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ADVERTORIAL: dr. john’s corner Here is for the 14th Many of us remember the movie, but today, the dirty dozen relates to foods loaded with agricultural toxins. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), since 2004 has produced an annual report on fruits and vegetables, loaded with the highest levels of toxins. Kale, listed as a super food made number 3 on the list this year. 92% of kale samples tested for two or more pesticide residues detected, and any one single sample could have up to 18 different residues. The most common contaminant found was Dacthal, called DCPA, and has been shown to be potential carcinogen. The list continues to have strawberries as the number one toxic food. That’s why I grow and freeze my own for my smoothies all year. Here’s the list of the dirty dozen in order; (1) Strawberries, (2) Spinach, (3) Kale, (4) Nectarines, (5) Apples, (6) Grapes, (7) Peaches, (8) Cherries, (9) Pears, (10) Tomatoes, (11) Celery, (12) Potatoes. This long list shouldn’t cause you to avoid fruits and vegetables, but to seek out good clean sources of organic food instead of whatever is on the shelf at your grocery store. I just got off the phone with one of my patients living in Alaska. The option of organic doesn’t exist there. This is where one should consider the Clean list of foods. Those which made the clean 15 are the least likely to have pesticide residue. With these you’re more likely to get a cleaner source. I would still avoid the corn as it’s one of the most common GMO crops. The clean list for 2019 includes the following; (1) Avocados, (2) Sweet Corn, (3) Pineapples, (4) Frozen Sweet Peas, (5) Onions, (6) Papaya, (7) Eggplant, (8) Asparagus, (9) Kiwi, (10) Cabbage, (11) Cauliflower, (12) Cantaloupe, (13) Broccoli, (14) Mushroom, (15) Honeydew melon. Eat clean and stay healthy. Dr. John A. Briggs Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine specializing in complete family health care 20 nE LILLIch - cLATskAnIE, OR 97016 (503)728-4732

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