Flint Residents Invited to Diabetes Toxin Reduction Program
Free Program Offers Access to Natural Health Education and Treatment
|Ann Y. Burton, MD|
City of Flint residents with prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes maybe able to uncover how the condition developed and how to treat it naturally. Led by Dr. Ann Burton, this free 12-16 week program will help people identify toxins affecting their bodies, such as arsenic and BPA, and receive education regarding their potential effects on health.
This project utilizes licensed, valid, specific laboratories such as Doctor’s Data, and Million Marker, a mail-in urine toxin testing company. Test results are accompanied by evidence-based products and diet recommendations to reduce overall toxic load.
According to Million Marker’s website, research has demonstrated that toxin exposure, such as heavy metals in water and certain plastics in food and beverage products, can contribute to diabetes.
Dr. Burton is a born and raised practicing physician in Michigan, specializing in integrative and environmental medicine. Her training was augmented by Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, naturopathic physician, founding president of Bastyr University and author of the book, The Toxin Solution.
Dr. Burton explains that toxins lead to inflammation, mitochondrial and cellular damage. “It would be in everyone’s best interest to adopt a clean, toxin and chemically-free diet, utilizing plant-based foods for healing.” Pizzorno’s research, published in journals such as Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, connects the dots between toxins and diabetes. In one article, he writes, “When endotoxins reach a high enough level in the blood, a threshold is reached called metabolic endotoxemia.“Once this threshold is reached, several strong, dose-dependent disease associations become apparent, a few of which include diabetes (Type 2), dyslipidemia and insulin resistance.”
His observations and frustrations a few years ago that natural and functional medicine are available only to high-income individuals and that minority-populated communities have a higher level of toxin exposure prompted him to reach out to Dr. Burton.
He recalls saying “We could do a program in Flint to improve their blood sugar control.” The diabetes program is not planned to be a one time activity of the FINE Health project (the non-profit organization behind the program); there is potential for future expansion.
Burton adds, “We want to establish a permanent base where people can have access to natural health education and treatment.”