Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Poll Analyses
Share on Facebook 31 Share on Twitter 2 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H1'ed 4/4/19

Impacts of pollutant "cocktails" on seemingly healthy people

Author 88362
Message Robert Adler

Persistent organic pollutants--POPS--are pervasive in the environment and accumulate in our bodies. Pesticides, pharmaceuticals and many industrial chemicals contribute to this potentially toxic tide.

In an earlier post, I reported on findings by epidemiologist Miquel Porta and his colleagues revealing that ten percent of Americans have 10 or more different POPS in our blood at abnormally high concentrations.

Porta and his team are now studying the impacts of these long-lived organic compounds that many of us unknowingly carry in our bodies and bloodstream.

His most recent findings, reported in the American Journal of Epidemiology, reveal a strong correlation between people's toxic loads and metabolic abnormalities such as high blood pressure, insulin resistance, high blood sugar, unhealthy lipid profiles, and chronic inflammation--factors that increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes and heart disease.

Factory smokestacks--one of many sources of pollutants
Factory smokestacks--one of many sources of pollutants
(Image by Pixabay)
  Details   DMCA

A separate research study reports that normal-weight people who are metabolically unhealthy have three times the risk of heart attack, stroke or death compared to their metabolically healthy, normal-weight peers.

A different research group based in the US studied 976 chemicals to which many or most of us are exposed. They found that 75 of those changed cell functions in ways associated with multiple sclerosis, and five caused neurological inflammation similar to what's seen in ALS. They're now examining the same list of chemicals for links to irritable-bowel syndrome and brain tumors.

"Our findings support the need for systematic investigation of the effects of the 'exposome'--all of the people experience in their lifetime--on neurologic diseases and other conditions," said Francisco Quintana, one of the study's principal investigators.


Although we are all exposed to organic pollutants from many sources--the air we breathe, the water we drink, furniture, fabrics, food containers and many other sources--the authors point out that fatty animal foods are the biggest source, and one that we can control by what we choose to eat.

They add, however, that individual efforts to eat a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight are only part of the solution. Government action to minimize the accumulation of POPs and other toxins in the workplace, consumer goods and the environment are also needed, as well as similar efforts by private companies.

"Individual habits play a role, but so do public and private policies," says Porta. "That is, polices of governments and companies that have been shown to decrease 'internal contamination' by POPs."


You can access Porta's journal article at this URL.

 

Must Read 3   Valuable 3   Well Said 2  
Rate It | View Ratings

Robert Adler Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linked In Page       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

I'm a retired psychologist and freelance writer focusing on science, technology and fact-based political and social commentary.

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Google's AlphaZero is now scary smart

Climate--we're turning the clock back 3.3 million years

Three kinds of gun laws save lives

A 38,000-year-old whodunit: What really happened to our Neanderthal cousins?

To mask or not to mask, that is the question

What if we had a sociopathic narcissist as President in a time of crisis?

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: