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Pesticides and Food Allergies

If you're searching for possible causes of food allergies, you should consider adding pesticide exposure to the list.  A particular chemical called dichlorophenol, which is used in pesticides and also for chlorinating water, has been found to correlate with increased food allergies.  In a recent study reflecting the correlation (published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, December 2012), it was found that higher urine levels of this chemical was positively correlated to increased sensitization to foods, but not environmental allergies.  Very upsetting is the fact that pesticide use is going up rather than down, largely due to side effects of GMO crops which are causing "superweeds" and hard to kill insects.  What can you do about it?  Buy organic, which will reduce pesticide exposure and support Non-GMO food production.  What can you do if you have pesticides in your body?  Consider talking with a Natural Health Practitioner about how to support healthy detoxification.
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