Harry Lee L.Ac, MSATOM

Acupuncture & Functional Medicine  for the Modern World

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Office Location:
Los Angeles Medical Center
3663 W 6th St #308    
Los Angeles CA 90020

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GMO/Conventional/Processed Foods vs. Super/Organic Foods      

               Many of us have heard of Organic foods and how they are becoming a trend in the United States and all over the world. Pesticides and herbicides while arguably necessary to combat the devastation of our food crops by swarms of insects, they have been making us and animal populations sick too.  And they also are in large part to blame for the superbugs (pesticides resistant bugs).  
                     There have been numerous studies from major universities in the United States and all over the world evidencing that organic foods have far more nutritional value than conventional grown foods.  For example, organically grown tomatoes, even though they are small, have higher nutritional values than that of the conventionally grown bigger tomatoes. Research after research from top universities have confirmed that using pesticide in foods have numerous long term affects such as  Parkinson's disease; such study as UCLA have confirmed. Here is the website where you can read all about it: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/researchers-uncover-how-pesticides-249954.aspx
               Gastrointestinal disorders such as leaky gut syndromes, Cronh’s disease and other digestive disorders have been on the rise ever since the market has been flooded with genetically modified foods. The most notorious genetically modified foods are corn and soy, which also happen to be the most common ingredients of conventional and processed foods in the supermarkets.
                Super foods are foods that provide the body with abundant nutrition and benefits that the body needs daily. For example, spirulina has been consumed all over the world as having the highest amount of protein for a non-animal food source.  Now, taking spirulina and consuming steak differs by how the body digests the two. Steak takes enormous amounts of energy to digest and make into liquid form.  Spirulina powder liquefies with water and is easily absorbed by the body once consumed.  The amount of energy to liquefy spirulina is de minimus.  I am not advocating that you should stop eating steak, but I am saying that there are other food sources that are gentler and easier for your body to digest.  Meat does have its benefits where it provides B12 and other nutritional benefits that plants don’t have.  And plant based foods such as spirulina, kale and legumes offers an abundance of nutrition that is less taxing for the body to digest.
    The cancer and obesity epidemic has been on the rise since the 1970’s. This is due to the fact that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is in almost all of our foods. Cancer solely feeds on the fermentation of sugar. Fructose is likely the culprit behind the millions of U.S. children struggling with non-alcoholic liver disease, which is caused by a build-up of fat within liver cell.  The liver's primary function is to detoxify the body.  When fructose is consumed, 80% of it goes straight to the liver for detoxification while 20% gets used up for the muscle and other parts of the body. Like alcohol, fructose is very hard on the liver.
          The general population have been hood-winked at the idea that fruit juices are beneficial. But most fruit juices available at the supermarkets are processed sugary drinks with little or no nutritional value at all.  Even those labeled as all natural, are mostly fruit juices made from fructose, which is fruit sugar and natural, but it is far from good for you.
            Now in order to avoid the sugar and HFCS in foods, many people would go for artificial sweetener sucrose, or aspartame, to avoid calories and fat. But what many people don’t know is that aspartame is a man-made chemical and can do the exact same thing as a regular table sugar or even worse damage to the body and the mind.  Aspartame, which was originally used as a pesticide, is used as an artificial sweetener.  

         As alternatives to above processed and artificial sweeteners, consider raw sugar, brown sugar, agave nectar, honey and stevia.  They are terrific natural alternatives that have been used around the world for centuries.  Stevia is my preference.

    My knowledge and research into organic natural food is a passion, which I employ in the treatment of my patients.
 
Family testing for pesticide in their urine..... GMO Video
 

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