Zoom-in: What does Dr. Joseph Pizzorno have to teach us about risk profiles in disease progression?


In his career, Dr. Joseph Pizzorno has made it an emphasis of his to bridge the divide between various ways of health-maintenance. Whether that be in Western-based medicines in the typical symptom-treatment-based paradigm that so many hospitals ascribe to, or other alternative styles like homeopathy, environmentalism/naturopathic, or functional medicines. One such way he attempts to bridge the divide in these lenses of understanding is by finding common ground where all groups can cooperate. An overlapping dimension of these paradigms of understanding emerges when you consider environmental conditions, which directly impact our health and well-being and impact our homeostatic mechanisms of physiology.

In a recent book, Pizzorno zooms in on one aspect of environment—exposure to toxins. His book, The Toxin Solution1, points out key findings related to toxins in the environment and the overlap of disease pathophysiologies with exposure to said toxins:

“94% of Americans are exposed to enough polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to double their lifetime risk of asthma.

60% of US women carry loads of PCB187 sufficient to double their risk of breast cancer.

33% of Americans have lead levels high enough to double the risk of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

25% [of people in the US] are exposed to enough aluminum to double Alzheimer’s risk2.”

It makes sense even at a fundamental level, no matter if your health paradigm is preventative, interventionist, or otherwise—if you are exposed to hazardous compounds your health will be impacted. And modern society is rife with materials that impact our health, often times because they are cheap and not-yet-fully-understood in terms of mechanisms of action during engagement with a person. We use so many things that are meant to improve profit margins, but simultaneously depress personal health. Pizzorno has a solution for this—functional medicine. Which is what his organization, IFM, helps propagate. They describe it as “medicine [that] determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual. The functional medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness3.”

More information about Pizzorno and functional medicine can be found here: https://www.ifm.org/


Written by Jeremiah Ockunzzi, courtesy of Dr. Bart Rademaker, MD.


1)     https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-toxin-solution-joseph-pizzorno?variant=32122805846050

2)     https://holisticprimarycare.net/videos/joe-pizzorno-the-toxin-solution/

3)     https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220727005182/en/The-Institute-for-Functional-Medicine-Once-Again-Receives-Accreditation-with-Commendation-by-the-Accreditation-Council-for-Continuing-Medical-Education



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