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Neurotoxicity - Literature Review

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Session #1 of 8 
Annual Updates in Environmental Medicine Conference
"Environmental Causes of Common Chronic Neurological Problems
Headaches to Parkinsonism" 

Neurotoxicity - Literature Review

Presented by Walter Crinnion, ND

Damage to both the central and peripheral neurologic systems are one of the prime targets for the most common environmental pollutants. All forms of pesticides kill insects by damaging their neurologic systems. Solvents are neurotoxins by nature, as are many of the heavy metals. A tremendous amount of research has already been published documenting the adverse effects of these toxicants to the nervous system. This talk will focus on the publications that have studied the adverse effect of these toxicants in non-industrial settings. Adverse effects on behavior, mood, balance, cognition and memory will be highlighted, along with methods used for diagnosis and treatment. Finally, the classic neurotoxicity pictures of the various toxicant groups will be covered, comparing and contrasting the effects of different toxicants on the neurological systems.


At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  1. List the most common presenting signs and symptoms that would indicate the presence of neurotoxicity. 

  2. Compare and contrast the signs and symptoms of neurotoxicity caused by pesticides, solvents, and heavy metals. 

  3. List the most common and effective means of differentiating neurotoxicity from other causes of chronic neurological problems. 

Walter Crinnion, ND 

Walter J. Crinnion ND, received his degree in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington in 1982 with their first graduating class. After starting family practice he began to specialize in allergies and chronic health problems caused by environmental chemical overload. In 1985 he opened the most comprehensive cleansing facility in North America for the treatment of chemically poisoned individuals. He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals on the topic of environmental overload and conducts ongoing trainings in Environmental Medicine for healthcare professionals. He has been on the board of directors of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians and was the recipient of their first award for in-office research in 1999 and was awarded it a second time in 2002. He has been a faculty member at Bastyr University (Seattle, WA.), the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland, OR.), the University of Bridgeport School of Naturopathic Medicine (Bridgeport, CT.) and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Tempe, AZ.) where he chaired their Environmental Medicine Department from 2003 - 2012. In 2001 he appeared three times with Barbara Walters on ABC’s “The View”. His first book: Clean, Green and Lean was published by Wiley and Sons in 2009, and is used as a basic ‘must read’ by many practicing physicians for their patients. He is now the chief science officer at Enzymedica, a manufacture of plant-based enzymes.


Purchase Includes:

  • 30-day access to recording
  • Lecture slides and handouts (if applicable) are yours to keep
  • CE Certificate - 1.50 General Credit Hours by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM)