Monthly Archives: April 2015

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April 2015
Herniated Disc Pain?Chiropractic adjustments were just as effective as epidural injections for patients with back pain in a new study — without the risks and at lower cost. The findings show that chiropractic can significantly reduce pain in patients with lumbar disc herniation, and is less expensive than medical treatment. Lumbar epidural injections are frequently used for back pain and sciatica in patients with lumbar disc herniation, failed back surgery syndrome, and spinal stenosis. During the procedure, a physician injects a high dose of pain medication, and sometimes steroids, into the area of the lumbar spine around the damaged nerve. This temporarily reduces inflammation and pain. Although the injections are widely used, controversy lingers due to the lack of a studies with placebo controls, and questions about the effects of steroids versus anesthetic alone. Side effects of steroids include a weakening of muscles and spinal bones around the affected nerve and a disruption of the body’s natural hormone balance. It’s also unclear whether epidural injections are more effective than other conservative treatments for lumbar disc herniation. While a number of studies have established the efficacy of chiropractic for low-back pain, fewer have tested its comparative effectiveness with other treatments for lumbar disc herniation. In a study from the Journal of Manual and Physiological Therapeutics, researchers from Switzerland compared the effects of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) and epidural nerve root injections (NRI). The study included 102 with symptomatic, MRI-confirmed lumbar disc herniation who were treated with either SMT or NRI. After one month of treatment, both groups experienced significant improvements. Of the patients under chiropractic care, 76.5% said they were “much better” or  “better” compared to 62.7% of NRI patients. Sixty percent of chiropractic patients had a significant reduction in pain compared to 53% of NRI patients. These slight differences were not statistically significant. While none of the chiropractic patients received surgery, three of the NRI patients eventually opted for an operation. Since the treatments were considered equally effective, the cost analysis became even more important for comparing both treatments, the researchers pointed out.  On average, one month of chiropractic adjustments was less expensive than NRI ($558 vs. $729). Their analysis included only the “minimum cost” of NRIs, and did not take into account other costs that are frequently tacked on like additional consultations with clinicians, multiple injections, or possible surgery. Additionally, treatment cost for chiropractic patients may have been slightly higher than normal since they were required to receive an MRI to be in the study. Many chiropractic patients do not receive MRI because imaging guidelines do not recommend MRIs for patients with lumbar disc herniation in most cases. In contrast, MRIs are typically performed before injections or other more invasive procedures. Although randomized trials are needed to confirm these results, the authors concluded that, “There were no significant differences in outcomes between the more universally accepted treatment procedure of NRI compared to SMT.” This study suggest that patients can experience substantial relief from chiropractic care without worrying about the side effects of steroids or drugs. It may even save them money, since research suggests that chiropractic patients have lower annual medical costs compared to patients under traditional care. Source

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April 2015
Knee injury? Are there high intensity workouts suitable for someone with a bad knee, torn meniscus, or similar conditions?

High-intensity exercise typically involves repeated bouts of brief, lung-burning intervals, interspersed with a few minutes of easy recovery exercise. High-intensity interval training, or H.I.I.T., is appealing because it improves health and fitness in much less time than longer moderate workouts, studies show.

The downside is that some types of intense intervals, such as sprinting, involve a thudding impact on the ground, which is inadvisable for people with sore knees.

But there are gentler versions of H.I.I.T., says Martin Gibala, a kinesiology professor at McMaster University in Ontario, who has conducted many studies and also has a bad knee. “I had half the meniscus in my left knee removed after a running injury,” he said, after which he developed arthritis and could no longer run. So he turned to stationary bicycling for H.I.I.T., completing at least three sessions a week “without pain,” he said.

Consult an orthopedic specialist before beginning a high-intensity exercise program if you have knee pain, he advises. Also, if you cycle, set the seat post at a height that allows your knee to remain slightly bent throughout the pedaling motion to avoid undue stress on the knee. You might also try a recumbent bicycle, on which the cyclist is in a reclining position. A 2004 study found that recumbent pedaling results in slightly less strain on parts of the knee than riding an upright model.

Finally, if cycling doesn’t appeal to you, consider swimming, which is low-impact exercise, Dr. Gibala said, and effective even for the inept. “Swimming is always a H.I.I.T. workout for me,” he said, “since I am technically not very good. I struggle for a few lengths, stop at the side to huff and puff, and then repeat,” an interval routine that, if not bolstering to the ego, is easy on the knees.

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April 2015
Andrew Talansky is one of the most promising young cyclists out there right now. Last year, he took first place at the famous Criterium du Dauphine. He also battled it out in the Tour de France, despite suffering injuries from multiple crashes during the race. (His Tour sadly ended at Stage 11 when he called it quits—we can be sure he’ll be back to take care of unfinished business in the next round.) We caught up with the 26-year-old Cannondale-Garmin Pro team leader to find out some of his favorite tools for success. Here, the Talansky-approved gym bag essentials list.

1. Apple iPod Touch

“I can’t work out without music. I listen to whatever fits my mood. Country, rap, alternative—you name it, I listen to it.” FIND IT 

2. New Balance Fresh Foam sneakers

“The ultra-plush cushioning gives me a super soft, bouncy ride that helps protect my feet but doesn’t sacrifice speed.” FIND IT 

3. Trigger Point mini foam roller

“It fits perfectly in my bag and helps me massage and stretch aching muscles after a good gym session.” FIND IT 

4. Garmin Viviofit fitness band

“As a professional athlete, having access to my data is a key part of my training. With the Vivofit, I can see all of my data right on my wrist while I’m working out.” FIND IT 

5. Garmin heart rate monitor

“I pair my Garmin heart rate monitor to my Vivofit, so I can track my heart rate and adjust my work outs accordingly to make the most of my time at the gym.” FIND IT 

6. Camelbak Podium Chill insulated bottle

“Hydration is key when working out and this bottle keeps my drink cooler, longer.” FIND IT 

7. Scratch Labs drink mix

“My favorite flavor is lemon lime.” FIND IT 

8. Bose QuietComfort noise-canceling headphones

“These are always in my gym bag; I can’t work out without them.” FIND IT 

09
April 2015
Auto accident injury? Our chiropractors are specialized in the area of caring for patients who have been in an automobile accident.  Give us a call today or click here to schedule an appointment and see the difference FIX can make for you. [hr toptext=”” size=”superTiny” custom_size=”” hide_mobile_hr=”true”] Over 1 million people are injured in rear-end collisions each year in the US, and many of these “minor” crashes result in real injuries. In fact, research shows that many people develop chronic pain from these types of car crashes. Chiropractic is one of the best ways to treat and recover from auto injuries. By restoring your spine to it’s healthy functioning without drugs or surgery, it’s the perfect approach. Here’s why chiropractic is the best way to treating your auto injury pain: 1. Chiropractic Reduces Inflammation During a crash, the ligaments and muscles of your spine can be stretched or experience micro-tears. X-rays or MRI scans usually aren’t sophisticated enough to diagnose these kinds of injuries, but this tissue damage causes the area to become inflamed. Many times, an auto injury patient won’t feel much discomfort immediately after the crash, but they wake up the next morning to a stiff and painful neck. This is caused by the body’s inflammation response to these micro-lesions. A 2010 study1 found that chiropractic adjustments actually helps the body release anti-inflammatory Interleukin 6 (IL-6), an important substance created by your body that’s used to help heal acute injuries. 2. Chiropractic Restores Motion Another problem with inflammation is that the tissues become immobile, which can slow healing to the area. Ligaments of the spine don’t get many nutrients or blood supply normally, and this becomes even more difficult when inflamed and injured. During a chiropractic adjustment, the joints of your spine are mobilized, which helps increase blood flow and healing nutrients to the area. 3. Chiropractic Reduces Scar Tissue Your body heals ligament, tendon, and muscle injuries by creating scar tissue. Scar tissue in an injured area is made up of the same kind of cells as the original tissue, but it’s laid down rapidly and randomly as a temporary “patch” on top of the damaged area. If you get scar tissue in a large muscle, it can be uncomfortable for a while until you stretch it out, but it most likely won’t cause any long-term problems. Scar tissue in the ligaments of your neck or back, however, can be much more debilitating, since we can’t stretch it out ourselves. Your chiropractor focuses the adjustments on these specific vertebral joints that are fixated, effectively stretching them and breaking up the scar tissue in the joint. 4. Chiropractic Relieves Localized Pain Over the last 20 years, countless studies have demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments are a safe and effective way to reduce pain. In fact, a 2013 study found that 94% of patients experienced neck pain relief with manipulation! 5. Chiropractic Reduces Pain in Your Whole Body Many auto injury patients develop more widespread pain after a crash, especially if the original injury wasn’t treated promptly. A 2014 study reported that people who received a chiropractic adjustment had increased levels of pain-reducing hormones in their bloodstream. 6. Chiropractic Relieves Stress A car crash is a very stressful life event, especially if you’re in pain. When your body is exposed to trauma, it goes into a flight or fight response, which can result in anxiety, depression, and stress. A 2011 study4 used PET scans to look at the brains of people who received chiropractic adjustments for neck pain. They found that those patients had reduced brain activity in the parts of the brain responsible for pain processing and stress reactions. They also had significantly lower levels of cortisol, indicating reduced stress. Participants also reported lower pain scores and a better quality of life after treatment. Reducing your overall level of stress is important, because, left untreated, stress can also slow recovery time and increase your risk of developing chronic pain. 7. Chiropractic Works Researchers have recognized that chiropractic is a great way to help people recover from auto injuries for many decades. In 1996, British researchers5 found that 93% of auto injury patients with neck pain experienced dramatic improvement with chiropractic care. In 2015, an Ontario, Canada government group agreed that spinal manipulation, combined with staying active and continuing to work, are the most important factors in recovering quickly from car crash injuries. Source

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April 2015
Which one works best? When it comes to losing weight, not all exercises are created equal. And although a healthy exercise routine includes a variety of moves, some activities are far more efficient than others at burning calories. This is a crucial point because the only “trick” to melting body fat is burning more calories than you eat — and considering you have to torch 3,500 calories to lose just one pound, your exercise choice can make a big difference in speeding up or delaying your results. Cardio Power In a recent study headed by faculty at Duke University Medical Center, cardiovascular exercise was shown to burn the most calories and trumps strength training for weight loss. Participants in the study were assigned to one of three groups: a cardio group, a weightlifting group, or a cardio and weightlifting group that worked out twice as long as everyone else. They found that the cardio group, who mainly worked out on treadmills or elliptical machines, lost an equal amount of weight and fat as the cardio-plus-weights group, despite the shorter workout time. The weights-only group lost the least amount of weight. Interval Training For serious calorie incineration, pump up your cardio routine with interval training. Do this by exercising at a moderate rate for a few minutes, going at full-steam for a shorter interval and then returning to the moderate rate to recover before repeating the cycle. One study showed that men who cycled gently on a stationary bike for four minutes, sprint-cycled for 30 seconds and repeated for five intervals at each intensity burned 200 more calories than usual in the 24 hours after their training session. You can do interval training on a bike, elliptical machine, Stairmaster or other cardio equipment, or you can simply alternate walking or jogging intervals with running or sprinting ones. Building Muscle Even though weights, push-ups and chin-ups won’t put you on the fast track to weight loss, strength training is still important for weight management. When you build muscle, you effectively increase your metabolic rate because bigger muscles burn more calories, even as you sleep. Everyone naturally loses muscle mass with age, and this is a big part of the metabolism slowdown that comes with middle age. With regular strength training, you can help perk up a sluggish metabolism and prevent weight gain. Eating for Weight Loss Although exercise is a key component in any weight-loss strategy, it can only take you so far. You can usually knock far more calories out of your day by reducing food intake than by working them off with a moderate exercise routine. Cutting 500 to 1,000 calories from your diet will make you lose one to two pounds per week; use exercise to boost results and promote good health. If counting calories leaves you frustrated, focus instead on eating lean, whole foods. By filling up on fresh fruits, salad veggies, tofu, egg whites and whole-grain bread and crackers, you won’t have room left for high-calorie fare that leads to calorie overload. Source

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April 2015

What it is – and the exercises you can do to fix this frustrating injury.

High Hamstring Tendinitis?

Exercises

These exercises are not meant to take the place of either an evaluation by a physician or a guided treatment program by a physical therapist. If any difficulties are experienced with the program – or you need a practitioner to talk you through them – give our office a call, or click here to set up an appointment with one of our caring staff.

Level 1 Exercises

This initial level of exercise is focused on general hip and leg strength without specifically isolating the hamstring muscles. Cycling or swimming should be used for cardiovascular training. At this point, running should be stopped so that the hamstring tendon can begin to heal. Flat Bridge (Glute muscles)
  1. Tighten abs, lift hips off of floor and tighten glute muscles.
  2. Hold position, taking care not to lift too high and arch lower back.
  3. Hold for 30 seconds, then try 15 repetitions, lifting hips up and down as pictured below.
  4. Continue holds and repetitions until glutes are fully fatigued and are burning.
  5. 3-4 sets
  6. Can be performed with one leg for extra difficulty.
Leg Press (quadriceps)
  1. Using 30-40 pounds, position foot and lower leg so that knee and foot are at the same height as pictured below.
  2. Keeping weight on heel of foot, press out and hold position
  3. Hold for 30 seconds, then try 15 small repetitions.
  4. Continue holds and repetitions until quad is fatigued and is burning.
  5. Do 3-4 sets with a short break between each.
Side-lying Hip (Hip abductors)
  1. 10-15 repetitions in each of the below positions without stopping in between.
  2. Fatigue/burn should be felt in outside of hip.
  3. 3-4 sets.
Foam Roll Hamstring Massage Use foam roller to massage hamstring and tendon for 5-10 minutes.

Level 2 Exercises

This second level of exercise should be started when the hamstring tendon area becomes less sore to direct pressure and when the previous level of exercises can be performed without any significant discomfort. Cardiovascular training can be moved to the Stairmaster or elliptical. Hamstring Bridge (Hamstring muscles)
  1. Tighten abs, lift hips off of floor and tighten hamstring muscles by trying to pull heels toward hips.
  2. Hold position, taking care not to lift too high and arch lower back.
  3. Hold for 30 seconds, then try 15 repetitions, lifting hips up and down as pictured below.
  4. Continue holds and repetitions until hamstring muscles are fully fatigued and are burning.
  5. 3-4 sets.
  6. Can be performed with one leg for extra difficulty.
Squat (quads, glutes, hamstring)
  1. Squat down while reaching hips back.
  2. Weight should be on heels.
  3. Hold position slightly above 90 degrees for 20-30 seconds, then move up and down for 10 repetitions.
  4. 3-4 sets
Hamstring Stretch
  1. Lie on back with stretching leg slightly bent at the knee.
  2. Point foot
  3. Bring leg back until a stretch is felt in the hamstrings, hold for 30 seconds.
  4. Stretch should not be felt in calf or foot.

Level 3 Exercises

This final level of exercise can begin when the hamstring-specific exercises of Level 2 do not elicit any soreness at the high hamstring area. Two to four weeks of the direct hamstring strengthening exercises of Level 2 should be finished before moving to Level 3. Hamstring Curl (Hamstrings)
  1. Select a lighter weight so that a higher number of repetitions can be performed.
  2. Bar should be set at the end of the lower leg.
  3. 3-4 sets of 15
Treadmill Pull (Hamstring, glutes)
  1. Stand on the side of treadmill with the involved leg on the belt and the treadmill off.
  2. Keep opposite hip against side rail.
  3. Keeping foot flat and knee fully extended, pull belt backwards until heel begins to lift off of belt.
  4. 3-4 sets of 10-15.
  5. Additional resistance can be provided by having someone rest one foot on belt for extra friction.
Hamstring Squat (Hamstrings, quads, glutes)
  1. Squat down while reaching hips back, back should be parallel to floor.
  2. Weight should be on heels.
  3. Hold position slightly above 90 degrees for 20-30 seconds, then move up and down for 10 repetitions.
  4. 3-4 sets.

General Program Guidelines

Exercises should be performed three to four days a week, with at least one day of rest in between.
  • After advancing to the next level of exercise, continue to do the previous levels
  • The goal of each exercise is to reach muscular fatigue and burn. After performing the exercises several times they should begin to get easier. In order to keep them challenging, add time and repetitions to each set as necessary.
  • Each exercise should be done to at least a moderate level of fatigue/burn and should be felt in the indicated muscle. It is common for an injured leg to fatigue/burn less than the uninjured leg, despite the fact that it is usually much weaker. After each exercise, fatigue should be experienced equally in both legs. Care should be taken to focus on using both legs evenly to ensure that the injured leg’s muscles can be strengthened.
  • For those with the goal of establishing a program for injury prevention, perform Level 1 and 2 exercises for one to two weeks apiece before starting Level 3 exercises.
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April 2015
FIX Boot Camp!

07
April 2015

…and let us get you ready for summer!

Group workouts have become increasingly popular due to their success in achieving fitness goals – and we have a special one planned just for you! FIX Boot Camp! FIX Body Group presents BOOT CAMP: 4 Weeks of Fitness Beginning April 20th! All camp attendees receive one complimentary adjustment or soft tissue treatment per week and free ultrasound body fat assessment!* Camps are either Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (only $50 for entire 4 weeks!) or Tuesdays and Thursdays (only $40 for entire 4 weeks!). Daily camp start times (you pick): 6:15a, 7:30a, 5:15p, 6:30p
  • We teach to the fittest person in the class
  • Different workouts every day
  • All camps are both indoor/outdoor
  • No two days at camp are the same
  • All camps begin at FIX Body Group
  • T-shirts given with 80%+ attendence
  • End of camp happy hour!

FOR RSVP or MORE INFORMATION CALL OUR OFFICE AT (619) 295-9791!

WE’LL SEE YOU THERE! *Body Fat Assessment done before and after camp

06
April 2015
Active Release Technique (ART)

 

A lot of runners swear by this sometimes painful form of bodywork. What is it, and do you need it? Call FIX Body group today to set up a consultation with one of our ART practitioners and see if it can help you!

 

Think of Active Release Techniques (ART) as massage’s crazy cousin that works harder, faster, and more efficiently. It helps athletes ranging from runners and triathletes to NFL players and Olympic weightlifters.

 

ART began in the ’80s with Colorado’s Dr. Michael Leahy and is now a gold-standard treatment. “In the beginning, the idea was to train 10,000 medical professionals and therapists at a skill level that had never been done before,” said Leahy. “We wanted to cut soft-tissue treatment costs in half. We’ve done that.” The ART provider network now includes 14,000 certified providers, mostly based in North America, but it’s quickly growing on an international level.

 

ART involves intense active movement-based massage treatments, which sets it apart from passive massage techniques. Injured or not, Leahy said that athletes in training are a candidate for ART. There’s ample evidence to show that ART promotes faster recovery, restoration of normal tissue function and prevents injury. “We fix things before the athlete even knows there’s an issue. ART is how you keep yourself in the game,” said Leahy. “The most limiting factor to race-day performance is how well and consistently you train, but certain issues can hold you back. That’s where ART comes in—you can train better.”

 

There are more than 500 established treatment protocols for the entire body; however, ART is anything but standard. It’s an art. Instead of treating a general area, the provider uses his hands to feel for abnormal or damaged tissue in muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments or nerves. Abnormalities include scar tissue, adhesions, and dense tissue. These aren’t always easy things to find

 

“It takes time to get the feel of what different tissues feel like and knowing what’s healthy versus abnormal tissue,” said Dr. Vince DiSaia, a certified ART provider and chiropractor located in Orange County, Calif. “But knowing the feel of tissue and correct muscle-movement patterns is what allows us to be very specific with diagnosis and treatment.”

 

Damaged tissue, namely scar tissue, has two causes: acute trauma, such as a tear or pull, and overuse or chronic injury, which is an accumulation of microtraumas, or small tears that occur repeatedly.

 

Abnormal tissue can go unnoticed by an athlete or it may manifest into injury. Symptoms of damaged tissue are tightening and shortening of the muscle. This impairs performance due to a loss of mobility, restricted range of motion and loss of strength. Other side effects include poor biomechanics, overcompensation in other body parts, nerve entrapment, tendonitis, and lack of oxygen supply to an affected muscle.

 

“Often a patient doesn’t know scar tissue is building up until it’s too late and the pain begins,” said DiSaia. “That’s where my job gets unique. I have to unravel the body and trace larger issues back to potentially smaller ‘insulting’ issues. For example, a patient comes in with IT Band Syndrome, but I find ITBS is caused by a dysfunctional hip. You can’t always just look at the part that hurts. I also check for proper functioning, strength deficiencies and what movements need improvement. This is where knowledge of biomechanics, anatomy, strength and sport all come into play.”

 

Added Leahy: “The most common issues I see in endurance athletes and runners occur between the knee and the hip. Every person we see at Ironman Hawaii, for example, has something going on in the hip.”

 

Once the problem areas are exposed, the pain— or is it fun?—begins. The ART provider applies intense and repetitive movement-based massage techniques to release buildup of dense scar tissue, restore normal function and decrease bad pain. Incorporating movement allows tissue to heal in the correct patterns.

 

“It’s aggressive, but each treatment is significant. In my experience, ART is the fastest road to recovery out there,” said DiSaia, who’s been practicing ART for nearly a decade.

 

Leahy agrees, saying it’s typical to have positive results after just one session. “ART is very direct. You have a better chance of getting over something fast or simply being able to feel better running, even if you didn’t think you had an issue,” he said.

 

Still, every patient responds differently to ART. Some heal faster, while some are more sore after treatments. Some can handle intense treatments on multiple body parts in one session, while some can only handle treatment on one issue at a time.

 

It’s the provider’s job to talk to his patients thoroughly at the beginning of every session—not just the initial consultation—to find out how they feel and how they’re responding. “Treatment is catered to patient tolerance,” said DiSaia. “I won’t go above someone’s pain threshold.”

 

For the active in-training athlete, it’s suggested to get at least one or two ART sessions a month, especially when it’s getting close to competition.

 

Injured athletes are a slightly different case. “I’ll see them throughout the healing process and advise them to slowly reintroduce the activity,” said DiSaia. “Often their body is now functioning differently than it was in the injured state or they have to change their biomechanics. Checkups are vital.”

 

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06
April 2015
Dirtiest produce Have you ever heard of the Dirty Dozen? The Environmental Working Group has coined this term to educate the American public on the top twelve foods with the highest level of pesticide loads. They complete a yearly report based on the analysis of 32,000 produce samples run by the USDA and the FDA.

PESTICIDES ARE DANGEROUS

There’s no doubt that spraying chemicals on our food supply is damaging to our health and safety. One major insecticide we are forced to worry about is the organophosphate-based pesticide commonly named diazinon. Directly from the CDC:
“Organophosphates are a group of human-made chemicals that poison insects and mammals. Organophosphates are the most widely used insecticides today. They are used in agriculture, the home, gardens, and veterinary practice.”
Just a few years back in 2013, multiple kids in India died from high organophosphate levels in the food they ate hours earlier.  Yes, this is the samekind of pesticide we use here in America. Thankfully the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does set limits on the amount of pesticides the USA can use and import, but enforcement is another issue.  Due to high volume of imports that come into the U.S. on a daily basis, it’s difficult to enforce the standards put in place. It’s estimated only 1% gets tested. Pesticides are most dangerous for young children and pregnant mommas, as the levels of organophosphates that can cause harm is much lower. Fetuses, infants and children are especially vulnerable because of their immature nervous systems. It is already proven that this kind of pesticide is associated with neurobehavioral deficiencies in children. Studies have shown increased prenatal exposure is associated with abnormal newborn reflexes, decreased mental development and attention problems manifesting in ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and PDD (pervasive developmental disorder). (2) (3)

THE ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP

In 1996, the Food Quality Protection Act required the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to change the way they set pesticide residue limits in foods. This legislation was a great leap toward focusing on health-based standards. All great on paper but implementation is another story. That is why the Environmental Working Group stepped in. This is their mission:
“The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  Our mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. EWG drives consumer choice and civic action with its game-changing investigations and research on toxics and environmental health, food and agriculture, and water and energy. For two decades, EWG’s groundbreaking research has changed the debate over environmental health. From households to Capitol Hill, EWG’s team of scientists, policy experts, lawyers, communication experts and programmers has worked tirelessly to make sure someone is standing up for public health when government or industry won’t.”
The Environmental Working Group not only sheds light on toxins in the environment and pesticides ending up in America’s produce, they expose the environmental and human health ramifications of modern day farming on our food and water systems. And if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, they have a cosmetics databaseexposing the chemicals and hidden ingredients found in beauty and household products. Making an informed decision to “choose products and foods that are free of toxic ingredients, [that are] safe for your children and environmentally friendly…” is priceless in today’s world. If you are at all interested in being environmentally conscious or concerned with the health of your family, EWG is the ultimate research-based resource. apple

PESTICIDES IN BABY FOODS

Let’s start this out by saying that the U.S. has no rules or regulations for pesticide levels in baby food. Out of 379 applesauce samples, 23% contained acetamiprid. The European Union is currently doing further testing on this pesticide, as they believe it may disrupt the nervous system. 10% of samples also contained a known fungicide. Out of 777 peach baby food samples, just about 33% contained pesticides at concentrations that exceed the guidelines set by the European Union. They also detected 10 differing pesticides in 39 samples. When apple juice was tested, diphenylamine was detected in 17% of samples. 25 % of grape juice samples contained carbaryl, a “potent insecticide”. Alarming enough, these pesticides are banned in the European Union. View the Full Summary here.

ORGANIC FRUITS AND VEGETABLES WORTH YOUR MONEY

THE TOP 12 PESTICIDE-LADEN FOODS (THE MOST AMOUNT OF PESTICIDES) This list is ordered in severity of pesticide load.
  1. Apples – THE most pesticides detected. 99% of apples had at least one identified pesticide residue.
  2. Peaches – In 98% of peaches there were 13 detected pesticides.
  3. Nectarines – 13 detected pesticides.
  4. Strawberries – 13 detected pesticides.
  5. Grapes – 15 pesticides were detected in a single sample.
  6. Celery
  7. Spinach
  8. Red Bell Peppers – 15 pesticides were detected in a single sample.
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry Tomatoes – 13 detected pesticides.
  11. Snap Peas (imported) – 13 detected pesticides.
  12. Potatoes – more pesticides by weight vs. any other produce tested.
Yes, it’s worth your money to buy organic produce for the fruits and vegetables listed in the dirty list above. The full list can be viewed here.

TOP 12 CLEANEST FOODS (THE LEAST AMOUNT OF PESTICIDES)

This list is ordered from the least amount of pesticide load.
  1. Avocados – Only 1% of avocados had traces of pesticides.
  2. Corn
  3. Pineapple – 89% tested showed no detected residue.
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet Peas (frozen)
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi – 82% showed no pesticide residue.
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
Fruits in the top 12 didn’t show more than four detected pesticides and 95% of vegetables had less than two. No, it’s not worth your money to buy organic produce for the fruits and vegetables listed in the clean list above. The full list can be viewed here Bottom line: if you can, always buy organic fruits and vegetables listed in the dirty dozen. Yes, organic is worth the money especially if you are pregnant or feeding a young child, as exposure to pesticides can be detrimental to development and fatal if the dose is high enough. Source