Recently a patient asked whether toxins we find on urine testing really make a difference in human health. A friend was challenging her and challenging the work of the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) demonstrating the myriad effects of the industrial age chemicals contributing to chronic disease. I am accustomed to such challenges from people like her friend who mostly have good intentions,
We live in an age of epidemic metabolic disease without clear answers for why. Many point fingers at dietary factors like sugars and trans fats. Others point fingers at lifestyle factors like sedentary life without exercise. While functional MD’s like myself acknowledge these factors, we also look at toxic contributors to diabetes, heart disease,
Pollution threatens us all in a variety of ways. Study after study indicates that increased pollution whether in air, food, or water increases the risks of various diseases. In this study in the Journal of Investigative Medicine, researchers looked at the rates of age-related macular degeneration. They found correlations between nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide levels in urban environments with the rate of this blinding eye condition.
Several headlines keep popping up on my Facebook feed about glyphosate and Monsanto, describing lawsuits and health threats. Of course, Facebook has studied my interests and understands that I am likely to click on such links. However, Science Daily has bested Facebook by providing a deeper potential explanation for the detrimental health effects of pesticides.
Don’t get excited if you live outside New York. I doubt we in Tennessee or other states are any better off. This study out of Cornell University just happened to measure pesticide levels in New York state rural homes in order to assess safety for human health. They examined 350 homes in 6 different counties searching for 15 “potentially toxic pesticides” which are commonly used in nearby agricultural practices.
Just who does this American Academy of Pediatrics thinks they are? Just because they control board certification for all pediatricians, set the guidelines for pediatric well and sick care, and are the largest influence in mainstream pediatrics does NOT give them the right to make outrageous claim that we in functional medicine have been making for years.
As a Functional MD, I spend a lot of time addressing toxicity. While conventional medicine wants to deny that we live in a toxic soup of our own concoction, functional MD’s recognize what study after study reveals. Not only do one-time high doses of toxins cause issues, but low-level chronic exposures also create bodily harm.
Each year hundreds of millions of dollars are being poured into Alzheimer’s disease research and countless families are affected as a loved one begins the apparently irreversible downhill trajectory of this degenerative disease. Lives are being lost to this relentless thief. Are we any closer to discerning this thief’s entry points? Have we gained insight into how to contain this enemy?