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Pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides in food"

by Dr. J. Michael Lemus

Today's complaint falls on industrialists and agricultural farms that use fungicides, herbicides, and pesticides on their crops. It is essential to understand where these chemicals are found and how they affect our health. Natural foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables that we purchase in supermarkets, generally do not have labels, so we cannot tell if they are contaminated, and indeed, they are contaminated with residues of these harmful chemicals.

These fungicides are:

Fludioxonil, pyraclostrobin, boscalid, pyrimethanil, paraquat.

Fungicides are applied to fruits and vegetables to prevent or kill fungal diseases or molds that appear on the fruits. They are often applied after harvest to keep the products mold-free on their way to the market. This likely explains why fungicide concentrations can be so high in some samples, higher than other pesticides applied earlier in the growing season.

In 2022, the USDA collected and tested various types of baby foods and found pesticide residues in 38 percent of the products tested. The agency refused to disclose the brands. These pesticides are especially concerning for children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, diabetics, obese individuals, hypertensive people, or those with cardiovascular problems who are particularly susceptible to many of the health damages associated with pesticide exposure. Some pesticides have been scientifically researched for their negative health effects on humans, and those we denounce in this article have more data linking them to health problems.

The information we present comes from a study conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. This study analyzed 47,510 samples of 46 fruits and vegetables, finding traces of 254 pesticides in all samples, with 209 of these present in the products denounced today.

Note that we are denouncing only five of those toxins, while the study found 254 pesticides, so our readers can imagine all the chemical processes these products undergo.

Studies on fludioxonil have found that it can act as estrogen, increasing the proliferation of breast cancer cells. It also has the potential to damage the male reproductive system. Fludioxonil is found in 90 percent of peaches. Pyrimethanil has been linked to thyroid disruption and could block androgen receptors in the body. Pyrimethanil was the most detected pesticide in pears, appearing in 54 percent of the samples.

Some studies have suggested that pyraclostrobin could be associated with liver toxicity and metabolic disorders. Pyraclostrobin was found in approximately half of the strawberry and cherry samples. In animal studies, boscalid has been linked to cancer and thyroid dysfunction and may also disrupt hormones. Boscalid was found in nearly half of the blueberry samples and just over 50 percent of the cherry and strawberry samples.

Paraquat is so toxic that it has been banned in more than 60 countries, and the EPA has banned its use on golf courses. However, in the United States, it is still sprayed on farmland. A study found that workers who spray paraquat are more than twice as likely to develop Parkinson's disease compared to other workers who only handle or transport the crates.

Vegetables and fruits loaded with fungicides can disrupt human hormonal systems. In research conducted this year, 75 percent of non-organic products are coated with pesticides.

The negative health effects, especially in children, are alarming. Pesticides can be linked to severe health problems such as cancer and hormonal disorders. For example, fludioxonil, present in 90% of peaches, has been associated with the proliferation of breast cancer cells, while paraquat has been banned in many countries due to its toxicity.

I denounce that 18 fruits and vegetables have been identified as highly contaminated with these toxins, including strawberries, spinach, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, grapes, peaches, pears, nectarines, apples, green peppers, red peppers, yellow peppers, black pepper, white pepper, green pepper, cherries, and blueberries. These products are commonly found in supermarkets, without packaging or labels warning about their pesticide content.

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has been warning about these threats since 1993, but much remains to be done to protect public health.

It is crucial to know where we can find fruits and vegetables free of these toxins.

Here is a list of healthy options that you can consume, which were not found to contain toxic traces: avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, onions, papayas, sweet peas (frozen), asparagus, honeydew melons, kiwis, cabbage, watermelons, mushrooms, mangoes, carrots, sweet potatoes (also known as yams, boniato, American sweet potato, or kumara), as well as organic options and frozen foods.

In conclusion, it is essential to share this information and seek safe alternatives for our diet. Protecting our health and that of our children must be a priority, which includes making informed decisions about the foods we consume.

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Dr. Lemus is a critical reviewer of the food industry, he focuses on toxic additives, environmental pollution, clean water, and the unnecessary use of medical drugs, in favor of natural therapeutic methods.

He has extensive experience and training in various disciplines and modalities of natural medicine, including food science, nutritional biochemistry, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, herbalism, bioenergetics, acupuncture, iridology, colon health, and individual biochemistry with more than 45 years in clinical experience. He is the founder and creator of Lemus Natural Medicine, a unique individualized natural medicine modality that utilizes scientific and laboratory data.


If you want to learn more about healthy living and disease prevention, contact me at Lemus Natural Medicine where natural medicine is the official medicine!

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lavar las frutas y vegetales con vinagre blanco y bicarbonato de sodio puede eliminar estos pesticidas?

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