With the 40th anniversary of Earth day just around the corner we encourage you to make a positive change for your health and the environment. Here are a few tips for you:
1. Review the “dirty dozen” list (see below)– which is a list of the fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides – and commit to purchasing them organic. We know it is more expensive, however, you are what you eat, absorb and don’t excrete, right!?
2. Dispose of cosmetic and personal hygiene products that contain: chlorinated pesticides, heavy metals, PCBs and solvents. Visit the Environmental Working Groups cosmetic database to see how your cosmetics rate environmentally: see link: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/
3. Get moving! Dust off your bike or lace up your walking shoes and instead of driving to the store for a few groceries, walk or ride! Every trip where you do not turn on your ignition saves the environment by reducing emissions. And remember, no one wins when you idle your vehicle – not your pocketbook, not your children having to breathe in more pollutants and especially not the environment.
4. Stop buying water from the grocery store: watch www.thestoryofwater.com and remember that a home filtration system and Kleen Kanteen stainless steel water bottles are great steps to take for the environment, your health and pocket book (in the long run).
5. We encourage patients to read “Clean, Green and Lean – Get Rid of Toxins that Make you Fat” – by Naturopathic colleague Dr. Walter Crinnion. Remember that all of us at Optimum Wellness Naturopathic Medical Clinic offer environmental testing and Dr. DeNault is considered the expert in Alberta for removing mercury and other toxic metals from the body.
For more information, please visit: http://www.optimumwellnessclinic.ca/Therapies/AboutMercury.aspx
6. Along the detoxification theme, we are pleased to promote our colleague, Dr. Carol Morley’s new book titled: “Delicious Detox” – a cookbook to help you through the detoxification process. To purchase visit:http://www.zawadahealth.com/shop2.php and soon to be on Amazon.com. Congrats Carol!!
7. Participate in an event on Earth Day – April 22, 2010 – see: http://www.earthday.ca/pub/ for ideas to create your own event in your community!
DIRTY “DOZEN” LIST:
PRODUCTS WITH HIGHEST LEVELS OF PESTICIDES
2. Bell peppers (green, red)
4. Cherries (US)
6. Cantaloupe (Mexico)
10. Green Beans
11. Grapes (Chile)
14. Winter Squash (US)
PRODUCTS WITH LOWEST LEVELS OF
4. Sweet Potatoes
6. Brussels Sprouts