Originally published September 7 2012
How to reduce your exposure to common pesticides
by PF Louis
(NaturalNews) Pesticides is the overall tag for insecticides and herbicides, among others. The suffix cide means to kill, as in homicide involves murdering humans. We do need pesticides for various protections against infestation in the garden, home, and our pets.
The problem is that most commercial pesticides were inspired or created by the poison gas industry (WWI nerve gas). The prevailing notion that if you can walk and talk after exposure, it’s safe; ignores the fact that long-term, adverse effects occur from sub-lethal exposures to toxic commercial pesticides.
Toxic household insecticides create long term health hazards for dogs, cats, babies, children, and adults.
Long-term ailments on humans and other mammals include neurological issues and autoimmune diseases, depression, fertility issues, birth deformities, and even cancer, especially leukemia for youngsters. NaturalNews offers a list of articles on pesticide issues. (http://www.naturalnews.com/pesticides.html)
Pesticides used on produce also manage to create those same, negative health effects over time. Purchasing organic produce is the solution, but it’s not always possible. Sometimes washing with a cheap white vinegar/water mix helps with produce not too heavily sprayed.
Here’s a list of the “dirty dozen” most sprayed produce to avoid and the “clean 15″ relatively safe produce that can be used with a little washing in lieu of organic. (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/)
You can manage insects and other pests in and around your house and on your pets easily and effectively without toxic results.
Easy, safe, and effective pesticides for home use
Upon realizing that you have safer options, it would be wise to get rid of all the toxic pesticides you have on hand. Overall, the best long-term protection comes from cleaning up well, not leaving food out unless placed in mini-moats of water, and sealing cracks and holes, including those used for pipes and electrical conduits. (Learn more)