A syndrome is a group of symptoms that consistently occur together. Having at least three of the following risk factors, or symptoms constitutes a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome:
- A waist measurement of over 35 inches for women or over 40 inches for men.
- High triglycerides - 150 mg/dl or greater
- HDL cholesterol of less than 50 mg/dl for women or less than 40 mg/dl for men
- Blood pressure reading of 130/85 or greater
- Fasting blood sugar of 100 or greater
Before reaching for an insect spray or a plant remedy, try to determine if an insect is eating the plant or if the plant is diseased. Applying a pesticide can expose us to immediate or long-term health risks. Studies have linked pesticide exposure to an increased risk of Parkinson's disease not only among those who work on farms, but even in persons who live near sprayed fields.
Another study found a relationship between exposure to pesticides in our food and environment and the development of type 2 diabetes. They found that pollutants tended to concentrate in body fat.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide has a chapter entitled: "Healthy Garden Solutions." This chapter is based on suggestions shared by our readers:
Note: When using any kind of spray, test the results by spraying a few leaves and waiting a couple of days to see if any damage occurs. To prevent damage, avoid applying sprays during the heat of the day. Irrigate drought-stressed plants thoroughly before applying any kind of spray. Since soft body insects like aphids and thrips are killed on contact, after applying a spray, rinse with water. Oil sprays should not be used on Blue Spruces. Citrus are also sensitive to oil sprays. Your Cooperative Extension Agent can recommend spraying times for citrus.