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Organic and Children's Health
by Susan Lutz,
ATH Co-Editor of Organic Living
Organic is an important ingredient in my son's life. life. Born with Down sydrome, he is an extra sensitive digestive system. I try to keep the use and exposure of conventional, non-organic food and subtances out of our diet and reach. Though very challenging to have every bite of food that goes into his mouth be organic, I try to buy as much local and organic as possible.
For example, looking over the list of pesticides in wheat is a mouthful. I can't pronounce any of them. According to What's on My Food, up to sixteen pesiticides can be found on conventionally grown wheat. The site also provides information for what pesticides, including estimates on environmental impact, is on food from applesause to eggs to peaches to sweet potatoes.
Every child deserves food that provides the highest form of health. Special needs children often are extra sensitive. Allergies and digestive problems can flare up. Pesticide Action Network, PAN, lists ways to keep all children safe from pesticides not only in food but on the playground and to our homes, schools, and even public policy.
Starting every child out on a diet based firmly in organic food will enhance growth and developement. For a child with special needs, it will not only enhance growth, but it is a critical addition to the lifestyle of the child.
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