Your Health Bulletin is information from scientific literature to make sense of the right choices for your health. It is a reminder to consider periodic check-ups of your spine, joint mechanics and appropriate exercise. Maintenance is better than repair!
Do you remember the side sit-up exercise I showed you? You should still be doing this exercise to maintain a healthy back. This is an exercise for endurance, not strength! Research demonstrates that it isn’t the strength of our backs that prevents back pain, but the endurance capacity. A male should be able to hold this side sit-up for an average of 90 seconds, and a female for 60 seconds. Of course, if low back joints are moving improperly, you will have trouble, or may not be able to do this exercise at all. Get it checked. (Refer to Newsletter 3 for more info “More on Back Pain”)
Recently published in Science News, September 24, 2005, a research team led by A. Lu of Emory University in Atlanta demonstrates that pesticides vanish from the body after dietary change.
D. Brigge of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston comments on the study as evidence that “Organic food is a viable intervention to control pesticide exposure”.
A. Lu and his team of researchers recruited twenty-three families in Seattle, Washington. Before the study each child, aged three to eleven, ate only conventional produce and had no other exposure to organophosphates (pesticides). The study lasted fifteen days. On days four through eight the families ate only organic food; otherwise they consumed conventional food. The parents collected two urine samples daily, which were analyzed for organophosphate by-products. These by-products of malathion and chlorpyrifos were present in the urine before and after the five days of organic eating. However, they were undetectable in most of the urine samples during the period when organic food was eaten.
Organophosphates have been shown to cause problems in childhood neurological development. Other research has found an increased incidence of leukemia and brain cancer in children whose parents used pesticides in the home or garden.
Avoid pesticides – support your local organic food producers. Drop in to our office for a copy of Newsletter #10 for an up-to-date listing. Or, better yet, grow it yourself – gardening is one of the best exercises.