What Is Environmental Medicine?

Enviromental Medicine's focus is on how we interact with our environment and how those interactions can effect our health.  It is not something that many doctors know much about, so you are unlikely to hear about it from your conventional doctor.  Environmental medicine looks for the underlying cause of seemingly unconnected things.  They are usually conditions that are not helped, or minimally helped, by conventional treatment.  Finding the root cause of environmental problems usually involves testing that insurance does not cover.

Food sensitivities are one of the areas that I focus on in enviromental medicine.  Many people can have food sensitivities and not be aware of it.  Let's use an example: let's say you are sensitive to milk and milk products (cheese, yogurt, etc.)  Let's also say you don't know that you are sensitive.  On Monday you have cheese pizza with a glass of milk.  The pizza tastes good and the milk washes it down well.  You have no symptoms.  Tuesday goes by with also no issues.  On Wednesday evening you develop mucous in your nose and wind up taking Allegra for the stuffiness.  You also get diarrhea.  The symptoms last for a few hours to days and then go away.  If you don't have any dairy for a week of more afterward you may notice the sympoms return.  If, however, you are like most Americans you will have dairy every few days and keep your body in a irritated, sensitive state.  The Allegra will be required daily and it will look like you have irritable bowel syndrome.  This is the realm of environmental medicine.

Envornmental medicine can identify the causes of your envornmental and food sensitivities and can give you a way to avoid the triggers long enough to heal your body.  If you suspect that you may have sensitivities, please contact me for a consulation.

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