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First News Winter 2005

Health Wise: Trinidad
"Let Your Food Be Your Medicine" - Hippocrates
 

   Organic farming is one of the fastest growing areas of the agriculture industry. The term “organic” applies to foods grown without chemicals or pesticides, thereby limiting one's exposure to toxic residues. According to a 2001 report by Pesticide Action Network North America & Commonwealth, the average consumer encounters roughly 70 chemicals in their diets. A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control established that many of these chemicals are known to disrupt hormone production, as well as affect the central nervous and immune systems.


Seated; Dr. Eric Clark, D.C., Lindsey & Tamsin Clark
Standing; Elizabeth Polasek, M.A., L.P.C. and Dr. Angela Bumstead, D.C.

   For years now, a growing number of consumers are choosing organic foods which have been shown to be richer in nutritional value. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Good Chemistry, studies reveal that some organic foods contain up to 60% more flavonoids than conventionally grown foods. Flavonoids are a type of antioxidant which contain substances that prevent oxidation of human cells. Research suggests that oxidation can be one factor in cancer; however, fruits, vegetables, tea and wine are rich in flavonoids.

   Can anything be done with conventional foods to decrease chemicals in your diet? Washing and rinsing help reduce some pesticide residues; however, they do not eliminate them. Peeling the skin also helps, but valuable nutrients are lost in the thrown-away skin. Trinidad Chiropractor Eric Clark believes eating organic enhances optimal health. “Putting chemicals into your body is like inviting an invasion in to your most precious space.” Chiropractor Angela Bumstead agrees, “The growth hormones and antibiotics given to animals also have an adverse effect. I choose organic meats, milk and produce whenever I can.” Likewise, Trinidad resident, Elizabeth Polasek, M.A., L.P.C., a type 1 diabetic for 27 years, believes her healthy diet has greatly contributed towards her optimal health and has helped control her diabetes for the past 20 years. She now teaches workshops related to diabetes and is a mental health counselor. Elizabeth can be reached at eliz@jondron.com  or (719)680-1441.

   Buying local organic food contributes to the demand for more organic products in your area, thus to overall health. Also, find your organic eating community and do group buying when one person travels to the market.

Lately, area stores have responded to the growing demand for organic foods but prices vary greatly, and it’s always best to buy in bulk.
Trinidad

Safeway has organic produce, chemical-free meats, organic frozen foods, soy milk and natural grain-fed chicken eggs.

Natural Food Store at 316 Prospect carries organic vegetables, fruits and bulk products. Call (719) 846-7577.

Walsenburg

Mountain Harmony Natural Foods at 321 W. 7th carries a good selection of fruits, vegetables, dairy products and dry goods such as pasta and beans at good prices. Call (719) 738-2436.

Raton

Super Save Discount Foods at 1265 S. 2nd St., carries a selection of organic foods. Call (505) 445-2331

other area retailers

Love-R-Health Foods at 220 W. 3rd in La Junta stocks organic canned and dry goods. Call (719) 384-2332.

Valley Food Co-op at 3211 Main in Alamosa stocks organic produce and dry goods. Call (719) 589-5727.

Vitamin Cottage at 101 W. 29th in Pueblo has a wide selection and good prices. Call (719) 542-2411.

 

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