Per­sis­tent Or­ganic Pol­lu­tants

Their Key Role in Mul­ti­ple Chronic Dis­eases

Alternative Medicine - - The Big Picture - BY JOHN WEEKS

op Univer­sity. He also served as pres­i­dent of the In­sti­tute for Func­tional Medicine. And Piz­zorno is presently the edi­tor of the peer-re­viewed and in­dexed sci­en­tific pub­li­ca­tion, In­te­gra­tive Medicine: A Clin­i­cian’s Jour­nal (this jour­nal shares own­er­ship with Al­ter­na­tive Medicine). This fel­low is not wet be­hind the ears.

Yet, all of th­ese char­i­ties from Piz­zorno may soon be eclipsed by a more im­por­tant one: find­ings he pre­sented July 27, 2016 in Snow­bird, Utah, at the an­nual con­fer­ence of the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Natur­o­pathic Physi­cians. Piz­zorno pre­sented com­pelling ev­i­dence that POPs are “the pri­mary driver of dis­ease.”

Not poverty. Not ed­u­ca­tion. Not life­style change—ex­cept as choices that avoid POPs. Here is some back­ground. Piz­zorno has been a close reader of emerg­ing sci­en­tific lit­er­a­ture rel­a­tive to what we now know as in­te­gra­tive medicine since he en­tered natur­o­pathic med­i­cal school in the early 1970s. His whole-sys­tem view of health and dis­ease meant study­ing medicine by track­ing de­vel­op­ments in the en­vi­ron­ment.

In his pre­sen­ta­tion, Piz­zorno first shared well-known data show­ing that our present chronic dis­ease epi­demics—in­clud­ing obe­sity, di­a­betes, at­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der (ADHD), and kid­ney dis­ease—are tem­po­rally as­so­ci­ated with a par­al­lel rise in POPs.

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