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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
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Understanding Lead Toxicity

A 2018 study provides the first published evidence that lead exposure results in DNA damage via oxidative stress and promoter methylation of DNA repair genes in human cell lines. What other emerging research links lead to undesirable health outcomes? READ MORE
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Toxin Exposures at Home

Toxin Exposures at Home Robert Roundtree, MDScientists have only just begun to understand the complex nature of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and the EPA has regulated only a few despite their associated health effects, which may include headache, damage to the liver, kidneys, and nervous system, visual disorders, memory impairment, and cancer. Read More
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Nutrients That Aid Detoxification May Improve Overall Health

Removal of toxins from the body has long been an integral part of Ayurvedic, yogic, and naturopathic medicine. In Functional Medicine, practitioners utilize the phytonutrient-dense Detox Food Plan, following an Elimination Diet, to support intestinal and liver function during the metabolic detoxification process. Read More
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The Connection Between POPs and Metabolic Syndrome

What could be causing the global rise in metabolic syndrome and diabetes? How can clinicians work with patients with metabolic syndrome effectively? One line of research points to persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Read More
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Nutrition for Improved Liver Function | The Detox Food Plan

Food can support health or be harmful. In particular, many foods can upregulate the body’s natural processes of eliminating chemicals, toxins, and drugs. In the modern world, everyone is exposed to a mixture of chemical compounds daily. How can IFM’s Detox Food Plan benefit patients? Read More
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Low-Level Toxin Exposure Adds Up

Exposure to chemicals, pollutants, and pesticides is inevitable and constant. Low-level exposures to multiple toxins can result in synergistic, cumulative effects on human health. Read More
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Counter the Effects of Common Chemical and Toxin Exposure

Many persistent toxins are present in everyday items like food and water. What environmental and lifestyle choices increase the risk of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure? Read More
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Talking To Patients About Toxins

What simple interventions work to encourage biotransformation and reduce the side effects of chronic toxin exposure? Why is cysteine so important for detoxification? IFM Director of Medical Education Dan Lukaczer, ND, interviews Joseph Pizzorno, ND, on the health effects of long-term toxin exposure and what clinicians can do to help patients with toxin-related illnesses. Read More