EMEI Podcast

The EMEI Review is a monthly podcast reviewing recent peer-reviewed studies, political developments and information on treatment of toxicant-related health conditions.  The podcast is created and produced by Dr. Lyn Patrick and Dr. Anne Marie Fine.  The podcast is archived and all subscriptions have access to that treasure trove of information beginning in November 2020.  IF you have already registered for the Clinical Training in Environmental Medicine course you’ll get a year’s subscription to the EMEI Review for free, follow the instructions in your Welcome Module for the Clinical Training in Environmental Medicine course.

Here is look behind the curtain of the EMEI Review so far:

June  2024

 

Alzheimer’s disease is no longer inevitable.  Environmental toxicants have been shown to strongly contribute to Alzheimer’s  disease: lead, aluminum, bisphenol A, solvents, etc.  These have been termed Alzheimerogens- defined as  any  environmental substance suspected to induce Alzheimer’s or other dementias.

 

May  2024

This month we’ll open the Pandora’s Box of MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome) and EMF/EMR exposure with some background research and a fascinating patient case.  We also review a new report from the scientists at Consumer Reports that identifies pesticide exposure in some organic foods and the most toxic pesticide residue and where it lands on conventional food. And finally- new research on drinking water contamination and hexavalent chromium in 94% of the population!

 

April 2024

Are microplastics the smoking gun in cardiovascular disease?  A recent study that discovered microplastics in plaque certainly suggests so.

And did you know that the dust in your home is a window into your chemical exposures?  Since we spend 90% of our time in our homes, this study breaks it all down.

March 2024

This month we’ll review surprising news about a hidden pesticide imported from our neighbors to the north hiding in our oatmeal and other food made out of oats (cereal and oatmilk). We’ll also unveil news about PFAS plus where firesmoke hides in the home and where BPA, triclosan, and nonylphenols hide in the human body. We’ll also investigate where they hide in our consumer products (cutting boards, personal care products, shoes, tents, clothing, etc.) and the havoc they raise. Which is why the theme of this podcast could be titled: Humble Pie- scientific evidence that makes us think completely differently about where environmental toxicants can hide.

 February 2024

 Recent headlines revealed that a one-liter plastic bottle of water contains around 240,000 pieces of microplastics and nanoplastics.
One study estimated that in the United States the attributable cost  for plastic exposure-related diseases is $249 billion dollars annually. Another study found microplastics in 16/16 sources of protein including plant-based proteins. Microplastics have been found in every organ of the human body including the brain, placenta, and blood.

We are awash in micro and nanoplastics.  Listen to this podcast to find out more.

 January 2024

This month we cover a patient case of pancytopenia in a 50 year old male that was NOT infectious or cancer but an environmental toxicant that is considered the highest risk carcinogenic air toxicant globally!

Can you guess what it is? Would you be surprised to know that it could be in your drinking water or personal care products? Read on for the surprising answer.

 December 2023

 Chlorpyrifos the “Coca-Cola of pesticides” that was banned by the EPA is back! Find out how this neurotoxic organophosphate poster child for pesticide poisons made a comeback. And…. what the history lessons of the ban on DDT (think Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring warning) have to teach us about the politics of pesticides in the U.S. and how we can actually beat this!

Antimony and Tin, the toxic metals you’ve never paid attention to but now might want to start- a patient case that illustrates a hidden danger in plastic beverage bottles (everything from bottled water to V8 juice).

PFAS (the “forever chemicals”) in fish and shellfish, what to tell your patients about the risk and how to decide what fish you should eat and what you may want to skip.

 November 2023

A JAMA article from August 2023 revealed that between 2010 and 2019 breast cancer diagnoses between women age 30-39 increased 19.4% and in the age group 20-29 breast cancer diagnosis increased 5.3%. Gastrointestinal cancers in people younger than 50 (appendix, pancreas, bile duct)  have also increased significantly. Why? The authors list many possible reasons from sleep deprivation to rising rates of obesity but they also list  “transient exposure to carcinogenic compounds”.

This podcast explores the environmental contributors to cancer that are often overlooked and may point the way to preventing these “early onset” cancers.

October 2023

What is the newest guidance on toxic metals and cardiovascular disease from the American Heart Association?- You’ll be pleasantly surprised, a new era is dawning as the AHA actually admits lead, arsenic, and cadmium cause CVD. And these metals should be monitored in all adults, as well as an admission (wait for it) that chelation therapy is an actual strategy for reducing risk.

We also cover the newest published data on glyphosate and organic diets, where the evidence is not as simple to unravel as we would like but still important.

September 2023

 We are currently in the midst of the plasticene era in which our ecosystems and oceans, soils, and ultimately humans are burdened with microplastics and nanoplastics.

The topic of micro and nanoplastics has been skyrocketing in the literature, and this podcast informs on the latest news.

August 2023

 Finally, an exhaustive review on zeolites, the aluminosilicate compounds that have been so highly touted to remove toxicants from the human body.  Do they work? Not always as advertised. Read on for the details in this podcast we titled Zeolites: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

 July 2023

 This month, the EMEI Review looks at one of the most important papers published this year. It’s on parabens, phthalates and breast cancer. The groundbreaking results of this article will compel you, no matter who you are, to avoid both of these endocrine disruptors like the plague.

  June 2023

 We are all told  we are exposed to thousands of toxic chemicals and they can be found in our bodies BUT how is that helpful? Well now we have access to personal environmental monitoring by a company called MyExposome that has researched a noninvasive tool in the form of a silicone wristband to reflect those exposures with great precision. Welcome to the 21st Century where personal toxicant monitoring has arrived. And yes, there is good published research behind it.  

May 2023

 Five grams of microplastics per week- that’s where the concerning statistic about consuming a credit card’s worth of microplastics per week originates. But where does it come from and how does it get into us? This month we explore the air exposome and how the air we breathe could be a significant source of microplastic exposure.

April 2023

 In this podcast learn about the ramifications of the burning of vinyl chloride in East Palestine, Ohio. What are the health effects now, and what can be reasonably anticipated for the future.

March 2023

What is released in sweat? Which toxicants actually move from adipose and other tissues into sweat glands and make it out of the body? Is sauna actually a strategy for toxic metal removal? Which nutrients  are lost in sweat and how do you replace them? What are the medical contradindications for sauna? These questions and many more are explored and answered through published studies in this podcast. There are some surprises- one of them is just how much copper is lost in sweat.  Listen on!

February 2023

 This month, a long awaited podcast on the science of sweating, a deep dive into sweat glands and a review of the studies on sauna and health conditions: cardiovascular disease, all-cause mortality, pneumonia and upper respiratory disease, depression and heat shock proteins. What is the difference between a Finnish sauna, a far infrared sauna and a low-heat medical sauna. This podcast explains all that and gets you ready for March 2023- see below.

 January 2023

 

This month, the first podcast of 2023 includes a revealing interview with an air filtration expert and a review of the indoor air pollutants that cause health problems. This podcast continues with a review of an  an eye-opening analysis of the 80 “modifiable contributing factors” to COVID-19 infection written by expert toxicologist Ronald Kostoff and globally recognized endocrinologist Yehudi Shoenfeld (among others). This is literally a list of America’s top toxicants and the consequent health problems they cause related to increased risk of COVID-19: alcohol, arsenic,  benzene, BPA, cadmium, chronic stress, lead exposure, magnesium deficiency, mercury’s effect on immunity, etc.  An eye-opening look at how we got here.

 

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December 2022 

This podcast is dedicated to the many providers who have asked “what is cesium doing in my patient’s urine???” In this episode we look at radionuclides (lead, polonium, and cesium) to find out where they come from and how they are stored in the human body and what health conditions they may be linked to. [Yes that’s the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011 to the left]. 

We also review a groundbreaking study on lead exposure in America that reveals over 50% of adults alive today were exposed to levels of lead in childhood that lowered their IQ. Wow.

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November 2022

In this episode we look at newly emerging sources of BPA which include meat and seafood.

We also review a very surprising source of BPA exposure in children. PFAS in feminine products are also reviewed.

October 2022

A fascinating interview with Bob Miller looking at the “canary in the coalmine” snps, MCAS, histamine, DAO (diamine oxidase) -why some individuals have to take it indefinitely, why some people react very badly to methylfolate, what intermittent fasting has to do with COVID and so much more. Enjoy! 

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September 2022

We take a look at the amount of BPA found in breast cancer tissue versus normal breast tissue. Similarily, we look at mercury in pancreatic cancer tissue, versus non-cancerous pancreatic tissue. We discover that male testicular dysgenesis is a strong surrogate for ASD.

Next- we continue to find microplastics in the darnest places like human placenta, and review metabolism of phthalates and DINCH, a non-phthalate alternative.

Listen on.

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August 2022

We take a look at the effect of PFAS on liver enzymes. This is only one of the myriad ways that PFAS harm human bodies. What is the solution? Avoidance (of course) but we also review some very intriguing information about the effect of one specific antioxidant that may help protect against the damage from PFAS: oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC).

Next- permethrin treated clothing to repel mosquitos and ticks- does it end up in your bloodstream and urine? The short answer is YES. We also explore the alternatives for tick repellents.

Listen on.

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July 2022

In this episode we review metals and suseptibility to viral infections.  Also we review an original study on renovated university spaces that omitted two entire classes of toxicants and see how they fared with the unrenovated spaces.  There are some surprises here! And finally, an enlightening discussion of semen deterioration follows.  You will never guess which toxicant has the highest negative effect on semen quality but I’ll give you a hint: it’s in 93% of Americans.

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June 2022

The cause of weight gain can no longer be explained by the outdated calculation of “calories in- calories out” but is now clearly driven by specific environmental obesogens. These chemicals, found in over 90% of the U.S. population, program obesity in utero, in childhood, adulthood and intergenerationally. Can this programming and direct assault on adipose tissue and insulin sensitivity be reversed? Maybe.

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May 2022

Microplastics are everywhere. Autopsy reports are finding it in organs, especially organs of elimination. Also microplastics have been found in blood and placenta. This podcast addresses the question of what is actually IN plastics and microplastics, and provides a route of detoxification for plastics, including BPA, that goes far beyond the rule of avoidance.

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April 2022

Interview with Dr. Russell Jaffe. Dr. Jaffe discusses magnesium sufficiency and excessive magnesium excretion in the face of our patients’ chemical toxicant exposures and burden. Find out the key to supplementing magnesium effectively.

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March 2022

How do endocrine disruptors affect fertility and reproductive health? What do autopsies show about microplastics getting into the body? Do microplastics have anything to do with autism spectrum disorder? Tune in to this month’s podcast to find out.

February 2022

What are the invisible causes of GI inflammation and disease? Infections? Parasites? This podcast uncovers some very sinister evidence of food additives you’ve never heard of (like meat “glue” and titanium dioxide as well as many others) that have clearly been shown to contribute to inflammation of the gut lining as well as IBS, IBD, and other gut conditions. Ready for a tour of the extraordinary toxicants hiding in the industrialized food system? Warning: these compounds are NOT disclosed on ingredient labels.

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January 2022

How clean is the wine you are drinking? This podcast delves into some of the toxins that you are unwittingly ingesting with your glass of wine, and the evolution in winemaking that is taking place. And then there’s a toxic secret hiding in baby foods that needs to come out.

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December 2021

A great review article on vit. C and COVID-19 by one of the leading researchers in IV vit. C and immunoregulation, We’ll also cover a groundbreaking study on adipose tissue and the toxicants within it as well as how they correlate with insulin and glucose regulation, obesity and adipose tissue inflammation. Finally, a review of toxicant exposure events including the EPA sick building debacle, 9/11 and ground zero, and other large population exposure events that resulted in TILT- toxicant-initiated loss of tolerance. This is a seminal article that will guide you in understanding and treating all of your patients that have chemical sensitivities.

November 2021

The theme is PFAS and we begin by reviewing a fascinating study that looked at the association between body burden of PFAS and total pathogen load.  The study looked at cytomegalovirus, Epstein Barr virus, hepatitis C and E, herpes simplex 1 and 2, HIV, T. gondii and the results will give you some insight into the immunotoxicity of PFAS.

Then the subject of chemical mixtures, which is how we are exposed in real life, is examined.  And finally we look at some flavonoids and their protective effects against certain chemical effects.s.

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October 2021

What are “next generation” probiotics? They are not Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium species or maybe probiotics you have ever heard of before: this month’s podcast is about these next generation probiotics as a strategy for addressing metabolic syndrome, obesity and diabetes. We also review articles about lead exposure and a general review of lead toxicity in children and adults.

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September 2021

A review of the latest literature covering benzene in sunscreens and their recall, PFAS in cosmetics and ingredient lists of natural cosmetics, and finally what effect a shared environment has on common endocrine disruptors.

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August 2021

A review of the genomics of detoxification, glutathione and COVID, the role of sulforaphane, and finally pesticides and dysbiosis- pesticide exposure leads to dysbiosis, which leads to endotoxemia, which leads to mucosal permeability.

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July 2021

Perfluorinates, pesticides, persistent organic pollutants and Post-Acute COVID Syndrome (PACS). We take a look at perfluorinates in cosmetics, relationship of proximity to pesticide spraying and risk for childhood brain tumors, endotoxemia and COVID-19 and, finally, plastics and POPs ( BPA, PCBs) and their effect on the microbiome and intestinal barrier disruption.

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June 2021

Toxicant Exposure and Risk of COVID-19 infection and severity. A review of published studies on COVID-19 risk and common exposures like air pollutants (PM2.5), endocrine disruptors (plastics), metals and some uncommon exposures like Corexit (remember the Deepwater Horizon spill?) that now contaminates the ocean, and the skin of surfers and fishermen.

May 2021

Phthalates are one of the top 3 insidious toxicants that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Phthalates are endocrine disruptors, can lower testosterone, and cause feminization of male newborns.

April 2021

PCBs have long been suspected to contribute to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and a new study reviewed this month identifies a new way to differentiate NAFLD caused by toxicants from NAFLD from other causes. The study centers on the community of Anniston, Alabama, who have all been chronically exposed to drinking water  laced with PCBs and where 60% of the community is estimated to have NAFLD.

March 2021

BPA is known as the poster child for endocrine disrupting chemicals for a reason. It’s far-reaching effects into reproductive and metabolic health have the potential to disrupt human lives and the health of future generations.

February 2021

Do organic diets alter urinary glyphosate levels in families? Arsenic Everywhere: exposure assessment, testing and treatment.  Includes a review of global hotspots including the United States.

January 2021

Mercury Part 2: A review of risk groups: amalgam fillings and those who place them (dental offices) as well as case studies in acute mercury exposure.

December 2020

Mercury- sources of exposure, signs and symptoms, research in the relationship of mercury levels to insulin insensitivity, neurologic issues, mood disorders, and the common symptoms seen in fish-eaters: headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, head hair loss and metallic taste in mouth. (PMID:  12676623)

November 2020

(free podcast) a look at groundbreaking research regarding EMF/EMR (electromagnetic radiation) exposure from cell phones, cell towers, wifi routers, etc. and health conditions from global experts who presented at the EMF Conference held in Scotts Valley CA in September 2019.

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