Archive for the 'toxins' Category

April is the month where many organizations focus on raising awareness of Autism, and Metametrix would like to contribute by generating awareness of the laboratory tests that can help to uncover metabolic factors that may be treated in each individual with this complex disease. Practitioners who enter this field need a guide to treating the underlying problems that prevent patients with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from returning to normal behavior and metabolic function.

In these informative video clips, Dr. Richard Lord and Dr. Todd LePine discuss:

  • Laboratory testing
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Inflammatory stress
  • Mercury toxicity
  • Food allergies
  • Immune systems fortifications
  • Vitamin insufficiencies
  • Genetic factors

Take a few moments to view these videos and see how specific laboratory tests can give you valuable information on moving forward with ASD treatment protocols.

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For more information on the laboratory tests discussed by Dr. Lord and Dr. LePine, view the links listed below.

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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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Who's your mama?Part 6 - The endocrine system is another major target of environmental compounds. Did you know this system directly affects fertility and reproduction? Dr. Crinnion shares a story about the research Dr. Theo Colborn did, where she showed that the decline of the animal population in the Great Lakes area was due to persistent, man-made chemicals being transfered from one generation to the next. The result was offspring that were unable to reproduce!

Endocrine disruption does not always directly affect the one exposed (although it sometimes does) but the offspring. And it has been documented in infertility, which is on the rise. Other interactions include thyroid disease, adult onset diabetes, obesity, and insulin resistance. And these conditions aren't rare, they're seen every day! Dr. Crinnion says male infertility is included too. Did you ever wonder what class of chemicals is most associated with infertility?  The answer is solvents. Many people are suffering from endocrine disruption and this is one area where testing can really help to clarify what's going on with these patients.

Listen in on the conversation...

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

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In my next and final installment with Dr. Crinnion, we discuss the kind of testing we can use to discover toxic exposures. Don't miss it...

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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.

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

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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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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.

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

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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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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.

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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...

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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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Part 2 - Family getting testedThis is the second installment of my conversation with Dr. Walter Crinnion on toxicity and the environment. He is a wellspring of information on this subject, and he answers the question about the need for testing in this week's podcast. After all, if we all have toxins present in our bodies, why test? I was also curious to know if there were certain health or living situations in which he thought one should be tested. Look for the link below to hear what he had to say.

In my next installment, Dr. Crinnion discusses how toxins affect the mitochondria and the health problems associated with toxin/mitochondrial interaction. Stay tuned...

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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.

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

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Woman reading newspaperPart 1 - With so much in the news today about toxicity and the environment, it's hard to ignore the chatter and and how it affects our health. Time to ask someone in the know. I recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Walter J. Crinnion, an environmental health specialist, on the importance of understanding our toxic burden and how it can affect our health. He had plenty to say. The floodgates have been opened...

Listen to the first installment of this seven-part series on toxicity and health by clicking the "Listen Now" link below Dr. Crinnion's bio.

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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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