You’d think that eating fresh, local, and organic food would lighten the load of chemicals in your body. But a recent study suggests that that’s not always the case.
Scientists at the University of Washington’s Seattle Children’s Research Institute performed a “dietary intervention” on two sets of five local families. They subjected one set of families to five days of eating meals from a catering company that avoids plastics and uses fresh and, when possible, local and organic ingredients.
The other set was given “handouts describing best practice recommendations to reduce phthalate and BPA exposures” and asked to follow them as well as possible as they prepared their meals.
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Society considers that which is white to
be pure. Such a belief can be deceptive.
By shining white light through a prism,
one is instantly blessed with the hidden
beauty and complex nature of our universe.
A pure white beam of light reveals its
Most people can name the seven visible
colors of the rainbow’s spectrum. Violet,
indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and
red. Of course, there are two other colors,
often forgotten, but always present,
ultraviolet and infra-red.
Animals and insects feel these colors.
Plants sense them, too. While we lack
the same receptors and are blind to
their existance, our handicap cannot
negate their influence.
The ultras and infras of plants are
magical substances! They include plant
chemicals, or phyto chemicals such as
isoflavones and bioflavinoids. Science
teaches us that plants protect themselves
from attack with their own secretions
and chemical messengers. Vegetables repel
insects who would eat them, and blossoms
attract other insects with a perfume so
that their pollens can be spread and their
species self-propagate. Plants protect
themselves from too much heat, or cold,
or wind, or too much moisture, maintaining
their own good health with their
Plants can cure their own sicknesses and cancers by secreting and bathing themselves
with these enchanted essences.
When we eat the plants, we are similarly
protected. Modern science has confirmed the
centuries-old traditions and lore from
cultures that refined the sacred techniques
of using foods as medicine.
TODAY’S PERFECT RAINBOW
Eat foods of color. The perfect color can
be found right in the middle of our rainbow,
the color green. There is a pot of gold
and jewels within that rainbow, and these
treasures so contained can be cashed in
to purchase good health.
Eat green for wellness.
In the 1980s, scientists first began to
explore how phytochemicals prevent cancers.
A great amount of emphasis was placed upon
the fruits and vegetables that contain
vibrant colors. The best known of these
wonder drugs was recognized as beta
carotene. That’s what gives carrots their
bright orange hue.
In the 1990s, scientists at the University
of Minnesota (Steinmetz, et. al.) categorized
different groups of fruits and vegetables
demonstrating life giving, disease fighting
qualities. In doing so, they defined some of
those magic colors, and the phytochemicals
so contained within those pigments.
SOME OF THE MAGICAL COLORS
The violet, indigo and blues of the plant
kingdom includephenols and dithiolthiolnines
contained in eggplant, cruciferous
vegetables, grapes, plums, and grains.
Eat onions and shallots, leeks, scallions
and garlic for cancer-fighting alliums.
Those green leafy vegetables contain
flavonoids, and inositol is found in
beans. Green fruits and veggies contain
phenols, and plant sterols, protease
inhibitors and saponins.
Yellow limonines contained in citrus
fruit and squash have also been identified
as cancer fighters, as have the orange
carotines in carrots, and my all-time
favorite vitamin pill, the cantaloupe.
Balancing out the rainbow’s spectrum
would be the red phenols in peppers,
radishes, and tomatoes.
Tens of thousands of unique substances
have been identified, and there are still
plant hormones and enzymes yet to be
Remarkably, the one plant containing the
greatest amount of these wonderful
phytochemicals is the soybean. Soybeans
contain coumarins, flavonoids, inositol,
isoflavones, lignans, phenols, plant
sterols, protease inhibitors, saponins,
and Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils.
For many years, it has been said that
“an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Such wisdom! Each day of one’s life should
reflect a lifestyle that includes this maxim: