Also called Clinical Ecology, Environmental Medicine is a specialty in medicine in
which doctors assist patients in uncovering the cause
and effect relationship between their environment and
their ill-health, and help them learn to avoid those
inciting factors, is called Environmental Medicine.
The theory is that a wide variety of illnesses,
symptoms and complaints of 'unknown causes' actually
result from a person's reactions to foods, pollution,
chemical substances or other environmental factors.
The term 'allergy' was created to describe an
abnormal response to substances that your system
recognises as foreign. Allergy can produce symptoms
in almost every organ of the body and often
masquerade as other diseases. Allergy can affect your
muscles, joints, the nervous system, skin, eyes and
many other parts of the body.
To diagnose your condition, a detailed
environmentally oriented history must be taken by
your physician. You may be asked to keep a food and
behaviour diary to complete the history. Each
complaint or symptom is traced chronologically,
possible cause and effect relationships to
environmental exposures are explored. This history,
together with an objective physical examination,
leads to a provisional diagnosis which is used to
direct the 'testing'. The 'testing' determines those
substances causing your symptoms and which treatment
will improve your condition.
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