Organophosphates

Organophosphates are chemicals that serve as the basis of many insecticides, herbicides, and nerve gases. Organophosphates include parathion, malathion, methyl parathion, chlorpyrifos, diazinon, dichlorvos, phosmet, tetrachlorvinphos, and azinphos methyl. They are highly neurotoxic at low levels of exposure and act as endocrine disruptors. … [Read more...]

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) are contaminants that are structurally similar to the PCB’s. Used as a flame retardant, PBDEs are found in building materials, electronics, furnishings (especially mattresses), motor vehicles, airplanes, plastics, polyurethane foams, and textiles. PBDEs bioaccumulate in animal fats - especially fish and meats. A recent study published in Environmental … [Read more...]

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are chemicals found in our food supply. They are termed “persistent” because they aren’t expelled easily. POPs are sprayed on crops that we eat (or are fed to animals that we eat, further concentrating their dose). POPs permeate soil, flow into rivers and pollute seafood. They bioaccumulate up the food chain, so the larger an animal is, the more risk of POP … [Read more...]

Chlorine

Chlorine (khlôros, meaning 'pale green'), is the chemical element with Cl. Chlorine is a powerful oxidant that has a disagreeable, suffocating odor that is detectable in concentrations as low as 1 ppm. Healing Tip: Chlorine is a poison. If you choose to drink tap water, buy a reverse osmosis filter to remove chlorine and other contaminants. … [Read more...]

Flouride

Fluoride is the reduced form of fluorine that can cause a wide range of adverse, systemic effects. The International Chiropractors Association opposes mass water fluoridation, considering it "possibly harmful and deprivation of the rights of citizens to be free from unwelcome mass medication." Healing Tip: Fluoride is a poison. If you choose to drink tap water, buy a reverse osmosis filter … [Read more...]

Phthalates

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Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)

Bovine growth hormone (BGH), or Bovine somatotropin (abbreviated bST and BST) is a protein hormone produced in the pituitary glands of cattle. BST can be produced synthetically, using recombinant DNA technology. The resulting product is called recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), or artificial growth hormone. It is administered to the cow by … [Read more...]

Pesticides

Organochlorines and organochlorides are environmental contaminants which pose threat to living organisms. In 1962, the influential book "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson brought the issue of organochloride toxicity to public awareness. While many countries have phased out the use of some types of organochlorides (such as the US ban on DDT as a result of Carson's work), persistent organochlorides … [Read more...]

Nitrosamines

Nitrosamines are cancer-causing compounds produced when meat preservatives called nitrites interact with compounds in meats called secondary amines in the presence of acid (like the stomach). High temperatures, as in frying, can also enhance the formation of nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are found in many foods, especially beer, fish, and fish byproducts, and also in meat and cheese products … [Read more...]

Hydrogenation

Hydrogenation is a chemical process that adds hydrogens to monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats. Hydrogenation makes the structure of the fat more rigid - and shelf stable - at room temperature.  Special Note: Healing Gourmet strictly opposes hydrogenated, or trans fats. Read labels and always avoid anything containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. … [Read more...]

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