Metro Manila Chiropractor says to avoid these “Dirty Dozen” foods listed by the Environmental Working Group

There is a lot of cleaning to be done in our food system around the world. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has launched its 2018 dirty dozen food list which reminds us that a healthy lifestyle includes avoiding foods that contain pesticides. According to the test that was held by the EWG, 70% of the non-organic food items had at minimum one pesticide in them. In a lot of cases, the number of pesticides of much higher this puts our health at immense risk! To get a shiver of disgust, a small but non-organically grown strawberry was found positive for having 22 pesticides in it.

Your Makati Chiropractor, Dr. Kim Khauv, suggests and strictly advise people to avoid the dirty dozen foods that have been listed by the Environmental Working Group.


The foods that have been entitled unhealthy due to existence of pesticide in them are listed below for you. According to Dr. Kim Khauv it is best to try buying organic food in our daily routine so that we can build stronger bodies that help us survive through the daily stress and fatigue.

1. Strawberries:

In the light of the research done by the Environmental Working Group, a single strawberry showed positive for 22 pesticides. Sixteen percent of the strawberries add harmful elements in them like carbendazim and endocrine disruptor. It is also shown that 9 million pounds of fumigation poisonous gases get injected into the fields before the strawberries get planted (let that sink in). This is done so that the harmful pests get killed but people fail to understand that these gases also kill beneficial microbes in the soil depleting the nutrients of eating strawberries as well. This all makes it land at the top of the dirty dozen food list which needs to be avoided or if you love them, you ought to get your hands on the organic strawberries. They will certainly cost you a little more but they will be worth it.

2. Spinach:

Non-organic spinach has 7% of different chemicals on it which make it pesticide prone by all means. The highest amount of pesticide found in spinach is of 18 different types of chemicals and pesticides in one of the worst kind. Moreover, a lice killing chemical was also discovered in the spinach crops that can cause seizures and tumors in human body.

3. Pears:

Since 2010, the amount of pesticide used for growing pears through non-organic methods has doubled. The Environmental Working Group has showcased that the pesticides used in growing pears is extremely harmful for male hormones and to hormone disruptors too. It has also been banned in Europe as it has been proven that the pesticides used in it can be cancerous. Patent bee killing chemicals have also been discovered in pears which make them one of the top dirty dozen foods.

Here is the complete list of Environmental Working Group of the dirty dozen foods:

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Apple
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes




According to Metro Manila Chiropractor, Dr. Kim Khauv, it is best to stick to organic foods as it is grown with care and is free of pesticides or chemicals. It is also good if you can grow them organically on your own as this ensures the clean and amazingly healthy growth of the fruits and vegetables. A lot of people have opted for growing veggies on their own as this contributes to organic food and helps them in maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well.

Thus, say hello to a healthier lifestyle with the help of organic food and be kind to your own self.

Dr. Kim Khauv, your Metro Manila chiropractor, has helped many people live healthier and happier lives.

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Kim B. Khauv, DC (Doc Kim) is the only American chiropractor in the Philippines that has worked for the United States Navy as a chiropractor (taking care of active duty military service members and wounded warriors) and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health with emphasis on health promotion and prevention from The Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.  

He is also an award-winning chiropractor currently licensed in the State of California, as well as National Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic in the United States of America.  He is a “Registered Chiropractor” with the Philippines Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC).  He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University in Fullerton (CSUF), a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Fielding School of Public Health at University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), and Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College West (LCCW).  

Previously, Doc Kim was 1 out of 24 United States Navy chiropractors in the world, proudly provided chiropractic care to active duty military members at Naval Medical Center San Diego and had a private practice in San Diego, California.  Doc Kim currently holds an Adjunct Faculty position as Assistant Professor at Life Chiropractic College West teaching Public Health course to senior chiropractic students.  He is an approved instructor by the Board of Chiropractic Examiners of California to teach both online and live Continuing Education courses to chiropractors in Metro Manila, Philippines in the subjects of Chiropractic Adjustive Technique, Law & Ethics, and chiropractic Public Health.

Doc Kim was an elected Section Councilor of the Chiropractic Health Care section (CHC) of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and served as Membership Chair. His chiropractic research has been accepted and presented nationally and internationally at APHA, Association of Chiropractic College’s annual Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC), International Society of Quality of Life Research, and World Chiropractic Federation (WFC). He has also published research on chiropractic care and public health education. He has been awarded the Distinguish Service Award (2015) and Rising Star Award (2013) from the APHA’s CHC section.

While attending LCCW, he founded a non-profit called Well-Balanced World, 501(c)(3), with the sole purpose of providing affordable chiropractic care to underserved populations and charitable chiropractic care on international mission trips to Cambodia and the Philippines.

Dr. Kim Khauv, at Well-Balanced Chiropractic Wellness Center, now provides safe, effective, and evidence-based chiropractic care to patients from Makati, Rockwell, Manila, Paranaque, Alabang, Fort Bonifacio, Global City, Pasig, Ortigas, Mandaluyong, Greenhills, San Juan, and Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. 

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