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An organic heart

October 24th, 2012


An organic heart

Organic food has become increasingly popular these days because people are afraid of toxins from food and from artificial ways of raising animals. In Thailand, I am not sure how much attention the government gives to labeling food “organic”. Even in the US, it wasn’t until recently that the definition of organic became clear.

Organic food means food that is grown and packaged according to organic standards, meaning no pesticide, chemicals, genetic modification or radiation has been used. For animals, they have to be fed organic food as well, and no medicine or hormones can be given to them. As soon as they get sick and need medication, they will be separated from their organic peers.

However, here are some facts worth mentioning when it comes to organic food.

  • Organic food might still have pesticide, but in a much less amount. This is because pesticide is in the environment, especially in case the farm is surrounded by non-organic ones.

  • Organic food does not have better nutrition than its non-organic friend. However, there have been some reports that organic fruits and vegetables are higher in Phytochemical.

  • Fatty snacks, no matter how organic, can still be unhealthy.

  • Organic food is not necessarily dirtier.

  • Organic farming is more environment-friendly than ordinary farming. However, it produces fewer products, so the prices are higher.

  • Organic farming can never be natural, because it is still farming (It is not the same as natural!!!)

  • There are no hard and fast rules about what exactly organic farming means. The same goes with organic fishery.

A male patient of mine had been under my care since he was 30 years old. First he came to see me because he had a severe headache. At the time, I found that his blood pressure was very high — 160/100mmHg. Actually, he had known that for a long time, and his health check-up results over the past 4-5 years showed that his blood pressure was only a little lower than that.

I told him to eat right and exercise, but he didn’t buy the idea. I told him to take medication, but he refused, citing the reason that he wanted to live an “organic” life without tainting his body with chemicals. He had his health checked yearly, yet never did anything about his alarming results.

 Later, his weight kept increasing, so did his blood pressure. Along with those, his blood cholesterol level also raised to 230-240 mg/dl. Once again, I told him to watch his food and exercise, as well as take medication. At this point, dieting and exercising alone wouldn’t do the trick.

As usual, he said no to the medicine because he wanted to be organic. Soon after, his blood glucose level also rose to 110-120 mg/dl, and his

HbA1C level was about 6.8-7.0. It was the same thing over again – me telling him to take medicine and him saying no.

 Soon he was sent to the hospital because of a hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in the brain!), and parts of his brain were pressured by blood. He needed a brain surgery immediately. After the surgery, he was conscious but could not talk. He could not move his limb, torso and eyes. He had to breathe through a little hole in his throat and take food through a tube inserted in his stomach. It doesn’t sound very organic, but at that point there’s no arguing! Sad enough, we call this vegetative stage!!!

Prof Nithi Mahanonda is consultant cardiologist and interventionist, Perfect Heart Institute.


Uncertainty is certainty

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