With the introduction of the extremely important Bill 2491 on Kauai, it is been brought to light that the four big seed companies that occupy Kauai use 18 tons of restricted use pesticides here every year. This unprecedented use of toxic chemicals is very disturbing and makes one wonder about their own exposure to pesticides.
Organophosphates are some of the most commonly used and toxic class of pesticides. They are toxic to the human nervous system and are especially dangerous to children (and fetus development) causing developmental effects. Acute exposure can cause nausea, headaches, twitching, and difficulty breathing. Long term exposure is linked to negative reproductive effects, memory problems, depression, irritability, chronic fatigue, cancer, and Parkinson’s disease.
Of course here on Kauai we are very concerned about human exposure due to the extremely high use of organophosphates by the four seed companies, but these chemicals are sprayed regularly on crops so most of us are exposed to them if we are eating any non-organic produce (which means the majority of people). If you are living in an area of high use organophosphate pesticides (ie. Westside, Southside Kauai), or are simply concerned about your own pesticide exposure, and/or have any of the above mentioned symptoms, I recommend testing for organophosphate pesticide exposure (as well as the pesticide atrazine). Contact me if interested in testing.
I was shocked when I recently came upon research done by the Hawaii Department of Health that showed opah, also known as moonfish, has about 25% more methylmercury than any species of tuna! Out of the nine different fish species tested, opah topped the list with the highest mercury, followed by bigeye and albacore tuna, with mahimahi having the lowest levels. Obviously this is concerning because it is fairly widely known that tuna, swordfish, and marlin are high in mercury and should be ate sparingly or not at all, but now we need to add opah to the top of that list.
Unfortunately mercury toxicity is rather common here in Hawaii due to lots of fish consumption, including sushi and poke. Some common symptoms include irritability, anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches, fatigue, thyroid disorders, and immune system suppression. If you suspect mercury toxicity, contact me for the best method of testing and the safest and most efficient way to remove it.
We are very lucky to live on Kauai where we have locally raised grass-fed beef. There is a HUGE difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef (which is what is generally found in your standard grocery store). As compared to grain-fed beef, grass-fed beef: is lower in fat and calories, has more than double the healthy omega 3 fatty acids, has more vitamins (like vitamin E, beta carotene, B vitamins) and minerals, and has conjugated linoleic acid (a healthy fat that can help weight loss and is a potential cancer fighter).
If you are a meat-eater, I urge you to switch to grass-fed beef to better your health. Here on Kauai, it can be bought at the Wailua Country Sore, Kojima’s, Chevron Station in Princeville, Sueoka’s, and Ishihara markets. Elsewhere, check your local health food store.
It has become apparent through numerous studies that there is widespread deficiency in vitamin D in people around the country, even people living in Hawaii where there is year round sun exposure (we make vitamin D from the sun). There are many possible causes of these low levels, but my primary guess is the widespread use of sunscreen, which stops the production of vitamin D. Low levels are linked to many health problems, including lowering our ability to fight infection, bone and muscle pain, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and an overall increased risk of death. Yikes!
Contact me, or your primary care physician, to have your vitamin D levels checked. It’s easy and the information has the potential to improve your overall health.