Modern life has given us comfort and convenience far beyond the imagination of our ancestors, but with that comes a prescription for trouble. The stew of pollutants, poisons, and harmful chemicals that we encounter daily can gradually build up over time, causing a myriad of diseases.
Environmental medicine addresses the damage that exposure to toxicants can do to our bodies and offers preventive and restorative measures to counteract the effects. When disease occurs, the doctor of environmental medicine takes a broad approach, compiling a detailed history that, combined with physical examination and lab work, seeks to identify harmful substances that may be present in the patient’s diet, atmosphere, neighborhood, or home. Once the source is detected, the doctor can provide solutions and advice to bring the patient back to a state of wellness.