RANT: The Dirty Dozen

If you are wondering whether or not you should buy organic produce, or feel like it’s a bit expensive, a good way to allocate your healthy food funds, is to look at the DIRTY DOZEN. This is a list of foods that have THE MOST and the most hazardous PESTICIDES and should be avoided, if possible.  The list does change from year to year, but here’s a look at this year’s list.  Scary because apples, spinach and berries are regulars at our house, and some of our kids favorites!









8. NECTARINES (imported)



11. SNAP PEAS (imported)

12. POTATOES (this means your potato chips and fries too!)

dirty dozen

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

2 thoughts on “RANT: The Dirty Dozen

  1. My husband always gets “the look” when he doesn’t buy organic apples. I let him off the hook on much else of what he picks up for us! I mean, it’s nice he shops for us! But our kids tear through apples like water! So I try hard to get those organic. Thanks for posting this!

    1. Ha! that’s funny about the look. My husband and I were at a party recently and he was grabbing me some hors d’oeuvres —he told me there was celery but he wasn’t sure if it was organic or not (which I thought was cute because he knows that’s on the dirty dozen)

      Same for our kids –they grew up on pesticide laden apples; as did I!


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