The host at a talk I did a few years back introduced me as an “Organic” Nutritionist. A holistic nutritionist or clinical nutritionist I am, but Organic? I thought it was cute and funny but wondered, would I, if I were meat or produce, be able to be called “organic”?
Well, what is the criteria to be certified organic? According to wikipedia, organic certification “generally involve a set of production standards for growing, storage,
processing, packaging and shipping that include:
- avoidance of most synthetic chemical inputs (e.g. fertilizer, pesticides, antibiotics, food additives, etc) genetically modified organisms, irradiation, and the use of sewage sludge;
- use of farmland that has been free from synthetic chemicals for a
number of years (often, three or more);
- keeping detailed written production and sales records (audit trail);
- maintaining strict physical separation of organic products from
- undergoing periodic on-site inspections.”
So, if you try and apply this to a human being, here is the correlative bullet points I’d write:
- avoidance of synthetics (e.g. food treated with pesticides, hormones or antibiotics, pasteurized food, use of antibiotics, anesthetics, drugs, synthetic colors, cosmetics, fragrances, body care items), GMO foods, microwave usage, unprotected cell phone and computer usage, and tap water;
- been born of a person who followed these guideline for at least 3 years;
- keeping regular visits with a healthcare professional;
- maintaining a clean, chemical free home environment using natural cleaning agents;
- undergoing regular lab tests to maintain status.
That seems fair, right? So the question is, do these 5 bullet points need to have been true for my whole life, because, you can guess that though I’ve always love veggies, I’ve also had my share of ice cream truck visits, chicken nuggets, chili covered mango lollipops, fillet-o-fish burgers, and ramen noodles. In addition to the fast food and college parties, I’ve gotten the regular childhood vaccinations, used Chlorox, fluorescent eyeshadow (not only chemically processed but also animal tested) and yes, I used to use microwaves.
And though my mom grew up in the countryside, on a farm, she didn’t follow these guidelines 3 years before my conception. [Note: Girls, think of your bodies as a farmland, growing crops to sell out on the marketplace (and boys, think of your “seeds” that are needed). If you want your “crops” aka, children, to be “organic”, fresh and healthy, you really need to take care of yourself before thinking about having kids… for their sake but also for yours.]
I don’t think that any of us can say that we are truely “organic” if every single thing we every did is evaluated. Even though I do my best to follow these guidelines, I live in smog-filled LA, eat out, have a beer once in a while and wear synthetic mascara sometimes. So the real question is, how well and how often do you clean up your mess?
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Don’t be a lemon! Be organic! 😀