What’s On My Food?

Yesterday I posted some frequently asked questions from What’s On My Food. It is a great new website you should know about.

Most of what we know about pesticide residue comes from the federal government, which sets limits on how much residue can remain on foods, and which tests foods periodically to gauge compliance. Now, the Pesticide Action Network has used that data to create a pioneering consumer-friendly database it just launched at What’s On My Food. What I love about this new website, is that it has a searchable database designed to make the public problem of pesticide exposure visible and more understandable.

Find Out which Foods Are Laced with Carcinogens

This new website lets you search your favorite foods, almost 90 of them alphabetically listed, starting with almonds all the way to winter squash. The interface is simple. You choose the food and it tells you how many and which kinds of pesticides have been detected on it. It also lists the health effects of the residues found.

Whether pesticides at the low levels found on foods pose a serious health risk is a matter of debate. I am a big believer in reducing your exposure to toxic chemicals as much as you can, in the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat or the products we put on our skin. This is why I am encourage people to eat organic foods as much as possible. Organic food is grown without the use of manmade pesticides, chemical fertilizers, genetically modified seeds and the like and much less likely, therefore, to have any pesticide residue. This website can help you decide which foods you should buy organic.

Here’s the top 12 foods you should buy organic or the most heavily pesticide laden foods.

PIONEER IN FUNCTIONAL AND INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

For Dr. Frank Lipman, health is more than just the absence of disease: it is a total state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellbeing. Dr. Lipman is a widely recognized trailblazer and leader in functional and integrative medicine, and he is a New York Times best-selling author of five books, How To Be Well, The New Health Rules, 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat, Revive and Total Renewal.

After his initial medical training in his native South Africa, Dr. Lipman spent 18 months working at clinics in the bush. He became familiar with the local traditional healers, called sangomas, which kindled his interest in non-Western healing modalities.

In 1984, Dr. Lipman immigrated to the United States, where he became the chief medical resident at Lincoln Hospital in Bronx, NY. While there, he became fascinated by the hospital’s addiction clinic, which used acupuncture and Chinese medicine to treat people suffering from heroin and crack addiction. Seeing the way these patients responded so positively to acupuncture made him even more aware of the potential of implementing non- Western medicine to promote holistic wellbeing. As a medical student, he was taught to focus on the disease rather than the patient, and now as a doctor he found himself treating symptoms rather than the root causes of illness. Frustrated by the constraints of his training, and the limitations in helping his patients regain true health, he began a journey of discovery to search for the path to meaningful long-term health and wellness.

He began studying nutrition, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, functional medicine, biofeedback, meditation, and yoga. Dr. Lipman founded the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in 1992, where he combines the best of Western medicine and cutting edge nutritional science with age-old healing techniques from the East. As his patient chef Seamus Mullen told The New York Times, "If antibiotics are right, he'll try it. If it's an anti-inflammatory diet, he’ll do that. He’s looking at the body as a system rather than looking at isolated things."

In addition to his practice, Dr. Lipman is the creator of Be Well, an expanding lifestyle wellness brand he founded in 2010 to help people create, sustain and lead healthier lives.