, the animal proteins I buy don’t contain any anti-biotics or hormones, and all other products I buy are 100% organic. I explained to him that I’ve come to understand that many of the chemicals we are exposed to in our foods affects thyroid function, iodine uptake (which affects thyroid function) and can disrupt adrenal system which also affects thyroid function.
Here’s another interesting tid bit. A few months ago I needed to see my eye doctor because all of a sudden, my vision got a bit blurred. Naturally, I figured I’d be getting a stronger prescription for my contact lenses. Nope. That wasn’t the case. For the first time in my 46 years of life, wearing corrective lenses since the age of 10, my vision got better. My prescription had become too strong!
I’m not a doctor, or scientist nor do I have any research or data to back this up, but I honestly believe that it is possible that since I switched over to an organic diet, my body is absorbing more vitamins and minerals and thus, am seeing health improvements, even though I’m already a healthy person. For me, this validates all the articles I’ve been reading over the past year about the benefits eating an organic diet. Let’s face it. Common sense tells us that the human body was not designed to ingest all the chemicals we are exposed to in the foods we eat, particularly pesticides.
For a very healthy person like myself to be experiencing these types of health improvements, it’s very logical that those who’se health isn’t up to par or could be better could possibly see some health improvements by switching over to an organic diet.
This is the ONLY change I’ve made in the past year. I cannot attribute my health improvements to anything else. Are organic foods worth paying a bit extra for? I think so. I’m totally sold on the benefits of going organic.
If you haven’t seen the movie, Food Inc., I HIGHLY recommend you do.
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