environmental medicine

environmental medicine2016-12-11T21:39:35+00:00

environmental medicine

FRINGE MEDICINE 

A field of alternative health care which explores the effect of dietary and environmental allergens on health and disease. Environmental medicine (EM) is believed by its practitioners (so-called clinical ecologists) to address a wide range of conditions–see below. The intent of EM is to identify toxins through elimination diets, skin testing, provocation/ neutralisation testing, electroacupuncture, biofeedback, and radioallergosorbent testing, and reduce patient exposure to noxious agents in the environment. 

Disease allegedly managed by environmental medicine

• Allergies

• Cardiovascular–angina, arrhythmia, thrombophlebitis, vasculitis

• Paediatric–bedwetting, chronic otitis, learning disabilities

• Endocrine–autoimmune thyroiditis, hypoglycemia

• ENT–allergies, sinus headaches, vertigo

• Gastrointestinal–bloating, constipation, gastritis, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome

• Gynaecologic–dyspareunia, premenstrual syndrome

• Skin–angiooedema, eczema

• Neuromuscular–epilepsy, headaches, migraines, myalgias

• Psychiatric–anxiety, ADD/ADHD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, sexual dysfunction

• Rheumatic–rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus

• Etc., etc., etc.

Diagnosis Neutralisation, a test of uncertain validity which consists of either subdermal injection or sublingual placement of the allegedly offending substance and evaluating the reactions; some clinical ecologists identify offending substances by crystals, pendulums, galvanometers, and other devices.   

Note: The concepts and practices of environmental medicine have been evaluated by several professional bodies, including the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology; all have concluded that environmental disease has not been proven to exist and that clinical ecology (environmental medicine) is not a valid discipline; although there is little data to support the efficacy of EM in peer-reviewed journals, the concept that low levels of noxious components in the environment may cause disease has been attractive to some workers

Synonym Clinical ecology 

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