Marcela Magda Popa, M.D. is a Board Certified Internal Medicine physician who graduated from Carol Davilla Medical School in Bucharest, Romania and completed the residency training in the United States. After sixteen years in private practice, her autoimmune arthritis forced her into early retirement. Growing up and going through medical school and post-graduate education in Romania, thereafter continuing the training in the United States, as well as practicing here for many years, gave her the opportunity to appreciate some differences in between these two worlds, and these differences proved very useful for her observations.
Being a physician affected by certain medical conditions made her the subject of a long-lasting experiment and made her notice unusual facts, put questions in her mind and compelled her to look for answers. As she stopped practicing, she was able to analyze and research her suspicion that certain chemicals present in every day products were worsening her arthritis symptoms. Low dose exposure to certain other chemicals, also present in commonly used products may have been the culprit in her worsening migraine headaches and even the more bothersome, recurrent breast abnormalities. Eliminating them from use was much to her benefit.
There are many authors that advocate autoimmune diet protocols (stricter
versions of Paleo diets), which helped numerous patients improve their symptoms, but Dr. Popa noticed improvements by taking a different approach and looked at these autoimmune diseases from a different perspective. This different angle also allowed her to alleviate symptoms pertaining her two other medical problems.
Through her experience, she figured out these generally recognized as safe (GRAS) substances are not necessarily safe, inert, or inactive and our chronic but constant exposure, even at low doses, can have an as yet unidentified or not fully accepted impact on our health. She is documenting these observations in her book and sharing them with other patients who may struggle with similar conditions.
Although the findings are derived from medical research articles, there doesn’t seem to be a large enough “body of evidence” at the present time for the regulating agencies to ban or reinforce strict limits in the United States as they do in the European Union, Canada, Japan, or Australia. That’s why consumer awareness is of major importance; many people, however, do not suspect these chemicals may be harmful mostly because they’re allowed on the shelves.