Earth Day reminds us that celebrating and caring for our planet is really a daily practice, with numerous small but significant steps we can take to support a healthier environment.
In fact, you’re probably doing one or more of these already:
- Recycling and reducing waste
- Using non-toxic household and body products
- Driving less and reducing carbon footprint
- Choosing organic
This last step—choosing organic—may be the most important…not only for the environment, but for your health and the health of your family. Research continues to highlight the human health impacts of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals, from neurological effects to cellular and DNA damage, and much more.
There are more than 400 pesticides approved for use in the US today. Of these, more than 150 are classified as hazardous to human health by the World Health Organization.
Equally concerning, the US still uses 25 highly toxic pesticides that are banned in over thirty other countries because of their severe health impacts.
One particularly dangerous pesticide is called Chlorpyrifos.
What is Chlorpyrifos?
Chlorpyrifos is a highly neurotoxic chemical first developed in WW2 as a chemical agent. Now, it’s applied liberally as a broad-spectrum pesticide in U.S. agriculture.
Chlorpyrifos is linked with neurological damage in children. Prenatal chlorpyrifos exposure is associated with low birth weight, cognitive disabilities, reduced motor skills and other developmental delays. It disrupts nerve impulses, resulting in convulsions, respiratory paralysis, and can lead to death.
Exposure happens by consuming foods that have been sprayed, as well as by drinking water that has been contaminated. Pesticide drift from neighboring farms is also a risk.
Prenatal exposure to even very low levels of chlorpyrifos — levels far lower than what EPA was previously using to establish safety standards — is shown to cause permanent damage in babies.
So why are we still using it? At this point, it comes down to politics.
In 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report confirming that there are NO safe uses for the pesticide. And still, government administrations refused to ban this highly toxic chemical.
Today, the movement to ban this highly toxic chemical in the US continues to gain momentum… as more research shows its harmful effects. The decision is currently under government review.
This Earth Day, you can join the movement and take action to make your voice heard. Tell Congress to ban this highly toxic pesticide once and for all—and protect the health of our children, our communities and our environment.
Sign the Environmental Working Group’s petition to ban Chlorpyrifos, here.
GlyphoCleanse—Pesticide Detox Formula
Choosing organic is an essential effort to avoid pesticides in your food. But the truth is, even this isn’t enough. Toxic pesticides get into water systems and the surrounding environments, and can travel far distances—a process termed “pesticide drift”.
This is why ecoNugenics founder and formulator Isaac Eliaz, MD, developed GlyphoCleanse Pesticide Detox Formula. GlyphoCleanse is designed to help remove toxic pesticides including glyphosate and others from your body, and prevent them from being stored. It also helps to support vulnerable organs and systems that are impacted by pesticides, including your thyroid, GI tract, brain and others.*
Today, you can take targeted actions to help keep dangerous pesticides out of the environment—and out your body…for greater long-term wellness.