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Dr. Gundi Rhoades on Pregnancy and Why Eating Organic Is so Important to Have a Healthy Baby

Ep. 4

Pesticides can have a huge impact on the health of your baby!


During the development of a baby inside the uterus, numerous nutrients and minerals are needed to ensure all the baby’s structures grow as they should. Specifically, vitamins like folic acid and chemicals such as manganese are needed for the neurological development of your baby.


However, pesticides such as RoundUp kill the bacteria involved in the production of folic acid inside your body. Plus, the glyphosate that’s part of RoundUp also stops plants from absorbing beneficial minerals containing manganese, which is also important for neurological development.


In this episode, Dr. Gundi Rhoades talks with her nurses Maddy and Min about the terrible harm pesticides like RoundUp have in fetal development. Gundi also touches on the relationship between chemical agriculture and autism. This condition is rising at an alarming level and it is mostly due to changes in gut microbiome caused by antibiotics and pesticides.


Plus, they also expand on the rising cases of infertility and how difficult it has become for young women to conceive, something that was not seen as frequently in past decades. Maddie and Min also share the changes they’ve seen in their health and their lives after following Gundi’s advice and going fully organic.

Do you want to take the reins of your health? Tune in right now!


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Topic timestamps:

  • (00:00): Welcome to Body & Soil!
  • (02:26): The anatomical formation of a baby during the first few weeks of pregnancy and how chemicals can negatively impact this development.
  • (05:14): Recognizing organic labels in the supermarket.
  • (06:31): The different types of pesticides and how they become part of the food we eat.
  • (10:51) The rising numbers of women unable to conceive and the association with the use of chemicals in agriculture.
  • (14:59): A practical example of the process of growing a staple food with chemical agriculture using pesticides such as RoundUp.
  • (20:30): The role of bacteria in human health and how their total elimination harms pregnant women.
  • (23:38): How staple foods are being genetically modified so that they can be resistant to RoundUp. 
  • (33:08): The continuous increase in the number of autistic kids and the impact of pesticides on fetal development. 
  • (36:44): How glyphosate, found in RoundUp, depletes manganese intake and how this potentially leads to autism development.
  • (42:13): The lack of information regarding the chemicals in “normal” food and how non-organic often looks better than organic. 



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