Clinical ecology investigates the influence of the environment on human beings. It concerns mainly chemical compounds which can be found in water, air, food and drugs: the environment. In Western Europe, clinical ecology is still in progress, but in Great Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand this science is well-established.
In anglo-celtic countries clinical ecology is called environmental medicine nowadays. In Germany it is called Umweltmedizin; in the Netherlands it is still called Klinische Ecologie (clinical ecology) but also ‘Milieugeneeskunde’.
Traditional medical science mainly concentrates on the treatment of the end points of the disease. In general, it is their point of view that a patient’s individual reaction on a pathogen or chemical compound or the development of a disease follows a more or less general pattern. Environmental medicine studies the process of a patient’s disease and focuses its attention mainly on the cause of the disease. In the opinion of environmental medicine many diseases are individual reactions on pathogens, or on chemicals in food or in the patient’s environment.
A large variety of chronical diseases is related to nutritional and environmental factors such as migraine, gastro-intestinal problems, hay fever, hives, acne, arthritis, infertility, hypoglycemia, alcoholism, hypertension, overweight, depression, schizophrenia, chronic fatigue, and concentration problems. Of course, not all diseases are caused by environmental factors; food allergy and intolerance is responsible for at least 80% of the diseases mentioned above. Other diseases, such as eczema, asthma, and sniffing, probably exclusively have an allergic cause. However, they often are not properly treated, because little or no attention is paid to these nutritive and other environmental factors, e.g. molds.
Throughout the past years a number of diagnostic allergy and immunology tests have been developed, including tests for determination of different forms of gluten intolerance. Our laboratory is one of the few worldwide which can perform tests on a large number of antibodies; we have the use of over 5000 types of allergens. Specific brands, types of beer, bread, and so on, can also be tested, al-though these allergens have not always been standardized. Those tests are made by order of physicians from many countries; the results can be given in nine different languages.
Furthermore, in our Centre scientific research is performed as well. For example, in 1993 we started a research project to determine the influence of an energy balanced diet and nutrition supplements on patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. In another project we studied the effects of heavy metals on chronic fatigue and other related health problems. But of course KEAC is known because of the research on pyrroluria HPU and KPU in humans and in horses. In the last decade the research and tests of KEAC was focussed around pyrroluria.
Doctors, dieticians, and therapists can order blood or urine kits. Blood, taken from patients, can then be send to our laboratory to have it tested on food- and other allergens and a variety of other parameters. Results will be send to the doctor/dietician/therapist/patient in the language preferred. We not only perform test but also give advice (to your medical doctor) and assist in interpreting the results.