Pesticides: Contemplating how Chemicals affect our lives.



My boyfriend and I were talking about tea.

He loves tea and we are both extremely careful about ingredients and organics. We recently bought three different kinds of Black Tea. One of which is loose leaf Twinnings Irish Breakfast in the can. The can is very cool and can be used again later and has no bags that are bleached. But it is not organic, so he heads to the computer to research tea and pesticide residue.

As he reads, he keeps saying, ” I don’t want to know this!”  As he proceeds to read out-loud the blogs of several people who have also done research about pesticide residue. Yikes!

Most of all tea is grown in either China or India where regulations and standards are different than in the US and the European Union. This got me thinking.

How can we really know how much pesticide and chemical each plant is actually absorbing? What about the people who are spraying these chemicals? They are absorbing these chemicals through their skin and into their lungs. The plant itself is being sprayed, so the leaves are absorbing and the residue is also going into the soil and again being absorbed by the roots.

How can this not affect the plant and ultimately not affect us as well?  And — do we really want to know?

My boyfriend admits he didn’t want to look it up until now. It had occurred to him for quite a while but he always chose not to do it. This brings me to another pondering. How do we choose? Why do we choose? When do we choose? We choose when we are ready. Which confirms my own encouraging, start where you are!

Researching any form of information can be overwhelming.

There is so much information out there. The internet is helpful and not so helpful in this regard. When it occurs to you to dig deeper into your knowledge for more information, choose one thing at a time and when you feel you have the info you wanted; stop! Over doing research for one topic can then lead to overwhelm. I think it is better to then go to another item or subject than sitting in overwhelm and anxiety about just one thing that is causing you to freak out.

Diversify your knowledge, keep probing and inquiring. There is always something to learn and uncover.

As I have said before, food is our fuel.

How it is grown, tended to and treated does affect us. Being conscious and aware of what is in our food is important. We nurture and care for our own bodies on such a deep level. No one else can do this except ourselves. Reading ingredients labels, doing research and voting with our dollars are all part of increasing our own awareness.

If you are wondering where to start, simply open your fridge or your pantry. Pick one item you are curious about, read the ingredients label (if there is one) and investigate your curiosity about it. Voila! You are on your way to taking charge of your own body and health.

No one else in the whole world has more influence over you or your best interest in mind. You are the one! Start where you are!

Be informed! Be Healthy! Be well!



 {Healthy Revolution.}


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Melissa Rubin
Melissa Rubin is a creative, passionate, free spirit who loves to share what she has learned about food and health. She is very passionate about Food, Wellness and Transformation. When she is not in the kitchen modifying any recipe she can get her hands on, she is at her local Farmer’s Market smelling all the produce and talking with the farmers and people. Melissa has helped many people change their diets due to intestinal issues, food sensitivities, or just to have a better quality of life. Melissa loves to share what she has learned from being a Holistic Health Practitioner, Colon Hydro-Therapist, Culinary School Graduate, Mom and a person who has healed from digestive issues herself. Melissa takes into account many factors when looking at food issues. Her Spirituality has been a big part in her awareness and her growth. You can find her here.


  • James Abro
    James Abro commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    Good article. Thanks you. Just to add a little something: I learned a couple of things recently about food health. One, is that it is not so much the pesticides themselves that can hurt us, as it is what they do to the plant or food source they are used on. A pesticide allows a plant to grow without having to defend itself from pests — in the air and in the soil. The chemical compounds within a plant that allows it to fend off these adversaries, are the same compounds that help us, when we ingest them, to ward off cancer, diabetes, etc. The other thing I learned is that the very beneficial garlic clove is one hundred times more potent when allowed to sit for five or ten minutes after we cut or squeeze it and before we ingest it or use it in cooking.
  • SR Atchley
    SR Atchley commented on August 17, 2013 Reply
    Awakening the world, one tea leaf at a time. Thank you, Melissa.

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