What is Environmental Medicine?

A wide variety of agents in the environment, both natural and manmade, can make people sick. These include toxic chemicals, microorganisms, dust, toxins, heavy metals, allergens, and radionuclides. Environmental medicine deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of these types of problems. Because of the sheer number of environmental agents that cause illness, environmental medicine evaluations can involve a significant amount of medical detective work.

Commonly-Encountered Environmental Medicine Problems

  • Sick Building Syndrome (Building-Related Illness)
  • Allergy/asthma
  • Indoor mold problems
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Organic dust toxic syndrome
  • Environmental illness

Our Approach

We pursue an evidence-based approach to evaluation of environmental problems. Our information-gathering often involves extensive interviews, physical examinations, site visits, environmental sampling, and laboratory testing. Treatment plans are individualized, as supported by current medical literature.