Environmental Medicine

Current research is producing a substantial body of evidence that points to environmental toxins as a driving factor in conditions as wide ranging as:


  • Female reproductive health including infertility and hormone imbalance

  • Chronic pain

  • Autoimmune disorders

  • Nervous system disruption (often represented by tingling, ringing or buzzing in ears) and behavioral disorders

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Weight gain


When treating the above, Dr. Alexandria will test for high levels of certain known chemical and heavy metal toxicities.  Sensitivity to these chemicals will be measured using the Alcat Environmental Chemicals Panel, the US BioTek Laboratories Environmental Pollutants Profile, and/or the Doctor's Data Urine Toxic Metals screen.


The Alcat panel is a lab-based immune stimulation test in which blood drawn from a patient (specifically, the white blood cells in the blood) is "challenged" with various substances including foods, additives, colorings, chemicals, medicinal herbs, functional foods, molds and pharmaceutical compounds.  How the blood responds helps to identify substances that may trigger potentially harmful immune system reactions that can result in the symptoms listed above.


The US BioTek Laboratories Environmental Pollutants Profile measures the metabolic "trails" of certain volatile chemical solvents such as xylene, toluene, benzene, trimethybenzene and styrene, as well as phthalate and paraben.  Volatile solvents are used commercially in the manufacture of plastics, paints, varnishes, resins, synthetic fibers, rubbers, lubricants, dyes and industrial cleaning agents.  They are a natural part of gasoline, airplane fuel and cigarette smoke.  Parabens are a widely used family of preservatives found in many personal care, pharmaceutical and industrial products.  Phthalates are used in the manufacture of plastics to allow for flexibility. They are widely used in personal care products and food packaging.


The Doctor's Data Urine Toxic Metals screen tests urine for heavy metals such as mercury, lead, aluminum, and arsenic.  Exposure to high levels of these and other heavy metals can cause wide-ranging symptoms including fatigue, depression, hair loss, compromised kidney function, hypertension, loss of bone density and faulty immune response.


If testing indicates sensitivity to any of these environmental toxins, Dr. Alexandria will create a customized plan to reduce or eliminate exposure to these toxins, help counter the inflammation caused by exposure, and rebuild the system through diet and lifestyle changes.  Oral chelation may also be recommended.