North Shore Chiropractic & Lifestyle Medicine & Chiropractic https://robertromanelli.com Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:35:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://robertromanelli.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-NSCLM-Logo-1-32x32.jpg North Shore Chiropractic & Lifestyle Medicine & Chiropractic https://robertromanelli.com 32 32 Why is COVID-19 so Contagious? https://robertromanelli.com/2020/07/why-is-covid-19-so-contagious/ https://robertromanelli.com/2020/07/why-is-covid-19-so-contagious/#respond Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:35:48 +0000 https://robertromanelli.com/?p=5707   As of July 10, 2020 there is been over 3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 135,000 deaths. We are now seeing large spikes of infections in Florida, California, Texas and Nevada. WHY? The COVID-19 virus has spike like proteins on its surface that bind tightly to the ACE2 receptors […]

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As of July 10, 2020 there is been over 3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 135,000 deaths. We are now seeing large spikes of infections in Florida, California, Texas and Nevada. WHY?

The COVID-19 virus has spike like proteins on its surface that bind tightly to the ACE2 receptors on cells. The ACE2 receptors are in part responsible for blood pressure. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity cause an inflammatory state. Inflammation produces an enzyme called furin  that circulates in the blood. The spikes on the virus have a strong affinity to bind with furin. This enables the virus to bind strongly with the ACE2 receptors on the cells enabling the virus to penetrate into the cells. This mechanism for infecting cells is very different than any other coronavirus or any other virus known.

This is why COVID-19 is so contagious and its connection to chronic disease.

What you may not realize is that these chronic illnesses are due to lifestyle. Most can be prevented and improved with changes in lifestyle. You can defend against COVID-19 by changing your diet. A Mediterranean diet has been shown to decrease inflammation and decrease chronic illness. Stress reduction, exercise, and quality sleep are other factors that will help decrease inflammation.

Lifestyle is sometimes difficult to change. Start small, such as decrease or eliminate sugary snacks and foods. Almost everybody knows what they doing that is not healthy. Choose one thing and concentrate on that. Once you start feeling better it will be easier to expand on lifestyle modification which; decreases inflammation, decreases the effect of chronic disease and help defend against COVID-19.

There is no replacement for wearing masks when social distancing is not possible. If you have a chronic disease it is best to where an N 95 mask. This will help prevent you from contracting COVID-19 as well as protecting the people around you.

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Our Next Step in Fighting COVID 19 https://robertromanelli.com/2020/06/our-next-step-in-fighting-covid-19/ https://robertromanelli.com/2020/06/our-next-step-in-fighting-covid-19/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 21:23:15 +0000 https://robertromanelli.com/?p=5703 A strong and robust natural immunity is essential for an immunization to protect us from a disease. Also a strong natural immunity may prevent many side effects from the immunization.

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Developing an immunization to COVID 19 would be a big step forward however, an effective and safe immunization will take some time. Vigilance in social distancing and wearing masks are still vital to controlling this pandemic. Contact tracing must be developed and implemented to isolate and treat those that are affected. Unfortunately, there are spikes of infection rates in the South and the West that will make it impossible for contact tracing to occur due to the number of people affected.

These spikes occur not due to increased testing but are caused by not following simple recommendations of social distancing, wearing masks and washing our hands frequently. We all want to get back to normal, whatever that will look like in the future.

Recently the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends policies for consideration of opening schools in the coming school year. Students must be physically present in school beyond education, for nutrition, emotional support, and physical therapies. Lengthy time away from school results in social isolation which may lead to psychological effects. Opening schools for the coming academic year may be very difficult if not impossible these spikes in infection rates continue to increase.

A strong and robust natural immunity is essential for an immunization to protect us from a disease. Also a strong natural immunity may prevent many side effects from the immunization.

How do we enhance our own natural immunity? A diet rich in various colors of vegetables and fruits, whole grains and tree nuts, fish and poultry is a good start. Basically a Mediterranean diet. For adults 7 to 8 hours of unrestricted sleep, moderate exercise and stress reduction techniques all enhance our natural immunity.

There is well documented information on vitamins and biological agents that enhance immunity, decrease viral growth, and reduce symptoms. Vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin C as well as botanical agents such as Elderberry, EGCG and many others have been shown to be beneficial. COVID 19 is a novel virus.

Research of these natural supplements on COVID 19 have not been performed as of yet. However there is good reason to believe they will be helpful since the therapeutic direction is not attacking COVID 19 but improving immunity.

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Are you wearing your mask correctly? https://robertromanelli.com/2020/06/are-you-wearing-your-mask-correctly/ https://robertromanelli.com/2020/06/are-you-wearing-your-mask-correctly/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2020 21:36:02 +0000 https://robertromanelli.com/?p=5698 Now that the stores are opening up were still not out of the woods. As of today 19 states are showing an increase in COVID 19 cases. 9 states have hit there single day high. Recently in Florida 16 people contracted COVID 19 in one night at a local bar.

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Now that the stores are opening up were still not out of the woods. As of today 19 states are showing an increase in COVID 19 cases. 9 states have hit there single day high. Recently in Florida 16 people contracted COVID 19 in one night at a local bar.

Are you in fear or are you too complacent towards the pandemic? If you are in fear it’s really very simple to protect yourself. If you are complacent, you’re fooling yourself.

Masks and social distancing is still necessary. I’ve observed improper use of masks which actually may put you at more of a risk.

There are basically 2 types of masks, the common surgical mask and the N 95 mask. The common surgical mask or a bandanna or cloth mask protect people around you from you. The N 95 mask protects the wearer from getting COVID 19 as well as protecting people around you. If you are at risk you should be wearing an N 95 mask. If you wear an N 95 mask it’s important that you do not have a beard. For the mask to work properly there has to be a tight seal between the edges of the mask and your skin.

Whether you use a surgical mask or a N95 mask you must observe proper technique in wearing and storing them when not in use. When you wear your mask make sure that you cover the nose and your mouth completely.

Aside from COVID 19 there are many other viruses, bacteria, pollen, other allergens as well as toxins in the environment. When not using your mask you must follow basic techniques in preventing your mask from being contaminated. When you take off the mask do not touch the inside of mask and place it on a clean surface with the side of the mask that is close to your skin facedown. When storing the mask it should be placed in a clean brown paper bag.

Maintain social distancing, do not touch your face or rub your eyes.

It’s really very easy to protect yourself against COVID 19. No need to be in fear and please do not be over complacent.

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Medical experts’ confusion about COVID-19 https://robertromanelli.com/2020/06/medical-experts-confusion-about-covid-19/ https://robertromanelli.com/2020/06/medical-experts-confusion-about-covid-19/#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2020 21:44:25 +0000 https://robertromanelli.com/?p=5695 You may be asking yourself why is this so much confusion and contradictory information from medical experts on preventing and treating COVID-19.

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You may be asking yourself why is this so much confusion and contradictory information from medical experts on preventing and treating COVID-19.  As far as I know, there has never been such intense worldwide investigation into a disease in a short period of time. Medical research can dig deep into analyzing, in this case a virus, as never before with the advent of genetic coding. Researchers from different countries including the US all have different parameters for setting up research. The most basic factor of tallying the number of people exposed with no symptoms, those with symptoms, the need for hospitalization and people that have died from the disease has varied dramatically from study to study. Another concerning factor is that the generally accepted methods for studying disease has been mostly abandoned. This is due to the severity, loss of life and the world’s economy caused by this virus. This is highlighted by the use of Remdesivir and Hydroxychloroquine. These 2 drugs have been used to treat SARS, MERS, and Ebola all of which are coronavirus. The success rate has been dismal. The risks of these drugs are; disruption of cardiac rhythm which can result in immediate cardiac arrest, toxicity to the liver and kidneys as well as other severe side effects. In my opinion this is an abandonment of the risk versus benefit in treating disease.

COVID 19, being a novel (new/different) virus is in need of greater understanding of how it infects humans. However, there has been research into nutraceuticals (specific vitamins and natural nutrients) as well as biological agents (herbal) that have been published in high-level peer-reviewed journals in their action of resisting disease. The research reveals enhancing the immune system, decreasing viral growth, and reducing symptoms. In regard to reducing symptoms, the emphasis of these nutraceuticals is to slow down the inflammatory process which is responsible for the cytokine storm causing the severe symptoms and development of more advanced disease. It is not been published as of yet, I believe that this cytokine storm is responsible for the Kawasaki like symptoms in children.

There has been some protocols used in hospitals that utilize some nutraceuticals in conjunction with pharmaceuticals that are showing great promise.

Please understand as New York City enters into this stage I and Long Island stage II of the reopening, it is still extremely important to wear face masks in public, social distancing and washing hands frequently. Regions of the United States where restrictions have been lessened there have been spikes in infection rates.

For guidance in helping prevent COVID-19 or in aiding home recovery you can contact my office to set up a telemedicine appointment.

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Get the facts not the gossip on COVID 19 May 1,2020 https://robertromanelli.com/2020/06/get-the-facts-not-the-gossip-on-covid-19-may-12020/ https://robertromanelli.com/2020/06/get-the-facts-not-the-gossip-on-covid-19-may-12020/#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 21:37:39 +0000 https://robertromanelli.com/?p=5691   In talking to patients it’s evident that the information distributed by the media regarding COVID- 19 is extremely confusing. The misrepresentation and often conflicting information is creating enormous amounts of stress and poor decision-making in hygiene and even medical treatment. I will be posting short notices on the facts related to the pandemic. I […]

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In talking to patients it’s evident that the information distributed by the media regarding COVID- 19 is extremely confusing. The misrepresentation and often conflicting information is creating enormous amounts of stress and poor decision-making in hygiene and even medical treatment. I will be posting short notices on the facts related to the pandemic. I will be reviewing information from the CDC, New York State Department of Health, and information from the Institute of Functional Medicine. I will also be dating each of the posts since information is evolving very quickly. One of my 1st posts is actually completely incorrect based on current information.

The 1st thing I’d like to relate is that as of June 2 Western New York and the Capital Region will be entering in to phase 2 of the reopening. As of June 8 New York City and Long Island will be entering into phase 1. There are 4 phases of reopening. If you would like more information on the reopening click this link. https://forward.ny.gov/

Recently it was reported that it’s very unlikely to get COVID 19 from environmental surfaces. This does not mean that you should not take precautions such as wearing masks, frequent washing of hands and hand sanitize as well as social distancing. Next week based on evolving data this may be reversed.

In the next post I’ll be discussing why information has been confusing and contradictory.

 

Thanks to the Institute of Functional Medicine, I have established a virtual COVID- 19 clinic. For more information use the contact information on my website.

 

Dr. Romanelli

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Boosting Immunity: Functional Medicine Tips on Prevention & Optimizing Immune Function During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak https://robertromanelli.com/2020/04/boosting-immunity-functional-medicine-tips-on-prevention-optimizing-immune-function-during-the-covid-19-coronavirus-outbreak/ https://robertromanelli.com/2020/04/boosting-immunity-functional-medicine-tips-on-prevention-optimizing-immune-function-during-the-covid-19-coronavirus-outbreak/#respond Mon, 13 Apr 2020 18:35:35 +0000 https://robertromanelli.com/?p=5682 From The Institute for Functional Medicine With the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease in the news, The Institute for Functional Medicine would like to remind you that there are several steps you can take to reduce your chances of being exposed to respiratory viruses and to boost your immunity in the event of exposure. […]

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From The Institute for Functional Medicine

With the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease in the news, The Institute for Functional Medicine would like to remind you that there are several steps you can take to reduce your chances of being exposed to respiratory viruses and to boost your immunity in the event of exposure. The following information outlines what you can do to help keep yourself and your family safe.

Please note: Due to the novelty of COVID-19, no peer-reviewed research has been published regarding the effectiveness of dietary or lifestyle interventions for its prevention or treatment.

Prevention Strategies in Alignment With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

BEHAVIOR

Hand washing: The most well-established way to prevent respiratory infections such as influenza and coronavirus is frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water. Scrub your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Hand sanitizer: Handwashing with soap and water is the best way to reduce germs, but if they are not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol can help to reduce the spread of infection. Note: avoid any products containing triclosan, a known hormone-disrupting chemical.

Covering your mouth and nose: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; if your hands are not free or you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not your bare hands.

Not touching your face: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, which can help provide the virus with a route of entry into the body. Since the average individual touches their face an average of 15 times per hour, remain vigilant!

Keeping surfaces clean: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, especially when someone is ill. Surfaces to consider include doorknobs, phones, computer keyboards, remotes, and other surfaces that are frequently touched in rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen.

LIFESTYLE

Stress reduction: Chronic stress can negatively alter immune system responses, making you more likely to get sick. Identify your personal stress reduction strategies and practice them regularly.

Sleep: Sleep has a big influence on immune function, so it is essential to get plenty of sleep. Practice good sleep hygiene and maintain consistent sleep hours—turn off screens, ensure the room is cool, quiet, and dark, and set a reminder to help yourself go to bed on time.

Exercise: Moderate, regular physical activity helps to boost immune system function by raising levels of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies, increasing circulation, and decreasing stress hormones. Establish and follow an exercise program to not only help prevent respiratory infections but also to improve cognitive and physical resilience.

Nutritious foods/diet: Research indicates that brightly colored vegetables and fruits boost immunity better than most supplements. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables—aim for 10 servings per day. Include fermented vegetables or other probiotic-containing foods.

Natural Means of Boosting Immunity

Most over-the-counter medications only treat the symptoms of viral infections; most don’t actually help the immune system fight the infection. Although there is no research to determine what is effective specifically for coronavirus, the following are some natural modalities you can utilize to both address symptoms as well as boost your immune system if you do come down with an illness:

Self-care: When battling upper respiratory infections, top priorities are plentiful hydration and rest. Drink plenty of fluids; homemade vegetable or bone broths are also extremely beneficial. Various herbal teas/hot drinks can help with hydration and reducing symptoms; good choices include peppermint, ginger, eucalyptus, chamomile, and hot water with lemon, honey, and cinnamon.

Sore throats: Salt water gargles are excellent for loosening mucus and helping fend off bacterial throat infections. Hot teas and lozenges containing slippery elm are excellent demulcents (to relieve minor pain and inflammation of mucous membranes) for soothing irritated sore throats. Two tablespoons of honey in hot water can also help to soothe and decrease throat inflammation and pain. Chamomile and peppermint teas are also helpful for soothing irritated sore throats, as are teas or infusions made from marshmallow root and licorice root, both of which can act as soothing demulcents.

Respiratory congestion & sinuses: For respiratory congestion, use a humidifier, vaporizers, or steam inhalers, or spend time in steamy baths or showers. Vaporizers and inhalers can also be used with decongestants or essential oils such as eucalyptus, menthol, peppermint, or frankincense. Nasal xylitol sprays are very beneficial, as is nasal irrigation using a neti pot or nasal irrigation bottle. Buffered saline is easy to make or can be purchased in packets and eliminates any irritation to delicate, irritated mucous membranes.

SUPPLEMENTS, NUTRIENTS, AND FOODS TO SUPPORT IMMUNE FUNCTION

There are several nutrients, plant-based botanicals, and supplements that can boost immune function and provide symptom relief during illness and may help to shorten the duration of illness. For preventing and treating viral upper respiratory infections, consider some of the following:

Vitamin C: Vitamin C may help to prevent infections, including those caused by bacteria and viruses. Regularly administered vitamin C has been shown to shorten the duration of colds, and higher doses of vitamin C during an illness can also act as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is one of the most important and powerful nutrients for supporting the immune system. Numerous studies have shown that it helps reduce the risk of colds and flu. Unfortunately, a high percentage of the population is deficient, so daily supplementation (ideally in the form of vitamin D3) offers the best protection.

Vitamin A: For short-term use and particularly for those with moderate vitamin A deficiency, supplementation can be extremely helpful in supporting the body’s ability to fight infections, particularly with regard to respiratory infections.

Zinc: Zinc plays a significant role in boosting immunity. Often available as lozenges, zinc can help to reduce the frequency of infections as well as the duration and severity of the common cold when taken within 24 hours of onset.

Selenium: Selenium, a key nutrient for immune function, is also an antioxidant that helps boosts the body’s defenses against bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. It may particularly help to protect against certain strains of flu virus. Selenium is easily obtained from foods, with the richest source being Brazil nuts.

Honey: Honey, preferably raw, is a good demulcent (it relieves minor pain and inflammation of mucous membranes), has antioxidant properties, and has some antimicrobial effects. It is helpful for coughs and sore throats and can be added to hot tea.

Garlic: Garlic contains a variety of compounds that can influence immunity. Some studies have shown that both fresh garlic as well as aged garlic extract and some other garlic supplements may reduce viral upper respiratory infection severity as well as function in the prevention of infection with viruses that can cause colds.

Probiotics: Probiotics contain “good bacteria” that not only support the health of the gut but also influence immune system functioning and regulation. Studies have shown that probiotic use can decrease the number of respiratory infections, particularly in children.

* This document is only intended to identify modalities that may boost your immune system. It is not meant to recommend any treatments, nor have any of these modalities been proven effective against coronavirus. Always consult your physician or healthcare provider prior to using any of these modalities. For up-to-date information on COVID-19, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov.

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In response to the COVD-19 virus, all chiropractic tables will be disinfected between patient visits. This action goes beyond the recommendations by the CDC. I chose to implement this procedure at this time because the increased availability of tests for this virus will sharply increase the number of people affected by the virus.

Please understand that most people will have minor symptoms and will not require medical care. If you have a fever or symptoms similar to the flu you should stay home. On the positive side of increased testing will result in a decrease in mortality rate of this virus.

It can’t be emphasized enough to wash your hands frequently throughout the day. I recommend to use surgical gloves which will remind you not to touch your face. Avoid direct contact as and shaking hands. It is also advisable to keep a distance of 3 feet between others. If you have chronic health issues especially respiratory and cardiovascular please take extra special care. Wearing face masks have not been proven to be effective in avoiding this virus.

Lastly, there are important methods you can take to improve your health and there by your immune system. Fear over this virus will cause a decrease in your immune response. If possible avoid other stressors in your life. Make an effort to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. Lastly, I strongly advised to eat whole foods and avoid packaged foods.

Please contact me at my office for practical steps to improve your health and thereby improving your immune system. There is no charge for this information.

Also if you would like recommendations on supplements that will improve your immune response please contact me. Again they’ll be no charge for this information.

 

Robert Romanelli DC    robertromanellidc@hotmail.com    516-922-1699

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Coronavirus 101 https://robertromanelli.com/2020/02/coronavirus-101/ https://robertromanelli.com/2020/02/coronavirus-101/#respond Fri, 14 Feb 2020 22:19:08 +0000 https://robertromanelli.com/?p=5667 The recommendations of washing your hands frequently, not touching your face, and coughing into your elbow is certainly important. However there are many things that you can do to bolster your immune system.

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This new coronavirus is certainly a concern. You may remember SARS and MERS, both are coronavirus. United States CDC and the World health Association has taken proper precautions to prevent the spread, and early detection. All doctors have instructions from the CDC for the prevention of the spread of coronavirus.

Recently there’s been a sharp uptick in the number of cases in China. This is partially due to the use of MRI as well as including patients’ mild symptoms that fit into the criteria of this coronavirus. This will lower mortality, death rate, of this virus. As of writing this blog no one has died of this virus in the United States.

The recommendations of washing your hands frequently, not touching your face, and coughing into your elbow is certainly important. However there are many things that you can do to bolster your immune system. The human immune system is robust in preventing diseases, with many layers of protection starting from the skin. Practicing good lifestyle procedures such as proper rest and sleep, a plant-based diet, exercise, and stress reduction will improve your defense against coronavirus as well as other pathogens.

You must asked the question why are people who are exposed to the coronavirus have mild symptoms? The most probable answer is that their immune systems are healthy enough to combat the virus and prevent acute illness. There are other cases where there are carriers for certain diseases such as typhoid. The famous or infamous Typhoid Mary was a carrier for this disease but never became ill from typhoid. How is this possible? Again the most probable answer is that her immune system I was able to fend off acute disease.

The fear that is generated by this new disease certainly will decrease your ability to fight the disease. Empower yourself by choosing 1 or 2 things to improve your lifestyle so that your immune system will be better able protect you from all type of pathogens. And always practice washing your hands frequently, do not touch your face and cough into your elbow.

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I recently listened to a Ted Talk regarding the disparity between race and access to quality healthcare. Dr. Mary Bassett a medical doctor who is presently the director of FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University clearly explained the problem that people of color have in obtaining quality healthcare.

The reason for writing about this is that Dr. Bassett was concerned about precision medicine a.k.a. functional medicine and the use of genetic testing. She was concerned that genetic testing will be used in healthcare decisions without considering the person’s access of healthy foods, environment and other social and economic issues.

Dr. Bassett is highly qualified and has impressive background in this subject. As a practitioner of functional medicine I would like to explain use of genetic testing. Genetic testing is one aspect of assessing chronic health issues. It is background information similar to the way doctors use large studies that highlight certain factors such as ethnic background, gender, age and an infinite other factors in determining the incidence of a particular disease. Both of which are considered as background information in assessing a health issue.

I have written numerous articles regarding phenotype versus genotype. In other words what your genes have encoded versus your present health state. All genes whether health promoting or risk factors for disease are not always turned on. . In functional medicine the environment is paramount. This is what dictates health versus disease. I see genetic testing as risk factors that can be suppressed if it is disease promoting or turned on to promote health. The environment are all the factors that Dr. Bassett discussed causing the disparity between people of color and quality healthcare. I and all the other doctors who practice functional medicine are in complete agreement with Dr. Bassett in the often unhealthy environment of people of color.

Before the cracking of the human genome and the beginning of understanding of gene function, genetic counseling was concerned with diseases that are genetically linked as a determinant factor of future health. In fact most genetically linked diseases occur early in life. With the beginnings of understanding of our genome and how environmental factors affect their expression, genetic counseling must be reformed.

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Is organic food worth the price? https://robertromanelli.com/2019/12/is-organic-food-worth-the-price/ https://robertromanelli.com/2019/12/is-organic-food-worth-the-price/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:46:02 +0000 https://robertromanelli.com/?p=5636 Organic food is significantly more expensive than conventional foods. The question is what is the benefit of eating organic foods?

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Organic food is significantly more expensive than conventional foods. The question is what is the benefit of eating organic foods?

To be considered organic, the food is not a genetically modified product. GMO stands for genetically modified organism. GMO foods are produced for a variety of reasons. Some are resistant to drought and others to increase food production. Most concerning are the GMO food that are resistant to herbicides. Most common herbicide used with GMO foods is Roundup. The generic name for Roundup is glyphosate. The advantage of using glyphosate is that the GMO plants can be sprayed liberally with this herbicide, killing all weeds without harming the plant. The World Health Association considers glyphosate a probable carcinogen. As you may know there is strongly associated with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In fact, a $1 billion class action lawsuit was awarded to people who have developed cancer from close use of this herbicide. I’ve been watching the television commercials from legal firms looking to cash in on this class-action suit. Originally, the awards were going to farmers who used the herbicide. The law firms are now advertising for a wider group of people associated with the use of herbicides including homeowners.  Do you want to eat foods that is sprayed with glyphosate knowing the connection with cancer? Will people who eat GMO foods be included in this lawsuit?

All GMO foods are not the same as non-GMO foods. Sometimes they are quite different in significant ways. Genetic modification of foods can take a few years to even 10 or more years to develop. The human genome takes hundreds of years to change to meet a change in the environment. This is often referred to as a genetic mismatch. Our genes are not prepared for this lightning change of GMO foods. New food allergies, gluten sensitivities which often lead to G.I. symptoms and pathologies. Whereas our human genome is matched to non-GMO foods.

This brings us to the 2nd reason to eat organic produce. It is a concern that these foods do not have the same nutritional value. Do we eat to fill our stomachs or for our health and longevity.

The 3rd consideration is that the continued use of herbicides, insecticides, and farming techniques needed to grow GMO foods are harmful to the environment.

If you presently eat organic food or are thinking of switching, please consider where you organic food is produced. If you want blueberries in the winter they most likely are grown in South America. You must think about the carbon footprint that it costs getting your blueberries to grocery store. We must think globally. We have to learn to live with the earth and environment, not to control it.

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