Environmental and Nutritional Medicine Print

Environmental medicine is known as Clinical Ecology in the US, where it mainly developed. This approach is the consideration of what environmental factors may be present when assessing a patient's illness. This covers allergy, sensitivity and toxicity, and the first of these is recognised by orthodox medicine while the latter two are ignored. However in a more and more polluted environment these additional factors are increasingly prevalent and serious.

Associated with environmental medicine is nutritional medicine, which looks at whether patients' diets result in any nutritional deficiencies and/or food intolerance.

The potential benefits of good research in the area of environmental medicine are massive, as often large numbers of people may be affected, due to the fact that they are living in the same area. There may, however, be serious political implications: such as the present debate over the health effects or otherwise of radiation from mobile phone masts.

 

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