November 2010 Issue

An Ounce of Prevention against Toxins in the Food System

Are toxins in the food system—invisible and pervasive—a legitimate health threat? Well, the numbers are grim. Since World War II, 80,000 chemicals have emerged in commercial use, and few have been tested for health effects, according to Benjamin Kligler, M.D., M.P.H., Vice Chair of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center. While the science on health risks is scant, "No evidence of harm does not mean evidence of no harm. Or, as your mom used to say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," said Kligler, who spoke at the 6th Annual Nutrition and Health Conference in Chicago on May 11, 2009.

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