Environmental Medicine Assessment
What is Environmental Medicine?
Environmental Medicine examines how various toxic materials/chemicals/environment impact our health.
Various endocrine disrupting chemicals can alter your existing hormone profile, prevent detoxification pathways from normal function, which promote disease processes within the body. These chemicals can mimic estrogens in your body and produce a negative impact on your health. Research has shown that these xenoestrogens or “foreign” estrogens have been linked to testicular, prostate and breast cancers. Additionally, they can promote thyroid dysfunction, fibrocystic breast disease, migraines, endometriosis, other hormone-related conditions and autoimmune disease.
Most exposures to toxic chemicals come from use of everyday household productsincluding detergents, household cleaners, dryer sheets, fabric softener, soaps, shampoos, deodorants, lotions, cosmetics, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, Styrofoam cups/containers, plastic storage containers and dining utensils/cups/plates. Pesticides and insecticides are another common source of xenoestrogens and neurotoxins.
It is important to note that exposure to the pesticides and insecticides can either be from direct use of the products or by consumption of foods sprayed with these chemicals.
Due to the added hormones in our food system, we can be exposed to xenoestrogens via commercial dairy products, beef and poultry. Synthetic food additives and even tap water can be other sources of xenoestrogens and neurotoxins. Finally, because of the incompatibility of synthetic estrogens with the human body, one could argue that the body will interpret the synthetic estradiol replacement therapy as a xenoestrogen.
The best way to reduce toxins is to eliminate your source of exposure. Through this removal of obstacles that impede the body’s ability to heal itself, we work with you via diet, lifestyle, supplementation, IV therapy and various home care treatments to help your liver detoxify itself and eliminating these toxic chemicals.
What are Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals?
- These chemicals can mimic estrogens within your body and can ultimately have a negative impact on your health.
- This affects men and women
- Most exposures to xenoestrogens come from use of everyday household products including detergents, household cleaners, dryer sheets, fabric softener, soaps, shampoos, deodorants, lotions, cosmetics, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, Styrofoam cups/containers, plastic storage containers and dining utensils/cups/plates. Pesticides and insecticides are another common source of xenoestrogens.
- All people can benefit since we are exposed to toxic chemicals and materials on daily basis.
GI “Gut” Health
Why is GI health so important?
A properly balanced gut bacterial population is essential to health as most disease states begin with disrupted gut bacteria populations. The gut is responsible for the digestion and assimilation of nutrients that include vitamins, minerals, trace elements, fats, and amino acids. In addition, the gut produces neurotransmitters and hormones that are identical to their human counterparts. Furthermore, 80% of the lymphatics are found in the walls of the intestines. An amazing fact is that 50% of our cellular constituency is comprised of bacteria.
We are literally ½ human and ½ bacteria (slightly more than ½) and we can’t survive without our bacteria. One can argue that our gut bacteria represents another organ system that resides in the hollows of our body, that long tube that begins at the oral cavity in our mouth, then descends through the esophagus, into the stomach, then small and large intestines, then out of the body. For this reason, it is essential to repair our GI system.