In 2010, President Barack Obama’s Presidential Cancer Panel issued a report on how people can reduce their environmental cancer risks. This report detailed a number of useful findings regarding how we create environmental risks for cancer based on our modern lifestyles. In particular, it showed that the pesticides we use on our crops are major risk factors for cancer. Based on this research, a non-profit known as the Environmental Working Group came up with a list of twelve fruits and vegetables most likely to contain traces of carcinogenic pesticides (the “Dirty Dozen”) and fifteen fruits and vegetables (the “Clean Fifteen”) least likely to contain traces of carcinogenic pesticides. While buying only organic fruits and vegetables would solve the problem of having to worry about cancer-causing pesticides in our food, that can be expensive. So, for those in Tacoma concerned about the health risks of non-organic food, the Clean Fifteen is a list of those fruits and vegetables we can buy without having to make sure the produce is organic, helping us save money and still eat safely. This article will take a look at the Clean Fifteen, including what fruits and vegetables are on that list, and give you some options as to where to find quality organic produce while shopping locally. Be sure to take a look at the related Dirty Dozen article, which contains the list of those fruits and vegetables most likely to include trace cancer-causing pesticides.
The Clean Fifteen List
The Clean Fifteen includes the following fruits and vegetables:
- Sweet corn;
- frozen sweet peas;
- honeydew melon;
- cauliflower; and,
While this list of clean fifteen items is excellent for avoiding pesticides, it should be noted that this list does not take into account genetically-modified foods (GMOs). Corn, in particular, has been subjected to substantial genetic modification, and if you want to avoid GMOs, you should still consider purchasing organic produce.
Where to find quality organic produce in Tacoma
The Pacific Northwest is an outstanding region for those looking to shop organically. Here in Tacoma, there are a number of excellent options for those seeking organic produce, even with the loss of the Tacoma Food Co-op. Here is a list of the best options for organic produce in the area:
The Tacoma Farmers Market (Seasonal)
A seasonal option, generally available from May to October (at its Broadway location), the Tacoma Farmers Markets are located throughout the city and offer organic produce at accessible prices (and offers special benefits for those shopping organic with EBT cards).
Wild Hare Organic Farm (Farmstand is seasonal; CSA is year-round)
Wild Hare Organic Farm offers organic produce from its 20-acre family farm on River Road at the produce stand it operates every year from June to October. It also offers a year-round Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, where you can purchase regular bundles of fresh vegetables straight from the farm.
Early Bird Farm (seasonal CSA)
Early Bird Farm is a newer farm located in Tacoma, providing organic produce and eggs from its Puyallup River Valley location. Along with being at local farmers markets throughout the Seattle-Tacoma corridor, the farm offers a seasonal CSA for people who wish to support local agribusiness and get fresh, organic produce.
Terra Organics (year-round food delivery)
Terra Organics is the food delivery service started by Tahoma Farms founders Dan and Kim Hulse in Enumclaw, Washington. Terra Organics offers not only organic produce, but also coffee, tea, and bakery items. Terra Organics delivers to residents in King, Pierce, and Thurston Counties.
Marlene’s Market and Deli
Marlene’s Market – located in Federal Way and Tacoma – a Pacific Northwest staple, offering not only organic groceries and health and beauty items but also a full-service organic deli.
For those new to Eastern healing, Reiki may be an unfamiliar concept. However, this form of treatment has its roots in concepts that go back millennia. This article will go over the history of Reiki and how it can help you improve your overall wellness.
The History and Science of Reiki
Reiki was “officially” developed in Japan by Japanese Buddhist monk Mikao Usui in 1922, based on his reading of earlier Buddhist texts. In truth, though, the core concepts of Reiki stem from Buddhist belief in Ki (or “Qi,” in Mandarin) that go back to the 4th Century BCE. Ki is best understood as our life force, and is critical to the practice of Japanese and Chinese traditional medicine, Yoga, Tai Chi Ch’uan (chi being an alternative spelling of Qi), and martial arts. This same concept of life energy was, in fact, part of Western thought well into the Middle Ages.
While Ki has been an accepted concept in India, China, Japan, and elsewhere, empirical science has been skeptical of the concept due to the fact that it cannot be measured. At the same time, though, while laboratory scientists denigrate Reiki, medical practitioners, particularly at oncology centers, have begun incorporating the practice into their integrative pain management programs, such as at the prestigious Johns Hopkins medical system and the Simmons Cancer Institute in Illinois (the institute is a part of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine). These medical institutions, which go beyond laboratory science to provide actual care to patients report that Reiki helps put patients into the right state for the healing process. Noted journalist Bill Moyers reported on the healing benefits of Reiki as early as 1993, in his groundbreaking documentary, Healing and the Mind, where he discussed Chinese medical treatments based on Ki and how empirical medicine was learning from these treatments.
What Moyers reported – and what our practice of Reiki shows – is that wellness goes beyond just treating a discrete illness. Reiki is about responding to imbalances in energy in the body, and providing restorative treatments through the laying on of hands. The Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota has reported that the benefits of Reiki are improved heart rates and blood pressure, and is suggested to improve issues with anxiety, pain, and depression.
What Will You Experience In Your Reiki Session
No matter why you come to Marconi Chiropractic and Wellness, you receive high quality care, tailored to your individual needs. With Reiki, when you arrive, we will discuss what brought you to the clinic, and what we can do to help. After this assessment, the process of Reiki involves healing touch, focused on those areas where you may feel imbalance or discomfort. Typically, a Reiki practitioner will treat you while you lie down on a massage table.
Unlike massage, reiki is performed fully clothed, and is not about applying deep pressure to body tissues. Some practitioners will even choose to perform reiki without direct physical contact, which people who have gone through traumatic experiences sometimes prefer. Typically, the process begins at the crown of the head, and then proceeds down to other critical nodes in the body.
Those who have gone through Reiki frequently describe feeling a warm and soothing sensation during the process. Focusing on those areas where we are out of balance has been shown to have a positive effect on how we deal with pain and anxiety and enhance our spiritual well-being.
What is the dirty dozen?
Eating healthy is often assumed to be synonymous with eating organic fruits and vegetables. However, since organic fruits and vegetables can be expensive, some people find it best to focus their purchases of organic fruits and vegetables to the “dirty dozen.” This article will explain what the dirty dozen is, and why it is so important to follow this list for those trying to maintain their optimum daily nutrition.
For those trying to eat healthily, the dirty dozen is not just a movie from the 1960s. The dirty dozen is a list of foods so contaminated by pesticides that organic, pesticide-free options are dramatically better options than non-organic options. The current dirty dozen includes the following fruits and vegetables:
- sweet bell peppers
- hot peppers (i.e., jalapeños)
The Environmental Working Group (“EWG”) is a non-profit environmental organization that focuses on the effects of chemicals in food on consumers. EWG creates its list of the twelve foods that should be organic purchases based on information from the US Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program. Based on the USDA’s list of foods with high levels of chemical contaminants, the EWG has determined that the 12 fruits and vegetables listed here are safer when grown organically than when grown with modern pesticides.
Some have been critical of the EWG dirty dozen list, arguing that the list lacks scientific methodology and that the foods on the list are not necessarily unsafe because the foods did not contain more than the threshold of pesticides estimated to cause harm. However, this raises the following questions:
- Are the current safe consumption levels accurate?
- Even if it is safe to consume a chemical at a particular rate, what happens when it is combined with the other chemicals in our system?
- Are these levels safe for all people, or are there people with other risk factors that should have lower quantities of this chemical?
The point of these questions is that the concerns regarding pesticide-related chemical contaminants could still be valid, even when the criticisms are accepted.
There are certain foods that are safer to consume when grown organically than when grown with modern pesticides and fertilizers. This list of foods – the EDC’s “Dirty Dozen” – can be criticized based on how the numbers are used, but even the criticisms fail to address the overall concerns concerning the safety of having these pesticide-derived chemicals in our food. To learn more about the Dirty Dozen and other food-related issues, check out the cooking classes listed in our event calendar.