Persistent Organic Pollutants
Their Key Role in Multiple Chronic Diseases
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.