When I was little, I used to eat apricots right off the tree from my grandpa's backyard. Now, when I bite into one, my lips noticeably swell and my throat becomes so irritated I actually sound raspy.
Often times, patients will come to my husband, Dr. Nielsen, saying they think they are allergic to different kinds of nuts, fruits, or vegetables when in fact, after being tested by my husband, are ACTUALLY allergic to the pesticides and chemicals they are treated with.
Studies show that even AFTER power-washing the fruits and vegetables before they come to you, they STILL have remnants of chemicals and pesticides (hence the dirty dozen list.) Also, if a soil is saturated with chemicals and pesticides while a fruit or vegetable is growing, that food will take in those chemicals just as it does water or nutrients from the soil.
If you notice a slight reaction with something you are eating, try eating the organic version and see if you still experience the same reaction. For example, non-organic apples give me itchy ear and an irritated throat but organic apples, of the same variety, DO NOT. Other possible allergic reactions may include: sinus problems, puffy or tingling lips, bloated stomach, stomach ache, diarrhea, headaches, and migraines. My husband, Dr. Nielsen, says clinically, 95% of all headaches, especially migraines are caused by a food sensitivity (unless there has been severe brain trauma). Pretty interesting stuff when you start to learn more.
If you normally have a SEVERE reaction to a certain food, chances are there is a much bigger issue going on and simply eating an item organic is not going to help. Consult an allergy-testing doctor near you for more information or visit my husband's website at
NOTE: If you have a smart phone you can download EWG's Dirty Dozen App to your phone for a quick reference guide while shopping. Keyword: Dirty Dozen.
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