Alternative Medicine

Potato Truths

Most everyone likes potatoes.

There are many reasons for this. Potatoes are versatile – you can make them in many ways. They fill you up. They are a source of quick energy.

Of course there are also well-known downsides to them. Most notably, they tend to spike blood sugar.

But there are other, less well-known problems with some potatoes. Which ones? Those that aren’t organic. Even if you don’t make a point of eating all organic, this is one area you should pay attention to.

So why are non-organic potatoes a problem? It comes down to how they are produced.

First of all, most conventional potatoes are slathered with chemicals to prevent the from growing “eyes”. The eye of the potato is how it reproduces. The advantage for the farmer is much longer shelf life. But the result is that they are, in essence, sterile.

You might not think this is a big deal. But you should know that the chemicals they use to do this are very, very toxic.

There are two chemicals used. If you’re curious, these are maleic hydrazide and chlorpropham. Both of these interfere with cell division of plants.

I don’t know about you, but eating something that might have residue of cell blocking chemicals doesn’t sound like a very good idea to me. And there is some evidence that they interfere with mitosis in human lymphocytes. These are part of your immune system. Not good to interfere with these.

Of course you could wash and/or peel your potatoes. That might help with the second chemical because it is sprayed on. But the maleic hydrazide is sprayed on the soil when the potatoes are growing. That means it becomes part of the potato. You can’t wash that off. Also, it isn’t reduced by cooking.

And remember that if you eat potatoes in a restaurant or fast food place, you are almost certainly eating conventional potatoes. That means you are almost certainly getting maleic hydrazide when you eat them.

Which leaves you with the only real option, namely only eating organic potatoes.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger