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.
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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...
Walter 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.