Environmental Medicine

Introduction to Environmental Medicine

Environmental medicine is a relatively unknown field of medicine that deals with diseases in humans induced by environmental exposures. These diseases can be something as straightforward as allergic rhinitis or complex disease processes induced by chemicals and heavy metals. With the advent of better biochemical laboratory testing, mainstream medicine is starting to realize the impact that various food reactions are having in creating various pathologic processes in the body.

Environmental medicine is a blend of medical disciplines that requires a personalized and comprehensive approach to each patient. In the environmental medicine, symptoms are considered an expression of the body's attempts to heal and are not the cause of the underlying disease. The human body was designed to heal itself and when certain symptoms are present, those symptoms are an expression of the healing process and not a specific disease. Environmental medicine addresses the underlying cause(s) to rebuild health. This requires the patient taking an active role in his/her medical care.

The practice of environmental medicine utilizes an extensive patient history and physical exam in conjunction with specialized laboratory testing in order to determine what environmental factors are afflicting a symptomatic patient. Therapies may include pharmaceutical products, nutritional therapies, chelating agents, injection therapies, intravenous therapies, and dietary restrictions. You are invited to review this website to determine if various environmental factors may be causing your symptoms. If you feel you need a consultation, please complete the new patient intake form, environmental history, and environmental review of systems prior to your initial consultation.