Toxins: Cause of Disease

December 8, 2017
Hosted by Susan Downs, MD

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Toxins are a major contributor to most chronic diseases. In history, there is the example of Mad Hatters Disease caused by mercury, and the fall of the Roman Empire has been attributed to lead poisoning. In 2010 there were 80,000 chemicals on the market. Very few of these were tested for safety. The exposure to toxins starts at an early age. Babies have been found with up to 200 chemicals in them before birth. Each year 6.5 billion pounds of chemicals are dumped into the air. These toxins have an adverse effect on our health and on our metabolic pathways. They can clog the liver, block insulin receptor sites, damage genes, undermine DNA repair and recovery, contribute to inflammation blood sugar problems, mitochondrial disorders, immune issues, and hormonal imbalances. Children are particularly susceptible during the window during which the brain forms and the interconnecting neurons develop.

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Susan Downs, MD

Dr. Susan is boarded in Integrative Medicine and in Psychiatry, is a certified IFM practitioner and certified in the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine. She works at the University of California, San Francisco and is on the Psychiatry Consultant Registry (UK). She has Masters Degrees in engineering from MIT and Stanford and a Masters in Public Health from Loma Linda Medical Center.

Based between San Francisco and Bloomsbury (London), she is the president of the cutting edge, Silicon Valley Health Institute (SVHI), has worked in ten countries and studied many healing modalities. Previously, she worked for the NHS in the UK, was an assistant professor at INSEAD (European School for Business Administration), and was a foreign service officer managing alternative energy projects in Asia. She is also a film-maker with two multi award winning films on health. Her interests include medicine, economics, spirituality and making the world a better place.

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