Pesticides and Weight Gain


The Organic Controversy is growing nationally and internationally. Lines of thought are like moving lines in the sand.  As a nation we are seeing younger and younger children declared obese. Children whose only nutritional source is breast milk or formula are being declared obese.

There has to be more to the epidemic than couch potatoes, starches and poor food choices. McDonald’s is growing it’s true. Yet when was the last time a baby on breast milk or formula ordered it from McDonald’s.

So what’s the cause?

What has changed in the last 100 plus years that has lead up to obesity being the number one US disease?  What has lead to an increase in Alzheimer’s, Type 2 Diabetes, ADD and more?

What has lead to more and more mother’s crying over their babies cribs and wondering how they became such “bad” mothers?  We blame ourselves of course.  Doing too little – doing too much, always a criticism yet  . . .  maybe it’s greater than the single mother – the single family.

“Canadian researchers reported that dieters with the most organochlorines (pollutants from pesticides, which are stored in fat cells) experienced a greater than normal dip in metabolism as they lost weight, perhaps because the toxins interfere with the energy-burning process. In other words, pesticides make it harder to lose pounds. Other research hints that pesticides can trigger weight gain.”


What does this truly mean?
As a country we are seeing obesity increase.
Monsanto is under scrutiny for increases in GMO foods and seeds.
Heritage seeds are becoming more valuable than diamonds.
Autism, ADD and processing disorders are seemingly increasing.

Are they connected?

“These findings, coupled with those concerning diabetes prevalence, suggest that OC pesticides and nondioxin-like PCBs may be associated with type 2 diabetes risk by increasing insulin resistance, and POPs may interact with obesity to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.


“The number of obese people worldwide has escalated recently, revealing a complex picture of significant variations among nations and different profiles among adults and children, regions, and occupations. The commonly held causes of obesity—overeating and inactivity—do not explain the current obesity epidemic. There is evidence of a general decrease in food consumption by humans and a significant decline in their overall levels of physical activity. There is also more evidence to indicate that the body’s natural weight-control mechanisms are not functioning properly in obesity. Because the obesity epidemic occurred relatively quickly, it has been suggested that environmental causes instead of genetic factors maybe largely responsible. What has, up to now, been overlooked is that the earth’s environment has changed significantly during the last few decades because of the exponential production and usage of synthetic organic and inorganic chemicals. Many of these chemicals are better known for causing weight loss at high levels of exposure but much lower concentrations of these same chemicals have powerful weight-promoting actions. This property has already been widely exploited commercially to produce growth hormones that fatten livestock and pharmaceuticals that induce weight gain in grossly underweight patients.

. . . Since the creation, and subsequent introduction, of synthetic organic/inorganic chemicals in the late nineteenth century, the global community has been increasingly exposed to an exponential rise in the production of these substances (see Figure 1; Flegal et al., 1998; United States Tariff Commission, [various documents] 1918–1994). In their daily lives, human beings are now exposed to tens of thousands of these chemicals, in the forms of pesticides, dyes, pigments,
medicines, flavorings, perfumes, plastics, resins, rubber-processing chemicals, intermediate chemicals, plasticizers, solvents, and
surface-active agents (United States Tariff Commission, [various documents] 1918–1994).


No matter the truth one believes or how on perceives the research; there is a value to carefully (consciously) choosing the foods that go into our bodies. Value to being able to save seeds and grow healthy gardens for our communities and family.

“Organic Certification
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Organic certification is a certification process for producers of organic food and other organic agricultural products. In general, any business directly involved in food production can be certified, including seed suppliers, farmers, food processors, retailers and restaurants. Requirements vary from country to country, and generally involve a set of production standards for growing, storage, processing, packaging and shipping that include:
avoidance of most synthetic chemical inputs (e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, etc), genetically modified organisms, irradiation, and the use of biosolids; use of farmland that has been free from synthetic chemicals for a number of years (often, three or more); keeping detailed written production and sales records (audit trail); maintaining strict physical separation of organic products from non-certified products; undergoing periodic on-site inspections. In some countries, certification is overseen by the government, and commercial use of the term organic is legally restricted. Certified organic producers are also subject to the same agricultural, food safety and other government regulations that apply to non-certified producers.

My Mocha Frappuccino

Yield:  large glasses

      • 1/2 cup milk – soy, low fat, ice cream, almond – Get Creative
      • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
      • 4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips
      • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, plus
      • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
      • 1/3 cup strong coffee
      • 1 cup ice
      • whip cream to top
      • 1 scoop



Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 15 mins

  1. 1 In a blender, combine everything but the ice, whip cream and chocolate chips, and blend until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add ice and blend until smooth (sometimes you will need a bit more ice).
  3. Stir in chocolate chips saving some to top off the whip cream with.

About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing

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