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An Interview Featuring Dr. Todd LePine

Terry Pollock, a senior clinical consultant at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory, spoke with Dr. LePine after one of his recent lectures at the laboratory. Listen to their conversation and learn Dr. LePine’s approach in his clinical practice, and how he's “Finding Pieces of the Puzzle” while evaluating complex patients with multiple complaints.

 

Dr. Todd LePine Terry Pollock

Dr. Todd LePine is board certified in Internal Medicine with advanced training and experience in Integrative Functional Medicine. Utilizing a variety of scientifically based Integrative Medical approaches, he endeavors to transform and heal both mind and body.

The following quote from his Web site at www.drlepine.com gives us some insight into his thoughts on Functional Medicine:

"Functional Medicine offers a paradigm shift in how we look at “disease” and is defined as “the field of health care that employs assessment and early intervention to improve physiological, emotional/cognitive, and physical function. The focus on “function” in this approach to health is intended to bring questions of purpose and design back into medical practice and to acknowledge that root level, highly interconnected, multi-system imbalances must be transformed to improve and optimize health.”

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Exposed? Help is on the wayPart 7 - With so many tests available to clinicians, I can't help but think how overwhelming it can be for them to determine which one is the best for their patients. My conversation with Dr. Crinnion led me to ask for his suggestions on testing for toxic exposure, and his answer might surprise you. He indicated that there are two "genres" of toxicity testing. One that measures the levels of specific  toxins in the body, and another that measures the metabolite of the toxins in the body.

So, which type of test is best?  Dr. Crinnion says he likes to measure for the actual compound because it helps him determine if there is current exposure, which is very important. He says that so many people have genetic polymorphisms in their metabolic ability to detox, that metabolites for toxins may not show up in urine due to the polymorphism. Oh, my! We get a quick biochemistry lesson as to how polymophisms tie in, and Dr. Crinnion shares his thoughts on the best approach for discovering your exposure, as well as tracking your treatment progress.

Listen in...

Click the audio player below to listen to the last installment of this seven-part series on toxicity and health.

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Although this is the final installment of my conversation with Dr. Crinnion, we still have some goodies he left us to share with you next week. Come back and see...

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Walter J. CrinnionWalter J. Crinnion, ND, received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1975. He received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, where he was a member of the first graduating class, and Dr. Crinnion is now considered one of the leading experts on environmental medicine and toxicology. After graduating, Dr. Crinnion spent 20 years practicing in Seattle, helping treat patients with chronic conditions through diet and nutrition. Dr. Crinnion discovered that most of the chronic health complaints he treated were rooted in toxicity, and began to expand his practice to include environmental medicine. After 20 years of practice, Dr. Crinnion felt led to teach other practitioners about toxicity and health. Today, he is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

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Your brain is an easy target for toxinsPart 5 - So, have you ever heard the term "Fathead?" The brain is one of the largest fatty organs in our body, so it's not so far from the truth. Dr. Crinnion says that many environmental toxins are fat-soluble and easily pass the blood/brain barrier. This makes our brains an easy target, and toxins are often stored there.

In this podcast, we also talk about how environmental toxins have a link to Parkinson disease. Dr. Crinnion discusses how some Parkinson patients have gotten good results from undergoing a detoxification program. In one case, a patient reported feeling 70% better! Who wouldn't want to feel 70% better?

Don't miss his telling of it...

Click the audio player below to listen to the fifth installment of this seven-part series on toxicity and health.

Free download and subscription to this podcast is also available via Metametrix Institute - Metametrix Institute - Metametrix Institute

In my next installment with Dr. Crinnion, we discuss endocrine disruption and how toxins affect it. Stay tuned...

Additional Resources:

 

Walter J. CrinnionWalter J. Crinnion, ND, received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1975. He received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, where he was a member of the first graduating class, and Dr. Crinnion is now considered one of the leading experts on environmental medicine and toxicology. After graduating, Dr. Crinnion spent 20 years practicing in Seattle, helping treat patients with chronic conditions through diet and nutrition. Dr. Crinnion discovered that most of the chronic health complaints he treated were rooted in toxicity, and began to expand his practice to include environmental medicine. After 20 years of practice, Dr. Crinnion felt led to teach other practitioners about toxicity and health. Today, he is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

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Are you feeling dizzy in the soap isle?Part 4 - We take a deeper look into how toxins affect the immune system this week. Dr. Crinnion says immunotoxicity is usually the first problem that shows up in a person’s history, typically manifesting itself as allergies or asthma. Do you know of anyone, especially adults, that are suddenly experiencing allergy problems?

How about chemical reactivity from something as innocent as walking down the soap isle in the store? Help! Get me out of here, I can’t breathe! Chemical sensitivities are a common finding in people with immunotoxicity present. Some people have chronic infections they can’t shake from a damaged immune system and don’t even realize it.

Dr. Crinnion helps us understand how this is happening in this week’s podcast and reminds us to protect ourselves from chemical exposure.

Click the audio player below to listen to the fourth installment of this seven-part series on toxicity and health.

Free download and subscription to this podcast is also available via Metametrix Institute - Metametrix Institute - Metametrix Institute

In my next installment with Dr. Crinnion, we discuss toxins targeting the brain and the affect on the neurological system. Stay tuned...

Additional Resources:

 

Walter J. CrinnionWalter J. Crinnion, ND, received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1975. He received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, where he was a member of the first graduating class, and Dr. Crinnion is now considered one of the leading experts on environmental medicine and toxicology. After graduating, Dr. Crinnion spent 20 years practicing in Seattle, helping treat patients with chronic conditions through diet and nutrition. Dr. Crinnion discovered that most of the chronic health complaints he treated were rooted in toxicity, and began to expand his practice to include environmental medicine. After 20 years of practice, Dr. Crinnion felt led to teach other practitioners about toxicity and health. Today, he is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

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Part 3 - Mitochondria in the lungIn this third installment of my conversation with Dr. Walter Crinnion, we consider the function of the mitochondria, those "cellular power plants" that provide most of our cell's supply of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).

Young woman suffering from fatigueWhat happens to this energy producer when toxins enter the scene? After all, we're exposed to over 80,000 chemicals each day. It turns out that your immune, neurologic, and endocrine systems take a big hit, and you start complaining of fatigue. And you're not alone. Dr. Crinnion says that over 80% of his patients complain of fatigue at the top of a list of ailments. Listen in on this fascinating discussion as he peels back the layers of this story. You'll be amazed at how your body systems are reacting due to toxins affecting the mitochondria.

Click the audio player below to listen to the third installment of this seven-part series on toxicity and health.

Free download and subscription to this podcast is also available via Metametrix Institute - Metametrix Institute - Metametrix Institute

In my next installment with Dr. Crinnion, we take a closer look at the affect of toxins on the immune system. Don't miss it...

Additional Resources:

 

Walter J. CrinnionWalter J. Crinnion, ND, received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from the University of San Francisco in 1975. He received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, where he was a member of the first graduating class, and Dr. Crinnion is now considered one of the leading experts on environmental medicine and toxicology. After graduating, Dr. Crinnion spent 20 years practicing in Seattle, helping treat patients with chronic conditions through diet and nutrition. Dr. Crinnion discovered that most of the chronic health complaints he treated were rooted in toxicity, and began to expand his practice to include environmental medicine. After 20 years of practice, Dr. Crinnion felt led to teach other practitioners about toxicity and health. Today, he is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.

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During a recent Metametrix sponsored breakfast at the IFM Symposium in Hollywood, Florida, Dr. Todd LePine gave a compelling presentation entitled the Gut-Brain Connection: An Inside Look at Depression.

Visit the Metametrix Institute website for more information.

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