Understanding Environmental Medicine
How Environmental Factors Influence Our Health and Behavior
"Human adipose (fat) tissue from U.S. residents has revealed 700+ chemical contaminants that have not been chemically identified while more than 80,000+ chemicals and toxicants have been developed, distributed and discarded into the environment over the past 50 years,” says Dr. Doug Cutler, of Cutler Integrative Medicine in Bingham Farms, MI, who has advanced training in Environmental Medicine. “The majority of these toxicants have not been tested for potential toxic effects in humans and some of these chemical contaminants are commonly found in the job, at home, in the outdoors, in our foods, in our air, in our water, and even in-utero which contribute to human disease.”
“With environmental medicine, it is never a question of if you are toxic; it is a question of how toxic?”
There are a number of elements that are toxic to the human body, interfere with its functioning and undermine health—such as mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic. These toxic metals have no known physiological functions. They can be toxic to organ systems and may disrupt the balance of essential nutrients.
"With the Flint water crisis and the resulting illness in children and adults alike,” he says, “we can take a more proactive approach to prevent the damage caused by lead. The C.D.C. (Centers for Disease Control) says that no safe blood lead level in children has been identified.”
According to Dr. Cutler, the focus of Environmental Medicine is understanding how environmental factors influence our health and behavior. It is the prevention of biological, chemical and toxicant exposures and lowering of the total toxic burden on the body through multiple depuration (cleansing), detoxification and chelation therapy protocols.
Toxic metals and essential element status can be assessed through a toxic metal urine test and specific toxic metals can be assessed through a blood test. "Make sure you have a doctor that can properly interpret the results," explains Dr. Cutler, "and compare them to the CDC’s NHANES National Report or you won’t be able to determine current exposures or be able to monitor treatment.
“Therapies such as intravenous (IV) or oral chelation, homeopathics, full-body cleanses, colon hydrotherapies, botanicals and nutritional supplements,” he adds, “are used by many practitioners to help bring down the toxic burden of the body or to help achieve this important process. And I always teach my patients that emotional toxins are more damaging and harmful than any man-made environmental toxicant.”
Cutler Integrative Medicine is located at 31350 Telegraph Rd., Suite 102, Bingham Farms, MI. For more information, contact Doug Cutler, N.D., at 248-663-0165 or visit: CutlerIntegrativeMedicine.com.