Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Are Pesticides and Herbicides Killing Us Slowly?

Are Pesticides and Herbicides Killing Us Slowly?

The farm where we’re staying this summer is owned by a longtime farmer-rancher and his wife. He’s 85 and not in the best of health. Our original contact to the owners is through one of their sons, who is health conscious and knows we are too. One of the reasons we’re here is we’re able to help them out when they need a hand. I believe, another reason we were invited to stay, was to observe and give our comments about what we saw concerning the parent’s health. Since Celinda and I are in excellent health, both reasons are easily met. We’re happy here and glad we can help. And, it allows us to leave as soon as it gets colder than we like.
Following is an observations that pertains to health. The owner, we’ll call him Joe, has been conditioned to live and believe in a world that was created during and after WWll. The pesticides and herbicides we now use so freely are offshoots of chemical warfare. After WWll, the chemical companies and others who had investments in money, power, profit, other vested interest and ties with the chemical industries, began looking for a market so they could continue doing whatever it was they were trying to achieve. At the onset of the chemical onslaught for war, it was found that bugs, trees and other living things died from chemicals intended for humans. Now, it stands to reason, humans are dying from the chemicals intended for insects and weeds.
Not long after we arrived we found out about spotted Knapweed, a non-native plant which was introduced into the U.S. from Eastern Europe in the early 1900s. Joe was spraying it with a very popular herbicide and, when we put in the garden, we asked if we could pull or dig the weed out as opposed to spraying it. That wasn’t a problem and we’ve set up a safe zone in and around the garden area. Celinda goes on periodic Knapweed patrols and has them under control to the point of not seeing any in our area, about two acres, after the second or third time she dug the roots out. Also, not long after we arrived, Joe had a couple of days of dizzy spells and chest pains. Since that time he’s had two or three more bouts of feeling dizzy, lacking energy and having chest pains.
I’d noticed him spraying weeds in the same time period as our arrival but didn’t put that and his dizzy spells together until last week when he had to be taken to the hospital just after sunrise, a 55 mile, one way, trip from where we’re living.
After the ambulance left, Celinda and I were sitting at the table in our motorhome eating breakfast when I began piecing past events together. Later, we were talking with their daughter and I told her what I’d thought about. She called her brother, our friend, who was at the hospital and gave him the information. He told the doctors but they, apparently, shrugged it off saying Joe had had an arrhythmia problem, irregular heartbeat, caused by ventricle fribillation, a condition when the heart’s electrical activity becomes disordered.
Could it be that the supposed problem(s) were really symptoms and the root cause was the chemicals he’d been spraying the evening before? Many of the chemicals we now have in our lives on a daily basis are residual, they aren’t removed from the body and continue to build up in the liver, kidneys and cardio/vascular system. Many of those same chemicals affect the central nervous system, which controls the heart’s electrical activity.
When we arrived here, we were eight weeks late and were playing catch up. Neither of us had any background information about Joe’s past medical history and it wasn’t until the first dizzy spell that I started thinking about the possible cause(s). I believe, the first dizzy spell was the day after he spent a long time spraying weeds but I don’t know that for sure. I know the second dizzy spell was the next day and, when he went to the hospital, he’d sprayed the evening before. Since Joe’s last problem, I’ve been writing down when he sprays and he did late in the afternoon yesterday. I didn’t see him until early in the afternoon today. He said he’d felt poorly all morning and had no energy, which is a symptom of ventricle fribillation.
Next time he sprays, the next morning I’ll ask him how he feels. If his symptoms are the same, I’ll tell him what I’ve seen. I can only give him the information, and it will be tough. Joe grew up when weeds had to be plowed under, pulled or dug out by hand. Chemical sprays seemed to be the answer, but are they? Pinning them down as the culprit is very difficult, since the problems can take years to manifest due to the slow creep of residual buildup.
- By Larry R. Miller AC
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