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Weekly Health Quiz: Pesticides, Salmon and Mercury

1 Which vitamin deficiency creates symptoms mimicking serious neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's, autism and multiple sclerosis?

  • Vitamin B12

    Vitamin B12 insufficiency and deficiency increase your risk of serious health problems, many of which mimic more serious neurological diseases and can easily lead to misdiagnosis and improper treatment. Learn more.

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
  • Biotin

2 Which of the following is a true statement about salmon?

  • Farmed salmon are five times more toxic than any other food tested.

    Toxicology testing reveals farmed salmon is one of the most toxic foods in the world — more than five times more toxic than any other food tested, with eight times higher PCB levels than wild salmon. Of particular concern is ethoxyquin — a rubber stabilizer, pesticide, preservative and antioxidant all in one, and a suspected carcinogen that damages DNA. Learn more.

  • Wild salmon contains eight times higher PCB levels than farmed salmon.
  • Wild salmon contains a potentially carcinogenic chemical used in the making of tires.
  • Farmed salmon has a healthier omega-3 to omega-6 ratio.

3 While considered a great convenience for many parents, routine use of wet wipes has been linked to:

  • Increase in insulin resistance
  • Nerve damage due to chemicals absorbing through skin
  • Skin damage and food allergies

    Researchers warn the routine use of wet wipes can cause skin damage and appears to be a significant contributor to the rise in childhood food allergies. Learn more.

  • Lowered IQ

4 "Resilience" is the scientific term for your body's ability to rapidly return to normal, physically and emotionally, after a stressful event. Which daily activity has been shown to be extremely important for emotional resilience?

  • Sleep

    People who get more deep sleep have greater resilience. REM sleep buffers against emotional distress, while sleeping poorly raises your risk of experiencing a difficult event as emotionally traumatizing. Learn more.

  • Shallow, rapid breathing
  • Talk therapy
  • Grounding

5 Which of the following foods has been shown to be the most contaminated with toxic pesticides?

  • Avocados
  • Sweet corn
  • Broccoli
  • Strawberries

    Commercial strawberries are heavily contaminated with pesticides and there's no guarantee that organic strawberries are truly organic when bought at the grocery store. Learn more.

6 Which of the following is a poorly understood source of environmental pollution, including mercury pollution?

  • Conventional burials, including cremation and casket production

    Eco-friendly burials such as aquamation, also known as flameless cremation, are becoming more popular among people wishing to reduce their environmental impact at death. Cremation, while slightly better than conventional burials still result in smoke emissions that contain harmful substances. Learn more.

  • Industrial farming
  • Mining
  • Logging

7 Which of the following is one of the most pernicious reversible health threats facing mankind on a daily basis, and may be a significant yet hidden contributor to chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer?

  • Artificial super intelligence
  • Excessive electromagnetic field exposure

    Electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure has been shown to trigger a massive increase in reactive oxygen species, which is responsible for most of its deleterious effects. Learn more.

  • Poor water quality
  • Lack of grounding
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