– The amount of synthetic chemicals that we’re surrounded by nowadays. Our liver is really good at detoxing plant chemicals, but the synthetic chemicals, I think, pose more of a challenge ’cause the liver doesn’t have the familiarity, perhaps?
– What’s fascinating about that is we’re designing all kinds of new chemicals in our environment, but our liver’s able to keep up on some level, right? So we can design something new, but the human body’s able to take that new substance, that novel substance, and actually get it out of the body. Sometimes it’s harmful. Sometimes the liver will turn something that is “inert” into something that’s more carcinogenic or cancer-causing, but still, it’s interesting that this biological system is able to kind of keep up with the synthetic system that we’re sort of bringing into our lives.
– Isn’t it fascinating?
– It is, because you would think it would take some evolutionary time to get familiar with something
– to learn how to get rid of it.
– But our bodies are so incredible, right? It has so many different detoxification pathways that we can handle things like metals and dioxins and PCPs and BPAs and all kinds of things. And it’s not just us. We talk a lot about the microbiome. And so we have to give a lot of credit to our microbiome. A lot of the gut flora that we have, a lot of the skin flora that we have, but the body’s just an amazing, amazing thing. It fascinates me each and every day. That’s what got me into medicine. You know, just the power of the body.