Pesticide levels in foods plus Lyme Disease Enquiry and recipes
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Pesticides levels in fruits and vegetables


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Ideally we should all buy organic food especially fruit and vegetables as regular readers will know that the research has shown that they are nutritionally superior and more alkaline. Plus who wants the added chemical cocktail.

Of course its not always possible to buy organic and so its useful to know which fruits and vegetables are really toxic and should only be bought organic and which ones you can be more relaxed about.

The Environmental Working Group which is a US non profit, non affiliated group does tests on washed US fruits and vegetables each year. Our farming practices are similar so their list can be used as a guide for us.
Years ago an Australian landscaper told me he had not eaten apples since he worked in an orchard where they sprayed the apples 26 times in a season!

Unsurprisingly apples have been top of the most toxic list for many years although in 2016  strawberries are No 1 followed by apples, peaches/nectarines, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, capsicum, cucumber, potatoes and lettuce.

Least toxic are avocados, sweet corn,pineapple,cabbage,onions,asparagus, mango, paw paw, kiwi and eggplant.

For the full 2016 list click here
Lyme disease risk has increased significantly 

Lyme Disease Senate Enquiry

In November 2016 a Senate Committee  looked at the possibility that a Lyme like disease is in Australia. Although their results were inconclusive further investigations are recommended.  Lyme Disease is named after the US town where it was first identified in 1982 and is spread to humans by biting insects particularly ticks. 

Lyme Disease is very hard to identify and is known as the great imitator as it looks like many other conditions. Blood tests are only 50% reliable because the lyme spirochete don't stay long in blood but quickly migrates to connective tissue and organs. There are often nasty co infections such as mycoplasma, bartonella and babesia which complicates the symptom pattern.


More on Lyme

Lyme looks like a different condition in every person with fatigue being common (except in young children who often become hyperactive) but there are 3 main groups of symptoms:

1. Neuroborreliosis. This is the most common where there may be memory loss, confusion, anxiety, depression, numbness or tingling. There may also be tremors, shaking and spasms so it can look like MS or Parkinsons. Insomnia is common.
2. Lyme arthritis. In these cases lyme concentrates in the joints and gives arthritis like symptoms.
3. Lyme carditis. In these cases lyme looks more like heart problems with angina like pain, heart irregularities  and palpitations.

Of course each person has their own mix of symptoms. Other common issues are food intolerances and anaemia. In addition urinary tract infections,parasites and fungal infections can be part of the picture  See full list of possible symptoms here       

Catching it as early as possible is the key to a speedy recovery but less than 50% of sufferers have the classic bulls eye rash.


Delicious Roasted Beetroot Houmous with Pomegranate Molasses

With thanks to Ascension Kitchen.
For recipes 
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Lyme is caused by Borrelia spirochetes

Lyme prevention

To minimise your risk of getting Lyme disease US herbalist and Lyme expert Stephen Buhner recommends taking immune boosting astragalus tincture daily and applying andrographis tincture to any tick bites. You could also use tea tree oil topically and high dose vitamin C internally. It also makes sense to cover up while gardening and bush walking and to check yourself for ticks as soon as possible.
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