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Exposure to Pesticides, Herbicides, & Insecticides: Human Health Effects

Pesticides and a wide variety of other chemicals persist in the environment and make their way into our everyday lives. While the concept that toxicants accumulate in the body and are the cause of various health problems has long been a fundamental tenet of traditional healthcare systems around the world, researchers have learned a great deal in recent years about how toxicants affect the human population, where they originate, and how to improve our ability to detoxify in a toxic world. How can we help patients manage the health risks of exposure to these ubiquitous substances?

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Healthy Food Preparation: Reducing Toxicant Exposure

In the modern world, chemicals are all around us—in the air we breathe, the food we consume, and the items we use for everyday life—but armed with knowledge, people can make choices that limit their exposure. Understanding potential toxicants in the kitchen and taking practical steps to improve biotransformation are essential elements of an integrative approach to your patients’ health and well-being.

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Toxic Exposures: The Cumulative Effect

Toxicity is one of the evolving topics explored at IFM’s 2020 AIC. Toxic exposures and cumulative toxic burden are already vital considerations during clinical assessments for the treatment of chronic diseases and for strengthening resilience and overall wellness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, dealing with toxicity takes on increased importance.

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Low-Level Lead Exposure & Implications for Human Health

A recent study suggests that the regular consumption of beverages in glazed, ceramic cups increases the chances of lead-related health risks. What steps can clinicians take to recognize toxicity in their patients?

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Detoxification: Supporting Liver Function With Nutrition

Food and nutrients that support liver biotransformation may help alleviate toxic burden, allowing the body to operate more efficiently and improve resilience.

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The Connection Between POPs and Metabolic Syndrome

What could be causing the global rise in metabolic syndrome and diabetes? One line of research points to persistent organic pollutants (POPs). How can clinicians manage exposures to these ubiquitous chemicals?

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Addressing the Body Burden: A Discussion With Lyn Patrick, ND, About Toxicants

In this audio recording, Dan Lukaczer, ND, IFMCP, interviews Lyn Patrick, ND. Dr. Patrick shares her clinical insights on toxicants, inflammatory markers, and methods of toxicant elimination.

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Menarche, Menopause, and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

An increasing amount of research published over the past few years suggests that female reproductive health may be affected by a wide range of chemicals present both in the environment and within consumer products. Educating people about endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), including guidance about potentially problematic ingredients in personal care products, may help reduce exposure.

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Toxins and Toxicants as Drivers of Disease

In this audio recording, Dan Lukaczer, ND, IFMCP, interviews Joseph Pizzorno, ND, on toxins and how passive exposure to toxins and toxicants affects many chronic diseases.

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Sleep and Biotransformation

Americans are getting less sleep, with many health consequences. Declining brain health may be one result.

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Exposure to Pesticides: Human Health Effects

Spraying Pesticide in a CropPesticides have been associated with short- and long-term effects on human health, including elevated cancer risks and disruption of the body’s reproductive, immune, endocrine, and nervous systems. READ MORE
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Health Effects of Herbicides & Insecticides

Lettuce Plant Herbacide InsecticideEpidemiologic and case-controlled studies have linked organophosphate use to lung cancer, leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s leukemia, and even an elevated risk of breast cancer in female spouses of pesticide applicators. How can we help patients manage the health risks of exposure to these ubiquitous substances? READ MORE