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Toxins and Colorectal Cancer

Toxins and Colorectal Cancer

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An article published by The Institute for Functional Medicine evaluated the relationship between environmental toxins and colorectal cancer (CRC), the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Studies suggest a connection between exposure to certain pollutants and CRC, including some pesticides that are legally used in the U.S., asbestos, industrial pollutants and particulates in air pollution. Personal care items containing endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as phthalate and triclocarban were also found to be associated with CRC.


To reduce the risk of developing CRC, functional medicine practitioners recommend supporting the body’s detoxification and elimination processes while limiting exposure to these toxins. They offer toxin-assessment and treatment options that include the adequate intake of fiber and water, as well as a nutrient-dense diet that is low in animal fats and high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.