In this editorial, by Joe Pizzorno, ND editor-in-chief of Integrative Medicine, a Clinician’s Journal, he discusses the need for practitioners to screen for common toxicants. As you will read from Dr. Pizzorno, this should be a foundational practice.
Abstract/ Foundational to the standard of care is diagnosis of overt disease as well as testing for early predictors of future disease. Obvious examples of the later include measurement of blood pressure and cholesterol. The time has come to add to this thinking early detection of the environmental causes of disease. Substantial research now shows that metal and chemical contamination of the environment has resulted in body loads of these toxicants at high enough levels to induce disease. The time has come to add screening for toxicant load to the standard of care.
In this article you will learn about screening for toxicants:
- How have environmental toxins have become the primary drivers of chronic disease?
- Why does lead play a much bigger and more common role in disease than is currently recognized in the standard of care?
- How do arsenic levels show a dose-dependent correlation with peripheral neuropathy, cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), gout, and diabetes?
- What is the evidence on genomics and toxin susceptibility?
- What are the proposed modifications from Dr. Pizzorno to standard of care for toxin screening and therapeutics?