I just finished reading an article that said a new study found that 75 percent of honey samples around the world are now contaminated with at least one pesticide.
That’s a scary statistic considering that not only does that mean that the bees which are responsible for pollinating our plants and ensuring our food supply are being poisoned, it also shows how pervasive dangerous pesticides really are in the food we eat every day.
In fact, according to the study, while 75 percent of the samples overall had at least one contaminant, 45 percent had two or more — and 10 percent had four or more!
Even more frightening was the fact that although the results varied by region, in North America, 86 percent of samples had the pesticide. That means that only 14 percent of North American samples were safe and free of contaminants.
Liver cancer from the food you eat
And, those pesticides could be causing more damage than you ever realized…
You see, your liver is responsible for clearing all the toxins from your body, but when it’s overloaded, it can lead to disease.
In fact, exposure to pesticides could dramatically increase your chance of getting liver cancer — the sixth most common cancer in the world, and the second deadliest cancer (behind pancreatic cancer), with a five year survival rate after being diagnosed of only 17 percent.
In a new meta-analysis, researchers looked at 16 studies that included more than 480,000 participants in Asia, Europe and the U.S. to determine just how much pesticide exposure affected a person’s risk of liver cancer.
The results were staggering…
The study found that pesticide exposure was associated with a 71 percent increased risk of liver cancer — meaning that being exposed to pesticides gives you a 71 percent higher chance of ending up with one of the deadliest forms of cancer.
But, there is something you can do.
Ancient liver booster
To protect your liver from the damage caused by pesticides, I’d normally advise eating organic produce. But this problem with the bees makes me wonder if organic can really be pesticide free. Bees are obviously picking up these pesticides as they make their way around doing their “thing” — pollinating.
So to really ensure you and your liver are safe, eating organic may not be enough…
There’s an ancient liver booster that’s been found to help support the elimination of environmental pollutants, like pesticides — milk thistle.
Milk thistle has been used for 2,000 years as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments, particularly liver, kidney and gall bladder problems. And, several scientific studies have shown that substances in milk thistle (especially a flavonoid called silymarin) could protect your liver from toxins.
Silymarin not only has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it may even help your liver repair itself by growing new cells.
Early laboratory studies show that milk thistle may even:
• Stop cancer cells from dividing and reproducing
• Shorten the lifespan of cancer cells
• Reduce blood supply to tumors
And, in 2007, after reviewing numerous studies involving milk thistle therapeutic treatments, researchers at the University of Minnesota found that:
“There is strong preclinical evidence for silymarin’s hepatoprotective (liver-protecting) and anticarcinogenic effects, including inhibition of cancer cell growth in human prostate, skin, breast, and cervical cells.”
To get the most liver protection from a milk thistle supplement you want to look for one that is at least 80 percent silymarin. It’s also a good idea to increase your liver’s natural detoxification enzymes by eating cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and broccoli as often as you can.