The “fruit salad” link to diabetes
Should you just bite the bullet—part with the extra cash—and finally go organic?
I bet you already know the answer to that question. I’ve been giving you reasons to do it for years now. But, in case you’ve been hesitating for one reason or another, I have the straw that might finally have that camel’s back breaking and you changing your mind.
Heck, this news may even turn you into an Organic Crusader Rabbit.
I’ve warned you before about the synthetic chemicals that they douse non-organic crops in. In fact, just last week I told you the tragic story of rancher Abel’s cattle that may very well have been the victims of some of those dangerous chemicals.
Now I have a new warning. And this time it’s about the unanticipated side effect of a synthetic fungicide.
Last week the Endocrine Society held their 94th annual meeting in Houston. Researchers revealed the results of a study that links the fungicide tolylfluanid… a synthetic pesticide commonly used on farm crops… to insulin resistance. And, as you know, insulin resistance is the first red flag on the road to diabetes.
I’ve been warning about the relationship between synthetic chemicals and metabolism-related diseases for years. So this isn’t the first time I’ve connected the dots between the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes and environmental contaminants for you.
But this is the first time a mainstream endocrinologist… Dr. Robert Sargis, M.D., Ph.D… has supported those warnings by flat out saying that an environmental pollutant can indeed bring on insulin resistance.
Chemical culprit linked to diabetes
Dr. Sargis and his team came to this shocking conclusion after examining the effects tolylfluanid had on a cellular level.
When they introduced the chemical to fat cells the cells became more sluggish in their reactions to insulin… a condition known as insulin resistance. Insulin resistance, of course, is an early sign of full-blown type-2 diabetes down the road.
Not only that, the researchers also noted that the tolylfluanid-tainted fat cells began storing more fat than they normally would.
The chemical apparently blocked special receptors in the cells whose job it is to… among other things… help regulate blood sugar.
Banned chemical found in fruits
Tolylfluanid is banned from being used on crops within the United States. But don’t start celebrating yet. And don’t make the mistake of thinking that fact lets us off the hook.
You see, chemicals simply just don’t understand the concept of borders. And, as it turns out, neither do food importers.
It’s true that tolylfluanid was banned in the U.S. That’s because it’s been linked to thyroid tumors and kidney damage in rats. And the Environmental Protection Agency has classified this nasty chemical as “Likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”
However, in September 2002 the EPA issued what they call an “import tolerance” on tolylfluanid. I call it a license to ship poison across our borders, onto our kitchen counters, and even into our kid’s lunchboxes.
As hard as it may be to believe, it’s true. The EPA will officially look the other way when certain produce coming into the U.S. is loaded up with the same cancer-linked chemical that we long ago banned here.
Yes, that’s right, the very agency that’s supposed to protect us from these kinds of dangers essentially just handed the food importers a get-out-of-jail free card.
Which means that apples, grapes, tomatoes, and hops—that may have been sprayed with tolylfluanid more than dozen times during their growing season—are likely sitting on your local supermarket shelves at this very moment. Not to mention that some of your kid’s favorite drinks…apple and grape juices…may be swimming in the stuff as well.
Since it’s next to impossible to know where those apples or tomatoes you’re putting into your cart came from, the best way to cut down on your exposure to this chemical is to buy organic. And better yet make that local and organic.
About the author
Nationally acclaimed as America’s “Nutrition Physician,” Dr. Spreen has been helping people stay healthy and disease-free as a private doctor, published author, and noted researcher.
In addition to his role as a Senior Member of the prestigious Health Sciences Institute Advisory Panel in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Spreen also coaches diving at the international and Olympic levels. NorthStar Nutritionals is proud to have Dr. Spreen as our Chief Research Advisor.
Dr. Spreen also writes the Guide to Good Health.