Health Implications of Toxic Metal Exposure

An interview with Robin Bernhoft, MD, FACS

By Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO

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In this interview, Robin Bernhoft, MD, FACS, discusses the health implications of toxic metal exposure and accumulation in the body. Arsenic, cadmium, and lead are discussed in detail. Several relevant questions are covered, such as where these metals exist in our environment, how serious the risk is, and how to eliminate these compounds if exposed. These particular metals are of both immediate and continuing relevance given the vast exposure to them with the recent EPA wastewater spill into the Animas river in Colorado. Bernhoft discusses the ramifications of this EPA disaster.

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Robin Bernhoft, MD, FACS, is a former general surgeon with subspecialty training in liver and pancreatic surgery. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, completed his residency at University of California, San Francisco, and did a fellowship at Royal Postgraduate Med School in London. When Bernhoft became ill from environmental exposures, he retrained in environmental medicine and clinical metal toxicology in order to regain his health. He is now medical director of the Bernhoft Center for Advanced Medicine in Ojai, California, and president-elect of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Bernhoft speaks at national and international meetings on genomic medicine and environmental medicine. Visit his web site:

About the Author

Tina Kaczor, ND, FABNO, is editor-in-chief of Natural Medicine Journal and a naturopathic physician, board certified in naturopathic oncology. She received her naturopathic doctorate from National University of Natural Medicine and completed her residency in naturopathic oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kaczor received undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the past president and treasurer of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and secretary of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. She is the editor of the Textbook of Naturopathic Oncology. She has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. Kaczor is based in Portland, Oregon.