Environmental medicine is a discipline which includes different subjects such as medicine, environmental sciences and chemistry. The discipline can be considered as a medical branch as well as part of the environmental health area. The aim of environmental medicine is examining the interactions that exist between the environment and human health and how the environment can cause or mediate the disease.
Even if environmental medicine is a broad field, some of the current issues include food poisoning, indoor air quality, water-borne diseases, mercury poisoning, air and water pollution and radon gas exposure.
Unlike the common medical approach, environmental medicine looks for the cause of the disease, not just at their symptoms. As well as this, the discipline provides patients with preventive measures which not only consists of a healthier lifestyle but also precautionary protection measures to face the environmental factors which are causing the problem.
Recent research has proven that many severe chronic diseases are provoked by the environment, and may occur in the foetal stage. These diseases include autism, obesity, asthma, cancer, and allergies.
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