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Dr. Oz: Antibiotic and pesticide dangers, and organic diet for weight loss

Dr. Oz: Pesticide and GMO dangers, link between antibiotics and weight gain
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Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed the dangers of pesticides and examined the link between antibiotics and weight gain on the June 25 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

Dr. Oz said the use of pesticides has skyrocketed during the past few years, and said these dangerous chemicals could damage your health.

Dr. Oz's guest was consumer reporter Elisabeth Leamy, author of Save Big: Cut Your Top 5 Costs. Leamy said consuming trace amounts of pesticides won't harm you, but cumulatively, the effects over time could make you sick.

Pesticides Linked to ADHD, Birth Defects and Cancer

Children who are exposed to pesticides are at a higher risk for developmental delays and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), said pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene, author of Feeding Baby Green. Pesticides have also been linked to birth defects, miscarriage, metabolic distress and cancer.

Sadly, the use of pesticides has soared since the introduction of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) into our food crops, said Dr. Michael Hansen of Consumer Reports. This is because weeds became resistant to the original pesticides used in farming, so heavier spraying is required on GMOs, which are scientifically engineered foods.

Today, GMOs are used in about 80 percent of all processed foods found on grocery store shelves, which means there's a good chance you're unknowingly consuming pesticides every day. Dr. Oz said reduce your health exposure by 94 percent by eating organic foods.

Antibiotics Cause Weight Gain and Cancer: Organic Diet Aids Weight Loss

On a separate segment, Dr. Oz discussed the link between antibiotic use and weight gain. Dr. Oz's guest was Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a board-certified family physician.

Dr. Fuhrman said antibiotic are overused, weaken your immune system and make you fat. Fuhrman said the overuse of antibiotics have also been linked to breast cancer.

Fuhrman, author of the bestselling weight-loss book, Eat to Live, said the best way to fight infections and diseases is not with drugs, but by strengthening your immune system with a healthy diet rich in leafy green organic vegetables.