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The Path Ahead: Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)—A Serious Clinical Concern

The Path Ahead: Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)—A Serious Clinical Concern

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I am confident all of us are concerned about the ever increasing load of toxins in the environment and how this contributes to our patients’ ill health and disease burden. The first lecture I gave when founding Bastyr University in 1978(!) was entitled, “The Health Effects of Environmental Toxins.” This was a frustrating course to teach as I was confident environmental toxin load was a real problem, but there were at the time no useful textbooks. The academic and research resources were limited to high-level exposure such as that found in mining and industry and, in fact, the resources explicitly discounted the concept that the chronic low-level exposure seen in the general population was clinically relevant. Regular IMCJ readers will remember that I have addressed the issue of mercury toxicity in previous editorials, accompanied by vigorous letters-to-the-editor conversation.
About 2 years ago after listening to a Jeff Bland, PhD, interview on Functional Medicine Update (now called Synthesis by Jeffery Bland), I was intrigued to hear of new research looking at not just the physiological effects of organic toxins, but also the systemic effects of the total body load of these chemicals. I was excited to see a large body of emerging research and alarmed by the seriousness of the correlations now being seen. After reading a lot of studies, I developed, with the aid of Joseph Katzinger, ND, a 90-minute lecture, which I have now given three times in North America. Following is what I found.
I am confident all of us are concerned about the ever increasing load of toxins in the environment and how this contributes to our patients’ ill health and disease burden. The first lecture I gave when founding Bastyr University in 1978(!) was entitled, “The Health Effects of Environmental Toxins.” This was a frustrating course to teach as I was confident environmental toxin load was a real problem, but there were at the time no useful textbooks. The academic and research resources were limited to high-level exposure such as that found in mining and industry and, in fact, the resources explicitly discounted the concept that the chronic low-level exposure seen in the general population was clinically relevant. Regular IMCJ readers will remember that I have addressed the issue of mercury toxicity in previous editorials, accompanied by vigorous letters-to-the-editor conversation.
About 2 years ago after listening to a Jeff Bland, PhD, interview on Functional Medicine Update (now called Synthesis by Jeffery Bland), I was intrigued to hear of new research looking at not just the physiological effects of organic toxins, but also the systemic effects of the total body load of these chemicals. I was excited to see a large body of emerging research and alarmed by the seriousness of the correlations now being seen. After reading a lot of studies, I developed, with the aid of Joseph Katzinger, ND, a 90-minute lecture, which I have now given three times in North America. Following is what I found.

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