discussed the merits of organic food in detail, and has made the case that produce isn't such a huge source of toxins. The real concern is preserving chemical-free surroundings:A popular item of discussion on DiseaseProof is the benefits of only feeding kids organically grown fruits and vegetables, as it relates to limiting their exposure to pesticides. In previous posts Dr. Fuhrman has
We must be careful not to expose our children to chemical cleaners, insecticides, and weed killers on our lawns. Chemicals used in pressure-treated wood used to build lawn furniture, decks, fences, and swings sets have been shown to place children at risk. When children are around, we must be vigilant to maintain a chemical-free environment.In some cases this is easier said than done. According to Reuters New York State has nearly 900 hazadarous waste sites and contaminated bodies of water, as a result children living near these areas have a higher frequency of respiratory infections:
Dr. David O. Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment, at the State University of New York at Albany, said these results are consistent with the hypothesis that simply living near a waste site constitutes a risk of exposure to contaminants, presumably by air transport, and that these chemicals can reduce immune system function and lead to more infections…It may seem obvious, but Dr. Carpenter’s study comes to an important conclusion:
… Carpenter, who reported the study this week in Germany at the annual meeting of the European Respiratory Society, told Reuters Health: "Our major finding is that children living near to waste sites, whether landfills or contaminated bodies of water, are hospitalized more frequently with acute respiratory infections," compared to children living in "clean" areas.
Carpenter said this study shows that exposure to organic pollutants and other contaminants can harm health and just living near to a contaminated site may cause exposure.