What is Environmental Medicine?
Environmental medicine involves diagnosing, treating, and preventing illness while looking at the effect our environment has on overall health. By taking into account both internal and external factors and focusing on the cause (or causes) of a disease and not just its symptoms, environmental medicine doctors hope to restore health to individuals suffering from chronic medical conditions such as asthma, irritable bowel syndrome and cancer.Environmental Factors that Cause Disease
Some of the external environmental triggers that can make people sick include:
Internal stressors are taken into account by environmental medicine as well. These include:
Environmentally Triggered Illnesses
While not every chronic illness is associated with environmental disease-causing factors, it is likely that there is an environmental component to most. With many long-term health conditions, standard therapies which treat the symptoms are not effective and do not contribute to a better quality of life.
Environmental medicine, which seeks out the root cause of the affliction, may prove more successful in treating many health ailments such as:
Treatment for Environmentally Triggered Diseases
Environmental medicine stresses early detection and prevention; however, for those already suffering from chronic illness, a customized treatment plan will be established to address the external and internal factors specific to the patient.
Forms of therapy that might be recommended include customized diets and nutritional supplements, immunotherapies, psychotherapies, detoxifications, limiting or eliminating environmental toxins, drugs, surgery and patient education for future prevention.