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PESTICIDE REGULATIONS The federal government’s role in protecting our health, farm


workers and the environment from harmful pesticides is in urgent need of reform. In the U.S., pesticide regulation, monitoring and enforcement is scattered across multiple federal and state agen- cies. In 1991 the USDA initiated the Pesticide Data Program and began testing commodities annually for pesticide residues, but we remain concerned about pesticide regulation and oversight in the U.S. The USDA states that a goal of its tests is to provide data on pesticide residues in food, with a focus on those most likely eaten by infants and children. Although no commodities are tested annually, some – including baby food, last tested in 2013, and baby formula, last tested in 2014 – are tested particularly infrequently. Additionally, some pesticides are not tested, such as glyphosate, despite being the most widely used pesticide in the U.S. This is troubling, because tests commissioned by EWG found almost three-fourths of samples of popular oat-based foods, in- cluding many popular with children, had pesticide residue levels higher than what EWG scientists consider protective of children’s health. The chief responsibility of deciding which pesticides are


approved for use in the U.S., including deciding what conditions are placed on their approval and setting the pesticide residue levels on foods and crops, falls to the EPA. But primary enforce- ment authority for pesticide use on farms is left to states, and the responsibility of testing foods to determine dietary exposures to pesticides is divided between the USDA and the Food and Drug Administration. However, neither the USDA nor the FDA regu- larly tests all commodities for pesticide residues, nor do the programs test for all pesticides commonly used in agriculture. The primary pesticide law – the Federal Insecticide, Fungi- cide, and Rodenticide Act, or FIFRA – is far less health protective than the laws that protect the safety of our air, food, water and environment. The pesticide registration process requires companies to submit safety data, proposed uses and product labels for ap- proval by the EPA. However, the EPA does not conduct its own independent testing of pesticides. Neither does its review fully capture the risks posed by pesticides, because of limitations in available data and failures in risk assessments, such as excluding synergistic effects. This is concerning, because scientists have found that the combination of two or more pesticides can be more potent than the use of the pesticides individually. Given these many inadequacies, it’s no wonder that many of the most toxic pesticides banned by other countries are still allowed for use in the U.S. That is why EWG has called on President Biden to ban or restrict some of the most harmful pes- ticides still used today.


The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the en- vironment. Its mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action. For more info, visit www.ewg.org.


Has Your Local Integrative Doctor Stopped Working with Bio-Identical HRT?


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atural hormone replacement therapy corrects the loss of our hormones that comes through aging and menopause. The term "natural hormone" means the bioidentical hormone our bodies make, and not synthetic ones made by the pharma- ceutical industry, which can be harmful as well as helpful. With replacement, patients report an increase in their psy- chological well being. PMS symptoms can be resolved, not uncommonly, in weeks. The medical benefits are a decrease in cardiac and vascular disease, strokes, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and even cancers. Because our goal is to return hormone levels to an optimal range, we test the following for any deficiencies: Thyroid hormone, which regulates temperature, metabo-


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lism, cerebral function, and energy levels. It can protect against cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, memory loss, fatigue and weight gain. DHEA, which stimulates the immune system, can restore


sexual vitality, improves moods, and decreases cholesterol and body fat. It improves memory, increases energy, and has anti- cancer properties by enhancing the immune system. Melatonin, which influences the quality and quantity of sleep, is also an energizer, a mood enhancer, and an antioxidant. It has also been shown to decrease the incidence of nocturia (getting up at night to urinate). Estrogen, has been proven to reduce the effects of heart


disease, stroke, high cholesterol, Alzheimer's disease, memory loss, menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, skin thinning, the incidence of depression, and reverse the lack of libido. Progesterone, which acts as an antidepressant, mild tranquil-


izer, and natural painkiller. Bioidentical progesterone can elimi- nate symptoms of menopause, PMS emotional instability, headaches, and mood swings. Testosterone, which drops significantly in men over age 50.


This lowered level accounts for a loss of a man's sense of well- being, decrease in sex drive, loss of general muscle mass, in- creased abdominal obesity, osteoporosis, decrease in mental acuity, and decreased strength and endurance. And, yes, tes- tosterone levels should be tested in women, as well. Testoster- one therapy can reverse the gradual sexual apathy that occurs over time, while also increasing energy, and strength.


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