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Rewarding Side-Hustle: Adjunct Instructor!


I had a great visit to National University of Health Sciences last weekend. It was so nice to meet my environmental medicine students in person, after a month of on-line learning. I am grateful for the opportunity to share what I've learned about environmental medicine and toxins with this next generation of naturopathic physicians.

More and more research is showing that chronic, low-dose exposure to toxins is linked to many chronic health conditions. These chemicals can be neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors, immunotoxins and carcinogens. They have been linked to Parkinson's disease, cancers, infertility, diabetes, obesity, thyroid disease, hypertension, heart disease, lung disease, and the list goes on.


Our government has been conducting research for many years on our exposures to toxins. Their most recent data can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/index.html. We are now able to test for the presence of many of these toxins in urine and blood, and then compare the results to the data listed in this vast report.


If you think you may have been exposed to environmental toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, solvents or phthalates, please consider scheduling an environmental medicine consultation. If you are suffering one of the conditions listed above and have a known history of exposure, you may want to be evaluated as well.


Identification of and avoidance of the toxin is the most important first step in treating environmental illness. Beyond that, there are also many supportive supplements that can be appropriately prescribed to assist clearance of, and reduce damage caused by, these toxins. In some cases chelation may be indicated, but it is often not necessary with lower dose chronic exposures. It is more often indicated in the presence of acute toxicity.


Please feel free to schedule a complementary ten-minute consult if you would like to learn more!


In wellness,


Julie Figgins ND



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