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Medicine and Ecology: A Natural Balance

Ecological medicine is becoming increasingly important.

Although it has been around for a while, it‘s practice is needed now more than ever. The human impression on the earth and its ecosystems has been severe, even eradicating some once natural processes. Sustainable medicine acknowledges that people and the environment are interconnected.

When exposed to unnatural elements, it can no doubt influence how our bodies and minds work. This approach takes into account the impact of contaminant issues along with other factors regarding one’s health, instead of just looking at the outside to see what shows up, like illnesses and disease.

Humans are accountable for a myriad of devastating earthly offensives, including poisonous man-made chemicals, toxic byproducts and pollution. All of these affect global systems on a much larger scale. Trickling down the bionetwork and potentially compromising human and animal life and development, as well as causing environmental deficits. In fact, human actions are at the root of more nitrate and mercury pollution than any other cause.

This effluence pollutes air and water systems as well as fish and aquatic life. Not to mention the endangerment and extinction of complete plant and animal populations. The issues from these examples alone are tremendous, and the knowledge that some problems do not even surface immediately, but in harmful deposits, is ever present.

According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, there are 3 main notions involved with this medicinal outlook: the total load concept, individual susceptibility and adaptation.

What the total load model states is that many long lasting effects from environmental factors consequently affect an individual’s normal processes over time. This can lead to illnesses when accompanied with other inherent factors, or individual susceptibilities, and the need to adapt in order to meet the conditions of their surroundings.

Ecological medicine sees all life with a global eye, realizing that nature has promising health care properties, some of which are still undiscovered. Further than just knowing that we are impacted by our environment, this preservation methodology seeks to uphold sustainable techniques for scientific research and medical advancement. What this means for consumer health is that progress in the medical field does not mean going forward only to go back again.

What this technique is not is dismissive. It does not disregard, but purports to peel through the layers and unearth the origin or contributors, no matter how unpleasant, to find an accurate treatment. The curative force medicinal practice tows has big responsibilities already, and ecological medicine vows to make them even bigger.


American Academy of Environmental Medicine: What is environmental medicine?

Schettler, T. The Case for Ecological Medicine. (October, 2002). A Call for Inquiry and Action. (February, 2002). Ecological Medicine.

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