This is fascinating! I can't find a date on it, but I'm guessing by the clothes etc. that it might be a little out of date. None the less, it shows you the correlation between the typical North American diet and the diseases that are more prevalent here (heart disease, diabetes, etc.). Take a look and see if you can spot which families eat more whole foods.
These lists will really help as you try to achieve a good balance of local, conventional, and organic produce in your diet!
Dirty Dozen (Buy these organic)
6 Nectarines – imported
7 Grapes – imported
8 Sweet bell peppers
10 Blueberries – domestic
12 Kale/collard greens
Clean 15 (Lowest in Pesticide)
2 Sweet Corn
6 Sweet peas
9Cantaloupe - domestic
To follow up on my previous post, here is an article outlining new FDA warning labels for statins (designed to reduce cholesterol levels) informing patients that they can cause memory problems and increase the risk of diabetes.
Wow! This is an amazing and eloquent article written by a surgeon on the front lines regarding what really causes heart disease (hint.... it isn't elevated cholesterol).
"The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.
The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.
Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before."
The moral of the story, in my opinion, is to not be afraid of whole foods!
Though sleep disturbance can be caused by side effects of prescription medications or waking for frequently to go to the bathroom, getting older does not necessarily mean sleep quality or quantity must decline.
From the attached article (link below):
"I think to some extent what this study tells you is that when a senior citizen complains of feeling tired or not feeling well rested, that should not be written off," Werber said. "Often, I think the answer would be, 'Well, you're older, so you're not getting enough sleep.'"
Dr. Dielle Raymond, ND