“I bet it is chemical fertilizer run off (nitrates) which are linked to neuro tube defects.......when will we learn that we can not keep up these farming practices without terrible devastating outcomes? It is scientifically proven that organic farming will yield just as much food, improve soil, and our health (not to mention the BEES) yet we continue to destroy the planet.”
Becky Selfridge on Feb 21, 2014 at 20:57:06
“and yet, they passed the Farmers Act.”
AylaAlexandra on Feb 21, 2014 at 14:51:06
“Hanford. That's the big scare there. When I was kid growing up in WA they got in quite a bit of trouble for poisoning cattle and wildlife.”
honuart on Feb 21, 2014 at 13:49:54
“Before we take bets, perhaps we should examine studies from the Texas Water Resources Institute that investigated a higher than average incidence of neural tube defects along the U.S. Mexico border. They seem to implicate maquiladoras, or manufacturing operations as the prime suspect. I'm not saying that nitrate-based fertilizers are not harmful...they cause a lot of algae blooms and coral die-offs--but nitrate based fertilizers have been around forever and I wouldn't jump to the conclusion that they are responsible for a localized surge in neural tube defects. Not until all the data is in.”
Michael XXXX on Feb 20, 2014 at 23:02:14
“Actually it's just the opposite, organic farming could never feed our planets population; but just keep spouting gibberish until you believe it.”
Alden Rogers on Feb 20, 2014 at 19:42:51
“No, not just as much food. Average crop yields are not as much without big farm practices.. However, those big farm practices certainly damage the environment and are not sustainable. That doesn't even get into the possible damage trial and error genetically modified food crop tests might do.”
treetracker on Feb 20, 2014 at 18:44:42
“Lots and lots of apple orchards in that area.”
Eenkling on Feb 20, 2014 at 18:36:55
“Isn't there a lot of logging in that state? Maybe they are using a chemical to kill off vegetation. This has been done in the past, and it caused miscarriages. The women that lost their babies couldn't prove their miscarriages were caused from the chemical spraying. The chemical was the same as Agent Orange. This happened back in the 70s. I thought the chemical was made by Dow.”
terriminx2 on Feb 20, 2014 at 17:51:31
Dick Fancy on Feb 20, 2014 at 16:25:01
“Lots of agriculture in that area, perhaps you're right.”
schnauzergirl on Feb 20, 2014 at 15:43:51
“NO3 (nitrate) is a natural substance. Its a major component of all manure based fertilizers.”
“There is nothing wrong with real eggs from healthy chickens for goodness sakes. Eggs are an amazing food. Chia seeds can replace eggs in baking recipes if you are interested.....and make mayo out of avocados. No need for all this hullibillub”
“Is it true that the 2 FBI agents who shot and killed the bomber's friend the other day died "falling" out of a helicopter this week? I read that but not sure if it is the truth. Wow if it was. Now you can understand why people do not believe things that are told to them by the media.”
“I am a nutritionist and we use virgin coconut oil in our practice to help with weight loss, it is also anti fungal and has been shown to increase energy and overall health. It has helped countless of my patients. A "dietician" is not a scientist, and coconut water is excellent for hydration. Gatorade is all crap. We are what we eat. This article is mainstream and tries to debunk more natural solutions. I have seen supermodels age horridly due to their lifestyle, as well as many close friends. Not a good article at all in my eyes.”
“A "dietician" is not a scientist. I agree with Giselle. and cold water does work to rinse hair. Gatorade is junk (I am a nutritionist) There are great alternatives for dangerous chemical sunscreens (Your skin is your largest organ remember) and I look good for my age and like Elle, drink a lot of water and eat organic foods and lots of fruits and veggies. We are what we eat. THis article is meant to keep you on track with all the mainstream ideas so we can continue to follow the herd.”
“At my local pharmacy you get "reward points" every time you get a prescription filled. It should be the freaking opposite. Imagine I am 51 and am healthy not needing any meds. That is because I take care of myself and see a "quack" naturopath who gives me herbal tinctures when and if I get ill.”
“? ORganic foods do not cause you to get more sick. This cheese wasn't even organic for goodness sakes. You need to educate yourself.”
javagirl023 on Jul 6, 2013 at 11:49:35
“Actually, there is a slightly higher risk for organics, because, really, what do organic farmers use for fertilizer? There have been several outbreaks of EColi traced to organic products because of that--though listeria is a processing issue, not a fertilizer issue. Most notably, in Europe they had a large outbreak caused by sprouts in which more than thirty died before they figured out the cause.”
PlayBoyMan on Jul 6, 2013 at 11:29:47
“The cheese is partly organic - Truffles are naturally found at the bases of trees. If the trees are infected, however, the bacteria can infect the truffle. Whole Foods sell foods that are naturally made (ie Organic).
And I never really said Organic foods can make you sick - its actually the farm conditions, organic pesticides, and lack of synthetic chemicals (which are made to resist bacteria, and not harm humans) that can make you sick.
Jun 11, 2013 at 17:11:30
“Micheal, great article. I posted it on my facebook page. I am a Holistic Health Coach and one of my jobs is finding "upgrades" to my clients current foods. Whether it is trans fats, HFCS, processed meals.....fast food....whatever. There are always alternatives, as you say. Most people think if they are not obese they can eat whatever they want. Thinking that the scale is the most important measure of health. WHen that couldn't be farther from the truth. I have my clients get rid of the scale. They focus on how they FEEL, and LOOK, and SLEEP. :) It's not rocket science. Thanks again for your article. It was very well done.”
“How ridiculous for anyone to feel this way.....embarrassing to the human race. But I take issue with Cheerios pretending it is a healthy food! Processed junk in disguise. Cholesterol lowering? lol..............”
May 29, 2013 at 10:26:11
“Shawn, great article. I have been critisized by my husband as of late because he says that I show a lot of anger. Towards him and our five children. Which makes me more upset because I believe that he over reacts to (my) normal behavior. But after reading this article, maybe I AM displaying more anger than I should. We lost a teenage son a few years ago in a horrific manner, and every time I get upset, my husband says it is because of my grief and sadness. The whole situation is very difficult for all of us, but after reading this, I believe that I need to handle myself differently in certain situations. I also need to deal with my grief in more constructive ways. Thank you. :)”
shaynehughes on Jun 3, 2013 at 18:20:49
“Had to do 2 comments, because it was too long. Sorry I'm so long-winded, but there was much in what you shared.
Here's the end of my comment above:
Once last thought: you may or may not be able to go to this deeper place. Or not consistently. Judging yourself because now you know you shouldn't get angry will not help, and is irrelevant. It's just your mind looking for another distraction from your grief.
So have empathy for your grief, and have empathy for your growth process of moving beyond your anger. All this takes time.
shaynehughes on Jun 3, 2013 at 18:20:06
“Wow. Thank you for sharing something so personal and honest. I have two boys and I can't really bear to imagine the feelings of losing one of them.
Your comment takes us several layers deeper in the section above about anger being a secondary emotion. Grief for a loved one is among the most the painful of emotions. For some of us, it can be too overwhelming to feel, so we bounce away from it. Anger is a way of expressing pain without feeling it too vulnerably.
So I find your husband's reflection that your anger is your grief and sadness an intriguing remark. It may also be that anger was the coping mechanism you learned growing up. (if helpful, you could read this recent blog post I did on how our childhood affects our leadership: http://learnaslead.com/2013/05/22/what-does-my-childhood-have-to-do-with-my-leadership/). It would then happen for you more generally with many events, and be more acute with this very painful one.
Why letting yourself feel your vulnerability, in the presence of your family, is crucial: anger pushes away; vulnerability draws in. If you let them see your real pain, a) they'll be able to better connect and empathize with you (and provide you with the emotional nourishment you really need), and b) you'll create space for them to touch and express their own grief. You give them a gift. Healing becomes possible.”
calidesigner on May 29, 2013 at 11:45:31
“Empathy for your loss. Anger is one stage of grief process. Loosing a child is one of the most difficult losses and getting stuck in the process is nothing to be ashamed of. It is not something one can deal with alone. Help is available. All the best to you and your family”