Peaches and Pesticides- Eating Local Not Always Healthier
It’s been a week since I last posted anything. My 40th birthday was absolutely amazing and I had so many fun things to write about. I posted about Julia Child. I posted about the awesome gift my husband got for me. And my last upload was a picture of my youngest eating a peach at a local farm. The post titled “Just Peachy Birthday Adventure” is the reason I have not posted.
I bought a whole case of peaches to can (preserving, my latest obsession!) It turns out I’m not feeling so peachy after-all!
The day after we went to a local Bucks County farm to buy peaches, my 6 year old son started to “tic’ again. Let me mention that he has not had any issues since last spring when he went on Singulair (READ ABOUT THAT HERE). This time he was blinking his eyes and rolling them constantly. He also wasn’t able to focus. He was sort of out of it. He wasn’t on any medicines and nothing had really changed around here. I racked my brain on what could have triggered this. Yes, two weeks before school starts and my perfectly healthy sweet boy starts having crazy weird symptoms. My heart was breaking in a million pieces.
I also had to take my 3 year old into the Dr. for a gooey eye Friday worried she may have pink eye. The Dr. gave us some drops just in case it was, but said it could have been some sort of virus. She was a little congested and was saying “my neck hurts!” I mentioned to the nurse while I was at the Pediatrician that I noticed my son starting to blink and do weird eye things and she said allergies or rag weed could trigger tics and he may just be prone to them. She said to just keep an eye on him. On Saturday night, we were at our neighbor’s for dinner. His tics were so bad wet came home early.
Sunday morning he wet the bed (which he hasn’t done in ages!) I called our Dr. I was so worried and she actually came in on a Sunday (because she is AWESOME like that!) She tested both my son and my youngest for Strep. The Strep test was done because there was some concern that he may have had PANDAS in the spring. Well, the Strep test was negative for both and thankfully because PANDAS is not an easy thing to deal with from what I hear.
On Monday, we went to Lab Corp with our RX for some bloodwork- CBC, ASO and checked Vit D levels. I held my boy on my lap while he screamed. I tried to amuse him with angry birds on my iPhone (didn’t work!) and just talked to him about which Ninjago guy he was going to pick out for being so brave. Then, we went home.
After racking my brain about where and what we were doing before Cole’s tics started, I kept thinking of peaches. Maybe he is allergic to peaches? Then, I proceeded after a tiring morning to can those stinking peaches. I had to jar them- they were starting to get fuzzy and rot! I grudgingly canned 6 jars of peaches. I peeled them, pitted them, sliced them, made the syrup, popped them in the jars and and put them in the pot of water for 30 minutes. All the jars sealed except one that bent funny and weird. It was misery canning them because I was secretly hating the peaches. I didn’t know why, but I hated them. And in the back of my head the whole time I’m canning I’m thinking, “is it the peaches?” “They are on the dirty dozen list!”
Ah Hah- maybe those peaches were sprayed with pesticides! I was then up Monday night until 3:00 am researching pesticides.
Here were my Google searches:
Farms in Bucks County Organic?
____ Farm Pesticide Use
Does ____Farm spray with pesticides?
Bucks County Farms- Pesticide Use
Can Pesticides cause tics in kids
Pesticides and peaches
Side Effects from Pesticides
Organic Farms Bucks County, Pa
Neurologic side effects from pesticides
I found nothing on ____ saying they were organic. I looked at a lot of research on pesticide poisoning and read a lot about Organophosphates. One study in particular looked at a rural farm town where kids were regularly exposed to pesticides. Their IQs were lower and they had a higher rate of ADHD. Other research I found online linked pesticides to tics and neurologic complications.
AND I now have 6 cans of peaches I don’t want to eat and I hate to waste food. They are skinned and processed and they will probably be okay for my husband and I to eat? Right? I won’t allow my kids to have them for sure. I feel an organic food obsession coming on.
Would you eat the peaches I canned? What would you do with them?
Kristie Finnan is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, Freelance Writer and Published Children's Author. She is the Mom of 3 and Food Snob with a passion for Nutrition Education, Healthy Kids Foods, Marketing and Social Media. Kristie is the Creative Director/Editor for www.DivaDietitian.com and www.KidsLoveFood.com & Founder of www.DoylestownNutrition.com. Diva Dietitian blogs in Full Disclosure. Please see: http://divadietitian.com/about/disclosure.