How can exposure to organophosphate pesticides affect my health?

Neurotoxic organophosphate compounds that the Nazis produced in huge quantities for chemical warfare during World War II were luckily never used. After the war ended, however, American scientists used the same chemistry to develop a long line of pesticides that target the nervous systems of insects. Despite many studies linking organophosphate exposure to effects on brain development, behavior and fertility, they are still among the more common pesticides in use today. A few of the many ways that organophosphates can affect the human body include interfering with the way testosterone communicates with cells, lowering testosterone and altering thyroid hormone levels.

How to avoid it? Buy organic produce when possible, especially  the following fruits and vegetables, which contain the highest levels contamination (what we call the Dirty Dozen):
  • apples
  • celery
  • cherry tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • grapes
  • hot peppers
  • nectarines (imported)
  • peaches
  • potatoes
  • spinach
  • strawberries
  • sweet bell peppers

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