Environmental Medicine Q & A
What is environmental medicine?
Environmental medicine is a medical discipline focusing on the outside sources that contribute to disease and unwellness within your body. During an environmental medical evaluation at Revitalize Functional Medicine, your specialist forms a diagnosis based on your symptoms. Then, they ask you about outside factors that may have contributed to its development. You might come into contact with these factors at work, in your community, or even in your home.
Your provider analyzes the following four major environmental factors while attempting to find out what aggravates or contributes to your condition:
Environmental medicine principles can also be useful alongside other forms of medicine. Identifying contributing factors to your disease can help you ease your symptoms or avoid getting ill in the future if the condition is acute (short term).
What are environmental medicine treatments like?
Environmental medicine takes a somewhat different approach to treatment than other forms of medicine. The focus isn’t on your symptoms but rather on the outside causes of your illness. Treatments aim to stop the effects of the environmental factors and prevent them from happening again.
Your provider at Revitalize Functional Medicine helps you come up with preventive strategies to use if you must face certain environmental factors in your everyday life, or even every once in a while. For example, if you have an allergy to a food or chemical, you can undergo allergy testing in the in-house laboratory to identify your allergen and learn to avoid it whenever possible to prevent symptoms from affecting your health.
What are some specific environmental factors that can affect my health?
Substances in your environment can affect your health even if they’re seemingly harmless on the surface. You can even develop chronic conditions in utero because of environmental factors with which your mother came into contact during pregnancy, like asthma and diabetes. While some endless events and substances can contribute to poor health, a few diverse examples are:
- Ionizing radiation
- Heavy metals
- Cigarette smoke
- Gasoline fumes
- Allergens (e.g., animals, foods)
- Natural disasters
It isn’t always easy to identify factors in your own illnesses, especially if your primary exposure happened during childhood or in utero. Environmental medicine specialists are trained to know the specific effects of certain environmental factors on your health and can help you narrow down your list of potential contributing factors.
To find out more about environmental medicine and how it can enhance your treatment, call Revitalize Functional Medicine, or book an appointment online today.