Recent headlines regarding organic food versus conventionally-grown varieties have created controversy, and not for what the study reveals, but for what it leaves out. This entry was posted in Articles Maternal & Pregnancy Nutrition and tagged IQ of children organic food pesticides on April 28, 2011 by George Mandler. Given all the research about pesticide dangers and diseases it has been attributed to such as Parkinson’s it  still amazes me that foods grown with chemicals still make up the vast majority of foods consumed. Just this week 3 new studies came out that looked at the effect of pesticides on children IQ while they were in utero. Prenatal exposure to pesticides in the womb were associated with lower IQ scores at 7 years old in California farm workers.
Measuring umbilical cord blood researches showed clear correlation between the amount of a common agricultural pesticide and a lower IQ score at 7 years of age. New York City children exposed to organophosphates in the womb negatively impacted cognitive development and reasoning up to 9 years of age. In addition also released this week was a study that concluded Russian boys exposed to dioxins pre-puberty showed a delay in puberty and testicular maturation.

Can someone please give me an answer as to why one would want to eat non-organic food during pregnancy?   (The only people I can think that can would be ones in poverty and relying on subsidies for food.)  You get what you pay for and  the evidence that organic food is superior is clear. We offer many individualized treatment modalities: Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Pancha Karma , Psychosomatic Energetics , Functional Nutrition and Chinese Herbal Medicine to treat a wide range of chronic and acute conditions.
Stanford's Center for Health Policy reviewed 240 studies from around the world related to the comparison of levels of nutrients and contaminants, as well as the effects that eating organic may have on an individual's health. A recent study showed that the new class of pesticides called pyrethroid (supposedly safer) negatively affects neurological development of toddlers at 3 years. The results of this large-scale review found that organic food is not more nutritious than conventionally-produced food.The problem with this study--and the subsequent media hype that arose after it release--is that it doesn't focus on the various other reasons that people opt for organic foods over conventionally-produced foods, some of which aren't even related to health. And a couple of months ago a study showed that certain pesticides are anti-androgenic and may delay or inhibit a boys development during puberty. People may choose to buy organic products because they want to support local or independent farmers, they are concerned with humane treatment of animals or the environment, they want to limit their exposure to synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or antibiotics, or they simply prefer the taste of organic foods. The researchers behind this study did acknowledge that they were not evaluating information related to these factors.

Organic foods are undoubtedly more expensive, costing on average twice as much as their conventionally-produced counterparts.
You're most likely to get a higher concentration of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. All produce--including organic--loses nutrients the longer it sits on a shelf after it's been plucked from the field.
Additionally, you can chat directly with the farmer about how they grow their food or how they produce their meat or dairy.
You can also score some deals if you wait until the farmers' market is about to close, because the farmers will be wanting to get rid of their items and may sell them to you at half-price or less.While it's true that this new study doesn't take into account non-health-related reasons for choosing organic, the information is still valid and useful. Transparency is never a bad thing when it comes to what foods we are feeding ourselves and our families, and the more information we can arm ourselves with, the better.

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