Episode 112

How Environmental Toxins in Our Water, Air, and Products Wreak Havoc on Our Immune System

With Dr. Aly Cohen

On most days, many of us go about our routine rarely thinking twice about the ingredients in our shampoos and conditioners, hand soaps, lotions, laundry detergent, or even the water we feed our pets. It wasn’t until her dog fell extremely sick with a mysterious illness that Dr. Aly Cohen started to wonder if there was something toxic in her dog’s environment. This quest led her on a life-long journey to uncover the toxins all around us. 

 

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, I talk with Dr. Cohen about all things environmental toxins. From the water you drink, to the shampoo you use, to your cookware, toxins can be hidden in many places. Though it can feel overwhelming to switch out all of the areas where toxins lurk, Dr. Cohen assures us that making small swaps here and there can add up and have a major impact on our overall health.

 

Please note: This podcast was recorded prior to social isolation. Stay safe!

 

For more on Dr. Cohen, you can follow her on Instagram @thesmarthuman, on Twitter @TheSmartHuman, on Facebook @thesmarthuman, through her environmental health website, or her personal practice website

Also mentioned during this episode were environmental health resources Green Science Policy and the Environmental Working Group.

I hope you enjoyed this conversation as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness.
Dhru Purohit

In this Episode, you will learn

  1. Dr. Cohen's background that piqued her interest in environmental toxins
    (1:05)
  2. The history on how environmental toxins came to be an issue
    (7:50)
  3. A dive into endocrine disruptors
    (12:33)
  4. The issue with certain food washes
    (21:55)
  5. How to shape your diet to best support detoxification
    (26:50)
  6. A look at water quality
    (30:41)
  7. Different types of filters for drinking clean water
    (36:40)
  8. How there’s a disconnect between health education and environmental toxins
    (43:50)
  9. The effect of environmental toxins on the brain and other organ systems
    (49:02 )
  10. A discussion of air pollution
    (55:38)
  11. Resources to find clean products
    (1:06:30)
  12. Populations and ages that are more vulnerable to chemical exposure
    (1:09:49)
  13. A lasting message from Dr. Cohen
    (1:16:55)
  14. Dr. Cohen discusses her website on resources on environmental health
    (1:21:51)
  15. Where to learn more about Dr. Aly Cohen
    ( 1:28:18)

Guest

 
Dhru Purohit

Dhru is the host of the Broken Brain Podcast, a top 20 health podcast with over 10 million downloads, that teaches listeners how to improve their brain performance and mental health through their diet, lifestyle and everyday biohacking.

As an entrepreneur, Dhru is also the CEO Dr. Hyman Enterprises, Farmacy and the UltraWellness Center, a functional medicine based clinic that specializes in treating chronic disease through personalized medicine.

 
Dr. Aly Cohen

Dr. Aly Cohen, a rheumatologist, integrative medicine specialist, and environmental health expert. Her medical practice, Integrative Rheumatology Associates P.C., focuses on both traditional Western medical management of rheumatologic and other ailments, as well as integrative options for total wellness. Her recent text, Integrative Environmental Medicine, was published through Oxford University Press, and her consumer book, Non-Toxic: Guide to Living Healthy in a Chemical World, will be out in September 2020.

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