CONTAMINATION ALERT! TESTING REVEALS 90% OF NON-ORGANIC CITRUS FRUIT HAS DANGEROUS LEVELS OF HORMONE DISRUPTING FUNGICIDES. FINDINGS MEAN INCREASED RISK OF CHILDHOOD CANCER AND DAMAGE TO THYROID AND IMMUNE SYSTEM.
The two hormone-disrupting fungicides imazalil and thiabendazole were confirmed in tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group. More than half of the samples contained both fungicides. Both chemicals disrupt the body’s hormones, or endocrine system, which regulates metabolism, growth and development, and other important functions. They can also harm the reproductive system, and California scientists classify one of them as cancer causing.
The highest levels were found on mandarins, including Clementines, followed by oranges and then grapefruit. The average concentration of imazalil detected in all fruits tested was about 20 times the amount that EWG scientists recommend as a limit to protect children against increased risk of cancer.
Imported citrus had much more fungicide residue than domestic fruit. The fungicides detected on citrus are typically applied after harvesting to prolong shelf life and prevent rotting. Citrus harvested for juice is typically processed shortly after harvest, reducing the need for post-harvest fungicides, so it’s somewhat less dangerous. Organic samples did not have detectable levels of fungicides.
According to a study published in 2015 in the American Journal of Pediatrics, citrus fruits were the fourth-most-consumed fruit by American children and youth ages 2 to 19, after apples, bananas and melons. For fruit juice, citrus juice consumption was greatest, followed by apple juice and other fruit juices.
Citrus and citrus juice consumption was highest among Asian American and Hispanic children, respectively. Importantly, oranges and orange juice, along with apples and bananas, are some of the most affordable fruit options in the U.S.
Dr. Taketa-Wong has advanced, specialized training in natural remedies to treat conditions in both children and adults. Her protocols include helping people remove toxins like pesticides and herbicides from their bodies.
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