Inconvenient Truth #66: Cancers in children that are diet based

“…this analysis was conducted to estimate exposure to multiple dietary contaminants for children, who are more vulnerable to toxic exposure than adults….” — Ref:  NIH.GOV

From the U.S. Government National Institute of Health (NIH) Report:  “We estimated exposure to multiple food contaminants based on dietary data from preschool-age children (2-4 years, n=207), school-age children (5-7 years, n=157), parents of young children (n=446), and older adults (n=149). We compared exposure estimates for eleven toxic compounds (acrylamide, arsenic, lead, mercury, chlorpyrifos, permethrin, endosulfan, dieldrin, chlordane, DDE, and dioxin) based on self-reported food frequency data by age group. To determine if cancer and non-cancer benchmark levels were exceeded, chemical levels in food were derived from publicly available databases including the Total Diet Study.”


Cancer benchmark levels were exceeded by all children (100%) for arsenic, dieldrin, DDE, and dioxins. Non-cancer benchmarks were exceeded by >95% of preschool-age children for acrylamide and by 10% of preschool-age children for mercury. Preschool-age children had significantly higher estimated intakes of 6 of 11 compounds compared to school-age children (p<0.0001 to p=0.02). Based on self-reported dietary data, the greatest exposure to pesticides from foods included in this analysis were tomatoes, peaches, apples, peppers, grapes, lettuce, broccoli, strawberries, spinach, dairy, pears, green beans, and celery.

[My Note:  This would not have been identified if the diet was ORGANIC-based fruits and vegetables]


Dietary strategies to reduce exposure to toxic compounds for which cancer and non-cancer benchmarks are exceeded by children vary by compound. These strategies include consuming organically produced dairy and selected fruits and vegetables to reduce pesticide intake, consuming less animal foods (meat, dairy, and fish) to reduce intake of persistent organic pollutants and metals, and consuming lower quantities of chips, cereal, crackers, and other processed carbohydrate foods to reduce acrylamide intake.


So, the study finds that PESTICIDES in fruits and vegetables are causing these cancers.  It does not even go into the hormones and GMO problems in meat.  All of this, of course, is preventable by going to a plant-based, ORGANIC diet.  I understand that many will say that organic is expensive, but what is the health and well-being of your children worth to you?

Also, what is this acrylamide intake they refer to in the last paragraph?  From the U.S. Governments’s National Cancer Institute web page we find the following facts:

“Acrylamide is a chemical used primarily … in many industrial processes, such as the production of paper, dyes, and plastics, and in the treatment of drinking water and wastewater, including sewage. They are also found in consumer products, such as caulking, food packaging, and some adhesives. Trace amounts of acrylamide generally remain in these products.”

“…Potato chips and French fries were found to contain higher levels of acrylamide compared with other foods (2). The World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations stated that the levels of acrylamide in foods pose a “major concern” and that more research is needed to determine the risk of dietary acrylamide exposure…”

“Food and cigarette smoke are the major sources of acrylamide exposure (10)”

So, the modern American diet of Meat, Fat, Fried foods, and pesticide/GMO/Hormone laden meats and vegetables are absolutely impacting our children’s health and well-being.  I believe that the conspiracy is that no MSM will report that simply moving away from this type of diet to an organic vegetable-based diet (Mediterranean is my favorite) would not only prevent these cancers, but possibly mitigate the existing damage.

Here is a video report from Nutrition on the cancer issue in the California study:

I would like to thank my wife, for informing me of this story.  I also want to thank her for slowly converting our diet to a predominantly organic, vegetarian diet over the last 5 years, which has improved our health and well being significantly.


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