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Environmental History-Taking

Environmental History-Taking

Environmental History-Taking
Professor:  W Lee Cowden, MD, MD(H)
Objectives:
  1. Learn concept of total body load & the additive/synergistic nature of toxins
  2. Learn questions to ask about EMF, mycotoxin exposure, man-made inhalants & skin exposures
  3. Learn questions to ask about heavy metal, radioactive element & various other exposures
Synopsis:  Environmental illness is under-recognized by most patients and by many practitioners (especially in a 5 minute appointment), so practitioners should start asking at least some basic questions about possible exposures on their historical questionnaires.  Toxins are additive (sometimes even synergistic) and accumulative, resulting in the “total body load” that can create symptoms and disease.  By asking the patient on a historical form about the input of toxins (exposures), the patient will become somewhat more educated about things they should avoid or reduce in their environment in order to eventually lower their total body load. Most man-made chemicals to which we are commonly exposed have very little, if any, research to show their effects on humans or even animals.  The precautionary principle is to assume that every man-made chemical & every electromagnetic radiation is toxic to humans until proven otherwise by well-designed studies.
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