THE MODEL OF ENVIRONMENTAL
OPTIMAL HEALTH is a sustained state of optimal
physical, neuro/cognitive, psychological, and social well-being.
It is achieved and sustained by an active, ongoing expenditure
of metabolic energy to insure a homodynamic stability of interacting
biologic functions despite the dynamically changing potential for
disruption from all environmental and internal disorders.
TRIGGERED ILLNESSES (ETI) are the adverse consequences
that result when the homeodynamic interactions among biological
functions are compromised by external or internal stressors.
These stressors may range from severe acute exposure to a single
stressor, to cumulative relatively low grade exposures to many
stressors over time. The resultant dysfunction is dependent on
the patient's genetic makeup, his nutrition and health in general,
the stressors, the degree of exposure to them, and the effects
of six fundamental biological governing principles: the total
load, the level of adaptation, the bipolarity of responses, the
spreading phenomenon, and individual susceptibility (biochemical
ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE is the proactive, comprehensive, cause-oriented,
and cost-effective strategic approach to medical care dedicated
to the recognition, management, and prevention of the adverse
consequences resulting from ETI.
RECOGNITION of ETI is accomplished
by use of chronological, sufficiently detailed, environmentally
and diet focused history designed to
accurately detect the various clinical patterns generated by
the involvement of specific stressors and by the dynamic interactions
I indicated by an appropriate physical examination, laboratory
testing to assess the functional status of the patient's biologic
mechanisms, medical imaging techniques, diagnostic surgical techniques,
and endorsed diagnostic testing techniques.
MANAGEMENT of appropriately identified ETI is by use of the
endorsed treatment techniques of comprehensive patient education
about the nature of the illness, correction of abnormal nutritional,
metabolic, and psychological dysfunctions, immunotherapy, reasonable
elimination of identified stressors, and symptomatic drugs and
surgery where appropriate.
PREVENTION of ETI is achieved
by the skillful proactive application of the concepts and principles
of Environmental Medicine. This
would include the adoption of appropriate lifestyles that specifically
minimize exposures to identified stressors as much as practical,
that provide less contaminated air, food, and water, and that
insure ongoing optimal nutrition and metabolic functioning, and
optimal physical, neuro/cognitive, psychological and social well
THE ULTIMATE LONG-TERM GOAL of
appropriate diagnosis and treatment is the cost-effective attainment
and sustaining of optimal physical,
neuro/cognitive, psychological, and social well being. This includes
the return to a pre-illness level of functioning and improved
tolerance to stressors that previously cause adverse reactions.
Through education, patients should develop and adopt appropriate
lifestyles to prevent the recurrence and development of new illnesses.