Vitamin C and ADHD

This article is excerpted from the highly acclaimed Book by Jon Bennett.

This book is available Here

While growing up, your mom probably told you to eat your vegetables – she knew from experience that fresh food is the best way to keep kids healthy, focused, and well-behaved. In the past eating healthy food was the norm, but these days, even with all the talk about the importance of nutrition and a good diet, people continue to make junk food the priority.

The result? Our kids are gaining weight and getting sick. Problems like ADD and ADHD are on the rise, and classrooms have become nothing more than holding pins for drugged up children, surviving each day in a stupor when they should be learning, having fun, and enjoying life as a regular kid!

There’s got to be a better way – and there is. Nutritional supplementation has been proven to work wonders transforming children who experience the symptoms of ADD-ADHD into vibrant, focused, intelligent kids that are a joy to be around.

Vitamin C – a Miracle of Nature?

Vitamin C has been linked in many studies to improvements in children with ADD-ADHD. But what exactly does vitamin C do for your body?

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that keeps your body healthy and prevents cell damage. It neutralizes toxins in your body (called free radicals) that accumulate naturally and from the environment around you.

Vitamin C can actually help speed up the healing process, keeps gums, teeth, and bones healthy, contributes to strong blood vessels, and absorbs iron from the food we eat. It aids in the synthesis of collagen, which is the basis of all the connective tissue in your body.

Generally, it keeps your body and brain in good working order and has been shown to contribute to the proper functioning of many facets of the human body. Our bodies cannot produce Vitamin C like most creatures on the planet, so we have to eat food rich in this vitamin every day to stay in good health.

Vitamin C Deficiency

A deficiency in Vitamin C causes a condition called scurvy. Because vitamin C works to produce collagen in the body (literally the stuff that keeps your body in one piece), a deficiency leads to the deterioration of blood vessels causing hemorrhage, bleeding gums, bruising, loose teeth, and weak bones. Problems involving the tendons, ligaments, skin, bone, teeth, cartilage, heart valves, intervertebral discs, cornea, and eye lens may also occur.

A vitamin C deficiency causes your body to stop functioning the way it should, and can also cause behavioral problems in people who are malnourished and lacking this essential nutrient.

The Startling Link Between Vitamin C and ADD-ADHD

So how does all this relate to the treatment of ADD-ADHD? Because so many children lack adequate amounts of vitamin C in their bodies, it has been suggested that vitamin C may be an effective natural treatment for the symptoms of ADD-ADHD.

At the very least, proper nutrition has a lot to do with finding a solution to the problem.

A study published in the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids in January 2006 looked at 30 children with ADHD and 30 healthy children. Each group had to consume 200 mg of ALA and 25 mg of vitamin C two times a day for 3 months. It was found that all ADHD measures improved significantly after the study period.

In addition, there were no side effects!

According to a study done by Karen L. Harding, PhD and Harvard Medical School fellow, Richard D. Judah, PhD, and Charles E. Gant, MD, PhD published in the Alternative Medicine Review (Volume 8, Number 3, 2003), nutritional supplements proved just as effective in treating the symptoms of ADD-ADHD as Ritalin.

This is amazing work that supports the idea that natural remedies for ADD-ADHD do exist – even if no one is telling you about them.

Clearly, daily supplementation of vitamin C along with other vital nutrients and fatty acids has proven to be beneficial to children suffering from ADD-ADHD. There are natural ways to combat the problem so your kids can be focused and calm, leading to better concentration in school and improved behavior at home.


Supplementation with flax oil and vitamin C improves the outcome of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Joshi K, Lad S, Kale M, Patwardhan B, Mahadik SP, Patni B, Chaudhary A, Bhave S, Pandit A. Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids. 2006 Jan; 74(1):17-21. Epub 2005 Nov 28.

Outcome-Based Comparison of Ritalin® versus Food-Supplement Treated Children with AD/HD. Karen L. Harding, PhD, Richard D. Judah, PhD, and Charles E. Gant, MD, PhD. Alternative Medicine Review (Volume 8, Number 3, 2003).

Calcium, the secret to calm

This article is excerpted from the highly acclaimed Book by Jon Bennett.

This book is available Here

Calcium comprises of almost 1.6% of the human body weight. It acts as the human glue that binds the whole body together. Compared to other ions, the calcium ion has the ability to hold on to a single water molecule along with 7 other molecules.

Calcium ion has the right size thus giving them the ability to easily move through human body cells. In the process, the calcium ions take a series of nutrients inside the cells and leave to get more nutrients.

However, according to many scientists, the human body starts exhausting its calcium reserves. Only compounds of mono-ortho-calcium phosphate act as a chemical buffer for the blood and maintain the alkaline level in the blood. Devoid of these compounds there could be high possibilities of the human body giving in to the depletion, thus resulting in instant death.

Therefore, to make sure the body is supplied with sufficient calcium from time to time everyone is expected to consume a specific proportion of calcium. If not, the body would start drawing calcium from the bones and teeth which have 98% and 1% deposits of calcium respectively.

Calcium Deficiency and You

Calcium is an essential nutrient. Over 80 studies demonstrate that the more calcium we consume the more stable and low our blood pressure would be. However, in certain cases, if there is a deficiency of calcium in children, it could induce ADD/ADHD behavior. First signs of calcium deficiency include cramps, irregular stomach movements, painful joints and tingling in the legs and arms. Children suffering from calcium deficiency exhibit, inattentiveness, anger, sleep disturbances and irritability.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD as it’s commonly known as is a common behavioral disorder noticed among children in their preschool years (2 yr old kids). The child doesn’t eat particular type or any type of food and is cranky about his/her eating habits. Moreover, these behavioral disorders might harm the child and give arise to more complexities in the long run.

Furthermore, this self-restricted diet also means the child is deprived of the essential nutrients necessary for growth. Over time, reduction of essential minerals like calcium, zinc, magnesium etc gives rise to lower bone density and smaller stature.

A persistent condition of calcium deficiency could lead to a larger negative impact on the health of the child.

Add Calcium to your diet to combat ADD-ADHD…

Children who are sensitive to dairy food products should daily ingest calcium supplementations in liquid, chewable, or capsule form. Calcium supplementation is a must for children and adults involved in sports activities.

Magnesium and calcium deficiencies are common reason for cases of ADHD/ADD among children of all ages. Natural heath-care practitioners very often advise magnesium and calcium supplementation for repressing hyperactivity, as both minerals have a soothing effect on the human body. Reinforcing this practice, a Polish study states that depleted rates calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron and copper levels were the main cause of hyperactivity among children in the 4-13 yr age group in comparison to a health control group. Many other studies have also backed up this study. After administering calcium or magnesium supplements, children had a sound sleep and did not show any signs of sleepiness during the day.

A study by Thiel, Ph.D. (ANMA Monitor 1997:1(9): 5-8) of children and adults suffering from A.D.D. showed that 52% needed calcium, while the rest needed GABA, flax oil and/or B6.

Calcium helps in keeping the nerves active and normal coagulation of blood. Everyone is expected to consume considerable amount of calcium to thwart negative effects of overreactions to stress and prolonged periods of trauma.

According Dr. Robert Barefoots, renowned calcium expert and inventor of Coral Calcium endorses the use of calcium supplements for combating ADHD. According to certain studies healthy people have alkaline body fluids while sick individuals have acidic fluids that are (below normal pH).

Although many people have alkaline, healthy body fluids while they are young, it starts degenerating as they reach their thirties. Low minerals like calcium and magnesium causes our bodies to turn increasingly acidic.

Calcium Consumption

Calcium is absorbed in the body through food items than through calcium supplements. Both young and old are expected to consume no less than 3 calcium rich food products everyday. This can include non-fat or low-fat yogurt, low-fat ice cream, low-fat cottage cheese, low-fat cheese calcium-fortified grapefruit or orange juice, and skim milk.

However, even though many people are consuming calcium, they aren’t getting the amount of calcium needed for keeping the body going. Hence, people who are not able to consume at least 3 calcium-rich food items should consider ingesting calcium supplements.

People should ingest 500 mg calcium supplements every day and the left over 500mg to 700mg should be consumed through food items.

Calcium supplements come in different forms, like calcium citrate and calcium carbonate. According to recent studies, calcium citrate is much more superior compared to calcium carbonate, as the body can absorb it more easily.

As per common belief to benefit from the calcium supplements, both kids and elders are suggested to ingest calcium supplements along with a glass of orange juice.

Our recommended source of calcium = Cal/Mag – Read More Here

How to Eliminate ADD ADHD Naturally


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In this post you will find the following resources that I help will help you and/or your family.

1.  My very popular Video “How to Start Your Day Right” technique

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Does Caffeine Really Effect ADHD?


Is Caffeine Affecting attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

There’s hardly a person out there who hasn’t used caffeine, and who from time to time, has had too much of it. The outcome? Many times people indicate experiencing jitters, hyperactivity, and anxiety if they have used too much. That is because caffeine performs exactly as an amphetamine!
For people who intake to high a quantity, they report the results of being attentive and energized.
So if caffeine can act just like an amphetamine, can it be taken to treat ADHD symptoms?
The answers are mixed.
A series of studies have been executed to solve this mystery and the results are not clear in one direction or the other. Many trials contend that the consuming of caffeine caused ADDers to be less agressive, less impulsive, more focused, and results in improved motor skills. When teachers and parents were asked, they thought caffeine was equally as powerful as taking Ritalin.
Still other studies have proven that the combination of Ritalin and caffeine gave the best benefit.
So, you might be thinking these results don’t seem all that bad. But think of this. No person responds to caffeine in the precise way as the next person. You can’t predict who may benefit and who may be harmed by giving caffeine.
In truth, many scientists tabulate the results of attention deficit children on tests that analyze overactivity and focus. As this tally is averaged, it makes the overall positives look void or minimal.
Unfortunately, it does not take into account the children who are drastically effected.
The quantity of caffeine digested when you have attention hyperactivity disorder will make a change in how you respond, and it appears that the more you consume, the worse you react!
Let us also keep in mind that the quantity of caffeine you intake is also related to lack of sleep and caffeine addiction!
This cannot be a positive thing!
A low dose of caffeine is thought to be about 158-160 milligrams. Look at the following list and see how quickly you can reach that level.
*Coke has 23 mgs. in 8 ounces

  • Diet Coke has 31 mgs. in 8 ounces
  • Brewed tea has 20-35 mgs. as instant tea products on average have 10-30 mgs. in 8 ounces
  • Chocolate milk has 5 mgs in 8 ounces
  • Semi-sweet chocolate (think chocolate chip cookies) has 5-35 mgs. in 1 ounce

If you are a normal adult, you probably drink several caffeinated beverages a day, so it doesn’t take long before you have overdone it. For children that threshold is even lower.
No one is saying you must give caffeine up. But if your child or you suffer from attention deficit, you should not be ignorant of the fact that caffeine could have dramatic effects on your focus.
Just because you think it really limits the negative behaviors, and increases focus, the correct amount of how much caffeine is the correct amount will vary from time to time.
So don’t let yourself be fooled into thinking caffeine is a safe alternative to treat ADHD symptoms.

The Consensus Crumbles: Yet another Study Confirms the Link between ADD/ADHD and Environmental Factors

If you believe the line that was so carefully crafted by the drug industry, which can obviously recognize a good cash cow when they see one, there is really only one explanation for ADHD. This is that there is something inherently wrong with in the brain of a person diagnosed with the condition. The only way, according to them, that this can be put right is through the administration of powerful psycho stimulant medication. It just so happens that they stand ready to provide this medication at exorbitant prices! The creation of this consensus and the recruitment of teachers and medical professionals to perpetuate it was a very lucrative move by the drugs companies.
The problem is, however, that this way of looking at ADHD is positively dangerous for our children. The almost automatic prescription of medicine messes with their brains in profound ways that can negatively impact them for the rest of their lives. It also leads to powerful side-effects and the creation of underground prescription drug trading networks at schools and colleges up-and-down our nation. Any development that challenges the reigning consensus by pointing to social factors as contributing to ADHD diagnoses should therefore be welcomed. Simply put if we can point to causes that are not purely biomedical it would be logical to also propose treatment methods that do not simply rely on drugs.
Over the past few years research pointing to social factors as a major contributing cause to ADHD increased from a trickle to something resembling a deluge. There is therefore a growing understanding that ADHD is a complex condition that cannot simply be addressed by drugging people into submission. One of the most exciting studies in this regard was published in the past week. It is significant because the number of children included in the study is massive. More than 8000 in fact!
The study was conducted by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm (Sweden) and was published in the latest issue of Acta Paediatrica. Researchers sifted through data on 1.16 million school children and examined the health histories of nearly 8,000 Swedish-born kids, aged six to 19, who had taken ADHD medication. They did this through examining almost every scrap of information that they could find on the medical and behavioral history of these children from a variety of sources. A detailed investigation was also launched into the family background of these children.
They found that the following factors, among others, correlated positively with a high incidence of ADHD:

  • The educational level of parents – Children of parents with a better education were less likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.
  • The makeup of households – Children from single-parent households were more likely to receive a positive ADHD diagnosis
  • The welfare status of families – Children from families on welfare benefits had much higher diagnosis rates.

Lead Researcher Anders Hein summarized the implications of these findings as follows: “Almost half of the cases could be explained by the socioeconomic factors included in our analysis, clearly demonstrating that these are potent predictors of ADHD-medication in Swedish school children.” The implication of this is that in about half of all Swedish ADHD cases you could predict that a diagnosis would be made simply by looking at the social and economic background of the child. This would not be the case if ADHD was a purely biomedical phenomenon, since it would then presumably affect children across the board, regardless of social factors. What seems to happen is that ‘normal’ behavioral problems associated with certain social factors gets ‘medicalized’ and then treated with drugs. It also seems to be the case that people in the named demographics are less able and/or willing to resist the almost unrelenting pressure to go down this route.
A much better approach would be if these social factors could be recognized and their behavioral consequences be dealt with in non-medical ways. This is exactly the approach that I have been advocating all along and that is at the heart of the ‘3 Steps ADD’ philosophy. My message is essentially one of hope. Yes there are some environmental factors that will make behavioral problems more likely to occur. This does not mean, however, that you have to give in to the strong arm tactics of those who want to push you towards very radical and potentially harmful ‘solutions’. You can instead identify the factors and deal with them in positive and constructive ways. It is my passion to help you to do exactly this. Thank you for turning your back on the lies and joining me on this exciting journey!

Liquid Vitamins Information and Member Discount

This is My personal experience with the “absorbable” “liquid vitamins”
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Simply put. The vitamins were created for healthy living only, nothing more and nothing less.
Another disclaimer. I am a registered “distributor” with the company. If you decide to buy these vitamins through me, I will make a small profit.
If this bothers you PLEASE simply order through someone else.
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We are always trying new products to find the “best” in order to live healthier lives. (and I am always open to suggestions)
I am making this page due to the insane amount of emails and request for this information.
The information on this page is my personal experience and the experience of thousands of other people world-wide.

The Secret to these “liquid vitamins” is ABSORPTION

As many of you have read in my Book, “3 Steps To Conquering ADD” , a key factor in conquering ADHD is to give your body the building blocks it needs to restore balance to your brain.
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As described in my book…

Once you give your body the proper nutritional building blocks it needs, and your brain chemistry is restored back to “normal”,

…your ADD symptoms will go away.
Whether its these vitamins or an alternative vitamin. This is a part of what you MUST do to conquer ADD naturally.

My experience with “other” store-bought “pill” vitamins…

Research show that most vitamins are only 20% absorbed.
The vitamin needs to be completely absorbed into the body in order top make any difference in your actual health.
Most vitamins end up in the toilet wasted because they pass right through due to in-absorbability.
This is where I feel the Biometics “liquid vitamins” are superior.
Biometics uses only the highest grade of nutraceutical vitamins and then breaks them down into “mi-cells” (really tiny molecules).
This patented process makes the vitamins completely absorbable to your body.
The Biometics vitamins are 100% water soluble.
This is important because it make them SAFE.
No worry of “over-dosing” because your body uses what it needs and passes on the rest.

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Fat (Oil) Soluble Vitamins – The Importance of Micellization

Why Biometics?

Vitamin OVER-DOSE is a REAL concern!

Yes… you can “over-dose” on store bought vitamins….
the fat soluble vitamins like “A” and “E” should be taken very carefully when taking store bought vitamins because you can start to have “vitamin build-up”
…and actually have some pretty nasty effects…
You don’t have to worry about this with Biometics!

Why you should take these Vitamins.

Biometics is a direct marketing company. This means you cannot buy their products in stores.
You must purchase from an independent distributor.
I know this is kind of weird, and quite frankly this is a “turn-off” for me and many others.
Trust me, I had my skepticism just like you are having right now.
There is a really good reason for NOT offering these hi-tech vitamins in stores…
Biometics products are not “simple”.
Its not like popping a pill.
There are 3 different bottles that are mixed together… etc.
It would be difficult to sell this on shelves, people would not know how to properly take them…. and then people would not see the positive results.
Its like have a car, but not knowing how to turn it on.
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Here is what I take…
Biometics has a large product line, but I am only
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I recommend the the “Deluxe Nutritional Energy Program” (NE6)
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Again, these products were NOT designed for ADD/ADHD but we have found that the combination of the vitamins, especially the “mi-cellized” B vitamins make a huge difference in focus and concentration as well as brain function.
Cal-Mag helps you get to sleep faster and into the deep realm of sleep which is needed for daily routines.
Calcium and Magnesium has been proven effective for ADD ADHD in numerous scientific studies.
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ADD/ADHD in the Classroom: Intervention #1 – Move it! (Part 4)

If you have been following this website you will be aware that the focus over the past weeks was firmly placed on ways in which the constant desire to move about among children dealing with hyperactivity can be accommodated in the classroom. Implementing these strategies is obviously very important if we want to serve the educational needs of these children. A great ‘side effect’ of this will be that not only the children dealing with ADD/ADHD will benefit. I am convinced that the things that I have shared are based upon solid educational principles and they therefore have the potential to influence and improve education across the board. We need not stop at accommodation however, there’s more! I am convinced that life in your classroom can be improved even more if you do not stop with accommodation but move beyond that to reduction. By that I mean the facing of the problem of hyperactivity in order to achieve the goal of lessening the need among affected children to be constantly on the move, especially within the context of the classroom.
By focusing on reduction as a strategy I do not mean that we will be able to completely ‘cure’ ADD/ADHD in the classroom. What we will be able to do, however, is to create an environment in which the hyperactive component of the condition can be faced head-on and reduced significantly. This is not an unattainable goal. Simply doing some work to understand the nature of hyperactivity and then applying what you are learning to your teaching can make a massive difference.
I have already analyzed some of the elements and consequences of hyperactivity in an educational setting but allow me to once again stress an important point. When we discuss hyperactivity the pertinent issue is not only the constant urge to move. This can be successfully accommodated (as we have seen over the past few weeks). We need to move beyond the obvious symptom (movement) to looking ‘under the hood’ by asking the question: What is causing this? And here is the point that I want to stress: Your greatest enemy in the area of hyperactivity is something that you can’t see namely the inability to focus. The constant movement (that you can see) is therefore indicative of a much larger issue. Any strategy to deal with hyperactivity should therefore have ways to reduce this lack of concentration and focus at its core.
Here are some elements of a hyperactivity reduction strategy that I believe to be important and that I will be discussing over the next few weeks:
Intentional Curriculum Development and Lesson Planning: If you are aware that there will be kids in your class that really struggle to focus and concentrate it will make perfect sense to organize teaching and learning in such a way that it will address them where they are. Teaching plans should clearly focus on different ways in which children can be drawn in and focused on the subject at hand. Recognizing this need and working hard to meet it is half the battle!
Emphasis on Relational Learning: We need to recognize that there are many different ways in which people learn. Attempting ‘cookie cutter’ methods, hoping that it will meet all the needs, is therefore simply not going to cut it. It seems that relational learning (e.g. through mentoring, small groups, counseling etc.) is an important learning style where hyperactivity is concerned. Many teachers shy away from these methods since it is regarded as very hard to implement. I plan to show you some ways in which this perceived difficulty can be addressed for the benefit of all.
Creative use of media: I do not need to tell you that we live in a media saturated society. Many teachers perceive this to be a massive part of the problem in contributing to a shortening of attention spans and there is no denying that this is indeed true in many instances. We should not, however, fall for the trap of believing that media should only be viewed as a negative. I will profile some media resources that are very much part of the solution! Becoming familiar with these resources and competent in using them can move your teaching of hyperactive children to a whole new level.

Individual attention and interaction:
As a teacher you are in the best position possible to have a profound influence on the lives of young people, which is probably one of the main reasons why you to into the profession anyway. Recapturing this sense of calling and applying it in a compassionate and professional way on the lives of individual children will have a powerful impact on your relationship with them and on their journey of learning. Stay tuned for some ways in which this goal can be achieved.
The points above should be seen as the ‘roadmap’ for our discussion on the reduction of hyperactivity. I want to emphasize that this is an absolutely attainable goal. Please check back next week for some pointers on how to work towards it.

Pesticides and ADHD

A central part of the strategy that I propose in my bestselling book ‘3 Steps to Conquering ADD-ADHD’ is the active avoidance of substances that are harmful (summarized in the book as Avoid the Bad). You may be surprised to learn that I sometimes include fruit and vegetables in this category. “How can this be?” I hear you ask. Well, it is often the case that fresh produce have been treated with so many types of chemicals, pesticides and insecticides that by the time it reaches our tables it is positively dangerous for us. My advice has therefore consistently been that you should take great care in selecting fruit and vegetables in order to make sure that you source products that will indeed be good for you.
Claims about the potential harmful effects of pesticides have consistently been denied by the chemical industry. Their standard response, up to the present, is that studies that identified negative outcomes due to exposure to pesticides dealt almost exclusively with subjects that had exposure way above what could be considered normal or safe levels (e.g. farm workers, fruit packers etc). A groundbreaking new piece of research is showing up this claim for what it actually is: a public relations exercise.
The study (jointly conducted by School of Public Health at Harvard University and the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Montréal) took a very broad-based approach in testing its hypothesis about the harmful effects of pesticides. It did this by analyzing the urine samples of 1,139 children in order to determine the levels of pesticide byproducts. These levels were then cross referenced with the incidence of ADHD among the children.  Results were nothing short of astounding. Children with high levels of pesticide byproducts in their bloodstreams were, on average, more than twice as likely to have been diagnosed with ADHD.
It is not difficult to work out why this would be the case. Most pesticides rely on organophosphates as its core ingredient. Organophosphates work by attacking the nervous system of the pests that are targeted by pesticide products. It is therefore quite logical that organophosphates that somehow make it into the bloodstream will have a similar disruptive effect on our nervous systems. Dr. Maryse Bouchard (lead author of a study on this research that recently appeared in the Journal Pediatrics) says: “Organophosphates are designed to have a toxic effect on the nervous system. That’s how they kill pests…so it seems plausible that exposure to organophosphates could be associated with ADHD-like symptoms.”
So how can we protect ourselves and our children from exposure to dangerous organophosphates? Here are some basic suggestions:
Go organic: Eating organic alternatives is perhaps the best possible way to avoid pesticides and additives. I do realize that organic foods are often more expensive and that organic alternatives are not always available locally, but I also maintain that in some cases the extra cost and effort would be more than justified.
Buy local as far as possible: Both the United States and Canada have strong policies in place that restrict the use of organophosphates in food production. This does not mean that no pesticides are used just that its use has to be restricted to what is believed to be safe levels (it is for this reason that I recommend organic as the best option for totally eliminating the dangers of pesticide use). The problem is however that a great deal of the food we consume is imported from countries where the same restrictions do not exist. It is also the case that the transportation of such foodstuffs from halfway across the world may require additives and preservatives. It is therefore a good idea to always check the label and buy local if at all possible. An even better idea would be to find out if there is a farmers market in your area. Buying fresh produce from a farmers market is a great way to actively support local businesses and to ensure that you do not consume food made potentially unsafe by its country or region of origin.
Grow your own: I realize that this will not be a viable option for many people. However, if you can manage to grow at least some of your food yourself I would certainly encourage you to do so. This will not only allow you to make use of organic methods of production it will also create a whole new attitude towards food in your household as it re-establishes an appreciation for the origins of what you have on your plates.
There is obviously much more to be said about the dangers of chemicals in our food and methods of avoiding this. I therefore encourage you to take a look at some articles that I previously wrote on the subject. They can be found here:
In the meantime I would like to encourage you to do a food audit. You can do this by taking careful note of everything that you and your family eat for a month and then eliminating foodstuffs that are likely to contain significant amounts of pesticide residues. Good luck to you as you take this very important step towards a healthier lifestyle!