Blended excerpts from Potential Within A Guide to Nutritional Empowerment
Authored by Franco Cavaleri ISBN 0-9731701-0-7
This article is composed of multiple excerpts to result in tone and content shifts and reference numbering that may be out of order.
The effects of coffee on health constitute a tremendous controversy. One expert advocates coffee consumption and another completely opposes it.
The biological consequences of organochloride and organophosphate pesticides have been clear for decades, yet the agricultural bottom line still prevails over human health.Organophosphates are powerful neurotoxins. In fact, their original design was intended for chemical warfare as nerve gas. In small doses organophosphates are effective killers of crop-destructive pests. Agricultural experts claim that this minuscule exposure doesn’t damage the human biological system. But organophosphates aren’t just in our food. They’re sprayed in backyard flower and vegetable gardens, and in lumberyards to protect lumber from infestation.
Organophosphates are employed profusely in many countries that Canada and the United States import food from—coffee and cocoa bean producers included. Small but frequent neurotoxin exposure can accumulate to impose significant consequences. If you’re a big coffee drinker, you’re simply further concentrating your exposure to environmental- and foodborne toxicity. Ironically the Type II diabetic state impairs the natural enzyme system that protects us from incoming organophosphates (52).
We can tolerate minute quantities of this neurotoxic compound, but not when
our specialized enzyme systems are damaged. Adding this toxicity to a body that has difficulty detoxifying increases the danger of disease; however, if the metabolism were functional, this small exposure could be neutralized with ease. Diabetes insipidus (a kidney/water-regulatory disorder that induces uncontrollable thirst) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar possibly due to insulin resistance) can be attributed to organophosphates, as well. This toxicity is also associated with glucose in the urine. These symptoms point to kidney and pancreatic damage (53, 54).
Organophosphate-induced hyperglycemia/insulin inefficiency might be the real cause for the findings at the University of Guelph. However, we don’t know if the Guelph study used organically grown coffee that was confirmed to be organophosphate or organochloride-free. Organophosphates and organochlorides interrupt the endocrine system, impairing androgenic activity and facilitating estrogenic activity in the body. Organophosphate toxicity escalates cortisol levels, impairs thyroid output, and lowers follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) secretions by the pituitary gland. The last-mentioned endocrine influence hampers sperm production and ovulation—in other words, fertility (55). Studies have revealed that some women today reach childbearing maturity earlier than ever before. That doesn’t imply that the sole cause of this premature maturation is estrogenic toxicity from the environment.
Today’s better nutrition and advanced health care contribute to a more rapid development toward biological maturity to prepare women for childbearing sooner. However, other indicators demonstrate that environmental toxicity with these estrogenic compounds is a major factor in the development of associated diseases such as a high rate of breast and endometrial cancer and general endocrine imbalances in both men and women.
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