Organic food saves bowel bacteria

There is growing evidence for the benefit of organic food, according to a previously sceptical doctor who says many agricultural pesticides are lethal to good bacteria in the bowel. ‘Scientists have always said eating organic food is senseless and makes no difference as pesticides don’t harm humans,’ says Dr Mark Donohoe, a Sydney GP with a special interest in environmental medicine. ‘However, the pesticides kill certain species of gut bacteria, not us.’ This causes an imbalance that contributes to obesity and poor general health, says Dr Donohoe, who is speaking at an AustralAsian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine Conference in Melbourne on August 24. ‘This thinking is becoming mainstream, particularly among gastroenterologists.
Sky News (23 August)

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