Does Organic Matter?

Does Organic Matter?

In Article, Health & Wellness by Tree House Recovery

Organic food isn’t a new age trend, though the wide availability of organic options is relatively new to the last ten years or so. The award winning documentary Food, Inc. blew the lid off of GMO food, food products with a plethora of genetically modified organisms and brought the debate of organics to a mainstream level. However, small chain and independent health food stores have been carrying “organic” produce as a specialty for decades, since the idea of foods being “organic” had to become a speciality. The food of today is not the food of our ancestors or even relatively close distant relatives. Today, food can be genetically engineered, ingredients are chemical and processed, and the very seeds which get planted into the ground to grow our produce are a product of science, then treated with harsh chemical products- like Round Up brand weed killers.

We’re told to eat a well-rounded, nutritionally beneficial diet, get lots of fruits and veggies, as well as eat healthy proteins. For decades, we’ve consumed whole-food produce, but over time, we’ve introduced a number of canned, boxed, and inside of those packages, processed foods, which typically contain all, if not most, genetically modified ingredients. Though the debate on whether or not GMOs actually contribute to illness and disease like cancer continues to wage on, the argument as to whether or not eating as organically as possible really matters continues to find new ground. A most recent study finding evidence that eating organic does matter comes from France, covering almost 70,000 people.

Published in JAMA, the new study is drawing widespread attention as one of the few large-scale studies ever conducted on the direct relationship between health and organic foods, explains Big Think. For the study, mostly female participants were followed over five years time. After the five year mark, “adults who ate organic food were 25% less likely to have developed certain forms of cancer than ‘conventional’ eaters. More specifically, study participants who ate organic foods were 73% less likely to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and 21% less likely to develop postmenopausal breast cancer.” It is important to note that the study does not provide causation, meaning that organic foods, specifically, do not necessarily cause a reduction in cancer. However, what the study does assert is that eating a diet which is predominantly organic foods based can very possibly help create a reduction in cancer risk.

Men in recovery learn that their body functions as a result of what the body is fed. At Tree House Recovery in Portland, Oregon, men participate in a rigorous exercise and dietary regimen, learning to treat, nourish, and train their bodies like the machines they are capable of being. Machines can’t operate on substances which aren’t meant for them. For example, a man wouldn’t pour Mountain Dew into his car’s oil tank and still expect it to run properly. Organic diet is one of the many ways men learn how to make proactively healthy choices for their recovery.

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