As a registered nurse working with veterans since 2013, I have cared for patients suffering from many chronic illnesses due to the chemicals in Agent Orange. In my years of experience in ICU, Cardiac Cath Lab, and Interventional Radiology, I have noticed that Agent Orange symptoms to mimic other chronic illnesses. I have cared for those needing leg amputations that are not smokers or diabetic, open-heart surgery candidates that do not have a high cholesterol or family history of cardiac disease, and even children of veterans developing Agent Orange symptoms. Many of these symptoms not presenting until decades after exposure. Then I learned that Agent Orange is an herbicide, which started my research journey.
While researching Agent Orange and herbicides, I kept noticing how many reports there were about pesticides and herbicides covering all of our food (especially produce). I then realized the correlation between the increase in chronic illnesses, and the rise of pesticide and herbicide use. With the increase of industrialized farming and reduction of family farms, I just knew there had to be a relationship. The more I researched, the more I learned that the governmental safety standards allow “possibly carcinogenic” chemicals to be applied to our foods, and the residues allowed to be within “safe” levels. There is actually a number of studies done that research the chronic illnesses caused by pesticide exposure, some within the levels determined to be “safe.”
As a nurse, I feel that it is my responsibility to educate others on how to prevent chronic diseases. It pains me to hear people talking about how healthy their food choices are, but all I can think about is all the pesticides they are eating and the damage they are actually causing. But don’t just take my word for it, I provide evidence based proof in my posts backed by real scientific experimental data!
As a farm mom, I have taken an interest in homesteading. With my own experimentation in growing my own food, I share my successful and unsuccessful ways to eliminate pesticides and herbicides from my family’s diet. Follow my blog for helpful tips on how to take your future health into your own hands, and make one small change at a time to eliminate toxic chemicals from your life too!