There are almost 1 million Google entries and more than 3,000 articles in the National Library of Medicine regarding persistent organic pollutants (POPs) — and yet it's infrequent that I have patients who are aware of this group of chemicals.
More than 50 years ago, Rachel Carson wrote about the harmful effects of one POP, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), in her classic book Silent Spring. But I only learned about them in my training in integrative cardiology.
Since then I've been keeping up to date with the research, and the health concerns for POPs in humans are growing. In fact, this topic is of special concern to my practice of cardiology because exposure to POPs has been linked to higher levels of cholesterol, blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and cardiac deaths.
Here, I'm sharing some facts about POPs that may matter to your health and that of your family members: