Pesticides are great at repelling pests from our produce, but at what cost to your health? Pesticides destroy your good gut bacteria, disrupt your hormones, and create inflammation. That's not all, the toxic chemicals are also linked to many diseases.
- More evidence is surfacing that pesticide exposure is linked to infertility and birth defects. See 2015 report in Environmental Health Perspectives.
In Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, it shows that pesticides have a direct role in the development of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Pesticides create oxidative stress by "increasing the production of ROS and/or deregulating the antioxidant enzymes promotes the formation of protein aggregates such as Tau, Aβ or α-syn. This in turn overwhelms the degradation systems, and produces the activation of the glia inducing neuroinflammation, a process that per se increases the generation of further oxidative stress leading to a self-perpetuating cycle, and finally to neuronal loss of specific brain region such as the hippocampus and cerebral cortex in AD and substantia nigra in PD."
Pesticides can cause cancer. In a 2016 report in the Ecologist, exposure led to uterine cancer in rats. In a 2015 study published in The Science of Total Environment, pesticide exposure was linked to breast cancer.
Exposure linked to Type 2 Diabetes. See 2014 report found here.
Take the time to do your own research and understand the health implications you could possibly face if you chose not to avoid pesticides.